ASA Insights
Sep. 07, 2017

Many ASA Members Affected by Houston Damages
American Supply Association

Glenn Fuller and Texas Plumbing Supply help
clean up a fellow employee’s home.
As everyone is aware, over the past couple of weeks, Hurricane Harvey devastated south Texas and Louisiana resulting in billions of dollars in damages, and putting many families out of their homes. There are many ASA member branches in the surrounding area with employees and families that are now out of their homes due to the significant impact of this historic storm. ASA is doing what it can to raise money for these families in need, like two of Texas Plumbing Supply’s employees who are now out of their homes. Glenn Fuller and the rest of the TPS family are doing what they can to help these families return their lives back to normal. In addition to TPS, Coburn Supply has about 27 associates with homes needing to be gutted due to flooding. There will surely be more ASA families in need, so we are asking for your support to help them. Donate now to the ASA Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Your donation of $250, $500, $1,000 or any amount that you feel comfortable making, will make a huge difference to our industry's friends.More

Some Leading Indicators Suggest Positive Momentum
ASA Advisor©
Leading indicators from the freight and transportation industry suggest positive momentum for ASA members into early next year as rising U.S. demand is increasing economic activity. U.S. Rail Freight Carloads and U.S. Transportation Services Freight Index both suggest sales will grow at an accelerating rate into early next year. Expected subsequent decline in these indicators corroborates analysts’ expectations from ITR Economics™ that sales will then grow at a slowing rate through 2019. Look for ways to increase freight and transportation effectiveness through technology and management as rising activity will increase your costs. Log in to MY ASA to access ASA’s latest macroeconomic forecast report for the PHCP-PVF industry.More

Phoenix Forge Group's Larry Dildine to Receive ASA's IPD Award of Excellence
ASA Industrial Piping Division
Larry Dildine, President of The Phoenix Forge Group, has been selected as the next recipient of the IPD Award of Excellence, which will be presented during the IPD Breakfast sponsored by Anderson Metals Corporation on Thursday morning, October 12th, at NETWORK2017 in Nashville. Larry’s steady, balanced and measured voice has helped the industry to mature having worked with so many distributors to cultivate and enhance the supply chain through education and creative problem solving. Kip Miller, chairman of ASA’s Industrial Piping Division and president of Eastern Industrial Supplies, Inc., states, “Larry is so highly regarded throughout his own organization and our industry, and he certainly exemplifies the gravitas that is required of a recipient of the IPD Award of Excellence.”More

IAPMO UPC and UMC Official Results are Now Available
American Supply Association
The 2017 UPC and UMC Report on Comments (ROC) are now available for the public. The ROC contains the official results from the May1-4, 2017 Technical Committee meeting which met to generate the 2018 edition of the codes. The next stage of the process is the Association Technical Meeting which will take place in Anchorage Alaska on September 26, 2017 at the Hilton Anchorage. Anyone wishing to make a motion, please contact IAPMO or click here for instructions. More

Time to Check Your Pulse
American Supply Association
Each month, ASA partners with Industry Insights and ITR Economics to compile data from wholesaler members that provides a snapshot on industry performance as well as 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 is the report and accompanying analysis. The participation deadline for wholesaler members to submit data for the August report is September 13th. Learn more about this FREE and EXCLUSIVE benefit that ASA members frequently use when making key decisions.More

Creative Problem Solving

Creative Problem Solving demonstrates to participants how to integrate creativity with analytic thinking for effective problem solving, and to develop critical thinking skills. Creative problem solving is a valuable skill for today's fast-changing world. The concept of "innovation" and how it relates to the bottom line will also be emphasized. An innovative mindset not only identifies and evaluates great ideas for the marketplace; it also focuses on solving customer problems. LEARN MOREMore

Just 35 Days Until 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

Are You A Knowledgeable Industry Employee Looking For Leadership Training?
American Supply Association
Well look no further! The MDM Certification Program has a Fast Track option just for you. With the MDM Fast Track you can earn your MDM Certification while sharpening your leadership skills in order to realize your leadership potential. LEARN MOREMore

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American Supply Association
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Millennial Techies are Choosing Skill-Based Training over College
Entrepreneur
At only 18 years old, Tiger Shen already has a history in software that would make many engineers envious. He’s worked at Caviar, Square and Braintree, and he recently completed Bradfield — an intensive course designed to supplement a traditional three-year computer science degree. He began programming at age 14 — by teaching himself. His initial motivation?

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