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  • March 29, North Texas WERCouncil Henry Schein Facility Tour, 11 a.m. to noon
  • March 29, Boston WERCouncil Anheuser-Bush Facility Tour and Dinner Meeting, 4 to 7:30 p.m.
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  • April 20, Northern California WERCouncil Annual Reno Meeting, noon to 8 p.m.
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    10 ways to implement ergonomics in your warehouse
    Modern Materials Handling    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Slowly but surely, workplaces across America are realizing the importance of ergonomics in keeping workers healthy and happy. Ergonomics is the scientific study of the way humans work, and how to reduce stress, discomfort and injury in the workplace. Whether your company employs desk jobs or manual labor or both, implementing ergonomics is a necessity. The question is, apart from hiring an ergonomics expert to come in and overhaul your company, what are some ways you can introduce ergonomic solutions into your workplace? More




    2012 shipments, shippers to US down
    Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Global trade activity declined significantly from January to February, according to Panjiva, the global trade and overseas supplier analyst firm. Its February monthly data report states that the number of waterborne shipments coming into the U.S. experienced a 20 percent month-over-month decline from January to February. The analysts note that in years past they've seen Chinese New Year-related declines from January to February. More

    A tried-and-true route to shaving freight expenses
    DC Velocity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In this age of ever-rising fuel prices and the push to reduce carbon footprints, logistics and supply chain managers are constantly searching for ways to cut transportation costs as well as the number of trucks on the road. One proven technique for doing so is through consolidation programs, sometimes referred to as "shared services" or "collaborative distribution." More

    Supplemental Staffing: Waste or Valuable Asset?
    If your customers demand 10 out of 10 service from you, why do you accept anything less from your staffing service provider? You’re not alone. Fewer than 40% of staffing users rate their service 9 or 10? Quality service is available if you rethink the purchasing process. Follow the link www.allegiancestaffing.com/about-allegiance/media.php to find a better way to get real staffing solutions. more


    Grant issued to study sheep's wool for packaging and shipping vaccines
    Healthcare Packaging    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    To combat growing vaccine waste, a U.K. government initiative reportedly will back R&D of sheep's wool packaging for pharmaceuticals. Developments in biopharmaceuticals, combination products, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals continue to expand the need for temperature-controlled distribution in a variety of temperature ranges. To protect these advanced therapeutic products through the distribution chain, complex packaging, such as phase-change materials, may be employed. With that in mind, who would have thought wool would enter the discussion as a material consideration? More

    What Does it Take to Increase Performance?

    It takes more than speed and precision. It takes LEGACY Supply Chain Services, instilling leadership at every level of the supply chain and creating a new culture that drives greater performance. For more information or to speak with us about your supply chain, visit www.LEGACYscs.com or call 603.792.2205.
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    Logistics: 3 parties may not be enough
    Material Flows    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Tom Andel writes, "As a mature adult, I don't like being called 'Tommy.' It doesn't sound dignified. Nevertheless, there are people in my life who continue to do so because they've known me since childhood and the name just stuck. If you manage a 3PL, you may feel my pain. You may not like the name 3PL because it no longer matches the business you've become. You may prefer LSP — for logistics service provider. You may feel that 'third-party' stuff implies a separation from your clients — like being the fifth wheel on a date." More

    Automation: TGW moves from cost cutting to growth
    Modern Materials Handling    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    There's an interesting discussion going on inside business today. After four years of cutting to survive, is it time to begin investing for growth? Yes, there's a lot of uncertainty around rising gasoline prices, an upcoming presidential election, European banks and whether the employment picture will continue to improve or sputter. Still, many companies are asking whether enough is enough. "Many companies have cut costs to the point that if they do more, they'll save their way out of business," said John Clark, director of marketing for TGW Systems. More




    Cliff Holste: When considering a DC automation project, first determine project goals, objectives, scope
    Distribution Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    If you are a distributor with limited internal resources, and are seriously thinking about "automating" your order fulfillment operation, getting off to the right start is important. Unless you have some previous experience with the planning and development of complex projects, knowing how to prepare for a project that will have long term implications on the company's business may not be so obvious. This is a challenge that many logistics executives and DC managers struggle with. More

