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Analytics tools not only help distributors become more agile, but in this time of increasingly complex supply chains, they can also alleviate stock-outs — and ease customers’ minds. But don’t forget the key components of building this capability.
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In a recent virtual conversation with a few hundred Texas A&M Industrial Distribution students, the next generation had a lot to say about what changes they see in B2B distribution after the full impact of COVID-19 becomes clear. The future of distribution is moving faster than any of us thought possible, and its looking brighter with the talent coming online.
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Dependence on traditional measures such as gross margin can put a drag on growth and profits. New metrics such as cash-flow value to expenses or expenses as percent of revenue, combined with customer-focused services, are propelling those who take advantage of them, says WayPoint Analytics Randy MacLean.
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As top distributors become more proficient with data analysis, others are falling behind, creating a critical gap in competitive business intelligence. Four of the speakers at MDM’s upcoming Analytics Summit share their recommendations here for optimizing data analytics across a range of business operations.

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  • The Will to Do It
  • Why It's Been Lacking
  • Spreading the Knowledge

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