ASA Insights
May. 28, 2015

Bradley Kicks Off Industry Partnership to Support Wounded Veterans
Bradley Corporation
Bradley Corporation announces a partnership with American Supply Association and nonprofit organization, Operation Rise and Conquer, to provide wounded veterans the opportunity to experience an inspirational outdoor adventure session in the Colorado Rockies. According to Christopher Mullett, Vice President of Sales, Bradley Plumbing Group, Bradley will join with ASA and ASA Young Executives in their campaign goal of raising $100,000 for Operation Rise and Conquer. Bradley will donate a portion of its sales this summer to help ASA and ASAYE reach this goal and support other ORC activities. During the campaign, which kicks off June 1, Bradley will track sales to ASA members during June, July and August. The company will donate .5% of every dollar up to $75,000 to Operation Rise and Conquer. LEARN MOREMore

Are Your Leaders Receiving the Training they Need?
American Supply Association
The Master of Distribution Management is a Leadership Certification Program that has been specifically developed for the industrial distribution industry. There is no other program out there like this one! From your future branch managers, current branch managers, to all future leaders in your organization, this program has everything they need to help your company grow and succeed!

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Plumbing Industry Partners Raise Thousands to Support Wounded Veterans
Contractor
The plumbing industry's support of Operation Rise & Conquer continued in great force on May 2 as VAMAC, Gerber and Danze teamed together for their first ride through historic Glen Allen, Virginia. The ride raised $7,500, enough to sponsor three veterans through the Adaptive Sports Center program in Colorado. The ride attracted participants to Winns Baptist Church in Glen Allen, each of whom rode 50 or 25 miles as individuals or 7 miles in the Family Fun Ride.
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Wholesalers Report Plans to Observe Independence Day
American Supply Association
For major holidays, it's not unusual for ASA to receive inquiries from members about when and how wholesalers will observe major the holidays. So, for the April, 2015, installment of ASA's Monthly Pulse Report, respondents were asked to indicate their plans for this year’s Independence Day, which falls on a Saturday. 78.4% of wholesalers are anticipated to be closed and 14.9 percent will be open on Friday, July 3rd. For most of those that will be open, it will be business as usual, i.e. very few will operate with special hours, reduced staff or on-call/emergency service only. On July 4th, only 2.7 percent of wholesalers plan to be open with on-call /emergency service only. And on Monday, July 6th, it will be business as usual for nearly all distributors with only 2.8% reporting they will be closed in observance of the holiday.More

Advance Your Opportunities at Network2015
American Supply Association
Network2015 is the place where the leaders and decision-makers in the PHCP and PVF industry meet to network, build relationships and hear from headline speakers and industry experts. From last year to this year's event, we have doubled the number of educational sessions - from Forecasting to Disaster Preparedness. All sessions will provide you with immediate takeaways to apply in your daily business routine. How about an immediate takeaway TODAY? Register by June 15 and save $100! Don't leave money on the table. Visit www.asa.net/network2015 to be part THE INDUSTRY EVENT and take advantage of cost savings at the same time. More

Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss on USA Today
American Supply Association
This week's news: Has Saudi Arabia Halted US Fracking Success? (The Desert Sun)

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Why Onboarding has Become a Strategic Priority
TLNT
We all remember that feeling you get before the first day of school — nervous, excited and very concerned over which outfit to wear. For new students, there is also the added pressure of finding your way around, meeting your teachers and making friends. The first day of school can be rough, but thankfully we're all adults now and don't have to go through that again. Or do we? The answer is yes.More

People Join Good Companies but Quit Bad Managers
Greg L. Alston
I'm constantly amazed by how people who are charged with managing people try to make life much more complex and difficult than it needs to be. When people join a new company, they are usually excited by the new opportunities and believe in the vision of the organization. They choose the job based on the best fit with their world view. This assumes of course that they have their choice of jobs. If they need a job to eat, the dynamic is quite different.More

5 Tips to Engage Team Members in the Ergonomics Process
EHS Today
Did you know that 71 percent of the workforce is either not engaged at work or actively disengaged at work, according to Dale Carnegie? Yes, that's a huge number. It means that a measly 29 percent of people are engaged at work. And it gets even worse. According to research by Quantum Workplace, the number of engaged employees in the manufacturing industry is 10 percent worse than the national average. More