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WERCouncil events
  • March 15, Chicagoland WERCouncil: Making Sustainability Sustainable in the Distribution Chain, 5 to 8 p.m.
  • March 29, North Texas WERCouncil Henry Schein Facility Tour, 11 a.m. to noon

  • The North Texas WERCouncil is starting early again in planning for the Oct. 10 Warehousing Resource Convention, for the 11th year in Grapevine. Contact Norman E. Saenz Jr. at TranSystems by phone at 817-919-1753, or email
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    Supply chain managers get physical with the Internet
    Material Handling & Logstics    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Internet has given timeliness and efficiency to global data distribution. Now researchers want to do the same for physical distribution by building "The Physical Internet." Logistics professionals face a "Grand Challenge." Some are contemplating how to deal with it, but their efforts haven't gone much beyond contemplation. However, the convergence of environmental and economic requirements in their supply chains seems to be reaching a tipping point that will bring the "Grand Challenge" down to earth. More

    Best practices in communicating about sustainability
    Environmental Leadership    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Laura M. Thompson writes, "While sustainability initiatives have boomed in recent years, many companies are still seeking help in developing strategy and others are struggling with communication efforts. I'd like to offer some clarity and share best practices regarding sustainability as it relates to paper and allied industries. Companies that follow such best practices have proven themselves to be committed to incorporating the principles of sustainable development into their everyday business practices, as well as actively managing and measuring performance." More

    Supply chain education: No planner left behind
    The 21st Century Supply Chain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    John Westerveld writes, "A co-worker and I, both supply chain veterans for more than 20 years, are delivering supply chain training to a mix of new hires and more experienced employees. The course we are delivering is the APICS (Association for Operations Management) Basics of Supply Chain management which, for those familiar with the CPIM certification process, is the first of five supply chain courses on the road to CPIM certification." More

    Supplemental Staffing: Waste or Valuable Asset?
    If your customers demand 10 out of 10 service from you, why do you accept anything less from your staffing service provider? You’re not alone. Fewer than 40% of staffing users rate their service 9 or 10? Quality service is available if you rethink the purchasing process. Follow the link to find a better way to get real staffing solutions. more

    Diversity in the workplace: 5 ways to help your team perform better
    American Express OPEN Forum    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    When we think of diversity, most of us first think of race, ethnicity, gender and age. We think of the legendary Louis Armstrong's lyrics from his song, "What a Wonderful World," that allude to the notion: "The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky, are also on the faces of people going by." Yet, diversity in organizations is a much broader spectrum than that. It encompasses diversity in passions, talents, personality, motivations and experience, to name a few. More

    What Does it Take to Increase Performance?

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    Does 'count-back' make sense for case pick-to belt applications, downstream sortation?
    Supply Chain Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Does a technique originally developed to reduce inventory discrepancies between 3PLs and leading food manufacturers make sense to at least partially combat a long-standing problem in mechanized case pick-to-belt applications tied to downstream automated sortation? That technique is called "count-back," and it involves the immediate cycle count of full case pick slot in pallet flow racking after each and every case pick to ensure the correct number of cartons were picked. It started at a food company (believed to be Kraft) that outsourced distribution center management to 3PLs, but that had constant issues with inventory discrepancies with those 3PLs. More

    Does 'count-back' make sense for case pick-to belt applications, downstream sortation? Part 2
    Supply Chain Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Count-back involves requiring the picker to perform a cycle count at the conclusion of each full case pick. That count involves simply entering the number of layers and loose cartons left on the pallet into a wireless terminal, enabling the WMS to understand how many cartons are there based on maintaining a pallet profile for each SKU. If the count matches what the WMS expects, the picker moves on. If it doesn't match, the picker needs to resolve the discrepancy, or possibly a supervisor needs to go and check the previous picker's pallet. More

    Don't dismiss your Gen X talent
    Harvard Business Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Labor Department recently reported that the number of Americans quitting their jobs has begun to rise. One particular demographic poised to jump is Gen X. At just 46 million in the U.S., Gen X is small compared to the 78 million boomers and 70 million millennials, but they wield a disproportionate amount of influence. More

    Picker productivity more often a function of hit density than pick rate
    Supply Chain Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In a recent discussion with a company that is planning on migrating from a totally manual order picking process to a more automated process, concerns about picker productivity and order accuracy were high on their list. In the current operation, which consists of tens of thousands of SKUs, order pickers are responsible for picking complete orders assigned to them, usually two to six in one tour of the DC. But, in the more mechanized or automated picking approach being considered, order pickers are assigned to a pick zone and pick only a portion of each order. More

