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June 17: ASA COVID-19 Economic Impact Webinar, Part 6

Now that we are a little more than a month into the recovery and we have started to see some improving economic statistics, can we confidently assert we are finally in recovery mode? What can we expect to happen now, and what will the end of the year look like? Is it too early to assert a “new normal?” Join ASA Chief Economist Dr. Chris Kuehl for this free ASA COVID-19 Recovery economic impact webinar.

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June 10: ASA COVID-19 Town Hall Series NAHB’s Jerry Howard answers ASA member questions

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May 18: ASA COVID-19 Distributor Town Hall No. 10, ASA President Bill Glockner: Get in the Game!

ASA’s Mike Miazga chats with ASA President Bill Glockner (president and CEO of Hirsch Pipe & Supply) about a variety of subjects on the latest installment of the ASA Town Hall interview series. Listen to their discussion.


May 14: ASA COVID-19 Economic Impact Webinar, Part 5

In case you missed it, ASA Chief Economist Dr. Chris Kuehl conducted part 5 of his COVID-19 economic impact webinar series. Listen to the webinar here.


May 8: COVID-19 Survey Shows Mixed Results

ASA business intelligence partner, Industry Insights, recently released findings from its third COVID-19 survey, which includes responses from ASA member companies. The overall survey includes more than 900 respondents in 28 client sectors with questions ranging from staff reductions to supply chain disruptions to thoughts on corporate travel going forward. See the summary here.


May 7: ASA Town Hall Interview: The Manufacturing Story 

ASA’s Mike Miazga talks to ASA member manufacturers Bill Gray (President, Uponor North America), Bob Williams (President, McGuire Mfg. Co.) and Brian DiVincenzo (President, Wholesale/Commercial, Oatey Co.) about how their companies are navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic. Listen to their discussion.


April 30: ASA COVID-19 Economic Impact Webinar, Part 4

In case you missed it, ASA chief economist Dr. Chris Kuehl conducted part 4 of his COVID-19 economic impact webinar series. Listen to the webinar here.


April 30: ASA Distributor Town Hall Interview: A Conversation with Hajoca President and CEO Rick Fantham

ASA’s Mike Miazga talks with Hajoca President and CEO, and former ASA President Rick Fantham about a variety of COVID-19-related topics. Listen to their discussion.


April 30: OSHA, EEOC Release Updated - COVID-19 Workplace Practices

ASA human resources partner SESCO suggests employers start preparing now for variables related to reopening businesses coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic. SESCO passes along updated guidance from both OSHA and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission regarding COVID-19 and its effects on workplace practices.


April 28: ASA Distributor Town Hall Interview: The Showroom Story

ASA’s Mike Miazga talks to a pair of ASA member distributors about how their showroom businesses are coping with and adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic. Central Arizona Supply’s Jeremy Smith and Sandpiper Supply’s Christy Ellis lend their insight and expertise into a number of showroom-related topics. Listen to their discussion here.


April 22: ASA Distributor Town Hall Interview: The PVF Industry

ASA’s Mike Miazga chats with ASA Industrial Piping Division members Brian Tuohey (The Collins Companies) and Kip Miller (Eastern Industrial Supplies) about how they are adjusting day-to-day operations during the pandemic. Listen to their discussion.


April 17: ASA Transportation Town Hall Interview

ASA’s Mike Miazga sits down with Transportation Insight’s John Richardson and Rick Brumett, a pair of transportation industry gurus, to get their thoughts and opinions on everything transportation and shipping related during the COVID-19 pandemic. Listen to their discussion.


April 17: Survey - Part 2: ASA Members React to COVID-19 Crisis

The American Supply Association, in conjunction with business intelligence partner Industry Insights, conducted a second survey of ASA member companies on a variety of topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey was part of a large-scale Industry Insights initiative that queried more than 30 associations spanning an assortment of industries. More than 1,500 responses to the survey were received, including those of ASA member companies. See the Executive Summary of this survey here.

The survey follows up on a previous field study several weeks ago, and this time digs deeper into the business-related effects of the pandemic, including staff reductions and applying for government assistance, plus how companies plan to react going forward and their predictions on when business conditions will return to pre-COVID-19 levels. The results from ASA participants can be found here.


April 16: ASA Distributor Town Hall Interview

ASA’s Mike Miazga talks to ASA members Jay Hults (Progressive Plumbing Supply), John Howe (American Pipe & Supply) and Joe Poehling (First Supply) about best practices and day-to-day operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Listen to their discussion.


April 16: ASA Covid-19 Economic Impact Webinar, Part 3

In case you missed it, ASA chief economist Dr. Chris Kuehl conducted part 3 of his COVID-19 economic impact webinar series. Listen to the webinar here.


April 14: ASA COVID-19 Manufacturers Rep Town Hall

ASA’s Mike Miazga presents another ASA COVID-19 Town Hall interview, this time focusing on the manufacturers representative segment of the PHCP-PVF supply chain. Mike’s guests are Carr Company’s Michael Hobbs, Tim Morales from Tim Morales and Associates and Brian Burke of Burke Agency. Click here to listen to their discussion.


April 10: Latest Pandemic Revenue Index Shows Further Decline

Indian River Consulting Group’s Pandemic Revenue Index dropped further for the week March 30-April 3. Full details here.


April 10: Successfully Navigating Your Business Through COVID-19

From Supply House Times sister publication, Plumbing & Mechanical, author David Boduch with a ton of tips related to business management during the pandemic.


