ASA Insights
Aug. 8, 2013

Preview 2014 Industry Forecast Next Wednesday
American Supply Association
On Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 2 p.m. Eastern, an ASA members-only industry forecast webinar will be presented by Alan Beaulieu, author of ASA's monthly ASA Advisor forecasting newsletter and presenter of the annual Industry Forecast presentation at NetworkASA. The webinar is the second in a series of forecasting webinars that ASA is offering in 2013. See what is in store for the remainder of the year and a preview of Alan's 2014 Industry Forecast, which will be presented at NetworkASA 2013. There will be ample opportunity for Q&A and for learning how each company can incorporate rate-of-change into their planning process. Contact Ladelia Berger at 630-467-0000, ext. 208, for a webinar registration link.More

Register for NetworkASA 2013 by Sept. 1 and SAVE
American Supply Association

Plumbing Industry
Breakfast Speaker
Bob Woodward

If you have not done so already, NOW is the time to register for YOUR industry event, NetworkASA 2013. The event will be held Oct. 2-4 in our nation's capital at the Renaissance Washington DC Downtown. Distributors are coming out in full force by bringing more representatives from their firms than ever before to take advantage of networking and educational opportunities, to hear from top industry thought leaders, support the industry and plan for their future. Visit the NetworkASA 2013 convention page for all program details, including online registration and housing reservations.More

Unleash the Potential of Your Sales Team
American Supply Association
Distributor sales guru Dave Kahle will be presenting a two-day seminar in Chicago (Countryside, Ill.) on Sept. 12-13. The focus is on fully equipping sales managers to implement five key practices. Each practice is described in detail, combined with a step-by-step process, and supported with a set of tools. As a result, managers leave the course fully equipped to implement the system and make immediate, positive results in their sales teams. ASA members receive a 20% discount off registration fees; please enter "ASA" when prompted.More

Congress Gets Themselves Obamacare Fix, See Details
Roll Call
The Office of Personnel Management issued formal guidance on how lawmakers and staffers can use their federal employee benefits to help pay for health care on the new health exchanges.More

'Harvesting Connections' Event to Take Place Sept. 11-13
Western Suppliers Association

Please join WSA in the beautiful Napa Valley for our 55th Annual Meeting. Our meeting is being held at the Meritage Resort & Spa on Sept. 11-13. Please visit our website and click Calendar for our registration and sponsorship form. We look forward to another successful meeting!More

Beschloss: June US Exports Set All-Time Monthly National Record
The Beschloss Perspective
With the U.S. trade deficit shrinking to a multiyear low of $34.2 billion, a $10 billion decrease from May, and lowest since October 2009, U.S. exports stole the show by posting the highest level of goods and services ever generated by this nation in a single month. Even shipments to the depressed European markets hit a positive tone.More

Nearly 80% of Manufacturers to Develop Mobile App This Year
Industrial Distribution
IDC Manufacturing Insights announced the availability of a new report, "Business Strategy: Looking Forward to the Corporate Application Store," (Document # MI241960). The report discusses the rising trend of using a corporate app store to manage the proliferation of mobile apps across manufacturing organizations. While mobile is becoming a popular form factor for new applications being developed by manufacturers, the rise of mobile applications poses a number of challenges for managing them in the context of the IT environment. The new report explores strategies around corporate app stores in the context of an organization's mobile maturity.More

Can Technology Fill the Manufacturing Jobs Void?
Bloomberg
VideoBriefAlan Patricof, founder at Greycroft, and Leo Hindery, founder at Intermedia Partners, discuss the underemployed in the United States and whether the growth of technology jobs can take the place of lost manufacturing in the nation. They spoke recently on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg Surveillance."More

10 Tips for Reducing the Risk of Employment-Related Litigation
By D. Albert Brannen
This article offers tips for minimizing or avoiding employment-related liability. These tips apply even to employers who may not have enough employees to be covered by the major federal employment laws such as Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act or the Family and Medical Leave Act.More

No Business is Too Small for Hackers
Fox Small Business
Whether it's a state sponsored cyber war, a hactivist or your run of the mill hacker, small-business owners have to be prepared if their computer resources go down. Most small businesses would survive a halt in operations for a short period of time, but if they can't access the Internet or client data for an extended amount of time it could mean the end of the business entirely.More