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Monday Morning Memo 11.8.13

Posted By Maddie Moss, Monday, December 16, 2013

Get a Jump Start - NAFCD + NBMDA 2013 Annual Convention

For those who are planning to attend the 2013 NAFCD + NBMDA Annual Convention next week, please see the advance copy of the Onsite Program for a complete list of programming, exhibitors, and convention events.

Attendees can begin planning for each day at the event. Don't forget to use this handy Appointment Scheduler to plan meetings with Distributors and Manufacturers during the event.

You can view the list of distributor companies attending the Annual Convention and reach out to find a time that works for both of you to meet. If you need help logging in to see the complete list of attendees, contact us to receive your login information.

Please refer to the pack your bags email communication that was released yesterday for additional details on next week's event. See you in Chicago!

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Monday Morning Memo 11.4.13

Posted By Maddie Moss, Friday, December 13, 2013

Stop By and Visit Our New Exhibitors

With over 124 distributor companies and 116 manufacture/service provider companies represented at the 2013 NAFCD + NBMDA Annual Convention, we wanted to take this opportunity to welcome NAFCD's 26 first-time exhibitors to the show!

 

B2W
InstaFloor North America
Primatech
Bamboo Hardwoods
KahrsPrime Supply
Dependable LLC
La Crosse Flooring
Sedacor
Elevations by Raskin Global
LW Mountain
Shamrock Plank Flooring
Elof Hansson USA Inc
Mirage Floors
Stoehr Flooring
Foss Manufacturing Company, LLC
Neuhofer Holz Gmbh
TW Flooring Group
Frankfloor
Next Floors
Urban Floors
Fuzion Flooring
NFC Professional Selling Group
WEGO International Products
Greenfield Floors
Powernail Company


Reminder: Schedule Your Appointments

You can view the list of distributor companies attending the Annual Convention and reach out to find a time that works for both of you during the event. If you need help logging in to see the complete list of attendees, contact us to receive your login information.

Don't Miss These Member Events!

Tuesday, November 12 - NAFCD Welcome Reception "Let the Conversation Begin"

Jump start the Annual Convention with a NAFCD member's only reception being held at the Sheraton Hotel in room Michigan A&B. This time can also be used to set up appointments to meet with distributors and manufacturers.

Wednesday, November 13 - NAFCD Breakfast and Member Meeting
NAFCD will hold our Annual Member Meeting on Wednesday, November 13th at 8:00am CST at the Sheraton Hotel in room Chicago VII. Join us to review the year, meet with fellow NAFCD members and Board of Directors, and receive members only updates on your membership.

Thursday, November 14 - Closing Reception and Dinner at Lucky Strike Lanes
End your convention experience on a high note with a Thursday night reception and celebration at Lucky Strike Lanes. Whether you're planning to bowl the night away, play pool in the billiard area or just enjoy the company of colleagues, Lucky Strike will provide the ideal environment and an unparalleled experience. Do not miss this opportunity to celebrate the conclusion of another successful convention. There is no additional cost to attend this event.

For a complete list of all 2013 NAFCD + NBMDA Annual Convention events, please view the schedule.

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Monday Morning Memo 10.28.13

Posted By Maddie Moss, Friday, December 13, 2013

Economic Trends Forecast - Summer & Fall 2013

Economic Trends & Forecast
Thursday, November 14

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

CEO of Institute for Trend Research, Brian Beaulieu will be presenting on the Fall 2013 Economic Outlook Report at the 2013 NAFCD + NBMDA Annual Convention. During this session, Beaulieu will overview short- and long-term global economic forecasts, regional economic updates, and an outlook on inflation. In addition, he will provide insight into the relationship of political events and economic growth and provide economic indicators that executives should follow and receive proven strategies for leveraging economic forecast.

Before this session, don't forget to review the Summer 2013 NAFCD Economic Outlook Report, which is now available to all NAFCD members (login required).

