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New and improved seminar
Optimizing Warehouse Location and Design to Improve Supply Chain Performance
Wednesday, June 20, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Thursday, June 21, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Presented by: Robert Silverman, SVP, & Mike Clemens, VP, Facility Planning, Jones Lang LaSalle, at the Doubletree Chicago/Oak Brook Hotel, 1909 Spring Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523

WERCouncil Events
  • May 18, Baltimore/Washington DC WERCouncil X-SCM Presentation, 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • May 24, Indianapolis WERCouncil 2nd Annual Indianapolis Indians Networking Event, 5:30 to 9 p.m.
  • May 25, Canada WERCouncil Robotic Layer Depaletizing Demonstration, 10 to 11 a.m.
  • May 30, Phil/Del. Valley WERCouncil Reading Phillies Backdoor Tour/Happy Hour, 3:30 to 8:30 p.m.

  • Is your decade-old DC up to date?
    Distribution Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Distribution centers equipped with mechanized material handling systems that have been in operation for 10 years or more are most likely at the point where many of the internal systems need to be updated. It is very likely that the company's business model has undergone several changes since the system was commissioned. New marketing channels may have been developed and new product lines added. No doubt customer order profiles have changed; order fulfillment times have decreased while the demand for value added services has increased. More


    While Storage Solutions, Inc. does sell new equipment, we also specialize in providing customers with quality used pallet racking, along with other used material handling equipment. Used materials allow customers to have a more cost-efficient facility without jeopardizing the integrity of the equipment. MORE

    Is your DC struggling with fulfillment? Consider DOM software
    DC Velocity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The days when consumers did most of their shopping at stores are long gone. Today's shopper is just as apt to order an item online or with a mobile phone as walk into a shop, and that's creating big headaches for some retailers. In particular, many are struggling to make sure they have the right inventory on hand and in the right places to keep the customer happy. That's why a number of retailers have begun using a type of software known as "distributed order management." More

    ISM semiannual report expects more continued economic growth for rest of 2012
    Modern Materials Handling    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Looking ahead to the balance of 2012, new data from the Institute for Supply Management indicates growth will remain intact. In its 2012 Semiannual Economic Forecast, which is based on feedback from U.S.-based purchasing and supply chain executives, manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors are expected to leverage the solid levels for various metrics each has been seeing over the last several months. 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.

    Shippers search in vain for better conditions
    Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    FTR Associates' Shippers Conditions Index for March did not show much change from the previous month. The index currently stands at -5.3, representing a moderately unfavorable condition that is expected to persist until the onset of the busy fall shipping season. At that point, capacity will begin to tighten further, resulting in deterioration in the shipping environment. More

    The what, when, why of rugged handhelds
    DC Velocity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Would you ever take a handheld computer into a swimming pool, drop it from the top of a climbing wall, run it over with a dirt bike, or use it as a hockey puck? Of course not! Yet some manufacturers of "rugged" handheld computers have produced videos showing their products being manhandled in those and other startling ways. Those fanciful scenarios might seem extreme — after all, how many warehouse associates go swimming or play ice hockey during their shifts? But the tongue-in-cheek demonstrations make a valid point. More

    10 behaviors of the hyper-successful
    CBS MoneyWatch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Michael Hess writes, "Money and its material manifestations are the most typical measures of a person's professional success, but they're not always telling or even accurate: We all know it's possible to buy nice things without being financially successful (debt is an unfortunately common substitute for net worth). So I rarely make assumptions about a person's business or other financial accomplishments based on clothes, cars, boats or houses." More

    To be more productive, limit interruptions
    MIT Sloan Management Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The downside of social media is the same as the downside to collaborative culture and open offices: Interruptions. Lots of interruptions. "I like the technologies that give me control, and I'm cautious allowing interrupt-driven communication," said Marshall Van Alstyne, associate professor at Boston University and a visiting professor at MIT, in a recent interview with MIT Sloan Management Review. More

