ASA Insights
Dec. 9, 2010

New Leadership Announced for the ASA Education Foundation
American Supply Association
The ASA Education Foundation is pleased to announce the 2011 Board of Trustees. Led by President Mark Hanley of Hajoca Corp., President-Elect Joe Maiale of InSinkErator and Treasurer John Mills of WHCI Plumbing Supply Co., the ASAEF Board of Trustees is responsible for the setting the direction and overseeing project and program progress throughout the year. The board is made up of members of the industry representing distributors, manufacturers and independent manufacturer representatives.More

ISM Manufacturing Report Shows Strong Growth in November for 16th Straight Month
Modern Materials Handling
The manufacturing sector remained on solid footing in November, according to the Institute for Supply Management. ISM's Manufacturing Report on Business stated that the index ISM uses to measure the manufacturing sector — also known as the PMI — was 56.6 percent in November, which was a 0.3 percent difference from October. Any reading that is 50 or better represents economic growth, and November represents the 16th consecutive month that the PMI is more than 50, along with the fact that the overall economy has been on a growth track for 19 straight months.More

ASA Safety Committee Offers 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

Manufacturing Requires Game-Changing IT Ideas
Manufacturing Business Technology
CPG manufacturers and their suppliers face unprecedented market challenges. Market feedback indicates that the three most important attributes manufacturers are looking for are the ability to integrate with financial reporting systems, scalability and the ability to address specific pain points with an affordable investment model. Tight margins, complex and increasing consumer demands, energy management, raw material costs and regulatory compliance are some of the issues that affect their profitability. These issues will continue to be challenging as the demands of consumers in mature CPG markets increase in sophistication and expectations.More

ASA Executive Committee Ensures Association's Relevance
American Supply Association
How many businesses in the PHCP and PVF industry expanded their operations during the economic upheaval during the last several years? A few visionary companies invested and expanded their efforts, with a desire to emerge stronger, more influential, and command a larger share of their market. ASA followed this formula and expanded its operations during the past few years in a concerted effort to provide greater value and relevance across the broad spectrum of members. Throughout it all, the ASA Executive Committee has met on a regular basis to oversee this rapid expansion of programs and services. The Executive Committee recently met for two days in Chicago to map out ASA's budget for the 2011 fiscal year as well as to lay a preliminary budget for 2012.More

Study: Value of ERP Systems Could Be Enhanced by Embedding Social Media Functions
IFS via SupplyChainBrain
A study of more than 260 manufacturing executives released by IFS North America indicates that social media will affect enterprise software used by mid- to large-sized manufacturers and industrial companies. Interest in what IFS is calling Enterprise 2.0, which marries enterprise resources planning with social media functionality is real, the company says. However, study data suggest that integration of ERP with existing social media tools available online is of limited value. Instead, executives saw more value in ERP that mirrored the functionality of social media sites like Twitter and Facebook in order to streamline internal communication.More