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Best Practices: Wholesale Distribution 2014–2016 Investment Guide and Industry Insights

Best Practices: Wholesale Distribution 2014–2016 Investment Guide and Industry Insights

This IDC Manufacturing Insights report presents IT budget benchmark data and priorities for the wholesale distribution industry, as found in IDC's 2014 Global Technology and Industry Research Organization IT Survey. The report also draws from IDC Manufacturing Insights' ongoing research, including our spending guides, vertical view survey, wallet database, and conversations with industry-leading CIOs, IT experts, and wholesale distribution business leaders.

Wholesalers are responsible for the movement of goods, acting as intermediaries between manufacturing and retail; but the lines between manufacturing, wholesale, and retail are blurring. Wholesalers that wish to capitalize on the changing market and grow their business must consider how well their IT infrastructure is set up to support such a change. This report looks at the responses from wholesalers regarding their current and planned investment in technology and how that investment is positioning the industry to grow and gain ground on other industries that have typically been more forward thinking in regard to IT.

"Indeed, it is clear that wholesalers that wish to remain relevant, promote growth, and drive profitability must commit to improving their acceptance and deployment of modern technologies, and the timing is right for wholesalers to make strategic investments in IT that will help to catch up to and leapfrog other industries, which will result in a better overall competitive position for the industry as a whole," says Simon Ellis, Supply Chain Strategies practice director at IDC Manufacturing Insights.

Please Note: Extended description available upon request.

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In This Study
Situation Overview
Business Needs
Management Challenges
Key Initiatives
Customer Experience
Cloud/Big Data/Analytics
Smart Initiative/Internet of Things
Investment Priorities
The Best Practices
Big Data and Analytics
Cloud Computing
Social Business
Future Outlook
Essential Guidance
Actions to Consider
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Figure: Industry Adjacencies
Figure: Level of Importance for Customer Experience Initiatives
Figure: Level of Importance for Merchandise and Planning Applications
Figure: Level of Importance for Supply Chain, Product Life-Cycle, and Operations Initiatives

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