Essentials Courses

Essentials, ASA University's flagship brand, is comprised of separate and distinct courses, each targeting specific areas of a typical wholesale distribution business. By focusing on the ultimate goal of improving profitability, these courses provide the critical message about the value of each member of the wholesale distributor's team.

Most Essentials courses are available online or in book format. The Essentials courses contain self-grading end-of-chapter quizzes, a glossary, and a final exam. In addition, the online versions of the courses contain learning games, engaging activities, and audio narration.

Essentials of How Wholesaler-distributors Make Money©

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Course Description:  Essentials of How Wholesaler-Distributors Make Money© explains how a wholesaler-distributor makes money, how that money is spent, and what it takes to stay in business.  This interactive course examines some of the basic components of wholesaler-distributor economics. 

Runtime:  0.5 Hours 

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain why wholesaler-distributors must make money—and a profit—to remain healthy and stay in business
  • Describe how to calculate gross margin, gross margin dollars, and mark-up
  • Explain the basic components of the income statement
  • Describe how to calculate the “bottom line” of a business 

Online System Requirements:
For the best experience, we recommend using Google Chrome. Adobe Flash recommended. 












Eligible for the Karl E. Neupert Endowment donor discount.



Member Fee:$40.00
Non-Member Fee:$70.00

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