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Publications

Featured Publication

BRAND-NEW! Driving Profitable Growth: A Distributor's Playbook to Generate–Manage–Sustain Competitive Advantage

Groundbreaking Research from Barry Lawrence

and His Team at Texas A&M!

Growth is imperative. Distributors that are not growing are essentially dying in slow motion. Achieving top-line growth is becoming increasingly difficult given today's economic challenges and customer demands. That is why the path to achieving and sustaining profitable growth needs a systematic and dynamic approach.

Driving Profitable Growth: A Distributor's Playbook to Generate–Manage–Sustain Competitive Advantage is the first research study in wholesale distribution to examine both public and private firms and uncover a roadmap that addresses the three dimensions—generating, managing, and sustaining—of profitable growth. At last, distributors have a growth playbook that is based on research and analytics instead of anecdotal information! 

The research combines rigorous analytics that were collected from a decade of financial data with input from wholesaler-distributors from multiple lines of trade. It reflects the current environment and determines the roadmap to the future. This study speaks to the growth planning and execution issues all distributors face in leading and growing their organizations. There is no more important time than right now for distribution management teams to read this study!

Driving Profitable Growth is filled to the brim with

  • 95 best practices on growth from actual distributors that are easy to understand and visually depicted on the accompanying wall map
  • 40 ready-to-implement action steps
  • 60 real-world distributor examples from across the industry!

The two four-color wall maps, which accompany the research study, present a comprehensive collection of four growth frameworks—each vividly presenting the findings in a systematic and easy-to-digest manner:

  • Framework 1 focuses on introducing the three key dimensions of growth—generating, managing, and sustaining.
  • Framework 2 lists a collection of nine growth strategies and their drivers—leverage, penetrate, broaden, add, reach out, expand, build, innovate, and diversify.
  • Framework 3 outlines a list of best practices required to achieve profitability and cash flow while aggressively growing the business.
  • Framework 4 presents the set of growth blind spots to avoid in your journey to value creation.

This book is a collaboration of the NAW Institute and Texas A&M, two leaders in wholesale distribution education and training.

Save 15% when you order together with these other best sellers from the authors at Texas A&M: Pricing Optimization: Striking the Right Balance for Margin AdvantageSales and Marketing Optimization: Developing Competitive Value Propositions in Distribution,  Customer Stratification: Best Practices for Boosting Profitability, and Optimizing Distributor Profitability: Best Practices to a Stronger Bottom Line.


New Releases

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Distribution Online Courses

Human Resources Management and Training

Profit, Pricing, and Operations Improvement

  • BRAND-NEW! Driving Profitable Growth: A Distributor's Playbook to Generate–Manage–Sustain Competitive Advantage
    Senthil Gunasekaran, Pradip Krishnadevarajan, F. Barry Lawrence, Ph.D.
  • BRAND-NEW! The REAL Profit Drivers: Managing the CPVs
    Albert D. Bates, DBA
  • Customer Stratification: Best Practices for Boosting Profitability
    F. Barry Lawrence, Ph.D., Pradip Krishnadevarajan, Senthil Gunasekaran

  • In Search of the Perfect Customer: Cost-to-Serve for Distributors
    Brent R. Grover
  • Lean Operations in Wholesale Distribution
    Dr. Perry Daneshgari, Michelle Wilson
  • NAW Online Course: Quality Processes in Distribution

  • Optimizing Distributor Profitability: Best Practices to a Stronger Bottom Line
    F. Barry Lawrence, Ph.D., Senthil Gunasekaran, Pradip Krishnadevarajan
  • Price for Success: An Online Course for the Wholesale Distribution Sales Team
  • Pricing Optimization: Striking the Right Balance for Margin Advantage
    Pradip Krishnadevarajan, Senthil Gunasekaran, F. Barry Lawrence, Ph.D., Brijesh Rao

  • Profit Myths in Wholesale Distribution: The Truth About Sales, Margins, Inventory, and Expenses
    Albert D. Bates, DBA
  • Strategic Pricing for Distributors: Tools and Rules for Building Higher Margins
    Brent R. Grover
  • Triple Your Profit! Stop Being a Profit Soldier and Start Being a Profit Winner
    Albert D. Bates, DBA

Sales Management

  • 5 Fundamentals for the Wholesale Distribution Sales Manager
    Tim Horan, Steve Deist
  • BRAND-NEW! The Future of Selling: The End of Sales as We Know It
    Howard Stevens
  • Driving Distributor Sales Beyond: Best Practices for Outselling Your Competitors
    Dirk Beveridge

  • Effective Sales Incentive Design for Distributors: What’s the Right Plan?
    Mike Emerson, Steve Deist
  • Essentials of Profitable Inside Sales in Distribution©
    Jim Olsztynski
  • Getting the Most Out of CRM: Best Practices for Wholesaler-Distributors
    Mark Dancer

  • Objective-Based Selling™ in Wholesale Distribution: Four Keys to Selling More at Higher Gross Margins
    Gary T. Moore
  • Sales and Marketing Optimization: Developing Competitive Value Propositions in Distribution
    Senthil Gunasekaran, Pradip Krishnadevarajan, F. Barry Lawrence, Ph.D.
  • Taking Charge of Distribution Sales: 9 Proven Skills to Lead and Manage Your Sales Team
    Gary T. Moore

  • Transforming Data into Action: Using Analytics for Better Distributor Sales Decisions
    Tony Pericle
  • Transforming Your Sales Force for the 21st Century, Second Edition
    Dave Kahle
  • What's Your Plan? Smart Salesforce Compensation in Wholesale Distribution
    Mike Marks, Mike Emerson

Strategy Development, Execution, and Management

  • BRAND-NEW! Becoming a Digital Distributor: Strategies and Tools That Create Value
    Mark Dancer
  • BRAND-NEW! INNOVATE! How Successful Distributors Lead Change in Disruptive Times
    Dirk Beveridge
  • Strategic Planning for Distributors: Execution Isn’t Everything—It’s the Only Thing!
    Tom O'Connor

  • Value Creation Strategies for Wholesaler-Distributors
    Steve Deist, Mike Marks, Mike Emerson

Supply Chain Management

  • NAW Online Course: Manufacturer-Distributor Relationships
  • Working at Cross-Purposes: How Distributors and Manufacturers Can Manage Conflict Successfully
    Mike Marks, Tim Horan, Mike Emerson

Trends in Wholesale Distribution

  • Facing the Forces of Change®: Decisive Actions for an Uncertain Economy – available as an e-book
    Guy Blissett
  • Facing the Forces of Change®: Reimagining Distribution in a Connected World
    Guy Blissett

Warehouse and Inventory Management

  • Achieving Effective Inventory Management, Fifth Edition with EIM Version 3 Spreadsheets!
    Jon Schreibfeder
  • Auditing Warehouse Performance PLUS Warehousing Forum newsletter
    Ken Ackerman
  • Lean Warehousing PLUS Warehousing Forum newsletter
    Ken Ackerman

  • The Time, Space & Cost Guide to Better Warehouse Design, Second Edition
    Maida Napolitano
  • Warehouse Productivity
    Pat Kelley, Ron Hounsell
  • Warehousing Tips PLUS Warehousing Forum newsletter
    Ken Ackerman

Wholesale Distribution Basics

  • 5 Fundamentals for the Wholesale Distribution Branch Manager, Second Edition
    Jim Ambrose
  • 5 Fundamentals Series Bundle
    Jim Ambrose, Tim Horan, Steve Deist
  • Essentials of Profitable Wholesale Distribution©, Second Edition
    Jim Olsztynski