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Just because you can choose from more than 70 educational presentations at the WERC conference doesn't mean that you can't have some fun too! Join us in May at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis for four days of quality programming and time to connect with your peers at receptions, meals and the opening session. Check out all the sessions at www.werc.org and save with the EARLY-BIRD fee.

With 'Move it!' logistics now has its own TV show
WERC's Warehouse Certification Program is proud to be a sponsor of "Move it!" a new online television series highlighting the people, technologies, equipment, and strategies that are instrumental in keeping the nation's supply chain running smoothly. Starring Emmy® Award winner Steve Thomas, former host of PBS's "This Old House," "Move it!" is now available for viewing at www.MoveItShow.com.

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.
  • Anaheim 2010

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    Your supply chain's worst enemy may be you
    Material Flows    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The interconnected nature of global supply chains makes companies vulnerable to thousands of weak links — also known as suppliers. A new report released by World Economic Forum in collaboration with Accenture, called "New Models for Addressing Supply Chain and Transport Risk," notes that businesses "both affect and are affected by risks at various stages, from the sourcing of raw materials to the destinations of goods and services." Weak links don't just affect your financial performance, but they can damage your company's reputation as well. More



    DC fly-in delivers transportation's message to lawmakers
    Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Approximately 170 truck transportation stakeholders participated in the industrywide "Stand Up For Trucking" fly-in on Feb. 1, which resulted in approximately 140 visits to congressional offices. The timing of the fly-in was significant as it was the day before the scheduled mark-up of Congressman John Mica's proposed highway bill, the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act. The fly-in, led by Mike Regan, president of Tranzact and chairman of NASSTRAC's advocacy committee, was an historic event as it involved the coordinated efforts and support of 12 industry associations. More

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    Cold chain needs, Internet shopping help build protective packaging demand
    Healthcare Packaging    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A rebound in manufacturing output, Internet shopping growth, and life sciences cold chain requirements all predicted to advance U.S. protective packaging demand to $5.9 billion in 2016. Insulated shipping containers will be one of the fastest growing protective packaging product types as a result of growing cold chain requirements in the pharmaceutical and life science industries. Pharmaceutical uses will be driven by rapidly expanding markets for biotechnology drugs and vaccines, which are often temperature-sensitive. That's one of the predictions from "Protective Packaging," a new study from The Freedonia Group Inc. More

    Companies testing KPIs to assess labor, human rights risks in global supply chains
    @Risk    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A group of nine companies is testing newly developed Key Performance Indicators designed to assess reputational risks and operational shortcomings associated with labor and human rights factors in corporate supply chains. Developed as part of the Fair Labor Association and Harvard Law School's Pension and Capital Stewardship Project and with funding from the Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute, this KPI initiative is the first effort of its kind to create a standardized method to assess such risks. More

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    Legislation to allow heavier trucks dismissed from highway bill, in blow to shippers
    Supply Chain Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    To the surprise of many, the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Committee voted on a bipartisan basis to exclude new legislation that would have raised total truck weights on federal highways from 80,000 to 97,000 pounds from the new highway funding bill. Despite that setback, many in the industry applauded the passage by the committee of the larger transportation funding measure. More

    Putting the emphasis on logistics
    DC Velocity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Dr. John Langley Jr., clinical professor of supply chain management at Penn State University, explains why the emphasis is squarely on logistics in the upcoming ninth edition of his textbook, "Supply Chain Management: A Logistics Perspective." More



    Automation: Are we ready for the new factory floor?
    Modern Materials Handling    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Bob Trebilcock writes, "When I was in high school, there were basically two paths towards graduation. If you were college bound, as were most of my friends, you took algebra, geometry, calculus and the like. If you weren't college bound, and if your parents didn't own a small business or your dad wasn't in the trades, you did what you had to do to graduate before going to work at the Lordstown GM plant, Delphi or the steel mills. I was thinking about this the other day after reading "Making It In America," a remarkable story on U.S. manufacturing by Adam Davidson in The Atlantic. More
    Modular Print & Apply Labeling Automation
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    US economic activity continues to show signs of improvement
    @Risk    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    New orders for manufactured goods rose for the second consecutive month in December, the U.S. Department of Commerce reported. More

    US Air Force tracking global assets with data matrix 2-D bar codes, has labeled its 1 millionth item on way to 2.1 million
    Supply Chain Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Several years ago, the U.S. Air Force was charted to track all of its "Class VII" legacy physical global assets — more than 2 million pieces of equipment in the end — using a unique bar code identifier, or what it calls Item Unique Identification (IUID). In the fall of 2011, the Air Force celebrated a milestone when the 1 millionth asset was labeled and scanned. The tracking program is managed out of Wright Patterson Air Force base near Dayton, Ohio. More



    Diesel engine maker improves handling, distribution
    Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Tognum America has installed an automated material handling system (from TGW Systems) in the company's new MTU Parts Logistics Center for North America, located near Detroit. MTU is one of the world’s leading brands of large diesel engines and complete propulsion systems for marine, power generation, heavy-duty vehicle and rail vehicle applications. Tognum America is responsible for the sales and service of MTU engines and MTU Onsite Energy power systems in North and Latin America. More

    Sustainability getting real for high-tech firms
    Material Flows    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Tom Andel writes, "Over the last few years, when I heard the talking heads on TV blab about global warming, my eyes reflexively rolled upward. It's just that this red meat has been chewed over by so many talking heads it has become mushy. Disgusting. But lately I've been reading reports about sustainability that have made the topic easier on my eyes. That's because sustainability is being tied to hard numbers that not only mean environmental benefits, but meet business needs as well." More

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    Logistics on the big screen
    DC Velocity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Sometimes, references to transportation and warehousing pop up in the most unexpected places. Recently, DC Velocity stumbled across two "screen gems" in which logistics played a notable role. "The Shocking Miss Pilgrim" is a nearly forgotten 1947 musical starring Betty Grable as Cynthia Pilgrim, a typing school graduate who lands a job in Boston with the Pritchard Shipping Co. in 1874. The company only hires men, but Miss Pilgrim, a budding suffragist, not only manages to hang onto her job but also convinces the co-owner, John Pritchard, and his socialite mother that women are as capable and efficient as men. More

    RFID brings Italian history to life
    RFID Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    One way in which Italy has celebrated the 150th anniversary of its unification is with an exhibit employing a very modern technology, RFID, to access historical information about the nation. Launched last year in the city of Turin, the exhibit, known as "Fare gli italiani. 150 anni di storia nazionale" (Making Italians: 150 Years of National History), was a success with visitors, and will thus run for another nine months in 2012. More
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