ASA Insights
Jan. 22, 2015

ASA Connects at KBIS
American Supply Association
ASA and ASAEF staff man a booth this week at the KBIS and International Builders' Show in Las Vegas. By their presence at the event, ASA's goal is to connect with distributors and designers to spread the word on ASA and the many great opportunities currently being provided to members. This week kicks off a very busy industry meeting schedule for ASA and ASAEF staff over the next several weeks, including a presence at several upcoming buying group meetings. Click here for more information.More

'Quickie' Elections are Coming, Prepare Yourself
American Supply Association
Are you ready for "quickie" elections to take place on your work site, with almost no time to respond to labor's influence? Labor and employment specialists, Jackson Lewis are providing a FREE webinar Jan. 23 at noon EST/11 a.m. CST to help employers like you address this coming challenge. The practical impact of the rule is will be to shorten the period in which employers may educate employees as to the stakes of unionization and make it difficult for employers to seek pre-election clarification of the eligible voting group and identification of statutory supervisors and much more. This is a free webinar you cannot afford to miss. Don't delay, register today.More

Supply Management: Reducing the Weak Links in Your Business' Supply Chain
American Supply Association
Supply chain interruptions can happen anywhere, anytime — and sometimes you may not even be aware that a problem has occurred in a distant location until it reaches your business. Fortunately, your business continuity plan will help you prepare for unexpected supply chain problems, wherever they occur, and reduce the likelihood of disruption to your business. This article provides ideas on how best to address and plan for supply chain vulnerabilities. Click here to read more. You can also go to Disaster Planning to find more information and resources.More

Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss on USA Today
American Supply Association
This week's news: Major Oil and Gas Exploration/Production Expenditures Headed for Drastic Downturn (The Desert Sun)

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

Jay Samit: 5 Rules for Onboarding New Talent
The Wall Street Journal
According to the American Society for Training & Development, U.S. companies spend over $164 billion on employee learning and development each year. As all-encompassing as that figure appears, most companies overlook the most basic of all training functions: the onboarding of new employees into their corporate culture.More

5 Reasons to Convert to Automated Storage and Retrieval
Industrial Distribution
It's that time of year again. Time to find new ways to add more profit back into your operations. Converting your facility from traditional rack and shelving and investing in automated storage and retrieval systems — such as horizontal carousels, vertical carousels and vertical lift modules – optimizes manual picking processes, which leads to increased profits. More

Survey Shows Increased Optimism among Manufacturing Executives
A newly released survey showed top U.S. manufacturing executives were increasingly optimistic about the national economy heading into 2015 — and that many planned to increase their workforces this year.More

Studies: Long Hours, Shift Work Can be Detrimental to Health
By Denise A. Valenti
"Workin' 9 to 5, what a way to make a livin'. Barely gettin' by, it's all takin' and no givin' ..." Dolly Parton's popular song "9 to 5" from 1980 lamented the difficulties and stress associated with having a traditional workday. But, an eight-hour day of working 9-to-5 really is not that bad — especially for your health. Several recent studies show the impact of work hours on health is related to the number of hours that are worked and also what time of day the work occurs.More

Bending Time to Enable Smarter Supply Chain Decisions
SAP via Forbes
Let's talk about bending time. This concept may sound straight out of "Star Trek," but the fact is that anyone involved in supply chain management has already witnessed the compression of time. Think about it: 100 years ago, how long did it take for a commodity to arrive after it was ordered? Weeks? Months? How many systems were required to support that process?More

Combating the Driver Shortage Problem with Transportation Optimization
Logistics Viewpoints
North America is facing a huge shortage of truck drivers, and the problem is expected to get worse. In order to continue moving product, trucking companies are pushing more and more freight onto the rail system, but that solution is not sustainable as it is also showing signs of being at capacity. Service in both modes is getting worse.More