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Around the Horn in Wholesale Distribution is the weekly podcast sponsored by LeadSmart Technologies that takes a deep dive into the topics impacting manufacturers, wholesale distribution, independent sales agents, and the global wholesale supply chain. Hosted by Kevin Brown, a 30-year veteran of wholesale distribution, and Tom Burton, a recognized thought leader in SaaS platforms for distributors, each episode reveals a unique perspective and valuable information about wholesale distribution ...
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Hosted by actor Eric Petersen (Kevin Can F Himself) and TV producer Danny Jordan (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition), Christmas Countdown is the merriest and jingle-belliest show this side of the North Pole! Every episode Eric and Danny count down holiday-themed lists, ranging from top 10 Christmas movies and top 10 stocking stuffers to top 10 holiday traditions and top 10 Christmas songs. Learn more about the show here: https://linktr.ee/christmascountdownshow Follow us @christmascountdownshow
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The Lineage Podcast - starting out as an online video series the journey continues in this new in-depth audio series with Historians, Authors, Academics and Experts exploring our history and lineage throughout the Reformation.
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Re-Calculating: Adventist Life Now. The questions of God, life, mission, and faith people are exploring in the context of the Seventh-day Adventist church. The podcast is a series of conversations with church leaders, scientists, theologians, artists and teachers. Each week a new topic. Each topic an opportunity to reflect on being Adventist. Hosted by Skip Bell.
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From the team behind Cyclist Magazine, this is a podcast for lovers of all things cycling, whether you’re a sucker for a sportive, a carbon fibre connoisseur or just Bernard Hinault’s biggest fan. Hosts James Spender and Emma Cole bring you in-depth conversations from within the world of cycling by the people that know it best, with new episodes every other Thursday. Guests have included the likes of Greg LeMond, Tyler Hamilton, Sean Kelly, Krishnan Guru-Murthy and more. Make sure to subscri ...
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Join film critic Betty Jo Tucker, a confirmed movie addict, as she rants and raves about all things cinematic with a variety of co-hosts, producer Nikki Starr and noted movie critics – plus lots of fascinating film folks.
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The wholesale distribution landscape is changing fast, and in this week's episode, we've got the insight and information to help you make heads or tails of it. We're joined by Dr. Jonathan Bein, Managing Partner at Distribution Strategy Group and a seasoned entrepreneur who leverages his marketing, technical, and sales expertise to develop clear va…
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AI is changing the landscape of B2B eCommerce faster than we can imagine...and sometimes, faster than businesses can keep up with. In this episode, Kevin and Tom discuss the challenges—and improvements—AI can pose to the economy, supply chain, manufacturing, distribution, e-commerce, marketing, cybersecurity, and more. We start by taking a deep div…
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Will and James are joined by Ford RideLondon-Essex race director Kevin Nash ahead of this year's event, which takes place on May 26th 2024. Kevin discusses the challenges designing the route, from circumventing weddings to dealing with litter; explains how to deal with peloton physics and the human racing psyche; and divests the secrets of managing…
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As AI advances on a seemingly daily basis, wholesale distributors have a new tool to establish thought leadership, create marketing innovations, and deepen partnerships with manufacturers. But how does this new tool work? And is it authentic? On this week's episode, Kevin and Tom take a closer look at the impact of B2B AI on content creation, and t…
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Do you know what a buying signal is? Could you read one if you saw one? And if you can recognize them, what do they tell you? If you're a little lost, you're not alone. Buying signals refer to the various behaviors, content consumption, and social interactions that indicate a potential buyer's interest and engagement with a product or service. In t…
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This week, Pete and James are joined by Channel 4 news presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy for a rambling (but hopefully rewarding) episode that runs from bikes to elections. We talk about Krishnan's charity bike ride, the Duchenne Dash - London to Paris in 24hrs; his fair weather approach to cycling; his time on Strictly Come Dancing; the role of AI in…
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Are you feeling a bit of the post-Christmas blues? Well, your ol' pals ⁠Eric⁠ and ⁠Danny⁠ are here to help you out! In this special Spring episode of the big show, we each count down 5 Christmas songs to help you beat those post-Christmas blues! Plus, the fellas chat about the latest Christmas news, share some fan mail, and delve into the merry vib…
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This week, Will and James talk to ex-pro, team ds and race director Scott Sunderland. Today, Sunderland is race director for the RideLondon Classique and Tour of Flanders among others, but during the 1990s and 2000s he rode professionally for TVM, Lotto and GAN before taking on sports director roles at Team CSC and Cervélo Test Team. Here, Sunderla…
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Let's face it: when it comes to the tech adoption curve, wholesale distributors and manufacturers can be a little behind (Are you? Hint: if you don't know what "adoption curve" means, you are). On this episode, we dive into the critical role that digital resources play in driving both growth and customer engagement. From providing valuable digital …
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AI may be the most recent technology game-changer for wholesale distribution and manufacturing, but it's by no means the only one. In this week's episode, we're joined by guest Lin Chase, Ph.D., a 35-year veteran of enterprise technology and artificial intelligence and University Administrator. Together, we discuss the evolving landscape of technol…
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This week James is joined by BBC Radio 2's DJ Spoony, current host of The Good Grove and owner of a dj'ing palmares as long as your arm, from pirate radio at London Underground to Kiss to the BBC to playing out in Ibiza and Ayia Napa. But somewhere along the way DJ Spoony also got really into cycling. And football. And golf. And Strictly Come Danci…
