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WERC's annual report on DC measures
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WERC announces 2011-2012 board members
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A Good 3PL Relationship Takes the Risk Out of Outsourcing
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What you need to know about dock safety
DC Velocity    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Accidents on the loading dock may not happen every day, but when they do occur, the results can be catastrophic. Just imagine a 10,000- to 15,000-pound lift truck falling off a 4-foot high ledge with an operator sitting or standing on it. It's not a pretty picture. In such an event, the operator is unlikely to walk away with just cuts and bruises. "In many cases, you're lucky to see these employees ever come back to work, and if they do, often it's in a diminished capacity," says Walt Swietlik, customer relations manager at dock equipment manufacturer Rite-Hite. Keeping employees safe isn't always easy. The typical dock is a hive of activity, with a lot of heavy machinery and people passing in tight quarters while trying to meet tight schedules. Nonetheless, there are steps DC managers can take to reduce the likelihood of accidents in their own operations. The following is a look at some measures that can help. More

PRESS RELEASE: AVNET selects Swisslog

Swisslog will implement its AutoStore system - a high density storage/piece picking solution. Stacked bins and series of robots. For more information, visit

Can a poorly performing picking, sorting system be saved?
Supply Chain Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There are many reasons why the performance of a once robust batch order picking and sorting system degrades. As equipment and components age, failures can become more prevalent. Hardware problems are easy to spot and usually quickly fixed. However, as it relates to system performance, the problem may not be so obvious. Early warning signs are unusually frequent alert signals that are being triggered by full line backups. In addition to being annoying, system throughput takes an immediate hit and worse yet, depending on when these interruptions occur, customer shipments can be delayed. So, if equipment failure is not the problem, what's causing the backups and flow interruptions? More

Pallets made from hemp? Far out, man
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After years of debate, the industry remains divided over which pallet is more eco-friendly — the lightweight plastic pallet or the biodegradable wood one. Now, an Australian company has entered the fray with a material it says will smoke the competition: hemp fiber. The company, Biofiba Ltd., is looking to market export pallets made from a mixture of modified hemp fiber and natural starches. The material, which can be extruded into planks for fabrication into pallets, offers a number of advantages from an environmental standpoint, the company says. More

Interlink Technologies is consistently ranked in the Top 100 WMS technology providers.

Interlink provides reliable WMS technology, accurate information, dependable partnership and peace of mind! THINK INTERLINK! Celebrating 25 Years of WMS Experience in 2011.

LEED warehouse sports its own wind turbine
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All kinds of unusual commercial buildings have been gaining LEED certification recently — a soda manufacturing plant, for instance — and now, Chicago is expected to become home to the first food-service distribution facility in the nation to gain LEED Platinum certification. The new distribution center of Testa Produce, a wholesale distributor, comprises 91,000 square feet, was constructed at a cost of $20 million, and is located in the Chicago Stockyards Industrial Park. The 100-year-old, family-owned company spent four and a half years designing and constructing this building, which is now on track to gain the U.S. Green Building Council's highest level of green certification. More

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Lift trucks in sensurround
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Last month at Microsoft's MIX conference, the company announced a tool kit is coming for developers to build motion-sensor applications to run on Windows and Kinect. Kinect motion sensors are used in Microsoft's Xbox 360 video-game system. According to Microsoft, these sensors eventually will transcend the mouse, the keyboard and even the touch screen. The sensors obviously did their job, because developers who attended the MIX conference were moved to think about business applications for them after seeing demos by Microsoft researchers. One Microsoft guy showed how he could fly through the universe using imagery captured by the worldwide telescope project. In another demo someone rolled out on stage in a recliner–steering by waving his hands in front of a Kinect sensor connected to a Windows PC on his lap. More

Selecting Mobile Computing Solutions with Confidence

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5 ways to make your leadership come alive
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When leaders use their influence to overpower people for selfish gain, they become less effective. Good leaders understand that influence is power, and that how they handle power will affect their impact and results. The more you understand influence, the better you are able to maximize it for the benefit of those you lead — which in turn benefits you as well. Jeremie Kubicek is the author of the newly released book, "Leadership is Dead: How Influence is Reviving It." He is the CEO of GiANT Impact, a leader development company whose focus is to awaken leaders by raising their capacity to lead. Understanding influence is what makes leadership come alive, and the following are five ways that Jeremie says you can amplify your leadership abilities. More
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End-to-End Fulfillment Systems
Cornerstone Automation Systems offers order picking systems and a full line of technologies to automate order fulfillment requirements, ranging from operator assisted to fully automatic fulfillment. CASI builds turnkey systems to optimize end-to-end fulfillment including receiving, putaway, picking, shipping, and sortation.
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Korean warehouses deploy RFID-enhanced pick-to-light system
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In South Korea, four companies, including those that sell books, health products or cosmetics, are employing RFID-enhanced pick-to-light systems to fulfill orders from retailers and consumers. The so-called Multi-Purpose System, developed by Korean logistics firm CJ GLS, is designed to improve on PTL systems, which use LED readouts to direct staff members to determine the locations of goods, as well as the quantities required, based on data provided by warehouse-management systems. More

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See and compare solutions for your manufacturing, logistics and supply chain operations and network with your peers at MODEX 2012. Discover equipment and systems solutions and learn about the latest supply chain innovations and leading trends. Explore 500 exhibits and choose from a variety of educational sessions.

