Brad Van De Sompele, president at Frontier Electric Supply in Bensenville, Ill., is one long-time member of the National Association of electrical Distributors who's not afraid of Amazon's advances into the electrical industry.
Remember the early days of cell phones when a new model seemed to appear every week and each one looked dramatically different? This is typical of a new product market. Initially, wildly different variants are released and tested in the market, but eventually they converge on a common core set of features. That is, a dominant design emerges from the pack that becomes the de facto standard.
Is a similar process redefining logistics in the US?
Recently, several wholesale distribution industry groups published data showing mostly steady growth in the last decade for their members in such verticals as auto parts, health and beauty, furniture, industrial, and food. In fact, many have outperformed other sectors of the U.S. economy, and this year and next are no different.