This article is part of MDM's 2015 Distribution Trends Special Issue. It provides a look at how the supply chain has become more sophisticated as the industry moves toward the 'factory of the future.'
The annual feature 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 issue.
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Trends outlined in the 2015 report include:
Good News, Bad News for U.S. Economy
Distributors Get Back to the Basics
‘Doubling Down’ on Distributor Relationships
Distributors Embrace, Expand Online Customer Base
Distributors Seeking ‘Lean’ Supply Chain
Distributors Adapt to More Sophisticated Supply Chain
Distributors Combine Traditional, New Means for Recruiting
Distributors Change Tune on Generational Shift
Trend Snapshots for 13 Sectors
The report also includes the following case studies and interviews: