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Revenue Intelligence: The Defining Advantage in Post-Pandemic Markets

Since the onset of the pandemic, Modern Distribution Management has identified key differentiators between distribution organizations challenged to tread water and those able to strengthen profitability and customer loyalty. The biggest differentiator is how the successful organizations effectively use data analytics tools across operations, sales and marketing, while struggling organizations are holding on to the status quo. And the gap is widening.

 

This report distills MDM research from the past two years to provide a roadmap for how distributors can use advanced analytics best practices to drive revenue growth and profit despite (and often because of) a volatile market environment.

 

The State of Digital Platforms in Distribution

As technology, buying behaviors and influence from the B2C market disrupt the distribution industry, models that worked for decades are no longer effective. Distributors are adopting new platforms, ecosystems and tools to ensure they can fulfill demand across a variety of channels and deliver the additional value commercial buyers demand.

 

Download this free report to learn how distributors must innovate to meet the changing landscape.

 

5 Big Business Challenges Solved by Business Intelligence Software

Distributors find their most significant business challenges are typically centered in five areas. In this guide we look at 5 big business challenges solved by Business Intelligence software. Like a powerful flashlight, Business Intelligence (BI) can “shine a light” on these areas to reveal trends and the root causes. Business Intelligence will lend powerful insights for solving challenges and help improve business outcomes.

 

BI keeps you on top of trends to solve many modern distribution problems before they start. With BI, you have insightful and actionable information right at your fingertips to solve these nagging business problems. Now you can stop “fighting fires,” to operate more proactively, and focus more of your efforts on growing your business.

 

Download your free guide to learn how you can use BI to solve business challenges from day one.

 

Annual 2018 Distribution M&A Roundup

In like a lion, out like a lamb – 2018 started with a few landscape-shifting deals in the industrial and building materials sectors. The competitive landscape continued a healthy pace in second quarter with major deals by Sunsource and MSC, plus competing bids to buy Essendant. The Staples-Essendant saga finally settled in October and M&A extended into marketing groups as IDC-USA merged with the marketing group Affiliated Distributors. Download a free copy to read about other M&A deals of 2018.

How Distributors Can Close the Gap with Amazon Business

Amazon Business has not only changed the rules for customer expectations on price and purchasing options, they’ve rewritten the book on how distributors of all sizes, across all product sectors, compete in the future. Distributors need to map out a plan to invest in the technology and the strategic capabilities that will help them engage and retain customers, even as Amazon Business grows at exponential rates globally and other digital disruptors and traditional competitors quickly advance their value propositions.

Is Your ERP Ready for Artificial Intelligence?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is no longer science fiction – it’s the here and now. And it’s transforming how business leaders look at enterprise resource planning (ERP) functionality, driven by digital disruptors that are leveraging AI across several dimensions to innovate on behalf of customers. But what is it? And how exactly can it help a business grow? This white paper outlines how artificial intelligence will increasingly support and enhance core ERP capabilities for distributors.

The Future of AI in Distribution

This report defines artificial intelligence and machine learning and how leading companies are using them so that executives understand both the promises of AI and the threat posed by competitors who use it well. In this analysis, we will cover a wide range of technology topics, and we will start by defining and explaining some terms that may be new to you.

2018 Market Leaders Profiles Full Report

This free PDF includes lists of top distributors in 14 sectors, including:

  •  Company profiles
  •  4-year revenue trend data
  •  14 sector snapshots

2018 Top Distributors List

This free PDF includes lists of top distribution companies across 14 sectors.

The lists are ranked in order of 2017 revenue size alone; no other factors were used to compile these lists.

Your Amazon Business Playbook: A Strategic Evaluation for Distributors

This report, focusing on distribution’s omnichannel future, follows Amazon’s rise as it rapidly built the competencies needed to master B2B distribution the way it mastered the online bookstore. We examine the threats that Amazon poses, the rise of Amazon Business – formerly AmazonSupply – and why it presents a clear threat to today’s distributor.

The Field Sales Rep of the Future

This free report highlights five practices firms are using to transition their field sales rep roles from being self-directed generalists to management-directed specialists.

Top 5 Mistakes Distributors Make with Vending

Learn how to avoid these common pitfalls distributors make with vending.

2018 Distribution Industry Outlook Highlights

Each year MDM provides an outlook of the state of the distribution industry based on reader surveys and data collected in partnership with Baird.

This PDF includes an overview of current economic conditions, expectations for 2018 and the top three trends to pay attention to in the year ahead.

2017 Top Distributors List

This free PDF includes lists of top distribution companies across 14 sectors.

The lists are ranked in order of 2016 revenue size alone; no other factors were used to compile these lists.

Investment Banking Directory

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

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