Even though the theme, workforce, is not our yearlong focus in Distribution Center, I still find the topic one of unending fascination. It’s not surprising that we have a regular stream of stories that I hope are helpful on this topic.
Two days following the HARDI Annual Conference, I woke up at home thinking of inspiration. The speakers at the event last month are what you would expect: inspiring, educational, interesting, and they all lent some fresh perspective while hopefully fired up our mental engines.
cfm Distributors is an employee-owned company devoted to the success of our customers, our employees, our suppliers, and our business with warmth, integrity and spirit. While that is our mission statement, it is the feeling you get when you are at one of our locations or talking with any one of our employee-owners on the phone.
In December I attended HARDI’s Annual Conference. where they unveiled the new Talent Pillar, a transformation of the Education pillar. I was lucky enough to catch HARDI’s Manager of Professional Development Nick Benton to get some more information on the big change.
The U.S. metals market has been suffering in recent years. Prices are depressed, and producers are suffering. There's been a bit of an uptick in metals pricing recently. What will be the prevailing pricing trends for 2017?
During this past year, I read “The Power of Habit,” a marvelous book by Charles Duhigg. Boiling it down, he says you can create habits to achieve goals, almost regardless of the purpose. Create the habit, adhere to it, and you have a greater chance of achieving your goal. The book resonated with me because it seemed like a simple way to improve and become more efficient without immersing myself in a great deal of complexity.
As wholesalers, we work and promote two-step distribution, and our core customer group is composed of professional HVAC and refrigeration contractors that do commercial and industrial work and some residential. We do not sell to end users, and that makes us probably one of the very few true wholesalers in Mexico.
Distribution Center magazine recently interviewed Zeiad Hussein, founder of National Equipment Parts, a new online presence in our marketplace. His view of our industry and the role his company will play in it, provides for an interesting discussion of our future.