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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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07 Dec 2018
A 5 Step Guide to Optimizing Total Logistics Costs
 

Buying health insurance in the U.S. is an odd business. Essentially, you have to balance your monthly premium (i.e. the amount that you pay your insurance provider each month for continued coverage) with your deductible (the amount that you have to pay out of your own funds before the insurance comp

 
Brian Hoey
Flexis

06 Dec 2018
JDA & WMG, University of Warwick Study: Majority of European Manufacturers Are Only at the Early Stages of Digital Supply Chain Adoption
 

Research shows manufacturers still struggling to effectively integrate and analyse supply chain data; AI usage expected to double in the next five years to capitalise on the digital opportunity The majority of European manufacturers are only at the early stages of their digital supply chain j

 
JDA
JDA

30 Nov 2018
DHL Global Trade Barometer: World trade momentum weaker but growing
 

Indices for all seven countries indicate further growth Pace slows down in all index countries – particularly in Asia India continues to grow most dynamically; weakest trade growth in the UK Tim Scharwath, CEO DHL Global Forwarding, Freight: “The DHL Global Trade Barometer shows

 
DHL
DHL

30 Nov 2018
Digital Manufacturers: What to Look for in a 3PL
 

Let’s say your manufacturing outfit is looking to hire a new employee, and you’re tasked with creating the job listing. What are you likely to ask for in your potential new hires? Depending on what type of IT environment your business runs on, you might require that they be familiar with

 
Brian Hoey
Flexis

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


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The Agility Agenda for Procurement

This year, Ardent Partners explores a key characteristic that separates best-in-class procurement teams from all others – agility.While the 318 procurement and finance pros who were surveyed continue to focus on sa...


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