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WERCouncil Events
  • July 16, Arizona WERCouncil HD Supply Facility Tour & Lunch, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • July 22, St. Louis WERCouncil True Manufacturing and Distribution Tour, 9 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Aug. 7, Washington WERCouncil SanMar Distribution Tour, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

  • Developing dashboards: The right data for warehouse managers
    By Ken Ackerman
    Like the dashboard on your car, your business system should be designed to provide the essential information that warehouse managers must have in order to know exactly how their operation is performing. But many systems are "data rich, information poor," also known as DRIP. Because so much information is available on contemporary warehouse management systems, some managers cannot resist the temptation to put far more metrics in a warehouse dashboard then you will find in the dashboard on your car.
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    Selling what makes logistics sexy
    Chain of Thought
    Tom Andel writes, "There's a strange thing going on in logistics. Although the field has been getting more and more attention in the news media, employers still have to be creative as ever to attract talent. I just read an article in Fortune quoting Ed Romaine, vice president of marketing at Integrated Systems Design, and an active participant in the Material Handling Industry's product groups. He told Fortune's writer that his company trolled LinkedIn for some recent engineering hires and that a former customer recruited one of his company's top salespeople."
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    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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    Material handling, logistics companies give back to their communities
    DC Velocity
    The following is a roundup of recent community service and charitable activities by material handling and logistics companies.
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    Why they don't quit: 3 drivers of employee retention
    By Greg L. Alston
    The debate has raged for years about what the biggest drivers of satisfied employees are. Most people default to pay as being important, which it obviously is, but it does not seem to be the most important factor. Plenty of people leave well-paying jobs to pursue other opportunities, and lots of people select jobs that pay less than other options because they are motivated by a desire to serve. So what are the elusive factors that determine whether you as an employer can attract and retain the high-quality people you need to do your job well? This is where it gets a little tricky.
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    Developing dashboards: The right data for warehouse managers
    By Ken Ackerman
    Like the dashboard on your car, your business system should be designed to provide the essential information that warehouse managers must have in order to know exactly how their operation is performing. But many systems are "data rich, information poor," also known as DRIP. Because so much information is available on contemporary warehouse management systems, some managers cannot resist the temptation to put far more metrics in a warehouse dashboard then you will find in the dashboard on your car.

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    Improve your warehouse by using what you already have
    By Ken Ackerman
    The process of warehousing is essentially a management of space and time. We improve this process by optimizing the use of available space, and then developing ways to handle more material in less time. Other features can also be valuable, including improvement of housekeeping, reduction of damage and an enhancement of accuracy in shipping and receiving.

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    3 secrets to successful leadership
    By Greg L. Alston
    Good leadership is a curious thing. Lots of brilliant minds have tried to describe it, and lots of feeble minds have misunderstood it. The subject is made more difficult because people use words like charismatic, visionary and brilliant to describe some people who have been successful, while using words like autocratic, ruthless and stern to describe others with a history of success. Does personality define the leader, or is it something else? And how does someone travel from being inexperienced to becoming a good leader?

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    Sure, the bar code is a mature and pervasive technology. But at age 40, is it still relevant to DC operations?
    Modern Materials Handling
    As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the bar code, it is easy to reflect back on how it has positively impacted distribution center operations over the years and to ponder how bar code scanning will improve operations in the years to come. The question is: Will the bar code continue to play a central role in DC operations, and if so, in what ways?
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    'State of Logistics Report' predicts bullish freight demand for 2014
    DC Velocity
    A "banner year." The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' 25th annual "State of Logistics Report," sponsored by Penske Logistics, is overflowing with data points. But it is those two words — used by report author Rosalyn Wilson to describe the outlook for 2014 — that are likely to get the most attention. That's because Wilson has been anything but a wild-eyed optimist about the economy and the logistics business since the Great Recession ended in 2009.
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