Business Management

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Trump Immigration Policy Likely to Be Enforcement-Heavy

    President-elect Donald Trump campaigned with an immigration enforcement-first message, focusing on border and E-Verify for employers, an overhaul of guest worker programs and rescinding some of President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration that allow for deferred deportation and work authorization for certain unauthorized immigrants. He also said he would implement a biometric entry-exit visa tracking

  • Global Demand for Insulation

    Global demand for insulation is expected to rise 3.7% per year to 26.0 billion square meters of R-1 value in 2020. Developing countries are expected to account for the majority of insulation demand gains, with rising building construction activity and industrial output driving growth.

  • Trends in Employment: How Firms Can Adjust to Attract and Retain Talented Workers

    To learn more about why students continue to gravitate toward positions in engineering and the greater construction industry, Insulation Outlook staff recently sat down with students and newer entrants to the workforce to get the inside scoop on what they look for in their careers. Many Millennials graduated college at the height of the recession, which has led to a heightened focus on choosing a course of study that has solid job prospects.

  • How Customer Analytics Can Help Your Business

    In today’s business environment, everything is about analytics; but, companies may not be capitalizing on this valuable asset. The first step is to find a customer relationship management (CRM) tool that allows your business to capture and utilize this data.

  • Five Keys to Inventory and Supply-Chain Management

    Inventory management has a profound effect on jobsite operations. If proper inventory-management techniques are not followed, it can cause costly project delays. Following are 5 tips from National Insulation Association (NIA) distributor members on how to ensure proper inventory management and a smooth inventory supply chain.

  • Social Media 101 for Small Businesses

    An online social media presence is no longer an option. It is a must—even for small businesses. It is not enough, however, to create a social media account and then leave it to languish; an active, strategic presence must be maintained in order to reap the benefits social media offers.