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MwDA Tourney Enjoys Continued Success
American Supply Association

Representatives from InSinkErator present the foursome from Bornquist with the prize for First Place.

MwDA held its 10th Annual Fall Classic Golf Tournament at Grand Geneva Resort on Sept. 22. Against the backdrop of the challenging Highlands course and perfect fall weather, players and guests representing 33 different distributors, manufacturers and manufacturers' reps. couldn't have had a more enjoyable time together. Also, more than $1,100 was raised to benefit Operation Rise & Conquer and the Adaptive Sports Center. The association's next event will be the Annual Meeting & Fall Industry Dinner Nov. 3 at Ditka's Restaurant in Oak Brook Terrace, Illinois. MwDA proudly represents Region 2 of ASA. LEARN MORE
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    Are You Hiring the Right People?
On Oct. 8 at 10 a.m. CST, Doug Dillon, Director of Professional Development at ASA Education Foundation, will be giving the first of three FREE webinars for ASA members. If you weren't able to attend Doug's session during NetworkASA 2014, or even if you were there, these three 30-minute webinars give an in-depth understanding of all the elements. The first webinar is about job descriptions and assessments that will help you to know that you are hiring the right person for the job with the qualities to meet your company goals. READ MORE

Eyewash & Shower Station Safety, Rules & Regulations
Join us for a FREE webinar provided by Bradley Corporation, 1 p.m. CST Oct. 8. Presented by Ryan Pfund, Product Manager, Emergency Fixtures with Bradley, attendees will learn what they need to know when using eyewash stations in their worksites, including: emergency response job assessment, proper water temperature, and types of equipment. Bradley Corporation, located in Menomonee Falls, WI, is a USGBC & ISEA member and manufacturer of locker room products, plumbing fixtures, washroom accessories and emergency fixtures. Space is limited. REGISTER NOW

Hanes Brands Executive to Discuss Mentoring with Women in Industry
Annamarie S. D'Souza, VP HR, Global C&B, HRIM and Corp Admin for Hanes Brands Inc., will discuss "Advancing Your Career Through Mentoring" during ASA's Women in Industry Division webinar at 3 p.m. CST Oct. 21. Annamarie will provide Division members advice on career goals and advancement strategies, how to speed up the learning process involving technical as well as social-managerial skills and increase their visibility and exposure in the workplace. Division members will also learn encouragement and confrontation techniques as well as other vital mentoring "skills for success." This webinar is open to all ASA Women in Industry Division members and is FREE of charge. Please contact ASA at 630-467-0000 or for registration details. Webinar login credentials will be provided upon registration.


    Do your Employees Need a Basic Overview of Residential Water Processing?
Residential Water Processing© provides basic information only and does not prepare employees to diagnose complex water problems. Definitions of common industry terms, descriptions of the major types of system components and other information to help employees serve customers more effectively are provided. READ MORE


    "I believe ASA 'is' the industry. It is the place to go to for support and value to grow your plumbing or PVF business for any independent. We take great value in the Education, Advocacy, Networking and the endless opportunities ASA has to offer our company."Ryan Tracy, Dakota Supply Group
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Irr Supply Centers Sesquicentennial
American Supply Association
This year, Irr Supply Centers Inc. is celebrating its 150th anniversary. On Sept. 28, a gala event was held for employees and select guests at the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum in Buffalo, New York. When asked about the company's enduring success, Bill Irr, Sr., a colleague and mentor well-respected by so many in our industry said, "We always have fun!" Founded in 1864, Irr Supply Centers is a leading distributor of PHCP and refrigeration products with 28 locations throughout Upstate New York and northern Pennsylvania. LEARN MORE
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Five Reasons to Become an Innovative Distributor at UnleashWD
American Supply Association
It's a frightfully familiar scenario. Smart, motivated people attend a conference, and from the very start, they think to themselves: "Haven't I heard this before?" They are glad they went. It was good to see old friends and to support the industry. But on the flight home one final thought emerges, "These conferences are like sitting at my grandfather's dinner table." UnleashWD — the only innovation summit for distributors — is different, and there are five reasons you should register today as the 28-day countdown to the summit begins.
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Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss on USA Today
American Supply Association
This week's news: Mexico Cancels PEMEX Oil Industry's Nationalization, Reverses Shrinkage (The Desert Sun)

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

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RFID Inventory Tracking: A Hybrid Approach
Industrial Distribution
RFID technology has come a long way. Looking back 10 years, many companies who set out to deploy an RFID system often found that the technology itself "just wasn't there," and let their plans fall by the wayside. Today, as technology leaders gain a greater understanding of RFID and its capabilities, these same companies are giving RFID another try. As a result, the RFID market is at an all-time high and is prevalent in a wide range of industries.
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To Change Employee or Customer Behavior, Start Small
Harvard Business Review
Across industries, organizations can greatly benefit from making tiny changes in their processes to take into account how employees and customers really behave — including not liking being told what to do. Our research and that of others has discovered that even some small tweaks can have a big impact. For example, consider what Google does in its cafeterias to encourage employees to adopt healthier eating habits.
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Management by Asking Good Questions
Ken Ackerman
The concept of "management by wandering around," or MBWA, was created by David Packard of Hewlett-Packard. He believed that the best managers do not spend the majority of their time behind their desks; rather, they move around the factories and warehouses, talking to those working there, learning about their problems and ideas. Packard was convinced that the best leaders are those who recognize the importance of talking to the troops. He also recognized the importance of listening, discovering opportunities by hearing and considering the ideas of his workers and managers.
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New Manufacturing Facility Demonstrates MCFA's Commitment to Electric Vehicles, US Manufacturing
In mid-September, Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc. introduced its new electric pantograph reach truck, manufactured under the Jungheinrich brand, to 350 of its dealers at its annual dealer meeting in Houston. With that debut, the company's 10-month-old manufacturing facility, which is dedicated to electric forklifts, is now running at full production.
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PECO: When is a Pallet not a Pallet?
Supply Chain Managment Review
Pallets could be the ultimate supply chain commodity. Many users buy strictly on price, and will change suppliers to save a nickel — or about $25 a load. Used pallets regularly replace new, and second-rate used pallets are often a substitute for first rate used. Margins are low, customer demands are high.
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