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  • The Pampered Chef Distribution Center
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  • Feb. 6, Atlanta WERCouncil Ace Hardware Tour, Presentation, Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Feb. 27, North Texas WERCouncil Dal-Tile Corporation Tour, 4 to 5 p.m.

  • 5 safety tips for your warehouse
    By Mandy Gardner
    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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    DC changeover projects: Key to success depends on leadership skills
    Supply Chain Digest
    Perhaps now is the time for your company to embrace that project which has been in the talking stage for years and that most everyone feels would be beneficial. No matter the circumstances, there must be a leader who can energize others to engage in the effort to affect the desired change. All of the elements may be present to bring about change. Still, some internal or external agent must take responsibility to lead the way. To have a reasonable chance for success, that "resource" must be sponsored by a member of upper management who has P&L responsibilities.
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    Solutions to drive warehouse productivity
    DC Velocity
    What would it take to reduce the overall costs of labor in your warehouse or distribution center? It requires more than just software. It takes a plan and the know how to implement that plan effectively. In this webcast, Eric Hepburn, vice president of distribution center management for Penske Logistics, shares proven techniques on how to devise a labor management strategy that can make a huge impact on your distribution operations.
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    How to be a family-friendly boss
    Harvard Business Review
    Scott Behson writes, "In my work with employers (usually advising on work-family balance for fathers), I sense that many managers believe in giving more employees this kind of flexibility — allowing them to fashion the particular arrangements that work for them while minimizing disruption of the workplace. However, many cannot see their way through existing HR policies and short-term business imperatives to know how to respond to such requests — let alone be proactive in suggesting possibilities to their people."
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    Warehouse disasters caught on video
    Material Handling & Logistics
    Between security cameras in the workplace and employees using their own smart phones to turn themselves into photojournalists, there's a wealth of video available online demonstrating the consequences of poor or no training in warehouses and distribution centers. Granted, not all of the videos are good, and many of them involve staged hijinx, but safety trainers who know the difference are finding plenty of material to use in their course work — demonstrating what NOT to do.
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    The great talent hunt
    DC Velocity
    Having trouble finding the right people to fill logistics and supply chain positions? You might be going about it wrong. Here's how to find what you're looking for.
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    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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    5 safety tips for your warehouse
    By Mandy Gardner
    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.

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    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.

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    Is the aging workforce really creating your skill shortages?
    Harvard Business Review
    David DeLong writes, "Many executives today worry that skill shortages threaten their organization's ability to grow and innovate. A recent survey I designed for one manufacturing sector found that almost 60 percent of managers responding thought skill shortages were already hurting their firm's productivity and quality."

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    A new paradigm for older workers
    By Michael J. Berens
    Results of a recent Gallup study show that large numbers of baby boomers plan to continue working well past the current average retirement age of 61 and even the traditional retirement age of 65. This is both good news and bad news for organizational leaders: good because older workers are valuable employees, bad because many organizations don't know what to do with older workers as they seek to increase opportunities for talented younger employees. Traditionally, retirement has been a mechanism for turning over the labor pool. But for many baby boomer workers, retirement is not the enticing prospect it once was.
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