Communication was the central topic in the latest Quicktake podcast featuring MDM's Tom Gale and IRCG's Mike Marks, as the two dug into what transparency really means.
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At 19, Bearing Service, Inc. President Doug Savage unexpectedly took over the distribution company his grandfather started. In a new MDM podcast, Savage talks about his passion for education, his early adoption of the Entrepreneurial Operating System, the opportunities for independent distributors ahead and his many leadership roles across a 47-year career.
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Amid digital expansion, many distributors grew apart from customers during the pandemic. Fastenal did the opposite. In a new MDM Podcast, Mike Hockett and Dan Florness discuss how the company continues to grow closer to its customers.
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.
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The outlook for 2022 remains bright, but government efforts to restrain inflation, global instability and continued supply chain challenges seem to shift the variables almost daily.
Susan Merlo explains how using strategies to provide significant information to the right buyers at the right time is essential to a successful digital sales transformation.
The company’s recent choices raise the question: Will other similar distributors reduce their exposure to volatile energy markets?
The first part of this analysis outlined how distributors can pick their battles and create strategies to win market positions in any given territory. Here in Part 2, companies can learn how to implement those precise strategies to grow their bottom line and increase market share.
There is only one market leader in any given territory. Any successful growth strategy has to be built on your position in the market — you have to pick your battles and create tactics to win. The question is how you decide where to focus your sales and marketing resources to increase your market share. This analysis presents a methodology for developing more precise strategy.
Spreading the notion that distribution isn't desirable makes it harder for companies to enact strategic changes and attract workers. It's also just not true. Here's how companies can promote their industry and win the talent war.
Supplier price increases offer profit opportunities for distributors, especially today. But too often firms miss the boat. Here's a primer on the key levers and strategies to make sure everyone on your team maintains price integrity.
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In Part 2 of MDM’s two-part analysis, we explore how Zoro in the U.S. and MonotaRO in Japan are forging a new identity for smaller businesses.
MDM this year has hosted an array of guests from across the distribution industry, and many of them have reflected similar outlooks: Challenges may persist, but companies are eyeing realistic paths to growth.
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