This IDC Manufacturing Insights report presents IT budget benchmark data and priorities for the wholesale distribution industry, as found in IDC's 2014 Global Technology and Industry Research Organization IT Survey. The report also draws from IDC Manufacturing Insights' ongoing research, including our spending guides, vertical view survey, wallet database, and conversations with industry-leading CIOs, IT experts, and wholesale distribution business leaders.
Wholesalers are responsible for the movement of goods, acting as intermediaries between manufacturing and retail; but the lines between manufacturing, wholesale, and retail are blurring. Wholesalers that wish to capitalize on the changing market and grow their business must consider how well their IT infrastructure is set up to support such a change. This report looks at the responses from wholesalers regarding their current and planned investment in technology and how that investment is positioning the industry to grow and gain ground on other industries that have typically been more forward thinking in regard to IT.
"Indeed, it is clear that wholesalers that wish to remain relevant, promote growth, and drive profitability must commit to improving their acceptance and deployment of modern technologies, and the timing is right for wholesalers to make strategic investments in IT that will help to catch up to and leapfrog other industries, which will result in a better overall competitive position for the industry as a whole," says Simon Ellis, Supply Chain Strategies practice director at IDC Manufacturing Insights.