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WERCouncil Events
  • Feb. 12, Eastern PA/Delaware WERCouncil 15th Annual Mega Logistics Meeting, 4:45 to 8 p.m.
  • Feb. 27, North Texas WERCouncil Dal-Tile Corporation Tour, 4 to 5 p.m.

  • Talent is the future of supply chain management
    Modern Materials Handling
    Bob Trebilcock writes, "You would think that issues like cost reductions, customer service levels and fuel prices would top the list of things that keeps distribution, transportation and supply chain managers up at night. After all, those are the items by which we are most often measured when bonuses are handed out. But at every industry conference I have attended in the last year, the paucity of talent has been topic No. 1."
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    Experience and skills are no match for talent
    By Mel Kleiman
    Human knowledge is now doubling every 3.7 years. This means 50 percent of what you now know will be out of date in less than four years. Just to bring it home, let's imagine you need open heart surgery. How would you like to have it performed by someone who hadn't learned anything new about the procedure in the past 48 months? For this reason, it is no longer about hiring skills and/or experience. Today, it's all about hiring talent. So, what is the difference?
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    DC changeover projects: Are you ready to hire a materials handling consultant?
    Supply Chain Digest
    All too often consultants are brought in at the wrong time for the wrong reasons. However, utilizing an internal resource person to lead the project has its own set of issues. By considering the following questions you can determine if you're ready to bring in an outside resource.
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    Study finds new driver rules to improve road safety, will affect minority of driver population
    DC Velocity
    A key part of the federal government's rules governing commercial truck driver operations will affect only a small percentage of the driver workforce while preventing 1,400 crashes, 560 injuries, and 19 deaths annually, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said in releasing a study on the impact of the so-called restart provisions of its driver hours-of-service regulations.
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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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    Warehouse drones: Infatuation or infestation?
    Chain of Thought
    We've shown you a lot of material handling mayhem courtesy of YouTube recently, and while it may be entertaining to see other companies in worse shape than you, it can also fool you into thinking "hey, we're not so bad after all." That kind of thinking can give decision-makers license not to make decisions when improvements are needed.
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    Automation: Behind the conveying solutions acquisition
    Modern Materials Handling
    Consolidation. In a word, that was the catalyst behind the acquisition of Atlanata-based Conveying Solutions and Allied Conveying Solutions announced by Hy-Tek Material Handling. The acquisition is expected to boost Columbus, Ohio-based Hy-Tek's 2014 revenues to $95 million, an increase of $15 million over 2013 sales of $80 million.
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    Talent is the future of supply chain management
    Modern Materials Handling
    Bob Trebilcock writes, "You would think that issues like cost reductions, customer service levels and fuel prices would top the list of things that keeps distribution, transportation and supply chain managers up at night. After all, those are the items by which we are most often measured when bonuses are handed out. But at every industry conference I have attended in the last year, the paucity of talent has been topic No. 1."

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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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    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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    The year of shipping dangerously
    Chain of Thought
    If you breathed a huge sigh of relief when 2013 ended, figuring things just had to start getting better now that there was a new year on the calendar, then you're not alone. A quick glance below at FTR Associates' Shippers Conditions Index — a monthly look at the state of the environment for manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers and other companies with freight that needs to be hauled — reveals that every month in 2013 was worse than the corresponding month in 2012. And actually, that only takes into consideration the first 11 months of the year; final numbers for December 2013 aren't in yet.
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    A new pairing for refrigerated transport
    DC Velocity
    In an episode of the TV series "Mad Men," a chronicle of the 1960s New York advertising world through the eyes of a fictitious agency, the daughter of one of the partners pleads with him to invest in a wondrous idea called "refrigerated transportation." Imagine a world, she tells him in early 1968, where fresh and frozen foods can be transported door to door by trucks over thousands of miles without spoiling. If ever in this business there were a case of art imitating life, this is it.
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