Manufacturing & Distribution Trends: What Industry Leaders are Focused On

Owning and operating a manufacturing and distribution organization is not easy. It takes a lot of diligence and multi-tasking to ensure all areas of the organization are running smoothly. Between a competitive market, and rising costs in labor, raw materials, production and facilities, there are numerous challenges that continue to impact the industry.  

In these times, it’s important for manufacturing and distribution organizations to stay on top of industry trends so that they can effectively navigate the market and continue to achieve growth and success.  

BerganKDV’s manufacturing and distribution experts have been monitoring industry updates and have recently heard a few common themes from clients and industry partners. Here are four trends that are currently top of mind for many manufacturing and distribution organizations: 

Ability to recruit and retain A+ grade talent. 

Great employees are needed to run efficient and effective operations, and in the current labor market, job seekers continue to hold power. To help recruit and retain talent, manufacturers and distributors are looking inward to their benefit offerings and overall culture and making enhancements where necessary to ensure they remain competitive.  When companies are able to retain top talent and build up their future leaders, owners are setting up the business for long-term success for years ahead.  Many are asking themselves, “Is my business prepared for its next generation?” Succession Planning becomes immensely important in securing the company’s future with the retention of top talent. 

Client-driven in every facet of the business. 

When industry concerns are on the rise, it can be easy to lose sight of what matters most to businesses: clients. Having client-centric processes throughout an organization is key for long-term success. Manufacturers and Distributors are taking a holistic view of their operations to evaluate their level of service and engagement throughout their client’s entire lifecycle, from first impression through closing the sale and everywhere in between. Manufacturers and Distributors are also focusing a lot of time on product research and development to ensure their business continues to deliver what customers want. 

Leverage financial and non-financial data to proactively run and predict business needs. 

Now more than ever, the demand for actionable data and analytics has grown tremendously as manufacturers and distributors look to modernize their operations. Business intelligence and analytics (BIA) has become a popular topic in the industry as organizations seek technological solutions and advice for how to proactively sort through the large amounts of data their businesses are generating and transform it into insights. From increased productivity to making faster, more informed decisions, BIA has become a crucial part of operating efficiently and isn’t going away anytime soon. 

Technology modernization and automation. 

Having a robust technology stack is crucial for manufacturers and distributors to achieve streamlined operations. Many organizations are relying on their IT leadership to formulate and execute technology strategies with budgets centralized on funding stable and secure software, making upgrades where needed and getting the most out of their current systems. Utilizing technology that integrates and automates is essential, which is why manufacturers and distributors are also focusing their energy and dollars on enterprise resource planning software to digitally manage multiple facets of their business from inventory management to field services. Allowing technology to become outdated is a detriment to manufacturers and distributors, so organizations are using their buying power and exploring new software to avoid it at all costs. 

Every manufacturer and distributor has their own set of challenges and objectives they are aiming to meet, but knowing some of the trending themes in the industry is a great way to ensure your strategies are aligned with others and that you’re focusing your energy and budget toward meaningful areas of your business. 

At BerganKDV, we partner with manufacturing and distribution organizations to help them address their top concerns and accomplish their goals. From business advisory to managed IT services, business intelligence and analytics and more, we have a variety of solutions to simplify your complex business challenges paired with advisory from experts who understand the unique needs of manufacturers and distributors. Contact us today to learn more about what we can do to modernize and transform your operations. 


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