ASA Insights
Aug. 17, 2017

EVs to Increase Copper Demand 9x?!
ASA Materials Market Digest©
The growing market for electric vehicles (EVs) will significantly impact demand for copper over the next decade, according to new research commissioned by the International Copper Association (ICA). The study was conducted by IDTechEx and predicts copper demand for electric cars and buses will grow from 185,000 tonnes in 2017 to 1.74 million tonnes in 2027. That’s a nine fold increase! On top of this, each electric vehicle charger will add 0.7 kg of copper, and if it’s a fast charger, up to 8.0 kg of copper. But before one stuffs warehouses to the roof with copper expecting to make a killing down the road, visit MY ASA for the latest and archived installments of ASA’s Materials Market Digest©.More

School is Back, And So Are Career Fairs
American Supply Association
Finding, hiring and retaining millennials remains to be an important issue in the industry. ASA is doing the legwork for you by reaching out to school guidance counselors at high schools, colleges, and trade schools in your area, as they look for employment opportunities for their students. There are already several career events around the country to start the year. This list will be continually updated as we reach out the schools each month. Check the website for an upcoming career fair in your area. If you would like to participate and don’t see a listing that suits you, contact ASA to receive additional assistance in finding one. More

Eye on Safety: Behavior-Based Safety Program
American Supply Association
You have a mature safety program. Your training program is effective and employee perception surveys indicate the workforce is pleased management cares about their personal safety. You have achieved an impressive year-over-year reduction in your recordable injury rates until this past year when no improvement was achieved. What happened? You conduct a root cause analysis to determine the lack of improvement. More

Safety Award Nominations Deadline Approaching
American Supply Association
The ASA Safety Committee is accepting nominations for its annual Safety Awards program. Designed to recognize manufacturers and distributors with the best records of safety, the award measures a company’s OSHA Form 300A: Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses. You work hard to not only comply with the maze of federal and state regulations, but you also to provide a healthy and safe workplace for your employees and customers, and we want you to earn the credit you deserve! Don’t delay, submit your company’s application and get the recognition that you and your team have earned! The deadline is August 25, 2017. More

Notice of Proposed Amendments to Prop 65 Article 6, Clear and Reasonable Warnings
American Supply Association
Notice is hereby given that the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) proposes amendments to certain sections of Article 6 of Title 27 of the California Code of Regulations. Any written comments concerning this proposed regulatory action, regardless of the form or method of transmission, must be received by OEHHA by 5:00 p.m. on September 7, 2017. More

TOMORROW: New Regulations for California's Proposition 65

The American Supply Association (ASA), in collaboration with Intertek, will be providing a webinar on California Proposition 65 (Prop 65) regulation compliance and its upcoming changes. The webinar will be tailored to meet ASA’s unique membership needs and will answer many of the questions on this complex regulation, which applies to nearly every business selling products into California. It is crucial that distributors, manufacturers, and suppliers attend the webinar to ensure that they understand and comply with this regulation, which can be costly if left unchecked! The webinar is schedule for Friday, August 18 at 10:00AM Central. REGISTER NOWMore

Missed the Innovative Mindset Webinar?
American Supply Association
Watch the replay now! ASA has partnered with Dirk Beveridge to provide all members with a NEW and FREE series of online tools designed to define propensity for leading the needed change, transformation, and innovation within your company. We have created a THREE STEP PLAN to unleash your innovative mindset. Watch the MasterClass webinar now and you’ll gain immediate access to take the empowering Innovative Mindset online assessment. Upon completion, you’ll be provided a 20 page Action Guide with insights and specific actions customized to your current and ideal innovative mindsets. WATCH NOWMore

Coaching for Development

Coaching for Development provides an in-depth review of coaching methodologies specifically used to coach employees for career development. The ability to coach helps you increase your employees’ commitment and level of engagement, and helps you avoid and handle problems that interfere with working relationships and productivity. Coaching others can also make it easier for you to achieve your own goals and make you more valuable to your organization!More

Building Your Bottom Line — NETWORK2017
American Supply Association
Your company’s success starts at the bottom and works its way to the top. Learn how to keep your foundation solid at NETWORK2017. ASA’s annual all-industry event offers a variety of networking events as well as educational programs with speakers who will share valuable information you can readily share with your team. Another highlight is the Wholesaler and Vendor Conference Appointments on Thursday afternoon. NETWORK2017 cultivates the value of connecting TOP DECISION-MAKERS from throughout the supply chain all in one place. Now is the time to register to attend NETWORK2017 in Nashville this October 11-13.More

Is Your Company Training Hitting the Mark?
American Supply Association
Sometimes, organizations do “training” just for the sake of doing training. It makes managers feel good that they are spending money to make their employees better. But does it have that desired impact OR are their employees rolling their eyes at a wasteful activity? ASA-U has many courses available to its members, but not all courses are applicable to all employees. With a little up-front work, ASA-U Advisory Service can help your organization customize the right learning content for the right audience in your organization. This unique service has already assisted members to get the most out of their training spend. Managers are trained to use straight-forward tools that assist them in tailoring course offerings to their employees. More

Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss
American Supply Association
This week's news: Have “Reagan Years” Inspired Trump’s Approach?

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

Be an Example — 3 Ways to Practice True Leadership
Earlier this year, United Airlines became the subject of multiple controversies due to the way its employees treated customers. Those employees received a lot of criticism, but the real root of the problem goes much higher than United's workforce. The employees, as it happened, acted to enforce policies without thinking. They didn’t take initiative or rely on their own judgment. The fact is, a culture built on principles and valu es -- rather than blind obedience -- might have empowered those employees to behave in an appropriate way.

Want help developing your own training program? Go to ASA-U Advisory Service today for more information.More

Direct-to-Consumer Supply Chains: Not Just for Retail Anymore
CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
A survey of 100 manufacturing directors and department heads in the United Kingdom and around the world has found that the practice of shipping product directly to consumers is gaining considerable traction among manufacturing companies. According to "Consumer Packaged Goods: How Manufacturers Are Meeting the Challenge of Customer Expectations," the vast majority (87 percent) of the manufacturers surveyed believe that direct-to-consumer channels are a relevant strategy for their products and would be welcomed by consumers.More