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WERCouncil Events
  • April 10, Indianapolis WC Case New Holland Facility Tour, 3:15 to 5 p.m.
  • April 17, Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Martin Guitar Tour, 7:30 to 10 a.m.
  • April 20, Northern California WERCouncil Annual Reno Meeting, noon to 8 p.m.
  • April 25, Chicagoland WERCouncil Pampered Chef Facility Tour, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
  • April 26, Cincinnati WERCouncil Trends & Issues in the Midwest Supply Chain Network in the Post-Recession Era, 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
  • Anaheim 2010

    Is your DC fast enough?
    Supply Chain Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    By the mid 1990s, distribution centers equipped with conveyor and sorting systems that could transport and sort cartons at the rate of 120 per minute (2 per second) were considered to be high-speed, high-throughput operations. At that time the focus at most DCs was on the physical movement of goods. Still, it could take a day or so to get through the order entry approve and acceptance process, then another day to verify and allocate inventory and for load planners to release the orders into the DC system. Finally, the customer order was able to be quickly picked, packed, sorted and shipped. Unless, of course, the carrier had not yet arrived or there was no dock space available, in which case shipping would be further delayed. More

    Warehouse rents poised for big increase, Prologis co-chief predicts
    DC Velocity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Warehouse rental rates are poised for a significant increase due to a tightening of supply and an increase in global demand for space, according to one of the top two executives of the world's largest industrial property developer. Walter C. Rakowich, co-chief executive of Prologis, Inc., told attendees at the annual International Warehouse Logistics Association conference earlier this week that an aging warehouse network will render a growing number of facilities obsolete and unusable. In addition, the growth of global trade will increase the need for distribution center space in both established and emerging markets, he added. More

    Federal agencies at risk from dependence on global IT supply chain
    @Risk    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In order to carry out their operations, federal agencies often rely on IT components manufactured overseas. But, a new report from the Government Accountability Office warns that this growing dependence on a global IT supply chain introduces multiple risks to sensitive federal information systems. For example, the report says federal agencies are vulnerable to the following. 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

    Logistics employment free of 'disability'
    Material Flows    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Transportation and logistics jobs are so visible they're invisible. So when kids consider employment, rarely do they see themselves as a truck driver or distribution center worker. That's the problem logistics employers face in the coming years. According to a new report from PwC, many transport jobs are considered to be low-paying dead-ends — if they're considered at all. In the meantime, there are classes of job seekers who are as invisible to the people filling these logistics functions as these functions are to the general population. More

    BMO: $5 gas would be a win for rail
    Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Increasing fuel costs are likely to be more favorable for rail than for trucking principally because rail is a more fuel-efficient mode of transportation than trucking, according to researchers at BMO Capital Markets. These researchers recently conducted a roundtable between its staff economists and equity research analysts from industries that would likely be sensitive to increases in gas prices. More

    What Does it Take to Increase Performance?

    It takes more than speed and precision. It takes LEGACY Supply Chain Services, instilling leadership at every level of the supply chain and creating a new culture that drives greater performance. For more information or to speak with us about your supply chain, visit or call 603.792.2205.

    Business factors stir the packaging stew
    Healthcare Packaging    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    How does packaging fit into an ever-changing business climate that includes an uneven job outlook, record-high gas prices, and global complexities? Filling your car at the gas pump is becoming more painful every week. So is paying for a flight. Yet, for many packaging professionals, international travel is an important responsibility. Despite the soaring ticket prices, and the technological advances that enable global communication from our electronic device of choice, we continue to travel. More

    OSHA seeks comments on vehicle backover injuries
    Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a Request for Information that seeks comments on how to prevent injuries and deaths from vehicles and mobile equipment backing into workers in construction, general industry, agriculture and the maritime industry. It also seeks comments on reinforcing concrete activities in construction. OSHA will use the comments received to learn more about how workers get injured and what solutions exist to prevent injury and death, including possible regulatory action. More

