UnleashWD Webinar: “Bringing Your Distribution Company Into The Digital Age”

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UnleashWD presents the webinar "Bringing Your Distribution Company into the Digital Age" on August 26 at noon CT. UnleashWD is the only innovation summit for wholesale distributors and the webinar is part of a series intended to educate participants in the areas of innovation, leadership, company culture, business model design and wholesale distribution trends.

Technology advances provide businesses with new ways to reach and engage customers.

The opportunity that technology offers comes with a price. Customers have more options than ever before, and distribution companies must change their business models in order to remain competitive. Explore this transition at noon CT on August 26 during the webinar,“Bringing Your Distribution Company Into The Digital Age.”

“Technology has been a game changer for almost every industry,” Dirk Beveridge, UnleashWD Founder said. “Advances in technology have completely changed the way that other industries operate. That same change is coming to wholesale distribution, and I founded UnleashWD to help inform and prepare traditional distribution businesses for this transition.”

This webinar is part of a series hosted by UnleashWD, the only innovation summit for the wholesale distribution industry. The webinars are free resources to provide wholesale distribution companies with insight into innovation, business model design and analysis of industry news prior to the October 29-30 innovation summit.

“I see the webinar “Bringing Your Distribution Company Into the Digital Age” as a follow up to our June 28 webinar that explored the impact of Google’s entry into the wholesale distribution industry,” Beveridge said. “That webinar established that nontraditional competitors such as Google and Amazon are using technology to reach distribution companies’ customers. This webinar covers how companies are taking proactive steps to remain relevant in this new marketplace.”

The webinar will cover topics including:

  •     What other distributors are doing to prepare for the digital age
  •     The role of a digital strategies manager
  •     An industry view of technology adoption
  •     Learn how to use technology to level the playing field

The webinar will be hosted by:

Dirk Beveridge, Founder of UnleashWD

Dirk Beveridge is the founder of UnleashWD, the first innovation summit for the distribution industry. Dirk seeks to change the culture of the wholesale distribution industry by turning participating organizations in to adaptive, innovative and more profitable companies.

David Nettemeyer, Digital Strategies Manager at Valin

David Nettemeyer is currently the Digital Strategies Manager at Valin Corporation where he works on developing and shaping technology to help create a seamless environment for employees, customers and suppliers. He is currently creating and implementing the templates of creative technological disruption at Valin. This includes looking at the entire structure of the corporation from ERP, CRM and e-commerce platform integration along with developing the necessary processes and needed responsibility of maintaining valuable data across all platforms.

Ranga Bodla, Director of Industry Marketing at NetSuite

Ranga Bodla, Director of Industry Marketing with a focus on wholesale distribution, brings to NetSuite more than 15 years of combined product management and marketing experience, with expertise in the software technology industry. In his current role, Bodla is charged with driving the marketing strategy and programs targeting wholesale distribution companies.

Steve Spitzer, Co-Founder of Monterey Lighting Solutions

Prior to co-founding Monterey Lighting Solutions, a value added distributor of lighting and electrical products in 2005, Steve Spitzer spent 20+ years in the enterprise software business. During his career in the software business, Spitzer has held various executive level roles in venture capital backed startups, as well as publicly traded corporations. Spitzer earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from California State University, Long Beach.

Monterey Lighting Solutions is a member of the National Association of Electrical Distributors.

About UnleashWD:

UnleashWD features 18 innovative storytellers from outside of wholesale distribution. In a TED style format, the storytellers speak for 18 minutes to provide examples of adding value to a business from the areas of: Innovation, Leadership, Business Model Design and Company Culture.

Founded in 2012, UnleashWD is the first and only conference dedicated to bringing innovation to the wholesale distribution industry. The summit gathers only once a year, but do not wait to start innovating. Visit UnleashWD.com for updates on future webinars, eBooks and other valuable information on how to innovate.

About the founder:

Dirk Beveridge is an expert in how wholesale distributors and manufacturers increase market share through examining and improving their relationship with customers.

For the last 25 years Beveridge has worked with more than 3,000 firms as a leadership consultant, trainer and speaker. His clients include: Time Warner, IBM, Andersen Windows, Graybar and Berlin Packaging.

He is available for press interviews, corporate speaking or consulting. To contact Beveridge, call 847-381-7797 or email info(at)unleashwd(dot)com.

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