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Conference 2010 highlights
WERC is pleased to welcome Peter Gibbons, executive vice president of global supply chain operations for Starbucks Coffee Company, to present "Starbucks Coffee Company: A Look Inside the Supply Chain Transformation Journey" on May 18.
Check out upcoming WERCouncil events: Chicago, Northern California, Indianapolis and North Texas.

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WERC/DC Velocity: DC performance improved in 2009 despite downturn
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The good news may be that there is no news. Our seventh annual survey of key distribution center and warehousing metrics continues to show slow but steady improvement in operational performance. What makes that remarkable, though, is that the gains took place in the midst of the worst recession in memory. As for how this year's findings stacked up against last year's, the latest survey found that companies either maintained or improved their performance against 35 of the 50 metrics studied. More

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Demand for supplier risk, performance management software to grow by nearly 40 percent in 2010
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After a sluggish 2009, the e-purchasing market will grow 12 percent this year, rising to $4 billion, predicts a new study from the technology and market research company Forrester Research. Forrester defines the e-purchasing market as software products like e-procurement, e-sourcing, contract life-cycle management, automated spend analysis, accounts payable electronic invoice presentment and payment, services procurement, supplier risk and performance management, and supplier network services. More

Sustainability growing as medical device packaging concern
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Maintaining a sterile barrier from manufacturing through the last mile to the patient is and will remain a top priority for medical device makers. But ready or not, sustainability is becoming a more significant factor. Nurses at HealthPack 2010 recently expressed growing interest in more environmentally friendly packaging, even though their hospital recycling/recovery efforts often were limited in size and scope. More

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Supply chain better take note of coming change in accounting methodology
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Accounting is the language in which business is conducted. Each country historically has had its own dialect, with its own unique slang, quirks and idioms. But as the world shrinks and globalization expands, having multiple accounting systems is confusing and inefficient. To overcome these challenges, accounting is undergoing a massive worldwide evolution. More

ISM: Manufacturing jumps; inventories leap up
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A surge in inventories fueled a high growth rate in the manufacturing sector in March, ending the first quarter with a bang, according to the latest monthly report from the Institute for Supply Management. The index the ISM uses to measure the sector, or PMI, hit 59.6 percent, up 3.1 points from February. This marks eight straight months of increase for the PMI, said Norbert Ore, chair of ISM's Manufacturing Business Survey Committee. More

Is supply chain mangement emerging from the clouds?
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By 2012, research firm IDC estimates that $7.7 billion will be spent worldwide on cloud services, but the lion's share of it will go to enterprise resource planning and customer relationship management cloud services providers; not to supply chain management. Supply chain cloud solutions lag the marketplace, but now signs indicate that initial enterprise trepidation about outsourcing supply chains is starting to fade. More

Demand for Class 8 trucks will be light in 2010
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Transportation forecasting company FTR Associates continues to forecast demand for Class 8 vehicles for 2010 and 2011 at the same levels as was forecast by the firm one year ago. FTR predicts that 2010 demand for Class 8 vehicles will increase only 3 percent over 2009, and it projects that this will be followed by considerably more significant improvement of more than 50 percent in 2011. More

DOT proposes rules permanently banning texting by truck, bus drivers
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The Department of Transportation has published proposed rules that would make permanent an interim ban on texting while driving by the nation's commercial truck and bus drivers operating in interstate commerce. The interim rule, announced in January, is supported by the American Trucking Associations, which represents the nation's major trucking companies. ATA has urged DOT to encourage states to bar all motorists from texting while driving. More

Collaboration: The good, bad and ugly
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Collaboration is without a doubt a key component in many companies' strategic initiatives. The touted benefits (the good) are significant and they extend well beyond the financials to include service improvements and risk sharing. While some companies have begun the journey with collaborating with their customers, others have elected to start on the supply side. More Manages Freight Claims Worldwide! 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.

Logistics news: Should you keep, replace and enhance your current WMS?
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As the economy begins to heat back up, inevitably many companies will begin to look at warehouse management systems as a place to make investments. Increasing unit volumes are always a key driver of WMS interest and adoption, as companies find increases in volumes lead at some point to deteriorating customer service and higher distribution costs per unit. The recovering economy should bring those unit volume levels back for most companies. More

Green supply chain news: The crazy world of carbon tariffs
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Perhaps no other area of carbon emissions regulation is more confusing and fraught with difficulty than a so-called "carbon tariff." What does the term mean? In general, a carbon tariff is a duty that would be applied to goods imported into a country (be it a country, such as China, or potentially even a specific manufacturer) that has not done enough to reduce its own carbon emissions versus the efforts/regulations of the importing country. That means the cost of the imported good will rise by the amount of the tariff. This import tax might be enacted for one of at least two reasons. More

Big brother is watching your gas gauge
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A new congressionally mandated report from the National Research Council recommends approaches that federal agencies could use to regulate the fuel consumption of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, such as tractor-trailers, transit buses and work trucks. Currently, there are no fuel consumption standards for such vehicles, which account for about 26 percent of the transportation fuel used in the U.S. More

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RFID could help to reduce federal deficit
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Throughout the years, I've spoken to several congressional aides in U.S. government, mostly regarding privacy issues related to radio frequency identification. This year, I've been trying to encourage agencies to adopt RFID technologies. I invited members of the government's interagency task force to hold its spring meeting at RFID Journal LIVE! 2010. Some wanted to take me up on the offer, but travel constraints prevented others from coming, so the idea was shot down. More

Is your supply chain manager a big phony?
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Interesting study recently out of Oregon State University, where a researcher set out to discover whether supply chain managers have developed stronger interpersonal connections in this age of multifaceted business roles. The hypothesis of the study by Zhaohui Wu, associate professor and director of Oregon State's Sustainable Business Initiative, went something like this. More

3PL helps 3PL with automotive logistics project
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Third-party logistics provider Evans Distribution Systems has taken on three new logistics projects at facilities in Lenexa, Kan., Houston, and Memphis, Tenn. In Lenexa and Houston, Evans oversees labor and automotive cross dock operations for a national trucking company. In Memphis, Evans works with another 3PL to provide switching and yard management services to an automotive company. The projects have created new positions for on-site managers, drivers and material handlers, according to Evans. More
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