Associations & Magazines

Published: Jul 4, 2011
Last Updated: Feb 1, 2016
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Associations & Magazines Are Great Sources of Industry Information

In this section we have gathered some of the most popular information sources, such as trade journals, magazines, blogs, and association websites. Industry information is always changing. For the latest news, current issues and popular opinions, try following one or more of these sources. In addition, interacting with the websites that provide this information through commenting and asking questions may also provide you with more information.


Trade associations often publish free industry newsletters that are excellent sources of information for your business plan. Such newsletters often have articles that cover in-depth topics on business management, manufacturing practices, how-tos, and current industry news.

National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) | NAW is a US-based association for persons conducting business in the wholesale trade industry. Check out their Industry News Section.

Global Distribution Alliance (GDA) | The Global Distribution Alliance (GDA) is a partnership of over 100 leading logistics and transportation companies.


ASAE Gateway to Associations Directory
Use this directory to search for an association by name, interest area, or international geographic location (including Canada and BC). You can also search using a combination of various fields.

Magazines / Trade Journals

Trade journals (often called magazines or trade publications) can be very useful in helping you find current articles relating to business research. Contact your local research library to determine which trade journal subscriptions they have. There are also free trade publications that you can access online. 

B2B Wholesaler Magazine
A magazine exclusively covering the business to business side of wholesaling.

A business publication for buying and selling wholesale merchandise on the Internet. Each issue delivers news and in-depth articles, plus a directory of the Web's leading wholesale and closeout suppliers complete with company name, web address and product descriptions.


Try searching Ulrichs Periodical Directory to develop a list of important trade publications in your industry.