It's a story most know by now. Wal-Mart discovered that a large percentage of its purchasing agents' time was spent researching and purchasing products, which contributed only a small percentage to profits. The solution: use the Internet exclusively to purchase goods.
It became Wal-Mart's new purchasing protocol and the company was able to reduce the size of its purchasing staff dramatically.
What did this mean for the many salespeople that called on Wal-Mart? Log onto the computer and answer the questions and good luck.
If you sell commodities, or anything these days, and don't offer something of real value, buyers will need you less and less. And that's not a good thing for sales professionals out there.
No matter what your business, you need to differentiate yourself from the competition and provide the real (I can't live without it) value.
--Ron Ameln, SBM