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WERCouncil events
  • March 17, Atlanta WERCouncil Key Growth Trends in Logistics & Warehousing, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
  • March 27, March 27, Canada WERCouncil Yves Rocher Canada DC Tour, 10:30 a.m. to noon

  • DC Velocity editors to take the stage at spring conferences
    DC Velocity
    The Warehousing Education and Research Council's WERC 2014 Conference and WIRE Trade Show is slated for April 27-30 in Chicago. Sessions will address high-level concerns like the new U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling and Logistics as well as practical matters like warehouse safety and distribution center design, among others. Peter Bradley will be speaking with Dr. Karl Manrodt of Georgia Southern University on the results of the 2014 DC Velocity/WERC Metrics Study.
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    Pallet sales to rise 5 percent annually through 2017
    Material Handling & Logistics
    A pickup in global manufacturing will spur an across-the-board annual 5 percent gain in pallet sales through 2017, according to "World Pallets," a new study from The Freedonia Group Inc., a Cleveland-based industry market research firm. That represents 5.1 billion units, which exceeds the relatively sluggish pace of the 2007-2012 period. Those gains will be more prominent in large, mature regional markets such as North America and Western Europe, according to analyst Zoe Biller.
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    Share your knowledge
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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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    Equipment verses system: The difference is integration complexity
    Supply Chain Digest
    Equipment is generally thought of as tools, machines, or other things that you need for a particular job or activity. Another important characteristic of equipment is that it is capable of functioning in an independent, standalone environment. A PC, for example, may be the most important piece of equipment you will buy. A system, on the other hand, is an assemblage or combination of things (equipment) or parts forming a complex or unitary whole such as a railroad system or a conveyor system.
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    When capacity is tight, it pays to be a carrier-friendly shipper
    DC Velocity
    The big story over the past couple of months is the impact the weather has had on truckload capacity. So it isn't too surprising that more shippers are starting to understand the importance in becoming a carrier-friendly shipper. Here's our advice.
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    Obama signs order to streamline export reporting
    Material Handling & Logistics
    President Barack Obama signed an executive order that he believes will streamline the export/import process. The International Trade Data System is designed to cut from days to minutes the processing and approval times for U.S. businesses that export American-made goods and services.
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    Ergonomics: Finding and maintaining the golden zone
    Modern Materials Handling
    Manufacturing, warehousing and distribution have traditionally been associated with some amount of physical strain on employees. But heavy lifting, repetitive movements and the constant pressure to improve productivity often result in injuries and high turnover. In an effort to avoid those consequences, end-users and suppliers have worked to develop ergonomic solutions that better serve an aging and diverse workforce.
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    DC Velocity editors to take the stage at spring conferences
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    The Warehousing Education and Research Council's WERC 2014 Conference and WIRE Trade Show is slated for April 27-30 in Chicago. Sessions will address high-level concerns like the new U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling and Logistics as well as practical matters like warehouse safety and distribution center design, among others.

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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. 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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    What it takes to be the boss
    By Michael J. Berens
    Who wouldn't want to be the boss? You get to call the shots and tell everyone what to do. You get a nice office, an even nicer paycheck and all those perks. What's not to like? It turns out, though, not as many employees as you might think aspire to being the boss.

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    7 steps to hiring great hourly employees
    By Mel Kleiman
    Most employers don't take a systematic approach to hiring, especially when it comes to hourly employees. They just post an ad on their website or a job board, collect applications, interview a few people and choose one. Unfortunately, this no-system, easy-hire approach is self-defeating. It tells every applicant you just need a body to fill the position. And it's why the person hired will often turn out to have an "it's just a job" attitude because that's the impression the employer gave them. The better approach is to create a system and hire tough.
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