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While distributors dont always prioritize their logistics capabilities, it is critical to optimize transportation efforts and distribution center networks amid growing threats and rising expenses. This article details supply chain strategies distributors can deploy to better manage costs and retain customers.

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  • Areas to cut costs
  • Managing customer expectations
  • Logistics opportunities

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This month we feature 10 Tips for Remodeling Your Business, which many distributors need to undertake to remain competitive amid changing market conditions. Distribution leaders and consultants share their advice on why investing in your company – even during a downturn – is imperative for survival, as well as where to focus resources.

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The distribution industry is due for a remodel. What has worked for decades still works, but it is far less ef­fective now for businesses that want to grow. MDM’s team has identified key areas to focus on in 2016 to build the adaptive model that changing market condi­tions require.

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  • Introduction: How to Build a Better Business
  • Invest or Die
  • Refocus on the Core
  • Deepen Talent Development

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Building a better supply chain is critical for a successful 2016 Distribution Remodel. This article shows why distributors who havent focused on improving supply chain functions should begin investing resources now in hopes of remaining competitive and avoiding obsolescence.

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  • The threat of Amazonification
  • Benefits of a better supply chain
  • Processes & technology to invest in

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  • 2016 Distribution Remodel: Invest or Die
  • Predictable Supply Chain Disruptions Abound
  • Distributors Seeking 'Lean' Supply Chain

Distributors looking to balance renewed focus on their core with meeting customer demand to provide more are turning to master distributors to achieve that end. This article looks at how the role of master distributors has evolved and the additional roles they now play for traditional distributors.

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  • How distributors use masters
  • Additional benefits master distributors provide
  • How masters are elevating their traditional role

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  • Distributors Adapt to More Sophisticated Supply Chain
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  • Industry 4.0: Technology-Driven Change

Distributors can benefit from rethinking how they do business. And General Motor's investment in Lyft provides a few timely lessons on this.

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Integrated

For more than a quarter of a century, MDM has covered the complex and changing landscape of integrated supply in distribution. This article, an update to the 2010 report, shows distributors the value of offering integrated supply while outlining the challenges they must overcome.

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  • Key elements of integration
  • The maturing model of integrated supply
  • How technology is improving integration

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