ASA Insights
Sep. 17, 2015

ASA Launches Voter Registration Drive
American Supply Association
The presidential primaries are coming up soon, giving you and your employees the opportunity to choose who the two candidates will be – but unless you’re registered to vote, you can’t vote! That is why ASA is taking part in Voter Registration Week. Did you know that approximately 190 million total registered voters were reported for the November 2014 midterm election, an increase of approximately 3.2 million voters since the 2010 midterm elections? Did you also know that employees view their employers as one of the best sources of information when it comes to government and politics? Voter registration week runs September 21 – 25, now is the time to get your employees and coworkers registered and engaged in the democratic process, click here to get started today!More

Great Leaders Know How To Bungee Jump!
Dirk Beveridge
Let's start with the end. In the end, what makes the difference between a good company and a great company is leadership. The ultimate success of a department, a region, an operations ... the success of your company comes down to you. Its leader. Leadership makes the difference. In this episode, Todd Talbot, President of Fluidmaster, and Dirk Beveridge have a wide ranging discussion about leadership. The conversation is full of practical ideas that Todd has learned from his years of leading growth oriented businesses. EPISODE 5More

Commercial Product Trends
Supply House Times
Manufacturers of commercial products are hearing the continued refrains of energy and water efficiency from their customers. "A lot of our core products we’ve been making for 95 years now always have fit into that sustainability mode," Elkay Vice President Product Management Franco Savoni, P.E., says. "The trend we see now is more sustainability awareness from building owners and architects." Elkay addressed those needs with the recent introduction of its enhanced ezH20 bottle-filling station that features energy-saving benefits, including a programmable setting to reduce the power used for the unit when the facility is not in use. "It allows buildings to cut the energy usage of the product dramatically," Savoni says.More

In 5 Weeks the Industry Will Join Together
American Supply Association
REGISTER NOW ... because in five weeks the PHCP-PVF Industry will gather in Chicago to solidify industry bonds while taking in educational and networking opportunities that strengthen the industry channel – the event is Network 2015. You've heard about it, you've been to it in the past and your channel partners as well as your competitors are going to be there this year. Plan on staying one step ahead by being in Chicago Oct. 27 – 29 for Network2015. Visit to be part of YOUR industry event.More

NOBODY is Immune to a Cyber Attack
American Supply Association
This Summer, the federal government lost the sensitive information of more than 21 million current and former government employees. Do you think your company, employees and financial data is safely protected from an attack? You may not think your company is a valuable target, but what if your bank or IT provider is targeted, what then? This is why you cannot afford to miss the ASA Finance Networking Council Event on Oct. 26 in Chicago to hear from expert Jeff Guggenheim,Regional Security Services Director of Dell SecureWorks on Cyber Security. Attend Jeff's presentation to learn how you can identify threats before they occur and prevent unwanted outsiders from achieving their ultimate goal of getting inside your network. In addition to the presentation, attendees will participate in roundtable discussions with their peers. This is a great investment of time and knowledge bases – plan on attending.More

Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss on USA Today
American Supply Association
This week's news: Canadian Oil Industry Skirts XL Pipeline Indecision (USA Today)

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

Richard Branson on How to Train Your Employees
The first goal of any new business is simply to survive – you need to prove that your business model works. One of the best ways to do this is by hiring excellent people who believe in your company and share your goals, and then by helping them to learn and improve their skills. This isn't optional: If your best people aren't growing in their careers as your business gains traction and expands, they will quickly lose enthusiasm for their work.

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Is solar energy viable for manufacturing plants?
By Alan Kelsky
Less than 1 percent of energy used in the United States comes from solar power. But, on a commercial level, a number of businesses are using solar power as part of their operations, including Wal-Mart, Costco, Apple and Ikea. According to the Solar Energies Industry Association, the top 25 corporate solar users in America have installed more than 569 MW of capacity at 1,100 different facilities across the country — enough power for 115,000 American homes.More

How the Internet of Things Is Improving Transportation and Logistics
Supply Chain 24/7
Whether by air, ground or sea, transportation and logistics are essential components to many enterprises' productivity, and access to real-time data is critical. Many businesses have already discovered the advantages of using mobile technologies, but the unpredictable nature of fuel costs, rising labor rates, and a changing regulatory environment continue to make operations challenging. What's more, inefficiencies caused by a lack of visibility create considerable costs.More

10 Ways Big Data Is Revolutionizing Supply Chain Management
Business 2 Community
Big data is providing supplier networks with greater data accuracy, clarity and insights, leading to more contextual intelligence shared across supply chains. Forward-thinking manufacturers are orchestrating 80 percent or more of their supplier network activity outside their four walls, using big data and cloud-based technologies to get beyond the constraints of legacy enterprise resource planning and supply chain management systems.More