What’s wrong with these kids?

June 1, 2024  |  Business

Man, I feel old when I start referring to the next generation of employees in the distribution world as “kids.” But let’s face facts—it has been over 25 years since I started working in the warehouse of my family distribution business. Things have changed. The way the job is done has changed…
Hacking through supply chains

June 1, 2024  |  Business

What we now call “hacking” has been around almost as long as humans have existed. Today’s version focuses on technology, but the behavior takes many forms that even go back to the story of the Trojan horse. Hacking is simply the act of exploiting a weakness to gain access to something, whether…
Improving customer retention and satisfaction

April 1, 2024  |  Business, Management

Of all the famous studies regarding child behavior, one usually rises to the top of the list when it comes to overall recognition by the public and effectiveness at determining the future success of a child: the Stanford Marshmallow Experiment. In the experiment, children were asked to decide betwee…
Code changes affect temporary structures

April 1, 2024  |  Business, Safety

Every three years the International Code Council (ICC) publishes a new set of International Codes. These include the International Building Code® (IBC®) and the International Fire Code® (IFC®). The latest edition year of the ICC codes is the 2024 set. Advanced Textiles Association (ATA) particip…
Insurance adviser auditions

December 1, 2023  |  Business

Organizations are navigating one of the toughest insurance markets that has been experienced in decades. Many companies are facing increased rates, retentions, restrictions in coverages and terms and reluctance from carriers to write their business with limited competition. Add on top of that the p…
Safety inspections

December 1, 2023  |  Business, Safety

This article provides guidance on conducting workplace safety inspections for safety officers and other workers who are assigned responsibility for safety but do so in addition to their regular assignments. Workplace inspections are an important tool for identifying hazards and resolving them. Set u…
Multigenerational struggles

December 1, 2023  |  Business

Hello and welcome to the second column of the Covered Conversations series brought to you by the Tent Rental Division (TRD) and TRD board. As the youngest member of the current board, it is only fitting that I get to write about multigeneration workplaces. Let me introduce myself: My name is Kyle Ri…
Encouraging curiosity

October 1, 2023  |  Business, Management

Curiosity is a catalyst for creativity, problem solving and continuous improvement. By creating a culture of curiosity, we can tap into the collective creativity of the people that work with us and for us. It stimulates critical thinking, encourages us to be open to possibilities and leads us to exp…