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April 5, 2018

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Low Inventory Intensifies Housing Demand in 2018
National Association of Home Builders
NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz reports A lack of existing home inventory continues to drive growth for residential construction and sustain strong home-builder confidence — now hovering near a two-decade high. Current inventory levels represent only a 3.4 months’ supply, which is pushing up prices for homes and intensifying the demand for construction activity.
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Truck Driver Salaries Rising on Surging Freight Demand
The American Trucking Associations, a trade group that represents fleet owners, said annual truck-driver salaries rose between 15% and 18% from 2013 to 2017, with growth varying based on the type of fleet and the nature of the routes. The pay increases and tight capacity are hitting retailers and distributors with higher shipping costs.
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A Grade above the Rest
Energy Metals, Inc.
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Compensation Programs to Attract & Retain the Best Employees
American Supply Association
Several wholesalers from across the U.S. have completed the survey questionnaire for the 2018 Executive & Employee Compensation Survey, including companies in the PHCP and industrial PVF wholesale-distribution channel. Whether making comparisons between your company’s practices and others in the same industry or market or another territory in which you seek to expand, this biennial survey and report represents the most recent and detailed look at compensation and benefits for wholesaler-distributors throughout the U.S. Participating ASA members will receive a copy of the final report in exchange for having completed the survey questionnaire - at no fee. April 13th is the participation deadline. LEARN MORE
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Many Valves... Once Source

Boshart Industries offers a wide selection of valves for the plumbing, heating, industrial, irrigation and water systems markets. Available in materials such as brass, no lead brass, stainless, PVC and chrome plated. All Boshart Industries valves are marked with size and service ratings for easy identification and installation. Learn more

Time to Check Your Pulse
American Supply Association
Each month, ASA partners with Industry Insights and ITR Economics to compile data from wholesaler members that provides a snapshot on industry performance as well as how it relates to the broader economy. The value of this report is directly related to the number of wholesaler firms that contribute data each month - the greater the number of respondents, the more comprehensive and useful is the report and accompanying analysis. The participation deadline for wholesaler members to submit data for the March report is April 11th. Learn more about this FREE and EXCLUSIVE benefit that ASA members frequently use when making key decisions.
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Data Collection Underway for Annual OPR
American Supply Association
For more than 35 years, ASA’s annual Operating Performance Report (OPR) has been a customized, easy-to-understand and actionable solution that helps owners and managers to quickly evaluate operating results, identify profit leaks and measure employees’ productivity. One reason why is because the OPR helps you to find clarity in a sometimes overwhelming sea of information. Participating wholesalers need to submit data by June 1st and can expect to receive their company-customized and full-industry reports on or before July 13th. LEARN MORE
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Inventory Management for Distributors
American Supply Association
May 3-4, 2018              Four Points by Sheraton Chicago O’Hare

Inventory is the largest cash asset in distribution. Are your inventory managers equipped to take on that responsibility? In this two day seminar by The Distribution Team, participants will learn to drive net profit through time tested inventory management practices. This isn’t just a purchasing seminar. We cover topics that touch the warehouse, sales, finance and logistics. We guarantee that participants will walk away with at least 30 profit generating ideas.

ASA members receive 5% discount on registration by using the code ASA.


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ASAU Online Course of the Week
HOLDRITE has an exciting offering for learners in ASA-U! Any learner who completes all of the HOLDRITE course offerings by June 30, 2018, will automatically receive a bonus $50 BlueBucks bonus upon completion and will be entered to win a drawing for $500 BlueBucks. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to extend your learning. Enroll today!

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