ASA Insights
Nov. 24, 2010

ASA Safety Committee Free Webinar on Safety Knives
American Supply Association
The National Safety Council estimates that each laceration costs employers $13,948. Rising insurance premiums, lost time and lower production are all hidden costs to lacerations. Find out what you can do to prevent this from happening at your company. On Wednesday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. EST, attend the FREE and interactive one-hour webinar with Tommy Landwehr, vice president of sales for Martor USA. Landwehr will discuss the importance of determining the level of current cutting tools used, looking at the tasks being performed and how to pick the proper tool for the job. He also will talk extensively on training for safety knives and how to implement your own safer cutting procedures.More

EPA, the Clean Air Act, and US Manufacturing
World Resources Institute
Members of U.S. Congress committed to helping U.S. industry save energy and become more globally competitive should think twice about undercutting existing federal laws that have the potential to spur efficiency upgrades at domestic manufacturing facilities. As we await final details of new regulations designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from major U.S. sources, despite criticism from industry representatives, it should be recognized that the appropriate and expected implementation of these rules will have the practical, lasting effect of achieving fuel savings and competitive advancements for affected U.S. manufacturers.More

Comparing Your Compensation Package to the Competition
American Supply Association
Hiring and retaining good employees is essential to the profitability of your business. Whether you need to make comparisons between your company and others in the same market or another in which you seek to expand your market share, the 2010 Employee Compensation Report provides the most detailed look at compensation and benefits for wholesaler-distributors.More

How Can You Make Disruptive Innovation a Part of the Company's DNA?
Chief Executive
The most frightening thing about disruptive innovation — the phenomenon documented in Clayton Christensen's "The Innovator's Dilemma," in which market-leading companies in industry after industry have missed game-changing transformations — is that the mistakes are not the result of "bad" management. Instead, as Alan Murray has noted in The Wall Street Journal, the disasters have occurred because managers were following the dictates of "good" management.More

Materials Market Digest Update
American Supply Association
Since the ASA introduced Materials Market Digest in early 2005, this monthly report has provided timely information about important trends in a variety of different materials sectors. As a result, it has become one of the most valuable and sought after benefits that ASA offers. In September 2010, the author, Ed Scott, shared with the ASA staff that he would no longer be able to author the Materials Market Digest because of personal reasons. The good news is that his circumstances have since improved, yet his decision to no longer author the extensive monthly report remains permanent. ASA fully expects that the interruption in publishing the Materials Market Digest is temporary, and staff and volunteers are working together to begin making available this valuable member service in 1Q11. Your patience, suggestions and inquiries always are appreciated.More

Manufacturers, Are You Ready for Consumer Product Safety Commission That's Coming in 2011?
No matter how extensive your design process may be, it is almost impossible to foresee all product failure modes and eliminate them. Consumers think up new ways to use and abuse products that you never anticipate. And then there is the irritating intervention of physics: No matter what you do, in some cases, glass will break, electrical connections will corrode and overheat, and water will leak. Most information on product failures comes from consumers. Most manufacturers have a toll-free hotline staffed by call takers who can diagnose consumer problems and arrange for service if necessary.More

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: 3D Residential Schematic© Training Package
American Supply Association
New! Train Your Employees On Key Residential Systems
This innovative, interactive online training component for the 3D Residential Schematic© is now available in ASA Education Foundation's new online training system, ASAU Online. The just-released 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 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


"Thanksgiving comes to us out of the prehistoric dimness, universal to all ages and all faiths. At whatever straws we must grasp, there is always a time for gratitude and new beginnings." —J. Robert Moskin

From everyone at ASA, we wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving.More