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February 2017 CentralZone Digital Newsletter

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS
FROM A CENTRAL
POINT OF VIEW
DISTRIBUTORCENTRAL'S WEBSITE BUILDER
WINS GOLD PPAI TECHNOLOGY AWARD

DistributorCentral is excited to have received three technology awards from PPAI at the 2017 Expo and to be recognized as the only service provider to receive multiple awards this year!


We received a Silver Technology Award for our social media, so if you aren't following us on your social media channel of choice...you should be. We can give you something to read that isn't political news.


DistributorCentral's award-winning rockstar is our mobile-responsive web-builder platform. Not only did the platform itself win a Gold Technology Award, but also DistributorCentral's new company website, built on that platform, won a Silver Technology Award. Is your website on an award winning platform? We have online tutorial videos to get you started, or sign up for a live webinar later this month.


To read the press release about our awards: Read More.


To read about DistributorCentral's employees behind the scenes: Read More.

FEATURE SPOTLIGHT

Distributors: Did you know...that DistributorCentral can help you remind your customers when it's time to reorder? Use DistributorCentral to process your purchase orders to suppliers, and you can schedule when DistributorCentral will remind you to reach out to them for their next order.

In your preferences, you can create an automatic reminder for yourself on all of your orders, but you can overwrite the default when working on an individual order.

Once your reminder is set, when you log in to the DistributorCentral dashboard, you will see your list of reorder reminders, be able to edit each one with your custom messages, and send it to your customer. One of the great parts of this feature, is that you don't need to have your email hosted with DistributorCentral to use it.

Interested in learning more about how to use this feature? Register for our webinar on order management with Vice President of Sales, Tiffany Tarr. Click here to register.

MAINTAINING SUPPLIER RELATIONSHIPS
AFTER A MERGER

It seems that supplier consolidation is a daily occurrence in the promotional products industry. In January 2017 alone, J. America Wholesale merged with Top of the World, FEY Promotional Products acquired Magna-Tel, Ball Pro acquired Diversified-Adtee, and Ennis acquired Independent Printing Company. With that kind of activity in the first month of the year, 2017 will likely be a record one for supplier consolidation.

While these mergers and acquisitions create cost efficiencies for the suppliers, many times it leads to confusion among distributor clients. Think of it as the law of unintended consequences – no supplier knowingly creates turbulence for distributors, but when a merger of two companies takes place, this is often the case.

Instead of waiting for communication from the supplier that’s been acquired, take the bull by the proverbial horns and drive the conversation. To ensure your business as a distributor isn’t negatively impacted, focus on the following when working with a supplier that has recently been part of a merger or acquisition:

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Contributing Author
brandivate is a full-service executive outsourcing team that specializes in helping small to medium sized promotional products distributors profitably - and responsibly - grow their business.

Bill Petrie
Bill Petrie
engage@brandivatemarketing.com
brandivatemarketing.com

 

UPCOMING EVENTS
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 to Wednesday May 24, 2017
Kalhari Resort & Convention Center
Sandusky, OH
UPCOMING EDUCATION

Distributor Features Overview Webinar, Hosted by Tiffany Tarr, CAS

Tiffany Tarr

In this webinar we will go over "How to Get Started in DC" and how to use all of DistributorCentral's features. All participants will be eligible for a Self-Promo Offer sponsored by a DC Pro or Platinum Supplier.

February 22, 2016- 1:00pm - 2:00pm CT
REGISTER HERE!




Responsive Website Editor Webinar, Hosted by David Shultz

David Shultz
In this webinar we will preview DC's new fully-responsive, mobile-friendly website platform that allows your users to easily build and maintain e-commerce websites that adapt to any device. Plus a question and answer session at the end.

February 15, 2016- 3:00pm - 4:00pm CT
REGISTER HERE!

 

INDUSTRY NEWS

  • Ball Pro Acquires Diversifed-Adtee: Read More
  • Royal Industries Aquires DLX Industries & Pamcolite Line: Read More
  • DistributorCentral Hosted a "Rockin' Party" at PPAI Expo: See Pictures
  • Universal Promo Announces New Owner: Read More
  • Warwick Publishing Company Hires New Southwestern Sales Reps: Read More
  • Vitronic Announced Winner at the 2017 Counselor Distributor Choice Awards: Read More
  • Chuck Hammond to Receive Prestigous Howard Hall Excellence in Business Award: Read More
  • Crown Wins Gold for Most Creative Product: Read More
  • Goldstar Promotes Charles Duggan to National Key Accounts Manager West: Read More
  • Uniflex Opens New Portland Facility: Read More
  • Daniel Pendleton Joins PWS: Read More
  • SAAC Installed 2017 Board of Directors: See Pictures
  • IMAGEN Brands Adds Two New Colleagues: Read More
  • A+ Wine Designs Honored for Excellence in Customer Service and Quality: Read More
  • Leed's Named 2016 Supplier of the Year by Facilisgroup: Read More
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