ASA Insights
May. 05, 2016

Women in Industry 'Dress for Success'
American Supply Association
Records were broken when more than 130 attendees took part in ASA’s Women in Industry Third Annual Spring Conference featuring educational speakers, workshops, and networking opportunities. Some of the featured topics included Creating Your Own Success, Change Intelligence, Leading Teams, Play Like a Man-Win Like a Woman, Creating Value, Casting and Communicating Vision, and a Panel Discussion from Women in various phases of their careers in the industry. The ASA Women in Industry also introduced two new programs at this year’s event, a partnership with Dress for Success and a new Mentoring Program. In all, the Spring Conference was a huge success and plans are already underway for next year’s event.More

Strengthen Your Company Through Networking
American Supply Association
By connecting and networking within all levels of an organization, companies have the opportunity to become stronger and grow across all facets. ASA’s Peer Networking Councils place members in direct communication with other member employees around the nation that have similar job functions and experience the same challenges and opportunities. By having a way to connect with your industry peers, you can learn from each other’s successes, failures, and share best practices. ASA has several meetings coming up in June including: Training & HR, Operations & Logistics, and Showroom Managers. More

Don't Be Left Behind: Ensure Your Firm is Prepared for 2017
American Supply Association

Brian Beaulieu
How can you obtain enough credible and actionable information about economic factors impacting the PHCP-PVF industry to navigate the next 18 months? REGISTER NOW for NETWORK2016. Brian Beaulieu of ITR Economics™, one of the country’s most informed economists, will provide his 2017 Economic Forecast as part of a great lineup of speakers, education sessions and networking events September 28-30 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. The NETWORK2016 earlybird registration deadline is May 20, so the time to act is NOW!More

Represent YOUR Industry in California this June
American Supply Association
The time has come, to no longer stand aside while laws and regulations in an economy as large as California are continually passed often to the detriment to the PHCP-PVF industry and small business. Our industry plays a significant role in the use of water in California, and therefore should have a significant voice. That voice is YOU and the time is NOW. Join industry leaders in Sacramento on June 15-16 as we engage this critical state and educate policymakers on our essential role in California and the country.More

New South Dakota Law Leads to a Pair of Court Filings
Bloomberg BNA
Once again, the sales tax collection battle centers on South Dakota, which can assuredly find itself back in the Supreme Court. Regardless of how the courts rule, this issue still requires Congress to act and write the rules of the road. Without Congress acting, small businesses are at risk of being left unprotected and fail to gain other simplifications that the Remote Transactions Parity Act brings with it. More

26th Annual Distribution Software Guide
American Supply Association
In partnership with St. Louis-based Brown Smith Wallace Advisory Services, ASA has released the annual Distribution Software Guide for 2016. For 26 years, it is the most used directory for wholesaler-distributors looking to replace or upgrade their existing business software. The guide provides detailed vendor information, including feature matrices for enterprise distribution and complementary solutions. ASA members can log in to MY ASA and access this information, and a very limited number of hardcopies are also available upon request sent to

Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss on USA Today
American Supply Association
This week's news: US Job opportunities Fall as Population Zooms (The Desert Sun)

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What is Employee Training and Development
Allen Communication
Employee training and development is a broad term covering multiple kinds of employee learning. Training is a program that helps employees learn specific knowledge or skills to improve performance in their current roles. Development is more expansive and focuses on employee growth and future performance, rather than an immediate job role.

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

White House Weighs Overtime Rule Changes
The Hill
The White House has some big decisions to make before signing off on the Labor Department’s widely contested rule to expand overtime pay, one of the biggest regulatory initiatives of President Obama’s second term. Industry and nonprofit groups are pushing back against several aspects of the rule, including the proposed salary maximum for earning overtime pay, the annual adjustment rate for overtime wages and the deadline for businesses to comply.More