ASA Insights
Nov. 17, 2016

ASA Appointed to the IAPMO Water Efficiency and Sanitation Standard
American Supply Association
The IAPMO Executive Committee has appointed Hugo Aguilar to represent ASA on the Water Efficiency and Sanitation Standard (WE•Stand) Technical Committee. The purpose of the WE•Stand is to provide minimum requirements to optimize water use practices attributed to the built environment while maintaining protection of the public health, safety and welfare. The need for this standard is in recognition that with increasing demand, constrained infrastructure and supplies, climate change, and pervasive droughts globally, there is a critical need to reduce water consumption attributed to the built environment through conservation and reuse. With this come increased risks to public health, safety, and building systems performance. This American National Standard would provide minimum requirements that optimize built environment water use practices and corresponding provisions that maintain protection to public health, safety, and welfare. More

Don't Look for Any Improvement in Stainless Pricing Next Year
ASA Materials Market Digest©
This is the consensus voiced by various speakers and analysts at American Metal Market's (AMM) 30th Stainless & its Alloys Conference held in Philadelphia last month. The final months of 2016 will be characterized by record-low mill lead times, customer inventory destocking, flat commodity prices, receding import levels and intense competition, according to Dennis Oates, CEO for Universal Stainless & Alloy Products. Visit MY ASA for the latest and archived installments of ASA’s Materials Market Digest©.More

The Congressional Review Act: A Chance for Relief?
American Supply Association
Sixty days seems like a short time. It’s really just two months, or 16%, of an entire year. But 60 legislative days is an entirely different story. When Congress returns to Washington on Monday evenings and often departs on Thursday afternoons, it could take a long time to achieve. Signed into law in 1996 by President Clinton, the Congressional Review Act (CRA) enables Congress to review and override major regulations enacted by federal agencies within 60 legislative days. In the Senate, the vote would not be subject to filibuster (60 vote threshold).More

Injury and Illness Records Will Soon Be Public Information
American Supply Association
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is rolling out its new injury and illness electronic recordkeeping and anti-retaliation rules. Because of these critical and consequential changes, ASA will be offering an exclusive, FREE webinar for its members on this issue. Join experts from the law firm Conn, Maciel, Carey LLC, specialists in OSHA - Workplace Safety law, on December 12 at 1:00PM Central. REGISTER NOWMore

Join Your Showroom Manager Peers During KBIS
American Supply Association
As we all know, first impressions are the best impressions, and your showroom is a large venue for the customer's first impression. Once the customer arrives outside the impression begins. Hank Darlington will present 50 steps on how to give the customer the best first impression for little or no extra cost. It's not just the showroom image but also the image staff puts forth as well. ASA’s Showroom Managers Networking Council will be hosting the event, 50 Steps to the Best First Impression, during KBIS on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, FL. Register today and join your fellow showroom manager professionals in our industry to connect, network and stay informed and ahead of industry trends. REGISTER NOWMore

New Manufacturer Training Available

ASA-U is exited to now offer Mueller Industries training! In their first course, Streamline Copper Quality, you will learn more about the history and manufacturing techniques that make Mueller Industries’ Copper Quality unique. To check it out, FREE to ASA Member Distributors, CLICK HERE!More

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“I get to meet and exchange with the leaders in OUR industry. This is huge when it comes to the future of our industry along with learning different ways to improve our business.”Randy Tice, APR Supply Co.

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Sales is a Performance. Is Your Team Ready?
American Supply Association
Get the most out of every customer interaction. Equip sales team members with knowledge on products and strategies for customer engagement. Define the path to account development and sales success by signing up for one of ASA-U's Role-Based Training tracks. Product-specific training and strategies help advance your sales numbers - no matter the role. Industry-specific Role-Based Training allows sales staff to learn, adapt and grow for professional advancement and to boost company sales. Customer service is a core competency and interaction. Provide each member of the sales team with knowledge and confidence on a range of products and customer situations. LEARN MOREMore

Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss
American Supply Association
This week's news: Is America Headed for Uncertain Future?

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2017 Design & Construction Week
American Supply Association
Design & Construction Week ® (DCW) features the co-location of the NAHB International Builders' Show ® (IBS) and NKBA's Kitchen & Bath Industry Show ® (KBIS). In 2017, this synchronization of tradeshows and markets moves to Orlando, Florida, January 10-12. The fourth annual DCW will bring together 80,000+ design and construction professionals in the largest annual gathering of the residential design and construction industry. ASA members receive special discounts to explore the exhibit floors of both shows—a combined total of 2,100+ exhibits! Register for your DCW expo pass today.More

UID 2017 Registration Now Open
American Supply Association
The University of Innovative Distribution is a concentrated educational program focused on the unique needs of the wholesale distribution industry. 2017 marks the 24th year that UID has been serving the supply chain. Known worldwide for excellence in education, UID is sponsored by the leading distribution professional associations, in cooperation with the Department of Technology Leadership and Innovation at Purdue University. Working together, these groups take great pride in providing a superior learning experience. See the UID Brochure or Register Now!More

5 Effective Employee Training Techniques That Work
TrainingStation
As a training manager, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your employees are well-equipped with necessary skills and knowledge to increase their productivity. You understand that your employees are your most valuable asset and therefore, training them is the best way to ensure consistent growth for your business or organization. The importance of employee training is invaluable for your business.

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

Why We Desperately Need to Bring Back Vocational Training in Schools
Forbes
It is true that earnings studies show college graduates earn more over a lifetime than high school graduates. However, these studies have some weaknesses. For example, over 53% of recent college graduates are unemployed or under-employed. And income for college graduates varies widely by major – philosophy graduates don’t nearly earn what business studies graduates do. Finally, earnings studies compare college graduates to all high school graduates. But the subset of high school students who graduate with vocational training – those who go into well-paying, skilled jobs – the picture for non-college graduates looks much rosier. More

With Trump's Signature, Dozens of Obama's Rules Could Fall
Business Day
Dozens of major regulations passed recently by the Obama administration — including far-reaching changes on health care, consumer protections and environmental safety — could be undone with the stroke of a pen by Donald J. Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress starting in January, thanks to a little-used law that dates back to 1996. And it comes with a scorched-earth kicker: If the law is used to strike down a rule, the federal agency that issued it is barred from enacting similar regulation again in the futureMore