Best Practices Archive

  • Best Practices

    A Legal Twist in Driver Risk By William McCloy Conflict can be defined as a misalignment of goals or values between two or more people. As Amer Obeidi explained in his thesis on the subject for his University of Waterloo doctor of philosophy program, “Conflict is driven by the perceived incompatibility of something of relevance, and the [...]

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  • Optimism in the Air for Distributors

    Many See Improving Prospects for 2017, Tell What Has Helped Them Grow By Charles McChesney and Diane Stirling Every year brings unique business challenges, and usually a few opportunities to make good. As GAWDA distributor members set forth on a new year, they discuss what worked well for them over the past 12 months and the conditions [...]

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  • The Age of Disruption – A Call For Innovation

    Three truths to guide your leadership of change and innovation During research for my book (INNOVATE! How Successful Distributors Lead Change In Disruptive Times), I uncovered the fact that 85 percent of the leaders in the distribution industry believe they need to reinvent their businesses before someone else does. Let that soak in. We live in disruptive [...]

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  • The Superior Value of Experiential Training

    ‘Vivid’ Learning Pays Off in Retained Lessons and Retained Employees Experiential education has been a part of American training and development since the 1610s. Fully three-quarters of the settlers who came to Virginia in the 17th century were indentured servants who had agreed to labor under a master craftsman for a few years in exchange for [...]

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  • Looking Though the Plate Glass Window

    A Glimpse Into Corporate Reputation Management Strategies Take a moment to think back to some of your favorite childhood memories. Do you remember the aroma of your mother’s home-baked cookies, or the smell of your father’s aftershave? What I recall are the smells of printing press cleaning chemicals and ink from my parents’ publishing business in [...]

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  • The Warehouse Manager Makes It Great– Or Not

    Employee engagement, not employee enragement, is key to what your customers value most A lot of new and very good investments are being made to the warehousing operations across the industry nowadays. Technology upgrades and investments are not the whole story, however. A phrase that has been used and re-used for decades still holds true today: success is [...]

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  • Conference Overview

    Spring Management Conference Preview SESSION SPEAKERS Thomas DeCarlo, Ph.D. is the Ben S. Weil Endowed Chair of Industrial Distribution, Director of the Charles & Patsy Collat Industrial Distribution Program in the Collat School of Business at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Professor of Marketing there. He has taught in executive MBA programs in China, the Iowa State [...]

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  • The Company With The Best Supply Chain Wins

    Is there such a thing as the “perfect order”? Not many distributors would disagree with this statement: “Our customer service sets us apart from our competitors.” In an article published in Harvard Business Review called “Staple Yourself to an Order,” the authors write: “Every time an order is handled, the customer is handled. Every time an [...]

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  • Driving Competitiveness

    To attract and retain skilled truck drivers, Noble Gas Solutions took a look at the basics – starting with their pay scale. Paying employees, especially truck drivers, too little or too much can affect a company’s ability to attract qualified talent and retain valuable employees for the long-term. Low pay causes recruiting challenges, and setting the [...]

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  • Leadership Playbook

    Archie Manning on Sports, Leadership and Being a Wing Guy Part of the quarterback’s job is to tell everybody to shut up. He has to call the play, bring out the players, and start the play. People often think of the quarterback as the guy who screams and hollers and takes charge and shows the crowd [...]

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