Fall 2013 NAFCD Quarterly Executive Trends Index

The next Quarterly Executive Trends Index online survey was sent last week directly from Cleveland Research. At this time, the survey was only sent to the main contact (or Cleveland Research Survey designee) at our distributor member companies. The survey will be open to Manufacturers in 2014. Please note that the deadline to respond is November 1st. Additional questions have been added based upon member feedback. All survey responses are anonymous and confidential with responses aggregated only to identify key trends in the industry (sales growth for the industry, inventory levels, changes in operating costs, etc.). Mark Herbeck from Cleveland Research will be providing the survey results with full analysis at the Annual Convention on Wednesday, November 13th. 

Tags:  Brian Beaulieu  Cleveland Research  forecast  ITR  Mark Herbek  quarterly executive trends  trends 

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Monday Morning Memo 10.21.13

Posted By Maddie Moss, Thursday, December 12, 2013

Fall 2013 NAFCD Quarterly Executive Trends Index 

In continuation of our efforts to increase the value of information we provide to our members, NAFCD and the NBMDA have partnered with Cleveland Research to develop a valuable benchmarking and forecasting tool, the Quarterly Executive Trends Index. Our next quarterly online survey will be released this week directly from Cleveland Research. At this time, the survey will only be sent to the main contact (or Cleveland Research Survey designee) at our distributor member companies. The survey will be open to Manufacturers in 2014. Please note that the deadline to respond is November 1st. Additional questions have been added based upon member feedback.

All survey responses are anonymous and confidential with responses aggregated only to identify key trends in the industry (sales growth for the industry, inventory levels, changes in operating costs, etc.).

Mark Herbeck from Cleveland Research will be providing the survey results with full analysis at the Annual Convention on Wednesday, November 13th.

Trends in the Building Product Supply Chain

Interested in learning more about Cleveland Research and their analysis of trends in the building product supply chain? Don't miss Cleveland Research's Mark Herbek speak at the 2013 NAFCD + NBMDA Annual Convention on Wednesday, November 13 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Mark Herbek is one of 43 partners who helped launched Cleveland Research Company in June, 2006. Cleveland Research is one of the largest independent research firms in existence today, with over 40 research analysts/associates and 70 total employees. Cleveland works to actively publish detailed industry information on the homecenters, building products (both residential and non-residential, including the security industry), and other consumer retailers.

Just some of the key takeaways include:

  • Overview of repair & remodel/new construction end-markets
  • Forecasts for repair and remodel and new construction
  • Insights on how to balance business brick & mortar versus e-commerce
  • New initiatives at Home Depot and Lowe's and their impact on your business
  • Key changes at Amazon and the growing influence of AmazonSupply

 

Register Today!

Tags:  Cleveland Research  Mark Herbek  Trends 

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Monday Morning Memo 10.14.13

Posted By Maddie Moss, Thursday, December 12, 2013

Meet NAFCD's Newest Alliance Partner

Members of NAFCD are eligible to receive a free freight consultation from Trinity Logistics's experienced and seasoned logistics team. During the complimentary consultation, Trinity will analyze your business, supply chain, freight goals, and address any challenges you might be facing. They will then create a customized approach to help analyze your shipping processes, identify areas of improvement and provide workable solutions. To reserve your consultation, please visit Trinitylogistics or call (866) 604-5679. 

Trinity will also be hosting an in-person session at the 2013 NAFCD + NBMDA Annual Convention in which you will learn about best practices and tactics from logistics experts Kathie Kingery and Pat Wallace. This session takes place Tuesday, November 12th from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., RSVP today! If you can't make this session, they will also be at Booth #718 throughout the convention.

New NAW Publications Just Released!

As a Member of NAFCD, you and your employees are eligible for a reduced (middle tier rate) on publications, wholesale distribution manager's courses, and business services offerings.

New to the NAW library are:

  • Facing the Forces of Change: Reimagining Distribution in a Connected World
  • Pricing Optimization: Striking the Right Balance for Margin Advantage
  • Getting the Most Out of CRM: Best Practices for Wholesaler-Distributors

When you place an order with NAW, make sure that you acknowledge your membership with NAFCD to receive the discounted price. To view NAW full publication catalog of educational materials, please visit NAW Publications or check out the current Top 10 Best Sellers here.