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A monster acquisition is reshaping wholesale distribution and manufacturing: Home Depot's acquisition of SRS distribution, a move that expands their reach to tradesmen and building materials across 47 states. What's the real magic behind this move? It emphasizes the importance of meeting buyers where they are and adapting to their preferences. In t…
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In this week's episode, Kevin and Tom are joined by Scott Costa, Publisher of the Electrical Distributor magazine (tED). Scott gives his unique insight to the importance of data-driven decisions in B2B marketing and the false allure of solely relying on intent data, emphasizing the need to focus on creating demand earlier in the process rather than…
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Maurice Burton joins Will and James for this week's show. Burton became Britain's first black cycling champion in 1974, and by 1975 was on his way to a stellar career racing track and Six-Day events on the Continent. Here he tells Will and James about his early days living in a butchers shop with a man who never washed, trading bikes or cars, compe…
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These are tumultuous times in wholesale distribution: U.S. small business sentiment fell in February to the lowest level since May due to continued concerns around inflation. In addition, the consumer price index, a broad measure of goods and services costs, increased 0.4% for the month and 3.2% from a year ago. Combine this with strikes at East Co…
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According to Reuters, U.S. wholesale inventories fell more than initially thought in January of 2024, which could negatively impact economic growth estimates for the first quarter. Inventories dropped 0.3% instead of dipping 0.1% as estimated last month. At January's sales pace it would take wholesalers 1.36 months to clear shelves, up from 1.34 mo…
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This week Will and James are joined by Shane Williams, Welsh rugby union legend, Ospreys star winger, RFB Player of the Year and MBE. After nearly 20 years at the top of his sport, Shane retired in 2015 and quickly (like within a week) took up Ironman. From there, Shane's love of cycling only grew, and today he not only rides bikes and competes in …
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As usual and fortunately, film critics Mack Bates and Geoff Roberts drop by Movie Addict Headquarters again to discuss the latest Oscar nominations as well as to predict winners in six key categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress. Both guests share a deep interest in the Os…
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In the competitive world of wholesale distribution, businesses are increasingly recognizing the transformative power of tailoring their marketing efforts to meet the unique needs of individual clients and stakeholders. It's no longer a "one size fits all" marketplace: personalizing your customer journey and customer experience is key to retaining b…
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This week James and Will talk to Daniel Troia, who cycled coast-to-coast across America (and back) with no food or money, then made a film about it: We Are All In This Together. With only basic camping gear and his trusty Surly tourer, Daniel begged and borrowed his way across the States in the hope of answering the question of the age: as a societ…
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In 2006, there were less than 80 B2B marketplaces in the world. Within the next two years, that number will top 1,000. At the same time, Generative AI is reshaping the job market, subtly influencing job postings rather than triggering widespread layoffs. The tools for wholesale distribution and wholesale manufacturing are increasing exponentially..…
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Join us on a episode taped just before the Super Bowl with Chris Stewart, Executive Director of the Bridge of Topeka. Through his ministry, Chris has taken his vision of empowering area children to become servant leaders through long-term mentoring relationships with the Bridge's Lunch Buddies and Life Buddies programs. Learn more at bridgeoftopeka…
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For the first time in two decades, the U.S. has purchased more goods from Mexico than it has from China, providing further evidence for how much global trading patterns have shifted. Indeed, supply chain managers have seen an increasing need to adopt new technologies, including a growing initiative to increase nearshoring or onshoring efforts. Disr…
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Joining James and Will this week is David Kinjah, Kenyan former pro cyclist who was the first black African to ride for a European team, competed at World Championships and Commonweath Games, founded the Safari Simbaz Cycling Trust and mentored many young African cyclists including one Christopher Clive Froome. Kinjah talks us through his journey i…
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The fragility of the world’s supply chains has been underscored again by escalating tensions in the Red Sea and decisions by major shipping companies to bypass the Suez Canal in favor of a longer and safer route around Africa. But "longer" can mean two things: delays in delivery and more expense. What does this mean in the face of other economic fa…
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U.S. business activity picked up in January and inflation appeared to abate, with a measure of prices charged by companies for their products falling to the lowest level in more than 3-1/2 years. Combined with a GDP report indicating growth at a whopping 3.3%, it appears the economy kicked off 2024 on a strong note. So what does that mean for whole…
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On the latest episode of the podcast, James and Emma are joined by Maria Leijerstam, a British adventurer and world record holder. In 2013 Maria became the first person to cycle to the South Pole from the edge of the continent. This epic, and rather dangerous, journey took her ten days 14 hours and 56 minutes. We caught up with Maria to hear all ab…
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The conflict in the Middle East has had repercussions throughout the wholesale distribution industry. According to Reuters, global trade declined by 1.3% from November to December 2023 as militant attacks on merchant vessels in the Red Sea led to a plunge in the volumes of cargo transported in that key region, while CNBC reports that Houthi attacks…
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For a very special episode of Around The Horn, we've assembled a top-notch roundtable of experts in wholesale distribution and manufacturing: Dirk Beveridge, Founder of UnleashWD; Ian Heller of the Distribution Strategy Group; and Mike Marks, Founding Partner at Indian River Consulting Group. Together with Tom & Kevin, we go "Around The Horn" to di…
