ASA Insights
Oct. 3, 2013

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

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

Beschloss: Expanding Commercial, Industrial Renewable Energy Usage Troubling to Major US Utilities
The Beschloss Perspective
Although such major aspects of the total renewable energy sector as solar, wind and geothermal still comprise a relatively small percentage of total residential, commercial, industrial power usage, the nation's major electrical utilities are particularly concerned at the independent electricity generation at commercial and industrial sites. Latest statistics indicate that such usage has more than quadrupled since 2006.More

Manufacturing Execution is a Security Issue
Material Handling & Logistics
You've probably read your fill about the wonders of supply chain information technologies as empowered by cloud platforms and data and device mobility. You may even have employees who use their own iPhones for business applications — a phenomenon that now has its own acronym: BYOD, for bring your own device. These trends have one problem associated with them: security vulnerability. According to a new study from PwC, detected security incidents have increased dramatically among the businesses whose executives they surveyed recently — 9,600 of them. Much of the problem is tied to the fact that those technologies and policies often are deployed before being secured.More

OSHA's Top 10 Violations For 2013
Industrial Distribution
Once again, Fall Protection tops the list of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's most-cited workplace safety violations. The presentation of the Top 10 was given before a crowded group of spectators on the Expo floor at the 2013 National Safety Council Congress & Expo.More

Skills Gap Unlikely to Prevent Near-Term Resurgence in US Manufacturing
Modern Materials Handling
The U.S. skills shortage will be far less of a problem than many people believe in the short term, and it is unlikely to prevent a resurgence in U.S. manufacturing in the next few years, according to a report by The Boston Consulting Group.More

Should You Sign that Lien Waiver?
By Scott Wolfe
Lien waivers are a popular and confusing topic in the construction industry. Unfortunately, these instruments are encountered nearly every day. Where the promise of payment is concerned, discipline is necessary as lien waiver mistakes come with consequences. This article will serve as a helpful guide through the most common of these mistakes.More