Participate in NWFA's Focus Group & Luncheon

Join the National Wood Flooring Association at the NAFCD + NBMDA Annual Convention for a focus group with distributors and manufacturers in the wood flooring industry interested in sharing their ideas on how trade associations can help create supply chain efficiencies and improve wood flooring issues.

Topics of discussion will include:

  • What do distributors of wood flooring need to stay competitive?
  • What are the biggest challenges in the wood flooring sector?
  • What do distributor sales people need to know to increase the sales of wood flooring products?
  • What can your trade associations do to help grow your wood flooring business?

This session will be held on Tuesday, November 12, from 12:00-1:30pm at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel. There is no additional cost to attend and lunch is included.

Space is limited to 15 qualified wood flooring industry professionals, so RSVP today! Contact Anita Howard or Heather Wegge at (800) 422-4556 for more information or to RSVP.

Tags:  alliance partner  NAW  NWFA  Trinity Logistics 

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Monday Morning Memo 10.7.13

Posted By Maddie Moss, Thursday, December 12, 2013

2013/2014 NAFCD Slate of Candidates - Board of Directors

IMPORTANT!
Date: October 2013
TO: NAFCD Voting Members
FROM: George Roth, NAFCD President

Michelle Miller, Executive VP, NAFCD

Proposed Slate of Candidates to serve on the Board of Directors & Bylaw modifications

Our current bylaws require a vote of the majority of our voting members to approve the proposed slate of candidates to serve on the NAFCD Board of Directors. It is important for you to review and return your Ballot/VOTE by November 12, 2013 if a representative will not be attending the Annual Business Meeting scheduled to take place on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at the Sheraton Hotel in Chicago, IL .

Please click on the flowing links to view the slate of candidates and the bylaws modifications. You may vote via proxy by clicking here to complete the ballot.

Any questions should be addressed to NAFCD Executive Vice President Michelle Miller at mmiller@nafcd.org.

Proposed Slate
ByLaw Changes
Voting Ballot

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Monday Morning Memo 9.30.13

Posted By Maddie Moss, Thursday, December 12, 2013

Join us for the Closing Reception at Lucky Strike Lanes!

End your convention experience at the 2013 NAFCD + NBMDA Annual Convention on a high note with a Thursday night reception and celebration at Lucky Strike Lanes.

Whether you're planning to bowl the night away, play pool in the billiard area or just enjoy the company of colleagues, Lucky Strike will provide the ideal environment and an unparalleled experience. Do not miss this opportunity to celebrate the conclusion of another successful convention. To learn more about how you can become a sponsor at this closing event visit our website

Thursday, November 14
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

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Monday Morning Memo 9.23.13

Posted By Maddie Moss, Friday, December 6, 2013

Performance & Leadership Roundtable Discussions

What do highly effective leaders do differently? Is there a science to great leadership? The answer is yes, and the key is learning the science of managing emotions. 

According to a recent Harvard study, Emotional Intelligence is the greatest driver of success in Leadership. At the upcoming, NAFCD + NBMDA Annual Convention, Bill Benjamin from the Institute for Health and Human Potential, will give insight into applying EQ techniques.

Participants Will Learn:

  • Why Emotional Intelligence (EQ) counts for more than IQ in leadership performance
  • The 2 key reasons individuals get promoted and achieve results
  • The brain science of emotions that drive our behavior
  • That emotions are infectious - and how to unleash best performance and not sabotage it!
  • Techniques you can apply immediately to make you more effective as a leader

Dont' miss this interactive session on November 13, 2013 from 2:00-4:30pm. If you haven't already, register today!

Monthly Trend Analysis: Lowe's & Home Depot

Updated economic forecasting reports have been released for Lowe's and Home Depot. Research shows that interest in appliances, flooring, and kitchen remodels are beginning to recovering indicating changing consumer prospectives. 

You can access the full reports in the Members Only section of our website (login required). Past reports are also available on the NAFCD website.

