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WERC brings education to light
WERC
This year's WERC Conference is focused on Education and Solutions. May 3-6, conference attendees will be able to participate in more than 80 Educational and Peer-2-Peer sessions in 13 unique categories, from Manufacturing and Retail... to People and Strategies. If you have not yet registered, go to werc.org/2015.

Feb 17 Washington WERCouncil Nintendo of American’s Dist. & Prod. Facility Tour
Feb 20 Atlanta WERCouncil United Stationers Supply Co.
Feb 26

Indianapolis WERCouncil NewEgg Facility Tour

Feb 26 North Carolina WERCouncil Sports Endeavors-Mebane DC Tour
May 3-6 * 2015 WERC Conference - Orlando, FL *
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4 steps to omni-channel in 2015
Supply & Demand Chain Executive
It's no surprise that omni-channel appeared in Gartner Inc.'s recent list of the 10 most overused marketing words. In describing the list, Gartner analyst Jake Sorofman criticized the term, saying it had too many meanings and that it's used too frequently. This is probably a familiar sentiment to those working in sectors such as retail, finance, insurance and consumer goods, in which omni-channel is commonly used to describe the ease with which consumers hop between channels.
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How bosses can encourage transparency in the workplace
Fast Company
Professional development conversations are an important part of any company culture, but how do you create an environment where everyone is eager to engage in these high-value conversations? There are a few things to keep in mind as you encourage all levels and positions to participate in a transparent manner.
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10 packaging line pitfalls ... and how to avoid them
DC Velocity
The process of picking, packing and shipping an order consists of a series of steps that occur in a defined sequence. Whether that process is completed correctly and on time depends on how well each step is carried out. When automation is involved, an additional factor comes into play: Success also depends on how well the various pieces of equipment used in the process are integrated with each other.
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Repatriation for infrastructure concept gains traction at White House, Capitol Hill
DC Velocity
It began with a bill from a freshman Congressman with no political experience. The idea that sprung from the bill, that foreign-earned profits repatriated by U.S. firms could be used to fund infrastructure improvements, has taken on a mini life of its own.
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  Lansdale: Customer Driven Logistics™
Lansdale Warehouse is a family-owned-and-operated logistics provider located in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. Since its founding in 1958, Lansdale Warehouse has furnished comprehensive logistics services in a public and contract environment for both national and international customers who require access to the United States markets. Our "Customer Driven Logistics"™ principle means your needs as a customer are our primary focus.
 


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Basics of benchmarking for warehouse operations
Ken Ackerman
Just what is benchmarking? When, why and how might it be used? When should it not even be considered? And what are the alternatives to benchmarking? We would define benchmarking in warehousing as an examination of best practices in other warehouses, ideas that can and should be applied in your own operation.
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5 challenges which hamper supply chain flexibility
Supply Chain Digital
Inflexibility is the bane of an efficient supply chain. Ironically, the problem is often rooted in supply chain software that years ago was billed as delivering the flexibility that companies needed for fast and adaptable inventory and supplier management, distribution, sales, purchasing and manufacturing. Manufacturers and distributors have indeed gained important flexibility over the past two decades with implementations of ERP and other supply chain applications and the adoption of Six Sigma, Lean manufacturing, Kanban and other approaches.
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  AFS WMS Optimizes Warehouse Operations

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US West Coast congestion ripples through supply chains
JOC.com
As negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and waterfront employers drag on, the impact of U.S. West Coast port congestion is rippling far beyond just U.S. supply chains and hampering shippers from Canada to Japan. But despite the delays, affected countries — including Mexico, Japan and China — haven't yet publicly put pressure on the Obama administration to help resolve the standoff between the ILWU and Pacific Maritime Association.
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The bold horizon of talent management
Procurement Leaders
The Life and Arts section of a recent Financial Times newspaper, in which the newspaper's European technology correspondent Murad Ahmed reports from a very civilized-sounding lunch with Demis Hassabis, founder and CEO of DeepMind, was an unusual but telling prompt to some big questions about the future of talent management. Hassabis, if you don't know, is something of a prodigy.
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Looking to get published this year?
MultiBriefs
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 experience with your peers through well-written commentary. Make 2015 the year you get published as an expert in your field! 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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Why Alibaba's tea delivery test is not the future of drone delivery
Forbes
Two Decembers ago, Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos made a bet with the crew of 60 Minutes after luring its correspondent Charlie Rose to his company’s offices with an exclusive. "If you can guess what it is ... I will give you half my fortune." The exclusive, as we now know, turned out to be Amazon's proposed delivery-by-drone system, at the time seemingly so revolutionary, that even the usually unfazed Rose let out an audible "Oh my God."
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    How to wreck a warehousing business (Ken Ackerman)
Increasing shared risk is the next big change in supply chain management (IndustryWeek)
Predictions for 2015: A tipping point for supply chain sentience (Manufacturing.net)
Transportation Department report gives the outlook for the next 30 years (The Washington Post)

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