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As 2011 comes to a close, the Warehousing Education and Resource Council would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of WERCWatch a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume next Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012.
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51 ways to reward employees without money
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From March 31: Sure, many companies feel strapped right now and may duck their head and run in the other direction at the mere mention of bonuses. But tough times don't mean that you should just forget about rewarding your employees. There are many ways that you can reward employees without handing them money, and many of these are things you can do right now, with very little effort. The following are a whopping 51 things you can give your employees that don't include cutting them a check. More
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6 low-tech ways to increase productivity
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From June 9: The single gating factor to your businesses and careers is time; it is the one thing money can't buy. Sure, you can spend a fortune on apps that promise to make you smarter, more efficient and profitable. You can buy a stack of hardware, too. But the secret of productivity really lies in how you manage your mind. More

How to ensure productivity in the warehouse
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From Aug. 11: Warehouses are struggling to make optimal use of labor and space, while ensuring that efforts to control cost don't compromise their commitment to top-notch customer service. Bob Heaney, senior research analyst for supply chain management with Aberdeen Group, describes the challenges they face. With the economic downturn, companies engaged in heavy cost-cutting, which led to a severe contraction of the labor force. Warehouses were particularly affected. Now, as sales and shipment volumes begin to recover, manufacturers aren't necessarily keeping pace in their hiring. That shortfall "puts more pressure on managers to do more with less," Heaney says. More

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The first requirement for becoming a great boss
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From Aug. 11: Among the many requirements placed on those who take responsibility for the performance of others, there is one that is rarely mentioned. Yet, ironically, it may be the most important because so much else depends on it. That fundamental requirement is courage. We don't just mean the courage to make hard decisions or take tough actions, such as giving difficult feedback, denying a promotion to someone who's good but not good enough, cutting popular but unsuccessful programs, or even laying off people when the economy goes bad. More

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Can shrinking warehouse space caused by rapidly increasing inventory levels put the squeeze on productivity?
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From June 9: According to reader comments, inventory levels continue to increase in most DCs regardless of market sector. In fact, many retailers are "overstocked" forcing them to move merchandise at discounted pricing in order to make space for new merchandise. But the problem is much bigger than just the excessive amount of inventory. Because the impact overcrowding has on DC operations, Distribution Digest felt that the following article (originally posted March 9, 2009), which explains the relationship between productivity and space utilization, is important to understand and currently of high interest. More

Direct store delivery versus centralized distribution
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From March 10: The North American retail distribution supply chain landscape continues to evolve in response to unprecedented pressure to reduce operating expenses. The primary cause of turmoil in the retail sector is of course the result of unbelievable growth that Wal-Mart has experienced over the past five decades, which quite literally has decimated many companies that maintained a "business as usual" strategy. Without doubt, the dominant trend in retail distribution in recent decades has been the dramatic increase in the retailers' control of the supply chain. North American retailers have been executing on a variety of strategies to increase inventory turns and to reduce operating expenses. In the food industry, one of the important trends retailers and branded food producers have leveraged is the concept of direct store delivery. More

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6 ways to motivate your employees on a budget
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From May 12: An incentive is nothing more than a factor that encourages a specific course of action. Any economist will tell you that incentives play a major role in world markets and economy, and any manager worth his salt will tell you that you can start using incentives as an effective management and leadership tool. You can use them to shape human behavior. Because of the economic connotation, you might think that this is a strategy that will break the bank. Sure, money can be involved if you want — raises and bonuses are classic incentives. But there are still plenty of ways to incentivize your workers with no or little money involved. More
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What you need to know about dock safety
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From May 26: Accidents on the loading dock may not happen every day, but when they do occur, the results can be catastrophic. Just imagine a 10,000- to 15,000-pound lift truck falling off a 4-foot high ledge with an operator sitting or standing on it. It's not a pretty picture. In such an event, the operator is unlikely to walk away with just cuts and bruises. "In many cases, you're lucky to see these employees ever come back to work, and if they do, often it's in a diminished capacity," says Walt Swietlik, customer relations manager at dock equipment manufacturer Rite-Hite. Keeping employees safe isn't always easy. The typical dock is a hive of activity, with a lot of heavy machinery and people passing in tight quarters while trying to meet tight schedules. Nonetheless, there are steps DC managers can take to reduce the likelihood of accidents in their own operations. The following is a look at some measures that can help. More

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9 traits that make great employees outstanding
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From Sept. 15: Everyone knows great employees are dependable, reliable, proactive, great team players, have strong work ethics — all the standard (yet often uncommon) qualities. So what traits take a great employee to the next level and make them a truly outstanding employee? The extra 1 percent: The qualities that often go unnoticed (and unremarked in performance evaluations) yet make a major impact on performance. The following is writer Jeff Haden's list of qualities that he says make an already great employee outstanding. More

Cargo theft: The new highway robbery
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From June 2: At twilight on June 17, 2009, Ricky Gene McNew pulled his plum-red big rig into a TravelCenters of America truck stop in Denmark, Tenn. McNew had been driving all afternoon, starting from Louisville, Ky., and hauling $10 million in pharmaceuticals. He was bound for Memphis, Tenn., to the warehouse of a medical supply wholesaler. McNew filled his tank and headed into the truck stop for a shower. When he came out, his truck was gone. The thieves had stolen goods worth about 100 times the average taken in a bank robbery, and there wasn't a single witness. More

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Hostilities escalate in parcel wars
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From July 21: In early 2010, Werner Co., a Greenville, Pa.-based manufacturer and distributor of ladders, accessories and climbing equipment, informed its main parcel carrier, UPS Inc., that it had engaged a third-party consultant, AFMS Inc., to renegotiate a transportation contract between Werner and UPS. Big Brown struck back. Hard. In a March 2010 letter to Werner's transportation group, Atlanta-based UPS told its customer that its decision to work with a third party like AFMS would trigger a provision allowing UPS to cancel its contract with Werner after a 30-day notice period. The termination of the current contract, in effect since 2006, would result in the loss of discounts to Werner and require it to pay more for UPS's shipping services. More

An objective guide to selecting a warehouse management system
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From Jan. 27: Most companies have a warehouse management systems of some kind, either a proprietary in-house setup or a commercial system, but quite a few are looking to upgrade, says an Aberdeen Group survey. The research firm spoke with 158 companies between October and November 2010, documenting their processes and capabilities regarding their warehouse management practices, technology and software preferences. The survey data, case studies and experiences from industry users were utilized to create An Objective Guide to Selecting a WMS, available from Aberdeen. More

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How a good leader reacts to a crisis
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From Jan. 27: There is something about a big snowstorm that brings out the best, or more often the worst, in big city mayors. If, as former Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill once said, "All politics is local," then you would think that the first hint of snow in the forecast would prompt mayors to relocate their offices temporarily to where the snowplows are dispatched. Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who recently won a third term, and is widely regarded as an adept city leader, has come under fire for inefficient snow removal in New York City. Most of the complaints came from residents in the so-called outer boroughs, e.g., the four that are not Manhattan. More
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