ASA Insights
July 1, 2010

Six learning modules in development for 3-D Residential Schematic©
American Supply Association
In spring 2009, the ASA Education Foundation unveiled a truly innovative learning tool to the industry, the 3-D Residential Schematic©, a sub-brand of the popular ProductPro offering. The Residential Schematic shows a typical 2-1/2-bathroom house that allows the user to click around the various rooms to see more details about the pipe, valves and fittings, as well as other aspects of a residential plumbing system. Now the accompanying learning modules will take the value of this resource to a higher level.More

US economy: Manufacturing is sustaining recovery
Bloomberg Businessweek
Manufacturing is leading the U.S. economic rebound, helping protect the recovery from a slowdown in housing following the expiration of a government tax credit, reports June 15 indicated. Factories in the region covered by Federal Reserve Bank of New York grew at a faster pace in June, signaling they are weathering the turmoil caused by the European debt crisis, according to the bank's so-called Empire State index. Builder confidence fell this month, while global demand for U.S. financial assets in April exceeded forecasts, other reports showed.More

Boeing's 'supplier assist' program may alleviate supply chain bottlenecks in many verticals
Institute for Supply Management via SupplyChainBrain
Service bottlenecks, material availability, engineering, tooling and skilled labor are a few of the many factors that can put a supply chain at risk. Even the most valuable and successful supply streams can experience issues that threaten the build effort at a manufacturing company. Typically, this occurs because a decision is made to change something: Alter the engineering, increase the demand, cut cost or introduce a new system. With hopes of something great, there can be negative results.More

Rudy Ruettiger keynote speaker at NetworkASA 2010: THRIVE
American Supply Association
Rudy Ruettiger is perhaps the most famous graduate of the University of Notre Dame. As fans cheered "RU-DY, RU-DY," he sacked the quarterback in the only play in the only game of his college football career. He was the first player in the school's history to be carried off the field on his teammates' shoulders and in 1993, TRISTAR Productions immortalized his life story with the blockbuster film, "Rudy." Now an inspirational speaker, "Distinguished American" and founder of The Rudy Ruettiger Foundation, Rudy reaches audiences with a unique, passionate and heartfelt style of communicating, portraying the human spirit that comes from his personal experiences of adversity and triumph.More

Does your supply chain need glasses?
Last month, a Capgemini Consulting survey of 300 companies in Europe, North America, Asia and Latin America found that collectively, the companies' top supply chain projects for 2010 are ones that allow businesses to more effectively respond to customer demand and improve internal business processes. With that in mind, it makes sense that the study also found, for the second year in a row, that the top supply chain IT project among those surveyed is improving supply chain visibility.More

Vendor Add-On Events add value to NetworkASA 2010: THRIVE
American Supply Association
In today's economy, manufacturers are seeking any type of edge over their competition to win sales in the marketplace. NetworkASA provides a vehicle for networking with customers, and ASA has developed a program offering specific opportunities to maximize time and investment: the Vendor Add-On Events. Vendor Add-On Events include the Wholesaler/Vendor Conference Appointments, the IPD Open House and the Industry Interchange, three programs that were highly-rated and well-regarded from previous NetworkASA meetings.More

Labor unrest stirring in China
Thirty years of pro-market reform and explosive economic growth made China into a manufacturing superpower. But now China may be facing the inevitable consequence of that economic ascendance: labor unrest. With a workers strike stopping production at Toyota's car factory for the second time this month — coming right on the heels of a walkout at four of Honda's facilities — China is witnessing a new phase of worker activism, one that could have a global impact on manufacturers.More

How to navigate through supply chain dead zones
Logistics Today
As supply chains become increasingly more global and complex, many companies face a progressively growing list of logistic challenges that can defer the efficient delivery of goods and quickly turn a reliable port into a supply chain dead zone. As supply chains stretch further across national boundaries, it is critical for companies to develop strategic capabilities to efficiently move goods from one country to another while mitigating risks.More

ASA member Security Supply opens new branch
American Supply Association
On May 20, more than 100 guests joined plumbing and heating wholesaler Security Plumbing & Heating Supply in Middletown, N.Y., for the grand opening celebration of its 12th branch. "We had customers attend that are essential to the success of our company, and they all had a great time," said Branch Manager Dean Passaro. "I was very pleased with the outcome."More