ASA Insights
Dec. 5, 2013

ASA Partners to Build Online Industry Career Database
American Supply Association
Industrial Careers Pathway, as part of its partnership with ASA, recently launched the ICP Employer Database, available at, which includes contact information on all distributor and manufacturer members of ICP Alliance Partner associations. ICP Alliance Partner associations include ASA, the Industrial Supply Association, the National Association for Hose and Accessories Distribution and the Power Transmission Distributors Association. The database is searchable by company name; headquarters or branch; manufacturer or distributor; product type; ZIP code with range; and state or province.More

Energy Expert, Educator and PVF Industry Advocate Economides Passes
Supply House Times
Michael Economides, an internationally known authority on petroleum engineering and adjunct professor at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering, died Nov. 30 on a flight to South America.More

Year-End a Great Time to Support Storehouse of World Vision
American Supply Association
As the year-end approaches, we often forget about all of the great charities that can use our assistance. ASA has partnered with The Storehouse of World Vision as one of the association’s recognized charitable organizations. Storehouse is a 501(c)3 dedicated to supporting millions of Americans who live in unsafe and inadequate housing. Some of the families served by World Vision spend more than 70 percent of their income on housing; leaving no money for home repairs even when the health and safety of their families are in jeopardy.More

Time to Check Your Pulse
American Supply Association
Each month, ASA partners with Industry Insights to compile data from wholesaler members that provides a snapshot on industry performance and how it relates to the broader economy. The value of this report is directly related to the number of wholesaler firms that contribute data each month — the greater the number of respondents, the more comprehensive and useful is the report and accompanying analysis. The participation deadline for wholesaler members to submit data for the November 2013 report is Wednesday, Dec. 11. Learn more about this FREE and EXCLUSIVE benefit that ASA members frequently use when making key decisions.More

REMINDER: University of Industrial Distribution March 9-12 — REGISTER NOW
American Supply Association
A reminder that registrations are NOW being accepted for the 2014 University of Industrial Distribution. Held March 9-12 in Indianapolis, UID is a four-day institute that offers superb concentrated learning and excellent peer-to-peer networking. With distribution-specific seminars covering sales, finance, management, leadership, personnel productivity, and more presented by recognized experts in the field of wholesale distribution, the UID has become this industry's most popular training resource. The program provides an excellent opportunity to align the development plans for your management and management candidates with excellent learning opportunities.More

Beschloss: Accelerating Energy Boom Cloaks Flat-Line US Industrial Activity
Supply House Times
What is becoming increasingly clear is that the nation's booming fossil-fuel energy activity is not only exceeding all recent records in this arena, but cloaking general industrial activity (manufacturing, mining, utilities) shortfalls at levels still well under the degree of industrial production and capacity utilization reached prior to the 2008-2010 Great Recession.More

US Jobs Picture Improving, Manufacturing May Be Slowing
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment aid unexpectedly fell recently, but continued weakness in business spending on capital goods suggested slower economic growth in the fourth quarter.More

What to Make of Those Annual Forecasts
By Michael J. Berens
With 2014 only a month away, last year's business plans are heading for the shredder. 'Tis the season once again for sharpening pencils, creating fresh spreadsheets and bringing the team together for a visioning and planning session. And just in time, here comes the annual parade of predictions, forecasts and trends for the coming year to give you a bit of help. Should you factor them into your plans or dismiss them as just so much seasonal industry buzz? Here are a few rules-of-thumb to help you get the most from this year's forthcoming crop.More

Federal Reserve: Economy Continues Modest to Moderate Expansion
Modern Distribution Management
The economy continued to expand at a modest to moderate pace from early October through mid-November, according to the latest Beige Book from the Federal Reserve. Activity in the New York, Cleveland, Richmond, Atlanta, St. Louis, Minneapolis and Dallas districts grew at a moderate pace, while Philadelphia, Chicago, Kansas City and San Francisco cited modest growth. Boston reported that economic activity continued to expand.More