University of Innovative Distribution

University of Industrial Distribution

For 21 years, the University of Innovative Distribution (UID) has provided education focused on the needs of wholesale distribution professionals and companies. With its concentrated four-day format, UID has helped increase the effectiveness of hundreds of NBMDA member employees.

Registration for 2017 UID Now Open

2017 University of Innovative Distribution
March 5-8, 2017
JW Marriott Indianapolis Hotel
Indianpolis, Indiana 

Download the 2017 brochure for full course details. 

"Strong value in being able to step back and leverage the wisdom of others through practical and proven insight."

--Steve Hollinshead,
Director-Sales & Marketing,
Aetna Plywood


Who Should Attend UID?


UID is designed for all personnel working in the wholesale distribution channel, including:

  • Distributors
    • All manager-level personnel: sales, marketing, branch, operations, purchasing, inventory and human resources
    • Emerging company leaders
    • CEOs and other executive team members
  • Manufacturers
    • Personnel working with national distribution channels
  • Anyone looking to improve personnel performance and/or the company's bottom line!

"I personally would recommend it to any company that wants their management team to experience ideas from companies that vary from their own."

--Kevin Huth,employee at Amerhart, NBMDA member 


Students can apply UID coursework toward earning the Professional Certificate in Industrial Distribution awarded by Purdue University.