    Annual study on green supply chain practices on logistics finds some progress, but increasing focus on ROI
    The Green Supply Chain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Green Supply Chain is just catching up with the annual sustainability in logistics report from American Shipper magazine, co-sponsored by eyefortransport, CSCMP and NRF. The report, released in Q1, is based on interviews with some 200 shippers and 3PLs (3PLs represented 32 percent of the respondents; the rest were spread over a wide range of industry sectors). More

    Warehouse Education and Research Council 2012 Conference video review and comment
    Supply Chain Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Supply Chain Digest Editor Dan Gilmore was in Atlanta last week for the 2012 Warehouse Education and Research Council annual conference. The following includes his video review and comment on this excellent event. More

    APM executive: Port efficiency must keep pace with growth in megaships
    Supply Chain Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    As "post Panamax" megaships come to dominate the container shipping landscape, it is essential that port and terminal operations take their own productivity to new levels. That according to Soren Sjostrand Jakobsen, head of project implementation for APM terminals, during a speech to attendees at the Future Ports conference in Stockholm. APM, which operates some 65 container terminals worldwide, is a division of AP Moller-Maersk Group, which also owns Maersk Lines, the world's largest ocean carrier. More

    Where even the mighty falter: Integrating sustainability
    Environmental Leader    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    We all know and understand the importance and significant impact sustainability has on businesses and communities. But do we truly understand its potential? In order for companies to reap the ultimate benefits, companies must integrate sustainability into every facet of the overall business strategy. More

    All staffing companies the same?
    Think again, for three years straight Allegiance Staffing has received the prestigious "Best in Staffing" award by its customers. That places them in the top 1/2 of 1% of all staffing companies nationally. Meet Allegiance at this years WERC/WIRE conference. Three opportunities: Booth 1316, presentation "Human Capital the full monty" and round table "How to deal with temp companies". Follow the link to find a better way to get real staffing solutions.

    Collaboration by difference
    Harvard Business Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Cathy Davidson, Duke University professor and HASTAC co-founder, shares new ways to collaborate, share, and learn, which make teams more productive. More

    Johns Hopkins' new facility tracks food, assets, staff
    RFID Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    When Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine opened its new 1.6 million-square-foot facility with two 12-story towers May 1, the building featured a real-time location system that enables the hospital to monitor the locations of hundreds of nurses, as well as thousands of pumps, wheelchairs and other high-value moving equipment. More

    Convert Pallet Rack into Carton Flow

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    Manufacturing: The case for self-disruption
    Material Flows    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Tom Andel writes, "Child psychologists will tell you that the best way to squash disruptive behavior in a bratty kid is to ignore him. By paying attention to his behavior you reinforce it. Dave Burns is the industrial-size version of that bratty kid. He's trying to get CEO attention with his disruptive behavior, and he hates being ignored. He'd rather be scolded for his disruption than not even be acknowledged. That's why he visited a group of business publication editors here at Penton Media the other day. He's announcing his intention to blow up the traditional concept of analog manufacturing and get companies to go digital." More

    March conveyor sales up 32 percent from 2011
    Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association reported that its March 2012 booked orders increased by 23.7 percent when compared to March 2011 orders. March 2012 booked orders when compared to February 2012 booked orders were up 12.5 percent. More

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    University of Alabama tags historical garments collection
    RFID Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Employees and volunteers at the University of Alabama's Carolyn Thomas Stewart Costume and Textile Collection are installing radio frequency identification technology to locate and track many of the collection's 9,000 items, thereby providing better location data and ensuring that they do not need to repeatedly handle the often-delicate artifacts while performing inventory counts. More

    Scrooge's partner was right: 'Mankind is my business'
    Material Flows    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Tom Andel writes, "In this era of management by social media, business people risk losing critical people skills. Maybe that's why the Warehousing Education and Research Council's annual Conference was so well attended last week. More than 1,000 logistics professionals got a chance to network the old-fashioned way. I got the impression that many of these attendees hadn't been to one of these for a while and were relieved to have an opportunity to compare challenges and trade ideas with colleagues face to face. It was a good reminder that this is a skill that needs to be cultivated for the good of their businesses as well." More

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