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  • May 10, S. California WERCouncil — C-TPAT Certification and the Security of Your Supply Chain, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • May 15, Chicagoland WERCouncil Medline Facility Tour, 8:30 to 10:45 a.m.
  • May 18, Baltimore/Washington DC WERCouncil X-SCM Presentation, 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • May 24, Indianapolis WERCouncil 2nd Annual Indianapolis Indians Networking Event, 5:30 to 9 p.m.
  • May 25, Canada WERCouncil Robotic Layer Depaletizing Demonstration, 10 to 11 a.m.
  • May 30, Phil/Del. Valley WERCouncil Reading Phillies Backdoor Tour/Happy Hour, 3:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Anaheim 2010

    Forklift operators often mum on unsafe conditions
    Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Research carried out by Grahame Robb Associates Ltd., a U.K. based management consulting firm, in conjunction with the Fork Lift Truck Association of the U.K., suggests that around 75 percent of employees in the material handling sector believe there are "accidents waiting to happen" at work. FLTA chief executive, David Ellison, said: "The ugly secret behind most fork lift truck accidents is that someone is aware of the threat well in advance, but is either unwilling or feels unable to speak up." More



    Supply chain managers brace for automated commercial environment
    Supply Chain Management Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Trade Tech, a global supplier of cloud-based services for the logistics industry, announced that it is one of the first technology providers to receive certification for U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Automated Commercial Environment. This certification allows Trade Tech's clients — including NVOs, shippers and freight forwarders — to directly transmit and receive trade and security information with CBP via a single platform. More

    Green light for the automotive supply chain
    Supply Chain Digital    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Over the past decade, automotive manufacturers have invested heavily in boosting their green credentials, from environmental research and development that has radically increased the fuel efficiency of vehicles to transforming in-bound supply chain efficiency and manufacturing. However, the globally tough economic climate has limited the automotive industry's ability to apply the same efficiency to the movement of goods from manufacturing site to retail dealerships. More

    BUY USED MATERIAL HANDLING EQUIPMENT

    While Storage Solutions, Inc. does sell new equipment, we also specialize in providing customers with quality used pallet racking, along with other used material handling equipment. Used materials allow customers to have a more cost-efficient facility without jeopardizing the integrity of the equipment.


    Benefits of sustainability go beyond the bottom line
    Supply Management    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In a presentation to the Sustainable Purchasing & Supply Summit in London, Carmel McQuaid, Marks & Spencer's climate change manager, told an audience of buyers that in addition to benefiting the bottom line — through reduced usage and efficiency savings — there were a number of less tangible, but very valuable improvements from sustainable procurement. More

    WERC certification pays unexpected dividends
    DC Velocity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Though not yet 2 years old, the Warehousing Education and Research Council's facility certification program already has built a track record of providing benefits to the companies that take part. Participants say those benefits can come in at least two forms: improvement in operations in preparation for certification, and validation of existing capabilities and efficiencies by the certification itself. 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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    Using data to power the supply chain
    EBN    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Check out any supply chain survey conducted within the past few years and the term "visibility" will rank at the top of the wish list. Suppliers, distributors and end-customers all want to track the movement of parts as they work their way toward becoming finished goods. But each of these partners needs different data at different points in the supply chain to fulfill their concept of visibility. As a result, this data resides in silos and isn't shared across the supply network. More



    Automation: Sorting it out with Interroll
    Modern Materials Handling    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The idea that the world is flat has been a topic of business conversation since Tom Friedman's book appeared a few years ago. Friedman's thesis is that the proliferation of technology and communications means that we're all competing against one another, no matter where we live. Global events and global competition affect us at the local level. We're seeing that play out in the materials handling world in North America. 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


    VICS releases RFID reliability guidelines
    Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The board of directors of the Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Solutions Association announced new guidelines to help suppliers, retailers and solution providers become more efficient in identifying, serializing and positioning Electronic Product Code-enabled RFID tags. The guidelines, developed by the VICS Item Level RFID Initiative on RFID tag placement and performance, cover how the industry should cooperate to ensure reliable tag performance and data capture deployment. More



    Don't quit your day job
    DC Velocity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    It's good to be in logistics. Or at least that's what the results of DC Velocity's 2012 Salary Survey suggest. Of the 602 readers who participated in our survey, 86 percent said they were satisfied with their career and would recommend it to someone entering the workforce. More

    VGB Group to deploy RFID at its 120 Siberian and Crawford stores
    RFID Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    After successfully deploying radio frequency identification at its Memove retail chain, in Brazil, Valdac Global Brands Group plans to begin implementing RFID at its two other clothing chains: Siberian and Crawford. The company expects to install the technology at approximately 120 stores throughout Brazil, starting at the end of this year. More

    All staffing companies the same?
    Think again, for three years straight Allegiance Staffing has received the prestigious "Best in Staffing" award by its customers. That places them in the top 1/2 of 1% of all staffing companies nationally. Meet Allegiance at this years WERC/WIRE conference. Three opportunities: Booth 1316, presentation "Human Capital the full monty" and round table "How to deal with temp companies". Follow the link www.allegiancestaffing.com/about-allegiance/media.php to find a better way to get real staffing solutions.


    Equipment leasing in March up 36 percent over February
    Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Overall new business volume in March for the $628 billion equipment finance sector was $6.8 billion, up 10 percent from volume of $6.2 billion in the same period in 2011, according to the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index. Volume was up 36 percent from the previous month. Year-to-date cumulative new business volume is up 17 percent. More

    Convert Pallet Rack into Carton Flow

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    Food spoilage is a rotten shame
    Material Flows    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Tom Andel writes, "U.S. consumers are spoiled by all the choices their neighborhood grocery stores give them. Shamefully, too much produce is also spoiled before it even makes it to those stores. We don't see that spoilage because it happens further up the supply chain — mostly on the road. Food spoilage in global supply chains totals more than $35 billion a year, according to Forbes magazine. That news is hard to take considering all the people in this country who either can't afford or don't bother looking for nutritious, fresh food. Part of the problem is growers who can't afford or don't bother looking for answers as to why a lot of their products don't make it to their destinations with much shelf life left in them." More



    Military logisticians find workaround to Pakistan route closings
    DC Velocity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Steve Geary writes, "We're always looking to shine a light on emerging stories in logistics, and that includes new developments in the military. We recently attended the National Defense Industrial Association's 28th Annual National Logistics Conference and Exhibition in Miami and found attendees there were very low-key about something that is pretty amazing — that is, the ability of the U.S. military's logistics organization to continue supporting personnel in Afghanistan even though its routing options for delivering supplies have been drastically reduced." More

    Pallet Rack Safety Netting
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    You're not crazy — Those machines ARE talking
    Material Flows    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Tom Andel writes, "Remember the factory of the Future everyone dreamed about in the '80s? In the U.S. it's still more of a dream than a reality. Ironically, some developing countries may be closer to seeing the realization of that dream than those who originally dreamed it. In this dream, a point-of-sale system is connected to a warehouse, which is connected to an on-demand manufacturing plant operating in a lean — not a batch — mode. So if an item gets purchased at a particular location you have the logistical and manufacturing infrastructure to produce that one item and its replacement." More
     


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