Voices of the Industry blog

How's the Industry Looking?

Posted: 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. ...Read More

Preparing for Success

Posted: 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. ...Read More

Delivering Training that Matters

Posted: February 13, 2017 NAED Foundation Assistant Director Catherine Viglione shares her thoughts on employee training. ...Read More

How much is enough training?

Posted: 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?” ...Read More

5 Tips to Retain Great Employees

Posted: January 25, 2017 Allison Olden, NAED Talent Recruitment & Retention Specialist, gives five tips on keeping great employees. ...Read More

In case you missed it

Posted: December 28, 2016 We're recapping the past year with a rundown of our top five most popular blog posts from 2016. ...Read More

5 Tips on Recruiting through Social Media

Posted: December 12, 2016 NAED Recruitment & Retention Specialist Allison Olden shares some best practices on using social media to recruit new associates. ...Read More

Embrace Automation Opportunities

Posted: December 5, 2016 Recent NAED studies have demonstrated 79% of distributors are selling automation products. ...Read More

How do we get to the INTENT of Diversity Programs?

Posted: 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. ...Read More

Building a Culture of Learning

Posted: 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. ...Read More

Overcome Fear and Gain Control of Opportunity

Posted: 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. ...Read More

A Quick Way to Feel More Powerful

Posted: October 17, 2016 “I’m just not feeling it.” Have you ever thought this to yourself before facing a difficult challenge or unpleasant task? ...Read More

7 Signs Your Distribution Firm Needs a New Intelligence System

Posted: 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 ...Read More

Tips from an EPEC Review

Posted: 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. ...Read More

The Sales Force of Tomorrow

Posted: 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. ...Read More

Job vs. Career: Bringing Passion to Work

Posted: 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. ...Read More

Christmas in July: LEAD Gives Back to Chicago

Posted: July 26, 2016 I was fortunate to attend the annual NAED Leadership Enhancement and Development (LEAD) Conference last week in Chicago. ...Read More

Understanding the Lifespan of LED Lamps

Posted: 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? ...Read More

Monday Motivation: Five Favorite Quotes

Posted: 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. ...Read More

6 Interesting Things about Brexit

Posted: June 28, 2016 Last week, the United Kingdom voted by a slim margin (52%/48%) to withdraw from the European Union. ...Read More

The Monday After Orlando

Posted: June 20, 2016 This Monday, my heart breaks for those who have been affected by the tragedy in Orlando early Sunday morning. ...Read More

Top 5 Things I have learned as AdVenture Marketing Conference Chair

Posted: 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. ...Read More

5 big-time benefits of using LED lighting for indoor positioning

Posted: 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. ...Read More

Top 6 Grammar Pet Peeves

Posted: 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. ...Read More

Customer Service Tips: How to Gain Trust and Improve Relationships

Posted: 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. ...Read More
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