Here We Go Again...
With the renewed interest in this discussion, a new website has been launched. This site has a straightforward, civil tone: www.safesupplierinfo.com. This goal is simply to provide useful information. You have the opportunity to list companies in these categories: Selling Direct: Another Name, Selling Direct: Same Name, Only Sells with Distributors. Feel free to contribute content to this site if you like.
In some discussion forums people are calling for full disclosure on the distribution methods of suppliers. That seems like a reasonable request, but who polices that? Some are calling for action on the part of the key organizations in our industry. Are they able to do that and is it their responsibility?
The reality is that businesses employ people and support families. Those who invest in companies are entitled to do what they feel they to do to succeed. Like it or not, how any business goes to market is their choice. You can't fault a supplier for searching for new markets to generate sales they need to survive. You can choose to do business with those suppliers or not, depending on your feelings on how they run their business.
Ultimately, savvy, ethical distributors and suppliers will have the best opportunity to succeed regardless of changing market conditions. Focus on being the best you can be. Don't get distracted by what others are doing. Take advantage of education opportunities; attend industry events and stay aware of emerging trends.
Oddly it seems appropriate to close this piece with the Serenity Prayer that is used in a variety of situations: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.
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