ASA Insights
Apr. 21, 2016

Industry Groups to DOL: 'Overtime Rules Will Crush Us'
American Supply Association
With the Department of Labor (DOL) working furiously to finalize rules that would require millions of salaried workers to become hourly and eligible for overtime, hundreds of business groups led by ASA and joined by the Western Suppliers Association (WSA) and the Wholesalers Association of the North East (WANE) said enough is enough. If passed, the legislation would he bill would require the DOL to conduct a comprehensive analysis on how its proposed changes to overtime rules would affect small businesses, nonprofit organizations and local governments. While we agree that an increase in the salary threshold may be due, this rule does not take in effect the differences in regional economies, nor the impact on employee flexibility.More

AD Legislative Fly-In a Resounding Success
American Supply Association
What does Senators Ben Sasse, Ron Johnson, Joe Donnelly, Deb Fischer and James Inhofe have in common with the Majority Leader of the House Kevin McCarthy? They all learned first-hand the impact that the PHCP-PVF industry has in their state and how policies made in Washington impact those businesses. With nearly 170 meetings arranged by ASA for over 200 attendees, Congress heard from the PHCP-PVF industry last week. The timing could not have been better, with a legislative solution being floated to counter the administration’s plans to increase the overtime threshold, members of AD made a lasting impact on their elected officials and played an important role in advancing an issue critical to the business community. PICTURES FROM FLY-INMore

Business in America; Where Do We Go From Here?
American Supply Association
With the current upheaval in the markets, economic turbulence brought on by collapsing energy prices, and uncertain economic policy coming from government leaders, it’s hard to navigate the future. Neil Cavuto will analyze current events impacting the markets and try to make sense whether the sky is falling or the economy presents another opportunity for growth in a new era. Neil Cavuto is senior vice president, managing editor and host of Fox News Channel’s Your World with Neil Cavuto and Fox Business Channel’s Cavuto on Business. He uses humor and draws from decades of experience covering trends, successes and amazing moments in business affairs to put today’s environment into context. With the early bird deadline one month away, NOW is the time to register for NETWORK2016.More

Albert D'Angelo Passes Away at Age 89
American Supply Association
Albert D’Angelo, 89, resident of Royal Oak, Michigan, and Boca Raton, Florida, passed away on Saturday April 16th. Al was born October 31, 1926, in Raven Run, Pennsylvania, to Louis D’Angelo and Mary D’Isabella of Italian decent. After graduating from the local high school in Pennsylvania, Albert relocated to the Detroit area with his siblings and attended the Detroit College of Business where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in 1947. Al worked in a sales position for a plumbing supply company before starting his own business in 1964, Contractors Pipe & Supply in Southfield. The company continues to thrive today with two additional generations of Albert’s children and grandchildren expanding to six offices throughout the Detroit Metro area. More

Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss on USA Today
American Supply Association
This week's news: Texas Employment Nosedive Amplifies 2016 Job Loss Trend (The Desert Sun)

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

Training of Employees: Meaning, Objectives, Need and Importance
Your Article Library
Training is concerned with increasing the knowledge and skills of employees for doing specific jobs, and development involves the growth of employees in all aspects. Whereas training increases job skills, development shapes attitudes of employees.

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

Using a Performance Scorecard to Measure Your Warehouse
By Ken Ackerman
When you embark on a project to measure warehouse performance, the first step should be to ask why you are taking these measurements. Regardless of the nature of your warehouse operation, you would probably agree that four objectives should be considered as the measuring process is designed: waste elimination, reduction of order cycle time, flexible response and unit cost reduction. As a manager, it is important for you to be proactive in measuring your own operation.More