In our first edition of manufacturing & distribution of building materials Spot On, our specialist Brian Livingston takes us through the macroeconomic factors driving growth in the building materials distribution market and reveals the forecast for the next two years. The digital revolution has increasingly become an essential part of the business landscape for many industries. As the link between stages in the value chain blur, distributors will need to build on e-commerce and expand their value-added services in order to remain vital to their customers and to manufacturers.
To better understand how digitalization and customer-centric business model innovations are successfully being put to use in the building materials market, we spoke to Joe Sowton, Group Strategic Development Director of Grafton Group, an international distributor of building materials, to obtain his insights. Grafton has been creatively employing e-commerce and building information modeling (BIM) to take advantage of opportunities in the construction industry.
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