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HARDI Distributors Report 24.3% Revenue Jump in June

Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International’s monthly TRENDS report shows a huge spike in HVAC distributors’ revenue, marking a “solid start for the cooling season,” says HARDI analyst Brian Loftus.

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CFNAI August
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Chicago Fed National Activity Index Declines to +0.79 in August

Latest Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI) shows that two of four broad categories of indicators used to construct the index made positive contributions in July, but all four categories decreased from July.

cutting tool consumption
Research & Analytics

U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Drops 30.6% in July

Latest report shows U.S. cutting tool consumption down 8.5% from previous month of June, while year-to-date total is down 21.2% from same period of 2019.

IRCG Pandemic Revenue Index September 7-11, 2020
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Tough Labor Day Comp Sinks Latest Pandemic Revenue Index

Distributor sales drop 12.7% for the week of Sept. 7-11 due to the Labor Day holiday falling within that time frame, according to the latest Indian River Consulting Group PRI.

trade sales and manufacturers’ shipments and inventories
Research & Analytics

Manufacturing and Trade Shipments Down in July

The U.S. Census Bureau announced that the combined value of distributive trade sales and manufacturers’ shipments and inventories for July was down 1.2% from last year.

Industrial Production August 2020
Research & Analytics

Industrial Production Rises 0.4% in August

According to the Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization Report, manufacturing output increased 1% during the month; industrial production was still 7.3% below its pre-pandemic February level.

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Strategy

‘I Don’t Have Time’ Doesn’t Work Anymore

Digital transformation is no longer something to get to eventually. It’s an imperative for survival.

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Trends Report

A Pandemic Operating Manual

Thirteen lessons from distributors who are finding the silver linings in COVID-19.

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Strategy

Commentary: ‘I Don’t Have Time’ Doesn’t Work Anymore

Digital transformation is no longer something to get to eventually. It’s an imperative for survival.

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Technology

One Disruption, Many Responses

Wholesale distribution finds innovative ways to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic that are remodeling business operations.

Technology

Download this Issue as a PDF: September 10 2020

This issue of MDM Premium features our annual Market Leaders listings of the top distributors in the U.S. See the rankings in key categories, and learn how several of the ranked companies put themselves in a strong market position in 2019 that has fared them well throughout the disruption of 2020.

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