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Truck drivers are a hot commodity in an industry suffering from an operator shortage. New technologies offered by companies like Uber Freight and Tesla may be just the thing to not only lure the next generation to the profession, but ultimately make driving a big rig close to autonomous.

This article includes:

  • The Next Generation of Driver
  • The Trucks of the Future
  • Safety in Automation

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Counterfeit Authentic Magnified
Knock-off products are found everywhere, from watches and handbags to bearings, electrical products and construction materials. The effects of counterfeit products go beyond lost revenues and the misappropriated use of anothers trademark. This article examines the scope of the current counterfeit market in distribution and what can be done to protect you, your channel partners and the products you sell.

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  • Financial impact
  • Safety and environmental impact
  • Customer impact

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3-questions-pricing
Online giants continue to disrupt distribution, making effective pricing strategy more important than ever. In the recent MDM Webcast, What Distributors Need to Know about Pricing Disruption, Brent Grover, managing partner of Evergreen Consulting LLC, discussed how distributors can improve their approach to pricing in order to survive disruption.

This article includes:

  • Implementing your pricing strategy
  • Communicating your service strategy
  • Keeping the barbarians from crossing your moat

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This article is part of MDM's 2017 Distribution Trends Special Issue.

“Attitude is everything” is a phrase easily forgotten in the day-to day-hustle, but the “soft skills” that enable someone to interact effectively with other people continue to be more important than just a motivational catch phrase.

This article includes:

  • Identifying and addressing this soft skills gap
  • Easing HR issues
  • Improving productivity

 

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