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What Safe + Sound Means to NACD
August 14, 2019
What Safe + Sound Means to NACD

NACD members place the highest priority on the health, safety, and security of our employees, communities, and the environment. For us, safety is more than a box to check off. It’s a wholehearted commitment to ensuring everyone from the boardroom to the warehouse is engaged and invested in Responsible Distribution, our third-party-verified environmental, health, safety, and security program. Our members take this to heart and have supported Responsible Distribution as a condition of membership for more than 25 years. Because the truth is, safe workplaces are sound businesses.

By Mike Lang, NACD
Your Voice Is Highly Valued: Invite Your Member of Congress to Your Facility
June 27, 2019
Your Voice Is Highly Valued: Invite Your Member of Congress to Your Facility

We all know that the impact Congress has on the chemical distribution industry can be far reaching. Whether they’re writing new laws, reauthorizing existing laws, or failing to act on issues important to our industry, Congress has the ability to both positively and negatively affect our industry and the choices individual companies make to remain successful. Luckily, we each have the opportunity to engage with Congress to make sure our voice is heard. There is nothing more influential that your business could do than to invite your Member of Congress to tour your facility and engage with them to discuss issues critical to your business and the chemical distribution industry.

By Layla Soberanis, NACD
Take Advantage of NACD's New Online Directory to Reach More Customers and Suppliers
June 19, 2019
Take Advantage of NACD's New Online Directory to Reach More Customers and Suppliers

NACD’s membership directory has long been an important resource to help keep our members connected. Just over a year ago, NACD pushed forward with the idea to implement a new format for their membership directory by going digital!

By Aileen Smith, NACD
Guest Blog: Are You Aligning Your Hiring Processes with Your Company's Business Strategy?
May 29, 2019
Guest Blog: Are You Aligning Your Hiring Processes with Your Company's Business Strategy?

The accelerated rate of change occurring across most industries today makes strategic planning especially challenging for business executives. It has become increasingly difficult to maintain a competitive edge in an era of low barriers to entry, increased competitor activity, rapidly changing customer needs, quickly evolving technology, and economic and legal trends. As the workplace continues to evolve, it will become ever-more important to integrate your business planning with your talent-alignment strategy.

By Ricardo Roman, Caliper
Don't Forget What Memorial Day Is Really About
May 22, 2019
Don't Forget What Memorial Day Is Really About

As the school year wraps up for many across the country and we commence our summer activities, we begin the season with a somber day set aside to remember soldiers fallen in combat in America’s wars and to honor veterans who have lost comrades in America’s struggle to protect life and liberty.

By Eric Byer, NACD
Invest in Infrastructure and Transportation
May 15, 2019
Invest in Infrastructure and Transportation

Our transportation systems and infrastructure go hand-in-hand. That’s no secret. One can’t happen without the other. Unless we start to seriously prioritize both, American businesses and taxpayers will end up fronting the cost.

By Eric Byer, NACD
Time for Regulators, Capitol Hill to Rein in Demurrage Fees Collected by Class I Railroads
May 7, 2019
Time for Regulators, Capitol Hill to Rein in Demurrage Fees Collected by Class I Railroads

Since taking over as President and CEO of NACD in 2014, I have marveled at the ability of the Class I railroads to increase their fees to the shipper and receiver community at staggering rates with little or no fuss from most on Capitol Hill and the regulatory agencies. The escalating fees call into question the competitive nature of the industry and fairness when it comes to how small businesses are to work with the larger Class I railroads. Compounding matters more, consolidation of the major railroads has reduced access to rail service for most shippers and receivers to just one railroad. This dire situation for rail customers has been exacerbated by the advent and implementation of Precision Scheduled Railroading (PSR), which has created enormous delays and service issues.   

By Eric Byer, NACD
Advocating for Our Industry – the NACD Washington Fly-In
April 11, 2019
Advocating for Our Industry – the NACD Washington Fly-In

Meeting face-to-face with legislators is the most effective way to get your message heard on Capitol Hill, and Fly-In participation by our members – the constituents of the legislators NACD works with throughout the year – is critical to advancing the day-to-day work NACD does here in Washington. And there’s still plenty for us to accomplish this year.

By Eric Byer, NACD
Bipartisan, Bicameral Process in Congress Is Key to CFATS Reauthorization
March 21, 2019
Bipartisan, Bicameral Process in Congress Is Key to CFATS Reauthorization

Earlier this year, Congress narrowly avoided allowing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program to sunset by passing a short-term 15-month extension of the program’s expiration date. Given the circumstances, the passage of the last-minute extension was a major legislative success. Nevertheless, in order to pass a multi-year reauthorization and avoid a similar situation come April 2020, it is imperative Congress commit to working together in a timely manner to ensure the security of the nation.

By Doug Leigh, NACD
Are You Getting the Most Out of Your Employees? Send Them to UID!
March 13, 2019
Are You Getting the Most Out of Your Employees? Send Them to UID!

Earlier this week, I attended the University of Innovative Distribution (UID) in Indianapolis, IN, as program chairman. It has been a true pleasure and source of pride to serve this year as the UID chair. This highly informative four-day conference is a concentrated educational program focused on the unique needs of the wholesale distribution industry.

By Matt Glaser, NACD