ASA Insights
Sep. 26, 2013

Congress Like Airplane Without Landing Gear
American Supply Association
If it's the end of September, the threat of a government shutdown once again looms large. By law, Congress must pass appropriation bills by the end of each fiscal year to authorize spending for government programs. As in previous years, a temporary continuing resolution often is passed for several months to allow for both sides to hammer out a more permanent budget agreement. Both parties have been adamant that they do not want a shutdown, but neither side appears willing to come to middle.More

ASA CFO Networking Council to Tackle Health Care Reform
American Supply Association
Are you familiar with the health care reform requirements that are slated to become effective on Jan. 1, 2014? Many of the details are unclear, and a road map is needed to better understand all of the regulations and implications that are entailed. On Monday, Oct. 21, ASA's CFO Networking Council will meet in Chicago and hear from industry expert John Malachowski, Gallagher Benefit Services, who will discuss Health Care Reform in detail and cover specifically how it will affect your business.More

Industry Trainers to Meet in Chicago Oct. 29
American Supply Association
Calling all industry trainers! On Tuesday, Oct. 29, ASA will conduct a meeting of its Trainers Networking Council at the Chicago Marriott Suites O'Hare Hotel from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Chicago Marriott Suites O'Hare Hotel from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. As markets stabilize and even improve, the industry faces a very bright future — a future full of unfamiliar, and in many cases, untapped opportunity. What better time for this group to re-engage! Register today and connect, network and stay informed and ahead of industry trends.More

How to Get the Most From a Professional Conference
By Dave Bowman
You've signed up to attend a professional conference focused on your field or industry and, as the conference date approaches, you finalize your travel arrangements and prepare for several days of learning and exploration. With numerous educational sessions, many booths in the expo hall and evening events, you'll have a myriad of ways to broaden your industry knowledge, find new sources of products and services, and connect with colleagues. Trying to squeeze education, vendor visits and networking into three days may leave you feeling like you're drinking from a fire hose.More

Beschloss: Tax Structure will be Forced into the Limelight
The Desert Sun
After an exceptionally quiet interlude dating back to the March 31 sequestration compromise, the U.S. public should brace itself for a battle royal, as the new fiscal year emanates with a bang Oct. 1. With the Mideast foreign policy fiasco already roiling troubled waters, the six-month continuing "armistice" will come to a crashing halt, as debt ceiling revision, out-of-control deficits, the President's climate control initiative, and the unacceptable unemployment levels combine with the overseas crises to put the media focus back on the fulminations of a Congress, fresh back from an extended August post-Labor Day vacation.More

Forecast: Manufacturing Production to Grow 3.2% in 2014
Modern Distribution Management
Manufacturing production will increase 2.2% in 2013, a deceleration from the 3.1% forecast in June, according to the quarterly Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation U.S. Industrial Outlook, a report that analyzes 27 major industries. A pickup is likely in 2014, with growth anticipated to be 3.2%. Manufacturing production should outperform GDP growth, which MAPI estimates will be 1.6% in 2013 and 2.8% in 2014.More

Copper Climbs as US Home Sales Add to Signs of Rising Demand
Copper futures rose in New York for the first time in four sessions as sales of new U.S. homes rebounded last month, adding to signs of increasing demand for the metal used in pipes and wiring. Sales increased 7.9% to a 421,000 annualized pace, topping analyst estimates, government figures showed. Global demand for refined copper exceeded production in June by 132,000 metric tons, amid signs that use in China climbed to the highest since December 2011, the International Copper Study Group said in a report. The Asian country is the world's top metals consumer, followed by the U.S.More

ISA Economic Indicator Index Dips
Industrial Distribution
The monthly Economic Indicator Report from the Industrial Supply Association dipped somewhat in August following a big increase in July. The ISA Manufacturers Index decreased from 63.5% in July to 61.6%, while the Distributor Index decreased from 62.0% to 58.6%. For each index, a reading above 50% indicates expansion, while a reading below 50% indicates contraction.More

Manufacturing Day Continues to Gain Momentum
Modern Materials Handling
Manufacturing Day sponsors provide the resources to support manufacturers participating in the program, a grassroots effort by U.S. manufacturers to improve public perception of manufacturing in America by coordinating awareness-raising activities at a variety of locations across the country on Oct. 4.More