Tom Gale, Author at Modern Distribution Management
Posts By Tom Gale
Big data analytics visualization technology with scientist analyzing information structure on screen with machine learning to extract strategical prediction for business, finance, internet of things
What’s out? Doomscrolling. What’s in? Distribution industry executives making more data-informed decisions supported by stronger technology and analytics. In our first Quicktake podcast conversation of the year, IRCG’s Mike Marks and MDM’s Tom Gale look at the opportunities for distributors to take what the business cycle and competitors will provide in the year ahead.
Hand puts blocks with the words 2023 Vision. Concept for business ideas and goals. Strategy development. Planning and action plan. Performance, motivation and company management.
In a discussion on threats, themes and strategic planning for 2023, James Dorn of the Dorn Group and MDM’s Tom Gale discuss thinking beyond rebates, the rise of customer self-serve, the power of segment focus and pain relief, and a call to rewrite the operating manual for distributor-supplier relationships and value creation.
Control stick of a merchant ship in full ahead mode.
MDM’s team has been on the fall conference tour. Here, Tom Gale and IRCG’s Mike Marks compare notes from conversations at Affiliated Distributors, NetPlus and ISSA's recent summits, as well as MDM’s SHIFT event. They also cover the latest Baird-MDM quarterly MarketPulse survey, with most distributors reporting double-digit growth amid few signs of a slowdown.
Sales Hybrid Mike Marks Maria Boulden
In this week’s MDM Podcast, Gartner’s Maria Boulden, Mike Marks of Indian River Consulting Group and Tom Gale tackle all things sales transformation: Massive shifts in customer buying behavior, digital-first go-to-market strategy, supplier partnerships and the new sales skills needed to compete, including situational awareness, data literacy and digital dexterity.
Distribution leaders have played a mostly reactive role as conduits for products and services — but more are now taking on proactive approaches as facilitators and value creators. In a new MDM podcast, Tom Gale and Dirk Beveridge talk about how evolving leadership dynamics are changing the industry.
In this week’s MDM Podcast, Walter SVP Chester Collier shares four decades of international sales management and business development experience across industrial distribution channels. We discuss the current state of channel dynamics and how sales management has — and has not — evolved in the face of rapid change the past few years.
In this week's MDM podcast, Walter SVP Chester Collier shares four decades of international sales management and business development experience across industrial distribution channels. We discuss the current state of channel dynamics and how sales management has — and has not — evolved in the face of rapid change the past few years.

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