ASA Insights
Oct. 2, 2014

MwDA Tourney Enjoys Continued Success
American Supply Association

Representatives from InSinkErator present the foursome from Bornquist with the prize for First Place.

MwDA held its 10th Annual Fall Classic Golf Tournament at Grand Geneva Resort on Sept. 22. Against the backdrop of the challenging Highlands course and perfect fall weather, players and guests representing 33 different distributors, manufacturers and manufacturers' reps. couldn't have had a more enjoyable time together. Also, more than $1,100 was raised to benefit Operation Rise & Conquer and the Adaptive Sports Center. The association's next event will be the Annual Meeting & Fall Industry Dinner Nov. 3 at Ditka's Restaurant in Oak Brook Terrace, Illinois. MwDA proudly represents Region 2 of ASA. LEARN MOREMore

Irr Supply Centers Sesquicentennial
American Supply Association
This year, Irr Supply Centers Inc. is celebrating its 150th anniversary. On Sept. 28, a gala event was held for employees and select guests at the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum in Buffalo, New York. When asked about the company's enduring success, Bill Irr, Sr., a colleague and mentor well-respected by so many in our industry said, "We always have fun!" Founded in 1864, Irr Supply Centers is a leading distributor of PHCP and refrigeration products with 28 locations throughout Upstate New York and northern Pennsylvania. LEARN MOREMore

Five Reasons to Become an Innovative Distributor at UnleashWD
American Supply Association
It's a frightfully familiar scenario. Smart, motivated people attend a conference, and from the very start, they think to themselves: "Haven't I heard this before?" They are glad they went. It was good to see old friends and to support the industry. But on the flight home one final thought emerges, "These conferences are like sitting at my grandfather's dinner table." UnleashWD — the only innovation summit for distributors — is different, and there are five reasons you should register today as the 28-day countdown to the summit begins.More

Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss on USA Today
American Supply Association
This week's news: Mexico Cancels PEMEX Oil Industry's Nationalization, Reverses Shrinkage (The Desert Sun)

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

RFID Inventory Tracking: A Hybrid Approach
Industrial Distribution
RFID technology has come a long way. Looking back 10 years, many companies who set out to deploy an RFID system often found that the technology itself "just wasn't there," and let their plans fall by the wayside. Today, as technology leaders gain a greater understanding of RFID and its capabilities, these same companies are giving RFID another try. As a result, the RFID market is at an all-time high and is prevalent in a wide range of industries.More

To Change Employee or Customer Behavior, Start Small
Harvard Business Review
Across industries, organizations can greatly benefit from making tiny changes in their processes to take into account how employees and customers really behave — including not liking being told what to do. Our research and that of others has discovered that even some small tweaks can have a big impact. For example, consider what Google does in its cafeterias to encourage employees to adopt healthier eating habits. More

Management by Asking Good Questions
Ken Ackerman
The concept of "management by wandering around," or MBWA, was created by David Packard of Hewlett-Packard. He believed that the best managers do not spend the majority of their time behind their desks; rather, they move around the factories and warehouses, talking to those working there, learning about their problems and ideas. Packard was convinced that the best leaders are those who recognize the importance of talking to the troops. He also recognized the importance of listening, discovering opportunities by hearing and considering the ideas of his workers and managers.More

New Manufacturing Facility Demonstrates MCFA's Commitment to Electric Vehicles, US Manufacturing
In mid-September, Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc. introduced its new electric pantograph reach truck, manufactured under the Jungheinrich brand, to 350 of its dealers at its annual dealer meeting in Houston. With that debut, the company's 10-month-old manufacturing facility, which is dedicated to electric forklifts, is now running at full production.More

PECO: When is a Pallet not a Pallet?
Supply Chain Managment Review
Pallets could be the ultimate supply chain commodity. Many users buy strictly on price, and will change suppliers to save a nickel — or about $25 a load. Used pallets regularly replace new, and second-rate used pallets are often a substitute for first rate used. Margins are low, customer demands are high.More