ASA Insights
Apr. 24, 2014

ASA Education Foundation Plans for Future
American Supply Association

ASAEF Board of Trustees met in
Chicago last week to review progress
and plan for future.
On April 15 and 16, the ASAEF Board of Trustees met in Chicago to review the progress of the many initiatives put forth over the last few years, mainly ASA University, and to set the goals of the next 1-3-5 years. "These volunteer leaders truly represent all aspects of our industry, ensuring that only the best professional development tools are delivered through the ASA Education Foundation," stated Joe Maiale, ASAEF President. "We have representation from national and regional wholesalers, manufacturers, manufacturers' representatives and a major buying group. With ASA University and the guidance of the Trustees, we have gained great momentum and are looking forward to continuing to build upon the valuable and relevant benefit to the entire industry." LEARN MOREMore

Plumbing Industry Leaders Gather in Washington
American Supply Association

ASA's Mike Adelizzi addresses the
Plumbing Industry Leaders Coalition
in D.C.
This week, ASA joined others as the Plumbing Industry Leaders Coalition convened at its annual meeting. Joined by PHCC, PMI, ASPE, IAPMO and others, the association leaders talked about all things plumbing and water. The group heard an insightful presentation from Dr. Marc Edwards of Virginia Tech, dubbed the "Plumbing Professor" by Time Magazine in 2004. Edwards' work includes the lesser-known health risks such as pathologic bacteria in certain systems and the ongoing issue of leakage in pipes and pipelines, causing billions of dollars and gallons of water to be wasted.More

ASA OPR Offers Greatest Insight to the PHCP and PVF Industry
American Supply Association
For more than 30 years, participating ASA member wholesalers have been putting ratio comparatives to use through the association's annual Operating Performance Report. Companies that participate in the OPR receive detailed survey results for primary business segments in the PHCP and PVF industry. Participation is now open for the 2014 ASA OPR. The April 30 early response deadline is approaching. Please contact Chris Murin at 630-467-0000, ext. 204, or at cmurin@asa.net for more information. Click here to participate in the survey. More

Need Some Additional Resources to Help with Training?
American Supply Association
ASA Education Foundation has added an Additional Resources page to help aid ASA members in their education and training. The page features help in the categories of Job Descriptions, Performance Evaluations, Starting a Training Program, Why Recruitment and Retention Matter, New Employee Orientation Program, and the Mentoring Handbook. Each category provides specific help in organizing that area for your company with supporting documents that you can customize and make your own. This is members-only material, so you will need to log in to the website to access.More

WaterSense® Authorization Eyed in Congress
American Supply Association
Just before the Easter recess, three key pieces of legislation were introduced to advance WaterSense® and water efficiency. Each bill, introduced by Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico, would advance water efficiency, which is crucial in the Western United States, a region that has suffered from water shortages for too long.More

Three Ways Culture Will Allow You to Compete with Distribution's Big Boys
UnleashWD
One distribution CEO looked at the larger distributions like Grainger and even Amazon and said, "If we don't do a number of major things in our business every year to try and stay as close to the front of the curve as we can, then we are going to be in trouble." Here are three things you can do to create a culture of innovation to compete against the big boys.More

Beschloss: Keystone Pipeline Dodge Degrades Both Foreign Policy and Domestic Economic Objectives
The Desert Sun
With the growing confrontation between the West and Russia reaching a boiling point, President Obama's obvious squelching of the Keystone pipeline engenders both Russia's leverage over an oil and natural gas-dependent Europe, as well as dismaying any positive pushback by the European Union or NATO, in face of Moscow's expansionism.More

Reviving US Manufacturing
Modern Materials Handling
Bob Trebilcock writes, "It's counterintuitive. That was my first thought listening to a presentation by Suzanne Berger at the recent Crossroads 2014 hosted by the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics. Berger is a professor of political science, co-chair of the new Production in the Innovation Economy project at MIT and the author of Making In America. She wrote the book following a multiyear research project into U.S. manufacturing conducted by a team of 20 MIT faculty members and a number of graduate students."More