Dec. 4, 2014

WERC Annual Conference

WERC's spring conference in Orlando, Florida, is open for registration. Click here to review conference details and to use our new, much improved registration system to register today.More

WERCouncil Events

Date Event Time
Dec. 15 Toronto WERCouncil Holiday Celebration Event 5-7 p.m.
Dec. 18 Atlanta WERCouncil: How does your warehousing operation measure up? 11:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m.
Jan. 8 WERC Webinar: Evaluating Metrics, Benchmarking & Best Practices 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Jan. 16 Arizona WERCouncil Amazon Tour 1- 2:30 p.m.

Supply chain executives: More hiring, online buying in 2015
Global Purchasing
Manufacturing professionals expect their companies' revenues to keep rising through the remainder of the year, and half expect to increase hiring in the year ahead, according to the most recent annual Purchasing and Manufacturing Survey from Chicago-based Prime Advantage Inc., a buying consortium of midsize manufacturing firms. Prime Advantage surveyed more than 700 U.S. industrial manufacturing companies, revealing continued optimism about revenues and employment, despite concerns about rising costs and a lack of qualified workers.More

US port delays force shippers to look up
The Maritime Executive
The recent U.S. West Coast port congestion issues has temporarily reversed the long-term modal shift from air to ocean as shippers seek alternative ways to make sure their goods hit the stores in time for the holiday season. World air cargo growth has for a number of years lagged behind container shipping growth due to a combination of factors, including higher demand for commodities that are typically shipped by ocean freight.More

Amazon launches army of robots for Cyber Monday shipping
Online retailer Amazon called in the cavalry for the 2014 holiday season in the form of an army of order-fulfilling robots in its warehouses. Ten Amazon warehouses in California, Washington, Texas, New Jersey and Florida each received a fleet of robots that shuffle through shelves to pick up items for shipment as people order them. More

Is your supply chain improving you?
Every great manufacturer does a good job of working both directions to understand and improve so that all can benefit. Many struggling companies buy and sell things but don't look outside themselves to get better. While a fine place to start, that is a shortsighted decision, frequently made by small companies that don't want to invest in professional supply chain management personnel or the efforts required. Many supply chain departments are merely renamed purchasing departments, so that on a resume doesn't assure improved performance. More

Black Friday fades to gray
For most of the last decade, it's been America's biggest shopping day. That day is Black Friday, the day after the Thanksgiving holiday and an emblem of opportunity, or excess or both. Now, contemporary shopping trends are dulling Black Friday's mystique as retailers offer bargains for a whole weekend or more in their struggle to keep a profitable tradition alive.More

How big data solves small but costly warehouse problems
You don't need to go big to leverage big data. Forget for a moment the potential of adopting big data analytics throughout your entire supply chain. Numerous real-life examples showcase how big data can untangle and integrate seemingly unrelated masses of data to solve small but costly problems in any warehouse or distribution center.More

How 3-D printing is set to shake up manufacturing supply chains
The Guardian
3-D printing has come a long way in an extremely short span of time. Initially built by Charles Hull in the 1980s as a tool for making basic polymer objects, today, the technology has spurred remarkable efforts in several manufacturing sectors; from building intricate aircraft and race car components, to human organs and prostheses. Now, the wider business world is beginning to understand the potential of 3-D printing for cost-effective, efficient and environmentally friendly manufacturing. More

Become a contributing writer
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