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How does your organization compare to the 2013 reported data for DC Measures? Contact Rita Coleman or 630-990-0001 to arrange for a customized report comparing your company's data to this year's study results (Comparison based on Industry, Type of Customers Served and Business Strategy will be provided). Special pricing for members.

WERCouncil events
  • July 23, Northern California Midsummer Networking & Raffle Event, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • July 24, Chicagoland WERCouncil Presentation: Key Issues in Domestic Freight Transportation, 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Sept. 24, 12th Annual North Texas WERCouncil — Warehousing Resource Convention, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Are warehouse management system modifications going away? Should they?
    Supply Chain Digest
    There is no question that leading vendors of warehouse management systems have dramatically improved out-of-the-box capabilities, substantially reducing and sometimes even eliminating the need for modifications to the vendor's core offering.
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    Each member company of the Distribution Centers of America (Team DCA) is a leader in its regional market, committed to customer success in that region. Fortune 500’s to small and medium sized businesses consistently choose regional providers for service responsiveness and flexibility.

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    7 signs your supply chain needs a redesign
    DC Velocity
    Because supply chain redesigns are expensive and time-consuming, they often get deferred. But if your company shows any of these warning signs, you probably can't afford to put it off any longer.
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    Another link in the chain: Using project management to drive the supply chain
    The 21st Century Supply Chain
    Before integrated project management came along, direct links between the supply chain and project management didn't exist. Such relationships led to project management features where supply and demand can directly link to and impact project tasks.
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    PRODUCT SHOWCASE
      Why invest in GoPET?

    “GoPET saves hours in lost productivity. We can address issues much quicker as they arise. “- Lona S, GM, Kansas City.

    “GoPET is faster, quieter and with better mobility and safety than golf cart or tagger. Very Cost Effective”-David P, Facility Manager, Dallas, TX

    “With GoPET, our team can move quickly in our big warehouse all day long. Much better than walking.”- Steve M, Facility Director, Houston, TX

     


    Moving toward a resilient supply chain
    SupplyChainBrain
    A company's very lifeblood turns on resilience in its supply chain, says John Mascaritolo, professor of supply chain management at Clayton State University.
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    What are the ramifications of shippers asking 3PLs to take on more supply chain risk?
    Supply Chain Digest
    Evidence is mounting that shippers are asking their 3PLs to take on more supply chain risks contractually, a potentially major inflection point in logistics outsourcing. Risk management of course is a sort of "megatrend" in supply chain management right now, with seemingly every company looking to reduce its risk exposure. Risk management takes up an increasingly significant amount of most supply chain executives' time versus even just five years ago.
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    Distribution center worker cross-training: Relieving the bottleneck
    By Adam Hertzman
    On my first day of class in Operations 101 at business school, my professor taught us about bottlenecks — situations in which your ability to move inventory through a system is limited by a single constraint, or bottleneck. Relieve the choke point, we were told, and more inventory flows through the entire system. Imagine my surprise later in my career upon visiting so many distribution centers to see them treat each task in isolation.
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    Industry Pulse: Who is typically responsible for bottlenecks in your facility?
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    Last week's survey: Do leaders take time to review your organization's current methods?
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    Get published in WERCWatch
    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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    SHOWCASE
      Selective

    Since 1926, Selective has been providing warehouses with the insurance solutions they need.  We know, Response is everything®, and we'll prove it to you when you work with us.  Selective offers a wide range of insurance solutions for you.
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    The most overlooked leadership skill
    Forbes
    Peter Bregman, a contributor for Forbes, writes: "Typically, we choose our leaders for their skill at conveying messages clearly and powerfully. But, in my experience, it's their ability to receive messages that distinguishes the best leaders from the rest."
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    Which behaviors must leaders avoid?
    Harvard Business Review
    If you want to empower, engage or motivate others, don't just focus on increasing your positive behaviors. Pay attention to what you need to stop doing as well. Why? Because people remember the bad more than the good.
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    53 percent of supply chain leaders say disruptions now more costly
    @Risk
    According to a new survey from Deloitte, global executives are increasingly concerned about the growing risks to their supply chains and costly negative impacts such as margin erosion and inability to keep up with demand.

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    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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    Demand for more customized services at the DC drives changes in order fulfillment strategy
    Supply Chain Digest
    Today's distribution centers are providing an ever increasing array of individualized customer specific services that require special "off-line" operations including assembly, packaging, customization, and store-ready shipments that disrupt the continuity of orders flowing from picking to shipping.

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    Leading people in an anxious world
    Harvard Business Review
    Karen Firestone writes, "Safety is now Americans' overriding concern. Several years ago, as I sat in a secondary school board meeting, the visiting headmaster of a K-8 school was asked what he considered the highest priority for parents in choosing high schools. I was astounded when he said 'safety' rather than, for example, 'quality of education.' But that was just a hint of how Americans' safety fears would blossom in the years to come. We have become the most anxious of nations, fearing terrorists, gun rampage, sexual assault, hurricanes, tornadoes, snowstorms, identity theft, discrimination and germs, among other things, and not necessarily in that order. CEOs and managers need to understand what that means to their organizations."
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    Logistics gets the celebrity treatment
    DC Velocity
    It's a given that unless someone works in or has some connection with freight transportation, warehousing, or material handling, they're pretty much oblivious to what goes on behind the scenes in these areas. So it was surprising indeed to happen across a couple of instances of television and film stars connecting with our industry.
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