    Supply chain agility: If you know it when you see it, do you need to define it?
    The 21st Century Supply Chain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Trevor Miles writes, "In a recent exchange with Lora Cecere on Twitter in which I stated that 'agility' is a requirement for any modern supply chain, Lora challenged my statement by stating that there isn't a standard definition for agility. More precisely, Lora's point was that there isn't a standard way of measuring agility, which of course relies on a standard definition. OK, I get Lora's point, but, like that famous statement by a U.S. Supreme Court judge when asked to define pornography, he replied that 'I know it when I see it.' So let us explore some of the terms, particularly agility, used to describe today's supply chains." More




    Improvement needed in medical/health care packaging, says study of arm amputees
    Healthcare Packaging    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Both one- and two-handed study respondents struggle with such packaging, but "innovation platforms" suggest better designs. Health care packaging is ripe with opportunities for companies to differentiate themselves from their competitors by being easier to use with one hand. Convenience is the killer app, according to a unique new "One Handed World" study. The study found that one-handed convenience creates delight and engenders loyalty in consumers. More
    Auto Apply 8.5" x 11" Pack Sheet
    Auto apply up to two 8.5” x 11” duplex packing sheets under a removable shipping label on carton sizes from .25” to 30” high. Eliminate 35 to 50 seconds of labor from every order shipped. Numina Group has a full family of modular print and apply labeling solutions – click to watch videos. 630-343-2622.
    Convert Pallet Rack into Carton Flow
    Span-Track carton flow track by UNEX ‘drops-in’ to any new or existing pallet rack structure. Convert static storage into dynamic order-picking modules. Span-Track’s full width roller provides more contact surface than any other carton flow to deliver superior flow with product always at the pick point. Request a free sample…
    Pallet Rack Safety Netting
    Reduce damage and protect people from falling boxes, pallets and parts with RackGuard from Industrial Netting. The unique joint structure of our extruded polypropylene grid resists sagging and won’t unravel. Easy to install. Easy to clean. Visit www.industrialnetting.com
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    Survey reveals top 10 benefits of risk management information technology
    @Risk    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    New survey results from Aon eSolutions offer some valuable insight into how the use of risk technology can impact an organization's risk and data management, as well as the total cost of risk. A survey of more than 400 risk professionals from 57 countries showed the following. More

    MODEX hits its mark
    DC Velocity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    George Prest, chief executive officer of the Material Handling Industry of America, discusses the success of his group's new MODEX trade show and plans for the event going forward. More




    KNAPP - "Making Complexity Simple!"

    KNAPP Logistics Automation provides automated warehouse solutions and warehouse logistics software. Innovative technology + Global experience + Superior solutions = Market advantage for our clients!! MORE


    Sustainability now a strategy, not just a report
    Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Scott Bolick writes, "I often am asked about the changes I have seen in the sustainability market since SAP formally launched its efforts in early 2009. It is clear that sustainability has and will continue to rise in importance as mega-trends create pricing pressures on energy and other resources; product safety regulations expand across all regions; financial analysts begin to look at sustainability in company valuations; and stakeholders leverage social media to drive more sustainable behavior. Facing these challenges and opportunities, sustainability efforts have matured and changed for the better. The following are three key changes for enterprises." More

    Don't Miss ProMat 2013

    See and compare solutions for your manufacturing, logistics and supply chain operations and network with your peers at ProMat 2013. Discover equipment and systems solutions and learn about the latest supply chain innovations and leading trends. Explore 700 exhibits and choose from a variety of educational sessions.
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    Mygrant Glass uses RFID for delivery confirmation
    RFID Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    California-based auto glass wholesaler Mygrant Glass is eliminating the need for paperwork for delivery verification, by equipping its drivers with mobile RFID interrogators provided by IDBlue, that read passive EPC Gen 2 ultrahigh-frequency RFID tags on the products being delivered, and then forward that information to Apple iPads. The readers can not only transmit to mobile phones and tablets via a Bluetooth connection, but also act as stylus pens, enabling customers to sign for the receipt of products, and thereby creating an electronic receipt. More

    Which port is your chain's best link?
    Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The following are some important factors to consider when choosing a North American port to best serve your supply chain requirements. More




    RFID helps German soccer teams keep their eye on the ball — and their players
    RFID Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Local soccer clubs in Nuremburg, Germany, are testing an RFID-based system provided by the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits, an applied research organization, that follows the movements of players and balls in order to provide automated score-keeping during games, as well as training beforehand. The system, known as RedFIR, enables team managers, trainers and referees to track the locations and movements of players and balls on the field, and thereby determine whether a goal is scored, as well as (in the case of training) how well players perform and whether they may require additional guidance. More
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