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Webcast Series (6 sessions) beginning Sept. 22
Using Metrics to Achieve Results
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Using metrics wisely is critical in today's logistics world to stay competitive, to meet company goals and to keep associates feeling good about their jobs. It's easy to fall into the trap of too many metrics/too little useful information. The trick is to use your metrics to drive performance in your facility — based on the principles of benchmarking that YOU apply to your unique situation. WERC will help you in that effort by coming to your house in an innovative six-session webcast format.


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Understanding vendor-provided project management
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Whether you are implementing a material handling system in a new DC or upgrading and expanding an existing operation, project management is one of the most critical processes for going from the conceptual planning stage into reality. In that regard, a project manager is to a system implementation what a maestro is to an orchestra. Getting a material handling system in place, up and running on schedule, and at the price promised is critical to the project's overall success. This doesn't happen on its own; it takes the application of knowledge, skill, tools and techniques to a broad range of activities in order to insure that the requirements of a particular project are met. More



Logistics providers still paying their debts
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Despite challenging economic times, U.S. businesses continue to pay their invoices in a timely manner, according to Cortera's July 2011 Supply Chain Index report. This monthly index of accounts receivable activities analyzes 200,000 manufacturers, distributors and wholesalers, retailers, services, and transportation companies. The July 2011 SCI registered 6.16 days beyond terms, remaining near its record low of 5.05 in May 2011. The Cortera SCI tracks late payments against agreed upon terms, measuring late accounts receivable, excessively late accounts receivable, and overall average days beyond terms. More

OSHA should beware of combustible trust
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That old line about the sliding scale of untruths — lies, damn lies and statistics — is fun to use when someone quotes a number to support their argument. How many times have you read an article that debunks a widely believed statistic? A few years ago chocolate was bad for you. Too much sugar, caffeine and empty calories. Now the conventional wisdom is that chocolate is good for you. Its antioxidants will help you live to 150. That's if you don't get killed in an industrial dust explosion first. More



A few smart ideas for your supply chain
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Dan Gilmore writes, "About once a year or so, I take a step back and look at many of the stories we've written or conversations that I have had with supply chain and logistics professionals and try to pick out a good handful of them which have offered some smart and non-obvious ways to manage some part of the supply chain. I have received good feedback in the past on this; hope you will enjoy it again this time. That said, in no particular order, here are four pretty smart ideas." More

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Leading your peers: How to do it right
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One of the big questions job interviewers may ask is, "Can you lead in a matrixed environment?" Often that's another way of asking whether you have the skills to lead your peers. In some ways, that's one of the most difficult kinds of leadership. You have no authority; you have only influence. If you want to know how to do it right, watch a professional catcher. As any baseball fan can tell you, catchers play a unique role on the team. When defense is on the field, they play a leadership role — but they are not managers. They lead by a combination of action and influence — which is exactly what you need to do in the office. More

Social media: A communications revolution causes a packaging evolution
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For better or worse, social media is changing the face of packaging. The packaging world is evolving as social media gives consumers ever-greater leverage in influencing package design. Through the use of social networks such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, new channels of communication enable easier and virtually immediate connections at all levels of the distribution chain. More

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RFID helps Hôtel-Dieu d'Amos replenish consumables
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Canadian hospital Hôtel-Dieu d'Amos reports that it is employing an RFID-enabled solution provided by Logi-D to help it manage its medical supplies. The hospital has not released information regarding the specific benefits that it achieves from using the system; however, according to Logi-D, the technology is expected to reduce activity related to nursing supply replenishment by 50 percent, and inventory levels by 20 percent. In addition to automating replenishment orders for consumable medical supplies, the system helps the facility ensure that supplies do not expire before use. More

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9 traits that make great employees outstanding
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Everyone knows great employees are dependable, reliable, proactive, great team players, have strong work ethics — all the standard (yet often uncommon) qualities. So what traits take a great employee to the next level and make them a truly outstanding employee? The extra 1 percent: The qualities that often go unnoticed (and unremarked in performance evaluations) yet make a major impact on performance. The following is writer Jeff Haden's list of qualities that he says make an already great employee outstanding. More

