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January 2023, Volume 1


Manufacturing data reports from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) are released at the beginning of every month and can be accessed at ISM. The latest report says economic activity in the manufacturing sector contracted in December 2022 for the second consecutive month following a 29-month period of growth.

Both the electrical equipment, appliances and components sector, as well as the computer and electronic products sector, reported contraction in December 2022. Read the full report.


> Former Vice President Mike Pence will address the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) Executive Summit 2023 at the end of January, and share insights on the global and domestic realities ahead for North American businesses, the U.S. economy, the supply chain and more. Read more.

> Why distributors are at risk of manufacturers “going direct” – and what to do about it, from Industrial Distribution magazine. Read more.

> Four ways to beat defense electronics supply challengesRead more.


Breakout session titles and topics have been announced for the 2023 ERA Conference! The content for these 15 Breakout Sessions have been carefully crafted by Conference volunteer committees for the past several months. The education and insights gained will not disappoint! Each session will be offered twice, which allows attendees to attend six individual sessions over two days. Registration for breakout sessions will open in a few short weeks. View the Session titles, descriptions and presenters here.

> It is time once again to honor an individual who has made significant contributions to promoting, protecting and improving the professional field sales (rep) function within a company, territory, marketplace, the industry or ERA. Submit your nominations for the 2022 Ray Hall Spirit Award online by January 20. Read more about the award.

> It is also time once again to honor the ERA Chapter of the Year at the upcoming conference in Austin! Please share one or more of your chapter’s successful events, projects or activities with your fellow members. Now is the time to brag about your chapter’s accomplishments! Submit Chapter of the Year entries HERE by February 3.

The ERA White Pin Internship program application deadline is Feb. 26, 2023. Get those applications in! This program offers a manufacturers’ rep a chance to hire a rising college junior or senior as a summer intern. This is a fantastic opportunity for the intern to gain hands-on experience in the electronic component sales industry AND a great chance for rep companies to train and teach a potential hire. Read more about the program and apply today!


Click here to browse the searchable ERA Industry Calendar and ERA Chapter Events listings!

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