    Retail container traffic will be up in 2012
    Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Import cargo volume at the nation's major retail container ports is expected to be down 6.8 percent in February from the same month a year ago, but should show year-over-year increases through most of the remaining first half of 2012, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. "With consumer confidence building, retailers are optimistic that the economy is recovering but are continuing to be cautious with their inventory levels," says Jonathan Gold, NRF's vice president for supply chain and customs policy. "Merchants want to be sure that growth will be sustained and that demand will be there to meet supply." More

    8 qualities of remarkable employees
    Inc.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Great employees are reliable, dependable, proactive, diligent, great leaders and great followers — they possess a wide range of easily-defined—but-hard-to-find qualities. A few hit the next level. Some employees are remarkable, possessing qualities that may not appear on performance appraisals but nonetheless make a major impact on performance. The following are eight qualities of remarkable employees. More
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    Financial pros worried about financial uncertainty and risks from inflation, supply chain disruptions
    @Risk    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    What's the biggest headache for corporate finance executives these days? No surprise: It's the unpredictable global economy. According to a recent poll of 435 CFOs, corporate treasurers and other senior finance executives, nearly three-fourths agreed their top concern is managing financial uncertainty, including the risks associated with credit, liquidity, interest rates and currency/foreign exchange. In addition, more than one-third of respondents are worried about risks associated with the following. More

    Even more ways to improve your supply chain management
    The 21st Century Supply Chain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    John Westerveld writes, "I was looking through my Google reader feed last week (what better thing to do on a Friday afternoon?) and came across a post by 'the doctor' that pointed to an article that came out late last year on the Enterprise Apps Today site. The article was titled '11 ways to improve your supply chain management' and was a collection of tips from supply chain management experts on how to improve the operation of your supply chain. I won't reproduce the list here, but I'll point out a few tips that caught my eye." More

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    On a roll at Amway
    DC Velocity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    When consumer products giant Amway decided to move its Midwest fulfillment operations to a building on its main campus in Ada, Mich., managers saw their chance for a clean sweep. From the outset, they rejected the idea of replicating the setup of the retailer's former regional facility, located just a few miles away. Instead, they would use the opportunity to redesign the fulfillment process and introduce more automation. What prompted the move was a change in the retailer's operations. More

    5 leadership lessons from James T. Kirk
    Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Captain James T. Kirk is one of the most famous captains in the history of Starfleet. There's a good reason for that. On his five-year mission commanding the U.S.S. Enterprise, James T. Kirk was a quintessential leader. His style of command demonstrates a keen understanding of leadership and how to maintain a team that succeeds time and time again. The following are five of the key leadership lessons that you can take away from Captain Kirk as you pilot your own organization into unknown futures. More

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    Study: Baby boomers believe in sustainable principles (and will pay for them)
    Environmental Leader    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Today, many businesses still grapple with the challenge of embracing and investing in longer-term sustainable positions when measured against short-term cash flow needs, government regulations or taking too public a stand on what may appear to be a controversial subject. How far should a company go to push the sustainable envelope before such decisions degrade EBITDA or isolate consumers, particularly in light of a tough economy and global competition? Where is that amorphous point on the economic chart that shows the transect between the consumer's desire to have healthier food, air and water, a cleaner environment, less dependence on foreign oil and more sustainable construction materials, and their willingness to pay more or do with less? More

    The making of 'Move it!'
    DC Velocity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Steve Thomas, the Emmy Award-winning host of PBS's "This Old House" series and now host of an exciting new web-based TV series called "Move it!" discusses the genesis of the new show, which looks at the $1.2 trillion U.S. logistics market. More

    Omni-ID launches UltraThin metal-mount tags
    RFID Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    RFID tag manufacturer Omni-ID has developed a family of thin ultrahigh-frequency Gen 2 passive tags that can be mounted on metal. The new tags are being used or tested by approximately 20 companies, in order to manage assets that were impractical to track by means of larger metal-mount tags. Omni-ID's UltraThin tag, which measures about 0.05 inch in thickness, can be likened to the size of a stick of chewing gum, and is thin enough that it will not interfere with the handling of small electronics (such as laptop computers), the stacking of tagged metal equipment (such as shopping carts) or the movement of pipes for the oil and gas industry. More
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