ASA Insights
Jul. 25, 2013

ASA Distributor Member Strength Continues
American Supply Association
In Q2 2013, the growing strength trend within American Supply Association distributor members continued. Q2 '13 per day quarterly revenues stood at 7.3% as compared to only 3.6% in Q3 of 2012. The growth rate is returning to the levels seen in late 2010 through the early parts of 2012. As compared to 2011, they are up 14.4% for the month and 14.7% for the quarter; vs. 2010, a 25.7% increase for the month and a 25.0% increase for the quarter; vs. 2009, a 29.3% increase for the month and 27.9% for the quarter, and as compared to 2008, up 8.1% for the month and 5.8% for the quarter.More

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER: ASA Trainer's Networking Council this Tuesday
American Supply Association
We all know the importance of having a fully trained workforce in our industry. We also have the daily challenge of keeping costs down while increasing the bottom line. How can you possibly do all of this at the same time? Find out by participating in an ASA Trainers Networking Council FREE WEBINAR this Tuesday, July 30, at 11 a.m. Central.More

ASA Safety Award Nomination Deadline Aug. 1
American Supply Association
Nominations for ASA's 2012 Member Safety Recognition Awards, to be presented during NetworkASA 2013 in Washington, D.C., are being accepted through Thursday, Aug 1. Six awards will be presented — three in the distributor category and three in the manufacturer category — and all are based on number of safe hours worked in 2012. The award program was created by the ASA Safety Committee to elevate awareness in all aspects of the PHCP and PVF industry and to recognize ASA members who had the lowest incident rate of nonfatal injuries and illnesses throughout the previous year. Download an award application and contact Dan Hilton, Director of Government Affairs, for more details.More

Using Performance Data to Guide Your Future
American Supply Association
For 31 years, ASA's annual Operating Performance Report has served as the PHCP-PVF industry's basis for benchmarking individual company performance against typical and high-profit performers among selected industry segments and demographics. The OPR is an invaluable resource for wholesale-distributors and vendors alike. More

Cement Consumption Could Have Heavy Impact on Economy
The Desert Sun
According to the prestigious Skokie, Ill.-based Portland Cement Association, the nation's residential, commercial and industrial construction markets can expect a major uplift, both in the immediate, and longer-term future.More

States Split Between June Construction Job Gains, Losses
Modern Distribution Management
Equal numbers of states gained and lost construction jobs in June, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data. Association officials said despite most states' year-over-year gains, construction employment levels are below peak levels for almost every state.More

US Manufacturing Turns Positive in June
Los Angeles Times
After stumbling in the spring, the American manufacturing sector looks to be on stronger footing heading into the second half of this year. Industrial production rose 0.3% in June, in line with analysts' expectations, after falling by that much in April and no growth in May, the Federal Reserve said. The recent increase reflected strong gains in automotive, home electronics and industrial machinery. That suggests improving demand from both consumers and businesses, although production of information-processing goods fell in June from the previous month.More

Homebuilder Confidence in US Increases More than Forecast
Bloomberg
Confidence among U.S. homebuilders rose more than forecast in July to the highest level since January 2006 as companies grew more optimistic about sales prospects. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo index of builder sentiment rose by 6 points to 57 during the month, the Washington-based group reported. The reading surpassed all but one forecast in a Bloomberg survey of 49 economists. Readings above 50 mean more respondents said conditions were good.More

To Survive in 10 Years, Your Business Will Need…
By Emma Fitzpatrick
For any business, it's really easy to get caught up in the day to day, but stepping back and taking a look where your business needs to be is the key to success. Big or small, no business is guaranteed a fruitful financial year. In fact, maintaining your popularity with customers is hard work — and you always need to be 10 steps ahead. A recent study surveyed professionals about the next 10 years of marketing. Read on to discover what your business needs to remain thriving (and relevant) in 10 years.More

US Manufacturers: There's No Place Like Home
IndustryWeek
Some 63% of manufacturers said they are optimistic about the U.S. economy, up from 55 percent in the first quarter and 11 points higher than a year ago, according to the Q2 2013 Manufacturing Barometer from PricewaterhouseCoopers released July 18. Moreover, 72% of respondents said they believe the U.S. economy grew in the second quarter, up 10 points from the first quarter of 2013.More