ASA Insights
Mar. 3, 2016

'Open Mike' Podcast: ASA has Big Plans for the Future
Supply House Times
Supply House Times Editor Mike Miazga talks to ASA Executive Vice President Mike Adelizzi about the upcoming workforce shortage and how ASA is preparing its members with the materials and tools to make an impact. Network2016 returns to New York City for the first time in over 30 years and anticipates to have an even bigger turnout than the record set in 2015. With an anticipated 5th year of net membership growth, ASA has big plans for the next few years including an engineer that specializes in codes & standards and more work with the buying groups to have a stronger industry presence in Washington, D.C. Listen to the PODCAST now!More

How the Millennial Generation Will Impact Distribution
Industrial Distribution
Like it or not, the Millennials are coming. One thing is clear: the distribution industry is suffering from a talent gap. In ID's "2015 Survey of Distributor Operations," nearly one-third of distributor respondents told us that "finding more qualified people" was currently a primary concern. According to a recent report by PwC, Millennials make up 25 percent of the workforce in the U.S., and should account for 50 percent as soon as 2020. With this in mind, whether or not businesses have the Millennial set in their crosshairs is irrelevant; they're truly the future of any business. More

Time to Check Your Pulse
American Supply Association
Each month, ASA partners with Industry Insights and ITR Economics to compile data from wholesaler members that provides a snapshot on industry performance as well as how it relates to the broader economy. The value of this report is directly related to the number of wholesaler firms that contribute data each month - the greater the number of respondents, the more comprehensive and useful is the report and accompanying analysis. The participation deadline for wholesaler members to submit data for the February report is March 10. Learn more about this FREE and EXCLUSIVE benefit that ASA members frequently use when making key decisions.More

Answers to Your Questions about Compensation & Benefits
American Supply Association
This month, ASA and its independent regional affiliates continue to collect data for a comprehensive executive and employee compensation survey. This is the first time since 2014 that a report will be available for the PHCP and industrial PVF wholesale-distribution channel. The participation deadline is extended thru March 15. Wholesaler members will receive a copy of the final report in exchange for having completed the survey questionnaire - at no fee.More

Former NSA Director Michael Hayden: In Apple vs. FBI
Fortune
Michael Hayden, former director of the National Security Agency, says several current and retired top government officials side with Apple in its war with the Federal Bureau of Investigation over whether it can, and should, build a new iPhone operating system to allow the agency access to the personal data of a suspect of an investigation. In an interview published on Wednesday, Hayden outlined both sides of the argument before surprising the audience with his view.

Like what you're reading? General Hayden, who was also the director of the CIA, will be presenting at Network2016 during the AO Smith Future Trends Luncheon. He will deliver a compelling presentation about the state of the world today; dissecting political situations in hot spots around the world, analyzing the tumultuous global environment and what it all means for America and American interests.More

Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss on USA Today
American Supply Association
This week's news: What Has Driven 2015 Record Mergers & Acquisitions? (The Desert Sun)

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

The Benefits of Employee Development and Training
Business 2 Community
The problem with bad management is that it has a spiraling effect on the entire business and company. If the employees don't feel like they can communicate effectively with management, a lot of problems and issues will never come to light. An effective leader should be open to listen to his/her employees and should actively try to find solutions.

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

AFL-CIO Prepares to Create its Own 'Super PAC' to Get Voters to the Polls
The New York Times
The AFL-CIO, the federation of unions representing nearly 10 million workers, is preparing plans for a "super PAC" that would raise tens of millions of dollars and focus on grass-roots efforts to mobilize voters. The director of the federation's campaigns department, David Boundy, recently presented the proposal in San Diego, where officials from the federation and its member unions gathered for its winter meeting last week. According to three people who sat in on at least one of Bound's presentations, the proposal calls for a separately funded entity that would raise money from unions, and potentially from progressive donors as well. More