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In MDM's debut Spotlight feature, we profile how flexibility and forward vision continue to lead this plumbing, HVAC and PVC supplies distributor after more than 126 years.
This article is part of MDM's 2013 Distribution Trends Report. It provides a quick look at key trends affecting the HVACR/Plumbing distribution sector.

The annual report was researched and written by MDM editors based on interviews with dozens of wholesaler-distributors, as well as industry experts and manufacturers. MDM also conducted a survey of its readers to uncover the trends outlined in this report.

The full report is available to download in PDF format to MDM Premium subscribers. Subscribe below for full access. Or log-in if you are already a subscriber.

Trends outlined in the 2013 report include:

  • Generational Shift Drives Changes in Technology, Customer Expectations
  • Hiring in Distribution Complicated by Lack of Visibility, Shifting Needs
  • The Rise of Little Data in Distribution
  • Distributors Get Smarter About Vending
  • Distributors Get Aggressive with Inventory Management
  • Vendor, Distributor Consolidation Continues
  • Wallet Share, Customer Demands Drive Channel Convergence
  • Other Trends
  • Trend Snapshots for 14 Sectors

The report also includes the following case studies and interviews:

  • 2013 MDM Market Movers
    • Replenex Builds Culture of Cost Savings
    • A&M Industrial Finds Niche in Essential Services
    • Strategic Planning Pays Off for Machinery Tooling & Supply
  • MDM Market Leader Profiles
    • Interline Brands' Focus on Jan-San
    • Arrow Electronics Plots a Global Course
The Home Depot, Atlanta, GA, reported first-quarter profit of $1 billion, compared with $1.5 billion in the same period in fiscal 2006. Sales for the first quarter totaled $21.6 billion, a 0.6 percent increase from the first quarter of fiscal 2006. Total sales in the retail segment declined 4.3 percent to $18.5 billion, and comparable store sales declined 7.6 percent. Total sales in the HD Supply segment grew by 46 percent to $3.1 billion, reflecting sales from acquired businesses. Organic sales were down 6.5 percent. More & hellip;
HeidelbergCement AG, Heidelberg, Germany, has agreed to buy Hanson plc for about & pound; 8 billion (US$15.8 billion). HeidelbergCement is one of the top ...
Praxair, Inc., Danbury, CT, has agreed to buy a 50% stake in the industrial gases business of Yara International ASA of Norway.

The joint venture would initially include Yara's existing industrial gases businesses in Norway, Denmark and Sweden. The venture would operate under the name Yara Praxair AS and would be based in Oslo, Norway. The intentions are to establish the new company during the third quarter.

Yara generated annual sales of US$150 million in fiscal year 2006.

Combining the strong market position and name recognition that Yara enjoys in Scandinavia with Praxair's operational expertise and technology offerings, particularly in the areas of energy and environmental applications, creates a very compelling partnership," said Steve Angel, chairman ...

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