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Reasons to be Thankful
November 24, 2021
Reasons to be Thankful

Thanksgiving is always a good time for reflection; taking a moment to remind yourself of all your accomplishments, goals that have been reached, projects that have been completed, new customers that have been secured. The year is nearly over and while we’re not in any position to slow down with a supply chain crisis and a massive reconciliation budget under consideration by Congress, I still believe it’s an important exercise to set time aside for gratitude.

By Eric R. Byer, NACD
Guest Blog: Return to Work Needs a New Mindset
November 17, 2021
Guest Blog: Return to Work Needs a New Mindset

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, businesses are working hard to reopen their doors and encourage employees back to the workplace as they seek some semblance of normalcy. As an essential industry that has continued operating throughout the crisis, chemical distributors and their employees may find this transition a little less distressing than other industries, suggests Trevor Shylock, Senior Consultant at talent management specialist PSI Services LLC.

By Trevor Shylock, PSI Services LLC
Chemicals Can't Live Without Chemists: The Essential Role of Chemists and Chemical Engineers in Chemical Distribution
November 3, 2021
Chemicals Can't Live Without Chemists: The Essential Role of Chemists and Chemical Engineers in Chemical Distribution

The chemical distribution industry is a major economic engine. Businesses in this industry deliver valuable products safely and securely every day to a variety of market segments. Within these businesses are chemistry professionals who bring integrity, ingenuity, and research methods to the products chemical distributors sell, or even what they buy.

By Caroline Brooks, NACD
Guest Post: Retool & Retrain: Does Your Sales Team Have a Data-Driven Growth Playbook?
October 27, 2021
Guest Post: Retool & Retrain: Does Your Sales Team Have a Data-Driven Growth Playbook?

During our recent industry forum, a distribution sales leader mentioned that his sales team is not achieving sales goals consistently. He went on to say that when they do, profitability takes a hit. Another executive in the group asked if they provide growth playbooks, and the distribution sales leader emphatically said yes. The follow-up question brought the conversation to a long, thoughtful pause: “Are those playbooks seller-specific and customer-data driven?” The answer was no. This incident represents many sales organizations that under-utilize one of their most valuable assets: customer data.

By Industrial Distribution
Contrary to Some, Supply Chain Issues Are No Joke
October 21, 2021
Contrary to Some, Supply Chain Issues Are No Joke

I always enjoy when policy issues become the epicenter of focus for mainstream media. The ongoing supply chain issues we are currently encountering are certainly a great case study reinforcing this phenomenon. At any given time, you can turn on CNBC, Fox Business, or other cable news outlets and hear the breaking developments from some reporter who’s become the latest expert on the current supply chain mess.

By Eric R. Byer, NACD
An Annual Meeting Celebration 50 Years in the Making
October 14, 2021
An Annual Meeting Celebration 50 Years in the Making

For an Annual Meeting celebrating NACD’s 50th anniversary, it seems only fitting to mark the occasion with a glamorous location, a packed program, and an equally stellar selection of speakers.

Over the course of the four-day event from November 8-11, we’re confident there will be something for everyone, with exceptional presentations providing attendees with plenty of great ideas and insight to take away by the end of the week.

By Tracey Pierce, NACD
Unlock Your Potential with Our Emerging Leaders Program
October 7, 2021
Unlock Your Potential with Our Emerging Leaders Program

NACD has been celebrating its 50th anniversary and 30 years since our landmark Responsible Distribution program launched. While we are incredibly proud of our past successes, the association is always looking to the future.

By Mike Lang, NACD
Make a Real Difference by Becoming a Committee Member
September 29, 2021
Make a Real Difference by Becoming a Committee Member

Have you ever thought about playing more of a role in NACD and shaping the future of our industry? Are you interested in driving policy and ensuring businesses like yours are properly supported and represented? If the answer is yes, then why not consider joining one of our committees?

By Jenni Jenkins, NACD
Duke Courses are Heading Back to the Classroom
September 22, 2021
Duke Courses are Heading Back to the Classroom

We’re pleased to announce that the Duke Executive Education courses will be offering live in-person events once again this fall – and that NACD members can still benefit from reduced rates by booking through our website.

By Mike Lang, NACD
Increased TSCA Fees Jeopardize American Supply Chains
September 15, 2021
Increased TSCA Fees Jeopardize American Supply Chains

For over a year, chemical distributors that import ingredients from foreign countries have been dealing with severe supply chain disruptions that threaten the viability of their businesses. Yet, while President Biden has taken actions to address these problems along our supply chain, his United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a rule that could undercut that progress.

By Jennifer Gibson, NACD