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MESSAGE FROM WERC
Call for Proposals for WERC Conference 2015
May 3 to 6, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Orlando, Florida

Presentation proposals are being accepted now through Aug. 1, 2014.
Submit your proposal online.

2014 Hiring Our Heroes Veterans Event — Cincinnati, Ohio
Employment workshop and hiring fair on June 19. Check out the details here.

WERCouncil Events
  • June 12, NY/NJ/CT WERCouncil 31st Annual Scholarship Golf Outing, 11 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.
  • June 20, Michigan WERCouncil 2nd Annual Tour of Cleveland Indians DC and Ballgame, 6 to 10 p.m.
  • July 16, Arizona WERCouncil HD Supply Facility Tour & Lunch, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • Managing customer orders at the speed of the Internet
    Supply Chain Digest
    In today's quick response environment individual consumers and business customers alike want to check the availability of inventory and the shipping status of their orders online. Progressive retailers are able to synchronize the activities of multiple warehouses, or multiple partners in the supply chain, to provide a seamless real-time view of inventory and order status beyond the four walls of the DC.
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    5 reasons why diversity is crucial for success
    By Scott Steinberg
    As you may have noticed, most working professionals tend to surround themselves with like-minded individuals who have similar backgrounds, experiences and education. But while it's important that everyone on a team buy into the same overarching vision and share similar goals, there are some compelling reasons why it's crucial to work with others who possess different perspectives, skills and thoughts on how to achieve desired outcomes — even if their opinions may run counter to ours.
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    Finding the balance between coaching and managing
    Harvard Business Review
    Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman write, "Ask 100 people if they have good common sense, and more than 95 percent will tell you they do. Ask them if they are good coaches, and almost as many will say yes. Executives we talk to assume that if they're good managers, then being a good coach is like your shadow on a sunny day. It just naturally follows."
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    Share your expertise
    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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    8 ways to fail at being a manager
    By Christina Nava
    For leaders, it's understandable that as the going gets rough, tensions rise up. It can be a stressful job running a company and being in charge of a good majority, if not all, of its employees. It's important to keep in mind that how you react to situations should be at a professional level, because as a manager you have chosen to take on a leadership role. With that said, here are eight unprofessional behaviors that need to be avoided when you're put in a leadership or management position.
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    Managing customer orders at the speed of the Internet
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    In today's quick response environment individual consumers and business customers alike want to check the availability of inventory and the shipping status of their orders online. Progressive retailers are able to synchronize the activities of multiple warehouses, or multiple partners in the supply chain, to provide a seamless real-time view of inventory and order status beyond the four walls of the DC.

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    Automation and innovation in the warehouse
    By Ken Ackerman
    Full automation of materials handling in a warehouse exists only in the imagination of the technocrat. Just as the perfectly safe airplane is too heavy to fly, the fully automated warehouse is too expensive to buy and usually too risky to operate. An inverse correlation exists between mechanization and flexibility. There have been many instances of conveyor systems being sold for scrap because there was no resale market for this specialized equipment.

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    How to implement a 5S system at your facility
    By Jeannea Jones
    5S was established in Japan as five pillars of progress to create a lean methodology for inventory management. These Japanese pillars have been identified as one of the techniques that enabled "just in time" manufacturing, and they have been translated into several American versions with various "S" themes. Although the intent originated with manufacturing, the methodology can be applied to all facility management settings where inventory management is a vital element to a successful program.

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    A look inside an AS/RS system
    DC Velocity
    Ever wonder want an Automated Storage and Retrieval System (AS/RS) looks like? Take a sneak peek into one.
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    Tech Data asks: What's next?
    Modern Materials Handling
    One of the world's largest wholesale distributors of technology solutions rolled out a WCS, WMS and labor management across six U.S. distribution centers to keep up with demand.
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