Last month, The Cook & Boardman Group LLC, a specialty distributor of commercial door entry solutions and systems integration services based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, announced its 10th acquisition in the two and a half years since CEO Darrin Anderson joined the company in the summer of 2017. A portfolio company of investment firm Littlejohn & Co. since October 2018, the acquisitions are part of a larger Cook & Boardman effort to continue to grow the company’s national footprint.
There are well-known quick fixes an inventory management solution can bring to a distributor, such as cutting back on disappearing products or eliminating user error from incorrectly typed SKUs on a manual tracking spreadsheet. But the data available from inventory management platforms can also present a long-term strategic opportunity in the form of improved demand planning, exposure of costly trends and even visibility into competitors’ share of customer spend.
CEO Kathy Mazzarella draws on the distributor’s distinguished track record of being at the forefront of change and technological advancement to promote employee-led innovation efforts that are creating new pathways to strengthen customer connections and business growth.
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The Industrial Supply Association’s Women Industrial Supply Executives recognized AD’s president of Industrial & Safety Division—U.S. with the award honoring those committed to advancing the development of women in the industrial channel at its fall conference.
The global e-commerce platform's business model is built around the premise of making it easier for distributors and manufacturers to do business around the world, says John Caplan, president of North America B2B and chief growth officer, global B2B.
Speakers at NAW 2020 Executive Summit: Innovate to Dominate urged distributors who have yet to embrace e-commerce to invest in digital platforms. There is plenty of room for growth in international B2B e-commerce, which is six times larger than the B2C market, noted Alibaba Group’s John Caplan.