Manufacturing

Set Yourself Up Now to Beat the Next Recession

Set Yourself Up Now to Beat the Next Recession

Written by Mike Marks on Monday, 07 January 2019.

Digital transformation. Consolidation. Growing concerns over manufacturers’ going direct. With all the shiny objects in front of distributors right now, it’s easy to ignore...

Nature vs. Nurture in Sales Management

Written by Steve Deist on Monday, 22 June 2015.

The skills needed to excel as a wholesale distribution sales rep are different than those needed to lead as a sales manager.

My Price or Yours?

Written by Steve Deist on Thursday, 23 April 2015.

This blog summarizes the most important lessons that our consulting firm has learned about effective pricing in wholesale distribution.

How to Go from Too Many Distributors to Just Right

Written by Steve Deist, Tim Horan on Thursday, 06 November 2014.

Manufacturers are always struggling with whether or not they have the right distribution plan. They want to understand if they have the right number of distributors and if the...
Steve Deist

The Sales Manager’s Best Friend

Written by Steve Deist on Tuesday, 30 September 2014.

Sales management practices largely determine whether your company will thrive or dive. Crucially, many companies fail to provide sales managers with the clear sales objectives...
Competitive Differentiation: A Matter of Perspective

Competitive Differentiation: A Matter of Perspective

on Monday, 20 July 2015.

We’re all familiar with the SWOT analysis and what that “S” represents: your company’s strengths. Common answers to the question of what a...
Kelly Carter Joins Indian River Consulting Group

Kelly Carter Joins Indian River Consulting Group

on Thursday, 11 June 2015.

Kelly Carter, with more than 15 years of experience in industrial and other B2B markets, has joined the Indian River Consulting Group team as consultant.

Keys to Market Access, Part 4: Understand True Market Potential

Written by Steve Deist, Mike Marks on Wednesday, 15 April 2015.

This blog is the fourth of five in a series looking at the five keys to unlocking profitable growth. The fourth key to a successful market access strategy is to understand true...

Avoid the CRM Trap

Written by Steve Deist on Thursday, 06 November 2014.

Customer relationship management (CRM) software is only a tool and only one piece of the “sales fitness” equation. Successful people have good habits and the tools...

What Really Drives Sales Rep Retention?

Written by Steve Deist on Monday, 29 June 2015.

Sales retention is critical for wholesaler-distributors. But plans to retain top talent are usually not as effective as leaders think. This blog looks at one of the most...
Keys to Market Access, Part 5: Invest in New Capabilities

Keys to Market Access, Part 5: Invest in New Capabilities

Written by Steve Deist, Mike Marks on Wednesday, 29 April 2015.

This blog is the final of five looking at the five keys to unlocking profitable growth. The final key to a successful market access strategy is to invest in new capabilities.
Keys to Market Access, Part 3: Measure the Right Things

Keys to Market Access, Part 3: Measure the Right Things

Written by Steve Deist, Mike Marks on Wednesday, 08 April 2015.

This blog is the third of five looking at the five keys to unlocking profitable growth. The third key to a successful market access strategy is to measure the right things.
Align Selling Resources to the Market

Align Selling Resources to the Market

Written by Mike Emerson on Thursday, 06 November 2014.

For distributors who have had to implement reductions to their sales force, there is a legitimate concern that, as the number of salespeople goes down, so will revenues. This...

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