ASA Insights
Feb. 23, 2017

7 Key Players in the GOP's Border Tax Fight
The Hill
Republicans are fiercely divided over a key proposal in the House GOP tax reform plan, a measure that would hit imports with U.S. taxes while exempting exports. The border-adjusted tax was included in a tax blueprint House Republicans released in June, which is a starting point for upcoming legislation.More

PHCP-PVF Distributors Report Solid Start for 2017
American Supply Association
ASA’s Monthly Pulse Report provides a regular snapshot of performance for the PHCP-PVF industry. For the month ending January 31, 2017, wholesaler-distributors reported a median sales increase of 9.6% compared to the same month in 2016. Calendar year-to-date, all respondents also reported median sales growth of 9.6%, and the median increase for the trailing twelve months is also 4.5%. Inventory rose 3.1% compared to prior year, and the median three-months average days sales outstanding jumped from 42.0 to 45.8 days. Nearly half (49.4%) of the respondents reported an increase in gross margin percentages for January, 2017 versus 2016, and company YTD profit before taxes increased for 60.0% of the total sample. The percentage of respondents having more Full-Time Equivalent employees compared to a year ago increased from 49.4% in December to 52.9% in January. LEARN MOREMore

Remembering Richard Laudino
Supply House Times
Remembering Richard Laudino, who died in early February after a year-plus-long battle with cancer at the age of 62.

In life sometimes things just click. That was exactly the case with Aaron & Co. co-owners Barry Portnoy and Richard Laudino.

Portnoy recently reflected on his business partner, who died in early February after a year-plus-long battle with cancer at the age of 62. Laudino, his brother, Frank Jr., and Portnoy represent the second generation of family ownership at the Piscataway, N.J.-based distributor. More

Codes and Standards News Update
American Supply Association
The Codes and Standards News page is updated periodically, as important news affecting the plumbing, PVF, and HVAC/Hydronics industry is released. Recent news includes:

  1. ASA Appointed to the ICC Plumbing, Mechanical, and Fuel Gas Code Action Committee
  2. ASSE Publishes Scald Awareness White Paper
  3. Minnesota Governor Announces New Goal to Improve Water Quality in Minnesota 25 Percent by 2025
  4. District Court Rules in Favor of Copyright Protection for Standards Incorporated by Reference into Federal Regulations
  5. The February 10, 2017 (Vol 48, # 6) and February 17, 2017 (Vol 48, # 7) issue of ANSI Standards Action are now available. The ANSI Standards Action document contains any public comments deadlines, new standards being developed and any call for members for American National Standard.
  6. EPA Proposing Revisions to the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act
  7. EPA Investing in Researching Key Industry Issue
Please visit Codes and Standards News for the most recent industry news. More

The 10 Commandments of Employee Onboarding
Career Builder
Effective employee onboarding has a positive domino effect: it ensures that new hires feel welcome and prepared in their new positions, in turn giving them the confidence and resources to make an impact within the organization, and ultimately allowing the company to continue carrying out its mission. More

Are You Ready to Take Your Training to the Next Level?
American Supply Association
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Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss
American Supply Association
This week's news: Will Trump’s Offshore Penalty Revitalize Economy?

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

UID is Less than One Month Away!
American Supply Association
The University of Innovative Distribution is a concentrated educational program focused on the unique needs of the wholesale distribution industry. 2017 marks the 24th year that UID has been serving the supply chain. 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 at Purdue University. Working together, these groups take great pride in providing a superior learning experience. REGISTER NOWMore