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Using Metrics webcast
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WERC at Modex
Please join us as we present two focused educational events in conjunction with Modex 2012:
  • Feb. 7, Using Metrics in the DC, Annual Workplace Study
  • Feb. 8, Building or Adding to Your Tool Kit for Fulfillment Excellence

  • WERCouncil events
  • Jan. 26, Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Bon Ton Stores Facility Tour, 7:30 to 10 a.m.
  • Feb. 15, Chicagoland WERCouncil--Making Sustainability Sustainable in the Distribution Chain, 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Feb. 24, Toronto WERCouncil Canadian Tire Facility Tour, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Feb. 28, Baltimore/Washington DC WERCouncil Random House DC Tour, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Anaheim 2010

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    What's your influencing style?
    Harvard Business Review    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Effective leadership today relies more than ever on influencing others: affecting their ideas, opinions and actions. While influence always has been a valuable managerial skill, today's highly collaborative organizations make it essential. Consider how often you have to influence people who don't even report to you in order to accomplish your objectives. Success depends on your ability to effectively influence both your direct reports and the people over whom you have no direct authority. More

    Improve Fleet Driver Productivity

    This white paper outlines steps fleet operators can take to successfully overcome today's economic and operational challenges. Learn best practices and performance management strategies that can reduce cost per delivery, trim miles per stop, slash fuel consumption, enhance customer service and increase driver satisfaction. Download the free white paper.


    Retail container traffic will be flat in January
    Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Now that the Christmas shopping season is over, import cargo volume at the nation's major retail container ports will be nearly flat during January compared with the same month last year, but significant year-over-year increases are expected this spring, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. "We're headed into the slow season for cargo shipments, but forecasts indicate that retailers will be stocking up this spring in anticipation of a moderate recovery as the year progresses," says Jonathan Gold, NRF's vice president for supply chain and customs policy. More

    Upgrading DC controls software yields 20 to 30 percent more system handling capacity
    Supply Chain Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Given the anemic economy and extreme competitive conditions, most retailer businesses are in a position where they cannot pass along operational cost increases to their customers. At the DC order fulfillment is considered a core competency and as such the quest to improve never ends. Cost control and productivity improvement is essential. Going forward into 2012, many of these DCs will be looking to raise the bar on throughput, productivity and customer service levels while continuing to leverage down costs. More

    A Good 3PL Relationship Takes the Risk Out of Outsourcing
    Outsourcing is often perceived as dangerous by companies that have never outsourced. Establishing a strong, respectful 3PL relationship takes the fear out of outsourcing. To learn how to begin outsourcing without fear, download our complimentary whitepaper here. For information or to speak with us about your supply chain, visit www.tmsilog.com or call 603.792.2205. more


    Downtime means time for sustainability
    Environmental Leader    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Sara Pax writes, "This year I couldn't help but notice a trend. It's been happening the past few years and I believe its meaning is significant. Our busiest time — the period when we get the most inquiries, the most demo requests, and even close the most sales — is when everyone else is on vacation. So, when other businesses are slowing down for summertime, winter holidays or even at Easter spring break, sustainability managers finally have the time, and freedom, to make some headway in finding better ways to reach their goals." More

    Fralick: When it come to warehouse management implementation, there can be no short cuts
    Supply Chain Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    When it comes to Warehouse Management System deployments, the dynamics remind Mark Fralick of GetUsROI of the exact opposite of how "Saturday Night Live" producer Lauren Michaels thinks about that iconic show. "Michaels always said 'Saturday Night Live' doesn't go on because it's ready, it goes on because it's 11:30,'" Fralick recently noted on another edition of our "Fralick on WMS" video series. "In the WMS world, we need to think the exact opposite," Fralick says. "It doesn't go on because it's 11:30; it goes on because it's ready." 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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    RFID: Getting beyond the hype cycle
    SupplyChainBrain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Perhaps the most valuable contribution to the lexicon by the Gartner consultancy is the notion of the hype cycle. The term describes the developmental phases through which every advance in technology must pass. Following an initial breakthrough, it enters a period of intense interest by industry, the public and the media. At this stage, success stories are greatly outnumbered by failures, and real-world applications are overwhelmed by large volumes of hot air. The inevitable result is disappointment and waning interest in the discovery, before it finally catches on and becomes part of everyday operations. The development of RFID technology has followed that pattern precisely. More

    Did the Japan earthquake affect your supply chain? What if something similar happens in China?
    The 21st Century Supply Chain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    John Westerveld writes, "We have all been awestruck by the human impact the quake and tsunami had (and is still having) on the good people of Japan. The effect of the quake is also financial, however, and affects people and companies around the world. Toyota cites the quake as being responsible for a drop in earnings for 2011. As a photography enthusiast, I watched as Nikon and Canon both stopped production after the quake. The quake didn't just affect companies based in Japan, it also affected manufacturing companies that source from Japan." More



