ASA Insights
Sep. 5, 2013

NetworkASA 2013: Already Largest Attendance in 5 Years
American Supply Association
In less than 4 weeks, a record number of attendees will visit our nation's capital for NetworkASA 2013. "Already, this is the largest annual ASA convention in five years with respect to both the number of distributor companies and total registered attendees," said Ruth Mitchell, Director of Meetings & Conventions, "and there is still time to register! Now is the time sign-up for this all-industry networking event." In addition to the networking opportunities at this event being second-to-none, the Congressional visits and full docket of keynote speakers and educational programs round out this tremendous program. Click here for full program information, and contact ASA staff at (630) 467-0000 for assistance.More

Time to Check Your Pulse
American Supply Association
Each month, ASA partners with Industry Insights to compile data from wholesaler members that provides a snapshot of industry performance and how it relates to the broader economy. The value of this report is directly related to the number of wholesaler firms that contribute data each month — the greater the number of respondents, the more comprehensive and useful the report and accompanying analysis. The participation deadline for wholesaler members to submit data for the August 2013 report is Thursday, Sept. 12. Click here to learn more about this FREE and EXCLUSIVE benefit that ASA members frequently use when making key decisions.More

Obama's Stealth War on Global Warming
National Journal
As President Barack Obama tries to fight global warming without any backing from a gridlocked Congress, he's using every weapon in his executive arsenal. His Environmental Protection Agency will soon roll out controversial regulations on carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants. He's told every Cabinet agency to look into ways it can use its authority to act on climate change. And now the administration is stocking the executive branch with an army of new appointees who have a history of working aggressively on climate issues and clean energy, often from leadership jobs at environmental advocacy groups.More

Beschloss: US Returns to Key Economical 2014 Global Growth
The Desert Sun
For most of the past decade, the well-being of the global economy, especially in the wake of the Great Recession, has been expected from the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China) and lately South Africa. But as we anticipate economic aspirations for 2014, the BRICS alternative is losing steam, while the U.S. could again become the center of potential promise. What could add to America’s more prominent role next year are the unexpectedly growing economic dynamic of its flanking NAFTA partners, Canada and Mexico, both of which are now generating trillion-dollar-plus business entities.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

US Trade Deficit Widens to $39.1B in July
The Associated Press via Industrial Distribution
The U.S. trade deficit widened in July from a four-year low in June. American consumers bought more foreign cars and other imported goods, while U.S. companies exported fewer long-lasting manufactured goods. The Commerce Department said that the trade gap rose 13% to $39.1 billion. That's up from June's deficit of $34.5 billion, which was the smallest since late 2009. Imports increased 1.6% to $228.6 billion, lifted by more shipments of oil, autos and consumer goods. Exports slipped 0.6% to $189.4 billion. Companies shipped fewer capital goods, such as civilian aircraft and industrial engines.More

Pace of US Manufacturing Hits 2-Year Peak
The Associated Press via Industrial Distribution
U.S. factories expanded last month at the fastest pace since June 2011 on a jump in orders. The report signals that manufacturing output could strengthen in coming months. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Tuesday that its manufacturing index rose to 55.7 in August from 55.4 in July. That topped the index's 12-month average of 52. A reading above 50 indicates growth.More

US Manufacturing Exports Have Become the Engine of the American Economy
Export manufacturing has recently become the unsung hero of the U.S. economy. Despite all the public focus on the U.S. trade deficit, little attention has been paid to the fact that the country's exports have been growing more than seven times faster than GDP since 2005. As a share of the U.S. economy, in fact, exports are at their highest point in 50 years.More

'Going Green' Motivated By Saving Green, Not the Planet, Survey of Supply Chain Attitudes Concludes
DC Velocity
Sustainability initiatives are catching on with top global supply chain executives, but for the economic rather than for the environmental benefits, a new survey has found. The survey, conducted in the spring by New York-based business advisory firm Alix Partners LLC and released earlier this month, found that 72 percent of the roughly 150 respondents had sustainability policies or sets of sustainability objectives in place. The survey results, however, indicate that most of these programs are driven by potential cost savings rather than altruism.More