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Management article
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Reference no. 86207
Published by: Harvard Business Publishing
Published in: "Harvard Business Review", 1986

Abstract

To improve distributor relations, manufacturers must start by understanding distributor needs. This is accomplished by monitoring distributors - getting into the field and talking with them. Field sales reps must also talk among themselves. Some companies conduct market research studies to zero in on distributor needs. Others establish distributor councils where distributors meet with manufacturing executives to talk about ways to improve distributor programs. Once manufacturers identify distributor needs, manufacturers must work to build partnerships with distributors.

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Abstract

To improve distributor relations, manufacturers must start by understanding distributor needs. This is accomplished by monitoring distributors - getting into the field and talking with them. Field sales reps must also talk among themselves. Some companies conduct market research studies to zero in on distributor needs. Others establish distributor councils where distributors meet with manufacturing executives to talk about ways to improve distributor programs. Once manufacturers identify distributor needs, manufacturers must work to build partnerships with distributors.

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