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When It Comes to The Distributor Quoting Process Winning Is Not Just Everything, It’s the Only Thing!

When It Comes to The Distributor Quoting Process Winning Is Not Just Everything, It’s the Only Thing!

On October 24th, 2019, during the MDM Webcast, John Gunderson, said that an “improved quotation program will build a sustainable model that can take cost out of the quotations process.” That’s true. But “removing the cost” isn’t enough. Winning business is what it is all about. “Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing!” – Vince [...]
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“Extending Intelligence”: Does Your Technology Really Facilitate The “Sharing” Of Supplier Experience And Knowledge In A Systematic Way?

“Extending Intelligence”: Does Your Technology Really Facilitate The “Sharing” Of Supplier Experience And Knowledge In A Systematic Way?

By: John Dickey  QSTRAT based in Ann Arbor MI. In his recent post on how data silos undermine the effectiveness of the distributor quoting process, Jon Hansen talked about the importance of buyers sharing their “experience, knowledge, and information” to ensure that they “deliver maximum value to ALL stakeholders.” After reading the article, the one [...]
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How data silos undermine the distributor quoting process and why it needs to be fixed!

How data silos undermine the distributor quoting process and why it needs to be fixed!

“A sourcing or tender process is used to select the best product or service for a certain category of expenditure. Unfortunately, lots of these processes are not run well, resulting in loss of large savings opportunities, delivery of poor-quality products, or less favorable terms. – Sourcing Process, Procurement Academy I remember the days of the [...]
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New Webcast: How to Improve Your Quotes to Win More Business  – Oct 24th

New Webcast: How to Improve Your Quotes to Win More Business – Oct 24th

Download Webcast Download this Oct 24th 2019  MDM Webcast that will outline how to improve automated systems for key suppliers and how an improved quotation program will build a sustainable model that can take cost out of the quotations process. Speakers:  John Gunderson Modern Distribution Management VP, Analytics & E-Business John has held senior distribution [...]
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Extending Supplier Profiles for Improved Sourcing Activity

Extending Supplier Profiles for Improved Sourcing Activity

Although creating a functional supplier profile might seem to be supplier management “101”, many organizations still manage supporting information with a combination of spreadsheets and/or disconnected vendor/supplier databases existing outside the commercial data in the business system/ERP. Altogether these tools lack the ability to qualify suppliers’ capabilities or connect with spend-management category identifiers that go [...]
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MARCH 27 – Webinar Notice:  BEYOND ACCURACY , How Distributors Are Transforming Customer Experience In The Digital Age

MARCH 27 – Webinar Notice: BEYOND ACCURACY , How Distributors Are Transforming Customer Experience In The Digital Age

Please join us our Panel of Industry experts on March 27th, 2019 at 9:30am EST for this exciting Webinar. You will learn how Distributors are leveraging technology to streamline their Supplier and Customer quoting process. According to the recently released IDC FutureScape Report, “By 2022, 60%+ of global GDP will be digitized, with growth in [...]
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Unpacking The Hidden Value Of The Digital Distributor Quoting Platform by Steve Wargalla

Unpacking The Hidden Value Of The Digital Distributor Quoting Platform by Steve Wargalla

In today’s transactional world, it is easy to focus solely on availability and timely delivery of needed parts as a measurement of distribution platform effectiveness. While it makes sense that timely delivery is the ultimate performance metric, it is not the only one that you should be tracking. In other words, the story does not […]


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Competitor Alignment: How A Distributor Quoting Platform Is The Missing Link In Your End-To-End Supply Chain

Competitor Alignment: How A Distributor Quoting Platform Is The Missing Link In Your End-To-End Supply Chain

During a recent interview, the question of how I would compare the QSTRAT Distributor Quoting Platform to the various solutions that are available through ERP or P2P providers came up. More specifically, do I consider them to be competitors? It was not the first time I have heard this question about our place or niche [...]
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