ASA Insights
Sep. 18, 2014

OSHA Revises Workplace Injury and Illness Recordkeeping Requirements
American Supply Association
Last week OSHA announced a final rule updating the notification process when a death or work-related hospitalization, loss of an eye or amputation occurs at the workplace. Under the revised rule, employers will be required to notify OSHA of work-related fatalities within eight hours and work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, or loss of an eye within 24 hours. Previously, OSHA's regulations required an employer to report only work-related fatalities and in-patient hospitalizations of three or more employees. Reporting single hospitalizations, amputations or loss of an eye was not required under the previous rule. To learn more, click here.More

5th Annual ASA Distributor Roundtable Interview
American Supply Association

Ted Green (Pace Supply Corp.), Sam Williams (Gateway Supply Co., Inc.), Scott Weaver (APR Supply Co.), Karla Neupert Hockley (Consolidated Supply Co.), Brian Tuohey (Collins Pipe & Supply Co., Inc.) and Scott Robertson (Robertson Heating Supply Co.)

As it has become customary, ASA has partnered with the Supply House Times (SHT) to conduct the annual Distributor Roundtable Interview to provide insight on how members are dealing with industrywide issues. ASA members took time out during NetworkASA in Las Vegas to answer questions from SHT editor Mike Miazga on some of the leading questions facing our industry and how they are dealing with them. Watch for this two-part interview coming soon.More

NetworkASA, Better Year After Year
American Supply Association
After another successful NetworkASA, ASA has set the bar high for next year's annual convention in Chicago, Oct. 27-29. This year's event featured some big names along with industry experts making for a fantastic event at the luxurious Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. Those who were in attendance were able to enjoy Regis Philbin with his surprise guest Don Rickles, NFL's Jimmy Johnson and Seal Team Six's Robert O'Neill. All were entertaining as well as very informative and shed some light on the PHCP-PVF industry from a different perspective. ASA thanks everyone who was able to make it out this year, and stay tuned to see what we will have in store for next year in Chicago. See you then!More

Are You Hiring the Right People?
American Supply Association
On Oct. 8 at 10 a.m. CST, Doug Dillon, director of professional development at ASA Education Foundation, will be giving the first of three FREE webinars for ASA members. If you weren't able to attend Doug's session during NetworkASA 2014, or even if you were there, these three 30-minute webinars give an in-depth understanding of all the elements. The first webinar is about job descriptions and assessments that will help you to know that you are hiring the right person for the job with the qualities to meet your company goals.More

MwDA Annual Meeting & Dinner on Nov. 3
Midwest Distributors Association
The Midwest Distributors Association will host its 2014 Annual Meeting & Dinner on Nov. 3 at Ditka's Restaurant in Oak Brook Terrace, Illinois. Matthew Carmichael, author of the book, "BUYographics," and the editor and vice president of, has accepted our invitation to share his research and findings about how demographic and economic changes will reinvent the ways marketers reach customers. All MwDA members as well as channel partners from throughout the Midwest are strongly encouraged to participate. Click here for complete details; the deadline to RSVP is Oct. 27.More

Disrupt Yourself
Dirk Beveridge, founder of UnleashWD, recently participated in a national meeting for a holding company with nine operating distributors. He looked at the 130 leaders of those nine businesses and reminded them that their role as leaders is not to manage, but it is to support and make better. Dirk's response was, "This is an important message for distribution leaders, one that is at the very core of our UnleashWD Innovation Summit, you must think about the direction of moving from managing to supporting and making things better. We as individuals must change ourselves before we can expect that the business will change. Or in a few words, we must disrupt ourselves."More

Read the latest from Morris Beschloss on USA Today
American Supply Association
This week's news: Beschloss: Industry 'Thought Leader' Designation Reflects Nearly 60 Years of Ongoing Participation (The Desert Sun)

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

4 Areas of Supply Chain Compliance to Fix Today
Industrial Distribution
Many businesses are challenged by the dual demands of the internal economic drivers of an organization and the external customer requirements for quality and efficiency. As the customer is increasingly empowered and publicly vocal, product quality and safety have become tightly integrated with traceability and supplier scorecards. Bob Ferrari, a leading supply chain consultant, succinctly put it this way: "You never want to hear about the guys who run the supply chains for multinational companies. When you do, usually it means something really bad has happened." More

The Critical Importance of Warehouse Floors
Ken Ackerman
The single most important element of warehouse construction is the quality of the floor. As stacking heights have increased, floor quality has become even more critical. Imperfections in floors are magnified when product is stored up to 30 feet high. Unfortunately, no part of the construction process is easier to get wrong and harder to fix than the floor.More

Intelligent Enterprise is Key to Manufacturing Turnaround
In their Harvard Business Review article "Restoring American Competitiveness," Harvard Business School professors Willy Shih and Gary Pisano argued that restoring the ability of enterprises to develop and manufacture high-tech products in America will be important in restoring our country's competitiveness. However, in a recent interview, professor Shih graded the nation's effort to drive a manufacturing renaissance a C-. So how can we move the needle?More

Key Trends in Warehouse Management System Market Part 1
Supply Chain Digest
Warehouse Management Systems represent about the most mature area of any category of supply chain software, with the first real-time WMS solutions being deployed in the mid-1970s. Yet, the WMS market remains vibrant, selling well in general and with vendors managing to keep reinventing the category.More