WERCWatch
Jan. 17, 2013

Another certification case study


Check out the new case study on Starbucks Coffee Company with 3PL OHL: Five facilities have gained WERC Warehouse Certification. Read about what these well-respected companies have learned from the process. Go to www.werc.org.


WERC, MHEDA invite members to networking reception at ProMat 2013
The two associations jointly will host a reception for members from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the McCormick Place Room: S105 A, B/C. Each association will raffle off a convention/conference registration at the reception, so be sure to stop by and say hello.

WERCouncil events

  • Feb. 4, Atlanta - The Straight Scoop about Six Sigma & Six Sigma Certification, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Feb. 7, Cincinnati – GSI Commerce DC, An eBay Company - Facility Tour, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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