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WERCouncil events
  • Jan. 11, Atlanta WERCouncil Safelite Facility Tour, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Jan. 18, Chicagoland WERCouncil FedEx Facility Tour, 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Jan. 18, NY/NJ/CT WERCouncil Aeropostale Tour, 3:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Jan. 19, Northern California Tony's Fine Foods Facility Tour, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
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    Managing value-added processing in your operation
    Modern Materials Handling    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Value-added processing is perhaps the toughest area to manage in most warehouses. Here we are talking about non-mainstream special packaging, compliance labeling, "rainbow" pallet building and other activities that are customer or promotional campaign-driven. With the exception of labeling to comply with customer bar code or RFID mandates, value-added activities tend to be cyclical with wide swings in volume that, at the high end, often require the hiring of temporary workers. (On bar coding and RFID, go with the global standards and apply the labels or tags as far back in your operations as possible to facilitate internal processing and tighten process integrity.) More

    Labor Productivity Success Story

    Read how Home Shopping Network used new productivity tools and technology in their distribution centers to improve fulfillment, reduce labor costs and boost productivity by more than 20% ─ and to recoup their project investment in just 15 months.
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    Globalization sharpens focus on supply chain visibility software
    Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The increase in the number of suppliers, customers, carriers and countries in today's global supply chains is changing the importance of collaborative synchronization between all parties, according to a new Chief Supply Chain Officer survey performed by Aberdeen Group. The survey collected data from 191 companies, 69 of which were discrete industry companies. Overall findings include the following. More

    10 packaging machinery trends for 2012
    Healthcare Packaging    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    With the North American economy beginning to show some positive signs, there is a pent-up demand for new packaging, new products, new acquisitions, and new technologies to increase packaging line productivity. B&R Industrial Automation's packaging market development manager John Kowal — who is also a board member of both the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute and OMAC — predicts packaging machinery trends that will emerge from this environment. More

    Selecting Mobile Computing Solutions with Confidence

    Learn how to increase your ROI on your mobile computing purchase by downloading this complimentary white paper "Top 5 Tips for Choosing Mobile Computers."
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    Study: A natural disaster in China poses greater supply chain threat than Japan earthquake, tsunami
    @Risk    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    China is exposed to significant natural threats, including earthquakes, windstorms, floods and tsunamis, and a new study from FM Global revealed there is growing concern that a natural disaster in China will have a severe impact on supply chains — even more than the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami did. The FM Global Supply Chain Risk Study surveyed 100 financial execs at large multinational corporations and found the following. More

    Boeing makes a resolution worth repurposing
    Material Flows    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Welcome to a new year of opportunities to restore the weak links in your suit of shining armor. January gives each of us as individuals an opportunity to work on those links, but rarely do we have anybody breathing down our necks to complete our repairs. That's why many such efforts fail by February. But you, as a supply chain professional, are equipped to be better with resolutions. You're probably part of many such efforts during the course of any year. And if you're not, at least you're exposed to success stories that will inspire your future efforts. More

    Take Control of Your Warehouse

    RedPrairie On-Demand WMS delivers real-time inventory visibility and warehouse control for a low monthly fee. Experience ROI in weeks for one or multiple facilities.
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    Cliff Holste: Strategic planning is cornerstone of any change initiative
    Supply Chain Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Planning is a critical part of the success equation in the management and execution of today's rapidly changing, quick response global supply chain. As 2011 draws to a close, many logistics professionals are thinking about the near term future and asking themselves — "What's the plan?" This is a reasonable concern given the uncertainly of the current business environment. The need for forward planning is obvious enough. Waiting until something goes wrong and then springing into corrective action mode won't cut it. Intolerant customers will quickly jump ship. Business strategies that worked even in the recent past are probably not going to be relevant going forward. More

    Industrial equipment manufacturer adopts RFID solution
    RFID Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    EBSE Engineering Solutions, a Brazlian company that designs, manufactures and assembles large-diameter pipes and spools, boilers and other industrial equipment, is using RFID technology to track and manage components for a ship being built by SBM Brasil, for Petrobras. "We do not have numbers to say how much we save or gain in efficiency, because the project is still very new," says Paulo Roberto Pereira Vallado, executive manager of the EBSE's services unit. "What I can guarantee is that we got out from under a mountain of paperwork managing our material supply chain, and this also resulted in agility." More
    End-to-End Fulfillment Systems
    Cornerstone Automation Systems offers order picking systems and a full line of technologies to automate order fulfillment requirements, ranging from operator assisted to fully automatic fulfillment. CASI builds turnkey systems to optimize end-to-end fulfillment including receiving, putaway, picking, shipping, and sortation.
    Convert Pallet Rack into Carton Flow
    Span-Track carton flow track by UNEX ‘drops-in’ to any new or existing pallet rack structure. Convert static storage into dynamic order-picking modules. Span-Track’s full width roller provides more contact surface than any other carton flow to deliver superior flow with product always at the pick point. Request a free sample…
    How Electronic Postage Technology Demystifies International Shipping

    Learn how DYMO Endicia's leaders have collaborated on a white paper that explains how simple-to-use electronic postage solutions can open up international markets for small businesses. By eliminating complexity, streamlining process and providing scalability and customization in international shipping, DYMO Endicia's electronic postage solution is helping make business borderless for companies of all sizes.

