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PB Outlook: 25 Years of Plumbing Innovations
American Supply Association
ASA announces the publishing of the spring edition of PB Outlook, which has been distributed to 20,000 industry customers via the print publication along with an additional 50,000 potential viewers who subscribe to the NKBA weekly e-newsletter. PB Outlook is a quarterly publication of the American Supply Association and the Plumbing Division whose purpose is to provide industry customers with critical information. "One of ASA's strategic goals is to promote our association and members as a source of critical information invaluable to our customers' businesses. PB Outlook is a major component of us achieving this strategy," said ASA Executive Vice President, Michael Adelizzi. Read PB Outlook
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OPR Participation Deadline Extended Through June 20
American Supply Association
Understanding critical financial ratios and analyzing relative performance data means the difference between simply operating a business and truly excelling. ASA's Operating Performance Report represents the most complete, accurate and up-to-date comparative financial performance data and 20-year trends published anywhere about the PHCP and industrial PVF supply chain. This annual study is an easy-to-understand and actionable tool for wholesalers to evaluate operating results in order to pinpoint strengths and identify opportunities for improvement relative to a variety of different demographics. START NOW!
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Strong Push for Marketplace Fairness
American Supply Association
With the 2014 elections quickly coming, bringing an end to the 113th Congress, the window is closing for action on passing the Marketplace Fairness Act. That is why the Alliance for Main Street Fairness hosted nearly 75 small-business owners from across the country including those from ASA to advocate for its passage and to finally level the playing field between brick-and-mortar businesses and their Internet-only counterparts.
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Plenty of Face Time for Midwestern Channel Partners
American Supply Association
Last week, the Midwest Distributors Association (MwDA) hosted four hospitality and networking receptions throughout its 10-state region. According to Dave Poteete, MwDA President from M. Cooper Supply, "With sustained support from MwDA's Associate Members, these programs help industry veterans to quickly and easily involve the younger, promising people who represent the next generation of principals and managers in our businesses as well as leadership for our industry so that they cultivate the same camaraderie that we enjoy." Overall, nearly 100 attendees, representing over 40 different companies, participated in these receptions.
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    Is Your Warehouse Really a Model of Operational Excellence?
Essentials of Profitable Warehouse Operations© helps all employees learn about warehouse functions, safety and issues that affect profitability in a modern wholesale distribution warehouse. Beginning with an explanation of how the wholesale-distribution business works, the course introduces key members of the warehouse team and explains how they contribute to the operation. An in-depth treatment of the orderly and safe flow of materials from receiving through stocking, picking, packaging and delivery follows. The course wraps up with examples of how the warehouse employee can grow as a professional. READ MORE


    "Being a PVF manufacturer, it only makes good business sense to be a member of an association that represents all wholesalers and manufacturers in the industry. The value we obtain from networking at conferences, committee involvement, educational materials including PVF Outlook, and Washington news updates are of extreme value to our company."
— Larry Dildine, The Phoenix Forge Group

The Bet Every Distributor Must Make
Over 200,000 individuals have read the Forbes article, "Forbes Wholesale Slaughter: Bezos' $8 Trillion Bet," in just the last 40 days. The article rightfully caused quite a storm. More than ever wholesalers and distributors must think different, embrace change, and commit to creating a culture of innovation. There is certainly no magic bullet — but this white paper will help ASA members get started.
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Beschloss: Obsolescence, Fatal Pipeline Accidents Should Signal Need for Overall Upgrading
The Desert Sun
While the Obama administration dithers over the Trans-Canada Keystone oil pipeline, and refrains from a maximum infrastructure update/upgrade from piping systems that desperately need a national approach, increasing fatal accidents are attributable to massive fossil fuel (oil and natural gas) and electrical distribution systems that haven't been repaired in more than 50 years, and are suffering from partial disintegration.
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Why in the World Would Anyone Follow Caterpillar on Twitter?
Gene Marks, who will speak at NetworkASA, writes, "Did you know that more than 51,000 people follow @CaterpillarInc on Twitter? Who are these people? Don't they have anything better to do? Why would anyone care about the latest tweets from a boring company that makes boring farm equipment? You should. If you're a Caterpillar customer, employee, vendor, supplier or partner, you're not only interested in what's going on with the company. You're also interested in the industry. This is your community. These are your chosen people."
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New CFO for Infrared Tube Heating Maker Superior Radiant Products
Supply House Times
Superior Radiant Products recently appointed Mark Todd, CPA, CMA, as Chief Financial Officer. He is focused on maximizing the value of SRP through both financial knowledge and operational experience to ensure the operation is lean, flexible, responsive and drives to the needs of our customers.
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How to Attract Traffic to Your Website
By Mayur Kisani
It is important for businesses to have a website — and one that works on all devices. After you have your website for your business in place, it's time to think about how it can be used to grow your business. Think of your website as a billboard advertising your business and spreading your message. A website with zero traffic is like having a billboard that is not seen by anyone. So read on to know how to get your website in front of as many relevant visitors as possible, so it can help you grow your business.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    ASA Political Action Committee (American Supply Association)
More Than a Quarter of the House Pledges Support for LIFO (American Supply Association)
Construction Industry Looking to Turn a Corner (By Michael J. Berens)
New Jersey Lawmakers Introduce New Water Infrastructure Legislation (American Supply Association)
Beschloss: America's Distribution System — Unique Key to World Economic Leadership (The Desert Sun)

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