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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.
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.
If we were to assign a theme to this issue of MDM Premium, it would be new beginnings. The articles you will find in the October 10 issue address keys to sales team transformation, including how to look differently at the function and job requirements of your sales department. We also speak with the new president of EPDA on his vision for distribution in Europe and how the industry will reshape itself in the wake of COVID-19.

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MDM's quarterly Data Issue for the second quarter of 2020 features both our regular MDM-Baird Distribution survey of more than 550 distributors, manufacturers and service providers, as well as a new quarterly report, MDM's Distribution Markets Forecast in association with the University of Colorado Boulder's Leeds School of Business.

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In this issue of MDM Premium, we provide a variety of ways for distributors to improve business practices — starting with a look at the altered M&A landscape and which companies are most likely to have an advantage in today's marketplace. Then, you'll read how remote sales management often requires sales leaders to focus on soft-selling skills. And finally, pick up some tips on how to adjust inventory management planning when demand is anything but typical.

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