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A better way to build teams

Why do some individuals and teams seem like star performers, while others barely shine? Using a variety of stories, case studies and scientific research, Assistant Professor of Management at Oral Roberts University, David Burkus reveals that what makes a high-performing team isn't just who's on it, but also how it's built. At this year's WERC Conference, attendees will be able to discover how famous inventors, outstanding companies - even Broadway stars - benefit from focusing not just on making their teams work, but also on building their network. Learn how to determine if you've got the right team around you, and how to leverage your network to boost both your team's and your organization's performance. Forget the ropes courses and trust falls; there's a better way to build teams.

The 2015 WERC Conference will take place May 3 - 6 in Orlando. Early-bird rates end Tuesday, March 24th (up to 20% in savings!). Visit

Other local events that you might want to consider attending:
Mar 25 Utah WERCouncil Petzl's Tour, Presentation & Networking Lunch
April 8 North Carolina WERCouncil Ingles Tour
April 15 Washington WERCouncil UPS Tour & Networking Reception Afterward
May 3-6 * 2015 WERC Conference - Orlando, FL *
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Administration announces new plan to help supply chain
Materials Handling & Logistics
President Barck Obama was recently in Ohio to talk about his administration's Supply Chain Innovation. "Strengthening America's supply chains and the small manufacturers at their core is essential to the long-term competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers both large and small," according to new strategy by the Department of Commerce entitled Supply Chain Innovation: Strengthening America’s Small Manufacturers.
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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 experience with your peers through well-written commentary. Make 2015 the year you get published as an expert in your field! Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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Aftershocks continue at West Coast ports as supply chain works toward solutions
DC Velocity
It may not come as a surprise given the massive cargo backlogs and bad blood that have built up through the fall and winter, but three weeks after West Coast waterfront labor and management reached a tentative five-year collective bargaining agreement, the situation is still not stable.
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5 common fears that are paralyzing your professional growth
Fast Company
Do you have the courage to confront your fears? If you don't, they will subconsciously influence your decisions and actions. When fear is prevalent, openness and creativity are replaced by watching your back and wanting to look good. When those drive you, you will never truly succeed. These five fears are particularly important to acknowledge if you want to succeed with continuous self-improvement.
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  Lansdale: Customer Driven Logistics™
Lansdale Warehouse is a family-owned-and-operated logistics provider located in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. Since its founding in 1958, Lansdale Warehouse has furnished comprehensive logistics services in a public and contract environment for both national and international customers who require access to the United States markets. Our "Customer Driven Logistics"™ principle means your needs as a customer are our primary focus.

The business case for forklifts powered by hydrogen fuel cells
By Piyush Bakshi
Hydrogen fuel cells as a source of power have piqued the interest of the distribution and warehousing sector. The energy is renewable and sustainable, and it offers a viable alternative to lead-acid batteries for powering forklifts. Federal government tax credits to promote the growth of fuel cells may have come to an end, but this in no way seems to have affected the rate at which the technology is being accepted.
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The marriage of lean and supply chain analytics
Material Handling & Logistics
Management is feeling the pressure to grow market share or to cut costs within the supply chain operations to remain competitive. There are so many opportunities within the supply chain to reduce costs: lower inventory levels, optimize the supply chain network, use alternative transportation modes and find lower cost suppliers. Cost-cutting, however, often reduces customer service levels, increases risk and strains resources.
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Procurement's future is intertwined with analytics
Procurement Leaders
Discussions about the major challenges for procurement often revolve around supplier relationship management, talent management and strategies for gaining more recognition within the organization, gaining the proverbial "seat at the table." They are all important topics. But there is one other topic that increasingly getting top billing: analytics. Indeed, any discussion of the future of procurement has to include a discussion of the role data analytics – or big data – will play.
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Carriers are back in the driver's seat
For years shippers have held the upper hand at the negotiation table. This has led carriers to focus on reducing rates, while at the same time working to improve service. However, the pendulum as now swung in favor of the carriers, leaving some shippers flat-footed. Three significant trends will keep the carriers in the driver's seat.
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February shows slowing growth in US manufacturing — Will it continue?
By Alan Kelsky
Economic headlines this month announced that the rejuvenation of the United States manufacturing sector is on the skids. But is manufacturing declining, or is this merely a blip on the radar? According to the latest research by the Institute for Supply Management, factory activity in February fell from 53.5 in January to 52.9 — its lowest point since January 2014, a 13-month low. However, any index number above 50 is an indicator of an expanding manufacturing sector.
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29 things that high-achieving people never do
Business Insider
Here are 29 things that winners don't do — and that you shouldn't do, either.
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The new era of the agile supply chain
Supply Chain 24/7
Having strategic vision in retail typically involves looking ahead and beyond the current state, but when it comes to the retail supply chain, clear vision can be gleaned by looking back — all the way back. Companies that can anticipate and react to consumer desires the quickest along the supply chain — and that do so seamlessly across channels — can win the loyalty of increasingly fickle and demanding customers.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    E-commerce fueling new projects in major logistics hubs (Materials Handling & Logistics)
Are you experiencing career frustration? (Hank Boyer)
Retailers are giving procurement a bad name (SupplyChainStandard)
A new generation of dynamic supply chain solutions (Forbes)

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