This article is available in the 2013 Distribution Trends Report. This is an interview with Ken Sweder, president and COO of Interline Brands, one of the Top 40 Industrial Distributors in 2013. Interline Brands has made significant changes in its product mix, expanding aggressively in the jan-san space. Sweder talks about those changes in this conversation with Editor Lindsay Konzak.
The annual report was researched and written by MDM editors based on interviews with dozens of wholesaler-distributors, as well as industry experts and manufacturers. MDM also conducted a survey of its readers to uncover the trends outlined in this report.
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Trends outlined in the 2013 report include:
Generational Shift Drives Changes in Technology, Customer Expectations
Hiring in Distribution Complicated by Lack of Visibility, Shifting Needs
The Rise of ‘Little Data’ in Distribution
Distributors Get Smarter About Vending
Distributors Get Aggressive with Inventory Management