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As 2010 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. 6, 2011.
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Contract changes could stop 3PL 'savings leakage'
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They may not know it by name, but most users of third-party logistics services are familiar with the concept of "savings leakage." In the outsourcing world, the term refers to the phenomenon in which a customer sees dazzling returns in the first or second year of its contract only to see the savings slow to a trickle later on, according to Kate Vitasek, a consultant with Bellevue, Wash.-based Supply Chain Visions. The reason is pretty obvious. The biggest savings come in year one as the service provider assumes labor and asset costs, and focuses on the projects that will deliver the greatest returns. More



Why safety should NOT be a priority
Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
That's right. For a culture of safety to catch on, don't prioritize it. Value it. Safety must become part of an employee's — and a company's — value system. Here's the difference: A priority is something that changes because of outside influences and demands. A value is something that outside influences can't change. You may see coffee as a priority, but if getting a cup would make you late for an important business meeting, you'll skip it. However, if showering and shaving would make you late for that meeting, chances are you'll be late because good hygiene is a value. A value backed by a strong system of social sanctions. More

Industry caution could force transport price hike
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Transportation executives across the shipping world are cautious about the prospects for economic recovery in 2010, a stance that could lead to a hike in transportation costs, new research warns. The special Annual Review & Outlook edition of The Journal of Commerce suggests transportation carriers plan to restrict any additions of new capacity for the rest of the year until there are clear signs of real economic growth. More


Vaccines Distributed Using this WMS

With the urgent need for millions of H1N1 vaccines across the United States, this robust warehouse management software (WMS) was exclusively used to manage the distribution of 125 million vaccine doses with 99.99% order accuracy. Find out about that WMS in this case study. 
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2 packaging developments worth watching
Packaging World    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A "new" PET and augmented-reality packaging — they're coming down the packaging pike. Sometimes I feel a lot like a sieve. Tons of stuff pours into my laptop each and every day, and because most of it is junk, I let it flow right through. But bits of it are anything but junk, and these are the bits I like to strain out so that I can share them with anyone who is listening. More

The hunt for the responsive, flexible warehouse
SupplyChainBrain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Warehouses have been considered a necessary "evil" in the supply chain. In reality, they are a critical necessity in the global chain to fulfill customers all over the world. And done well, they can be an essential element to improving customer service. However, the challenges associated with warehouse design, as well as determining picking techniques and technology, are challenging. Fixed costs in everything from racks to conveyors, forklifts to directed picking systems, as well as employee training and productivity challenges, make warehouse management no child's play. More

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ERP suites too complicated, too expensive, don't fulfill real need
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I'm joining a growing discussion — a collective voice of dissent if you will — against ERP vendors' "suites" approach. In other words, the countless modules that bolt on to the base system. Have you ever encountered an ERP sales or consulting rep and asked if your system could address a particular business issue only to hear that, in fact, you need a suite of modules to address that challenge? This is notorious in the supply chain management space in particular. More

Tips offered for quantifying savings from supply management
Supply Chain Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Most sourcing and procurement professionals know how difficult it is to accurately quantify the real value if their work. P. Fraser Johnson and Michiel R. Leenders, of the University of West Ontario and the Richard Ivey School of Business, respectively, recently have offered some excellent insight into that topic in a new article for MIT's Sloan Management Review. We will look at their recommendations on how to best overcome the challenges of accurately calculating the real value of supply management and the harm to companies from either under or over-estimating that value. More
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Why Carton Flow? Increase Pick Rates.

Order picking accounts for 40-60% of an operation's total labor cost. UNEX. Carton Flow systems are dynamic gravity flow units that condense and organize SKU's to increase pick rates by 30% and higher, increase space utilization by 50% and reduce travel time by 40-80% when compared to a static storage system.



7 tips for masterful negotiating
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Think confidence, machismo and stamina are the keys to winning a negotiation? Then your bargaining skills need a reboot. Throughout the past decade, a growing field of literature on the subject has come to the conclusion that checking your ego at the boardroom door is a must. Compromise and kindness are the new rules of negotiation. How does this gentler approach work? We've compiled a short list of pointers to get you started. More

Innovation Starts At ProMat® 2011

See and compare solutions for your manufacturing and supply chain operations and network with your peers at ProMat 2011-March 21-24, 2011 in Chicago’s McCormick Place. Discover the best equipment and systems solutions and learn about the latest innovations. ProMat 2011 features 700 exhibits and 80 Education Sessions.
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Logistics news: How complex is your distribution center?
Supply Chain Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Most agree that in general, distribution center operations are growing more complex, as the velocity of product flow and scope of what is required to be executed in the DC continue to expand for many companies. But can that DC complexity be measured? It's not an entirely academic question. First, an ability to measure DC complexity would perhaps help DC managers and logistics executives gain insight into distribution center requirements and corresponding strategies. More

Ethics issues at heart of supply chain management
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Ann Grackin, chief executive officer of ChainLink Research, traces the evolution of ethical behavior throughout the supply chain. But is the trend motivated by a desire for profitability, the law, or just good intentions? Few companies deliberately set out to commit unethical practices, Grackin said. But the quest for competitive advantage can have a serious impact on the way products are made and how workers are treated. More

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Automating incoming inventory management reduces loss
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Is the inventory used to start your supply chain being given the attention it needs? Unlike fixed assets, inventory, especially raw materials or components used in manufacturing, sometimes is treated as another cost of doing business. Consider this: Companies ranging in size from local machine shops to Fortune 100 companies collectively spend billions of dollars each year to try to prevent losses in order fulfillment, but they don’t know when inventory needed for production was received, where it was placed, how old it is, or what its present value is. More

Change to dimensional weight calculation in January will cost shippers more
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A new factor in determining dimensional weight to calculate delivery charges on ground shipments will add significant costs for most parcel shippers. Dimensional weight is calculated by multiplying the length by width by height of each package in inches and dividing the total by a specific factor. Effective Jan. 3, both FedEx and UPS will change the factor from 194 to 166 for Ground and Air packages that are 3 cubic feet (5,184 cubic inches) or larger for shipments within the U.S., and from 166 to 139 for International Ground shipments to Canada. This is going to result major rate hike for shippers, says consultant Rob Martinez, president/CEO of Transult. More



Cutting costs from your logistics budget
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If you want to reduce logistics costs, you have to take the time to review your processes. Nathan Pieri, senior vice president of marketing and product management for Rutherford, N.J.-based Management Dynamics, offers these tips for trimming your logistics budget. More

How much are you worth?
Logistics Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The 2010 Salary Survey of material handling and logistics professionals reveals not only what their average salaries are, but their many challenges, frustrations and accomplishments. Hear in their own words what these managers think about their jobs and the industry. More

Parcel wars: Carriers, consultants headed for a showdown
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For the past year, a quiet war has been waged between the two giant parcel carriers, FedEx Corp. and UPS Inc., and a cluster of self-styled parcel consultants whose mission for nearly a quarter of a century has been to help their clients save money when shipping with one or both of the behemoths. The stakes are high, but they are completely lopsided. It is no secret that FedEx and UPS would rather work directly with shippers than through third-party specialists who have a deep knowledge of how the carriers price their services, and who use that know-how to help their customers save money. More
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