ASA Insights
Jan. 23, 2014

ASA to Receive Storehouse of World Vision's 'Partner of the Year' Honors at KBIS
American Supply Association
ASA will receive the Storehouse of World Vision's "Partner of the Year" honors during the group's 14th Annual Crystal Vision Awards Breakfast, to be held from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5, during KBIS in Las Vegas. "ASA is proud to be receiving the Storehouse's 'Partner of the Year' honor," said ASA Executive Vice President Mike Adelizzi. "The Storehouse makes a valiant effort to work with children and families worldwide to tackle the causes of poverty and injustice. ASA will continue to support their efforts to help these individuals reach their full potential." Please click here or contact Efraim Perez Jr. for more details on next month's awards presentation and for more information on the Storehouse of World Vision.More

'Showrooming' to Highlight KBIS Breakfast Event
American Supply Association
Showroom Managers — How do you stop potential customers from walking out the door? Learn how to fight the growing "showrooming" trend and actually embrace ways to overcome it. Attend ASA's Showroom Managers Networking Council Breakfast, to be held Thursday, Feb. 6, at the Bellagio during KBIS 2014 in Las Vegas. A panel of industry experts will be on hand to share information on how to tackle these and other challenges facing your business. Contact Ruth Mitchell at 630-467-0000, ext. 210, for more information.More

Beschloss: Consumer Confidence Holds Fragile Key to US Public Anticipation
The Desert Sun
Despite a better-than-expected Conference Board consumer confidence report late in December, a stark improvement over the previous year's end indications, consumer attitudes as 2014 progresses are still a big question mark at this point. While the U.S. public, as a whole, was relieved at the sanity that finally prevailed with the passage of a year-end congressional agreement, ending the partial government shutdown, the following concerns loom heavily over upcoming developments.More

Corporate Asset Protection: Shielding Your Business From Lawsuits, Threats
By David B. Mandell, JD, MBA, and Jason M. O'Dell, MS, CWM
Given today's litigious society, where successful manufacturers are lawsuit targets from competitors, the government, clients, customers and even employees, implementing a business protection plan is crucial. Unfortunately, most manufacturers are not well protected and leave key assets, cash flows and even the owner's interest in the business exposed. In this article, the first of two parts, we will explain common pitfalls and suggest tactics for better protecting all aspects of the business.More

Exploring the Use of Ceramic Materials to Prevent Corrosion
By Jesse Puga
There are many methods and techniques used for corrosion prevention. They generally include changing the environment, choosing the appropriate metal, monitoring surfaces, altering anodic areas, using chemicals that prevent deterioration and applying protective coatings. Typically these techniques are used for the protection of metal — the material that is most often the focus of corrosion prevention. In sharp contrast to metals, ceramics are less vulnerable to corrosion because their chemical bonds of ceramics are oxidized at the outset, and therefore, corrosion is already present.More

Resurging US Manufacturing Will Look Different, More Automated — but Still Good
Supply Chain Digest
At Machine Inc. in Stoughton, Mass., aerospace and other parts are made more by robots than people. Largely gone are manual milling and machining operations, once a cornerstone of U.S. manufacturing and thousands of mom-and-pop shops. For example, inside the company's walls a block of solid aluminum is fed into an automated milling machine, and sometime later out pops a detailed manifold, with eight different holes in it to channel oxygen inside an airplane engine.More