Platforms are indeed “eating the world.” Most distributors can still choose whether they will do the eating or be the meal. This post previews some of the key findings in the second report, “Developing a Marketplace Strategy,” based on our research for the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) into new leadership strategies for distributors to add value in…
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