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June 1, 2009News for the wholesale distribution industry

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  • Report: Freight tonnage drops 2.2% for April
    Freight tonnage fell 2.2% in April, according to data from the American Trucking Associations. But the drop was less severe than last month's decline of 4.5%. Eric Starks, president of research firm FTR Associates, predicts the freight market will bottom out in the middle of the summer. Fleet Owner (5/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Distributors could shine in solar energy markets
    Distributors are investigating opportunities in the growing alternative energy markets. Rexel and 3M expanded their solar offerings, while smaller companies such as Hisco also eye the solar market. The global solar industry more than doubled in 2008 from the previous year to $37.1 billion, according to Green Chip Stocks. Modern Distribution Management (5/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Top five news stories selected by NAW SmartBrief readers in the past week.

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  • New books offer tips for managing tough times
    In a slate of newly published books, the authors of "Dance With Chance," "Rules of Thumb," "How to Really Stink at Work" and "Instant Turnaround!" give small-business owners some sage advice and management tips. "We're badly in needs of rules of thumb that work, that make sense, that can guide us through and past these turbulent times," says Fast Company co-founder Alan M. Webber and author of "Rules of Thumb." NYTimes.com (5/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Executive Life 
  • TSA slowly starts to roll out Secure Flight program
    The Transportation Security Administration has officially launched its Secure Flight program, which requires passenger names to match their names on their government-issued identification. The program touches everyone in the airline distribution line, including travel agents, global distribution systems and others, but it's not clear when the requirement will be fully enforced. Travel Weekly (5/22), Chicago Tribune (5/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Iceland's crisis presents opportunity for travelers
    For the past several years, Iceland enjoyed a hot streak with a booming economy and alluring landscape. Suddenly, the country's economy plummeted. While it's been rough going for Icelanders, Americans and other travelers are now able to more easily afford a visit. "On the surface, very little has changed, other than it is cheaper," said Robert Felch of tour operator Iceland Saga Travel. TravelAge West (5/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Last week to register for Distribution Manager's Course
     
    This is the last week to register for NAW's Wholesale Distribution Manager's Course at The Ohio State University, June 8 to 12. Join other distribution managers for a comprehensive look across the distribution business that will cover all major functional areas. Register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 5 Fundamentals for the Wholesale Distribution Sales Manager
     
    5 Fundamentals for the Wholesale Distribution Sales Manager offers a practical but powerful approach for taking your sales force to the next level. It includes essential theories, key concepts and real-world stories taken from the front lines of wholesale distribution. Use this book as a foundation to help you become an effective, high-performing sales manager. Order your copies today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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