ASA Insights
Jul. 2, 2015

Happy Independence Day!
Editor's note: In observance of the Independence Day holiday, ASA headquarters will be closed Friday, July 3. Normal office hours will resume Monday, July 6.More

ASA Promotes Awareness for Jobs, Members at National Plumbing Competition
American Supply Association
ASA is proud to have co-sponsored the plumbing competition at SkillsUSA last week in Louisville, Kentucky. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure our country has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps students to exceed and provides educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education throughout our nation's classrooms. According to Mike Adelizzi, ASA's executive vice president, "When we consider ASA's investment in workforce development initiatives, partnering with the PHCC National Association as well as variety of vendors to support this national competition, we are helping to insure that our industry will have trained craft workers available in the future to install our industry's products." LEARN MOREMore

Post-SCOTUS: Industry Groups Focus Legislative Efforts on ACA Revisions
Employee Benefit Adviser
The Supreme Court's decision to uphold subsidies on the federal exchange resolves a looming uncertainty in the benefits industry; and, many trade groups say, allows them to return their focus to revising key pieces of the health care reform law that remain a challenge to their business and that of their clients.More

Obama Swings Left with Overtime Regs
The Hill
The White House on Tuesday issued a new rule on overtime that could raise the pay for nearly 5 million workers, signaling a sharp left turn from President Barack Obama on economic issues. Following a bruising battle with the Democratic Party over trade, Obama's embrace of the overtime issue suggests a renewed emphasis on tackling income inequality — an issue getting play from candidates in both parties running for the White House.More

Advance Your Opportunities at Network2015
American Supply Association
Network2015 is the place where the leaders and decisions-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 to showing what next year's industry forecast has in store. All sessions will provide you with immediate takeaways to apply in your daily business routine. Mark your calendar for Oct. 27-29 to be in Chicago and part of the Industry's No.1 event. Visit to advance your opportunities.More

Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss on USA Today
American Supply Association
This week's news: Is Weekly 'Cushing' Oil Inventory an Illusion? (The Desert Sun)

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Reducing Employee Turnover: 4 Strategies that Work
By Bianca Gibson
By the time your top talent is in an exit interview, it's too late to determine what could have been done differently. But, how you react to the situation can make all the difference. A new survey discovered that 40 percent of human resource professionals cite employee turnover/retention as their top organizational challenge. Employee retention does not rely solely on recognition and engagement, but requires an assortment of key elements.More

7 Lean Manufacturing Principles that Improve Training
Reliable Plant
Corporate trainers and lean manufacturing experts often work in the same places. At some sites, they share thoughts and ideas, each advancing the other's cause and making progress together on shared projects. In other cases, though, they remain "siloed" and don't have an opportunity to cross-pollinate. This is a shame because each can learn valuable tips from the other.More

6 Supply Chain Trends That Could Truly Shake You Up
Global Logistics Media
Trend identification is a tricky business. Supply chain trends make it yet more complex because they represent the intersections of so many different domains. What is a supply chain trend-spotter to do? Some pick out particular statistics to make precise, but meaningless forecasts. Others wave their hands and announce sweeping megatrends that sound impressive, but that lack supporting data.More

Don't Let Training Hold Back Your Safety Culture
EHS Today
People are the most important resource for any company, no matter the industry. Because of this, ensuring that people are working efficiently and effectively should be a universal executive priority. Sadly, one element of that workforce productivity that falls through the cracks is corporate safety culture. More