ASA Insights
Jul. 31, 2014

Going 'Back to the Future' in One Hour on Aug. 13
American Supply Association
For 32 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. A free, one-hour webinar with Tom Noon, Principal at Industry Insights, is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 1:30 p.m. Eastern / 10:30 a.m. Pacific. REGISTER NOWMore

Are You Ready to Take Your Training to the Next Level?
American Supply Association
The Master of Distribution Management Program is a first-of-its-kind master's certification program with 100% industry-focused, comprehensive and multiformat education. It's been designed by experts and leaders in the Wholesale Distribution Industry who have a combined 100-plus years of experience within the industry. Candidates benefit from multiple stakeholders to see them succeed: employers, mentors, graduate review committee, as well as the ASAU industry veterans who have designed the course content and materials. If you have a minimum of four years of wholesale distribution experience with at least three years in a management or supervisory role then the MDM Program was created for you!More

Last Call for Safety Award Nominations
American Supply Association
The American Supply Association and the ASA Safety Committee believe that investment in workplace safety and health not only protects worker's health but makes good business sense as well by improving the company's bottom line. 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. The deadline for nominations is Aug. 8. Nominate your company today!More

NKBA CEUs Now Available from ASA University
American Supply Association
A select group of courses offered through ASA University are now eligible for continuing education units credits with the National Kitchen and Bath Association. "With our ability to develop industry-specific training, we are firmly positioned to help NKBA professionals elevate their professionalism with role-based courses addressing topics such as profitability, time management, customer service and more, as well as courses on the products we all sell," said Amy Black, ASAEF's executive director.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

Disrupt Yourself
An important messages for leaders within distribution today is that our role must evolve from managing to supporting and making things better for the future. It is crystal clear that we as individuals must change ourselves before we can expect that the business will change. In a few words: We must disrupt ourselves.More

Beschloss: Coal Destined to Prevail as US Power Generating Source for Indefinite Future, Bentek Claims
The Desert Sun
While the administration-inspired attempt to liquidate coal power as a major factor in firing up the U.S. power market is soaring ahead at full intensity, with that fossil fuel its ultimate objective of elimination, this pillar of the fossil fuel triad (coal, oil and natural gas) is not destined to disappear. Even a continuation of the "war on coal," precipitated by the Obama administration will eventually falter, even if the Democrats return to the Oval Office after 2016, according to a recent determination by a highly respected analysis.More

Cautious Outlook From Amazon Helps Drive Stocks Down
The Associated Press via Industrial Distribution
Investors got some bad news about the American shopper on Friday, driving down stocks and sending the Dow Jones industrial average to a loss for the week. Two major U.S. companies — the retail giant Amazon and the credit card processor Visa — both said that the second half of the year was looking more troubled than originally expected. The cautious outlook from two companies so heavily exposed to consumer spending spooked investors, causing the stock market to fall at the open and remain lower throughout the day.More

Energy Efficiency Opportunities in the Manufacturing Sector
By Alan Kelsky
One-third of the energy consumed in the United States is by the manufacturing sector. Ninety percent of the manufacturing sector are small- and medium-sized businesses, or SMM, that use about half of the energy consumed in manufacturing. Electrical demand, also known as on-site energy consumption is a rich target for SMM businesses as they tend to pay more per kWh than their larger competitors. With savings easy to come by, why have small- and medium-sized manufacturers been slow to jump on the savings bandwagon?More