A 3-Part Series on Macroeconomics

>> Inflation and Interest Rates

>> Commodity and Input Prices

>> B2B Capex, Inventories, and Investment Considerations


This timely and focused educational opportunity is available to GAWDA Members at no charge.

Macroeconomics:  the branch of economics that studies how an overall economy — the markets, businesses, consumers, and governments — behave.

Join fellow GAWDA Members for a 3-part series on Macroeconomics hosted by Alex Chausovsky, Vice President, Analytics & Consulting, Miller Resource Group.

Alex ChausovskyAlex is a highly experienced market researcher and analyst with more than twenty years of expertise across subjects including economics, industrial manufacturing, automation, and advanced technology trends. For the last two decades, he has consulted and advised companies throughout the US and Canada, Europe, South America, and Asia.  Alex hundreds of keynote presentations and webinars to small businesses, trade associations, and Fortune 500 companies across a spectrum of industries. Alex is currently overseeing a suite of analytics products focused on talent for the Miller Resource Group.

Session 1: Macroeconomics I – Inflation and Interest Rates

The US economy is firmly on the back side of the business cycle. Further deceleration lies ahead, but the severity and longevity of the downturn is uncertain. Does a recession loom, and if so, how harshly will it affect distributors? Furthermore, inflation continues to run hot, and the Federal Reserve is determined to combat it by raising the cost of borrowing money. What is the outlook for both pricing pressures and interest rates as we look toward the remainder of 2023?  Alex will leverage more than 20 years of expertise to tackle these difficult questions to help distribution leaders get a solid footing on these macroeconomic issues. The first episode will aim to provide practical and actionable advice to distributors to help them stay ahead of the curve on inflation and interest rates.

Date: Thursday, April 13, 2023 from 2:00-2:45pm Eastern
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Session 2: Macroeconomics II – Commodity and Input Prices

Volatile commodity prices made it difficult for the distribution community to predict input costs and manage budgets since the start of the pandemic. The fallout of this volatility included squeezed margins and pressured profitability for distributors across a spectrum of industries. The slowing macro economy reflects a pivotal change from the aggressive pace of business in 2021 and early 2022, with many commodities declining in price. In this episode, Alex Chausovsky explores the factors that drive commodity and input prices. He will also discuss the current and likely future trajectory of commodities and other input costs and provide guidance on what distribution leaders need to do now to prepare their business for what’s to come.

Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2023 from 2:00-2:45pm Eastern
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Session 3: Macroeconomics III: B2B Capex, Inventories, and Investment Considerations

A slowing macro economy is a headwind for investment, affecting everything from capacity planning to capital expenditures and inventory levels. The pandemic-era swings in both supply and demand are calming, but persistent uncertainties – the war in Ukraine, the Fed’s interest rate policy, and the severity and longevity of the economic downturn – all cloud the decision-making process. What does it all mean to the distribution community? In this episode Alex will delve deep into these critical topics. He will discuss the current Capex and inventory landscape, explore what is likely to occur down the road, and provide some sage advice to distributors looking for new insights and ideas to help deal with the uncertainty head on.

Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2023 from 2:00-2:45pm Eastern
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For questions or assistance with registration, please contact Andrea Levy at alevy@gawda.org