Podcasts

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Shift7 Digital CEO Andrew Walker draws on his extensive B2B consulting experience with distributors and manufacturers — including Global Industrial — to share what makes for an effective technology strategy. Listen to hear why a product-first focus doesn’t work in distribution e-commerce, the benefits of content storytelling and other ways to differentiate your company’s online experience.

In this episode, Al Bates, principal of Distribution Performance Project and guru of financial performance benchmarking, shares three factors for how smaller distributors can gain competitive advantage against larger competitors as he sees high-touch customer opportunities developing. He also discusses why he wrote his latest book, Profit Guide for the Small Distributor, where he details a profit-first methodology and playbook.

Justin King of B2X Partners talks about how change management is one of the biggest challenges of any digital transformation project and the critical need to build digital experiences that are customer-first oriented. He also addresses how to leverage the knowledge and expertise in an organization to create better online experiences that drive revenue.

Mark Dancer of the Network for Channel Innovation talks with Tom Gale about the challenges distributors are addressing as they undertake digital transformation programs. As author of the upcoming edition of the Facing the Forces of Change report series published by the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors, Mark has been in research mode for more than a year and shares some of that insight in this edition.

Update on Lawson’s transformation journey. Four years after transitioning its sales and digital models, Lawson Products President and CEO Michael DeCata gives MDM’s Tom Gale a progress report on the company’s service-intensive approach and talks about its SAP implementation, salesforce transformation and its unique go-to-market model.

Interview with Kirk Zehnder, CEO of Earnest Machine This 72-year-old fastener distribution company out of Cleveland disrupted its outside sales model, creating a team-based sales department structure that had an immediate impact on culture and revenue.

Former Amazon team member and Amazon seller consultant Alan Adams speaks with Tom Gale on Amazon Business from an insider’s perspective. This podcast references MDM’s Amazon Business Forum conference, held in December 2018, that explored strategy and effective tactics for both partnering with and competing with Amazon Business.

Disruption, distribution M&A and shifting value propositions. After selling his family’s paper distribution business 20 years ago, Brent Grover has been a consultant and prolific author on pricing, M&A and creating value in wholesale distribution businesses. Brent talks with MDM’s Tom Gale on the next phase of his career and his take on the current challenges in the industry.

MDM’s Ian Heller and John Gunderson talk shop. What’s on the minds of distribution executives? In spite of a record year for most sectors of wholesale distribution in 2018, there is a growing sense of volatility across many areas – pricing, inflation, global trade, tariffs and an increasingly tough labor market. Industry veterans and MDM President Ian Heller and MDM VP of Analytics John Gunderson discuss what they’re hearing from the front lines of distribution.

Dan Hill, President of Newark element14 and Becky McMorrow, Director of Marketing Newark element14 speak with MDM’s John Gunderson about how to build an Omni Channel experience to take share and grow business.

The information contained in the podcast is for general information purposes only. Newark element14, part of the Premier Farnell Group, assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions in the contents of this podcast. This podcast is for information and illustrative purposes only. It is not, and should not be regarded as “investment advice” or as a “recommendation” regarding a course of action, including without limitation as those terms are used in any applicable law or regulation.

MDM’s exclusive interview reveals many facets of Amazon’s customer-first strategy. Prentis Wilson, VP of Amazon Business, speaks with MDM’s Tom Gale about Amazon Business’s value proposition for distributors, current strategic initiatives and how he sees the customer defining the future of supply chains.

Investment Banking Directory

The MDM Investment Banks in Distribution directory is a listing of firms with expertise in the wholesale distribution industry.