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MDM March 10, 2010


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  • Articles written by editors of Modern Distribution Management based on interviews with industry experts and company executives
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Table of Contents:

  • Grainger's E-Commerce Evolution: Grainger has long been known as ahead of the curve in its e-commerce initiatives. Here's an in-depth look at the $6.2 billion MRO distributor's journey and the lessons it learned along the way. This is part of an MDM series on trends in doing business electronically.
  • Grainger's E-Commerce Timeline: A look at key dates and benchmarks in e-commerce since the mid-1990s.
  • Commentary: The Ripple Effect of Grainger's E-Commerce Investments: As Internet adoption has skyrocketed the past few years, Grainger has benefited from its strong platform.
  • Why United Stationers Bought a Software Company: MDM recently spoke with United Stationers President and CEO Dick Gochnauer about why the master distributor bought MBS Dev, a small Denver-based software provider for distributors. The move was part of a long-term strategy to help both its resellers and the technology providers that serve them to stay on top of capabilities necessary to stay competitive in today's online environment.
  • MDM Interview - NBMDA: Market Visibility Improves: Bill Delaney, president of family-owned specialty building products distributor Distributor Service Inc., Pittsburgh, PA, and current president of the North American Building Material Distribution Association (NBMDA) recently spoke with MDM Associate Editor Jenel Stelton-Holtmeier about the association, and trends, challenges and shifts in the building materials industry.
  • News Digest: News briefs from Feb. 25-March 10, 2010
  • Industrial Inflation Index: January 2010: Modern Distribution Management's Inflation Index measures a cross-section of industrial supplies on a month-to-month basis.
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