The economic outlook looks very grim right now. The housing-led slowdown that began in 2007 has now turned into a deep U.S. recession that looks likely to be the longest and deepest downturn since the 1930s.
Unprecedented financial and credit market volatility has reduced prospects for a quick turnaround. Both U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the wholesale distribution industry's revenues will decline this year.
As I see it, the companies with the will, the skill, and the till have the best chance of surviving the downturn and coming out with a better position on the other side:
The skill to manage their businesses well despite a crisis; ...