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Alibaba Group CEO Daniel Zhang Assumes Chairmanship

Daniel Zhang succeeds Jack Ma, who announced his retirement one year ago.
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Acuity Brands Appoints New Leadership

President, SVP and CFO roles changing.
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Lawson Products Appoints VP of Mergers and Acquisitions

Brian Hoekstra will report to President and CEO Michael DeCata.
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Prepare for the Future by Building Capabilities Today

Five priorities for growth.
Digital technologies have opened the door for distribution leaders to achieve dramatic improvements in productivity and create compelling customer experiences. Many leaders are leveraging digital tools as a foundation for continuous improvement and some are ...
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Distributors Must Hang Together – or Hang Separately

No individual distributor can fight and win in this time of disruption by going it alone.
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Is Inventory Sharing a Solution to Distributors’ Surplus Inventory Problem? Maybe.

Successful inventory sharing networks have six things in common, including a proactive approach to the process.
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Leadership in the New Distribution Future

Management needs to do a better job getting the team aligned around the existing opportunities to improve profitability.
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Tribute Inc. Unveils E-Commerce Partnership with Aldrich Web Solutions

The partnership integrates Tribute's TrulinX ERP software with Aldrich's WebAlliance integrated e-commerce suite of products.
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How Distributors Can Face Down Supply Chain Volatility

Use technology to smooth the process
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Will Amazon’s One-Day Shipping Kill the Distribution Industry?

Only if distributors try to beat Amazon at its own game.
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2018 State of E-Commerce in Distribution

MDM Special Report: The 2018 State of E-Commerce in Distribution

$64.95
Continuous improvement is required to adapt to ever-changing customer expectations for their e-commerce. Amazon, Grainger and other world-class e-commerce sites are constantly monitoring customer needs and making modifications that result in better conversion, customer stickiness or other operational improvements. View
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MDM Special Report: The 2017 State of E-Commerce in Distribution

$64.95
Continuous improvement is required to adapt to ever-changing customer expectations for their e-commerce. Amazon, Grainger and other world-class e-commerce sites are constantly monitoring customer needs and making modifications that result in better conversion, customer stickiness or other operational improvements. View

Article Access: Capturing the Power of Customer Surveys

$14.95

Done right, customer surveys can provide valuable insights into your customer base. Done wrong, they can alienate those customers and damage your company’s reputation for being easy to do business with. This article examines ways to ensure your surveys provide the best results.

This article includes:

  • Creating Segments
  • Keeping it brief
  • Asking tangible questions
  • Measuring actions

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MDM Special Report: The Sales Gorilla in the Room

$64.95
It’s been long believed by many in the industry that the economic value of the relationship is between the sales rep and the customer, not the distributor and the customer. Because of this, many distributors are afraid to introduce too much change to how they approach sales. But how customers buy is challenging the traditional role, function and purpose of the distributor field sales position – and as a result, the function itself has to change. View
MDM Special Report Wholesale Distribution Disrupted

MDM Special Report: Wholesale Distribution Disrupted

$74.95
After years of evolutionary change, wholesale distribution is on the cusp of truly dramatic disruption from a number of forces. This series of articles, based on conversations with distribution executives and research conducted by Deloitte, identifies some of the critical disrupters affecting the industry and presents a framework for long-term success. View
What Customers Want: A Distributor's Guide to Customer Buying & Shopping Preferences

What Customers Want: A Distributor's Guide to Customer Buying & Shopping Preferences

$249.00
Big changes are coming to the way end users shop and buy. The data in this report will challenge you to think differently about what your business needs to better serve your customers and can further inform your company’s specific needs as they shift toward more efficient shopping and buying vehicles. View
MDM Special Report - Beyond Sales Training in Distribution

MDM Special Report: Beyond Sales Training in Distribution

$74.95
Distribution executives who want to improve training throughout their organization will find this report a valuable resource. Rethink training for existing employees and the next generation, examine the challenges of training and learn the tools and techniques of the negotiation. View
MDM Special Report - 2016 State of M&A in Distribution

MDM Special Report: 2016 State of M&A in Distribution

$64.95
Distribution executives who want to understand what forces are shaping a quieter M&A landscape in 2016 as well as the trends that are surfacing for the rest of the year will find value in this report. Prepare for future opportunities and learn how to avoid pitfalls of M&A. View
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MDM Special Report: 2016 State of E-Commerce in Distribution

$79.95
Distribution executives, leaders and strategists will get an understanding of how the industry's e-commerce offerings are maturing and why now is the time to launch e-commerce capabilities on their websites. View
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MDM Special Report: 2016 Distribution Remodel – Core Competencies

$119.95
Distribution executives, leaders and strategists will get a foundational understanding of why now is the time to rethink, reorganize and remodel their business. While our coverage of the remodel is ongoing, this report addresses core elements that should be the focus of your strategic remodel. View
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