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New and improved WERC Web site
Same address at, but a new look and improved functionality. WERC is pleased to launch a more user-friendly site and invites you to check it out. "The improved Web site is a key element in our overall plan to continue to hold the line on costs and provide enhanced value," says Michael Mikitka, WERC's CEO. "You'll find many of the same features we've had in the past with added searchability, easier ordering and a more modern look and feel."
Using Metrics seminar is coming to Chicago! February 4 to 5, 2010
Check out the upcoming WERCouncil meetings in Cincinnati, Chicago and Atlanta

Kane Is Able
A decade of supply chain management
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It is hard to imagine now, but "supply chain management" was not a concept at all broadly understood even in 2000 -- nowhere near what it is today. I was an industry analyst from 1998 to early 2000, and during that period I had taken many calls from clients asking for a basic explanation of what supply chain was all about. I remember one specifically from truck maker Navistar in what must have been 1999, with the caller, a director level manager, saying his CEO had read an article on supply chain management and decided Navistar needed to get some SCM religion right away. More

Report stresses need for 3PLs to get creative in strategies
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Every successful manager has heard of the need to think "outside the box," but many third party logistics providers aren't doing enough of that, particularly when building their strategy for future projects, according to the ARC Advisory Group's Adrian Gonzalez. In a recent article, Gonzalez points out that 3PLs tend to pay more attention to what industry the current market is leading to. Right now, Gonzalez said pharmaceuticals are hot, in part because it seems easy for some 3PLs to break in. But it's not that simple. More

Does your supply chain software need a tuneup?
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Maybe you're just not able to get orders out the door as fast as you used to. Or your operating costs have been creeping up and you're running into delivery delays. Or you've noticed workers resorting to manual processes or workarounds for tasks that were supposed to be fully automated. All of these can be signs that something's amiss with the software that drives your distribution and transportation operations. More

Collaborative Distribution
A new eBook written by Chris Kane of Kane Is Able, Inc. explains how Collaborative Distribution could be the next major advance in supply chain management. Learn how CPG manufacturers and retailers can save millions and embrace the green revolution. Download the eBook now.

To discuss how Kane’s Code Green collaborative distribution program can reduce your distribution costs to the Northeast, email Kane at

3PLs hit hard in '09; 2010 looks better
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In 2009, the U.S. third party logistics sector saw its first year-over-year drop in market revenues since 1995, when Armstrong & Associates began tracking the U.S. 3PL market. In its recently released 3PL Market Review and 2010 Outlook, the research and consulting firm found that total 2009 3PL gross revenues were down 15.2 percent from 2008 to $105.1 billion, while net revenues fell 6.5 percent to $54.6 billion. On the bright side, 2009 is done and 2010 promises to see improvement. The researchers estimate that U.S. 3PL gross revenues will gain 7.2 percent in 2010, with net revenues expected to see a 3.3 percent boost. More

Study reveals 5 drivers of a sustainable supply chain
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Just what constitutes a sustainable supply chain? The 18th edition of an annual study on trends and issues in transportation and logistics, conducted by the University of Tennessee and Georgia Southern University, aims for a broader definition of that term than is commonly used. UT associate professor Mary Holcomb reveals some key conclusions of the study. More

Lydall Transport is now CrossGlobe
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How you can help Haiti relief efforts
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As many as 1.5 million people have been left homeless by the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti. If you or your company would like to donate services or supplies, a new message from the American Logistics Aid Network explains how the supply chain community can help. An e-mail letter released Jan. 15 by ALAN president John T. Menzies III discusses concerns in reference to the relief efforts necessary to help earthquake-ravaged Haiti. ALAN engages the supply chain community to support humanitarian relief efforts by making supply chain-related donation needs visible to the logistics industry and establishing an efficient process for providing the necessary goods and services through its Web portal. More

Logistics news: Time to start looking at regional parcel carriers?
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With DHL's exit from the U.S. parcel market in 2009, some are wondering if it is time for more shippers to take a look at so-called regional parcel providers to take on some of the parcel shipping load. While UPS and FedEX serve global markets with a broad array of various services and pricing options, regional carriers, as the name suggests, serve a specific region within the United States and generally offer more simplified services. They often can offer attractive pricing for those companies where the service makes sense. More

Get ready for the Food Safety Enhancement Act
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After a number of recalls in response to tainted products, the government is getting involved in the process of ensuring food safety throughout the supply chain. Tom Kozenski, vice president of product strategy with RedPrairie Corp., discusses how companies should respond. The development is likely to have "a dramatic impact" on the ability of food producers to move inventory to market, he said. They will face a marked increase in documentation and transactional requirements as regulators seek more detailed information on their quality-control efforts. More

Materials handling education: New curriculum launched at Virginia community college
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The Port of Virginia development is the driving force behind a new warehousing and distribution center certificate program, which opened its doors to classes today at Paul C. Camp Community College in Franklin. The program is an entry-level curriculum designed to equip students and potential employees with the specialized skills needed to work in operations. As development and growth continue in the surrounding area, expectations are that multiple warehouses and distribution centers soon will follow. More

Freight Claim Management by Transolutions was developed to provide a quicker and more efficient way for freight claim professionals to process and manage their OS&D claims and thereby improve cash flow for their business. It was established as a means to link shipper and 3PL's to the carriers that accept claims via the Internet.

Shopper marketing is a supply chain partner's next marketing frontier
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According to 73 percent of consumer product goods manufacturers and 86 percent of retailers, shopper marketing is the No. 1 activity that delivers meaningful return on investment. Shopper marketing has been attracting more and more attention since its inception in the early 2000s. It refers to the complex but coordinated combination of marketing and sales tools that supply chain partners use to engage shoppers, build brand equity, and persuade shoppers when they are in the "shopping mode." Shopper marketing understands how target consumers behave as shoppers and leverages this intelligence across the supply chain to benefit the company, brand, consumers, retailers and shoppers. More

SAE's SelectorPro
Are shorts on trucks driving you crazy? With SAE's SelectorPro find out how major Food Distributors have fixed this problem. MORE
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Find New Warehouse Value with WMS Analytics
In 2010 WMS solutions will continue to offer solid ROI for your warehouse, but analytics will increasingly be the key to driving new value from this investment. RedPrairie’s Performance Management solution can help you analyze where you can find new value in your warehouse. 
Your System Integrator for Sorting of Books, Garments, Multi-Media, Post and more
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