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January 21, 2016

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Network2015 ASA Roundtable: Part 1
Supply House Times

This year's roundtable panel featured (L-R): Patrick
Sharp (American Precision Supply), Bill Glockner
(Hirsch Pipe & Supply), Glenn Fuller (Texas
Plumbing Supply), Gary Jones (Eastern Penn Supply Co.), and Steven Feiger (Crawford Supply Co.).
In an athletic setting, chemistry among players can be an important factor when it comes to determining team success. In late October, a distinguished panel of five PHCP-PVF distributors had that chemistry flowing during the sixth annual Supply House Times/American Supply Association roundtable discussion at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile during ASA's record-breaking Network2015 event.

The instant chemistry and camaraderie between the five distributors produced a nearly two-hour candid interview session that spanned many industry hot-button topics, including e-commerce, hiring practices, customer credit and distributor relationships with other parts of the supply channel.
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NKBA CEU's Available from ASA University
American Supply Association
Seventeen courses offered through ASA University are eligible for continuing education units (CEU) with the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). "With our ability to develop industry-specific training, we are firmly positioned to help NKBA professionals elevate their professionalism with role-based courses addressing topics such as profitability, time management, customer service and more, as well as courses on the products we all sell," states Amy Black, ASAEF's executive director.
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Two of the Fastest Growing Groups in ASA
American Supply Association
In 2015, ASA's Women in Industry (WII) and Young Executives (YE) Divisions reached new heights. Attendance for both the WII and YE Division Spring Conferences shattered previous year's records. The divisions continue to be ASA's fastest growing and the "buzz" of the industry. Women In Industry gives an opportunity to make unique connections with those involved in similar experiences and career paths, as well as learn skills in order to reach and "go beyond" their potential. The Young Executives provide a forum for the industry's future leaders to build key relationships and to work together. Plan on attending the Women In Industry Spring Conference (April 27-29 in Chicago) and the YE Spring Forum (May23-25 in Memphis).
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"ASA gives me an opportunity to network with other members across the country, meet vendors, and establish valuable relationships. Having a voice in Washington allows me to learn about issues that will have an effect on our business as well as to help relieve those issues." – Patrick Maloney, Coburn Supply Co.
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Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss on USA Today
American Supply Association
This week's news: Is the US IRS Facing an Unresolvable Challenge? (USA Today)

Want to read more from Beschloss? Click here to go to USA Today for a full archive of past articles.

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7 Ways to Improve Employee Development Programs
Harvard Business Review
Making the right investments in learning and development programs has never been more important – or more of a challenge – for business leaders. Unfortunately, despite spending approximately $164.2 billion dollars on learning and development programs, many executives still grapple with how to improve and enhance their effectiveness. As research shows, the need to revamp and improve learning programs is an important concern among HR executives.

Want help developing your own training program? Go to ASA-U Advisory Service today for more information.

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The Differences Between B2B and B2C Warehousing
By Ken Ackerman
Perhaps there was a time when warehousing was almost entirely "business to business," or B2B. Today, a growing number of warehouse operations are involved with "business to consumer," or B2C. Some in the industry have been slow to recognize the differences when the warehouse is dealing with an individual rather than another business. There are at least three kinds of warehousing that involve B2C transactions: fulfillment, home delivery and customer pickup.
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