WERCWatch
Jul. 31, 2014

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WERCouncil Events

  • Aug. 7, Washington WERCouncil SanMar Distribution Tour, 3:30 to 5 p.m.
  • Aug. 25, Toronto WERCouncil Mondelez International Tour — Hopewell Distribution Center, 7:30 to 10 a.m.
  • Aug. 29, Atlanta WERCouncil 5th Annual Golf Outing, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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    Many executives fail at supply chain risk assessment
    Material Handling & Logistics
    Many supply chain executives have done very little to formally manage their supply chain risk, according to "Managing Risk in the Global Supply Chain," a report by the Supply Chain Management Faculty at the University of Tennessee in conjunction with UPS Capital. Their research team distributed a questionnaire across a wide range of companies, including retailers, manufacturers, and service providers.More

    MAPI report: Global demographics play emerging role for manufacturers
    Modern Materials Handling
    The era of constrained labor supply is just beginning, and the decreasing share of populations that are in the working age cohort will keep human capital a front-burner issue for goods producers for decades, according to a new Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation report.More

    Real-time control speeds customer orders through the DC
    Supply Chain Digest
    Going back a few years, DC mangers had to wait until the end of the day to find out if they hit their target numbers — too late to do anything about it. Now, with real-time performance displays, managers can see whether they are hitting the numbers incrementally throughout the day, and if not, what areas are falling behind. This then allows management to adjust operations by using the real-time information to balance demand for products with the resources and workload in the facility to quickly get back on track.More

    Most managers think of themselves as coaches
    Harvard Business Review
    As a manager, do you think of yourself as a leader or as a coach? Do you, for instance, feel it's important that your staff see you as an expert or do you prefer to create an egalitarian environment? Are you the person who solves problems or helps your staff come up with their own solutions? Are you more comfortable being directive or collaborative?More

    Become a contributing writer
    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

    Many executives fail at supply chain risk assessment
    Material Handling & Logistics
    Many supply chain executives have done very little to formally manage their supply chain risk, according to "Managing Risk in the Global Supply Chain," a report by the Supply Chain Management Faculty at the University of Tennessee in conjunction with UPS Capital. Their research team distributed a questionnaire across a wide range of companies, including retailers, manufacturers, and service providers.More

    Developing dashboards: The right data for warehouse managers
    By Ken Ackerman
    Like the dashboard on your car, your business system should be designed to provide the essential information that warehouse managers must have in order to know exactly how their operation is performing. But many systems are "data rich, information poor," also known as DRIP. Because so much information is available on contemporary warehouse management systems, some managers cannot resist the temptation to put far more metrics in a warehouse dashboard then you will find in the dashboard on your car.More

    Want better workplace collaboration? Use social media
    DC Velocity
    When most folks think of social media, they think of personal communication: Using Facebook to get in touch with friends. Or sharing information with fellow hobbyists on a wiki website. But social media tools can also facilitate business communication. For example, logistics professionals could use them to collaborate with colleagues across the globe and work together to solve distribution problems.More

    Material handling industry called to increase customer education
    Material Handling & Logistics
    Companies are increasing their investments in equipment and systems that keep track of inventory and customer information and improve order fulfillment, according to an annual market report from MHI. However, these companies don't always seek the guidance they need to make wise choices. Their spending is a response to the need to contain operational costs, improve responsiveness to customer demands and increase production capacity and capabilities.More

    Voice: A perfect fit for omnichannel distribution
    DC Velocity
    In the brave new world of retail distribution, companies must be flexible, accurate, and fast. That's especially true for those involved in omnichannel distribution, where retail, wholesale, catalog, and direct-to-consumer orders may be processed and shipped from the same facility. These retailers must adjust to new ways of doing business.More