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Voices of the Industry blog
How's the Industry Looking?
March 8, 2017
NAED Research & Development Assistant Lauren Rapp shares her thoughts on the newly released NAED State of the Industry Report and insights into our industry's future.
Preparing for Success
February 20, 2017
We all expect our job applicants to come into the interview prepared. We expect them to have researched our company, have examples of how they are qualified for the position, and an explanation of why they want to work at our company.
Delivering Training that Matters
February 13, 2017
NAED Foundation Assistant Director Catherine Viglione shares her thoughts on employee training.
How much is enough training?
January 30, 2017
During the Western Region Conference, NAED President & CEO Tom Naber spoke at the General Session about the training and education of staff. Mentioning that he is frequently asked, “How much is enough training?”
5 Tips to Retain Great Employees
January 25, 2017
Allison Olden, NAED Talent Recruitment & Retention Specialist, gives five tips on keeping great employees.
In case you missed it
December 28, 2016
We're recapping the past year with a rundown of our top five most popular blog posts from 2016.
5 Tips on Recruiting through Social Media
December 12, 2016
NAED Recruitment & Retention Specialist Allison Olden shares some best practices on using social media to recruit new associates.
Embrace Automation Opportunities
December 5, 2016
Recent NAED studies have demonstrated 79% of distributors are selling automation products.
How do we get to the INTENT of Diversity Programs?
November 28, 2016
Nearly weekly I get a phone call or email from a prime contractor or manufacturer asking how we can work together to “process” an order that requires a diverse market spend.
Building a Culture of Learning
November 21, 2016
The world moves fast. Trying to keep pace with change is a challenge. And, the ability to adapt has become a necessity – especially when it comes to the workplace.
Overcome Fear and Gain Control of Opportunity
November 11, 2016
Have you recently scoffed at the idea of a self-driving vehicle? Perhaps you really love driving. There may, however, be another explanation.
A Quick Way to Feel More Powerful
October 17, 2016
“I’m just not feeling it.” Have you ever thought this to yourself before facing a difficult challenge or unpleasant task?
7 Signs Your Distribution Firm Needs a New Intelligence System
October 3, 2016
Suppliers and distributors generate volumes of data every day. This data is becoming critical to help firms understand how well their businesses are doing, and more importantly, what they can do to improve
Tips from an EPEC Review
September 26, 2016
I have been an EPEC reviewer for the past 14 years and I work for Nedco, a division of Rexel Canada, as a Branch Operations Manager. I got involved in the EPEC course as a management trainee.
The Sales Force of Tomorrow
September 6, 2016
The population as a whole is expected to decline steadily over the next 10 years. And, even more striking is the amount of people either too young or too old to work.
Job vs. Career: Bringing Passion to Work
August 1, 2016
This month, I am sending my oldest child off to college. We live in St. Louis, Mo. She has chosen to go to the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, for school.
Christmas in July: LEAD Gives Back to Chicago
July 26, 2016
I was fortunate to attend the annual NAED Leadership Enhancement and Development (LEAD) Conference last week in Chicago.
Understanding the Lifespan of LED Lamps
July 18, 2016
Transitioning from compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and incandescent lamps to light emitting diodes (LEDs) raises questions of perceived product superiority. Is one better than another?
Monday Motivation: Five Favorite Quotes
July 11, 2016
I spend most of my days at work staring at a computer screen. Some days, I struggle to find the inspiration to do my best work.
6 Interesting Things about Brexit
June 28, 2016
Last week, the United Kingdom voted by a slim margin (52%/48%) to withdraw from the European Union.
The Monday After Orlando
June 20, 2016
This Monday, my heart breaks for those who have been affected by the tragedy in Orlando early Sunday morning.
Top 5 Things I have learned as AdVenture Marketing Conference Chair
June 6, 2016
NAED AdVenture Chair and Springfield Electric Supply Company's E-commerce coordinator, Pam Nation takes a look at lessons learned from her time leading the committee.
5 big-time benefits of using LED lighting for indoor positioning
May 31, 2016
In this featured blog post from Regency Lighting, learn how and why retailers are using LED lighting to help drive engagement and gaining insight into their customers' behavior.
Top 6 Grammar Pet Peeves
May 16, 2016
"Grammar is the greatest joy in life, don't you find?” ― Lemony Snicket, The Wide Window. This is one of my favorite quotes because good grammar does bring joy to my life.
Customer Service Tips: How to Gain Trust and Improve Relationships
May 9, 2016
Customer service is prevalent in our lives every single day. No matter where you work or what you do, you are, at some point, going to be engaged in a customer service experience.
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