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A recent press release presented Scott Sheldon's Top 10 Tips for Aspiring Supply Chain Professionals. Several of them can be easily achieved by joining us in Dallas at the WERC Conference.
  • Stay current on industry news on both national and international levels will improve your ability to voice your opinions intelligently.
  • Always make a conscious effort to connect and expand your professional network.
  • Ask questions! It is the best way to learn.
  • Join local professional clubs/organizations.
  • Explore different areas of career opportunities in supply chain such as IT, Finance, Purchasing, Trade Compliance and Legal.

WERCouncil Events
  • April 3, Atlanta WERCouncil Walgreens DC Tour, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • April 10, Boston WERCouncil Aubuchon Hardware Facility Tour, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • April 18, Tennessee WERCouncil Future Electronics Tour, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • April 18, WERCouncil North Carolina: The Role of Supply Chains in Building Market-Driven Differentiation, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
  • April 18, Southern California WERCouncil Dinner Presentation - Business at a X-Roads, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

  • More shippers decide to be their own transportation brokers
    DC Velocity
    Traditionally, transportation brokers — middlemen who match available loads with empty trucks, charging a fee to the shipper — have been outsiders, either independent businesses or divisions of asset-based companies. A growing number of shippers, however, are setting up their own in-house truck brokerage operations, says Charlie Saffro of CS Recruiting LLC, a Chicago-based recruiting firm that specializes in third-party logistics and brokerage positions.
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    New robotics roadmap presented to Congress
    Modern Materials Handling
    A new roadmap for U.S. robotics was presented to the Congressional Caucus on Robotics on March 20. The new robotics roadmap, organized by the Robotics Virtual Organization, includes updates to the sections on manufacturing, health care/medical robotics, and services. In addition, it has two new sections on defense and space applications in recognition of the important role that space and defense robotics has both to R&D but also as early adopters.
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    Could robots take over loading and receiving docks?
    DC Velocity
    Advances in technology are making it possible for robots to load and unload trailers and containers.
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    OEMs need to get inside your head
    Chain of Thought
    Tom Andel writes, "I was in Phoenix recently to give conveyor manufacturers a piece of your mind. By 'you,' I mean the collective 'you' who make up the audience of Material Handling & Logistics. The manufacturers I addressed are members of the Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association, and they convened for their annual conference to share insights on the state of their industry and markets. As part of that program, MH&L was invited to offer a perspective from the trade press. I figured the best way to do that would be to share with them what some of their customers have told us they want from conveyor OEMs."
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    Russian tag company reaches for worldwide audience
    RFID Journal
    Mikron, which makes Moscow Metro's RFID-enabled subway tickets, is marketing its HF and UHF passive tags through new distributor GoGlobal, with a focus on logistics and retail applications.
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    Distribution Digest
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    Been down so long it looks like up to shippers
    Chain of Thought
    David Blanchard writes, "You might think that, simply by the laws of physics, conditions for shippers would start to improve. Wasn't it Newton who said something like, 'for every action, there's an equal and opposite reaction'? So you might reasonably expect that having been mired in a down cycle for so long, it's about time that things got better. You might think that, but you'd be wrong."
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    Fleet tracking: Not Big Brother, just good business
    By Ryan Driscoll
    Some fleet managers are hesitant to implement a GPS fleet tracking solution for fear of employees thinking that "Big Brother is watching them." But employee perceptions are influenced greatly by how a GPS tracking initiative is presented internally. As such, this is an easy objection to overcome if management explains the benefits to the company and the employee. Here are a few specifics.
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    Industry Pulse: Are your employees skeptical of GPS tracking?
    Last week's survey: Are you concerned about rising fuel costs?


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    Get published in WERCWatch
    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.
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      WERC Conference Motorola XOOM Giveaway

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    Are smartphones and tablets ready for prime time (in the DC)?
    DC Velocity
    Their low price point has some companies considering adopting consumer mobile devices for use in the DC. But it's not clear these devices are quite up to the task yet.
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    Improved cargo in International Air Transport Association's forecast
    Air Cargo World via SupplyChainBrain
    In 2013, IATA expects cargo demand to grow by 2.7 percent and cargo yields to be flat — an improvement over the last two years, which has seen cargo demand and yields decline.
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    Why good leaders don't need charisma
    MIT Sloan Management Review
    When you read the business press, it's easy to get the impression that all you need to do to make your company great is add a charismatic CEO. Find the next Steve Jobs, Jack Welch or Phil Knight and you're halfway home. And maybe you would be — if you happened to sign that one-in-a-million leader. The problem is that, among charismatic executives, for every Steve Jobs, there is at least one Dick Fuld — maybe more.
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    Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

        Fleet tracking: How to reduce fuel costs (By Ryan Driscoll)
    The ideal praise-to-criticism ratio (Harvard Business Review)
    5 tips to ensuring product integrity in temperature-sensitive distribution (Healthcare Packaging)
    Can automated solutions reduce or eliminate DC congestion? (Distribution Digest)
    How to reduce pallet damage (DC Velocity)

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