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    A disagreement about disagreement
    Material Flows    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    All companies big and small invest a lot of passion in mastering the arts of material handling and logistics. The way the economy has been, these disciplines offer a wealth of opportunities for cutting waste and slowing or stopping the flow of red ink. But passion can often lead to disagreements about the best approaches. Should we automate or do we need to make better use of our existing labor? If it's the latter, how far can we push people to be more productive before safety is compromised? And if we start monitoring and measuring performance, should we celebrate achievement or punish the lack of it? If it's the latter, how diplomatic do we need to be with the employee — or his union? More

    'Warehouse Profitability': A new book by Ken Ackerman
    DC Velocity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Ken Ackerman, president of the management advisory firm The Ackerman Company and a renowned elder statesman of the logistics profession, discusses his upcoming book, "Warehousing Profitably: A Manager's Guide." More

    Vault Logistics- Driving business growth
    Vault provides 3PLservices at all levels of the supply chain. While operating independently, Vault Logistics is built on, and backed by Old Dominion’s 75 years of transportation and logistics expertise.

    We have supply chain expertise, business-focused problem solving skills, proven technology and a track record of exceptional service to help grow your business.
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    How's it going? Depends on who you ask
    DC Velocity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Three years after the official end of the Great Recession, there's no clear consensus among DC Velocity's readers on where the economy is headed in 2012. Respondents to the annual Outlook reader survey were almost equally divided in their opinions: positive, negative, or simply not sure. That same uncertainty is reflected in their views of their own companies' revenue prospects and in their overall logistics budgets. In fact, there was only one thing almost all of the 189 respondents to this year's survey agreed on: Oil prices will head up in 2012. More

    Study finds most execs polled see manufacturing operations returning to US
    @Risk    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Rising labor costs and quality concerns have many U.S. companies reevaluating their overseas strategies. In fact, new research conducted by Cook Associates Executive Search found that a full 85 percent of manufacturing executives see the possibility of certain manufacturing operations returning to the U.S. What are the reasons for this potential shift? Survey participants cited the following. More

    Don't Miss MODEXSM 2012

    See and compare solutions for your manufacturing, logistics and supply chain operations and network with your peers at MODEX 2012. Discover equipment and systems solutions and learn about the latest supply chain innovations and leading trends. Explore 500 exhibits and choose from a variety of educational sessions.
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    Shippers, carrier groups not pleased with hours of service changes
    Supply Chain Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The fallout from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's late December announcement on new Hours of Service changes is getting bad reviews from most industry-related organizations, despite the fact that the most objectionable potential change was not imposed. As Supply Chain Digest had reported earlier, the FMCSA decided not to implement a consider change that would have reduced the time a driver was permitted to drive per day from 11 to 10, a move that would have reduced driver productivity by as much as 9 percent. However, the new rules now require that the 34 hours of time off currently required between each week of driving include at least two 1-5 a.m. periods of nighttime rest, and also reduced the maximum hours a driver can work per week by 12 to 70 by limiting drivers to one 34-hour restart per seven-day period, among other changes. More

    New hours of service rules settle nothing, satisfy nobody
    Material Flows    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In a compromise decision that nobody seems to be happy about, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced its revised hours of service rules for commercial truck drivers. In a move that illustrates how little attention the FMCSA wanted from its ruling, the announcement was made just prior to the long Christmas holiday break, when most offices were scheduled to be closed. It's difficult to imagine how the FMCSA could have managed to satisfy nobody, but that looks to be exactly what's happened. More

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    Skechers tones up distribution center
    Modern Materials Handling    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Skechers USA, the No. 2 footwear company, is known for its Shape-ups line of fitness shoes that are designed to "change your life by changing the way you walk." The idea is that a good design can make us more efficient and effective in the things we do every day. Skechers took a similar approach in the design of its new 1.82 million-square-foot, $225 million distribution center in Rancho Belago, an inland community about 80 miles west of the port in Long Beach, Calif., where Skechers imports all of its footwear and athletic gear. More

    Tampa Bay Lightning strikes gold with RFID
    RFID Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Six years after winning the Stanley Cup, the Tampa Bay Lightning saw a drop in home attendance, due to a decline in on-ice performance, as well as the economic recession and management problems. This season, however, thanks to the support of a new owner, the professional hockey team's management has developed an RFID-based loyalty program for its season-pass holders, nearly doubling the number of customers using such passes in just one year. The solution — which features passive 13.56 MHz tags sewn into Lightning jerseys worn by fans, in addition to RFID readers deployed at concession stands and stores — allows a user to receive discounts every time he or she buys food, beverages or souvenirs, such as team apparel, at the St. Pete Times Forum stadium, in Tampa, Fla. More
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