ASA Insights
Mar. 15, 2012

An Employer's Dilemma: To Screen or Not to Screen
American Supply Association
This week, members of the business community and trade association representatives, including from ASA, gathered in Washington for a forum titled "Due Diligence, Background Checks, and Employment Conference." The conference, sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Professional Background Screeners and the Consumer Data Industry Association addressed a number of issues employers ought to consider when given the opportunity to hire. Panel discussions and presentations focused on the following.More

Communicating with Power
American Supply Association
A recent survey of America's top Fortune 100 executives found one of the most important indicators of success in business to be the ability to effectively communicate. Whether it's negotiating, dealing with difficult questions, delivering negative news, overcoming objections, or presenting in front of an audience, communicating with power can be the difference between success and failure for managers and executives. Click here to learn more about how ASA's Young Executives Division will help our industry's next generation of managers and executives communicate with confidence and authority that merits attention and earns respect.More

Together, One Voice for a Better Future
American Supply Association
The current legislative and regulatory climate has created a great deal of uncertainty for our industry. It is imperative that wholesalers and manufacturers collaborate to ensure that legislators and regulators understand how their decisions on specific issues will affect the viability of the supply chain and profitability of the businesses that sustain it. Tax reform, health care reform, government spending, LIFO repeal and copper theft are just a few of the issues on ASA's legislative agenda. Click here to learn more about how ASA's Legislative Fly-In is a golden opportunity to make our industry's voice heard on Capitol Hill and to network with industry colleagues who face the same issues as you do on a daily basis.More

Own It! Your Company, Your Industry, Your Future
American Supply Association

Scott Weaver
ASA President
APR Supply Co.
Lebanon, Pa.
As business leaders, we all take tremendous responsibilities and work tirelessly every day to build stronger companies that, collectively, employ thousands of people.

Through our hard work and success, we provide numerous opportunities for our employees, managers and executives to learn from one another, raise the bar for performance, provide better lives for their families.

Register today to attend NetworkASA 2012 in Orlando, Fla., for an edge that will help ensure your company remains strong and vibrant well into the future.More

Regulation Nation: New Study Finds Regs Cost $46 Billion Per Year
Washington Examiner
Some 10,215 new federal regulations from the Obama administration are costing consumers, businesses and the economy overall $46 billion annually, more than five times the regulatory price tag of former President George W. Bush in his first three years in office. Worse: Just implementing those regulations had a one-time additional cost of $11 billion, according to a Heritage Foundation analysis provided to Washington Secrets. Ironically, Bush instituted more regulations, 10,674, but they cost just $8.1 billion annually, said the Heritage report, titled "Red Tape Rising: Obama and Regulation at the Three Year Mark."More

Copper Falls on Indications of Slowing Economy in China
Bloomberg Businessweek
Copper rose as stockpiles monitored by the London Metal Exchange fell to the lowest in more than two years and as other commodities including oil gained before data forecast to show improving U.S. retail sales. Metal for delivery in three months on the LME rose as much as 0.8 percent to $8,509 a metric ton and traded at $8,496 by 12:04 p.m. Seoul time. Inventories monitored by the world's biggest metals bourse have tumbled 26 percent this year to 273,925 tons, the lowest level since July 2009. Orders to withdraw copper from LME warehouses, or canceled warrants, reached the highest level since 2004 at 99,150 tons on March 2, exchange figures showed.More

Just How Important is Manufacturing?
Harvard Business Review
Having a strong domestic manufacturing base is vital to the United States maintaining its world leadership in innovation. That is because advanced manufacturing provides an important institutional foundation for learning and developing process skills and capabilities that are increasingly intertwined with core R&D in some of the industries most important to the country's economic future. These include advanced and specialty materials, biologics, nanotechnology, and precision mechanical devices.More

Southern Copper: Copper Prices to Rise as Supply Lags
Bloomberg
Copper prices will increase this year as global copper supply lags demand because of labor strife and depleting mines, Southern Copper Corp.'s Financial Planning Manager Raul Jacob said. Mines will need to produce an additional 430,000 metric tons of copper in 2012 to meet demand, Jacob said. Southern, the largest copper producer in Peru and Mexico and also a silver producer, will increase output by 3.8 percent to 610,000 metric tons this year, he said.More