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Time to Ensure Your Emergency Preparedness Plan is In Place
May 5, 2022
Time to Ensure Your Emergency Preparedness Plan is In Place

The first week of May is Hurricane Preparedness Week. Hurricanes and other natural disasters are a fact of life. Because a natural disaster can suddenly pose a threat, preparedness is key for responsible chemical distributors.

By Lucinda A. Schofer, NACD
Competitive Switching is Not Some Far-off Idea – Just Ask Canada
April 28, 2022
Competitive Switching is Not Some Far-off Idea – Just Ask Canada

Like many other shipping customers in the United States, NACD members depend on our nation’s freight rail network to run their businesses successfully. Because of the nature of certain common chemicals, such as chlorine, many chemical distributors solely rely on rail to service their customers in a consistent manner.

By Eric Byer, NACD
Make Sure You Secure Your Place for the Central & Southern Regional Meeting
April 21, 2022
Make Sure You Secure Your Place for the Central & Southern Regional Meeting

Registration is now open for our upcoming Central & Southern Regions Meeting taking place in Nashville, TN. From June 13-15, 2022, the Margaritaville Hotel Nashville will host a special combined meeting, providing the perfect opportunity for members from both regions to reunite.

By Tracey Pierce, NACD
The STB is on the Right Track – Here's What We Need Next
April 14, 2022
The STB is on the Right Track – Here's What We Need Next

Across the country, businesses large and small – including chemical distributors – depend on rail service to connect us with our customers. At the federal level, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) is the agency responsible for overseeing our nation’s freight rail network. In the not-so-distant past, staffing and policy issues at the agency meant that many freight rail issues went unaddressed, making it harder, more expensive, and less efficient to move goods across the country by rail.

By Eric R. Byer, NACD
Essential NACD Resources that Drive Your Business Forward
April 7, 2022
Essential NACD Resources that Drive Your Business Forward

As an industry, it’s fair to say we’ve experienced a considerable amount of upheaval and change these past few years. Politically, economically, and socially—we’ve all had to adapt our professional lives accordingly.

NACD prides itself on our efforts to support and represent both you and your business. That’s why we offer a huge range of resources to help you tackle these challenges head-on and seize opportunities when they arise.

By Jenni Jenkins, NACD
Reviewing the Legislative and Regulatory Landscape
March 31, 2022
Reviewing the Legislative and Regulatory Landscape

Transportation, trade, tariffs, and taxes were just some of the hot topics discussed during our 2022 Legislative and Regulatory Outlook webinar.

To cover these challenging issues, we drew on the entire NACD policy team to provide a comprehensive breakdown of incoming rules and regulations and exactly how the association was working on our members’ behalf to address them.

By Jennifer Gibson and Douglas Leigh, NACD
Guest Blog: Maximize Your Safety Training with NASP
March 24, 2022
Guest Blog: Maximize Your Safety Training with NASP

Thousands of workplace deaths each year can be attributed to one main issue, a lack of proper safety training. Safety training isn’t just a good idea; Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations require that your personnel be trained. Education and training are fundamental tools for informing workers and managers about workplace hazards and controls so they can work more safely and be more productive.

By Pete Nemmers, NASP
Reviewing the State of the Industry
March 21, 2022
Reviewing the State of the Industry

Last year’s State of the Industry Report, produced in association with Affiliate member Datacor, Inc., highlighted the impact of COVID-19 and the supply chain snarl-ups on the chemical distribution sector.

The study, carried out during a particularly disruptive period of uncertainty, lockdowns, and safety restrictions, asked over 500 industry professionals to share their experiences and expectations for the year ahead.

By Lucinda A. Schofer, NACD
Guest Blog: Onboarding 101 for Chemical Distribution
March 17, 2022
Guest Blog: Onboarding 101 for Chemical Distribution

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, 20 percent of workers in the U.S. have found new jobs. As many as 50 percent of Americans were predicted to be looking for new work towards the end of last year; this trend isn’t expected to slow down anytime soon. Amidst this historically fluid labor market, successfully onboarding new talent has never been more important. 

By Tiffany Collis, Brenntag Mid-South and Terry Aubry, EMCO Chemical Distributors
Having the Right Tools at Your Disposal
March 10, 2022
Having the Right Tools at Your Disposal

NACD is delighted to announce the 2022 edition of our member toolkit is available on our website.

In the five years since its introduction, NACD members and Affiliates have found it invaluable for providing the resources and reference materials needed to help ensure the smooth running of their business and to stay up-to-date on the latest changes and requirements across our industry.

By Aileen Smith, NACD