ASA Insights
Jan. 13, 2011

ASA Hires Director of Government Affairs
American Supply Association
In conjunction with its ongoing commitment as the united voice of the PHCP and PVF industry in advocacy efforts, the American Supply Association has hired Daniel Hilton as the association's director of government affairs. "Having Dan as ASA's full-time staff presence in Washington, D.C., will give the association the opportunity to become more integrated in the daily activities on the Hill," said ASA Government Affairs Committee Chairman Dennis Goode (M. Cooper Supply, Mokena, Ill.). "ASA will now be consistently active in coalition meetings that take place almost on a weekly basis, and can be more proactive in our advocacy activities."More

Bradford White Commits to Platinum Level ASA Supplier Partnership
American Supply Association
ASA is proud to announce that another cornerstone participant in the 2010 ASA Supplier Partnership program has reinvested for 2011; Bradford White has committed to a Platinum Level ASA Supplier Partnership. "We are thrilled to have Bradford White continue their support of ASA through an ASA Supplier Partnership," shared Mike Adelizzi, ASA's executive vice president. "Bradford White has long been a company truly dedicated to furthering our industry, the wholesalers who sell their products and the association that works to strengthen both. Bradford White has consistently supported ASA's endeavors in many areas, including service to the ASA Education Foundation and support of the Karl E. Neupert Endowment Fund, serving on ASA's Board of Directors and being a reliable presence at NetworkASA and many other ASA meetings. We look forward to 2011 and working with Bradford White."More

Study Finds Supply Chain Finance is Key to Improving Supplier Relationships, Working Capital Management
@Risk
Success in today's unpredictable business environment depends on robust supplier relationships, a keen understanding of risk and skilled management of working capital. How are companies juggling this assortment of critical challenges? What steps are they taking to strengthen supplier relationships and improve working capital efficiency? New research from CFO Research Services and Prime Revenue offers some insights. For instance, the study found that working capital management is now a high priority for most companies surveyed, and that the vast majority have deployed Supply Chain Finance or are considering doing so. The following are a few key findings in greater detail.More

DEADLINE EXTENDED to Jan. 14! Register for Essentials of Warehouse Operations Seminars
American Supply Association
WANE has extended its early-bird registration discount for the upcoming Essentials of Warehouse Operations seminars. The dates and cities for these one-day programs are:

Led by Jason Bader from The Distribution Team, each workshop will summarize the content of the Essentials of Profitable Warehouse Operations© certificate course developed by the ASA Education Foundation with your employees and business in mind. Participants can expect to also take away a list of 35 different ways to "look for cash" and increase their warehouse's profitability.More

President Signs Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act
American Supply Association
On the final days of the 111th Congress, the House and Senate passed bipartisan legislation addressing water safety and lead content; the bill became law following the president's signature on Jan. 4. The Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act was sponsored by Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and James Inhofe, R-Okla. It is designed to strengthen and clarify standards to protect people from lead in drinking water by uniformly reducing the allowable lead content in drinking water pipes, pipe fittings and plumbing fixtures, from as much as 8.0 percent to 0.25 percent across the nation. This law attempts to mirror existing law in states Maryland, Vermont and California, which ASA has brought to the attention of its members in the past. Now that S. 3874 is law, it will take effect after a period of 36 months, giving the industry time to adjust to the changes prescribed. ASA commends the work of Boxer and Inhofe along with Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., in the House for seeing this effort through.More

Michael Weil: The Global Energy Conversation and the HVAC Contractor
Contracting Business
For several years, the pages of our newspapers and magazines have espoused the concept of the need to save energy, to be better caretakers of our environment, and in the process, become more focused on recycling and reusing our resources. In a word: to be "green." The governments of the world have, at first, fought the idea of green — in favor of commerce and trade (read that as profits — not a bad thing). Now, they embrace this idea and look to impose rules and regulations to make green the norm (also not a bad thing). However, the job of making the world greener is just limping along. Sure, in our industry, manufacturers have ramped up to produce CFC-free air conditioning and refrigeration systems, and have tweaked and continue to tweak the technology to squeeze every drop of efficiency out of the energy the American consuming public uses in their comfort systems.More

Protect Your Employees and Company from the No.1 At-Work Killer
American Supply Association
Did you know that sudden cardiac arrest is responsible for 13 percent of all workplace fatalities? Join us to learn about the No. 1 cause of death at work (according to an OSHA-based study) and what you can do to protect your employees and company. The ASA Safety Committee is offering a FREE and interactive one-hour webinar on what you need to know to get an AED program off the ground at your company. It takes place at 2 p.m. EST on Feb. 17. Anyone responsible for implementing a safety program or OSHA requirements should participate.More