As 2020 came to an end, five American Supply Association distributor members participated in a virtual roundtable interview to cover the latest trends and challenges present in the PHCP-PVF supply chain.
It’s no secret that 2020 was a year packed with challenges for the PHCP-PVF supply chain. Some areas of our industry, such as the residential construction and remodeling markets have flourished.
No matter the market sector, distributors have entered 2021 with high hopes and are searching for answers when it comes the state of the industry.
The Heating, Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) replaced its annual year-end summit with an all-new virtual format in 2020. The virtual conference took place Oct. 7-9, bringing in 349 wholesale-distributor attendees from 127 different member companies, and a grand total of 695 attendees from 270 member companies.
According to Standford News, approximately 42% of Americans are currently working from home. Businesses have been working tirelessly to keep employees safe, many by setting up the needed technology to work remotely.
A few years ago, the WIT buying group held its fall owners meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah — a neat area of the country if you have never checked it out. Part of the event involved a tour of member Standard Plumbing Supply’s impressive headquarters operation in nearby Sandy.
Once upon a time — 2006 to be exact — in a not far away land, Home Depot sold MRO products to the industrial and commercial markets. Top executives at Home Depot determined their strategy should be to focus on homeowners and home contractors, so they spun off MRO products into an entity dubbed HD Supply.
Gil Carlson, who was the first person to come up with many of the hydronic concepts we take
for granted today, was also my teacher. He would often say, “For a difference to be a difference, it has to make a difference.”
Wherever we turn, people are telling us that working from home and shopping on the Internet are becoming the new norms. Is that true? Not yet, but COVID-19 has required many of us to work out of our homes and forced us to navigate the virtual mall — the Internet.
Over the past year, as American Supply Association member companies pivoted to focus on the rapid changes presented by the pandemic, ASA invested to provide a national recruitment campaign to support members as they emerged from the disruption.