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Leaders Are Made.
American Supply Association

For current and future leaders, the Master of Distribution Management (MDM) Certification Program is all about empowering candidates to be the best leader they can be for your company. The MDM Program provides you with the skills to learn and lead with confidence. The Program is flexible, which allows for any candidate to make it work with whatever time they have in their schedule. REGISTER NOW and receive a 10% discount off the entire program. LEARN MORE
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First Supply Hosts First-Term Representative
American Supply Association
Last week, First Supply's Joe Poehling hosted Congressman Glenn Grothman (R-WI) in his Sheboygan Gerhards Kitchen and Bath Store. Congressman Grothman was given a tour of the branch location, took questions from management and employees and offered his views on legislation such as health care reform and the outlook to finally passing legislation to level the playing field for brick-and-mortar businesses and their Internet competitors. "It was tremendously beneficial to give the Congressman the history of our family’s business and to show him the challenges that small businesses have in today's changing economy," said Poehling. ASA's members are encouraged to show off their successes and challenges first hand by inviting their representatives and staff for to visit their worksites, learn more. To see more of the congressman's visit, click here.
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Designing Crack-Resistant Pipe-Valve-Fitting
ASA Materials Market Digest©
Metallurgists at Arizona State University are researching how various metal alloys behave at the nanometer and atomic scales. They hope to bring about better corrosion- and stress-resistant cracking in the metals used in water and fossil fuel pipelines as well as components used in nuclear power plants and aircraft. While many of us will find this research humbling, it is good to know there are "brainiacs" hard at work trying to design better pipes. Log in to MY ASA for the August installment of ASA's Materials Market Digest©.
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    Your Business, Your Future: The Latest Manufacturing Technologies That Distributors Need to Know About
Your company has an individual that is responsible to govern and manage the supply chain function. Join us to review all of the latest technologies that a distributor needs to find new customers, provide better service and increase productivity in-house. From HR, CRM, and the Internet of Things to mobile apps, bar coding, inventory management, budgeting, forecasting and score carding, you will learn how these, and more of the latest and greatest technologies, are needed for every distributor to run their business profitably. Hosted by ASA's Operations and Logistics Council, the webinar will feature Gene Marks, and will take place Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 1 p.m. (Eastern) / 11 a.m. (Pacific). REGISTER NOW


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    Need a Brief Summary for New Employees on Wholesale Distribution?
Overview of Wholesale Distribution© provides distribution team members new to the wholesale distribution business with an overview of how the industry provides value, makes its money, serves its customers, and improves its operations. This 22-minute interactive online program provides an overview of the wholesale distribution business. READ MORE

BrassCraft Manufacturing's Excess Flow Valve (EFV)

Offering trusted products since 1946, BrassCraft Manufacturing is proud to announce the launch of an updated Excess Flow Valve (EFV) that conforms to the new industry standard. This updated product continues to provide an advanced solution to homeowners that helps protect against gas related fires and explosions. The valve is omni-directional (installs in horizontal, vertical up or vertical down) and has no parts that can wear, break or misalign over time. For more information go to
WAVE Exposed Flushometers
Putting control back in the hands of the user, flushometers with WAVE technology offer hygienic touchless operation on command. Activating only when a hand is waved directly in front of the flushometer, the sensor eliminates random flushing altogether. And by doing away with false actuations, WAVE technology provides water savings. More info
Stainless Steel Tank
Once you've chosen your Series 2200 or Series 1100 from InSinkErator, it's time for the tank. The Model SST-FLTR features a 2/3-gallon capacity, 35% more 200F water than its predecessor, and tool-free connections. More info


    "Having grown up in this industry, I enjoy supporting the future of it. Networking within ASA and utilizing all of its resources is invaluable to not only my company, but myself as an industry professional as well." – Jeff Worly, Worly Plumbing Supply, Inc.
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Network2015 Speaker Dirk Beveridge Talks About THE Industry Event!
American Supply Association

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Inventory Management for Distributors
The Distribution Team
This is an opportunity to get your arms around the largest cash asset in the organization. During this two-day session, you will be exposed to solid inventory management and operational strategies. This goes way beyond the purchasing and analyzing of inventory trends. We drive the whole process back to net profit. From the decision to buy to the segregation of customers you serve, everything affects the inventory asset. Our job is to open your eyes to the potential bottom line improvement. We guarantee that you will walk away with at least 30 ways to get a better return on your investment. The class is limited to the first 40 participants, so enroll quickly. Event takes place in Chicago, Nov. 5-6. Save $150 if you register before Oct. 16. REGISTER NOW
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Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss on USA Today
American Supply Association
This week's news: USA Dominated 2014 Total Energy Production (USA Today)

Want to read more from Beschloss? Click here to go to USA Today for a full archive of past articles.

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Companies that Invest in Employee Education Reap Multiple Benefits
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
How do you find and keep the right talent in today's competitive market? You develop it, say forward-thinking organizations that have found ways to invest in their employees' education and development in spite of the economy. They've found the return on investment to be worth it. In its goal to have a highly educated workforce, United Technologies Corp. celebrated an important milestone in 2011.
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Driver Shortage: What Warehouse Managers Should Do
By Ken Ackerman
For more than two years now, we have seen a growing discussion about the driver shortage problem, but relatively little about solutions. Most of the issues are motor carrier issues, and unless your company is involved in both trucking and warehousing, there is little you can do about these. However, as a warehouse operator, there are a number of things you can do to be sure the driver shortage does not impact your ability to be well served by common carriers.
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    Joel Becker Selected to Receive the Fred V. Keenan Lifetime Achievement Award (American Supply Association)
10 Best Jobs that Don't Require a College Degree (Kiplinger via Yahoo)
3 Tips to Staying Ahead in a Crowded Wholesale Distribution Industry (Industrial Distribution)
If You're Not Helping People Develop, You're Not Management Material (Harvard Business Review)
7 Ways to Improve Employee Development Programs (Harvard Business Review)

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