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WERC members can receive a discounted price on Georgia Tech Executive Education courses. Click here for more information.
If you're in North Texas, remember that the WERCouncil there is planning its annual Warehousing Resource Convention for Sept. 23 at the Grapevine Convention Center.


Systems Logic, the pioneers of Visual Logistics take their turnkey WMS solution on a coast to coast tour.

Learn how Systems Logic helped D+S Distribution (Wooster, OH) go paperless, reduce administrative costs by 60%, and achieve an inventory accuracy of over 99.993%, in under 4 months!
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Improve supply chain execution with better technology
Material Handling Management    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The importance of information to the success of supply chains is stronger than ever given economic conditions. Information is what links every node and enterprise of a supply chain. And that's where supply chain execution software and related data capture technologies come into the picture. Supply chain execution solutions include enterprise resource planning, warehouse management systems, transportation management systems, warehouse control systems and data capture systems. How they are combined depends on the situation. More



Top supply chains have top level support
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The supply chain function now widely is recognized as an important part of the business, and two-thirds of the companies in a recent poll have senior supply chain representation in the boardroom. Alignment with corporate strategy and customer service were identified as the leading functional drivers of supply chain strategy. The most important supply chain performance drivers were found to be cost focus, customer lead time and customer quality. More

Cross-industry measure shows that supply management costs continue to rise
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CAPS Research has updated its highly regarded Cross-Industry Metric Report of Standard Benchmarks. This report includes key performance indicators for different industry sectors, including purchasing operating expense, training spend, diversity spend, total spend as a percent of revenue, supply management organization operating costs, purchase order cycle times and employee retention. More

25 Years of DCA
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2010 Distribution Centers of America (DCA) member companies provide 23Mil SqFt of warehousing capacity strategically located throughout the US. Each member company is a 3PL leader in its market, committed to customer success in that region.

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Driving performance improvements through exception management
The 21st Century Supply Chain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Who doesn't embrace the concept of management by exception? This is one of those universal concepts that suggest we should build processes that handle normal variations virtually automatically and reserve our precious human capital to address the variances that have significant business impact. Like most great concepts, the real challenge lies in the application of the concept. More

Driving waste out of the DC
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Apria Healthcare is a provider of home health care products and services, with more than 500 branches throughout the continental U.S. serviced by eight large distribution centers — four in the east and four in the west. As the company has grown, its commitment to exceptional customer service and delivery has been an ever-increasing challenge. "When you're dealing with people's health and well-being, having your products there when people need them is priority," says Peter LaBerge, Apria's director of distribution on the East Coast. More

It's time to rethink warehouse management.

Learn the business challenges undermining warehouse performance and how Blockbuster took action and received hefty payoffs.
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Boardroom survey reveals ingredients to supply chain strategy success
Logistics Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The supply chain function now widely is recognized as an important part of the business, and two-thirds of the companies in a recent poll have senior supply chain representation in the boardroom. Alignment with corporate strategy and customer service were identified as the leading functional drivers of supply chain strategy. The most important supply chain performance drivers were found to be cost focus, customer lead time and customer quality. More

Scandinavian group finds that tracked cod sells better
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Members of the Swedish seafood industry say that a five-day pilot project they recently completed proves the effectiveness of employing RFID to track fish from the fishing boat to the store, thereby ensuring a faster, more visible supply chain. The project is part of the eTrace portion of the European Union's SafeFoodEra food-safety research program. The eTrace initiative is the only part of the program that focuses on the use of RFID technology to gain visibility in a variety of food supply chains throughout Europe. More
Everyone's a Winner with Vocollect Voice.
Voice-enable your warehouse or distribution center with Vocollect. You can improve productivity and achieve accuracy up to 99.995% - making your business a winner. How else can we make you a winner? Get two free professional baseball tickets just for talking with us. MORE
Selecting Mobile Computing Solutions with Confidence
Approximately 40 percent of the average workforce today is mobile, and this number is rising. Learn how to increase your ROI on your mobile computing purchase by downloading this complimentary white paper "Top 5 Tips for Choosing Mobile Computers."
Why Carton Flow? Increase Pick Rates.
Order picking accounts for 40-60% of an operation's total labor cost. UNEX. Carton Flow systems are dynamic gravity flow units that condense and organize SKU's to increase pick rates by 30% and higher, increase space utilization by 50% and reduce travel time by 40-80% when compared to a static storage system.



Who are this year's Rainmakers?
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If the events of the past two years have taught any lessons, it's that preparation, patience and poise trump all else in times of turmoil. DC Velocity's 2010 Rainmakers are a living embodiment of that creed. As the profiles on the following pages show, they've persevered through tough times with hard work and determination. Yet for all the challenges they've faced, they never stopped giving back to the profession. This year's selections represent many different segments of the supply chain discipline. More

Report finds many US ports look to beef up infrastructure to meet expected increases in cargo volumes
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As global trade begins to rebound, U.S. ports are looking to expand capacity to meet the anticipated demand and are focusing on capital development to meet the infrastructure need, according to the new Ports, Airports and Global Infrastructure report by Jones Lang LaSalle, a financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate. "Between 2007 and 2009, the nation's top 13 ports witnessed an 18.5 percent decline in total volume as both domestic and foreign consumption waned," said John Carver, head of the Ports Airports and Global Infrastructure group at Jones Lang LaSalle. More

IFCO manages custom pallet programs for top US retailers and manufacturers.

IFCO has over a decade of pallet cost reduction experience. For tips from the pallet experts, download the whitepaper, read case studies, or contact IFCO
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How to cut the last 10 percent of costs
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If your business still is standing, you've no doubt cut costs in the past year or two. You've reduced spending in the most obvious, big places. Now you see you have just a little more to go. Eking out the last 10 percent is still possible without causing major changes to how individual departments or work groups interact with each other. More

Top 10 pharma cargo thefts by value in 2009, 2010
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Big pharma means big money, especially for thieves. In a much publicized and spectacular heist, burglars made off with $75 million worth of drugs from an Eli Lily warehouse in Connecticut in March. That's one high-value hit. But it's just one incident in a growing crime wave targeting pharmaceuticals. Although warehouse thefts like Lilly's are on the rise, cargo theft mainly occurs in transit as thieves make off with unattended tractor-trailers at truck stops or parking lots. More



Bob Sutton: Why leaders always should act confident — even when they don't know what they're doing
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One of the challenges that I write about in Good Boss, Bad Boss and that Jeff Pfeffer and I discuss in Hard Facts is that leaders walk a fine line between exuding confidence while simultaneously making decisions and updating their actions based on the best possible information. The best bosses, we argue, have what psychologist's call the attitude of wisdom: They act with confidence, while doubting what they know. I have written about this here before, and perhaps the best example is in this long post about the wisdom of former Intel CEO Andy Grove. More

The real cost of workplace conflict
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When Rory Rowland, then CEO of a small financial institution, encountered a petty workplace conflict between two of his employees — "I don't even remember what it was about, but it was over an insignificant matter, like the way one of them looked at the other" — he didn't immediately address the problem. That turned out to be a big mistake. "It escalated to the point where they were snarling at each other. They weren't professional at all." More


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Motorola and Voxware Roadshow 2010 Chicago


Voxware provides voice software products that optimize the activities of warehouse workers.  More

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