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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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Customer satisfaction drives Dakota Supply Group. The Fargo, ND-based electrical, HVAC and plumbing distributor recently launched its After Hours Experts initiative to provide technical, service and sales support for customers beyond the routine Monday to Friday, 8-to-5 schedule. CEO Todd Kumm spoke with Associate Editor Eric Smith about how the company works to differentiate amid changing customer demands.

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MDM identified a handful of other distribution trends to watch for the rest of 2017 and into next year. Look for stories on these and other topics relevant to the industry in future issues of MDM Premium and at mdm.com.

Other trends include:

  • The millennial effect
  • New wasy to approach training
  • Shifting the focus of delivery

 

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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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It used to be that the largest distributors were the biggest threats to small ones. Their ability to outspend other players in technology and growth allowed them to eat up market share across geographies, but new technology and customer expectations have changed the competitive landscape.

This article includes:

  • How technology is growing the reach of smaller distributors
  • Innovative supply chain solutions that grow market share
  • Other strategies distributors are using to gain competitive advantage

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This article is part of MDM's 2016 Distribution Trends Special Issue. It provides a quick look at key trends affecting the industrial pipes, valves and fittings distribution sector.

The annual feature was researched and written by MDM based on interviews with dozens of distributors, industry experts and manufacturers. MDM also conducted a survey of its readers to uncover the trends outlined in this issue.

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This article is part of MDM's 2016 Distribution Trends Special Issue.

For the next generation workforce, pay is still important, but the benefits that come with a position from health insurance to career development programs are just as important, if not more so. As a result of that and new or changing regulations, the cost of employment keeps rising.

This article includes:

  • Why offering health insurance and other benefits is so important
  • An overview of HR costs and challenges
  • Ways to combat the cost of providing benefits

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This article is part of MDM's 2016 Distribution Trends Special Issue. It provides a quick look at key trends affecting the jan-san products distribution sector.

The annual feature was researched and written by MDM based on interviews with dozens of distributors, industry experts and manufacturers. MDM also conducted a survey of its readers to uncover the trends outlined in this issue.

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While increased costs related to employment may seem inevitable, you can take steps to mitigate the impact to your company’s bottom line. Here are five tips from Nancye Combs, president and CEO of HR Enterprise, a human resources consulting firm in Louisville, KY, on how to manage the rising cost of employment.

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This article is part of MDM's 2016 Distribution Trends Special Issue. It provides a quick look at key trends affecting the safety products distribution sector.

The annual feature was researched and written by MDM based on interviews with dozens of distributors, industry experts and manufacturers. MDM also conducted a survey of its readers to uncover the trends outlined in this issue.

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