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WERC, MHEDA invite members to networking reception at ProMat 2013
The two associations jointly will host a reception for members from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the McCormick Place Room: S105 A, B/C. Each association will raffle off a convention/conference registration at the reception, so be sure to stop by and say hello.

WERCouncil events
  • Jan. 17, NCAL Meyer Corporation (Farberware) DC Luncheon and Tour, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Jan. 17, Leveraging the Benefits of a Foreign Trade Zone & Facility Tour of Evans Distribution Systems, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

  • Top 10 logistics challenges for 2013 (and beyond)
    DC Velocity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Clifford F. Lynch writes, "For the past few Januarys, I've attempted to identify the top 10 challenges facing the logistics/supply chain community in the year ahead. My score for 2012 was not too bad, but I have to admit my predictions were pretty safe. This year, I'm going to stretch it a little and see what happens. Herewith, my list of 10 developments that bear watching in 2013." More

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    FDA tracking proposal could require packaging line changes
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    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's medical device tracking proposal will force many manufacturers to make expensive packaging line changes. FDA proposed a unique device identification marking system, both for many individual devices and all device packaging, with some exceptions, in response to a 2007 congressional mandate. Manufacturers have been criticizing key elements of that proposal since it was announced this past summer, forcing the FDA to reconsider some of the specifics. More

    Wholesalers-distributors to summit on strategy
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    The National Association of Wholesalers-Distributors Executive Summit will focus on what's ahead in 2013–2014 and how wholesaler-distributors can prosper using industry best practices. Presentations and panel discussions will arm attendees with a detailed economic forecast for the next 24 months and with recommendations for how to maintain profitability in an anemic economy. More

    Toyota donates lift trucks to Columbus, Ind., community
    Modern Materials Handling    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Toyota Material Handling, USA, the supplier of the number one selling lift truck in North America, celebrated the end of its 2012 philanthropic giving year with the donation of two internal combustion lift trucks to the Columbus, Ind., community. During a ceremony attended by local business leaders, TMHU President Jeff Rufener presented one ceremonial forklift key to Columbus Mayor Kristen Brown and another to United Way of Bartholomew County President Mark Stewart. Toyota forklifts are manufactured at Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg. Inc. in Columbus. More


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    Marines use forklifts to pay forward
    Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    As a result of Toyota Material Handling's "Giving Veterans a Lift" program, one of its dealers, Toyota Lift of Minnesota, recently trained 10 Marines of the unit MWSS471 to become certified forklift operators. These individuals are applying their new skills on the job and in their community, including operating forklifts to transport and handle the collected donations for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation based out of the Minneapolis distribution center. In 2011 Marines and other Toys for Tots volunteers distributed more than 15.6 million toys nationally to more than 7.2 million children in need. More

    Top materials handling news in 2012
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    Big acquisitions, a precarious economy and some new players change the landscape heading into 2013. More

    MAINtag beefs up its RFID offerings to meet demands in aerospace
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    MAINtag, a French RFID technology firm focused on the aerospace industry, is releasing new additions to its FLYtag line of radio frequency identification tags designed to track parts on aircraft. These new tags, the company reports, are expected to meet the requirements for monitoring the maintenance and repair of aircraft parts within non-pressurized and interior cabin locations, as well as tracking the identities and expiration dates of life vests and seats. More


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