ASA Insights
Oct. 29, 2015

Network2015 Opens to Record Crowds
American Supply Association
The Bradford White Opening Reception at Network2015 was a huge success at the Chicago Marriott Magnificent Mile. The reception laid host to a record breaking crowd of nearly 750 attendees. If you were unable to attend Network2015 this year, be sure to mark your calendars for next year's event set in New York, Sept. 28-30, 2016.More

PHCP-PVF Wholesalers Plan for Y-E Holidays
American Supply Association
This winter, the Christmas and New Year's Day holidays are on Friday. ASA's most recent Monthly Pulse Report sheds some light on how one-in-four wholesaler members plan to observe the year-end holidays.

Click here for a more detailed look across different sales volumes, industry segments and geographic regions. More

ASA University Continues to Provide Comprehensive Training for PHCP-PVF Distributors
Supply House Times
Todd Ford, CEO and President of Omaha, Neb.-based Central States Group, says involvement with the American Supply Association's educational arm, ASA University, has helped his company move forward in a significant way. "In today's climate it's hard to attract talent, especially for a smaller, mid-range company," he says. "We're not big enough to have a complete training department where we can put something together to give potential employees a vision of what our company looks like and the opportunities they will have. ASA University has all the training resources for products, leadership and management. We've been able to use that to recruit employees. Our employees have that training material at their disposal now and can use that overall expertise to help them long-term from a career standpoint." More

AD Announces eCommerce Initiative to Help Independent Wholesale Distributors
Supply House Times
Affiliated Distributors recently announced its continued investment in its membership's ability to better compete in the world of eCommerce through its AD eContent Service program. Bill Weisberg, AD's chairman and CEO, says, "Independent wholesale distributors' battle for a level playing field must be fought anywhere that nationals are able to use their size and leverage to create a competitive advantage for themselves to the potential detriment of independents. And one place that this battle must clearly be engaged and fought is on the Internet." The program includes a comprehensive content management solution, which includes a shared Master eCatalog and Web Portal, along with member Specific Sub-Catalog and Store Front options. More

Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss on USA Today
American Supply Association
This week's news: Are Aging Refineries the Cause of Disproportionate Gas Prices? (USA Today)

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

Difference Between Training and Management Development
Houston Chronicle
The difference between training and management development tends to lie in timing. Typically, training is the process by which people are taught critical skills. Participants gain knowledge to carry out their current responsibilities. To goal is to improve performance in the short term. Development activities, on the other hand, tend to prepare people for additional job roles for the long term.

Want help developing your own training program? Go to ASA-U Advisory Service today for more information.More