ASA Insights
Oct. 21, 2010

ASA Members Break Ahead of 2009: Growth of 2.7 Percent Reported in the Third Quarter
American Supply Association
For the fifth consecutive month, ASA members have reported growth, showing a 2.4 percent improvement in per-workday revenues during the month of September 2010 as compared to the same month in 2009. For the first time, the plumbing, heating and pipe, valve and fitting distributors are ahead of last year by 0.2 percent. For the quarter, revenues grew by 2.7 percent. However, this is in comparison to the worst quarter in the history of the association keeping these records, when it reported revenues down by 19.9 percent. This leaves the association in 2010 behind 2008 by 18 percent for the quarter and 16 percent year to date.More

NetworkASA Inspires Members in Lobbyist Effort
American Supply Association
Thanks to the strong support from members who have provided additional voluntary dues contributions, ASA is establishing a full-time director of government affairs staff position, based in Washington, D.C. The association's Executive Committee authorized a search for an energetic, visionary leader to establish a presence for the industry in the nation's capital.More

US Manufacturing Growth Likely to Slow
The Wall Street Journal
Production by U.S. manufacturers is likely to keep growing but at a slower pace, according to a new survey by the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI, a public policy and economic research group in Arlington, Va. MAPI's survey of manufacturing companies in the third quarter yielded a composite index of 77, down from a record 81 in the second quarter. The index signals expanding industrial activity when it is 50 or above. Amid a tepid recovery of the overall economy, manufacturing has been a strong point throughout the past year. But recent indicators suggest that manufacturers are losing steam as consumer demand remains weak.More

New! Train Your Employees on Key Residential Systems
American Supply Association
The ASA Education Foundation is excited to announce the release of an innovative, interactive online training component for the 3D Residential Schematic©. The new training package takes learners through six systems found within a residence and provides an overview to help them to visualize and understand how these systems perform and work. The systems, available in ASAU Online, include water supply, DWV, hydronic heating, cooling, gas supply and sub-soil drainage and can be purchased as a package or individually to fit your training needs.More

Report: You Can No Longer Be Blind to Shipment Details in Inbound Transportation Pipeline
Aberdeen Group via SupplyChainBrain
Increased visibility is vital to successfully managing global inbound transportation, says a report from Aberdeen Group. The report, International Transportation: Optimize Cost and Service in a Global Market, documents processes and capabilities of 181 companies surveyed between June and July 2010. "Customer demands for high delivery performance, and the increased demand for accurate delivery status information are driving the need to ensure shipment integrity and enhance internal and external communications across the entire supply chain," said Bob Heaney, senior research analyst of supply chain management at Aberdeen.More

Kohler Co. Partners with ASA Young Executives in 2011
American Supply Association
During the Future Trends Lunch at NetworkASA 2010, ASA's Young Executives Division announced details for the 2011 Spring Forum and its supplier partnership with Kohler Co. "Next year's program has already shaped up to be a phenomenal success," said Dennis Crump, chairman of ASA's Young Executives from National Wholesale Supply in Dallas. "We'll be in Kohler, Wis., at the Inn on Woodlake on May 23 to 25, 2011, and we've very excited that David Kohler will be part of the program." The most valuable benefits from participating in the Spring Forum are the concepts and ideas learned from industry experts and time spent sharing experiences and lessons learned with peers who represent different channel partners from across the country. This year's program features Rick Johnson, CEO strategist, and will focus on strategic leadership during economic recovery. For complete information and to register, read on.More

Clifford F. Lynch: 2010 — A safety odyssey
DC Velocity
When it comes to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's new Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 initiative, there's no such thing as a consensus opinion. Some have hailed the program as a bold step toward making America's roads safer. Others have characterized it as potentially the most damaging regulation in the trucking industry's history — one that could result in a critical shortage of drivers. The lack of consensus hasn't stopped the FMCSA from pushing forward with plans for implementation. The regulations are scheduled to take effect this year, although it appears they won't be fully implemented until 2011.More