ASA Insights
Jan. 8, 2015

OSHA Update: New Reporting Requirements Start January 1
American Supply Association
Beginning January 1, there will be a change to what covered employers are required to report to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Employers will now be required to report all work-related fatalities within eight hours and all in-patient hospitalizations, amputations and losses of an eye within 24 hours of finding about the incident. Previously, employers were required to report all workplace fatalities and when three or more workers were hospitalized in the same incident.More

ASA Reaches Net Membership Growth for Third Consecutive Year
American Supply Association
2014 was the third consecutive year that the American Supply Association reached the milestone of net membership growth. To read about this and other important association year-end highlights and accomplishments, click here. To discover more ways to make the most out of your ASA membership, click here.More

Your First Glimpse at Comparative Distributor Performance for 2014
American Supply Association
Each month, ASA partners with Industry Insights to compile data from wholesaler members that provides a snapshot on industry performance and how it relates to the broader economy. The value of this report is directly related to the number of wholesaler firms that contribute data each month — the greater the number of respondents, the more comprehensive and useful is the report and accompanying analysis. The participation deadline for wholesaler members to submit data for the December 2014 report is January 13. LEARN MOREMore

Protect Your Business From The Unpredictable
American Supply Association
The highly unpredictable nature of disasters makes it very difficult to anticipate every situation and what may occur should one strike your business. All businesses are unique and what might work for one may not be beneficial for another. That is why it is important to come up with an individualized plan for your business. The Disaster Preparedness Plan is a valuable resource that is free for members to use to protect your company, your employees, and your customers from disaster loss.More

Leverage Memory and Other Neuroscience Techniques at KBIS
American Supply Association
Sponsored by Elkay Manufacturing Co., Robb Best will be presenting on the topic of the Neuroscience of Showrooms. Best is the Senior Advisor of Cognitive Strategy at Elkay and a 27-year veteran of the kitchen and bath industry. Through his career, he's been an award-winning designer and top salesman. His fascination with neuroscience has led to the development of a communication and sales system based on human behavior. This breakfast event will take place during KBIS, January 21 at 7 a.m. – 10 a.m. at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. Registration for the event is $50 per person, which includes breakfast. REGISTER NOWMore

Knowing Your Risks: The Starting Point For Business Protection And Business Continuity Planning
American Supply Association
As a business owner, your job is to focus on how to expand your business and improve your profitability. It also is important to make time to examine your business’ risks and vulnerabilities. When you have changes in your internal and external environments, your business may be exposed to new risks, and your tolerance for previously identified risks may change. That is why you should make conducting an annual risk and vulnerability assessment a priority, as part of your overall business protection planning. Click here to read more. You can also go to Disaster Planning to find more information and resources.More

15th Annual Crystal Vision Award Celebration Breakfast
World Vision Storehouse
Have breakfast on us in Las Vegas at our 15th Annual Crystal Vision Award Celebration Breakfast to salute the manufacturers and builders who have donated generously to the World Vision Storehouse. Our Crystal Vision Awards event and breakfast honors these companies and people who have given time, kitchen and bath products and materials to help low-income families improve their lives and homes. The event will take place at the Westgate Las Vegas Hotel January 20 at 7:30 a.m. This year’s event will feature special guest speaker Tim Costello, the current President and Chief Executive Officer of BDX, Inc., and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Builder Homesite, Inc., and New Home Technologies, LLC. MORE INFORMATIONMore

Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss on USA Today
American Supply Association
This week's news: Will XL Oil Pipeline be Passed as New Congress Convenes? (The Desert Sun)

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

Carriers Could Pay Higher Wages to Address Driver Shortage
A shortage of experienced drivers means carriers are hesitant to increase capacity, despite rising carrier costs and rates, according to the quarterly Transport Capital Partners Survey. To address the problem, carriers surveyed expect driver wages to increase by up to 10 percent in 2015. In the TCP survey, more than 90 percent of carriers expected driver wages to increase by 6 to 10 percent, double the expectation from six months ago.More

Technology Roadblocks on the Supply Chain Highway
The information highway that will take the electronics industry to supply chain transparency is littered with technology roadblocks. Data is obscured in silos scattered across OEMs and distributors, preventing supply chain participants from getting anything approaching a comprehensive picture. Removing these roadblocks is a complicated problem that can be simplified if by dividing them into two basic categories.More

Omni-Channel: To Cloud or Not to Cloud?
Today's consumers have the ability to purchase what they want whenever, however and wherever, putting them in total control of the market. With mobile and eCommerce on the rise, omni-channel fulfillment is becoming more and more important. Ready or not, businesses and their supply chains need to move at the speed of the internet to keep up.More