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Trade group: New drug track-and-trace law 'defines 3PLs place in the supply chain'
DC Velocity
President Barack Obama's signing recently of legislation establishing a nationwide template for the tracking and tracing of pharmaceutical shipments is likely to have profound multi-industry implications for third-party logistics providers and their warehouse operations, according to a leading warehouse logistics industry trade group.
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What leaders don't know about the rumor mill
Forbes
Research suggests that up to 70 percent of all organization communication comes through the grapevine, yet many senior leaders are unaware that it exists or how it operates. One study, in fact, found that while 92 percent of lower-level managers realized the grapevine was active, only 70 percent of upper-level managers knew about it. In the same study, 88 percent of supervisors said they understood that the absence of formal communication increased activity through informal channels — but only 54 percent of executives understood this correlation.
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Eco-friendly benefits of GPS fleet tracking
By Jonathan Savage
The benefits of an eco-friendly fleet go far beyond improving your brand image. Eco-friendly fleets also benefit a business's bottom line. They reduce fuel and maintenance costs, improve eligibility for government contracts — which require sustainability initiatives — and future-proof against expected green regulations. While there are a number of different ways to make a fleet more eco-friendly, one of the most efficient and cost-effective is using GPS tracking technology.
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Freight interests back legislation to boost fuel taxes 15 percent over 3 years
DC Velocity
Trucking, shipper, and intermodal interests have all thrown their support behind legislation calling for a 15 cent-a-gallon increase in the nation's motor fuel tax to be phased in over a three-year period. The bill also proposes that the tax be indexed for inflation.
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Avoid misguidance on guided vehicles
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If you've already shopped the AGV market, you know the OEMs have already made big strides in areas like vehicle navigability and intelligence. The challenge for potential end users is not finding the features they want, but comparing the performance of those features from vendor to vendor — in other words, comparing apples to apples so they can get what they want for the best value. That's why standards are still needed.
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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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DHL hikes rates for 2014
Material Handling & Logistics
International transportation services provider DHL Express announced a 3.9 percent general average price increase for U.S. account holders, effective Jan. 2, 2014.
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What leaders don't know about the rumor mill
Forbes
Research suggests that up to 70 percent of all organization communication comes through the grapevine, yet many senior leaders are unaware that it exists or how it operates.

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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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Tips for energizing your exhausted employees
Harvard Business Review
Even though the people in your unit are overstretched, scarred by the budget ax, and sick to death of change, you're about to present them with a wrenching new challenge. It's your job to get them excited about it. What's your plan?

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Changing shopper dynamics drives the need for more shipping options
Supply Chain Digest
Cyber Monday once again proved to be the star of this holiday shopping season (so far) helped by the greater use of mobile devices. However, e-commerce is still only a relatively small slice of overall retail, though investors and analysts have paid much attention to its rapid ascent and disruptive impacts. As a result, today's supply chain and logistics environment is more dynamic and challenging than ever before.
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8 exercises for strengthening your business writing
By Joe Latta
Writing skills are essential for today's business professionals. Don't believe me? Consider this: A study from data services provider SunGard found that 90 percent of business communications are now via electronic text. That's right, whether you're an accountant, architect, adviser or administrator, writing is a key part of your job. How much time did you spend last month writing emails, reports, proposals or marketing materials — and how much time did people spend reading them? Yep, it's a lot. Here are eight easy exercises for strengthening your writing muscle. Try them. Your readers will appreciate it.
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