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New survey data
When it comes to announcing job openings, not many companies rely on newspaper ads, but social networks and online job boards are combining to become the second most popular means of attracting talent. The most frequently used method according to our survey is direct contact using word of mouth (67 percent) and employee recommendations (82 percent), which outstrip the competition. When you consider that the last two methods are directly related to associates, it's clear that current employees are doing a fine job of "marketing" the industry. See the results.

WERCouncil Events
  • Jan. 23, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Luncheon Tour, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

  • Distribution centers taking '1st step' toward automation
    Supply Chain Digest
    In a rapidly growing company, the shipping department is often the first area to become congested and dysfunctional — not able to handle the increased volume even with incremental labor additions. Frequent late shipments prompting unscheduled overtime and a growing number of shipping errors are but a few of the symptoms of a business at risk. DCs that are consistently shipping more than 10,000 cases per shift should be able to justify deploying an automated shipping sortation system that can increase shipping capacity, reduce shipping errors, and lower operating cost while creating a safer and better managed shipping department.
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    Are your forklifts Listeria carriers?
    Material Handling & Logistics
    While the processed foods industry and the Food and Drug Administration have long provided guidance on Listeria monitoring and control, guidance applicable to the unique conditions of fresh produce handling operations has been lacking. That's why the United Fresh Food Safety & Technology Council developed a new document, Guidance on Environmental Monitoring and Control of Listeria for the Fresh Produce Industry.
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    3 things shippers, 3rd parties and carriers should watch in 2014
    DC Velocity
    We hope you're excited to seize the opportunities and tackle the challenges ahead in 2014. To start the year off, we're sharing advice about three things that shippers, third parties, and carriers should be watching right now.
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    How to mitigate risks in your supply chain
    By Sasha Viasasha
    If there were no risks, there would be no rewards. Yet customers do not pay for explanations. They demand a steady supply of goods no matter what your individual risks are. Although risk is just part of the equation when it comes to logistics, successful companies are able to minimize risks by planning for the unexpected. From weather to world events, there is a great deal of volatility at every step along a complex supply chain. Here is a breakdown of how to identify those risks before they arise, how to assess their impact and ultimately how to overcome them.
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    Become a contributing writer
    MultiBriefs
    In an effort to enhance the overall content of WERCWatch, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of WERC, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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    Delivery drones? Amazon's late to the party
    DC Velocity
    Amazon.com's plans to use remote-controlled drones to deliver products to consumers dominated the news for a few days after company founder Jeff Bezos revealed the scheme in a "60 Minutes" interview. But, as our defense logistics expert Steve Geary points out in a blog post, Amazon is well behind the curve: The U.S. Marines have been using drones to make deliveries for some time now.
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    Fanatics: Fanatical about e-fulfillment
    Modern Materials Handling
    In its new Ohio distribution center, sports apparel distributor Fanatics has created a state-of-the-art e-fulfillment center.
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    CEMA reports November 2013 booked orders decreased 13.8 percent over last year
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    The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association reported that its November 2013 Booked Orders decreased 13.8 percent when compared to November 2012 orders.

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    What workers want in a job
    By Mel Kleiman
    Whether you're recruiting managers or hourly employees, there are five specific things everyone wants from a job. If you can provide most or all of them, you'll be able to attract and retain the employees you deserve: the best.

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    Reshoring likely to radically reshape US economy in next 12 months
    Modern Materials Handling
    More than one-third of U.S. businesses will move goods and services work back to the United States in the next 12 months, according to the results of the Grant Thornton Realities of Reshoring survey. The numbers imply that as much as 5 percent of overall U.S. procurement may come back to the United States.

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    Contentment is the enemy of greatness
    By C. Fredrick Crum
    I recently heard a quote from Rick Warren, author of "The Purpose Driven Life." The quote goes as follows: "If you don't learn contentment, you'll never be happy. You'll always want more." Needless to say Rick Warren's quote caused me to shout, "You are wrong, you are dead wrong!" In my world, you are either in a state of improvement or a state of decline. There is no plateau. There is no contentment. While others are busy being content, the rest of us are happily working to pass them by.
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    Urban Outfitters taking hybrid DCs for a spin
    Material Handling & Logistics
    You can't be a brick-and-mortar retailer and not have Amazon on your mind. Even its competitors acknowledge that Amazon has set the bar for the speed-to-market concept with its proliferation of fulfillment centers from coast to coast.
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