News from the Construction Suppliers Association

April 26, 2017

Changing Retail Landscape Offers Food for Thought

Jim MoodyBy Jim Moody, CAE
CSA President

I don’t frequently listen to country music, but I do have a handful of country songs in the music library on my phone. One came up the other day, and it got me thinking about the current plight of retail.

“Little Man” by Alan Jackson has long been a favorite. It’s about the struggles of downtown businesses when larger chain retailers open up nearby, and people go there to save a dime. Specifically it’s about Newnan, Ga., which is about 20 minutes from CSA World Headquarters in Tyrone, and my wife's hometown. When I hear that song, I always think about my father-in-law, who owned a restaurant in downtown Newnan.

When this song came out in 1998, we were definitely at the height of big-box retail. Wal-Mart, Home Depot, PetSmart and many more were building stores at a rapid pace. And indeed, many downtowns across America suffered for it. It would have been hard to imagine those stores ever falling on hard times. READ MORE

Online Safety Training Offered to CSA Members at No Charge

If you are looking for an online safety training resource, take a look at Webnet Online Safety Training.   

Webnet is a Learning Management System available at no charge through your membership in CSA.  It offers 72 online safety training courses and focuses on individual training.

You can find Webnet as a new feature on the member side of the CSA website. Log into the website, go to the "Resources" tab and click on "Online Safety Training." CLICK HERE for quick access to the CSA website.

CLICK HERE for instructions on how to set up your user account with Webnet.

If you have any questions, please contact Victor Shell at [email protected].

Only a Few Days Left to Register for the CSA Safety Academy

The CSA Safety Academy, which starts next week, is a comprehensive, three-part program that focuses on three areas of safety training: OSHA 10 Course, Hazcom/Industrial Hygiene, and DOT, Safety & Alcohol Training. CSA Director of Safety and Transportation, Victor Shell will lead all three classes.

May 4-5 “OSHA 10 Course” in Tyrone, Ga.
Aug. 16-17 “Hazcom/Industrial Hygiene” in Tyrone, Ga.
Sept. 12-13 “DOT, Safety & Alcohol Training” in Savannah, Ga.

The OSHA 10 and Hazcom/Industrial Hygiene classes will be held at the CSA office in Tyrone, Ga. The DOT, Safety and Alcohol Training session will be held in conjunction with the CSA Annual Conference at the Westin Savannah.

Cost per workshop is $149 or bundle all three for $399.   READ MORE & REGISTER

Employees Late? Steps to Take.

Federated LogoQuestion: What is the best way to handle employees who are constantly or continually late to work?

Reponse: The best way to manage employees who are consistently tardy to work is through the use and enforcement of the employer's disciplinary action policy or other similar progressive disciplinary approach. An employer should keep in mind the importance of issuing consistent disciplinary action for similarly situated employees who exhibit similar policy infractions. READ MORE

What in the World is Causing the Retail Meltdown of 2017?

By Derek Thompson
The Atlantic

From rural strip-malls to Manhattan’s avenues, it has been a disastrous two years for retail.

There have been nine retail bankruptcies in 2017—as many as all of 2016. J.C. Penney, RadioShack, Macy’s, and Sears have each announced more than 100 store closures. Sports Authority has liquidated, and Payless has filed for bankruptcy. Last week, several apparel companies’ stocks hit new multi-year lows, including Lululemon, Urban Outfitters, and American Eagle, and Ralph Lauren announced that it is closing its flagship Polo store on Fifth Avenue, one of several brands to abandon that iconic thoroughfare.

A deep recession might explain an extinction-level event for large retailers. But GDP has been growing for eight straight years, gas prices are low, unemployment is under 5 percent, and the last 18 months have been quietly excellent years for wage growth, particularly for middle- and lower-income Americans. So, what the heck is going on? READ MORE

5 Leadership Failures that Contributed to the United Fiasco

By Brian Fielkow, Guest Writer

The internet is on fire with the recent United Airlines scandal in which a passenger was forcibly pulled off a plane after the airline had overbooked or oversold the flight. Following the event, United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz issued a statement to his employees, which was met with harsh criticism from the public.

People took to social media to express their opinions about how United mishandled the situation and vowed to never fly the airline again. In truth, in another week or two this whole matter will be forgotten and people will move on.

While this is fresh on our minds, let’s examine what occurred and determine how we can all learn from it. As business leaders, we’re all subject to analogous leadership failures in our companies. Our failures may not be in the public eye but none of us is immune. Now is the time to understand the lessons we can learn from this event because we’re all vulnerable.  READ MORE


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