Current Issue: March 2017

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Amazon Business: Foe with Benefits?

Amazon: Friend or Foe? That was the question of the day at the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) 2017 Executive Summit in Washington, DC, where Rob Green, Director and General Manager of Amazon Business, tried to provide some answers in his presentation, “Amazon Business is Here, What Does That Mean for Distribution?,” to an attentive

State of the Industry Q&A

1. Reflect on last year’s answer and describe, in retrospect, the outlook for 2017? Steve Luse, NIA President and Union Contractor It feels like 2017 will be a good year. The election of a new pro-business president has seemed to jump-start the economy and we are seeing signs that many projects that have been put

Construction Outlook

Economic forecasting is always fraught with perils. Uncertainty about laws and regulations—not to mention unexpected events such as better or worse than normal weather—make the job of the forecaster that much more difficult. As this article is being written, the usual uncertainties are amplified by a new administration whose actions regarding the economy leave many

Gazing into the Crystal Ball

AIA: Even with Uncertainties Looming, Healthy Gains Projected for 2017 Building Activity By Kermit Baker 2016 was a chaotic year for non-residential building activity. For most serving this market, it turned out to be a successful year—construction spending in this sector rose almost 8%, according to current estimates—even as challenges to the industry were continually