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Tired of This Year's Presidential Election?
October 27, 2016
Tired of This Year's Presidential Election?

You should be. The whole process is exhausting. The ads on television and radio, the phone calls at dinner, the mudslinging at stump speeches and during the debates are all over the top. Polling shows Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are the two most disliked presidential nominees in modern American history. And to be honest, I certainly understand why many people aren’t interested in voting. But let me tell you why you should reconsider if you fall into this camp.

By Eric Byer, President, NACD
Learning from the Blue Devils at the Duke Management Program
October 19, 2016
Learning from the Blue Devils at the Duke Management Program

Last month, I had the opportunity to attend Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business Duke Management Program on behalf of NACD. The program, sponsored by Datacor, Inc. for NACD participants and held over a 4-day period in Durham, NC, focused on explaining the science of management by use of real-world examples and interactive activities. Taughhttp://www.datacor.comt by Fuqua professors, the Duke Management Program specifically concentrated on managing people and performance, choice, conflict, power, and systems.

By Doug Leigh, Coordinator, Legislative Affairs, NACD
The Lesser-Known Benefits of Responsible Distribution
October 5, 2016
The Lesser-Known Benefits of Responsible Distribution

Anyone in the chemical distribution industry can tell you how important health, safety and environmental practices are to their companies. The protection of our employees and surrounding communities is critical to our work, and that’s why NACD Responsible Distribution®plays such an outsized role in raising the bar for our industry. While there are obvious benefits from participating in Responsible Distribution, like having a safety record that is nearly twice as good as all manufacturing combined, there are also a number of lesser-known positives that this program provides NACD members. 

By Eric Byer, President, NACD
Competitive Rail Switching: Common Sense Reform for the Industries that Power America
September 20, 2016
Competitive Rail Switching: Common Sense Reform for the Industries that Power America
The freight rail industry is critically important to U.S. economic competiveness. Industries like chemical distribution that rely heavily on rail have long fought for a stronger Surface Transportation Board equipped with the tools it needs to effectively balance the concerns of the rail industry and its customers. The recently-released “Proposed Rulemaking to Adopt Revised Competitive Switching Rules” illustrates precisely the type of common-sense reforms needed to ensure companies that rely on rail have more than one option when shipping and receiving product. 
By Eric Byer, President, NACD
Going All-In On Responsible Distribution: In Your Own Words
September 1, 2016
Going All-In On Responsible Distribution: In Your Own Words

Earlier this year, I highlighted the fact that NACD is celebrating the 25th anniversary of NACD Responsible Distribution®. Since that time, I have heard from many of you that Responsible Distribution is a significant investment of time and manpower that pays even greater dividends. The safety and security benefits of the program are unprecedented. However, in many cases, the benefits go well beyond these core values, including improvements in productivity, reliability, customer relations, supply chain management and practically every other facet of chemical distribution.

By Eric Byer, President, NACD
Are You Resilient on the Job?
August 4, 2016
Are You Resilient on the Job?

Have you ever gotten into a routine that felt old and tired, or just felt like you were barely making it through your “to do” list, let alone plan for the future and strategize on more efficient ways to run your division or company? We’ve all felt the stress of a monotonous routine, email overload, and some of us, even job burnout. In those moments, it’s important to reflect on the work we’re doing and the ways we can maintain our mental resilience. In doing so, we can learn to manage the stress of an increasingly hectic work life.

By  Lucinda Schofer
Stay Informed with NACD's Regulatory Compliance Preferred Provider Blogs
June 21, 2016
Stay Informed with NACD's Regulatory Compliance Preferred Provider Blogs

Did you know many of NACD’s Regulatory Compliance Preferred Providers have blogs and other resources on their websites to provide you with the information you need to run your businesses more effectively?  From environmental law to workplace safety to the latest regulatory requirements and much more, these providers offer up-to-date information on issues that impact the chemical distribution industry. Below is a list of some of the resources these companies offer - I highly encourage you to check them out!

By Matt McKinney
Learning on the Go: Why We Developed NACD U
June 16, 2016
Learning on the Go: Why We Developed NACD U

Last week, I had an interview with a reporter who was writing an article on innovative tools and resources the chemical industry is leveraging to ensure their employees are up-to-speed with the most current best practices and regulatory requirements. She told me that the article would explore a company that sells an app for safety training, another organization that recently released a virtual reality safety training course, and NACD’s online educational platform NACD U. It’s clear that organizations are looking to develop new resources that utilize technology to train their employees in a way that is digestible for these employees and ultimately saves the company time and money—that’s exactly why we launched NACD U last year.

By  Matt Glaser
Responsible Distribution Celebrates 25 Years: How Has It Benefited You?
May 19, 2016
Responsible Distribution Celebrates 25 Years: How Has It Benefited You?

This week, more than 90 representatives from NACD member companies came to Washington D.C. to meet with their lawmakers and tell them about the issues impacting their businesses and other important developments happening in the chemical distribution industry. One of the things they shared with elected officials was the 25th anniversary of Responsible Distribution.

By Eric Byer
Off to the Races...Engaging Lawmakers This Election Season
May 5, 2016
Off to the Races...Engaging Lawmakers This Election Season

After Tuesday night’s primary election results, it appears that Mr. Trump will prevail as the Republican Party’s nominee this fall. It’s also pretty clear that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will likely be the Democratic Party’s choice. To ensure that our members are up-to-date on the positions of each presidential candidate, NACD will be providing members with a comprehensive analysis on issues important to the chemical distribution industry. We will also be providing analysis on the top ten most important House and Senate races to NACD member companies.

By Eric Byer