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WERCouncil Events
  • 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.
  • April 19, Northern California WERCouncil Annual Symposium and Urban Outfitters Tour, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • April 23, Philadelphia/Delaware Valley WERCouncil Aluminum Shapes Tour, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • April 25, Michigan WERCouncil Lean Processing, Increasing Efficiency & Profitability, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • April 26, Arizona WERCouncil Chapter Networking Event, 5 to 8 p.m.

  • Could visual identification technologies revolutionize logistics operations?
    Supply Chain Digest
    Tremendous progress is being made in the area of visual identification technology — with potential huge implications for supply chain and logistics systems. The basic idea is this: increasingly, cameras and supporting software can be used to identify products in the same way a bar code or RFID tag might be used today. VIT systems identify products based on their image characteristic, and/or potentially specific markings.
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    Are China's supply chains gauged for accuracy?
    Chain of Thought
    The Wall Street Journal reported that economists were expressing doubt about China's recently surging export numbers, citing both the slow growth in the economies of many countries that usually source from China and the rise in the value of the yuan. Have the export numbers been inflated by companies hoping to further goose the yuan's value and therefore juice-up their own profit margins?
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    Share your knowledge
    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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    February conveyor orders up 12.5 percent over January
    Material Handling & Logistics
    The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association reported that its February 2013 Booked Orders decreased 2.9 percent when compared to February 2012 orders. February 2013 booked orders when compared to January 2013 booked orders were up 12.5 percent.
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    Trucking index jumped again in February; higher freight rates seemingly on way
    DC Velocity
    A monthly index of economic conditions in the trucking industry continued its upward move in February, rising more than two points from January's levels to 12.9 percent, according to FTR Associates, a transportation consulting firm that publishes the index. The index, a combination of multiple data points that measures real-time and future industry conditions, is now in a range that reflects a solidly favorable environment for truckers, according to Bloomington, Ill.-based FTR.
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    Understanding the basics for deploying sorting system technology
    Supply Chain Digest
    Sortation is considered to be the heart of the order fulfillment process in logistics companies where it is deployed. These companies depend on their sorting systems to rapidly and accurately consolidate random flows of products into discrete orders for shipping so that they can expedite delivery and maintain a high level of customer service. They are capitalizing on a broad range of sortation technologies to meet their needs effectively and efficiently.
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    Looking outside the 4 walls: Improving distribution center operations
    By Matt Emison
    In today's economic environment, there is significant pressure for companies to reduce their distribution operations costs. In many cases, companies look only within the four walls of the facility for cost savings. While there are often cost-saving opportunities within the distribution center, taking a broader look at upstream and downstream processes can yield significant savings both in the supply chain and within the distribution center.
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    Industry Pulse: Have you had a value stream map session with your departments?
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    March Madness? US imports drop 15 percent in 1 month — biggest dip since 2009
    U.S. import shipment volume for March, measured in TEUs, decreased by 15 percent from February and by 12.5 percent from March 2012. While February imports were unusually high, March imports were unusually low. In fact, imports for the month of March have not been this low since 2009.
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    Sustainability's chain reaction
    Material Handling & Logistics
    Normally you wouldn't want to be exposed to something that's communicable and makes you turn green, but Bruce Hagenau welcomes this as a supply chain phenomenon. As president of Metcam, a precision fabricator of custom sheet-metal components and assemblies, he is dealing with more and more customers for whom being green will help you get more of their business. This green contagion also is known as sustainability, and Hagenau cites several OEMs who want their suppliers to join them in spreading it around.
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    5 things leaders are thinking, but not talking about
    Glenn Llopis writes, "It amazes me just how many leaders don't act like leaders. They define themselves more by their job title and job description, rather than the required courage, resiliency and determination to continually renew and reinvent themselves — while at the same time having their team's best interests at heart."
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      WERC Conference Motorola XOOM Giveaway

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    The right thing — and good business, too
    DC Velocity
    Hiring veterans isn't just a humanitarian gesture — it's a first-class opportunity to match talent supply with employer demand.

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    New 'SuperTruck' may improve diesel mileage by more than 50 percent, make big dent in logistics costs
    Supply Chain Digest
    In 2010, the United States Energy Department awarded $187 million of grants to companies for research on more efficient and clean transportation-related technologies. That included $53 million to engine maker Cummins as the prime contractor for development of a so-called "SuperTruck" that would be significantly more fuel efficient than current designs.

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    Your least engaged employees might be your top performers
    Harvard Business Review
    Some of the most engaged employees in your organization are your worst performers. And some of the least engaged are your highest performers. This conclusion comes from new research by the consulting firm, Leadership IQ. The study "matched engagement survey and performance appraisal data for 207 organizations."

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        Your least engaged employees might be your top performers (Harvard Business Review)
    Practical solutions that will improve DC throughput, productivity (Distribution Digest)
    More than a century later, rail carriers once again in logistics sweet spot (Supply Chain Digest)
    Conveyor technology: Are you thinking differently? (Modern Materials Handling)
    Standards group set to improve machine to machine communications (Material Handling & Logistics)

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