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Conference registration is OPEN
The 37th annual WERC Conference will be held in Chicago next April 27-30. The committee members are busy lining up speakers on topics that you need to know about. It’s not too early to register online or by phone at 630-990-0001.

WERCouncil events
  • Oct. 29, NE Ohio Anderson DuBose Facility Tour, 8:30 a.m. to noon
  • Nov. 5, Atlanta WERCouncil Home Depot Dinner Presentation, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Nov. 6, Eastern Pennsylvania/Delaware WERCouncil Dansko Presentation & Tour, 9 to 10:45 a.m.
  • Nov. 7, Michigan WERCouncil Tour of UPS, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Nov. 8, North Texas WERCouncil Apparel Logistics Group Tour, Presentation & Networking, 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Nov. 12, North Carolina WERCouncil West Pharmaceutical Services Tour & Lunch, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Nov. 13, Indianapolis WERCouncil Tour of MKM Distribution Services, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 14, Cincinnati WERCouncil Meritor Operations Tour & Lunch, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • Consumers driving demand for warehouse space
    Material Handling & Logistics
    Pent-up consumer demand for durable and non-durable goods has resulted in a jump in demand for distribution space, according to Cushman & Wakefield, a commercial real-estate service firm. Its latest national market research data show 14 consecutive quarters of declining vacancies in the warehouse sector, highlighting the U.S. industrial real-estate market's momentum through the third quarter of 2013.
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    Compliance: Getting your staff to do what you want them to do
    By Harry J. Friedman
    How many hours a week do you spend being your staff's compliance cop? Whether you are responsible for one employee or 100, noncompliance is often a supervisor's biggest nightmare. You wear enough hats as it is. Want to get rid of the cop's hat? Let's start by looking at some basic issues. Why is it so difficult to get your staff to comply — to follow rules, to do what they are told to do, to conform with policy?
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    Conquer the dock's top 3 hazards
    Material Handling & Logistics
    Looking at safety statistics, it's easy to conclude that the loading dock is one of the most hazardous areas of your operations. A quarter of all accidents occur there. The majority of these accidents result in the dreaded back injury that, according to OHSA, ultimately ends up costing U.S. companies upwards of $80 billion annually.
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    Looking to share your expertise?
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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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    Cliff Holste: A detailed plan is key to having a successful project
    Supply Chain Digest
    When considering any project it is always a good idea to have a vision of what success looks like. This vision must then be translated into goals and objectives by which project success can be measured. Of course there is a huge amount of operational data that must be collected and analyzed. In addition, most companies try to forecast and plan for three to five years out. The project plan needs to take both current and future data into consideration.
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    9 steps to effective business emails
    By Joe Latta
    Email communication is a key part of nearly every project, client relationship and business development effort. In fact, according to a study by the Radicati Group, this year the average corporate employee will dedicate 28 percent of each workday to email, sending and receiving more than 115 messages. Unfortunately, all too often the email messages we create are structured and sent in ways that confuse co-workers, annoy clients and frustrate prospects. That's why we're discussing nine easy steps to make your emails simpler and more powerful.
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    Brazilian supermarket operator improves logistics, inventory accuracy
    RFID Journal
    Grupo Pão-de-Açúcar has found an RFID solution to a problem that previously affected both logistics and accounting for its Pão-de-Açúcar and Extra supermarket chains. The distribution of fish, as well as other products in its cold chain, presents significant challenges for the retailer. After all, fish do not have identical weights, and businesses work with average values per unit, resulting in differences between what theoretically was delivered to a store, what was really sold and the expected revenue generated by marketing.
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    Do robots dream of piece picking?
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    We won't have androids picking eaches any time soon, but robots used in distribution centers are becoming more sophisticated and moving deeper into operations.

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    Helping employees manage workplace stress
    By Joy Burgess
    Workplace stress costs nearly $300 billion annually, due to rehabilitation, absenteeism from work and health care. Although some workplace stress is normal, when employees face excessive stress in the workplace, their physical, emotional and mental health may be negatively impacted.

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    Do these boxes make me look leaner?
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    By producing the right-sized boxes for each of its products as they're needed, Franklin Electric has cut material requirements, storage space, waste and shipping costs.

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    Pouring it on: Horizon Beverage's new distribution center is designed to assure the smooth flow of beer, wine, and spirits
    DC Velocity
    Handling cases of beverages is never easy. That's because liquid-filled cases are heavy to lug around and if dropped, can quickly create a sticky mess. In addition to being hard on the back, manual processing and sorting often result in less-than-stellar order accuracy rates, especially for operations that ship multiple cases to a variety of customers. That's why Horizon Beverage of Norton, Mass., was determined to make some operational changes when it recently moved to a new distribution center.
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