Demand volatility top business driver for supply chain managers
Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The top two business drivers for supply chain executives in 2011 are operating a reliable supply chain in a volatile environment, while simultaneously dealing with rising material costs, according to a recent global supply chain study conducted by consulting firm Capgemini. Forty percent of respondents say that demand volatility is their No. 1 business driver, while 35 percent named increased material/service costs as their main business driver. Although the general economic outlook seems positive, a significant number of the respondents to the survey indicate they are uncertain about market demand in 2011 and that they are therefore determined to improve visibility in the supply chain. More

Teresa Amabile and Steve Kramer: Managing the double-edged sword of collaboration
Harvard Business Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Riddle: What ubiquitous structure of contemporary organizations around the world makes for the best of times at work — and the worst of times, too? Answer: collaboration. We have written here about our project collecting daily work dairies from more than 200 people to understand the effect of everyday events inside organizations on employee inner work life: emotions, perceptions and motivations. When we analyzed the events that occurred on the very best days people wrote about, and contrasted those events with the very worst days, a peculiar thing happened. More

Intermodal volumes on the rise in 2011
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Intermodal volume increased 9 percent year-over-year in Q1 2011 as international volume grew for the fifth-straight quarter, according to the Intermodal Association of North America. Overall domestic intermodal volume also increased during the quarter by 8.4 percent. International gains were propelled by continued strength in imports as retail sales and consumer spending improved in Q1 2011. Domestic volumes also continued to increase, with trailer loads rising 7.5 percent — the fourth-consecutive quarter of gains for trailers. More


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Karen Mills: Helping small businesses in supply chain as they grow, create jobs
The White House    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Recently, I traveled with the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness to Dayton, Ohio. We were at a small company called Hooven-Dayton that prints the labels for products like Tide and Mr. Clean. Our purpose was to hear from the executives of small companies like these, which often are referred to as "suppliers" because most of their products and services are sold to larger companies. Why is this important? A recent study showed that after a small supplier lands a big purchase order or a contract from a bigger company, the small company's revenues go up 250 percent and they create about 150 percent more jobs in just two or three years. Therefore, at this critical time in our economic recovery, the small businesses in these supply chains are an important area for us to focus and build on. More

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WERC 2011 video review, comment
Supply Chain Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Supply Chain Digest Editor Dan Gilmore was at the recent Warehouse Education and Research Council Conference 2011 in Orlando, and he offers his conference review and summary of key trends and conferences presentations in a video message. Progress on cross docking, smart ideas for improving DC operations, the annual DC metrics report, Kimberly Clark brings co-packing into its DCs — Gilmore covers all this and more from Orlando. More

New ways to collaborate for process improvement
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To make big improvements in productivity and customer service, people in an organization must collaborate across corporate hierarchies, functions, companies and geographies. Emerging social networking technologies offer new ways to overcome these boundaries. Leading companies such as IBM, Ford and Avery Dennison are making major improvements in key processes by creating online communities to share deep knowledge. The following is what they're doing. More

Medical device maker DJO Global finds success with mobile robotic picking system
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As has been noted many times before, robotic technology in several forms is starting to make real penetration into distribution centers, including a new generation of AGV-based robots that can support order picking in ways that traditional AGVs never have. That includes the unique approach from Kiva Systems, which offers a "mobile robotic fulfillment system," which in summary involves dozens or even hundreds of smart robots on which product for picking is stored or can be carried. Kiva describes this inventory as being on "mobile shelves" or pods that the robot can pick up as order demand for the product comes to the floor. More

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Assign Product to the Correct Storage Medium

Using data from an operation’s inventory UNEX’s in-house slotting software (SKUBE) will analyze and assign product to the correct storage medium. This assures that the proper Carton Flow Solution & Investment is applied for any stand-alone or integrated Order Picking System.
Weber Logistics
- Delivering Value Through Innovation
Weber Logistics is a nationwide provider of logistics and supply chain solutions. Weber's expertise encompasses contract and shared warehousing management, freight management, and LTL and TL transportation management. Specific value-added services include temperature-controlled environments, cross docking, transloading, pool distribution, network optimization modeling and analysis, retail compliance, and supply chain management.
Interlake Mecalux models EasyWMS at WERC
Interlake Mecalux will demonstrate the upgrades made to its innovative EasyWMS software at the Orlando conference. EasyWMS standardizes warehouse functionality while also allowing for customization among individual facilities. It is this customization on which Interlake Mecalux will look to shine the brightest light during the four-day conference.
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