America’s chemical distributors supply key materials supporting nearly every industry. Today, shipping delays, record-high prices, and other anti-competitive practices by major ocean shipping companies are harming distributor businesses and pushing America’s supply chain beyond its limit — causing a shortage of everything from household to sporting goods. This supply chain chaos is threatening our favorite spring traditions. Youth baseball, household cleaners, and sports drinks could be in trouble if we don’t act quickly.
Although the Superfund taxes expired some time ago, there have been countless discussions over the years about whether they would – or should – be reinstated. That time has now come with President Biden and the current administration targeting quicker Superfund clean-ups, job creation, and a cleaner environment.
Over the past year, supply chain challenges have led to product delays, rising costs, and inventory stock-outages that have impacted a wide range of industries and consumers across the United States. Port backlogs and skyrocketing ocean cargo prices aren’t only hitting store shelves and consumers’ pocketbooks, they are also threatening shortages of many ingredients essential for our health and everyday lives.
Reporting season is upon us and the March 1 deadline for routine reporting for environmental and regulatory programs is fast approaching – but don’t worry, help is at hand!
We are pleased to announce a new addition to our NACD U course offering that focuses on the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).
Sustainability has become ever-prominent for many chemical distributors' growth strategies and will inevitably remain one of the key drivers for our industry moving forward.
But what does all of that mean? What role do distributors play in the supply chain and how can they offer support as we strive for a more sustainable future?
Last summer, we launched the “50 for 50 Site Visit Challenge” to mark NACD’s 50th anniversary, and today we are delighted to announce that Mat Brainerd and his team at Brainerd Chemical Company, Inc., are the winners of our grand prize!
For 30 years, NACD Responsible Distribution® has helped set the benchmark in the chemical industry, ensuring our membership is committed to a culture of continuous improvement and high standards.
As we look to wrap up the 7th Cycle of our mandatory third-party verified environmental, health, safety, and security program, remember that our team is always on hand to offer advice and guidance with its implementation and assist you through the process.
More than 600 members of NACD joined us in November at our first in-person Annual Meeting in two years – a remarkable turnout for any year, and especially outstanding given the current situation with COVID-19.
Of course, this particular event was also special for many other reasons – not least because it marked the association’s 50th anniversary and the 30th year of the Responsible Distribution program.
A lot of planning went into those few days last month and we really focused on attracting our best-ever lineup of speakers. And judging by the post-meeting feedback, it seems we achieved our goal.
There were certainly plenty of talking points at this year’s Annual Meeting, and the consensus among all who attended was that it was a resounding success. I’d go so far as to say it was one of the most complicated to arrange– given all the COVID-19 protocols and the additional security requirements from having a former U.S. President join us. And in my humble opinion, I truly believe it was also one of our best Annual Meetings ever.
Thanksgiving is always a good time for reflection; taking a moment to remind yourself of all your accomplishments, goals that have been reached, projects that have been completed, new customers that have been secured. The year is nearly over and while we’re not in any position to slow down with a supply chain crisis and a massive reconciliation budget under consideration by Congress, I still believe it’s an important exercise to set time aside for gratitude.