ASA Insights
Aug. 13, 2015

Leaders Are Made.
American Supply Association

For current and future leaders, the Master of Distribution Management (MDM) Certification Program is all about empowering candidates to be the best leader they can be for your company. The MDM Program provides you with the skills to learn and lead with confidence. The Program is flexible, which allows for any candidate to make it work with whatever time they have in their schedule. REGISTER NOW and receive a 10% discount off the entire program. LEARN MOREMore

First Supply Hosts First-Term Representative
American Supply Association
Last week, First Supply's Joe Poehling hosted Congressman Glenn Grothman (R-WI) in his Sheboygan Gerhards Kitchen and Bath Store. Congressman Grothman was given a tour of the branch location, took questions from management and employees and offered his views on legislation such as health care reform and the outlook to finally passing legislation to level the playing field for brick-and-mortar businesses and their Internet competitors. "It was tremendously beneficial to give the Congressman the history of our family’s business and to show him the challenges that small businesses have in today's changing economy," said Poehling. ASA's members are encouraged to show off their successes and challenges first hand by inviting their representatives and staff for to visit their worksites, learn more. To see more of the congressman's visit, click here.More

Designing Crack-Resistant Pipe-Valve-Fitting
ASA Materials Market Digest©
Metallurgists at Arizona State University are researching how various metal alloys behave at the nanometer and atomic scales. They hope to bring about better corrosion- and stress-resistant cracking in the metals used in water and fossil fuel pipelines as well as components used in nuclear power plants and aircraft. While many of us will find this research humbling, it is good to know there are "brainiacs" hard at work trying to design better pipes. Log in to MY ASA for the August installment of ASA's Materials Market Digest©.More

Network2015 Speaker Dirk Beveridge Talks About THE Industry Event!
American Supply Association

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Inventory Management for Distributors
The Distribution Team
This is an opportunity to get your arms around the largest cash asset in the organization. During this two-day session, you will be exposed to solid inventory management and operational strategies. This goes way beyond the purchasing and analyzing of inventory trends. We drive the whole process back to net profit. From the decision to buy to the segregation of customers you serve, everything affects the inventory asset. Our job is to open your eyes to the potential bottom line improvement. We guarantee that you will walk away with at least 30 ways to get a better return on your investment. The class is limited to the first 40 participants, so enroll quickly. Event takes place in Chicago, Nov. 5-6. Save $150 if you register before Oct. 16. REGISTER NOWMore

Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss on USA Today
American Supply Association
This week's news: USA Dominated 2014 Total Energy Production (USA Today)

Want to read more from Beschloss? Click here to go to USA Today for a full archive of past articles.More

Companies that Invest in Employee Education Reap Multiple Benefits
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
How do you find and keep the right talent in today's competitive market? You develop it, say forward-thinking organizations that have found ways to invest in their employees' education and development in spite of the economy. They've found the return on investment to be worth it. In its goal to have a highly educated workforce, United Technologies Corp. celebrated an important milestone in 2011.More

Driver Shortage: What Warehouse Managers Should Do
By Ken Ackerman
For more than two years now, we have seen a growing discussion about the driver shortage problem, but relatively little about solutions. Most of the issues are motor carrier issues, and unless your company is involved in both trucking and warehousing, there is little you can do about these. However, as a warehouse operator, there are a number of things you can do to be sure the driver shortage does not impact your ability to be well served by common carriers.More