April 9: ASA Distributor Town Hall Interview

ASA’s Mike Miazga chats with Coburn Supply’s Patrick Maloney, Mid-City Supply’s Dan New and Plumbers and Factory Supplies’ Chris Reynolds on topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic and how it has affected the day-to-day business operations of their companies. Listen to their discussion.


April 9: ASA Covid-19 Economic Impact Webinar, Part 2

In case you missed it, ASA chief economist Dr. Chris Kuehl conducted part 2 of his COVID-19 economic impact webinar series. Turning the Corner: By this point, some of the issues will have been clarified. Either the virus is starting to fade due to the arrival of warmer weather or the imposition of the restrictions or it hasn't. The immediate economic blow will have been landed and now the focus is on survival. Listen to the webinar here.


April 8: Sales Transformation in the Age of COVID-19

MDM has released a free whitepaper “Inside Sales Transformation in the Age of COVID-19” that explores the top sales challenges that wholesale distributors are facing in the digital age and shows how companies can shift over to a more meaningful, engaging sales model focused on the customer. To download the whitepaper, click here.


April 8: Concerns Mount About Supply Chain Disruptions

Sales and marketing firm AFFLINK delves into supply chain disruption during the pandemic and asks distributors if they have a Plan B in place? Read more about it here.


April 7: ASA COVID-19 Small Business Financial Best Practices with Gene Marks

American Supply Association CFO, Aaron Scheiwe is joined by longtime ASA friend Gene Marks of The Marks Group to discuss a number of critical financial topics and relief programs related to small businesses operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch their discussion here.


April 7: 3 Mistakes That Will be Made This Week During Virtual Interactions

From past Women in Industry guest speaker Stacey Hanke, here are 3 mistakes that will be made this week during virtual interactions. To watch Stacey’s video, click here.


April 6: Social Distancing Doesn't Mean Business Distancing

Longtime industry friend Jim Nowakowski of Interline Creative Group shared his most recent blog. Here are Jim’s six tips that you can do now digitally to help your business through these disruptive times.


April 3: Dodge Momentum Index Eases Back in March

The Dodge Data & Analytics Momentum Index is a leading indicator of construction spending. The March index fell to 146.5 from 147.4 in February. The index is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which has been shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year. Dodge cautions the March number is no indication yet on how the pandemic will affect the construction industry long-term. Check out all the details here.


April 3: ASA Covid-19 Economic Impact Webinar, Part 1

In case you missed it from earlier in the week, ASA chief economist Dr. Chris Kuehl conducted a COVID-19 economic impact webinar that touched on many subjects related to the pandemic and how it is affecting businesses. Listen to the webinar here.


April 2: ASA Distributor Town Hall Interview

Leading distributors gather to discuss how they are handling this crisis within their companies. Listen in on their discussion.


April 2: Distributors and COVID-19: What it Means to Move During a Crisis

ActVantage’s Pradip Krishnadevarajan offers plenty of advice for how distributors can emerge out of the COVID-19 pandemic even stronger by using a patience-to-panic ratio. Learn more.


March 31: 3 Tips to Manage and Lead From Afar

VIDEO: Stacey Hanke, an ASA Women in Industry ELEVATE past guest speaker, checks in with some tips on how to manage and lead from afar during the COVID-19 crisis. Watch the video.


March 30: 5 Tips for Communications During the Coronavirus Crisis

From longtime industry PR/marketing guru Matt Sonnhalter, the importance of maintaining a calm, collected brand voice and keeping the channels of communication open with customers and team members. Learn more.


March 25: ASA Member COVID-19 Survey: The Full Results

The American Supply Association took part in a 25-association survey covering a multitude of industries pertaining to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. View the ASA-specific full data tables and compare to the overall 25-association data tables. Both documents are downloadable. The survey was conducted by ASA business intelligence partner Industry Insights.


March 25: COVID-19: Impact on the Plumbing Industry

BNP Media’s Plumbing Group, which includes Supply House Times, the longtime official publication of ASA, takes a deeper look into the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the PHCP-PVF supply chain. Learn more.


March 24: COVID-19 Impact on Businesses: A Statistical Breakdown

American Supply Association members were part of a multi-industry survey related to the COVID-19 outbreak, and it’s immediate impacts on the business climate. ASA business intelligence partner Industry Insights, which conducted the survey, breaks down the results here across all industries. Read about ASA-specific results.


March 23: COVID-19 Best Practices from ASA IPD Member Galloup 

Some COVID-19 best practices from ASA IPD member Galloup (Kendall Group). ASA encourages our members to share their employee and customer best practices in these challenging times here on the ASA Facebook page.


March 20: Survey: ASA Members React to COVID-19 Crisis

ASA along with business intelligence partner Industry Insights recently conducted a survey of ASA member companies related to the COVID-19 virus. The ASA component is part of a larger sample size of 25 trade associations from industries such as manufacturing, distribution and retail. The results on the ASA end show the virus outbreak already has caused direct financial impact to businesses.


March 20: COVID-19 Distribution and Improvisation Measures

Supply House Times columnist and longtime industry consultant Bruce Merrifield offers 7 innovative tips to use in your business during these uncertain times.


March 18: The Unprecedented Disruption of COVID-19: What Distributors Should Do Next

From our friends at Supply House Times and Indian River Consulting Group, here are 4 critical steps distributors need to take now to strengthen their positions during the COVID-19 crisis.

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