The Aberdeen Group published in February a comprehensive report titled “What Has Changed in Wholesale Distribution: 2015 & Beyond.” This interesting look at successful or “Top Performers” across the distribution industry identifies those metrics at which distribution leaders excel. Here are some Report Highlights.

Top performing wholesale distributors:

  • Invest in process change & technology at twice the rate of their peers
  • Drive down excessive inventory
  • Are 1.9 times as likely to segment by customer
  • 1.3 to 1.6 times as likely to segment by supplier, partner, and product
  • 3.5 times as likely to conduct cost-to-serve modeling at the item, product, and customer level

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As pricing specialists, we have also noticed patterns in top performing wholesale distributors and manufacturers.

Businessman_on_top_postTop performers excel in these 4 areas:

  • Incidental Sales vs. All-Sales Margin – The average distributor has just a 7 to 9 margin point difference between their incidental and all-sales margin. However, companies that have the highest earnings (EBIT) consistently make 12 to 15 points more than their average margin.
  • Large vs. Small Customer Margin – The average difference between customers who spend more than $100,000 a year and those who spend less than $10,000 is only 10 margin points. Top performers optimize how they segment customers for pricing enjoy a 15+-point difference.
  • Number of Product Pricing Segments – Industry wide, distributors average 700+ product divisions for pricing. Top performers will work in this range while under-performers lump commodities and incidentals together, lowering margin.
  • Price Utilization% – Industry-wide, the sales people lower system-suggested pricing 50+% of the time. Top performers see a direct correlation between price utilization percentage and incidental sales margin and work to increase utilization.

See also: Compare How You Price

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Published On: August 14th, 2015 / Categories: Articles, Featured /