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WERC Conference 2011 NEW!
Beer 'n' Bull is a new event for WERC's Conference. We're going to create a fun, social environment for sharing and discussing interesting or fun facts about warehousing and the logistics industry. For example, what do beer and logistics have in common? What role has beer played in our government? You get the idea. After a full day of intense education, attend this session to learn about the unbreakable bond between beer and logistics. (additional cost event — $30.00)


Systems Logic, the pioneers of Visual Logistics take their turnkey WMS solution on a coast to coast tour.

Learn how Systems Logic helped D+S Distribution (Wooster, OH) go paperless, reduce administrative costs by 60%, and achieve an inventory accuracy of over 99.993%, in under 4 months!
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Government should learn from ProMat vendors, attendees
Material Flows    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
After a full day of face-to-face interviews and press conferences at ProMat, a clear theme is emerging: We need to find ways to stay lean and agile while building contingency plans to deal with uncertainty. It's almost like everyone is saying "store up on strategies to reduce storage — but never run out of what your customer wants." Sure. That's easy to say, but in a global supply chain, how do you make sure everyone in your network is on the same page? Even Tom Ridge, former secretary of Homeland Security and ProMat's keynote speaker, said that while globalization exposes us to greater vulnerability, we have to manage disruptions before they manage us. That means managing partners as well as inventory, making sure they're complying with regulations so when their shipments cross the border there is no disruption. More



Before you move to the cloud...
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When it comes to their software, a lot of warehouse and DC managers have their heads in the clouds these days. Rather than buying a traditional warehouse management system and installing it on their corporate servers, they're opting for cloud-based applications that are hosted by the vendor or a third-party on an off-site server, often far away, and delivered via the Internet. Much of the appeal of cloud-based solutions is their low cost. Companies can avoid a hefty upfront capital outlay for software licenses as well as ongoing expenses for upgrades and maintenance. At present, most cloud-based WMS users are small warehouses that use basic equipment like forklift trucks, bar-code scanners, and radio-frequency devices in their operations. But what if a user wanted to trade in its forklifts and RF devices for, say, sorters, carousels, pick-to-light systems, or automated storage and retrieval systems? Would it have to rethink its choice of software? Or is it possible to use a cloud-based WMS to run a facility with sophisticated automated material handling equipment? More

PRESS RELEASE: AVNET selects Swisslog

Swisslog will implement its AutoStore system - a high density storage/piece picking solution. Stacked bins and series of robots. For more information, visit www.swisslog.com/na10
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Kevin Hume: SaaS, on-demand systems are future of supply chain IT
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The convergence of constrained capital, limited IT resources, and demands for higher productivity functionality continue to expand the footprint for SaaS- and on-demand-based technology applications across the supply chain. SaaS-based applications are no longer the hype; instead, they are the quickest and most cost-effective way to provide supply chain execution technology for 2011 and beyond. SaaS and on-demand applications will continue to grow across the supply chain landscape. There are several key points for companies to consider while contemplating what they want to achieve and how to adopt SaaS and on-demand as part of a supply chain technology strategy in the coming year. More

Senate committee investigating counterfeit electronic parts in military supply chain
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Recently, the Senate Armed Services Committee announced it has launched an investigation into counterfeit electronic parts in the Department of Defense's supply chain. According to a statement by Sens. Carl Levin, D-Mich., and John McCain, R-Ariz., chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, the presence of counterfeit electronic parts in the Defense Department's supply chain is a growing problem, and both government and industry share a common interest in solving it. More

Interlink Technologies is consistently ranked in the Top 100 WMS technology providers.

Interlink provides reliable WMS technology, accurate information, dependable partnership and peace of mind! THINK INTERLINK! Celebrating 25 Years of WMS Experience in 2011.
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Patricia Lotich: Why doing the right thing is right for the bottom line
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The success of any organization is built on the confidence and trust of employees, customers and the general public. The only way for an organization to gain that trust is to demonstrate honesty and integrity in everything the organization does. Organizations that operate this way do so because it is the right thing to do and not because of legal requirements. We are all familiar with the fall of Enron and Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme. As their unethical business practices came to light, these very successful organizations promptly collapsed. Integrity affects every area of business operations and all customer groups. More

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European supply chain operations: Where are we?
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During 2010, companies around the globe were examining their internal operations and evaluating different areas of their supply chains to determine how to improve their bottom line. Businesses throughout Europe have not been excluded from this, and they continue to look to their supply chains in 2011 to reduce costs and increase revenue. The following are some key areas in which European companies are focusing their attention in the upcoming year. More

