Industrial Distribution’s 70th annual Survey of Distributor Operations*

Industrial Distribution, published by Advantage Business Media (ABM), recently published the findings of their annual survey of distributor operations. We wanted to share a few infographics included in the survey we thought WMIA members may find interesting.

A few things to note about the survey before viewing the infographics:

  • The most popular product categories respondents’ businesses sell into are: MRO supplies at 49 percent; hand tools at 49 percent; lubricants at 45 percent; safety at 44 percent; adhesives and sealants at 42 percent; material handling at 41 percent; cutting tools at 41 percent, power tools at 38 percent; and motors, controls and drives at 38 percent.
  • The largest geographic segment of respondents is the Midwest at 29 percent. The Northeast is second at 23 percent, followed by the Southeast at 16 percent, the South at 12 percent, the West at 9 percent, and Southwest at 5 percent.
  • 54 percent represent a family-owned business.



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To see the full survey results – Survey of Distributor Operations published by Industrial Distribution.

*Please note: This survey is the work of Advantage Business Media (ABM) and WMIA did not participate in the survey in any way. Portions of the survey are being shared with WMIA members (via posting on this blog) for informational purposes only. The copyright for the survey resides with ABM.