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A Banner Year for ASA
American Supply Association
Watch your mail for ASA's 2013 Year in Review. This annual report shares how ASA keeps its members ahead of the curve and advances the successes of the industry. Copies are being mailed this week to the ASA membership. View the electronic version.
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ASA to Receive Storehouse of World Vision's 'Partner of the Year' Honors at KBIS
American Supply Association
ASA will receive the Storehouse of World Vision's "Partner of the Year" honors during the group's 14th Annual Crystal Vision Awards Breakfast, to be held from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5, during KBIS in Las Vegas. "ASA is proud to be receiving the Storehouse's 'Partner of the Year' honor," said ASA Executive Vice President Mike Adelizzi. "The Storehouse makes a valiant effort to work with children and families worldwide to tackle the causes of poverty and injustice. ASA will continue to support their efforts to help these individuals reach their full potential." Please click here or contact Efraim Perez Jr. for more details on next month's awards presentation and for more information on the Storehouse of World Vision.
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'Showrooming' to Highlight KBIS Breakfast Event
American Supply Association
Showroom Managers — How do you stop potential customers from walking out the door? Learn how to fight the growing "showrooming" trend and actually embrace ways to overcome it. Attend ASA's Showroom Managers Networking Council Breakfast, to be held Thursday, Feb. 6, at the Bellagio during KBIS 2014 in Las Vegas. A panel of industry experts will be on hand to share information on how to tackle these and other challenges facing your business. Contact Ruth Mitchell at 630-467-0000, ext. 210, for more information.
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    Comprehensive Training Track for Your Purchasing Agent
ASA University offers many role-based training tracks for ASA members in ASAU Online. The Purchasing Agent Training Track has been built around key competency areas as identified by experts in the industry and includes complete training curricula mapped specifically to these areas: analytical, decision-making, negotiation, building strategic working relationships, planning and organizing work, business skills, and professionalism. READ MORE

Beschloss: Is Solar Energy a Serious Threat to Conventional Electric Utilities' Power Usage?
The Desert Sun
While most of the concern relating to electric utilities has been increasing worry over a lagging national infrastructure, whose upgrading and repair have been delayed for decades, the impact of ever-cheaper solar panels, especially imports from China, and long-term installation loans by electric power providers, have begun to cut into conventional utility demand. Part of this generosity by utility services systems is based on mandated supplemental power generation targets, imposed by federal initiatives.
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Titanium vs. Tungsten: Which is the Most Resistant to Corrosion?
By Sasha Viasasha
Steel has ruled the world for two centuries because it's relatively cheap and tough, but there are times when steel is just not tough enough. Recently, a full variety of custom-designed alloys has come to light — original ceramic composites and nanofabricated materials, like carbon nanotubes, that have been engineered to withstand specific pressures or environments. However, when engineers need to deploy the overall strongest metal to handle a wide range of stressors and corrosive threats, there are only two serious contenders: titanium and tungsten.
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    Business Groups Reassert Need to Level Playing Field (American Supply Association)
Beschloss: Has 'Europeanization' of America's Workforce Ratio Endangered Future of US Economic Growth? (The Desert Sun)
Copper Drops With Base Metals as China Data Fuel Demand Concern (Bloomberg)
2014 Resolution: Make More Money and Lose Less (By Scott Wolfe)

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Manufacturers are Leaving China, But Where are They Headed?
Industrial Distribution
Seeing China's manufacturing sector shrink is a trend that excites Americans, although it may not actually alleviate much of the pressure around a U.S. unemployment rate of 7.3%. The reality, according to many experts, is that the phenomenon is more one of nearshoring than reshoring, as many of these businesses — along with their jobs — head to Mexico.
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What Workers Want in a Job
By Mel Kleiman
When an employee quits, most managers take it personally — and for good reason. For more than 20 years, employee exit interview research has been telling us the No. 1 reason the best people leave is because they feel they are being poorly managed. Whether you're recruiting managers or hourly employees, there are five specific things everyone wants from a job. If you can provide most or all of them, you'll be able to attract and retain the employees you deserve: the best.
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Construction December Jobless Rate Up as Industry Loses 16,000 Jobs
Mirroring the slowdown in construction volume in cold-weather months, the industry's December unemployment rate climbed to 11.4% from November's 8.6% as the industry shed 16,000 jobs. But last year also proved to be much better for the construction workforce than 2012, as the industry added an average of 10,000 jobs per month, according to the latest Department of Labor monthly employment figures.
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