WERCWatch
Mar. 27, 2014

WERC conference delivers on top-notch sessions

Check out the complete program at werc.org/events/2014.

WERCouncil events

  • April 8, North Carolina WERCouncil Lenovo Presentation & Tour, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
  • April 15, Northern California WERCouncil Wine Tour & Educational Series 2, 12:15 to 3 p.m.
  • April 23, Utah WERCouncil GENCO & Hershey Facility Tour & Lunch, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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    MODEX 2014: The big inspired by the small
    Chain of Thought
    Tom Andel writes, "Walking the floor of a supply chain technology show can be daunting for a small-business owner. The displays at such a show can often send a veiled message to such attendees: 'Not for You.' That was 'Not the Case' at MODEX 2014, the supply chain and transportation show at Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center. In fact many of the solutions discussed there were developed for small companies."More

    Care in planning yields healthy gains
    DC Velocity
    Any time a resident of South Africa calls on a local pharmacy for a prescription medication, chances are the drug in question passed through a new 32,000-square-meter (344,445-square-foot) distribution center near Johannesburg operated by UTi Pharma, the company that distributes 55 percent of the pharmaceuticals in that country.More

    US truck driver turnover rate remains high, but for now seems to remain just below crisis levels
    Supply Chain Digest
    Worries about a U.S. shortage of truck drivers continue on, with turnover of drivers in large truckload fleets near to 100 percent in Q4 and for the full year 2013, the American Trucking Associations reported. Of course, those numbers do not mean large fleets are completely turning over their base of drivers each year. What happens is the carriers may go through three or four new drivers to obtain one that sticks, driving the total turnover number to high levels. But many still say the driver situation remains a significant problem, and is just a bit of economic growth away from being something of a crisis for carriers and shippers.More

    The 3 P's of employee terminations
    By D. Albert Brannen
    The vast majority of employment-related lawsuits follow the termination of an employee. Employers can minimize their legal liability by considering the "three P's" of employee terminations: people, procedures and paperwork.More

    Does the trend toward a more employee-centric approach impact on DC system ROI?
    Supply Chain Digest
    Cliff Holste writes, "The trend among shippers appears to be more focused on benefits such as increased operational flexibility and agility, faster response times, and the ability to provide more efficient value added services. To some degree this refocus is reflective of shippers adapting to the new demand economy where the pace of consumer change (driven mostly by Internet sales) is growing at an unprecedented rate."More

    Share your knowledge
    MultiBriefs
    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.More

    MODEX 2014: The big inspired by the small
    Chain of Thought
    Tom Andel writes, "Walking the floor of a supply chain technology show can be daunting for a small-business owner. The displays at such a show can often send a veiled message to such attendees: 'Not for You.' That was 'Not the Case' at MODEX 2014, the supply chain and transportation show at Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center. In fact many of the solutions discussed there were developed for small companies."More

    How do you define success?
    By C. Fredrick Crum
    When I ask leaders, "How do you define success?" I often get asked, "Are you referring to my professional life, personal life or for this organization?" I often respond asking by this rhetorical question, "How many lives do you have?" Many leaders simply really have not thought deeply enough about what their personal success really looks like.More

    It's 11 p.m. — Do you know where your pallets are?
    DC Velocity
    It is far too easy for pallets to "leak" out of a supply chain. A pallet misplaced in the distribution center here. One never returned from a customer there. Another used for an in-store display. Yet another stuck "temporarily" in an offsite warehouse and then forgotten.More

    Supply chain execs lag technology's growth curve
    Materials Handling & Logistics
    Supply chain executives want to invest in powerful new technologies and business innovations to improve their supply chains, but are hampered by a shortage of qualified talent and pressure to cut costs, according to an industry report by MHI and Deloitte. The survey on which the report was based was completed by 450 respondents from large and small companies across a wide range of sectors, including: Retail and Wholesale, Consumer Packaged Goods, Automotive, Consulting, Life Sciences and Healthcare, Transportation and Warehousing, Material Handling and Supply Chain Equipment and Related Services.More

    What's your talent strategy?
    Modern Materials Handling
    As the economy continues to improve, we in supply chain find ourselves once again in the position of searching for talent to replenish our organizations. The problem whether we have the talent pool with the right set of skills for the challenges we face in the market today? According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, logistics jobs are expected to grow by 22 percent by 2022 or nearly double the rate of all other professions.More