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WERCouncil Events
  • Aug. 7, Washington WERCouncil SanMar Distribution Tour, 3:30 to 5 p.m.
  • Oct. 8, North Texas WERCouncil 13th Annual Warehouse Resource Convention, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Why warehouse operators need a strategy
    By Ken Ackerman
    Your people — especially your senior management team — will be motivated if they understand where the company is going. While opportunism can be a strategy, Lewis Carroll's warning in "Alice in Wonderland" should be considered as a good argument for strategic planning: "If you don't know where you are going, then any road will take you there." Nobody wants to work for Alice in Wonderland. The absence of a long-range plan may create doubt about the future of the company.
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    Want better workplace collaboration? Use social media
    DC Velocity
    When most folks think of social media, they think of personal communication: Using Facebook to get in touch with friends. Or sharing information with fellow hobbyists on a wiki website. But social media tools can also facilitate business communication. For example, logistics professionals could use them to collaborate with colleagues across the globe and work together to solve distribution problems.
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    US imports up sharply, but is that fear or optimism talking?
    Material Handling & Logistics
    Although imports to the U.S. were steady in May from April, the difference between May of this year vs. last year is significant — up 4 percent, according to researchers at Panjiva.
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    PRODUCT SHOWCASE
      Landsdale: Customer Driven Logistics™
    Lansdale Warehouse is a family-owned-and-operated logistics provider located in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. Since its founding in 1958, Lansdale Warehouse has furnished comprehensive logistics services in a public and contract environment for both national and international customers who require access to the United States markets. Our "Customer Driven Logistics"™ principle means your needs as a customer are our primary focus.
     


    Building your warehouse team for automation — your coach needs a new player
    By Bob Thompson
    Companies are on the path to manufacturing production and warehouse storage efficiencies through the use of ever more sophisticated automation. This may include robotic picking, laser-guided vehicles, miniload systems or large cart- or crane-based automated storage systems. While it will always be important to manage your operations with a series of appropriate KPIs and labor management tools, there is a transition in thought process needed when automation takes over more and more tasks.
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    4 things you thought were true about managing millennials
    Harvard Business Review
    There seems to be an endless fascination with millennials at work. There are studies, books, articles, blog posts, and white papers — all about what makes them so different from the generations that came before. And as they continue to enter and occupy the workforce, more and more is written about how they behave (or misbehave) at the office. But are these cries actually true? Is managing them all that different from managing Gen Xers or baby boomers? Let's look at some of the most common claims about millennials.
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    Cliff Holste: Improve customer service by adopting a focused approach
    Supply Chain Digest
    Whether brick-and-mortar or Internet retailers, savvy consumers know what basic services should be provided and what they can expect relative to order processing, product availability, delivery, and return policies. They have little or no patience with product shortages or slow delivery times. They have become accustom to having it their way relative to individualized services such as gift wrapping, monogramming, etc., and being advised of special deals that they would most likely be interested in. Businesses that cannot satisfy these expectations will not benefit from returning customers.
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    Why warehouse operators need a strategy
    By Ken Ackerman
    Your people — especially your senior management team — will be motivated if they understand where the company is going. While opportunism can be a strategy, Lewis Carroll's warning in "Alice in Wonderland" should be considered as a good argument for strategic planning: "If you don't know where you are going, then any road will take you there." Nobody wants to work for Alice in Wonderland. The absence of a long-range plan may create doubt about the future of the company.

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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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    Making hard decisions: When leaders should say yes and no
    By Scott Steinberg
    Self-help gurus and motivational speakers worldwide will tell you that "yes" is an empowering word, and indeed it is. "Yes" opens doors and breaks down barriers. "Yes" gets people to step outside of their comfort zone and try new things that help open their minds to new philosophies and perspectives. But "no" is also a powerful word, and one that we all need to employ more in both our personal and professional lives. Here are a few reasons should you get to know it better.

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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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    The big retrograde
    DC Velocity
    At the start of the Cold War in 1948, the Soviet Union blocked access to rail, road, and canal traffic to the sectors of Berlin controlled by the Allies. In response, the air forces of the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa began delivering supplies to the city by air. After nearly a year and 200,000 flights, the Soviets gave up. The Berlin airlift had worked. It remains one of the most notable achievements of U.S. policy in that period — a triumph made possible by an enormous and well-coordinated logistics operation.
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