University of Innovative Distribution

For more than 20 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. University of Industrial Distribution

Save the Date for 2018 UID

2018 University of Innovative Distribution
March 11-14, 2018
JW Marriott Indianapolis Hotel
Indianapolis, Indiana

If you want to be the first to know when registration for the 2018 program opens up you can click here to be placed on UID's email notification list. 

"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.