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The role of distributors is changing, says Guy Blissett, wholesale distribution lead for IBM Corp. and author of The National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors’ 2013 edition of Facing the Forces of Change: Reimagining Distribution in a Connected World. New technologies and ways of leveraging them to engage with customers and supply chain partners are emerging every day. While today’s environment can be daunting, Blissett says, it’s also full of opportunity.

This interview includes Blissett's take on:

  • New technologies distributors should be watching
  • How new technologies can be used in distribution for a competitive advantage
  • The importance of innovation

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Business owners procrastinate when it comes to succession planning for many reasons, including uncertainty over potential successors and concerns about how affected family members and key employees will react. But these obstacles aren’t insurmountable, according to Lawrence Gold, corporate attorney for law firm Carlton Fields and author of Passing the Torch Without Getting Scorched: Preserving Your Legacy With Smart Succession Planning.

This interview includes Gold's take on:

  • Why management and ownership succession are different
  • Why it's hard for owners to prioritize succession planning
  • How to decide whether to pass the company to family

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As interest in vending has spiked, small and mid-sized distributors are under increasing demand from customers to supply the service. But for some, the cost to begin can be prohibitive. Vending machine and software suppliers have responded to the demand for a lower-cost option to help these distributors serve smaller customers profitably. SnapVend is one of these solutions.

This article is part of MDM’s series on the industrial vending market.

This article includes:

  • How SnapVend developed as an option
  • Where this type of vending program fits in today's market
  • The benefits of this type of program

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