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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.

  • Emerging logistics hot spots: The West
    DC Velocity
    When one thinks of an ideal West Coast venue for a "logistics cluster," Quincy, Wash., doesn't spring to mind. Rather, the default location is the area of Southern California stretching from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach eastward to the warehouse-rich "Inland Empire." The corridor offers superior infrastructure, a critical mass of third-party logistics service providers, and a large pool of potential employees, the ingredients for an ideal "logistics cluster," a term popularized by Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Yossi Sheffi in his book Logistics Clusters: Delivering Value and Driving Growth.
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    Supply chain management goes beyond inventory
    Material Handling & Logistics
    The supply chain often is viewed as a consumer of cash — at the supplier level, in transit, in production facilities and in warehouses. Companies continually wish to reduce the amount of inventory in their operations. The University of Tennessee's "Game-Changing Trends in Supply Chain" reveals that as much as 60 percent of companies' costs are in their supply chains. Opposing demands are those of customer satisfaction and business competitiveness, of which one mandate is having sufficient inventory on hand to meet customer demand for immediate shipments.
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    How do you collaborate? A look at supplier collaboration
    The 21st Century Supply Chain
    Nazli Erdogus writes, "I love to get my hands on new devices and applications that can be used in the workplace. With so much access to technology today that allows workers to be in constant contact with colleagues, you would think that collaboration would be easier than ever. But, recently, I read an article arguing that there is increasing demand for more face-to-face communication in organizations. Of course, face time with colleagues is not always possible for businesses for multiple reasons, including time constraints and the high cost of travel."
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    What inexperienced leaders get wrong (Hint: Management)
    Harvard Business Review
    Rosabeth Moss Kanter writes, "There are an awful lot of leaders in trouble these days. Not just those under attack for ethical lapses, accounting problems, or excessive compensation — retired college presidents are the latest to join corporate executives in the latter category. The trouble I'm referring to is getting new ideas implemented and brought to scale. The leaders range from entrepreneurs with great ideas but a flaw preventing expansion to new CEOs with a vision their stakeholders won't rally behind that won't guarantee results anyway."
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    5 years on, DHL's US exit continues to cause pain — for parcel shippers
    DC Velocity
    On Nov. 10, 2008, DHL Express announced that after six years of enormous losses, The news stunned an industry that believed DHL would scale back its U.S. presence but not end it. It wreaked havoc on the small southwest Ohio town of Wilmington — population 12,000 — where DHL's U.S. air and ground hub was located and where one in three households had someone who worked there. And it left parcel shippers to the not-so-tender mercies of two companies: FedEx Corp. and UPS Inc.
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    Leading millennials: Are you up to the task at hand?
    By Jessica Taylor
    No matter how you look at the business world, things are evolving — from the way businesses are run to the types of employees that are hired. As baby boomers leave the workforce, the millennials are infiltrating your offices. These millennials are becoming successful in their multitasking, challenge-thriving ways, but with that comes challenges. Ask yourself, can you lead a millennial effectively?
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    7th annual Supply Chain Digest-Gartner study to delve deeper into supply chain maturity levels, where cloud software is taking off
    Supply Chain Digest
    For the seventh consecutive year, Supply Chain Digest has partnered with the researchers at Gartner to take a deep look at supply chain practice and technology, surveying Supply Chain Digest readers to form the basis for what has become one of the industry's most important and influential research projects.
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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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    LTL sector results continue to improve in Q3, even as YRC goes a bit wobbly again
    Supply Chain Digest
    The less-than-truckload sector in the U.S. has been challenged financially for decades, but in Q3 turned in another relatively strong financial performance, even though the recovery story at YRC Worldwide now seems a bit wobbly.
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    Automation: What happens when machines talk to machines?
    Modern Materials Handling
    In the materials handling industry, we've been talking about machines talking to systems — better known as telematics — for some time. The modern lift truck, for instance, is outfitted with a ton of sensors that collect and communicate operational data from the truck to other systems and people. As distribution centers become more automated and order fulfillment requirements become more complex, conveyors, sorters, automated storage systems and automatic vehicles are talking to one another as well as the warehouse control and management systems.
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    Dumb things people do with forklifts
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    Material Handling & Logistics preaches forklift safety, and sometimes the most effective way to get that point across is to show evidence of what happens when people — either through carelessness, inexperience or just plain stupidity — don't treat forklifts and the distribution environment they work in with proper respect.

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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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    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.

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    Employee wellness programs boost employee satisfaction and productivity
    By Joy Burgess
    Many companies have been turning to employee wellness programs to help reduce employee healthcare costs. In fact, statistics from the American Institute for Preventive Medicine show that 91 percent of organizations now offer some type of wellness program, a percentage that has risen substantially in the last decade. Corporate wellness programs have soared in popularity due to their ability to fight high insurance premiums and skyrocketing medical costs, but statistics also show that these programs go beyond healthcare savings.
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