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Guest Post: COVID-19 - Chemical Industry Impact and Future Trends, Part Two
May 28, 2020
Guest Post: COVID-19 - Chemical Industry Impact and Future Trends, Part Two

This is the final post in a two-part series on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis and the chemical industry. Part one looked at how the crisis has impacted companies so far and what their response has been. Here, we’ll cover how organizations are adjusting to remote work and look to what the future might hold.

By Datacor
Guest Post: COVID-19 - Chemical Industry Impact and Future Trends, Part One
May 21, 2020
Guest Post: COVID-19 - Chemical Industry Impact and Future Trends, Part One

COVID-19 is changing the world, and while chemical manufacturers and distributors have not been spared, not all outcomes are negative. Learn about the impact in this two-part series.

By Datacor
Keeping America Moving through COVID-19
May 14, 2020
Keeping America Moving through COVID-19

For many chemical distributors, freight rail provides an essential avenue to deliver the products Americans rely on every day. This National Transportation Week, as our supply chains adjust to accommodate new demand amid the coronavirus pandemic, it has never been so important for rail customers — many of which are NACD members — to be able to rely on efficient and affordable rail services in order to run their businesses successfully and serve their customers.

By Eric Byer, NACD
NAOSH Week: Safety and Health Practices of Excellence Never More Important
May 6, 2020
NAOSH Week: Safety and Health Practices of Excellence Never More Important

Every year, North American Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week reminds us of the importance of safety and health in the workplace. Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, NAOSH Week is ever more relevant. Many of us are working from home. Some of us are being asked to perform job functions we may not be used to. As chemical distributors continue to warehouse, blend, and deliver the chemicals used to make products needed to address the national public health emergency and keep America running, Responsible Distribution safety and health practices of excellence continue to support everyone from the warehouse to the boardroom.

By Mike Lang, NACD
Chemical Distributors Look to a Digital Future
April 23, 2020
Chemical Distributors Look to a Digital Future

Until recently, chemical producers and distributors have been fairly slow to react to the new opportunities posed by digital tools and technologies. Other industries such as banking and manufacturing have already embraced the advent of digitalization and have been able to both streamline operations and improve productivity as a result. However, opinions are changing and chemical distributors are becoming far more aware of the benefits and a little less reluctant to invest and innovate, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

NACD Members Are Doing Their Part to Support COVID-19 Efforts
April 7, 2020
NACD Members Are Doing Their Part to Support COVID-19 Efforts

The United States is facing one of the worst threats to our public health and economic growth in our nation’s history due to the rapidly increasing spread of COVID-19. The response from our government to ensure Americans are undertaking social distancing measures – while the right decision to control the spread of the coronavirus – will no doubt have a significant impact on the economy and the bottom lines of chemical distribution companies for weeks and months to come. Yet, in the face of those our challenges, I'm proud to say our members are doing everything they can to support the response efforts in their communities.

By Eric Byer, NACD
Reaffirming Our Role: COVID-19's Impact on Chemical Distribution
April 1, 2020
Reaffirming Our Role: COVID-19's Impact on Chemical Distribution

With new developments on a minute-by-minute basis, it should be no surprise that even our most long-standing and competent institutions are struggling to keep up with the COVID-19 outbreak. As our government continues toward a hopeful point of stability in the face of the pandemic, at times it has felt as though American businesses are being given helpless or disjointed recommendations when trying to respond. Unable to wait for firm procedural guidance, business leaders have had to make unilateral changes to protect employees and customers.

By Jack Deviteaux, NACD
USMCA Deal Is Good News for Distributors
March 25, 2020
USMCA Deal Is Good News for Distributors

A renewed focus on small business is a welcome addition to the recently agreed-upon United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), particularly given that so many of our members fall into this category. The new trade deal not only recognizes their importance to our economy, but also looks to support and encourage future growth by requiring each country to carefully consider the potential effects of future rules and regulations on how they operate.

By Allison Tuszynski, NACD
The Challenging Times We Now Live In
March 18, 2020
The Challenging Times We Now Live In

The title almost goes without saying. My four kids, ranging in ages from six to 16, certainly have not before lived through a trying time like we are today. The uncertainty that exists with the continuing spread of the coronavirus and the real possibility of us entering an economic recession, or worse, make these unsettling times to say the very least. We at NACD are doing our best to ensure there is at least a little stability during these troubling times by providing you with the latest developments.

By Eric Byer, NACD
Guest Blog: Hiring Trends, Cautions, and Best Practices in Today's World of Work
March 11, 2020
Guest Blog: Hiring Trends, Cautions, and Best Practices in Today's World of Work

You’d be surprised to find that most employees are motivated by similar things. And likewise, most management teams are looking to implement solutions that coalesce around a similar set of goals — including attracting, hiring, and retaining talent that will align with the strategy and goals of their organization. And above all, produce results. So how do you achieve that? Here’s a few ideas I had the opportunity to present at NACD’s Southern Region Meeting last month that should get you going in the right direction.

By Trevor Shylock, M.S. Senior Industrial/Organizational Consultant, Talent Metrics, Caliper, a PSI Business