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WERCouncil Events
  • April 10, Boston WERCouncil Aubuchon Hardware Facility Tour, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • April 11, Cincinnati WERCouncil Spring Supply Chain Forum, 4:30 to 8:30 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.

  • New 'SuperTruck' may improve diesel mileage by more than 50 percent, make big dent in logistics costs
    Supply Chain Digest
    In 2010, the United States Energy Department awarded $187 million of grants to companies for research on more efficient and clean transportation-related technologies. That included $53 million to engine maker Cummins as the prime contractor for development of a so-called "SuperTruck" that would be significantly more fuel efficient than current designs. Navistar and Daimler Trucks North America also received millions for work on the Super Truck concept.
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    Breaking the rules of supply chain management
    SupplyChainBrain
    Rich Sherman and Bob Sabath, discipline experts in supply chain management with Trissential, explain what it means to "break the rules" of traditional practice, and how to go about doing it.
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    Report urges wider use of existing bar-code standards to meet consumers' needs, improve supply chain efficiency
    DC Velocity
    Many companies fail to adopt and apply today's bar-code standards even though their wider use could improve supply chain efficiency and satisfy a growing consumer appetite for relevant product information, according to a new study from Capgemini Consulting, the technical standards organization GS1, and the retail group The Consumer Goods Forum.
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    Back to basics: AS/RS uncorks dock bottlenecks
    Material Handling & Logistics
    The shipping dock is to warehousing what the pace car is to a car race. No matter how efficiently all the disparate processes in the modern warehouse or distribution center may be capable of running, none of them — full case picking, broken case picking, slow mover area, non-conveyables, etc. — can operate any more efficiently than the shipping dock can handle them.
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    The dynamics of automated material handling
    SupplyChainBrain
    Andy Williams, business development manager with Vanderlande Industries, talks about how companies are embracing the direct-to-consumer model of distribution.
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    Supply chain solutions with the best pain to gain ratios
    Supply Chain Digest
    Dan Gilmore, editor-in-chief of Supply Chain Digest, writes: "Every two or three years, I do a sort of summary evaluation of different supply chain-related technologies, pondering which really provide the best bang for the buck. I am back here with the 2013 version — with one major change in my approach. This year, I am not including the very mature type solutions that almost every company that could really use them already has, or has simply decided not to do so, for whatever reason. Those include areas such as demand planning, warehouse management, transportation management, manufacturing execution systems, etc."
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    Top 10 loss control tips for 2013: Job hazard analysis
    By Dennis Truitt
    Now that you have identified the potential risks posed to your firm, it is time to dig a little deeper. Begin the process by using a standardized checklist to make sure that everyone is using the same system and is on the same page. Your goal to get the program off the ground should be creating comfort with the process of analysis. After that standard is created, the comfort level is high and all users have mastered the tool, you can begin to modify the specifics to meet your firm's goals.
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    Top 5 solutions to common inventory management mistakes
    Material Handling & Logistics
    When trainers visit various warehouses they see trends of what manufacturers are doing well and some of the common mistakes they make. The following are five of the more common mistakes that many warehouses are making — and how to fix them.
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    Why the Pareto Curve is essential to design an efficient distribution center
    DC Velocity
    Why do some system integrators and manufactures ignore the Pareto Curve when they are building a DC? See how the proper application can maximize your distribution centers efficiency.
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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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    Breaking the rules of supply chain management
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    Warehousing's forgotten maintenance: Forklift lead-acid battery
    By Neil Swanson
    As facility managers, we understand the importance of budgeting, productivity and inventory levels, as well as the general daily grind of running facilities. Yet how many of us truly maintain one of our largest capital expenditures — the forklift battery?

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    Could robots take over loading and receiving docks?
    DC Velocity
    Advances in technology are making it possible for robots to load and unload trailers and containers.

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    AS/RS fires up productivity in deep-freeze warehouses
    Material Handling & Logistics
    Increasingly, frozen food producers and distributors need to trace and identify where each product lot originated, where pallets came from, where they were stored, what the temperature was in storage, and other critical data to keep track of their perishable inventory and ensure its product integrity. Automation of deep-freeze warehousing can help fulfill these needs. An example can be found in high-bay, high-density storage utilizing automated storage and retrieval systems.
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