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New survey data
WERC wondered if companies use outreach programs to "sell" the logistics profession. To get an answer, we conducted a survey in October 2013 of our select Research Panel members and a set of general members. Of the responses we received, 146 were complete enough to be considered statistically viable. See the first results.

Members in the News
DC Velocity has introduced a new blog by Richard Sharpe, president of Competitive Insights. Sharpe writes about the phenomena of "big data" and how it will drive competitive advantage through IBP activities. Join the discussion.

WERCouncil Events
  • Dec. 4, Chicagoland WERCouncil Modeling & Benchmarking Supply Chain Leadership, 8:30 to 10:45 a.m.
  • Dec. 4, Atlanta WERCouncil — How Does Your Warehousing Operation Measure Up?, 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
  • Dec. 4, Michigan WERCouncil Operational Metrics & Measurements Dinner Presentation, 5 to 8:30 p.m.

  • Pioneering RFID in the DC
    DC Velocity
    Although item-level tagging of goods has long been touted as the future of inventory visibility, a lot of companies are skittish about being pioneers. That's not case with two German concerns. German contract logistics service provider The Fiege Group is helping German fashion retailer Gerry Weber International AG become the industry leader in the deployment of RFID technology for tracking individual goods.
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    Taking over from an incompetent team leader
    Harvard Business Review
    Becoming the leader of an existing team can be challenging, but taking over from an incompetent leader is more difficult. Incompetent leaders are not only ineffective at achieving the team's goals. They think and act in ways that detract from and undermine the team's performance, working relationships, and well-being. Consequently, in addition to forging agreement on the normal issues of mission, goals, and roles, incoming leaders often find their new team in disarray, dealing with conflict and stress. Building a stronger team means addressing these emotionally laden issues.
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    EAPs for substance abuse reduce absenteeism and increase productivity
    By Joy Burgess
    Studies have shown that problem drinkers and alcoholics cost American businesses billions of dollars. Studies also show that substance abuse can result in an increase in absenteeism, which reduces overall productivity. Even though the actual substance abuse may take place at home, it still has an impact on both large and small businesses. However, companies are finding that establishing an employee assistance program can help to curb chemical dependency problems among employees.
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    Schneider revamps intermodal service on US-Mexico corridor
    DC Velocity
    Truckload and logistics giant Schneider National Inc. said it has revamped its U.S.-Mexico intermodal service to shave a day from transit times on the high-potential but still-underutilized corridor.
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    For many businesses, the overriding question is 'Where do we go from here?'
    Supply Chain Digest
    Cliff Holste writes, "It's a perfectly legitimate concern that many operations managers have especially at the end of a challenging year. There are the obvious signs of trouble: productivity degradation, declining shipping capacity, greater overtime, higher than normal absenteeism, poor moral, a cluttered warehouse, etc. Perhaps you should invest in improving these specific areas. But, you're not sure that the effort will yield any measurable result. No doubt it will improve working conditions for those involved and that's a good thing. But in the end will the squeeze be worth the juice?"
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    Leadership comes from experience
    By Ray Haight
    Effective leadership in business, politics, family or any organization is critical to the success of that situation. I have seen and been involved in many situations at many trucking companies, nonprofit organizations and community efforts that would be succeeding with the addition of one missing element — effective leadership. Someone with dedication vision and a strong moral compass who walks the walk can fix almost any issue in any circumstance.
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    How printer availability helps drive packaging line OEE and uptime
    Healthcare Packaging
    In a sluggish economy, manufacturing and packaging companies need to make every second of production time count. Uptime is vitally important to Overall Equipment Effectiveness, one of the most widely used measurement systems for helping producers understand their operations and drive continuous improvement. OEE is the measure of how closely the production line's actual performance tracks to its theoretical performance limits, with uptime playing a crucial role.
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    Looking to share your expertise?
    MultiBriefs
    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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    Pioneering RFID in the DC
    DC Velocity
    Although item-level tagging of goods has long been touted as the future of inventory visibility, a lot of companies are skittish about being pioneers. That's not case with two German concerns. German contract logistics service provider The Fiege Group is helping German fashion retailer Gerry Weber International AG become the industry leader in the deployment of RFID technology for tracking individual goods.

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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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    6 things managers should not talk about at work
    By D. Albert Brannen
    Managers have a special role for employers because they are legal agents. What they say, do and know can be attributed to their employer. Depending on the issue, employers can be strictly liable for the conduct of managers. Several laws come into play here, but there are certain things that managers should absolutely not talk about with employees or anyone else at work. This article lists six of these topics, but by no means is this an exhaustive list.

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    Why M&D firms must look outside their expertise for innovation
    Industry Today
    If the greater U.S. manufacturing and distribution sector hopes to remain competitive in what many analysts perceive as a stagnant environment, it's critical that it continues to find new ways to innovate. One way to do so, according to one expert, lays in nontraditional merger and acquisition activity.
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