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As 2014 comes to a close, WERC would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of WERC Watch, a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 8.


Developing dashboards: The right data for warehouse managers
Ken Ackerman
From July 10: Like the dashboard on your car, your business system should be designed to provide the essential information that warehouse managers must have in order to know exactly how their operation is performing. But many systems are "data rich, information poor," also known as DRIP. Because so much information is available on contemporary warehouse management systems, some managers cannot resist the temptation to put far more metrics in a warehouse dashboard then you will find in the dashboard on your car.
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How to build a respectful workplace
D. Albert Brannen
From Aug. 21: There is honor and dignity in work. Successful employers understand this axiom and build workplaces in which their employees are respected. As a result, they experience lower employee turnover, less employment-related litigation and fewer problems caused by meddling unions. Their employees also are happier and more productive. This article outlines 10 tips for building a respectful workplace and reaping these benefits.
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Managing the inventory in your warehouse
Ken Ackerman
From Aug. 7: There is a difference between inventory management and inventory control. Every warehouse manager is responsible for control, which means that the physical inventory matches the book, and the status reports are always accurate. Inventory management the process of deciding how much of each SKU should be placed in the warehouse. When certain items have stayed in the warehouse for years, and others are frequently out of stock, these are signs that inventory management is inadequate.
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10 negative employee behaviors that undermine success
Greg L. Alston
From May 8: As managers, we expect the best behavior from each member of our team all the time. We fully expect our workgroups to be constructive and positive. We expect each member to contribute to a professional environment every day. But in the real world of business, how do you know when someone is damaging the success of your enterprise? How do you know when to cut someone some slack or terminate their employment? These are the 10 major negative behaviors that simply cannot be tolerated in a productive workplace.
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Automation and innovation in the warehouse
Ken Ackerman
From May 15: Full automation of materials handling in a warehouse exists only in the imagination of the technocrat. Just as the perfectly safe airplane is too heavy to fly, the fully automated warehouse is too expensive to buy and usually too risky to operate. An inverse correlation exists between mechanization and flexibility. There have been many instances of conveyor systems being sold for scrap because there was no resale market for this specialized equipment. Today, robotics and improved warehouse management systems are now enabling an increase in automation with systems that have reasonable flexibility.
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Designing tomorrow's distribution centers today
Ken Ackerman
From Oct. 30: At a time when the warehousing industry is relatively prosperous, it is natural for operators to be working on acquisition of new facilities and/or expansion of old ones. Your expansion could either be a construction project or the adaptation of an existing building to meet both today's and tomorrow's needs. Designing a new warehouse starts with an understanding of what goes on inside. Few businesses can assume that a wrongly sized building can be corrected by growth or by renting or subletting temporary space.
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Improve your warehouse by using what you already have
Ken Ackerman
From June 26: The process of warehousing is essentially a management of space and time. We improve this process by optimizing the use of available space, and then developing ways to handle more material in less time. Other features can also be valuable, including improvement of housekeeping, reduction of damage and an enhancement of accuracy in shipping and receiving. However, space and time management remain the fundamental starting points. Before we spend excessive time and money committing to high-tech applications, why don't we find ways to better use the things that we have right now?
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5 safety tips for your warehouse
Mandy Gardner
From Jan. 30: Warehouse management is a multifaceted industry whose success relies on many different elements, such as leadership, management software, architecture and warehouse layout. To make sure that your warehouse is as safe and hazard-free as possible, you should implement a few different systems that will bolster the overall safety rating of your building. The following warehouse safety tips will show you how to manage various elements in your warehouse so that productivity is as high as it should be, and accidents and worker's compensation costs are as low as possible.
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Making hard decisions: When leaders should say yes and no
Scott Steinberg
From July 17: Self-help gurus and motivational speakers worldwide will tell you that "yes" is an empowering word, and indeed it is. "Yes" opens doors and breaks down barriers. "Yes" gets people to step outside of their comfort zone and try new things that help open their minds to new philosophies and perspectives. But "no" is also a powerful word, and one that we all need to employ more in both our personal and professional lives. Here are a few reasons should you get to know it better.
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Benefits of going green in the warehouse
Tracy Stevens
From Feb. 20: Going green or lean in your warehouse by streamlining processes and introducing cost-saving initiatives can bring many benefits. To stay competitive and be on the leading edge, going green is a win-win process. Encourage your employees to develop a green mindset. Offer incentives and rewards for workers who come up with innovative and green solutions for the workplace. Here are some steps to take to make your warehouse more energy efficient, resulting in a smaller carbon footprint.
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