ASA Insights
Jan. 19, 2017

ASA Appointed to the ICC Plumbing, Mechanical, and Fuel Gas Code Action Committee.
American Supply Association
The American Supply Association (ASA) is proud to announce that ASA has been appointed by the International Code Council (ICC) Board of Directors as a member of the Plumbing, Mechanical, and Fuel Gas Code Action Committee (PMGCAC) for the 2018-2019 Code Development Cycle. Hugo Aguilar, P.E., ASA's Director of Codes and Standards, has been appointed to represent ASA as a full committee voting member for these codes. The objective of the Code Action Committees is to enhance the technical requirements of the International Codes.More

EPA Investing in Researching Key Industry Issue
American Supply Association
As states like California grapple with water shortages, governments have urged and in many cases required manufacturers to do more with less. Less, being less water in this case. As every manufacturer and distributor of plumbing products realizes, eliminating waste from a home requires water, and the regrettable trend has been to choke off the supply of water to remove that waste. In addition, bringing water into a home with narrower, longer and aging systems causes unintended consequences to the water we use. Last week, the EPA announced a pair of grants to leading research universities to look in to 'premise plumbing', the portion of the drinking water distribution system located within a building, including pipes, valves and faucets, that carries water from its entry into a building all the way to the consumer’s tap. The EPA announced nearly $4 million in funding to two universities (Drexel University and Purdue University) to research water quality issues related to low flow conditions of drinking water in premise plumbing systems.More

Is It Time To Re-Think Your Onboarding Process?
American Supply Association
If you're like most companies in the industry, you have an "on-boarding" process that you use when new people start. After a while, that process can get stale. And, since it is so difficult to find good talent these days, you really want to be on top of your game. After the candidate says "yes!" to your organization, you shift into employee retention mode from Day 1. And they are keeping score. An employee will make up their mind whether they’re staying with a new job within the FIRST WEEK! Join ASA's Training & HR Networking Council on Tuesday, February 21 to learn ways to help create, implement, or upgrade your process. REGISTER NOW More

Creative Problem Solving
American Supply Association
Creative Problem Solving is a course in which participants will learn how to integrate creativity with analytic thinking for effective problem solving, and to develop critical thinking skills. Creative problem solving is a valuable skill for today's fast-changing world. The concept of "innovation" and how it relates to the bottom line will also be emphasized. An innovative mindset not only identifies and evaluates great ideas for the marketplace; it also focuses on solving customer problems. LEARN MOREMore


"It is an incredible opportunity to meet and network with other key players in the industry. It also enables us to find out what is going on in the PHCP & PVF industry regarding economics, government, mergers and our future."Domenic Messina, Peabody Supply Division, Hajoca Corp.

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Leaders Are Made.
American Supply Association
For current and future leaders, the Master of Distribution Management (MDM) Certification Program is all about empowering you to be the best leader you can be for your company. The MDM provides you with the skills to learn and lead with confidence. The Program is flexible so that you can make it work with whatever your schedule allows. LEARN MORE


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Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss
American Supply Association
This week's news: Has "Print" Advertising Fallen Prey to Digital?

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

ASA University is Offering $100 Rebate for First Time UID Attendees!
American Supply Association
ASA University is offering a $100 Rebate for all first time UID attendees who are members of ASA. The University of Innovative Distribution is a concentrated educational program focused on the unique needs of the wholesale distribution industry. Known worldwide for excellence in education, UID is sponsored by the leading distribution professional associations, in cooperation with the Department of Technology Leadership and Innovation of Purdue University. REGISTER NOWMore

The Top 10 Benefits Of Ongoing Staff Training And Development
Saxons Group
Employee training not only provides benefits to the individual, but also to the business, helping your company to continue running effectively. However, once you have run initial job training, such as with a new employee, is there a need for any further training investment? Training, and especially ongoing training, is a key area for debate in many boardrooms. However, there are a number of reasons to suggest that initial training should only be the first step of a longer-term process.

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