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Women in Industry to Meet in D.C.
American Supply Association
The ASA Women in Industry Spring Conference is a unique opportunity for women engaged in building a career in the PHCP and PVF industry to network and hear from dynamic speakers and subject matter experts on issues of importance to women. The focus of the conference is about providing women in the industry the opportunity to not only connect, but also to empower, inform, educate and engage. The event will be held in Washington, D.C., on April 15-17. It will be at the tail-end of ASA's Legislative Fly-In, so be sure to register for both events. REGISTER NOW
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Are your Employees Ready to Take their Training to the Next Level?
American Supply Association
The Master of Distribution Management Program is here to help guide employees to take the necessary steps to become the ultimate leader for an organization. The Program is a first of its kind Master's Certification Program with 100% Industry Focused, Comprehensive, and Multi-Format Education. Already have years of experience? Try the MDM Fast Track, and be on your way to receiving your MDM Certification within a year. There are 15 spots left for the 10% discount off of the MDM Program. Don't miss out! REGISTER NOW
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ASA Members Take to the Hill
American Supply Association
ASA will once again give its members a chance to take their voice to Capitol Hill at the annual Legislative Fly-In. This unique opportunity allows members of the PHCP and Industrial PVF industry to meet with key decision-makers in Washington and discuss the issues directly affecting their businesses and the industry as a whole. Attendees will be briefed on key issues, given the tools, and have appointments set to meet with government officials that represent their businesses and communities. ASA's Legislative Fly-In will take place April 14-15, 2015, in Washington, D.C. Do not miss out on the chance to have YOUR voice be heard. REGISTER NOW
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  Cast Iron Soil Pipe and Fittings

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    Do You Know the Difference Between a Fixture and Faucet?
Fixtures and Faucets© is a newly revised three-hour interactive, online program divided into eight modules. Each module is 20 minutes or less in length and includes definitions of common industry terms, descriptions of the major types of fixtures, and information on the supply and DWV fittings most commonly specified for the installation of these fixtures. READ MORE


    "Our industry is an important component of everyday life. With this in mind, we come together as a group to find solutions that are meaningful, sustainable and beneficial to improve the lives of people in a global manner." – Chris Capone, American Standard
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Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss on USA Today
American Supply Association
This week's news: Is Commodity Overproduction a Self-Defeating Phenomenon? (The Desert Sun)

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USW Union Workers Add 2 BP Refineries to Strike List
Oil & Gas Journal
Union workers at two BP PLC-owned refineries in Indiana and Ohio have joined the United Steelworkers union's unfair labor practice strike against the oil industry that began Feb. 1, after a breakdown in discussions with companies regarding collective bargaining agreements over pay, benefits, and health and safety standards
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4 Ways to Successfully Develop Employees Year-Round
Successful performance management for individual employees and the organization involves activities that ensure goals are met efficiently and effectively. It's an ongoing process essential to achieving the company mission that is much more than just an end-of-year performance review.
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West Coast Ports: Retail's $7 Billion Problem
Retailers' anxiety levels are rising as gridlock grinds on with contract negotiations between West Coast dockworkers and port terminal operators. It has been a long nine months for those dealing directly, or indirectly, with the lack of a West Coast port contract, and after a temporary shutdown over the weekend, retail lobby groups and consultants are assigning potential costs to the issue.
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Basics of Benchmarking for Warehouse Operations
Ken Ackerman
Just what is benchmarking? When, why and how might it be used? When should it not even be considered? And what are the alternatives to benchmarking? We would define benchmarking in warehousing as an examination of best practices in other warehouses, ideas that can and should be applied in your own operation.
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5 Challenges Which Hamper Supply Chain Flexibility
Supply Chain Digital
Inflexibility is the bane of an efficient supply chain. Ironically, the problem is often rooted in supply chain software that years ago was billed as delivering the flexibility that companies needed for fast and adaptable inventory and supplier management, distribution, sales, purchasing and manufacturing. Manufacturers and distributors have indeed gained important flexibility over the past two decades with implementations of ERP and other supply chain applications and the adoption of Six Sigma, Lean manufacturing, Kanban and other approaches.
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10 Packaging Line Pitfalls ... and How to Avoid Them
DC Velocity
The process of picking, packing and shipping an order consists of a series of steps that occur in a defined sequence. Whether that process is completed correctly and on time depends on how well each step is carried out. When automation is involved, an additional factor comes into play: Success also depends on how well the various pieces of equipment used in the process are integrated with each other.
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