The International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA) will team up with the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) in a mutual effort to expand both groups' profiles and services, the groups said today.
The two trade organizations will work toward three main goals: increasing cooperation on issues impacting the supply chain; increasing mutual awareness of membership issues; and examining ways to expand the services offered by each organization, according to their memorandum of understanding (MOU).
The groups agreed to exchange memberships and registrations to each group's annual meeting or trade show, share access to membership directories, and open regular communications with each other relating to advocacy, regulatory issues, and other areas of mutual interest.
"NACD and IWLA share many of the same economic and regulatory challenges and opportunities in today's environment," NACD President Eric Byer said in a release. "This MOU allows chemical distributors and handlers to come together to work toward our mutual goals."
Des Plaines, Ill.-based IWLA, formerly the American Warehouse Association, serves nearly 500 corporate members representing more than 3,000 warehousing locations. NACD, based in Arlington, Va., is an international association of chemical distributors and their supply-chain partners. Its nearly 450 member and affiliate companies process, formulate, blend, repackage, warehouse, transport, and market chemical products.