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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
  • 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.
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    Are you learning as fast as the world is changing?
    Harvard Business Review    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Tom Kelly, general manager of IDEO, the world-renowned design firm, likes to quote French novelist Marcel Proust, who famously said, "The real act of discovery consists not in finding new lands but in seeing with new eyes." What goes for novelists goes for leaders searching to craft a novel strategy for their company, a new product for their customers, or a better way to organize their employees. In a world that never stops changing, great leaders never stop learning. Today, the challenge for leaders at every level is no longer just to out-hustle, out-muscle, and out-maneuver the competition. 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.


    Avoid political pollution in your supply stream
    Material Flows    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The spinning of campaign propaganda is the ugliest part of politics. Unfortunately, this being a presidential election year, the webs of deception being spun are unavoidable. The candidates are busy trying to trap each other in lies and half-truths. They often succeed. But politicians don't have a monopoly on such gamesmanship. It's part of business, too, especially in supply chain management. Take supply chain mapping, for example. More

    Companies looking to automate their DC operations are well advised to first do the homework
    Supply Chain Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    When a company has decided that the time has come to automate, before reaching for the phone to call a vendor or systems integrator first do the homework, it should determine what the specific objectives are and how much capital the company is willing or able to invest. There are many good reasons for a company to consider a DC automation project. Most companies are looking to become more efficient while improving customer service. More

    What Does it Take to Increase Performance?

    It takes more than speed and precision. It takes LEGACY Supply Chain Services, instilling leadership at every level of the supply chain and creating a new culture that drives greater performance. For more information or to speak with us about your supply chain, visit www.LEGACYscs.com or call 603.792.2205.
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    Survey: Half of US retailers already have adopted item-level RFID
    RFID Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Most major apparel and footwear retailers will adopt item-level radio frequency identification within some part of their business over the next three to five years, according to data derived from a new survey sponsored by the VICS Item Level RFID Initiative (VILRI), as well as adoption rates to date, the survey's authors report. The survey, conducted by technology services consulting firm Accenture, asked 116 retailers and their suppliers a series of questions regarding their use of item-level RFID tagging. The results, published in a report titled "Item-Level RFID: A Competitive Differentiator," indicate that the industry is nearing a "tipping point" in which the technology will be broadly adopted, according to the Accenture analysts who wrote the report. More

    New strategies address supply chain risks
    Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A recent World Economic Forum report calls for new models to address supply chain and transport risks. The report, "New Models for Addressing Supply Chain and Transport Risks," produced in collaboration with Accenture, highlights the need to review risk management practices to keep pace with rapidly changing contingencies facing the supply chain, transport, aviation and travel sectors. U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano reinforced the report's warning. 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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    The mobile revolution hits the supply chain
    The 21st Century Supply Chain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Do you have a smart phone? A tablet or iPad? No? Then you rapidly are becoming among the minority. The mobile revolution is here. Walk down the aisle of a plane or through an airport and you'll see as many tablets as laptops. Mobile devices started by offering people the ability to read email, chat, and browse the Web. Now there are dedicated apps that allow people to do anything from read a book, to find a restaurant, shop on Amazon or negotiate a mortgage. More

    14 ways to make work more enjoyable in 2012
    American Express OPEN Forum    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The past several years haven't been much fun — the poor economy has taken a toll on business psyches. But the latest surveys show small-business optimism continues to rise. It's time to get out of that downtrodden rut and start enjoying what you do again. The following are 14 tips to help you turn up the fun-o-meter in the coming year. More



    Pira forecasts $820 billion global packaging market by 2016
    Healthcare Packaging    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The global packaging market is expected to reach $820 billion by 2016, according to "The Future of Global Packaging to 2016," from Pira International. Driven mainly by increasing demand for packaging in emerging and transitional economies, a 3 percent annual growth rate will focus on board products and rigid plastics, with $40 billion and $33 billion in cumulative predicted growth respectively to 2016. Pira says growth will be driven by trends such as growing urbanization, investment in housing and construction, a burgeoning healthcare sector, and the rapid development still evident in the emerging economies, including China, India, Brazil, and some eastern European countries. More

    Contingency planning: 10 good ways to keep a supply chain from going bad
    Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Keeping the maintenance parts supply chain intact is key to protecting any manufacturer’s reason for being. These strategies will help ensure that integrity. Recent articles on supply chain contingency planning have focused on the financial impact of parts shortages on supply chains in general and on OEM manufacturing processes in particular. The tsunami that hit Japan last year and drenched the global auto manufacturing industry is a good example. More



    Children's clothing company uses RFID from factory to store
    RFID Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Spanish clothing company Trasluz Casual Wear, which designs and sells apparel and accessories for children ages 6 months to 16 years, has launched 30 franchise stores over the past two years, each employing an RFID-based system that tracks every item from the point of manufacture to the stores, and on through the point of sale. Trasluz has 30 franchised stores fully equipped with this technology, the firm reports. In addition, one store is equipped with smart shelves to read and supply inventory data in real time, while six others have RFID floor mats installed at their exit, for the purpose of security. As more franchise stores open, they, too, will implement the system, including smart shelves and RFID floor mats at doorways. More

    Small, midsize, large distributors approach order fulfillment operations from different perspectives
    Supply Chain Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    While one-size-fits-all works well for many of our most popular consumer items, in the business world uniqueness is a highly sought after differentiator that often provides an important competitive advantage for the company. This is especially true in warehousing and distribution operations where the basic functions of receiving, storage, picking, and shipping are essential and common practices to all. In this environment, how individual DCs approach such things as Returns Processing, Value Added Services, and Material Handling Automation can make a significant competitive difference while adding to the sophistication and complexity of their operations. 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.

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    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…



    An evangelical passion for collaborative distribution
    DC Velocity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    For the past few years, Chris Kane, chief strategy officer for 3PL firm Kane Is Able, has been out spreading the gospel of collaborative distribution, a model in which two or more suppliers to the same retailer share distribution resources. More

    How to make the Chinese supply chain safer
    MIT Sloan Management Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Are multinational companies giving their Chinese suppliers the incentives necessary to comply with standards in environmental and health safety? In the new winter issue of MIT Sloan Management Review, authors Erica Plambeck, Hau L. Lee and Pamela Yatsko explore this question in "Improving environmental performance in your Chinese supply chain." "Given how much of the world's manufacturing takes place in China and the damage it has wrought on that country's environment," starts the article, "most analysts expect that multinational brands' supply chains will face increasing scrutiny in the coming years." 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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    Shipping pallets: Who invented the pallet?
    Modern Materials Handling    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Bob Trebilcock writes, "You've probably never looked at a stack of pallets behind a grocery store or Wal-Mart and wondered: Who invented that? Neither have I, and hey, I grew up in the pallet industry. It hardly ranks up there with the other great mysteries of life like is there a god or who killed Roger Rabbit. But as I learned in a conversation with Steve Raymond, the pallet does have a father. In fact, it has two of them: George Raymond Sr. and Bill House. The pair were granted a patent for pallets on Nov. 7, 1939, on behalf of the Lyon Iron Works, the predecessor to The Raymond Corporation." More

    What 2011 taught us about the green supply chain (and what it means for 2012)
    Environmental Leadership    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    As regular readers of Environmental Leader know, there was a blizzard of corporate sustainability news in 2011. There are lots of lessons to be learned from the prior year, and some important implications for 2012. Some of the biggest lessons surround sustainability in the supply chain. More
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