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MESSAGE FROM WERC
Best presenters will be at Conference 2014
Congratulations to the WERC members that Dan Gilmore, Supply Chain Digest, recognized for best presentations he saw in 2013. The really good news is that they'll also be on the 2014 schedule. Don't miss these presenters:
  • Annette Danete-Akey of book publisher Penguin Random House
  • Dan Basmajian of Optricity
  • Richard Murphy, CEO of Murphy's Warehouse Co.
Register today!

2-D or RFID: Which is better for item-level marking?
DC Velocity
2-D or RFID? That's the question many companies face when they go to upgrade their item-level product identification systems from one-dimensional bar codes. Compared with linear 1-D codes, both 2-D bar codes and RFID tags represent an enormous technological advance. But each system has its pros and cons, and choosing which road to take isn't always easy. In the end, the choice usually comes down to the user's intended application and the kind of information it needs to convey.
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ISM semiannual report paints a positive picture for 2014 growth
Modern Materials Handling
As has been the case in its respective monthly manufacturing and non-manufacturing reports on business, continued growth remains in the cards for 2014, according to the December 2013 Semiannual Economic Forecast released by the Institute for Supply Management. This report, which is also released in April each year, is based on feedback from U.S.-based purchasing and supply chain executives, manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors.
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5 tips for successful performance evaluations
By D. Albert Brannen
Performance evaluation programs can be immensely beneficial to employers. They can help management improve employee performance and adjust staff expectations. However, if done improperly, performance evaluations can create more legal liability than they help to avoid. This article lists five critical tips for making sure your performance evaluation system is on the right track.
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Become a contributing writer
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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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5 threats to effective organizational communication
By Mike Wokasch
Effective communication is a critical success factor in any effort involving two or more people. From small businesses to large corporations and even government, effective communication can inspire, align interests, mitigate differences and build trust. Most importantly, effective communication can get things done. When two or more people want to or need to get something done, success or failure is often attributable to how well the parties communicate with each other. Here are five major factors that threaten effective communications in an organization.
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What shippers need to know about outsourcing
Supply Chain Digest
In a recently published Distribution Digest article titled "How important is achieving ROI?" it was pointed out that outsourcing requires a very different business model. Based on industry surveys and expressed interests in outsourcing, it appears that many companies are currently considering this approach. But first, they need to understand their own unique operations and reasons for outsourcing.
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Don't be the weak link in supply chain risk management
Material Handling & Logistics
Here's what you need to know about the latest government and corporate efforts to mitigate supply chain risks at home and abroad.
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Articulate leadership no guarantee for effective organizational communication
By Mike Wokasch
As a society, we admire, applaud and follow articulate people who help us understand, who inspire us and who project a future of possibilities that sound better than what we have today. This skill is essential for helping a group or organization identify "what could be" while aligning people and their beliefs to work toward a common goal. Articulate leaders can also verbally resolve differences, dispel untruths and keep the naysayer at bay. So why do they sometimes struggle to get anything done?
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The pace of technology adoption is speeding up
Harvard Business Review
Many people suggest that rates of new product introduction and adoption are speeding up, but is it really, across the board? The answer seems to be yes.
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5 tips for successful performance evaluations
By D. Albert Brannen
Performance evaluation programs can be immensely beneficial to employers. They can help management improve employee performance and adjust staff expectations. However, if done improperly, performance evaluations can create more legal liability than they help to avoid. This article lists five critical tips for making sure your performance evaluation system is on the right track.

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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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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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Is there a robot in your distribution future?
Modern Materials Handling
If a new process for handling consumer electronics continues to deliver results, the future of materials handling may include a striking red robot with big digital eyes, bushy digital eyebrows and a quizzical expression that makes you want to smile.
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Eco-friendly benefits of GPS fleet tracking (By Jonathan Savage)
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