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University of Innovative Distribution Webinar Series

UID 2022 Year-Round Webinar Series

Learning doesn’t just happen every March at UID. The 2022 UID Year-Round webinar program promotes learning throughout the year expanding on some of the topics offered at UID. Registration is free to PTDA member company employees. If you missed a webinar, check back after the initial offering date; a recording of the presentation will be available for viewing. 

Understanding the Concept of Inventory-Sharing
May 4, 2022

2:00 - 3:00 pm CT
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Of all the challenges we've faced over the past two years, the ability to effectively manage inventory is one we might not have anticipated - at least not to the extent to which many companies are facing manufacturing and distribution disruptions.  While not a new concept, inventory sharing is a service that has come into its own. This program is designed to introduce you to the concept and provide an explanation as to why it can help both distributors and manufacturers grow their business in sales and profits.

Presenter: Ted Henry, President, WarehouseTWO 
Ted has 25 years’ experience in the fluid power industry working in sales and marketing positions with major manufacturers along with smaller regional industrial distributors. His experience made him keenly aware of how inventory issues can disrupt the business process. As a result, he founded WarehouseTWO as a possible answer to mitigating these problems.

Stop Today's Hackers, What You and Your Company Need to Know
July 13, 2022

2:00-3:00 pm CT
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In this eye-opening session, Mike will help you understand the threats that lurk, as well as give you the tools and information to make positive changes in your organization’s IT practices. Learn how to protect your company from various threats, including ransomware, email takeover, and exposure of customer information.  Gain personalized, concrete, and understandable ACTION items to immediately implement at work and home so you can sleep better at night. Receive a personal checklist of simple, valuable action steps that cost little to no money to implement to help ensure your IT investments are pulling their weight and delivering results.

Presenter: Michael Foster, IT Best Practices & Cyber Security Specialist
Mike is an experienced cybersecurity professional who gives presentations in plain English and has a gift for explaining the most complex topics in a way that is easy to understand for non-technical professionals and leaders. He excels at showing you how to avoid hacker attacks that could destroy a company. 

Supply Chain Issues Update
November 2, 2022

2:00-3:00 pm CT
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Distributors face a multitude of business challenges today. Sales of some products is skyrocketing while demand for other products is plummeting. Frequently vendors cannot ship needed inventory in a timely manner. Transportation issues are resulting in delays in receiving replenishment shipments. Often you need to decide how much to buy before a vendor price increase and evaluate alternate sources of supply. At the March 2022 University of Innovative Distribution, Effective Inventory Management (EIM) presented ideas for dealing with these challenges in the supply chain. As this is a very fluid and ever-changing situation, EIM will review what has changed since March and how we need to adapt to the new environment.

Presenter: Matt Schreibfeder, VP of Research and Analytics, Effective Inventory Management, Inc.
Effective Inventory Management, Inc. is a firm dedicated to helping manufacturers, distributors, and large retailers throughout the world get the most out of their investment in stock inventory.
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