Distribution Innovation Workshop Series

Sarah Leung
August 3, 2016

Innovation is key to staying successful in manufacturing and distribution. The numbers tell the story––72% of distributors believe the pace of change is too slow in their business, while 85% believe they must reinvent their business before someone else does. Luckily, there are people out there with some distribution innovation ideas to get you started: Dirk Beveridge, host of one of our past webinars, Innovate or Die: How to Stay Ahead of the Competition, as well as a best-selling author, keynote speaker, and Founder of UnleashWD (the only innovation summit for distributors and their supply chain partners) has put together a free online workshop series: 5 Weeks of Innovation Unleashed. Throughout the month of August, Dirk will reveal unique insights into the success secrets of some of the most brilliant leaders and innovators from within distribution as well as from disrupters and game changes from outside of the industry. Be sure to register if you're interested! REGISTER HEREHere's the series schedule: 

Workshop 1: Anything Is Possible

Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 3:00 PM CDT/4:00 PM EDT We all feel the accelerating pace of change, the velocity of which makes it easy to get lost in the vapors of uncertainty. Innovators peer into the future to eliminate ambiguity to craft and articulate a future reality knowing that only their imagination and creativity are their only limits. Distributors you'll learn from: 

  • Berlin Packaging
  • Chicago Tube & Iron
  • APR Supply

You'll also learn from: 

  • Cisco
  • U2 (Yes, those chaps from Ireland)


Workshop 2: Unleash Individual & Company Potential

Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 3:00 PM CDT/4:00 PM EDT Harvard Business Review tells us that “Culture Trumps Strategy, Every Time.” Innovation requires an unprecedented culture where your “Loyal Opposition” (some call them troublemakers) are set free to inject new thinking and challenge the status quo. Distributors you'll learn from:

  • US LBM
  • Onesource

You'll also learn from:

  • Blinds.com
  • Assurance 


Workshop 3: Break the Trap of Sameness

Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 3:00 PM CDT/4:00 PM EDT Most distributors are trapped in a world of sameness. When you focus on leading customers to a better future for which they are willing and capable of rewarding you, "valued differentiation" becomes one of the outcomes. Distributors you'll learn from:

  • Swagelok
  • Benco Dental

You'll also learn from:

  • Fluidmaster
  • American Giant
  • CocaCola


Workshop 4: How to Create a Juggernaut

Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 3:00 PM CDT/4:00 PM EDT 85% of distributors believe they need to reinvent their business before someone else does. When you seize this opportunity to innovate your business model, sustained profitability and even the elimination of competition are the possible outcomes. Distributors you'll learn from:

  • Berlin Packaging
  • Chicago Tube & Iron

You'll also learn from:

  • Local Motors
  • Soft Soap


Workshop 5: Let's Get It Done

Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 3:00 PM CDT/4:00 PM EDT We can talk about Apple, Amazon, and even Grainger all day long. But in the end, innovators understand one fundamental rule about change, transformation, and innovation. That is: Companies don’t innovate. Companies don’t transform. Companies don’t change. People do. Leaders do. Distributors you'll learn from:

  • L&W Supply
  • Valin

You'll also learn from:

  • Tom Peters
  • Encyclopedia Britannica

REGISTER HERE The first presentation is tomorrow, so be sure to sign up if you're interested!