Category Archives: Distribution Strategy

195. ‘New Normal’ Is a Complete Fantasy

Friends,

Find below a fun, insightful and right-on body of advice from Bill Wade. Bill is a career consultant, operator and writer for (most narrowly) the heavy-duty-truck parts and automotive parts channels. Known him for years. (Personal bias alert.) He is an excellent value-added editor of my stuff and others.

We are all in for tough times, but your competitors will really suffer if not disappear, IF you execute on Bill’s advice.

Onward!

Bruce

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186. C-19 Competitor Consolidations?

Too Many Players for a Collapsing Demand?

Imagine being a distributor in Houston today serving the oil & gas frackers. Boom! Demand collapse!
A less-severe, boom-bust scenario happened in Houston from ’71 to ’85. Oil prices per barrel inflation-adjusted for today: $22.94 in ‘71. Peaked at $117.30 in ‘80. Then, bottomed at $33.97 in ’86.

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185. Downsize (Upgrade and Reinvent) Tactics for Distributors

Tough Times’ Tactics

Since WW2, when the economy tanked, the drill was: freeze hiring, maybe weed a few. Freeze all investments. Cut all discretionary expenses. Try not to cave on declining incentive pay that is de facto salary. Wait out the recession, then get back to growing with: the US Economy; your industry; and/or the inflation in your product lines.

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177. Scary Strategic Questions for 2020 (A)*

The Usual Drill and What Breakthrough-Insight Experiments?

Calendar-year distributors: what’s your planning routine for 2020? Is it forecasts, goal setting and budgets, to beat last year by trying harder? Plus, what big-new-competitive-advantage experiments will you be trying? If you aren’t planning something a bit scary, then you are doing same old stuff in new clothes to get fading results. Continue reading 177. Scary Strategic Questions for 2020 (A)*

The Usual Drill and What Breakthrough-Insight Experiments?

Calendar-year distributors: what’s your planning routine for 2020? Is it forecasts, goal setting and budgets, to beat last year by trying harder? Plus, what big-new-competitive-advantage experiments will you be trying? If you aren’t planning something a bit scary, then you are doing same old stuff in new clothes to get fading results. Continue reading 177. Scary Strategic Questions for 2020 (A)*