WASHINGTON - The National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) is launching a new strategic relationship with Deloitte & Touche LLP and Deloitte Consulting LLP (Deloitte US) to develop strategies, tools, and techniques to assist wholesaler-distributors.

The joint initiative was announced at NAW's 2004 Executive Summit in Washington. It is anticipated that the relationship will have an initial phase of two years during which the two organizations will develop and deploy knowledge that distributor management can apply to their business practices to help wholesaler distributors remain a strong force in the supply chain.

NAW's Distribution Re-search and Education Foundation (DREF) will be involved in the joint initiative, as well.

"We, at Deloitte US, are looking forward to bringing real value to the members of NAW by providing research, benchmarking studies, and a practical understanding of emerging technology that can help this industry improve margins, increase asset efficiency, and grow revenues," said Neil Gholson, global segment leader for wholesale distribution.

For more information, visit www.naw.org.

Publication date: 02/09/2004