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Distribution business trends for 2018, Part 1: Its (still) about the customer

2018 is already shaping up to be a fast-paced, challenging year for wholesale distribution, with trends, challenges, and opportunities evolving at a breathtaking pace.

But as business analysts talk to distributors, one overarching message is crystal clear: while some of the challenges are familiar, there’s never been a time when distribution technology was more perfectly poised to drive modernization, transformation, and business success.

Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be looking at seven business trends that any distributor can use, and every distributor should use, to guide strategy for the next 12 months. Our tour begins where every aspect of distribution begins and ends—with the customer.

 

The age of mass personalization

A mega-trend like customer-centric marketing isn’t going to disappear anytime soon: If anything, buyers who’ve learned to enjoy mass p


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16 Jun 2020
5 Tips for IT Management in the Industry 4.0 Era
 

Imagine that you’re tasked with designing a factory, but you don’t know what product or products the factory is going to be tasked with producing. What challenges might you encounter? Well, you might be able to make some basic design choices that adhere to broad industry best practices (

 
Brian Hoey
flexis

16 Jun 2020
Food Waste: The Hidden Enemy of Streamlined Operations
 

In late 2019, Blue Yonder’s shared research found that £144 million ($177 million) in food waste could be prevented by the UK’s top eight grocers each year by implementing artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) in their supply chains. The COVID-19 crisis h

 
Luis Llamas
Blue Yonder

11 Jun 2020
COVID-19 How the COVID-19 crisis is expected to impact the aerospace industry
 

With its rapid global spread, massive death toll and resultant lockdowns and border closures, COVID-19 has devastated demand for travel globally. Indeed, COVID-19 is a "perfect storm" for the travel sector due to a combination of changes in passenger behaviour, government restrictions on t

 
Manfred Hader, Robert Thomson and Holger Lipowsky
Roland Berger

10 Jun 2020
Surviving Amidst Excess Inventory in Retail
 

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the health of individuals, communities, and economic sectors—including retail. Around the globe, normal life has changed dramatically, resulting in store closures (temporary and permanent), employee layoffs, and people focused on essential needs. Appar

 
Michael Dale
Infor

10 Jun 2020
5 Myths About Shipping and Freight Forwarding in 2020
 

This year more than ever, the global logistics chain has had to fly by the seat of its pants. Constant disruptions and global uncertainty have led most businesses to reconsider their fundamental assumptions about the supply chain of the future and how it will operate. This kind of soul-searching is

 
Brian Hoey
flexis


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Global manufacturing output and new orders contract at vastly reduced rates in June
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Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals

Maximum safety and reliability and reducing the costs for our customers at the same time: we are able to offer the chemical industry an extensive range of chemical logistics services that hardly any other logistics specialist can match. It is our goal to harmonise our services with your specifications in s...


Will Logistics 4.0 Reduce Your Supply Chain Risk?

In much of the world, we’re stuck in the grey doldrums of late winter—but let’s think back to the recent holiday season for a minute. Specifically, let’s imagine that you’re trying to sen...


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HOYER: Future-Proofs System for Managing Intermodal Rail, Road, and Sea Transport to Meet High Growth Potential

HOYER is an independent family enterprise that dates back to 1946, and which has become one of the world’s leading bulk-logistics providers, offering comprehensive transport services and complex logistics soluti...

Building the Brand of Procurement and Supply

Forward-thinking players are setting their sights on advancing the future of procurement with active value management. But there’s a long way to go to become an essential part of the enterprise performance conversa...


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