WERCWatch
May. 9, 2013

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WERCouncil events

  • May 16, Chicagoland WERCouncil Chicago Tribune Media Group Freedom Center Tour, 9 to 11 a.m.
  • May 24, Supply Chain Education Session I — Labor In The DC, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • June 12, Michigan WERCouncil Distribution Costing for Profitability, 5:30 to 8:15 p.m.
  • June 19, Michigan WERCouncil Port Lansing & Foreign Trade Zone Seminar/Tour, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
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    Keep your developing project alive and on course with a little help from industry providers
    Supply Chain Digest
    It can take months or even years to champion even a modest DC project through all of the twists and turns on the road from initial idea stage to an approved and funded project. Unfortunately, for companies with limited resources, the serious amount of time involved can be discouraging and lead to termination of an otherwise good project.More

    Centralizing logistics leads to mixed results
    Supply Chain 24/7
    Should you centralize or decentralize your logistics structure? Not an easy question: The answer really depends on your strategic priorities.More

    Space invaders
    DC Velocity
    Transportation intermediaries have gained more clout in the less-than-truckload industry than ever before, a movement that is changing the landscape for all concerned. Freight brokers and third-party logistics service providers that also offer brokerage services have long been involved in the LTL segment. However, their presence has been small compared with the truckload category, where there is far more freight to be booked.More

    5 ways to communicate sustainability beyond words
    GreenBiz.com
    Melissa Wicinski and Jennifer Griffith write, "Gone are the days when we used only words to tell a great story. Today, especially when communicating sustainability, we rely more on the old saying 'a picture is worth a thousand words.' Please don't get us wrong; words, statistics and data measurements are crucial to sharing a company's focus on the triple-bottom-line, but we need to use more visual and compelling elements to truly portray a commitment to sustainability. That's the only way to break through. Furthermore, effectively communicating sustainability can be a key driver in positive organizational change."More

    WERC 2013 Day 2 video review and comment
    Supply Chain Digest
    Whether you couldn't make this year's annual Warehouse Education and Research Council conference in Dallas, or even if you did, please watch of video summary of the key themes and presentations from Day 2 at the show.More

    Using fleet telematics to reduce fuel tax reporting
    By Bill Lockwood
    Telematics is literally the combination of telecommunications and informatics. It utilizes GPS tracking and information technology to ensure efficient fleet management and is used extensively by companies such as Walmart and Verizon to manage their fleets. Along with the vehicle-tracking benefit of using telematics, its integration into data collection ensures the accurate reporting of information required in the trucking industry.More

    The way you prioritize suppliers may not be best method for mitigating risk
    SupplyChainBrain
    The way suppliers are typically segmented may work well for prioritizing procurement resources on supplier selection, managing supplier performance, and supporting and developing strategic suppliers. But it doesn't always work well for prioritizing resources on risk management and compliance. Many B and C suppliers may be easily switched, but still represent large material risks to the company (such as litigation or regulatory fines).More

    Jordan Cohen: Stop telling your employees what to do
    Harvard Business Review
    The idea of describing the outcome and letting a skilled professional determine how best to get there often results in a more committed worker, higher quality work, and a proud employee. This is also a very effective approach in getting the most out of knowledge workers. Describe the outcome you are trying to achieve, be clear on the requirements, and preserve the worker's autonomy. If the worker needs help, she will ask for it.More

    How UPS makes the business case for sustainability projects
    GreenBiz.com
    When UPS adds new alternative fuel or advanced technology vehicles to its fleet, it doesn't simply choose just any alternative-fuel vehicle. The company only adopts new vehicles when they're proven to be economically viable, have a reliable fueling infrastructure, are readily available, provide fuel savings and are safe. The key to choosing new vehicles and potentially using them on a wider scale is data.More

    Ford details approach to supplier engagement and sustainability
    Supply Chain Digest
    From a sourcing perspective, perhaps no industry with the possible exception of aerospace and defense is as complex as the automotive sector. There are often as many as eight to 10 layers between raw materials suppliers and the final OEM, and the auto sector is also deeply entwined with the also complex electronics industry supply chain, adding to the challenge.More

    Trip reports: WERC and ISM 2013 conferences
    SupplyChainDigest
    Dan Gilmore writes, "Well, it was a busy but rewarding week, as I managed to attend the annual conferences of both the Warehouse Education and Resources Council and the Institute for Supply Management in Dallas. Unfortunately, for at least the past several years the two events have overlapped almost completely, which is a shame because they are both very good conferences."More

    Is cloud-based WMS ready for prime time?
    Supply Chain Digest
    Warehouse Management Systems have been somewhat late joining the "cloud" party, but that has certainly started to change. Just how ready is cloud-based WMS for prime time performance?More

    Why you should focus on reverse logistics
    By Archita Datta Majumdar
    Though it's not a new concept, the importance of reverse logistics is being more keenly felt in the last decade. Fluctuating economies and stiff global competition have made profit margins change while demanding more of service and quality than ever before.More

    Call for contributors
    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

    Avery Dennison's new tags target challenging use cases
    RFID Journal
    The company has released seven EPC Gen 2 UHF inlays and labels for use in hard-to-read environments, such as on metal or near liquids, as well as for applications requiring durable or small tags.More

    Walmart's grand, green plans to reduce prices
    CNNMoney
    Walmart has taken on a massive green project. CEO Mike Duke said, in 2009, that the retailer would build a sustainability index to track the environmental impact for the entire life cycle of every single product it sells. For many reasons, this has been a challenging process. But soon, consumers will be able to see the payoff, said Rosalind Brewer, CEO of Walmart's Sam's Club division at Fortune's Brainstorm Green Conference in Laguna Niguel, Calif.More