ASA Insights
Jul. 17, 2014

ASA Plumbing Division Honors Joe Maiale with 2014 Award of Excellence
American Supply Association
The American Supply Association's Plumbing Division Executive Council is proud to announce that the division's 2014 Award of Excellence will be presented to InSinkErator's Joe Maiale at the ASA Plumbing Industry Educational Forum & Breakfast on Thursday, Sept. 11, during NetworkASA 2014 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.More

Internet Tax Moratorium Passes House, Heads to Senate
American Supply Association
This week, the House made permanent a longstanding moratorium that prohibited a tax on the Internet. Originally designed to foster what was then new technology, the moratorium has repeatedly been reauthorized by Congress, and they made a big step toward making it permanent. Unfortunately, what the House did not address was one of ASA's longtime priorities: leveling the playing field between traditional brick and mortar businesses and those that are Internet-only. Thankfully, the Senate has stepped up once again to address this inequality.More

Safety First
American Supply Association
It is estimated that employers pay nearly $1 billion per week for direct workers' compensation costs for the most disabling workplace injuries and illnesses. Those employers who implement effective safety and health management systems may expect to significantly reduce injuries and illnesses and reduce the costs associated with these injuries and illnesses, including workers' compensation payments, medical expenses, and lost productivity. The ASA Safety Awards recognize the safety excellence that exists within the ASA membership and will help identify best safety practices that lead to exemplary safety experiences. Recipients are announced at NetworkASA. Nominate your company today!More

CFO Challenges and Roadblocks: A Roundtable Event
American Supply Association
The role of today's Chief Financial Officer is more complex than ever. CFOs are managing people, systems and technology infrastructure while at the same time facing regulatory scrutiny. Industry CFOs — join your colleagues for a peer-to-peer networking event designed to focus on your everyday challenges and learn from others what they are doing in terms of utilizing business tools, technology, e-commerce and strategic planning. This roundtable event is being held in conjunction with NetworkASA, YOUR industry convention.More

Stay Ahead of the Game with ASA Advisor©
American Supply Association
While benchmarks measure where the industry and your company have been, forecasting provides predictive models necessary to determine where the industry is going. Released monthly, the ASA Advisor© offers members guidance when developing longer-term strategies that endure success. ASA's economic forecast is designed specifically for the PHCP and PVF industry. The ASA Advisor© provides macroeconomic analysis of the industry at a national and regional level as well as reports on how the U.S. economy may impact the different industry segments served by ASA members. Log in to your "MY ASA" account today to further utilize your ASA benefits. SAMPLE COPY More

Industrial Valco Hires New Sales VP
Industrial Valco
Master distributor Industrial Valco, our comprehensive national eight branch PVF sector master distributor organization, serving the American industry's pipe-valve-fittings distribution since 1947, is privileged to announce the appointment of Matt Arellano as its Vice President of Sales and Marketing, effective immediately. With Arellano as our company's strategic marketing/sales director, Industrial Valco is well positioned to offer distributors more enhanced services with the best quality/cost-effective products and ready availability that are the hallmarks of the Industrial Valco brand reputation.More

NIBA-The Belting Association Becomes ICP Alliance Partner
Industrial Distribution
Industrial Careers Pathway® is proud to announce its fifth Alliance Partner, NIBA-The Belting Association. NIBA joins the American Supply Association, the Industrial Supply Association's Educational Foundation, NAHAD-the Association for Hose and Accessories Distribution, and the Power Transmission Distributors Association's Foundation as a supporter of ICP and its endeavors.More

The Innovative Distributor™
What makes a distributor innovative? There are four business practices to consider as you look to create a culture of change, transformation and innovation. The four practices of the Innovative Distributor™ model include: vision and culture, value proposition, business model, and transformative leadership.More

Beschloss: Will Fracking 'Headwinds' Reduce Bullish US Future volume Energy Predictions
The Desert Sun
While the support for hydraulic fracturing (fracking) has been remarkably positive, both from federal agencies, as well as their compliant commercial media, the dangers, including fiery railroad tanker accidents, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency's increasing antipathy, indicate that expected expansion may be hampered going forward. So far, potential U.S. fracking exploitation has barely reached 10%.More

Three Ways to Turn a Small Business Into a Big Business
By Greg L. Alston
Too many small-business owners take a bunch of money, throw it at a problem and hope it works. This is why the failure rate of new businesses is 44 percent by the end of the third year of operation. So in my never-ending quest to give simple answers to incredibly complex questions, I have attempted to give a quick explanation of: What makes a business successful and worthy of growing into a big business? There are really only three things that matter.More

High-Tech Sector to Drive Manufacturing Growth in 2014
Material Handling & Logistics
The economy continues to sputter in low-growth mode, but the manufacturing industry should grow faster than GDP, according to the latest quarterly economic forecast from the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation. The industry group predicts that inflation-adjusted gross domestic product will expand 2.5% in 2014 (down from the 2.8% forecast in the previous quarterly report) and 3.2% in 2015 (no change from the previous report). For manufacturers, though, the news is a bit better, as manufacturing production should grow by 3.2% in 2014 and 4% in 2015 (consistent with the previous report).More