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

Amazon’s impact on e-commerce and delivery expectations in distribution is evident, but distributors and industry analysts have identified several other ways the online giant is disrupting the industry – online and off.

These include:

  • Extended credit terms
  • Marketplace selling
  • Price transparency

 

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

Challenging conditions in oil and gas markets continue to present some hurdles for hose and rigging equipment distributor SBP Holdings, but a balanced growth strategy over the years has made a “rock solid” company, according to President & CEO Don Fritzinger. Fritzinger recently spoke with Editor Jenel Stelton-Holtmeier about the company’s approach to changing markets and M&A.

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In 2017, MDM is recognizing distributors that are innovative in their approach to their markets. Virginia Beach, VA-based industrial distributor Incredible Supply & Logistics was founded in 2010 in Chris Faison’s garage. The company leveraged its logistics expertise to carve out a successful niche serving the government and defense contractors.

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

While data-sharing among distributors and their supply channel partners has been discussed for years, new technologies and skillsets have increased the usability of even more data. As a result, respondents to the recent MDM market trends survey noted an increase in requests for data-sharing up and down the supply chain.

This article includes:

  • New technologies and skillsets equals even more data
  • Customers' need for more information
  • Data creates an opportunity to improve the value you provide to customers

 

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

While U.S. GDP growth in first quarter of 2017 was a tepid 1.2 percent, for many distributors, the new year marked a shift in outlook for the industry. But there’s also a shift in customer expectations, as highlighted by the trends examined in this issue.

This article includes:

  • An overview of distributor revenue
  • How distributors are adapting to economic conditions
  • Insights from industry executives on economic trends

 

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

Distribution sales have traditionally been driven by outside salespeople who set their own course for how and where to sell in a given territory. But purchasing behaviors have changed, driven by technology and a generational shift, which means that sales models will need to change, as well, to capture and maintain business going forward.

This article includes:

  • A shift in purchasing
  • The changing sales model
  • Refocusing outside sales

 

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Change can be difficult; that’s not new. But the pace of change over the last three decades has increased dramatically, creating even more need to approach it critically. Steve Samek, author of the first Facing the Forces of Change study for NAW, recently spoke with Editor Jenel Stelton-Holtmeier & Evergreen Consulting’s Brent Grover about what has changed around innovation for the distribution industry since that first study in 1983 and how to adapt your business for success.

This article includes:

  • Innovation vs. execution
  • Six reasons for strategy failure
  • The folly of fast following

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