    Raise a glass!
    DC Velocity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Founded in 1735 in Berlin, Germany, beverage supplier Trinks has had a long time to figure out how to do distribution. But even long-standing processes need a change from time to time. For example, take the picking process used at the Gosler, Germany-based company's regional distribution facilities. Trinks maintains 16 DCs within Germany from which it supplies some 7,000 customers — including restaurants, bars, and convenience stores — with beer, soft drinks, juices, and water. Up until 2006, the company used paper lists to pick orders, but it was becoming increasingly clear that paper could not provide the kind of performance it desired. More

    Celebrating 4 generations of supply chain managers
    Supply Chain Shaman via SupplyChainBrain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    2012 is a big year. It is the 30th anniversary for supply chain management. The first published document using the term "supply chain management" was issued in 1982. And it's time to celebrate the pioneers as we currently are training the fourth generation of supply chain leaders. The first generation is passing the baton and leaving the workforce. They fought for a place at a table — any table — to talk about supply chain management. They will leave knowing that there is now a supply chain organization. More
    Boost Profitability with Lean Process Improvements
    What’s more lean than combining pick, pack and ship into a single continuous process? Numina Group streamlines the entire order fulfillment operation!

    Lean design enhanced with voice pick lowers your investment with faster ROI compared to complex material handling systems.

    Visit us at Modex.

    Booth 1127

    Don’t sit back in 2012, call us for a free consultation – 630-343-2622.
    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…



    Leveraging internal energy to achieve sustainability success
    Environmental Leader    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    As organizations are implementing environmental management or sustainability programs, results are mixed. Programs that are viewed as successes may be leaving quite a bit of opportunity on the table. Often, sustainability programs are seen as a bolt-on solution aimed to achieve specific marketing, operational or mitigation results. Along with their programs, sustainability professionals can struggle with an undefined sense of organizational belonging. More

    Don Schneider dies at 76
    DC Velocity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Donald (Don) J. Schneider, who took over the family trucking business in the mid-1970s, shepherded it through trucking deregulation, and made Schneider National Inc. one of the industry's most recognizable and successful brands, died Jan. 13 in De Pere, Wis., after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 76. Schneider was born the same year his father, Al, sold the family car to buy his first truck. The younger Schneider joined the family business in the early 1950s as a mechanic's helper and then became a driver. After leaving to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees, and to serve a tour of duty in Korea, he returned to the Green Bay, Wis.-area to rejoin his father's company as a manager. 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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    RFID takes root at Baas Plantenservice
    RFID Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Baas Plantenservice, a horticulture distributor based in Holland, is among the first companies to operate a large-scale tracking system that takes advantage of the EPC Gen 2 passive ultrahigh-frequency RFID tags attached to the 3.84 million plant trolleys put into circulation across Europe earlier this year by Container Centralen. This month, Baas Plantenservice began identifying all inbound plant trolleys at two of its distribution centers: in Hazerswoude, measuring 26,000 square meters (280,000 square feet), and in Oostrum, measuring 7,000 square meters (75,300 square feet). More

    Supply chain, logistics outsourcing set to grow in 2012
    Procurement Leaders    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In 2012 more companies will explore outsourcing supply chain and logistics requirements, according to a new report. The forecast from logistics software company Freightgate argues that increasing demand for better collaborative business processes, rate management and logistics procurement with greater execution capabilities is beyond the knowledge base, response time and budgets of most in-house information technology departments, driving the outsourcing trend. More

    Order Picking Solutions From Jungheinrich®

    Jungheinrich® has been providing hand-picked lift truck solutions for customers since 1953. From tow tractors to turret trucks, Jungheinrich has a lift truck specifically designed for your application. MORE


    USP proposes best practices to help ensure integrity of pharma supply chains
    @Risk    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention has proposed a set of recommended best practices to help the pharmaceutical industry improve supply chain integrity and reduce risks of counterfeit or mishandled medicines. Improvements like these are long overdue. As reported last spring, research from PwC concluded that many pharmaceutical supply chains have suffered from what amounts to benign neglect. As a result, they are inefficient, under-utilized and ill-equipped to cope with new medicines, cost pressures and health reform expectations. More

    The supply chain year in numbers, graphs
    Supply Chain Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    It was a another roller coaster year for the supply chain, which as always is tied at the hip to trends and changes in the broader economy. In this article, Supply Chain Digest looks at some of the key numbers in the economy and the supply chain for 2011, providing a series of charts to illustrate the data. More
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