ASA Insights
Sept. 1, 2011

Conference Appointment Scheduler to Run Through NetworkASA 2011
American Supply Association
Attention all NetworkASA 2011 attendees! We look forward to seeing you in less than two weeks in Las Vegas at the Bellagio Hotel. Our current registration numbers include more than 84 distributor companies and 64 manufacturing companies, and we are looking forward to a fantastic event. And yes, the dress code is business casual! Please watch your email for a reminder, but in the meantime, remember to complete and print your Wholesaler and Vendor Conference Appointments schedule. For your convenience, we are keeping the Facetime Appointment Scheduler software live and open all the way through NetworkASA 2011. In addition, we ask that distributors refrain from making appointments on Thursday with those manufacturing companies NOT participating in the conference appointments. We want to protect the investment of those manufacturers who have invested to see you one on one. Watch your email for more updates next week!More

NLRB Departures Spark Raft of Last-Minute Rulings
American Supply Association
This week, the National Labor Relations Board issued a final rule requiring most private-sector employers (whether or not they have union workers) to post a notice to notify employees of their rights, under the National Labor Relations Act, to engage in collective bargaining and to join a union. The rule goes into effect Nov. 14.The notice is similar to the one already required by federal contractors. In addition to physically posting an 11-by-17 notice in the workplace, the rule requires an employer to post the notice on a company Internet or Intranet site if personnel rules and policies are customarily posted there. Employers are not required to distribute the notice to employees by email or other electronic means.More

Unique Two-Day Inventory Management Seminar for Distributors
American Supply Association
Is your inventory management holding you back from achieving higher net profit? Chances are that it is. Most hard goods distributors carry at least 30 percent more inventory than they need to satisfy their customers at a very high level. Even worse, the sales people still complain about stock outs and shortages. Fortunately, correcting these problems is relatively simple. During a unique two-day event for distribution operators, Jason Bader of The Distribution Team will tackle the most common challenges that face privately held distributors and provide simple, low-cost solutions. Some topics include: dead stock, inventory accuracy, warehouse efficiency and return on inventory investment, just to name a few. Find out more and register now by clicking here.More

US Economy: Consumer Prices Climb, Manufacturing Falters
Bloomberg
The cost of living in the U.S. climbed more than forecast in July, which could make it harder for Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke to convince colleagues to immediately act to spur growth after manufacturing in the Philadelphia region plunged in August. The consumer-price index increased 0.5 percent from June, more than twice the 0.2 percent median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg, figures from the Labor Department showed in Washington. The Philadelphia Fed's general economic index dropped to minus 30.7 this month, the lowest since March 2009, when the economy was in a recession.More

Energy Department: Copper Thefts on Rise
The Associated Press via Bloomberg Businessweek
With copper prices at a near record, thieves across the country have been stealing copper wiring from power lines, construction sites and warehouses. Now federal officials say thieves are targeting power substations and even a locked recycling yard at a nuclear lab. The Energy Department's inspector general reports a "troubling increase" in copper thefts from federal sites, including national research labs, generating stations and a plant where nuclear weapons are dismantled and stored. An estimated total of $500,000 to $750,000 worth of copper has been stolen from DOE sites in the past three years, Inspector General Gregory Friedman said.More

What's Happening to US Manufacturing?
The Huffington Post
After dominating the globe for more than 60 years as the world's largest, most productive, and technologically advanced in the world, America's manufacturing sector is in a decline in nearly all industries. America's lead in a number of industries vanished years ago, and nearly all industries are facing potentially dangerous erosion.More