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Distribution business trends for 2018, Part 1: It’s (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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11 Oct 2018
6 Supply Chain Management Statistics to Know
 

As we enter an increasingly digitized era in supply chain management, owing to new technologies from IoT sensors to real-time freight tracking, the hurdles that face manufacturers and logistics providers alike are becoming ever more complex: software integration are becoming increasingly difficult,

 
Brian Hoey
flexis

05 Oct 2018
5 Important Considerations for Smarter Route and Tour Planning
 

In theoretical computer science, the traveling salesman problem asks the following question: "Given a list of cities and the distances between each pair of cities, what is the shortest possible route that visits each city and returns to the origin city?" Anyone who has worked in transport

 
Brian Hoey
flexis

05 Oct 2018
SaaS and Retail Innovation: A Software Development Perspective on Managing Change
 

It’s a fact that many retailers have struggled to embrace innovations in technology, especially the move to cloud-based or Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions for day-to-day operations. Even so, retailers know that moving to the cloud gives them greater agility and faster speed to

 
JDA
JDA

05 Oct 2018
The Impact of Big Data on Logistics
 

Almost 85 percent of organisations using big data expect it to dramatically alter the way they do business. Let’s look at the impact of big data on logistics. Data is all around us. When we leave the house in the morning, our mobile devices can tell us our ETA to work—without us even

 
Unipart Logistics
Unipart Logistics

05 Oct 2018
Automotive Supply Chains: the Coming Revolution
 

Automotive supply chains are facing a massive revolution that will see driverless cars, shrinking production volumes and highly customised products shaping the sector. While these developments are seemingly unconnected, they do have one thing in common—all of them will require greater agili

 
Unipart Logistics
Unipart Logistics


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Global manufacturing slowdown continues in October
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