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WERCouncil events
  • June 12, Michigan WERCouncil Distribution Costing for Profitability, 5:30 to 8:15 p.m.
  • June 19, Michigan WERCouncil Port Lansing & Foreign Trade Zone Seminar/Tour, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

  • Lean your warehouse workforce
    DC Velocity
    Warehouse and distribution center managers spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to handle the greatest amount of product in as little time as possible, with the highest level of service, and at the lowest possible cost. Yet despite their best efforts, they still may overlook opportunities to achieve that goal.
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    How to design a balanced material handling system
    SupplyChainBrain
    Larry Boroff, director of automation systems engineering with FORTE, outlines the fundamentals behind balancing the need for flexibility, efficiency, technology and cost control.
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    Is RFID still a disruptive technology?
    Supply Chain Digest
    Whether RFID in the supply chain is thriving, struggling or somewhere in between is a matter of opinion right now. But almost nine years after the infamous Walmart case-level RFID program was first announced, only to be later shut down, and largely incremental progress since then, should we still consider RFID a "disruptive" technology?
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    “With GoPET, our team can move quickly in our big warehouse all day long. Much better than walking.”- Steve M, Facility Director, Houston, TX

     


    Share your insight
    MultiBriefs
    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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    The competency you keep — when outsourcing logistics
    Material Handling & Logistics
    If you want a quick answer to the question, "What's new with 3PLs?" 4PLs would be as concise as you could get. While 4PLs have been around quite a while, the real news is the renewed attention they're getting.
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    7 practical tips for effective supervision
    By D. Albert Brannen
    Experienced managers have increasing difficulty navigating today's alphabet soup of federal employment laws — ADA, ADEA, FMLA, IRCA, OSHA, NLRB, etc. State and local laws further complicate the making of employment decisions. At the risk of oversimplifying things, we prepared this list of seven tips for effective supervision to avoid legal liability in the workplace.
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    The competency you keep — when outsourcing logistics
    Material Handling & Logistics
    If you want a quick answer to the question, "What's new with 3PLs?" 4PLs would be as concise as you could get. While 4PLs have been around quite a while, the real news is the renewed attention they're getting.
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    Rug company tracks its wares via new UHF seal
    RFID Journal
    RFID technology provider Cybra has developed a seal that locks onto an item or container, and includes an EPC Gen 2 RFID inlay that can be used to track that item and verify its authenticity. The company initially developed the Lock & EnCode RFID seal for a rug importer based in New Jersey, and is now commercializing the solution for other businesses that want to not only track or locate their goods, but also verify that a given container was not opened.
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    Reduce shipping costs in every department by deploying a Web-based multi-carrier shipping system. Find out how Advanced Distribution Solutions Inc. (ADSI) helped this large insurance company make its multi-carrier shipping system accessible to 70,000 employees in 24 facilities and reaped big savings!
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    Optimizing distribution networks for competitive advantage
    DC Velocity
    Duane Sizemore, senior vice president of Saddle Creek Logistics Services, discusses what companies should consider when choosing strategic locations for their DCs and how a 3PL can help.
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    The effective supply chain frontier — fact or fiction?
    The 21st Century Supply Chain
    Trevor Miles writes, "Lora Cecere at Supply Chain Insights has been writing for some time about Conquering the Supply Chain Effective Frontier. Lora characterizes this as a focus on long term resiliency of the supply chain, not just short term cost efficiency. She is right."
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    The new age of security awareness
    Supply Chain Digest
    In recent years security concerns have become a serious issue for logistics companies. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, employee theft now costs companies more that $40 billion a year. That is a huge number — and it's growing.

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    Finding probable cause may be a DC manager's biggest challenge
    Supply Chain Digest
    Distribution centers are typically, busy, noisy and often chaotic environments to work in. DC managers are always on the lookout for problems (actual and perceived). They must be ready to make operational and/or systematic changes as may be required to "fix" a problem or satisfy new business requirement.

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    When managers think they are leaders
    DC Velocity
    Life's too short to waste on "leaders" who can't lead and managers who can't manage. Here are some telltale signs you're dealing with one of these.

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    ATK tracks composite aircraft parts manufactured at its plant
    RFID Journal
    As the company prepares for 12-fold growth, it is using passive UHF RFID tags to monitor the lifespan of composite materials, and to track the production of aircraft parts and the molds used to form them.
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    Fuel prices keep climbing
    Fleet Owner
    Diesel and gasoline prices continued to climb, with average retail pump prices increasing 2.4 cents and 7 cents per gallon, respectively, across this U.S., according to data tracked by the Energy information Administration.
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    Visibility is a gift; vision is a responsibility
    Chain of Thought
    Visibility is something every supply chain manager longs for — until something goes wrong and eyes focus on them for all the wrong reasons. Right now business media around the world are eyeing the supply chain management of some of the biggest retailers in the U.S. in light of the tragic collapse of the Rana Plaza building that housed more than a thousand garment industry workers in Bangladesh. Although these workers might not have been making product for U.S. retailers directly, these companies are being challenged to set an example for retailers around the world by signing an agreement designed to upgrade fire and safety practices in the Bangladesh garment industry.
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        When managers think they are leaders (DC Velocity)
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