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WERCouncil Events
  • March 18, Atlanta WERCouncil - Fundamentals of Systematic Layout Planning, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • March 28, Baltimore DC WERCouncil PeaPod Warehousing and Fulfillment Tour, 4 to 8 p.m.
  • April 10, Boston WERCouncil Aubuchon Hardware Facility Tour, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • April 18, Tennessee WERCouncil Future Electronics Tour, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • April 18, WERCouncil North Carolina: The Role of Supply Chains in Building Market-Driven Differentiation, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
  • April 18, Southern California WERCouncil Dinner Presentation - Business at a X-Roads, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

  • Updating, expanding Value Added Services spurs new growth
    Distribution Digest
    While everyone can agree that agility, adaptability and flexibility are highly sought after characteristics of physical material handling solutions, they are just as desirable in IT solutions. A more accessible and nimble supply chain IT solution will increase operational efficiency, provide the ability to expand Value Added Services, attract new customers, and grow the business.
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    CEMA reports booked orders for January decreased 1.9 percent over 2012 orders
    Modern Materials Handling
    The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association reported that its January 2013 booked orders decreased 1.9 percent when compared to January 2012 orders. January 2013 booked orders when compared to December 2012 booked orders were down 14.7 percent. January booked orders were down 10.9 percent for bulk handling equipment and down 17.8 percent for unit handling equipment when compared to December.
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    Conflicting environmental interests give railroads gas pains
    Chain of Thought
    Making trains run on time has been a benchmark for management efficiency since Italian dictator Benito Mussolini took credit for that feat during World War II. So the timing of BNSF's announcement that it was contemplating a switch from diesel to natural gas might end up being unfortunate.
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    Expert: Different perspectives on ROI drive more aggressive adoption of distribution automation in Europe than US
    Supply Chain Digest
    A variety of factors are pushing companies in Europe to adopt highly automated distribution center systems, one of which is a more longer term view of the business and return on investment. That according to Marc Wulfraat, president of MWPVL International, a consulting firm that recently has done a lot of work in the Euro market and seen many of these systems first hand over the last 18 months.
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    System integration: Bringing the pieces together
    Modern Materials Handling
    Companies positioned for growth often face a strange dilemma. The prospect of retrofitting, expanding or building a new facility is good news, but then comes the hard work of moving between operations as they are and operations as they could be. Multi-million dollar projects promise increased capabilities, but also threaten calamitous failure.
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    Christopher Gleadle: The primary habit for effective sustainability
    Environmental Leader
    "Seek first to understand, then to be understood." These are the words of Stephen Covey, in his book "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People." This rule must be obeyed to optimize the circles of sustainability across an organization — all its functions, and stakeholder groups — to create actions for positive outcomes, illustrated by comparable metrics combined with compelling narrative.
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    Fleet tracking: Top 4 common misconceptions
    By Ryan Driscoll
    Despite the benefits of GPS tracking, many companies are hesitant to implement a fleet-tracking solution because of some common misbeliefs. One of the biggest worries when it comes to implementing GPS tracking is that your drivers will feel they are being unfairly watched, or that they are not trusted as faithful employees. After you — as well as your employees — understand that GPS tracking is intended to benefit your company from the bottom up, you will be on the right path for a strong and profitable future.
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    Flomio brings NFC RFID to 3-D objects
    RFID Journal
    The company has launched a service in which it manufactures figurines and other three-dimensional plastic objects with embedded RFID tags, for applications that include marketing and gaming.
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    Plastic pallets in the spotlight
    Modern Materials Handling
    When it comes to pallets, wood still accounts for most new and used shipping pallets in the market. However, the demand for plastic pallets continues to grow, according to Curt Most, senior product manager for pallets and bulk at Orbis. "Over the last couple of years, we've seen an increased interest and steady growth industrywide," Most says. "It hasn't been one specific area, but a growing demand in several areas." Most identified three trends that are driving the growth of plastic pallets.
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    Supply chain goals determine corporate success
    Material Handling & Logistics
    Over the last decade, 75 percent of companies in process industries have lost ground on margins and only 5 percent of companies improved their positions on the number of days of inventory, according to a report from Supply Chain Insights LLC titled "Supply Chain Metrics That Matter: Driving Reliability in Margins." The goal of this report was to answer "Why?"
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    Call for contributors
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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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