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To start 2024 off with a bang, James and Emma are joined by not one but two guests. First up is Mark Sutton, editor of Cycling Electric and all-round cycling industry news specialist who explains the current state of the cycling industry, looking at the past few turbulent years and what the future might hold. Mark shares his views on the industry l…
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Most prognosticators agree: the economic outlook seems pretty rosy as we head into 2024. Construction spending during November 2023 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 11.3% above November 2022, while revenues are expected to increase in 15 of 18 manufacturing industries and 16 of 18 services-sector industries. But do disruptions …
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Well, friends, Christmas Day 2023 has come and gone. Season 3 of our show has come and gone. But, one thing that is never gone, the magical moments and merry memories we have all made over the last month plus. In this special bonus episode, ⁠Eric⁠ and ⁠Danny⁠ recap their Christmas experiences with their families, share some fun anecdotes, read some…
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This week James and Emma are joined by Simon Mottram, the founder of cycling clothing company Rapha. You might have heard of it. Mottram is the former corporate branding specialist and lifelong cycling fan who set up Rapha in 2004 at a time when the sport had yet to experience the explosion of interest in Britain. You could say, he made cycling coo…
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As 2023 wraps up, wholesale distribution finds itself in a period of unprecedented technological advancement...along with cyber threats to match. While Generative AI and other machine learning tools are being added to ERP at a rapid pace, bringing new levels of automation and efficiency to business processes across the enterprise, threats still con…
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In this massively merry season 3 finale, ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Eric⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Danny⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ count down each of their top 5 favorite family Christmas traditions. Plus, the guys welcome in a bunch of special guests, including Mrs. Claus, actor Billy Flynn (Days of our Lives), ⁠Christmas content creator Jeanna Crawford, Broadway star Haven Burton, and…
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In this very merry episode, ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Eric⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Danny⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ count down each of their top 5 ideas for things that could substitute for Santa's sleigh, if it's ever out of commission. Plus, the guys get to chat with Kevin Olusola from Pentatonix (season 1 dream come true moment), and American Idol finalist/Hallmark Channel movie star, …
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Providing product on time, on budget, and on spec is driving suppliers and retailers at every level to rethink their production and sourcing outside the United States. This onshoring has the potential to benefit not just wholesale distributors, but all kinds of small and mid-cap companies. On this week's podcast, we take a deeper dive into the new …
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In this holly jolly episode, ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Eric⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Danny⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ continue counting down each of their top 10 Christmas carols and hymns. The guys chat about why they picked each song, then share a story about each of their picks, from 5 down to 1. Which songs will make their lists? Jingle Bells, O Christmas Tree, O Holy Night, Silent…
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This week Will and James are joined by Adam Hansen, ex-pro and president of the professional riders union. As a rider, Hansen completed a record 20 consecutive Grand Tours, riding as a super-domestique first for Mark Cavendish and then for the bulk of his career with André Griepel. Hansen is also an incredible polymath, making his own carbon shoes …
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In this very merry episode, ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Eric⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Danny⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ begin counting down each of their top 10 Christmas carols and hymns. The guys chat about why they picked each song, then share a story about each of their picks, from 10 down to 6. Which songs will make their lists? Jingle Bells, O Christmas Tree, O Holy Night, Silent Night,…
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Cyberattacks surged this year, with millions of companies falling victim to ransomeware attacks. Ransomeware "gangs" are getting even more sophisticated, targeting organizations with critical user data, such as government and healthcare facilities. How do you keep your all-important data safe, especially as you integrate more AI into your systems? …
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In this very merry BONUS episode, ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Eric⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Danny⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ each share 5 additional ways to get your heart and mind into the holiday spirit. The guys chat about why they picked each thing, then share a story about each of their picks, from 10 down to 6. Plus, the guys pull back the curtain, and share more about what's been …
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In this gigantically jolly episode, ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Eric⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Danny⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ each share 5 ways to get your heart and mind into the holiday spirit. The guys chat about why they picked each activity, then share a story about each of their picks, from 5 down to 1. The guys also welcome in Hallmark Channel star, Paul Campbell who gets in …
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In this very merry road show episode, ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Eric⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Danny⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ record inside of the Ahmanson Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles, where Eric is rehearsing for his old role as the Old Man in A Christmas Story The Musical. While Eric runs back and forth, to and from rehearsal, the fellas chat about the latest and greatest Christmas thin…
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Last week, the government upgraded its estimate for quarterly economic growth to a 5.2% annualized rate. But what really drove that growth? Meanwhile, Amazon quietly became the biggest parcel delivery business in the United States...but how? And what will happen to the economy downstream when the economic impact of the UAW strike hits manufacturers…
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