    Bill Hardgrave on keys to item-level RFID pilot success
    Supply Chain Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    After the collapse of the case-level RFID tagging initiative, as the Walmart program that was the locomotive to the industry's train ran out of fuel a few years ago, now like a Phoenix rising from the ashes RFID in the consumer goods to retail supply chain has enjoyed a resurgence in item level tagging in the soft goods sector. Walmart itself has been a big part of the charge, actively rolling out RFID programs in several soft goods categories, and more recently looking to expand even to hard goods categories such as tires and some consumer electronics. More

    The hidden skills in your most reliable people
    Harvard Business Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    When you need something done — and done right — you probably know who you can count on. Even at work, most people have someone they can call on at a moment's notice. If you gave your team a basic personality test, the reliable people would probably score high in conscientiousness, 1 of the 5 basic personality dimensions. It reflects how organized, disciplined, thorough and careful someone tends to be. There are a few ways that we identify people as conscientious. More

    Andy Zeitz: Supply chain isn't sexy
    The 21st Century Supply Chain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Those are the words I kept repeating in my head after seeing a presentation by Kevin Maynard, executive director of the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council. But why not? First of all, let's put this in context. In a recent survey of high school students across Canada, students were asked to name a profession within the supply chain field. Only 14 percent of all students surveyed were able to name one, and of all the answers provided, only two professions were identified: dock worker and forklift driver. More
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    Convert Pallet Rack into Carton Flow
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    Tego launches TegoDrive to simplify tag-data management
    RFID Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    With a new software solution from Tego, users can plug an RFID reader into a computer's USB port, and then read or write data to a tag as though it were another file on their desktop. According to the company, the solution, known as TegoDrive, is standards-based and works with passive RFID tags and chips, regardless of memory size. By clicking and dragging tag icons, an RFID system user can capture RFID tag data and store it in various files and documents, as well as write copies of existing files on a PC or laptop directly onto an RFID tag. More

    ISM reports strong manufacturing output in March
    Modern Materials Handling    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    United States-based manufacturing activity remains solid, according to the Institute for Supply Management's February Manufacturing Report on Business. The PMI, the index used by the ISM to measure manufacturing activity, was 53.4 in March, which was 1 percent ahead of February's 52.4. A reading of 50 or higher indicates growth is occurring. This was 0.7 percent below January's 54.1, which was the highest PMI reading since June 2011. More

    KNAPP - "Making Complexity Simple!"

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    Survey: Consumers don't trust green product claims
    Environmental Leader    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Eight in 10 Americans don't believe companies are addressing all of their environmental impacts, and only 44 percent trust companies' green claims, according to research by Cone Communications. This skepticism may affect sales. In fact, as many as 77 percent would be willing to boycott if misled, according to the 2011 Cone Green Gap Trend Tracker. More

    The secret sauce of teamwork
    Harvard Business Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In some sense, barbecue always has been a competitive sport. You've probably experienced it this way yourself. Think back to the last backyard picnic you attended and how you stared down your grandmother before you took off like Barry Sanders — how both of you hurdled over picnic tables, through friends and family, to get your hands on that last juicy rib. What you might not know is that competition in barbecue has moved beyond the kind of chop block you applied to grandma. In recent years it has become a professional, high-stakes team sport. More

    Don't Miss ProMat 2013

    See and compare solutions for your manufacturing, logistics and supply chain operations and network with your peers at ProMat 2013. Discover equipment and systems solutions and learn about the latest supply chain innovations and leading trends. Explore 700 exhibits and choose from a variety of educational sessions.

    No material handling student left behind
    DC Velocity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Trade shows are designed to be venues for companies to show off their wares to potential buyers. But they also can offer great educational opportunities for students. That's why the Material Handling Industry of America and its Material Handling Education Foundation Inc. recently established the Allan Howie Fund. More

    The logistician's brain: Protection from commoditization
    Material Flows    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Tom Andel writes, "It's amazing how quickly innovations become commodities. The material handling equipment industry offers some of the best examples of that phenomenon. Remember years ago when voice-directed picking was introduced? Solutions were hardware-centric. You had to buy a box to get the voice. Then companies like Vocollect started offering voice-directed workflow solution that could be supported on all major handheld computers, making the hardware a commodity." More
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