NAFCD's new partnership with Cleveland Research provides you with access to research on home centers, residential construction, non-residential construction, industrial distribution and other related topics.

Tags:  annual convention  bill benjamin  leadership  monthly trend  reports  roundtable discussions 

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Monday Morning Memo 9.16.13

Posted By Maddie Moss, Friday, December 6, 2013

Participate in NWFA's Focus Group & Luncheon


Join the National Wood Flooring Association at the NAFCD + NBMDA Annual Convention for a focus group with distributors and manufacturers in the wood flooring industry interested in sharing their ideas on how trade associations can help create supply chain efficiencies and improve wood flooring issues. 

Topics of discussion will include:

  • What do distributors of wood flooring need to stay competitive?
  • What are the biggest challenges in the wood flooring sector?
  • What do distributor sales people need to know to increase the sales of wood flooring products?
  • What can your trade associations do to help grow your wood flooring business?

This session will be held on Tuesday, November 12, from 12:00-1:30pm at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel. There is no additional cost to attend and lunch is included.

Space is limited to 15 qualified wood flooring industry professionals, so RSVP today! Contact Anita Howard or Heather Wegge at (800) 422-4556 for more information or to RSVP.

Gear Up! Supply Chain Best Practices & Tactics for 2014 & Beyond

Presenters Kathie Kingery & Pat Wallace from Trinity Logistics will be hosting a optional information session in conjunction with the NAFCD + NBMDA Annual Convention on Tuesday, Novemeber 12 from 2:00-3:00pm.

This session will help you identify possible areas for improvement within your supply chain and learn key tactics for immediate implementation. In the fast-paced world of logistics, there's too much at stake for you to simply guess how to proceed. Let us provide the guidance you need from over 34 years of experience to take your business to the next level.

You'll learn about...

  • Best practices across your industry that will equip your supply chain for growth, enhanced efficiencies, and freight savings
  • Trucking regulations involving Hours of Service, Operating Authority, and Electronic on Board Recorders (EOBR's) and how they can impact your supply chain
  • The realities surrounding diminishing capacity as the available pool of carriers shrinks
  • How to avoid the pitfalls of selecting non-compliant or unsafe carriers by creating a procedure for compliance with vendors

To attend this event, please register here. There is no additional cost to attend.

Tags:  annual convention  NWFA  session  Trinity Logistics 

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Monday Morning Memo: 9.9.13

Posted By Maddie Moss, Friday, December 6, 2013

Last Call! Key Deadlines Quickly Approaching

 

September 10, 2013 - Last Chance for Early Bird Registration for DMU and 2013 NAFCD + NBMDA Annual Convention
Don't wait to register at discounted rates for both the Distribution Management University and the 2013 NAFCD + NBMDA Annual Convention in Chicago, IL. Click here to register for both events.

September 11, 2013 - 2013 Performance Index Benchmarking Report
Don't miss your chance to receive a complimentary summary of the results valued at $495! To participate in this survey, please click here (Excel) or here (PDF) for a copy of the survey. Only participating companies will receive a complimentary report. See our website for more information.

September 11, 2013 - Call to Action Final Extension
The last day to submit nominations for the 2013-2014 NAFCD Board of Directors, as well as the 2013 NAFCD Leadership in Action and Lifetime Achievement Awards. Submission forms can be found here.

October 22, 2013 - Housing Deadline for NAFCD + NBMDA Annual Convention
The housing cut-off date at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers is October 22, 2013. Reservations and rates cannot be guaranteed after this date. Make your reservation today!

Transportation Industry: Monthly Trend Analysis

NAFCD's new partnership with Cleveland Research provides you with access to research on home centers, residential construction, non-residential construction, industrial distribution and other related topics.
 

New this week is a full report on the Transportation Industry. This report features an overview on U.S. trucking trends, global containerized ocean traffic, and rail trends. The full report and other industry updates and insights are available in the Members Only section of the website, username and password required.

Tags:  annual convention  Cleveland Research  nafcd + nbmda annual convention  Transportation 

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