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How Remote Should Your Remote Sales Team Be?

Many distributors are redefining sales processes to put sellers at customer sites for only the most important interactions. For inside roles, consultant Andrew Horvath asks, should sales leaders deploy inside roles in a centralized or decentralized manner?

Who Will Win the Battle of Man vs. Machine in Distribution Sales?

Panelists from Salsify, Dremel, Bloomreach and Waters Corp. debate whether B2B sales interactions will be more human or machine-based going forward. It depends on who owns the sales experience, if machines can manage complexity and which route produces the smoothest sales cycle.

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This issue of MDM Premium takes a deep dive into the distribution M&A landscape for the remainder of 2021. Topics covered include historical thinking that led to today’s perspectives, how 2020 shaped investor and seller mindsets and what to think about when planning a transaction of your own. We’ve also got news on Walmart’s latest automation moves and how you can get a sneak peek at the industry’s future through MDM’s next virtual event.
This issue of MDM Premium is future-focused. You will learn tips from a top plastics distributor on how to be both environmentally conscious and business savvy for company longevity. Then, you will discover how analytics can reshape the way your business operates. Dive into the February 25 issue now. 
This issue of MDM Premium is features inspiring stories from executives at leading distribution companies on how they overcame the challenges of 2020 and what they are doing to continue to bring positive change to their companies. Read on for inspiration from NW Synergy, Graybar, Cardinal Health and Grainger.
Our first quarterly data issue of 2021 is packed with benchmark information from the fourth quarter of 2020 to help guide your decision-making. It includes sector-specific commentary from distributors in the industrial, electrical, HVAC/plumbing, building products, gases/welding, pipes, valves and fittings markets. You will also find the latest pricing trends and financial metrics and trading multiples.