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This article is part of MDM's 2016 Distribution Trends Special Issue.

It used to be that the largest distributors were the biggest threats to small ones. Their ability to outspend other players in technology and growth allowed them to eat up market share across geographies, but new technology and customer expectations have changed the competitive landscape.

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  • How technology is growing the reach of smaller distributors
  • Innovative supply chain solutions that grow market share
  • Other strategies distributors are using to gain competitive advantage

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This article is part of MDM's 2016 Distribution Trends Special Issue.

For the next generation workforce, pay is still important, but the benefits that come with a position from health insurance to career development programs are just as important, if not more so. As a result of that and new or changing regulations, the cost of employment keeps rising.

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  • Why offering health insurance and other benefits is so important
  • An overview of HR costs and challenges
  • Ways to combat the cost of providing benefits

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While increased costs related to employment may seem inevitable, you can take steps to mitigate the impact to your company’s bottom line. Here are five tips from Nancye Combs, president and CEO of HR Enterprise, a human resources consulting firm in Louisville, KY, on how to manage the rising cost of employment.

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The proliferation of mobility and growth in the use of sensors is driving connectivity in the consumer and business worlds. Distributors have increasingly embraced the role of mobile in purchasing, leading to more focus on creating mobile-friendly websites. But the practical role of these devices also continues to grow.

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  • How distributors are using new tech to improve the supply chain
  • Why mobility and sensors are important
  • What to expect from new tech in the future

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Chicago, IL-based electrical and decorative lighting distributor Paramont EO recently reconfigured its warehouse to accommodate more products more efficiently. The company was selected as an MDM Market Mover for how it turned an operational efficiency exercise into a company-wide team-building strategy.

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What is big data and why does it matter?

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