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Did you know that if you are a WERC member, your annual conference fee is 20 percent less than if you attend as a nonmember? Check out the details on www.werc.org/2015/ today.
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WERCouncil Events
Date Event Time
Nov. 19 NY/NJ/CT WERCouncil United Parts & Service Facility Tour 3-7:30 p.m.
Nov. 20 North Carolina WERCouncil Raleigh Food Bank Tour 8:10-9:15 a.m.
Dec. 4 North Carolina WERCouncil Annual Holiday Technology Lunch & Learn 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

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  Warehousing & Logistics in the US Southwest?
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The ultimate 3PL solution, States Logistics offers a wide range of services including Warehousing, Transportation and value-added services from Packaging to Multi-Vendor Consolidation programs. With over 4.0 million square feet in Southern CA and Phoenix, AZ, States Logistics has become the ‘Premier 3PL Provider’ in the US Southwest! www.stateslogistics.com
 


Do warehouses still need 8-hour work shifts?
By Ken Ackerman
Not long ago, the typical warehouse operated eight hours per day and five days per week. That was a normal business schedule, and nobody expected warehousing to be any different. Today, many distribution operations operate with a 24/7 schedule, and warehouses that work only 40 hours are increasingly rare. Most of our ideas about scheduling people in distribution centers are monuments to the short two centuries of our industrial age. Yet, for most of human history, eight-hour work schedules were not common at all.
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New facility achieves compact footprint with automatic palletizers
SupplyChain24/7
Barcel USA, is a growing manufacturer in the bakery and snack food markets. When designing a new plant in Coppell, Texas, the company included a fully integrated palletizing system. Five new high-level palletizers have helped the company automate palletizing, stretch wrapping and transportation to storage. Operational since December 2013, the new facility was designed to require minimal warehouse space for the new end-of-line packaging equipment.
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Augmented reality coming soon to a supply chain near you
EBN
Once thought of as science fiction or a technology or marketing gimmick, augmented reality might soon find some real-life uses in the supply chain. A recent report by logistics provider DHL, jointly developed with Z_punkt the Foresight Company, outlines how AR could affect the logistics industry, specifically in the areas of warehouse, transportation and delivery management.
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Retailers bring forward last order dates for Christmas
Supply Chain Standard
One in 3 retailers are bringing forward last order dates this Christmas, according to research from Manhattan Associates, which warns that customers who leave their shopping till later could be in for a surprise this year. Fifty-seven percent of shoppers surveyed said they would be more confident in pushing their Christmas shopping to later this winter.
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  Lansdale: 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.
 


Self-directed work teams in the warehouse
Ken Ackerman
Groups of people working together in a warehouse have typically been called a crew, a shift or a workforce. More recently, we have called them teams. What is the difference between a team and an ordinary warehouse crew?
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5 manufacturing trends that will shape the market in 2015
IndustryWeek
As 2015 approaches, it's time to look ahead at emerging trends that will impact 21st-century manufacturing around the globe. The entire supply chain ecosystem — encompassing manufacturers, distributors and retailers — is undergoing a business transformation.
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October retail sales show strength, with prospects high for the holidays
Modern Materials Handling
On the heels of a sluggish September and with the holiday shopping season officially having commenced, the retail sector received a bit of good news, with both the National Retail Federation and the United States Department of Commerce issuing positive retail sales data for the month of October.
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Reverse supply chain management 'closes the loop' on waste
TriplePundit
Some of the world's largest multinational businesses have recognized the advantages "closing the loop" on their supply chains can provide. From energy and water conservation to materials reuse and recycling, they're achieving significant gains in operating efficiency and productivity as they move toward becoming "zero-waste" and "zero emissions" businesses.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    5 most overlooked warehouse hazards (Reliable Plant)
Self-directed work teams in the warehouse (Ken Ackerman)
Tracking everything everywhere: How the Internet of Things is changing the logistics industry (Forbes)
6 challenges facing modern manufacturing companies (Manufacturing Business Today)
The 3 factors driving green supply chains (Supply Management)

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