This month’s question came from John Moulder of True-Line Products, Indianapolis, who wrote: “A national distributor entered our market causing a price war. As a result, our commissioned salesmen are disgruntled due to reduced income caused by lower gross profit margins. I want to keep my people upbeat to do their best everyday. I explained that this was probably a temporary situation, but I could not be definite about another company’s long-term strategy. I feel I will lose some good people to other industries if I can’t compete in wages. How do other dealers handle this situation?”
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