Selecting Mobile Computing Solutions with Confidence

Learn how to increase your ROI on your mobile computing purchase by downloading this complimentary white paper "Top 5 Tips for Choosing Mobile Computers."
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RFID tracks wooden utility poles at the factory, in the field
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Cox Industries is attaching passive EPC Gen 2 ultrahigh-frequency RFID tags to wooden utility poles after they are manufactured at its Blackstone, Va., facility, in order to track their location and status within the yard in which they are stored and then loaded onto trucks bound for utility companies across the Eastern Seaboard. At the same time, in the city of Orangeburg, S.C., the Department of Public Utilities' Electric Division is applying similar tags to 20,000 poles for use by its inspectors and maintenance staff. More
The Right 3PL Puts Cash in Your Pocket - Year-Over-Year
Outsourcing to a qualified third party logistics provider (3PL) can provide cost savings that are difficult to achieve when a company’s supply chain is managed in-house. To learn how to begin your search for the right 3PL partner, download our complimentary whitepaper here. For information or to speak with us about your supply chain, visit www.tmsilog.com or call 603.792.2205.
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3 easy-to-adopt leadership traits
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Most managers desire to grow their leadership skills to be able to provide better guidance to their teams. But sometimes the "how" of stretching those abilities can be a little overwhelming, and the "when" can add even more stress to your already busy day. If you want to become a more effective leader without the stress, try adopting these three simple traits today — no 25-chapter leadership book required! More

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Kevin McCarthy: Truckload's distinguishing features
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Is procuring truckload transportation any different from the procurement activities of other corporate functions or industries? The answer is yes. Which begs the second question: Why does it matter? There are at least two reasons why it is beneficial to be aware of these differences. First, understanding the nature of buying truckload transportation helps you to make more informed purchasing decisions. Second, the knowledge can be used to educate the procurement profession about the unique demands of the truckload industry. More

Innovation Starts At ProMat® 2011

See and compare solutions for your manufacturing and supply chain operations and network with your peers at ProMat 2011-March 21-24, 2011 in Chicago’s McCormick Place. Discover the best equipment and systems solutions and learn about the latest innovations. ProMat 2011 features 700 exhibits and 80 Education Sessions.
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Michael Woodward: Why personality matters in the workplace
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Building and cultivating relationships is an integral part of any career strategy. Whether you are a job seeker, manager or entrepreneur, you are in the relationship business. When it comes to building relationships you must start with self knowledge, and that starts with personality. The study of personality is fundamentally about asking: Who am I? I know it sounds cliché, but before you can effectively reach outward to others, you have to be able to look inward. The study of personality provides some great insights into how to do this. More



Japan crises affecting global supply chain
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Manufacturers and other businesses that rely on Japanese components and/or products are beginning to realize that the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis that have devastated Japan are likely to affect their supply chains for several weeks — and possibly even longer. For example, The New York Times is reporting that Nissan has at least nine Japanese vehicle and parts factories and 35 suppliers that have been disrupted by the disaster. In the article, the chairman of Nissan Americas says he can offer no guess on the financial toll or when the company would return to normal. Likewise, Honda has told U.S. dealers that it will delay taking orders for Japanese-made cars and trucks they normally would receive in May until the company has a better idea of its ability to ship them. And Toyota plants remain shuttered as well. More

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RFID to aid Schneider Electric track production of every PCB it turns out
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Schneider Electric, a global energy-management firm that reported €18.5 billion ($25.7 billion) in sales in 2009, says it has laid the groundwork to begin using RFID to identify and track the production of every printed circuit board it manufactures, and that it expects to begin utilizing the technology within the next few months. Since November 2010, Schneider Electric has been adding a placeholder for an EPC Gen 2 RFID chip onto all of its new PCB designs, in order to pave the way for the project. The placeholder consists of small indentations with specific copper line patterns that also include a pad to which an RFID IC module would be attached. The company expects to begin attaching RFID IC modules after it has finished putting the necessary reader infrastructure and supporting software in place. More

Dependable warehouse solutions from Yale.

Designed for enhanced productivity, battery life and maneuverability, you can count on the Yale® MPB040-E and MPE050-E to keep performing, shift after shift. yale.com. MORE


The men who made bar codes, which initially were considered failures, get honored after 40 years
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The men who invented bar codes for scanning groceries — and then watched their idea sit for decades before it was put to use — are being inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver came up with the idea of a row of parallel bars to identify products in 1948, and then immediately changed the format to a bulls-eye shape, which they thought would work better. But it took 25 years (most of which Woodland worked for IBM, which wasn't much interested in the invention) for optical scanning technology to catch up so the idea could be adopted as UPC codes in 1974. And even though bar codes were on their way to becoming the most important technology in retail, by 1976 BusinessWeek pronounced it a failure. More

Medical package priorities focus on integrity, handling, cost containment
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In this Q&A, Healthcare Packaging speaks with Kieran Smith, global industry leader of Durables & Medical for Eastman Chemical Co., about what its customers are discussing in the medical device packaging space. More



Morty Lefkoe: Why managers tell people what to do
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Despite the fact that younger members of the workforce are demanding the opportunity to think for themselves and contribute their brains as well as their brawn to their companies, many managers still insist on micromanaging their employees. My experience is that most supervisors and mid-level managers who have had their jobs at least 15 years act this way. The reason is that they have this belief: The job of managers is to figure out what workers ought to do and then get them to do it. Given the current commitment in many organizations to have managers listen to and empower their workers instead of "boss" them, this belief often prevents corporate policy from being implemented on lower levels. More
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Flying out to Promat 2011? Visit UNEX Booth #3215

UNEX is exhibiting our Carton Flow products and Order Picking solutions at the Promat2011 Tradeshow. Visit UNEX Booth # 3215 at McCormick Plaza in Chicago March 21st – 24th. Talk to our Sales Team and ask for a SKUBE demonstration. Learn how to increase throughput and pick efficiencies within your operation.
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