WERCWatch
Jul. 11, 2013

Benchmarking resource

Do you want more specific data to compare your organization to the 2013 reported data for DC Measures? Comparison based on industry, type of customer served, company sales (size), pick method and business strategy are available online in the WERC store. Special pricing for members.

WERCouncil events

  • July 23, Northern California Midsummer Networking & Raffle Event, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • July 24, Chicagoland WERCouncil Presentation: Key Issues in Domestic Freight Transportation, 5 to 7 p.m.
  • July 25, Columbus WERCouncil Operational Metrics & Measurements, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • July 30, Utah WERCouncil Networking & Ballgame at Spring Mobile Ballpark, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
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    Improving conveyor system efficiency drives higher yield
    Supply Chain Digest
    Increasing the throughput of a conveyor system usually means increasing equipment speeds. With thousands of feet of conveyor and hundreds of individual power units, this can be a daunting, time-consuming and expensive task. An easier and much quicker solution is to update software and controls so that the conveyor equipment can physically handle more product. This approach is gaining favor thanks to advanced software and controls that permit higher product density per lineal foot of conveyor thus increasing the systems throughput capacity without increasing equipment speed.More

    What ails the pharmaceutical supply chain?
    The 21st Century Supply Chain
    It is always dangerous to draw too many parallels between companies, and yet benchmarking is one of the most effective ways of expressing comparative performance. The Gartner Supply Chain Top 25, which was started by AMR nearly 10 years ago, is an annual ritual that draws a great deal of attention. The Garter Supply Chain Top 25 also draws some criticism because it tries to compare companies across industries. Nevertheless there are a few supply chain insights we can draw from the list in general and for the pharmaceutical supply chain manufacturers in particular.More

    OEE in packaging: Deceptively simple
    Healthcare Packaging
    Overall equipment effectiveness is being used with increasing frequency in the packaging industry. The reason for its popularity lies in the fact that the metric is easy to understand and relatively easy to apply. However, it is also easy to misuse. Here's how to avoid doing so.More

    Looking to share your expertise?
    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

    How US manufacturers save on logistics south of the border
    Material Handling & Logistics
    American OEMs operating in Mexico are saving money and improving efficiency by sourcing from U.S. suppliers located south of the border. Even after considerable NAFTA-related growth, the capacity of transportation and ports of entry into Mexico has lagged behind demand. Other factors, including counter-terrorism measures at the border and extended waiting times at customs, have contributed to congestion at ports of entry, resulting in unpredictable delays and higher costs in shipping materials from the U.S. to south of the border.More

    Obama climate change plan and the supply chain
    The Green Supply Chain
    President Barack Obama recently announced preliminary plans to reduce U.S. carbon emissions, in part after ongoing criticism from many environmental quarters that he was not doing enough to reduce U.S. greenhouse gases. Of course, almost anything to do with energy is likely to have some supply chain impact, and we look at some of the primary ones in the plan here.More

    Need logistics talent? The government's here to help
    Chain of Thought
    Tom Andel writes, "I received an email from the National Center for Supply Chain Technology Education (SCTE) recently. They're located at Norco College in Norco, Calif., and they want to fill your material handling and logistics talent gap — with some help from the National Science Foundation. The NSF created the SCTE in 2011, by means of a $3.5 million grant. The purpose of the SCTE's email was to introduce a job function many employers may not know exists: supply chain technician. The SCTE implies that even if nobody actually holds this title yet, many soon will."More

    10 steps to improve efficiencies in the pharmaceutical supply chain
    Healthcare Packaging
    It is imperative that steps be taken in the near future to improve efficiencies and attempt to cut costs in the pharmaceutical supply chain. Here are 10 ways this could be done.More

    5 transitions great leaders make that average leaders don't
    Forbes
    The secret to leadership is there aren't any real secrets. The best leaders have simply gone to school on improving their tradecraft. While the capabilities possessed by the best leaders might seem otherworldly to many, they are merely the outcome of hard work, experience, perspective, and yes, a bit of luck. The best leaders have just learned to make certain transitions that less effective leaders curiously remain blind to.More

    Warehouse layout and design best practices
    SupplyChainBrain
    Proper warehouse design up front helps avoid costly construction surprises, says Scott Pribula, Market Sector Leader, Manufacturers & Distributors Group, TranSystems.More

    Which behaviors must leaders avoid?
    Harvard Business Review
    If you want to empower, engage or motivate others, don't just focus on increasing your positive behaviors. Pay attention to what you need to stop doing as well. Why? Because people remember the bad more than the good.More

    Why do new distribution centers fail?
    SupplyChainBrain
    David K. Schneider, force multiplier of David K. Schneider & Co., outlines five hallmarks of failure to explain why most DC startups don't succeed.More

    Manufacturing, logistics industries ranked in all 50 states
    SupplyChainBrain
    New York's manufacturing sector receives an F and its logistics gets a C. The situation isn't much better for several nearby states, according to the 2013 Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card, an in-depth analysis from Ball State University's Center for Business and Economic Research. The report grades all 50 states, ranking several areas of the economy.More

    De Wolky Shop reduces stock-outs, boosts sales with RFID
    RFID Journal
    Using an RFID-enabled inventory- and retail-management system provided by Nedap Retail, Dutch shoe retailer De Wolky Shop has significantly reduced its incidence of inventory errors. During the first two weeks of using the system, the company found that its stock accuracy jumped from 84 percent to 98 percent. Those accuracy gains, the company reports, led to fewer stock-outs and an increase in sales.More