The Informed Distributor

5 key strategies for successful supply chain management

05/04/2015

Demand management. Promoting and protecting flow. Throughput and productivity. RFID for distribution. Supply chain talent. These are key factors that can make or break any distribution business. In a recent white paper, management consultant Howard Coleman identifies them as the 5 key strategies for supply chain management (SCM) excellence. Supply ... Continue reading 5 key strategies for successful supply chain management »

Prepare for “Warehouse Feud” at WERC 2015

05/01/2015

Survey says! You know the TV game show “Family Feud.” Well, now there’s “Warehouse Feud.” If you’re headed to the 2015 WERC conference in Orlando, Florida next week, May 3-6, you really need to check out this breakout session: “aLive from WERC’s Celebrity Studio: Warehouse [Family] Feud.” The Warehousing Education ... Continue reading Prepare for “Warehouse Feud” at WERC 2015 »

ERP upgrades: ‘The best-in-class stay current’

04/21/2015

Why is it so important to get on with the job of upgrading your ERP—even if you would desperately prefer to put it off? A new white paper from the Aberdeen Group explains. When it comes to your ERP, it’s easy to keep postponing the inevitable: It’s the system your ... Continue reading ERP upgrades: ‘The best-in-class stay current’ »

Does a hybrid model allow distributors to embrace AmazonSupply?

04/09/2015

Here’s some good news for any distributor who’s been fretting about how to compete head-to-head with AmazonSupply®. According to “AmazonSupply: Friend or Foe?,” a new white paper by Charles Bennett and BrandonR. Brown of Business Data Links (BDL), it may be easier for many distribution operations to work with Amazon, ... Continue reading Does a hybrid model allow distributors to embrace AmazonSupply? »

How the Right ERP Makes Your Business an Onshoring Powerhouse

03/30/2015

We’ve been talking about onshoring as a new opportunityfor distributors to help manufacturing partners reassert themselves in the U.S. marketplace. But to take full advantage of the trend, you’ll need a distribution ERP with the right functionality to support a smart, efficient, transparent operation. In its new white paper, Blurring ... Continue reading How the Right ERP Makes Your Business an Onshoring Powerhouse »

Onshoring Business for Distributors: Start Small, Test Your Assumptions

03/13/2015

Onshoring is emerging as a great opportunity for distributors to add to their traditional relationship with manufacturers, drawing in new business while delivering capabilities the manufacturing sector desperately needs. But the success of any new business model depends on great execution and careful attention to detail. Which is why a ... Continue reading Onshoring Business for Distributors: Start Small, Test Your Assumptions »

5 Ways Onshoring Can Boost Your Distribution Business

03/06/2015

In last week’s blog, we looked at how onshoring is blurring the line between manufacturing and distribution, creating new opportunities for distributors who know how to tap them. With more than half of U.S. companies with sales over $1billion planning or actively considering onshoring, “it’s time for distributors to rethink ... Continue reading 5 Ways Onshoring Can Boost Your Distribution Business »

Manufacturers onshoring and how distributors can benefit

02/24/2015

A powerful and unexpected business trend is emerging. More and more manufacturers are beginning to onshore operations they previously sent overseas. And distribution businesses are often in a perfect position to help them succeed, as well as directly benefit themselves. It wasn’t so long ago that offshoring was the new ... Continue reading Manufacturers onshoring and how distributors can benefit »

Ingenious strategies drive distributors’ survival in the Age of Amazons

02/10/2015

We’ve been talking about the agility, precision, speed, and insight that distributors need to succeed in the Age of Amazons. Those skills all add up to smart, ingenious business strategies that enable you to hold your own against larger competitors with deeper pockets. “It isn’t just about AmazonSupply or Alibaba,” ... Continue reading Ingenious strategies drive distributors’ survival in the Age of Amazons »

Distribution success depends on smart, timely insights

02/04/2015

Have you ever considered that distributors have access to more data in one business cycle than earlier generations of executives may have seen in their lifetimes? Sounds ideal, but in this era of big data, too much of a good thing can be distracting if not managed correctly. At a ... Continue reading Distribution success depends on smart, timely insights »







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