ASA Insights
Jan. 6, 2011

First 2011 ASA Supplier Partnerships Announced
American Supply Association
ASA is proud to announce that four organizations that were cornerstone participants in the 2010 ASA Supplier Partnership program have reinvested for 2011, and one new company has committed as well. Partnering with ASA at the Platinum Level are Kohler Company, Weldbend and the ASA Education Foundation. Partnering at the Bronze Level are Anderson Metals and Watts Water Technologies. Developed in 2010, the ASA Supplier Partnership was created as an alternative to a traditional sponsorship program. ASA Supplier Partnerships fund the association's year-round activities and programs to benefit ASA members and raise awareness among the industry at large. With this investment, organizations receive a greater return on their investments, as their support now is promoted throughout an entire calendar year and at all ASA-produced events. This cross-support in marketing and support dollars is viewed as a win-win for both the ASA Supplier Partner and ASA. ASA thanks Kohler, Weldbend, the ASA Education Foundation, Anderson Metals and Watts Water Technologies for investing in its present and future endeavors.More

ASA Members Focus of January Supply House Times Feature
American Supply Association
Beginning in the January issue of Supply House Times, the official publication of the American Supply Association, six prominent ASA wholesaler members will be featured in a two-part, in-depth look at the PHCP and PVF industry. ASA and BNP Publishing partnered to facilitate the blue-chip panel during NetworkASA 2010 in Chicago to bring the industry valuable and relevant information to better prepare for the coming year. Participants were Richard Amaro (General Plumbing Supply, Walnut Creek, Calif.), Jeffrey Beall (American Pipe & Supply, Birmingham, Ala.), A.J. Maloney (Coburn Supply, Lafayette, La.), Colin Perry (Rampart Supply, Colorado Springs, Colo.), Jeff Pope (F.W. Webb, Bedford, Mass.) and Rick Waters (J.O. Galloup, Grand Rapids, Mich.).More

Manufacturing Activity Rises to 7-Month High
CNNMoney
Manufacturing activity expanded for a 17th month in a row in December, rising to the highest level in seven months, a purchasing managers' group said. The Institute for Supply Management's index for manufacturing activity ticked up to 57 in December. That's the highest reading since May and up from 56.6 in November. The reading came in slightly lower than the 57.3 level expected by a Briefing.com consensus of economists. Any reading of more than 50 indicates expansion in the sector, and the index has remained above this mark for 17 consecutive months.More

UID EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION DEADLINE RAPIDLY APPROACHING!
American Supply Association
Register by Jan. 14 and save $100 per attendee! Registrations for the 2011 University of Industrial Distribution received by Friday, Jan. 14, are eligible for the discounted fee of $995. After that date, the registration fee rises to $1,095. The 2011 UID, held March 7 to 10 in Indianapolis, is a four-day institute that offers superb concentrated learning and excellent peer-to-peer networking. With distribution-specific seminars covering sales, finance, management, leadership, personnel productivity and more presented by recognized experts in the field of wholesale distribution, the UID has become this industry's most popular training resource. The program provides an excellent opportunity to align the development plans for your management and management candidates with excellent learning opportunities. There is limited enrollment and space fills quickly so register today!More

Jan. 1, 2011: New Health Care Law Takes Effect
The Wall Street Journal
When the clock struck midnight on Dec. 31, a number of provisions in the new health care law went into effect. A series of administrative rules designed to improve our health care system took effect on Saturday. Some of the changes include the need for a prescription when using Health Savings Accounts thereby disallowing the purchase of over-the-counter medicines, changes for seniors who fall into the so-called "doughnut hole" of prescription drug benefits, and allowing children up to age 26 to remain on their parent's plan. This week, as the new House and Senate get sworn in and the 112th Congress begins, remnants of the 111th Congress remain fresh on the minds of lawmakers. Both sides will continue the ongoing debate over the merits or the flaws in this new law; it is uncertain whether the House Republicans now in the majority will be successful in overturning or making many changes to this law.More

AIAG Members Help Automakers, Suppliers Comply with Dodd-Frank Act
@Risk
The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 includes new regulations targeting so-called "conflict minerals," minerals that are sourced from unstable regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo and surrounding countries. The legislation requires publicly traded and electronic companies to submit an annual report outlining what they are doing to ensure that the minerals they're using — tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold, in particular — are "conflict-free." That's not an easy task. Manufacturers typically use huge volumes of raw materials sourced from various suppliers.More

2011 Internet Marketing/Social Media Best Practices Webinar Series
American Supply Association
Individuals and companies are looking toward social networks, blog, peer reviews, etc., to better identify the answer to their problems. How do you manage the selling relationship online if buyers are doing research before your organization becomes engaged? Do you focus on the buying influencers online, whether market influencers or internal influencers of the decision makers? Are you educating your market online to create evangelism and as the result boost your lead generation? ASAEF partner Association Education Alliance invites you to join David Nour, author of Relationship Economics and Social Networking Best Practices Series, on Thursday, Jan. 13, at 3 p.m. EST (noon Pacific) to learn about the current changes in the buyer behavior and how it would affect the market competitive landscape.More