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Distribution business trends for 2018, Part 1: Itís (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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30 Nov 2018
5 Things We Learned from Black Friday
 

Another Black Friday (and Cyber Monday) have come and gone. The holiday that once marked the beginning of holiday shopping and big crowds and lines in-store is changing the way we think about shopping and gifting at the holidays. It’s possibly even changing the way we plan out big ticket it

 
JoAnn Martin
JDA

30 Nov 2018
Autonomous Vehicles in The Intelligent Supply Chain
 

In this article we discuss the impending role of autonomous vehicles in the intelligent supply chain—and how they could benefit enterprises. Self driving trucks and ‘platooning’ have featured a lot in the news lately, drawing a heavy amount of skepticism, criticism and concern f

 
Unipart Logistics
Unipart Logistics

27 Nov 2018
Retail supply chain management and the rise of fast fashion
 

From the incredible pace of turnover in style trends to the excess waste it produces, today’s fast fashion phenomenon is a controversial topic on many fronts. However, when it comes to the efficiency of today’s retail supply chain management techniques, controversy is replaced by admirat

 
Ilyas Kucukcay
Kinaxis

23 Nov 2018
AI adoption among Canadian businesses stagnant: Only 16 per cent of companies use AI, which remains unchanged since 2014
 

Deloitte report finds Canadian consumers and businesses don’t understand or trust AI Canada is rapidly falling behind other countries in artificial intelligence (AI) adoption and demand, which is putting Canadian talent and future competitiveness at risk, according to Deloitte’s lates

 
Deloitte
Deloitte

23 Nov 2018
UK retailers brace for fiercely competitive Christmas amid cautious consumer appetite
 

Deloitte’s European Christmas Survey 2018 predicts Europe’s shopping habits in the run up to Christmas; UK consumers reveal signs of caution despite their expectations to spend £567 (€646) this Christmas, 42% more than the European average; 42% of Christmas spending wil

 
Deloitte
Deloitte


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