ASA Insights
Oct. 16, 2014

Answers to Questions about Compensation & Benefits
American Supply Association
Right about now, you're probably thinking about how your company's compensation package stacks up to against other distributors. Are you over or underpaying your employees? How about the management team? What benefits do other firms provide? The 2014 Executive & Employee Compensation Report will provide ASA member wholesalers with answers to these questions. So much has changed since the last report was released in 2010, and this report will provide you with valuable information that results in increasing your company's profitability. LEARN MOREMore

ASA Supports Design & Construction Week
American Supply Association
ASA has partnered with NAHB and NKBA as a supporting organization for the second annual Design & Construction Week™ featuring the co-location of the International Builders' Show and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show. As a member of ASA, you'll be able to register for the 2015 IBS and/or the 2015 KBIS for a special discounted registration fee that is only being offered to members of supporting organizations. Design & Construction Week™ is taking place in Las Vegas, January 18-23. For more information and to receive your special discount, click here for – REGISTRATION DETAILS.More

Coalition for Workplace Safety Raises Concerns for Reporting Requirements
American Supply Association
This week, nearly 70 business groups, including ASA, wrote to the Department of Labor regarding our concerns over changes to reporting requirements for injuries and illnesses in the workplace. The Coalition for Workplace Safety is comprised of associations and employers who believe in improving workplace safety through cooperation, assistance, transparency, clarity and accountability. OSHA is proposing to update the requirements pertaining to the number of employees that are hospitalized and the amount of time an employer has to notify OSHA, both becoming increasingly burdensome on the employer.More

Women In Industry Webinar Next Week
American Supply Association
Annamarie S. D'Souza, VP HR, Global C&B, HRIM and Corp Admin for Hanes Brands Inc., will discuss "Advancing Your Career Through Mentoring" during ASA's Women in Industry Division webinar at 3 p.m. CST Oct. 21. D'Souza will provide Division members advice on career goals and advancement strategies, how to speed up the learning process involving technical as well as social-managerial skills and increase their visibility and exposure in the workplace. Division members will also learn encouragement and confrontation techniques as well as other vital mentoring "skills for success." This webinar is open to all ASA Women in Industry Division members and is FREE of charge. Webinar login credentials will be provided upon registration. REGISTER NOWMore

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

In Memoriam: Ralph Porter, Sr., Founder of Porter Pipe & Supply Co.
American Supply Association
Ralph Porter, Sr., receiving the lifetime achievement award from Porter Pipe. L-R, Ralph "Bud" Porter, Jr., Nick Porter, Ralph Porter, Sr., Frank Porter, Jim Porter.
It is with deep regret that ASA announces Ralph Porter, Sr., passed away Oct. 12. In 1976, at the age of 50 and with eight children in Catholic school, he founded Porter Supply Company in Addison, Illinois, with two employees, himself and son, Jim Porter, who is the current president. Today, the company is known as Porter Pipe & Supply now employs 130 people and continues to grow. Affectionately known by his employees as "Mr. P.," he was always full of passion for life, his family and his life's work. For more information, click here.More

Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss on USA Today
American Supply Association
This week's news: 'Fracking' not Deterred by Deepening Oil Price (The Desert Sun)

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Stop Believing that You Have to be Perfect
Harvard Business Review
The value of failure has become a mantra in Silicon Valley, with the rise of events like FailCon, a conference "for startup founders to study their own and others’ failures and prepare for success." Failure, the thinking goes, is an intense form of hands-on education that — when done right — enables you to learn quickly and grow. Despite the startup world's enthusiasm, however, there's often a lingering stigma: it's less that you've tried and failed, and more that you are "a failure." More

ICP Adds Seventh Partner Association
Industrial Distribution
The Industrial Careers Pathway, a multifaceted North American workforce initiative supported by an alliance of industry associations, has welcomed the National Association of Chemical Distributors as ICP's seventh Alliance Partner. NACD joins the American Supply Association, the Industrial Supply Association Education Foundation, the National Association of Electrical Distributors, NAHAD–the Association for Hose and Accessories Distribution, NIBA-The Belting Association and the PTDA Foundation in taking coordinated action to secure a skilled industrial workforce for today and tomorrow.More

Affiliated Distributors Hosts Record-Breaking Industrial Supply Division Meeting
Industrial Distribution
Affiliated Distributors, the largest industrial and construction products buying and marketing group in North America, Industrial Supply Division hosted their largest North American Meeting in the history of the Division: 712 attendees, representing 131 AD Member companies, 134 Supplier Partner companies and two countries, Sept. 22–24, at the Gaylord Palms, in Kissimmee, Florida.More