Should you reward bad ideas?
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Some ideas are crazy. Some are underdeveloped. Some will fail. How can you deal with them without squelching your employees' creativity? More
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End-to-End Fulfillment Systems
Cornerstone Automation Systems offers order picking systems and a full line of technologies to automate order fulfillment requirements, ranging from operator assisted to fully automatic fulfillment. CASI builds turnkey systems to optimize end-to-end fulfillment including receiving, putaway, picking, shipping, and sortation.
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RFID increases store traffic at Billabong in Brazil
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A new RFID-enabled system being tested at Billabong sportswear clothing store in the Iguatemi Alphaville shopping mall located in the Brazilian city of Barueri, reportedly increased the number of visitors to the store by more than 300 people in the first week. The store's manager, Marcelo Chiaparini, says the boost to the store's traffic, fueled by curiosity about the technology and how it was being used, also led to higher sales. The system, launched at the store Aug. 9, includes RFID data management software from VIP-Systems and EPC Gen 2 passive RFID tags from RR Etiquetas and UPM RFID. The software is integrated with the store's legacy point-of-sale and back-office inventory systems. More

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Bot or not? Whether you call them 'robots' or automated productivity tools, they're on the march into the nation's DCs
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Ro, ro, ro your bot, gently down the stream? On second thought, maybe not. The "B" movies of our misspent youth gave us the idea that robots were mechanical persons, humanoids rather, that contained enough embedded intelligence to turn on — and destroy — their masters and creators. The core concept actually originated with the Czech proto-science fiction writer Karel Capek and his 1921 play, "R.U.R.," which featured androids that could think for themselves and supplanted the human race. The word "robot" itself is based on a Czech word meaning "serf labor." More

Men, women and workplace communication
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Q: Don't men and women approach communication differently? Are you recommending techniques in your column that work for men better or women?
A: Women and men may be from different planets when we communicate. We also come from different tribes (families) with unique social rules. Many communication problems occur because we believe that, because we all speak English, we all must be speaking the same language.
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Lift trucks: The greening of Toyota
Modern Materials Handling    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Bob Trebilcock writes, "From fuel cells to new batteries to regenerative braking technologies, the lift truck industry is greening its products. That's one of the key takeaways I learned while writing about the evolution of the lift truck for the August issue. Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg., number one on Modern's list of the top 20 lift truck suppliers for 2011, has a green manufacturing story to tell as well. It's delivering what folks in the sustainability community call the triple bottom line. That's when a green initiative is not only profitable for the company, it also creates a better work environment and is good for the community." More



Andrew Campbell: Collaboration is misunderstood and overused
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Collaboration is a buzzword these days. Leaders want to get people to think as one company. But managers in different functions or different business units seem surprisingly reluctant to work together. Jealousies, misunderstandings and enmity seem more common than collaboration. Why does collaboration fail? There are lots of reasons. Collaboration can be time-consuming. It creates risks for the participants. Competing objectives can be hard to resolve. But to my mind the biggest problem is that people confuse collaboration with teamwork. More

Cliff Holste on the keys to sortation system success in distribution
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Even as newer materials handling technologies in the distribution center, such as automated case picking and robotics, steal a lot of the current spotlight, traditional automated carton sortation systems continue to be the bread and butter of much of the DC automated materials handling industry. Sortation systems in general are integrated material handling systems that provide automation of order picking, order consolidation and often truck-loading processes, the heart of which is a sorter that will divert cartons down different lanes after order picking depending on the customer or shipping mode for which it is bound. More

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John Aitken: Shipping must learn to fly the green flag
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In the same way as other industries strive to reduce their carbon footprints, the sector that underpins 95 percent of the world's trade — shipping — must do likewise. For this to happen, we need global collaboration and engineering innovation supported by regulation that applies to all vessels, regardless of their flag. 2011 is shaping up to be an important year for shipping. United Nations agency International Maritime Organization appears to have laid the groundwork with its recent Energy Efficiency Design Index, a meaningful step forward for the industry and no mean feat, considering the challenge of finding agreement between developed and developing countries, as seen at the IMO and UN Framework Convention on Climate Change talks. More


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