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WERCouncil events
  • Feb. 20, Utah WERCouncil - Intermountain Healthcare Supply Chain Center Tour, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Feb. 20, Philadelphia/Delaware WERCouncil - Supply Chain Mega Meeting, 4:45 to 8 p.m.
  • Feb. 21, Northern California WERCouncil Crate & Barrel Facility Tour, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

  • ISM: Manufacturing grew more than forecast in January
    Bloomberg    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Manufacturing in the U.S. expanded more than forecast in January, reaching a nine-month high and showing the industry is starting to improve. The Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index climbed to 53.1 last month from December's 50.2, the Tempe, Ariz.-based group's report showed. Readings above 50 signal expansion. The figure exceeded the highest estimate in a Bloomberg survey of 86 economists. The median forecast was 50.7. More



    MIT study makes the case for sustainability
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    According to a new study of MIT Sloan Management Review and Boston Consulting Group, sustainability is paying off for a growing number of companies that are utilizing innovation to "translate sustainability opportunities and pressures into business value." The new study also reveals that "nearly 50 percent of companies have changed their business models as a result of sustainability opportunities." More

    5 tips for global expansion
    Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The uneven economic recovery and the administration's focus on doubling exports by 2014 (the National Export Initiative, or NEI) means greater business opportunities could be in international markets, such as Brazil, Russia, India and China as well as other regions with the greatest growth. Express services provider DHL Express offers the following advice to shippers to help them take advantage of these opportunities. More
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    Receiving speed, accuracy key DC performance factors
    Distribution Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Cliff Holste writes, "Receiving and put away are where the flow of materials and information join and must be swiftly and accurately routed downstream in synchronization with one another. Proper identification of items not only speeds up the receiving process, it is the key to improving inventory and order fulfillment accuracy. It has been a longstanding practice for product vendors to apply a UCC14 bar code to the outside of shipping cases. This is a 14 digit SKU level carton identifier that includes the UPC." More

    3 ways to stay ahead of the competition
    Inc.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Shazi Visram writes, "There's no time to rest when you're building a business. As I've mentioned in previous articles, innovation is key to sustaining your company and insuring its growth. It is so important to stay ahead of the competition and keep your company and your products fresh. Here are three tips on keeping your company competitive with innovation." More

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    Talent recruiting trends for 2013
    Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Dan Charney wries, "Over the past year, my colleagues and I have worked with numerous companies that manufacture, integrate and implement material handling systems technology. Based on their needs and our experience, some things are changing in the way that top talent is recruited, contracted and hired." More

    Tom Andel: Forklift ignorance is never other-than-serious
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    Every part of the contiguous United States has experienced cold weather this winter. That was apparently enough of an inducement for OSHA to issue a press release about winter's dangers. The intent was to remind employers to "take necessary precautions to protect workers from the serious, and sometimes fatal, effects of carbon monoxide exposure." The reminder came with the following story to illustrate the agency's cause for concern. More



    4 reasons incentives can backfire — and what to do about it
    By Jeffrey Scott    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Incentives — rewards meant to encourage and motivate employees to be more productive — all too often backfire and create unintended consequences: internal squabbles, cynicism, distraction, and diminished performance. However, when used correctly, they can produce wonderful results. The trick with incentives is avoiding the pitfalls and common myths. More

    Industry Pulse: Do you offer your employees incentives as means for encouragement and motivation?
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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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