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  • Benefits of going green in the warehouse
    By Tracy Stevens
    Going green or lean in your warehouse by streamlining processes and introducing cost-saving initiatives can bring many benefits. To stay competitive and be on the leading edge, going green is a win-win process. Encourage your employees to develop a green mindset. Offer incentives and rewards for workers who come up with innovative and green solutions for the workplace. Here are some steps to take to make your warehouse more energy efficient, resulting in a smaller carbon footprint.
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    Uncovering pathways to greater DC performance
    Supply Chain Digest
    Cliff Holste writes, "The inbound side of a typical distribution center can receive hundreds or perhaps thousands of different products every day. On the outbound side hundreds or thousands of customer orders are filled and shipped daily. The operations that take place between inbound and outbound are multifaceted and unique to the storage and order fulfillment strategy of that DC. Without a diagram, picture, or graphic of some kind, it can be difficult to visualize how all of the functional pieces fit together and operate as a single unit."
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    Women in supply chain: Value in diversity
    IndustryWeek
    Half of the human population is female. More than half of all university students in the United States are female. Around a third of all MBA students, including those concentrating on supply chain studies, are female. And yet, when SCM World did a manual count of top supply chain executives in Fortune 500 companies, we found only 22 women among 320 businesses that had a true supply chain function. The numbers tell a story of winnowing down a talent pool to the point where nearly all diversity in gender terms is gone by the time careers in supply chain reach their peak. So what?
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    The U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics: Why 2025 matters today
    Modern Materials Handling
    Josh Bond writes, "The multidisciplinary report provides a glimpse of 10 years out, offering insight into the current and future challenges facing the industry and giving practitioners a plan to move forward."
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    Global M&A activity spiked in 4th quarter, bringing decent end to lackluster year
    DC Velocity
    Merger and acquisition activity in the global transportation and logistics industry had a strong finish to what was otherwise a forgettable 2013, according to an annual analysis released today by the U.S. arm of consultancy PwC.
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    High-capacity DCs depend on automation
    Supply Chain Digest
    With multiple DCs, complex supply chains and marketing channels, high capacity operations are continually searching for ways to do more with less. Consolidation of multiple warehousing and distribution facilities, while cost effective from a square footage perspective, places more pressure on material handling resource, controls and software systems to handle multiple tasks in a high-capacity environment.
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    Are smartphones productive tools or distractive devices?
    By C. Fredrick Crum
    Many businesses provide leaders with smartphones or reimburse employees for their use of their private phones for business use so that productivity is increased. I have always wondered if this practice actually increased productivity or if having the world at your fingertips was a distraction. A group of researchers at Kent State University seems to have provided an answer in a study that has gained international attention.
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    Benefits of going green in the warehouse
    By Tracy Stevens
    Going green or lean in your warehouse by streamlining processes and introducing cost-saving initiatives can bring many benefits. To stay competitive and be on the leading edge, going green is a win-win process. Here are some steps to take to make your warehouse more energy efficient, resulting in a smaller carbon footprint.

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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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    Latest trends in logistics point toward automation
    By Nadine Miller
    Local and global logistics have become increasingly complex, and the systems needed to handle that complexity have also grown. More and more companies depend on third-party logistics providers to offer the data analysis and warehouse, transportation and financial management systems needed to keep products flowing smoothly from manufacturer to consumer.

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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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    December orders for unit handling conveyors exceed November's by 27 percent
    Material Handling & Logistics
    The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association reported that although its December booked orders were down 15 percent for bulk handling equipment when compared to November, they were up 26.7 percent for unit handling equipment.
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