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The University of Innovative Distribution recommends the following books to add to your collection. Please note that you will be directed to another website to purchase these books as we do not fulfill the orders. 

Effective Sales Incentive Design for Distributors: What’s the Right Plan?

Mike Emerson, Steve Deist

UID Book Store CoversEffective Sales Incentive Design for Distributors: What’s the Right Plan? is designed for top wholesale distribution executives and sales managers who are looking for the answer to this question: “How can I get my sales reps to just do what I want them to do?”  

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Getting the Most Out of CRM: Best Practices for Wholesaler-Distributors

Mark Dancer

UID Book Store CoversExperienced wholesaler-distributors say CRM (Customer Relationship Management) is fast becoming a standard practice. More than that, it’s becoming an essential tool for managing a high-performing distribution sales organization. 

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Optimizing Distributor Profitability: Best Practices to a Stronger Bottom Line

F. Barry Lawrence, Ph.D., Senthil Gunasekaran, Pradip Krishnadevarajan

UID Book Store CoversThere are 47 best practices in Optimizing Distributor Profitability: Best Practices to a Stronger Bottom Line and all were developed from actual experiences of 84 real wholesale distribution firms across our industry. This groundbreaking research study is not academic modeling or theory; it is a powerful weapon for you to use to enhance your shareholder value.

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Customer Stratification: Best Practices for Boosting Profitability

F. Barry Lawrence, Ph.D., Pradip Krishnadevarajan, Senthil Gunasekaran

UID Book Store CoversBest-in-class distributors categorize customers based on various factors, but customer stratification has long been an unexplored area for most distribution companies. Not anymore. At last, that gap is filled by this first-of-its-kind research study, Customer Stratification: Best Practices for Boosting Profitability.

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Sales and Marketing Optimization: Developing Competitive Value Propositions in Distribution

Senthil Gunasekaran, Pradip Krishnadevarajan, F. Barry Lawrence, Ph.D.

UID Book Store CoversSales and Marketing Optimization: Developing Competitive Value Propositions in Distribution is a first-of-its-kind, best practices study that focuses on aligning customer needs, sales force priorities, and wholesaler-distributor objectives to maximize value creation.

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5 Fundamentals for the Wholesale Distribution Sales Manager

Tim Horan, Steve Deist

UID Book Store CoversThis book, by Tim Horan and Steve Deist, offers a practical but powerful approach for taking your sales force to the next level. It includes key concepts, practical ideas, and real-world stories taken from the front lines of wholesale distribution. This book will give you the essential leadership skills to keep your career and your business moving ahead and performing at higher levels.

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Value Creation Strategies for Wholesaler-Distributors

Steve Deist, Mike Marks, Mike Emerson

UID Book Store CoversIn Value Creation Strategies for Wholesaler-Distributors, authors Steve Deist, Mike Marks, and Mike Emerson provide highly actionable insights about how wholesaler-distributors can use a market-driven strategy to increase enterprise value for customers and shareholders.

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What's Your Plan? Smart Salesforce Compensation in Wholesale Distribution

Mike Marks and Mike Emerson

UID Book Store CoversAccording to authors Mike Marks and Mike Emerson in their book, What’s Your Plan? Smart Salesforce Compensation in Wholesale Distribution, there is absolutely no relationship between your sales incentive plan and your likely gain or loss in market share.

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Working at Cross-Purposes: How Distributors and Manufacturers Can Manage Conflict Successfully

Mike Marks

UID Book Store CoversIt takes a long time to develop good distributor-supplier relationships; unfortunately, it only takes a short time to destroy them. Best seller Working at Cross-Purposes, written by Mike Marks, Tim Horan, and Mike Emerson, takes a look at what really drives these relationships, how often they go bad, and why. 

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5 Fundamentals for the Wholesale Distribution Branch Manager

Jim Ambrose

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This 5 Fundamentals for the Wholesale Distribution Branch Manager, Second Edition is the classic step-by-step guide to helping branch managers improve their business and leadership skills. “If winning means profitable market share and profitable market share growth, then developing the branch manager is essential to a company’s success,” he says.

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Sharpening Your Competitive Edge: How to Strengthen Your Distribution Sales Team for Top Results

Jim Pancero

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Attention Distribution Sales Executives: This book shows you how to build a stronger, strategic selling organization. In Sharpening Your Competitive Edge, author Jim Pancero shows you a low-risk path to bring change and improvement to your sales team. This is not a book on how to fix a broken sales organization. Instead, it shows you how to take your already strong distribution sales team and make it even better.

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The Best Distribution Sales Book Ever!

Joseph C. Ellers

UID Book Store CoversThe Best Distribution Sales Book Ever! covers the distributor sales job from soup to nuts—from prospecting to closing—and every step in between. Your most important job as a distributor salesperson is to find new opportunities and then drive them to either a sale or a “no.” Huge amounts of distributor sales are lost simply because the momentum peters out.

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Facing the Forces of Change: Reimagining Distribution in a Connected World

Guy Bissett

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Facing the Forces of Change® is the only major research study analyzing the future of wholesale distribution within multiple lines of trade. Since its inception in 1982, the landmark Facing the Forces of Change® series continues to provide insights about the overall future of wholesale distribution and the role of wholesaler-distributors. 

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The Little Black Book of Strategic Planning for Distributors

Brent Grover

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Brent Grover’s latest book on the wholesale distribution industry, The Little Black Book of Strategic Planning for Distributors, is published by Modern Distribution Management. This is a concise book covering the critical pieces of creating a strategic plan for a wholesale distribution company including case studies, exhibits and end-of-chapter questions for your management team. 

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Pricing Optimization: Striking the Right Balance for Margin Advantage

Pradip Krishnadevarajan, Senthil Gunasekaran, F. Barry Lawrence, Ph.D., Brijesh Rao

UID Book Store CoversForward-thinking wholesaler-distributors who strive for above-average returns in the “New Normal” by leveraging pricing optimization best practices that are rooted in sound analytics must read Pricing Optimization: Striking the Right Balance for Margin Advantage!

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Profit Myths in Wholesale Distribution

Al Bates

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Al Bates of Profit Planning Group has spent more than 30 years analyzing distributor financial statements. His findings boil down to this conclusion: Much, and possibly even most, of what distribution managers know about improving profitability is wrong. Good economic times mask this fact, while challenging times make this fact absolutely dangerous!

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Strategic Pricing For Distributors: Tools and Rules for Building Higher Margins

Brent Grover

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Experience shows that most distributors are leaving at least two percentage points of gross trading margin on the table. This translates into 2% of total sales. Many companies can ultimately achieve more. The improvement is attainable fairly quickly and has proven to be sustainable. Two percent is the difference between mediocre profit results and stellar performance!

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In Search of the Perfect Customer

Brent Grover

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As wholesaler-distributors operate in today’s economy, they must protect their most profitable, high-growth potential customers and avoid squandering their precious resources. If your sales compensation plan and other policies encourage your staff to misspend their time and your resources on the wrong customers, now is the time to act. If your company is overlooking opportunities to make money and stop profit leakage, this is the book for you!

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