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As a note from Allen Ray: This is a Duplicate Post from 1-22-2015 due to some technical difficulties. All comments previously submitted have been re-created. It tis the New Year of 2015 and most distributors have successfully handed over demand creation to their customers. That's right. You...

Be Inspired-2

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  Last week over 1000 attendees converged upon Chicago for Affiliated Distributor's (AD) Electrical Supply Division North American Meeting.    Channel Marketing Group attended along with 1042 other individuals. The theme of the conference was "Be Inspired." Aside from national chain...

declining or growing

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Over the past few weeks I've been working with clients on their 2015 strategies. As an element we review much data, inquire about what has driven business in 2014 and discuss areas of focus for 2015. We've seen a correlation, especially for construction-oriented distributors, that lighting...

Mergers & Acquisitions

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September was a busy month for Sonepar and shared insights into an evolution of Sonepar in the U.S. and potentially communicated a message to Rockwell distributors. And these were just two of the deals done this month. Sonepar #1 - Sonepar, with over $21B in sales, acquired Routeco, a $175...