ASA Insights
Dec. 23, 2010

Increasing Profitability on Robust Revenue Growth in November
American Supply Association
ASA members have reported growth for the seventh consecutive month, showing a 7.9 percent improvement in per-workday revenues during the month of November 2010 as compared to the same month in 2009, and down only 11.1 percent against 2008. The plumbing, heating and pipe, valve and fitting distributors are now ahead of last previous year to date by 2 percent on a per-day basis. As there was one more workday in November 2010 than in 2009 and two more than 2008, the raw monthly revenues for the industry members were up 12.7 percent for the month vs. 2009, and down only 1.7 percent as compared to two years ago.More

Essentials of Profitable Warehouse Operations© Workshops in Northeast Scheduled for February
American Supply Association
The ASA Education Foundation has scheduled three Essentials of Profitable Warehouse Operations© workshops in its 2011 lineup of educational programs. In collaboration with ASA regional affiliate Wholesalers Association of the North East, these full-day workshops now will be offered in Philadelphia on Feb. 22, Syracuse, N.Y., on Feb. 23, and Westborough (Boston), Mass., on Feb. 24.More

Frustration on Senate's Failure to Act on Energy Policy May Pave Way for 'Clean Energy Standard'
Greenwire via The New York Times
As the Senate slogs through the final days of this session, Democrats feel great frustration over the failure to pass major energy legislation — leaving them open to consider backing a once-balked-at Republican proposal for a clean energy standard early next year. "Boy, it will be a major disappointment if this Congress shuts down at the end of this year without having done anything on energy, anything of consequence," retiring Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., said earlier this month. Democratic senators blazed into the 111th Congress two years ago with bold plans to pass sweeping climate and energy bills, but those plans eventually fizzled.More

Florida Study Calls For Trade, Logistics Investment
The Daily Record
The Florida Chamber Foundation released its Florida Trade and Logistics Study, identifying the potential to create 143,000 jobs. "This comprehensive study highlights the importance of investing in Florida's trade and logistics future," said Al Stimac, president of the Manufacturers Association of Florida. "This investment is essential to Florida becoming a major global competitor and job creator," he said. The study was commissioned by the foundation in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation and other public and private organizations. The Florida chamber advocates taking action to double Florida-origin exports in five years and achieving economic diversification.More

Terry Shafer Named New Executive Director for NCWA
American Supply Association
NCWA is pleased to announce that Terry Shafer of PipeLine Management has been named executive director. Shafer will assume duties Jan. 1, when Dan Schlosser retires. Shafer also will continue to serve as executive vice president of Southern Wholesalers Association, a position he has held for approximately six years. The NCWA board conducted a search this summer and interviewed four candidates in early November. Schlosser will work with Shafer in a consulting role for six months to ensure a smooth transition.More

Report: Harmful Chemical Found in Tap Water of 31 US Cities
CNN
Millions of Americans in at least 31 U.S. cities could be drinking tap water contaminated with the harmful chemical hexavalent chromium, according to a report released by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group. While the dangerous carcinogen, otherwise known as chromium-6, may sound foreign to most people, perhaps the name Erin Brockovich will ring a bell. After chromium-6 was discovered in the water supply of Hinkley, Calif., Brockovich helped bring about a lawsuit that ultimately ended in 1996 with the utility company, Pacific Gas & Electric, paying more than $330 million in damages.More