April 2015 

Calendar of Events



2015 Proves To Be Record-Breaking Year for UID!

The 2015 University of Innovative Distribution was held March 8-11 at the beautiful JW Marriott Indianapolis. For the second year in a row, UID saw record-breaking attendance, with 579 attendees participating.


78% First Time Attendees

53% Under Age 40

13% International Audience, representing Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Mexico and Canada


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The Outlook for Wholesale Distribution in 2015

The talent gap and the technology divide are both widening, while global economic uncertainty and other supply chain disruptions are still looming, according to respondents in this industry outlook survey for 2015 from NetSuite in partnership with Modern Distribution Management.

But despite these and other issues facing the industry, business is good for wholesale distributors. Thanks to high company valuations and a healthy merger-and-acquisition market, optimism is the prevailing mood. Though distributors are, for the most part, bullish about 2015, with more than 90 percent of respondents expecting growth this year, up slightly from this time a year ago, they do have concerns heading into the new year.

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AEA - The Association Education Alliance, LLC

was formed in 1991 by five wholesale-distributor trade associations; PTDA, AHTD, EASA, FPDA and NAHAD. Currently, AEA represents 43 trade associations, as noted in the box to the right. AEA executives meet biannually to develop programs that deliver value to its members.

Value Proposition:

The Vision of The Association Education Alliance is to identify, evaluate and develop educational products and programs for use by member associations as well as to facilitate networking and idea sharing among AEA members.


  • To develop affordable educational products and programs for use by its member associations.
  • To share information, content and ideas among AEA members.
  • Facilitate ongoing communication among AEA members.


AEA develops, with the support of Purdue University, and delivers the University of Innovative Distribution (UID), a powerful four-day educational experience offered each March for member Distributors and Manufacturers.

Since 1994, UID has provided exceptional education, at the most reasonable cost, to over 7,000 industry professionals throughout the world. >> More details available here. <<

AEA members also develop, or co-produce, a variety of educational programs and services for the mutual benefit of their member companies throughout the year. These may include seminars, webinars, conferences and publications.

AEA Members

AEA Member Events

April 22-26, 2015


31st Annual Convention

Loews Miami Beach Hotel, Miami, FL

April 25-28, 2015


2015 Annual Convention

Cleveland, OH

April 29 - May 2, 2015


AHTD Spring Meeting 2015

New Orleans, LA

July 29 - August 1, 2015


2015 Annual Conference

Silverado Resort, Napa, California

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