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DC Measures 2012 now available
The 2012 DC Measures report is available now and only online. The heart of this study is to help practitioners gain a better understanding of 44 key operational distribution metrics and report how performance has changed over time. WERC members: For a limited time you can download the report at no charge. Nonmembers: $195.00 Thanks to our research sponsor:

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  • June 13, Chicagoland WERCouncil Testa Produce Facility Tour, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • June 13, Indianapolis WERCouncil Vincennes University Logistics Training & Education Center, 3:30 to 5 p.m.
  • June 14, Boston WERCouncil Sunset Solar Cruise and Networking, 3 to 5:30 p.m.
  • June 18, Southern California WERCouncil 8th Annual Golf Outing, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Fuel cell forklifts overpowering cars in practicality
    Material Flows    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Obama administration has awarded $1.26 billion in matching grants toward the construction of plants dedicated to making batteries for electric cars. According to The Wall Street Journal, the goal was to create 6,400 jobs. To date about two-thirds of that money has been spent and less than a third of those jobs have been created. These grants were tied to aggressive production goals. One battery maker that built a plant using $55 million of its $118 million government grant has since gone into and come out of bankruptcy. And even though it came out of bankruptcy, it only employs 250 of the 1,700 workers anticipated when the grant was made. More


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    Mindy Lubber: US companies must raise the bar on supply chain conditions
    Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Floodwaters inundate parts of Thailand in 2011, knocking out factories supplying automakers like Honda and Ford. A rash of suicides at Foxconn, the Chinese electronics assembly company notorious for long hours, low pay and disregard for worker safety, tarnishes the reputation of one of the world's most admired companies, Apple. In the modern economy, supply chains stretch across the globe, creating both efficiencies and risks. More

    New legislation to reduce risk in US drug supply
    @Risk    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Just days after the Senate overwhelming approved legislation to better protect the nation's drug supply, the House of Representatives followed suit, passing the Food and Drug Administration Reform Act of 2012 (H.R. 5651) in a 387-5 vote. The Bulk Pharmaceuticals Task Force, an affiliate of the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates, welcomed the vote and urged House and Senate conferees to quickly agree on a final bill for the president's signature. More

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    3 creative ways to boost employee morale
    Inc.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Whether you're running a startup or are a manager at one of the world's largest companies, the morale of your team can make the difference between success and failure. People want to know why they are going to work each day and they want to feel that they are making a difference. More

    A simple tool you need to manage innovation
    Harvard Business Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Management knows it and so does Wall Street: The year-to-year viability of a company depends on its ability to innovate. Yet many companies have not yet learned to manage innovation strategically. The companies found to have the strongest innovation track records do things differently: Rather than hoping that their future will emerge from a collection of ad hoc, stand-alone efforts that compete with one another for time, money, attention and prestige, they manage for "total innovation." 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.

    Senator urges DOT to create multimodal freight office
    DC Velocity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In its 44-year history, the Department of Transportation never has had a multimodal freight office tasked with planning and coordinating federal policies governing the nationwide movement of goods. Sen. Maria E. Cantwell, D-Wash., wants to change that. More

    Rail carriers kept rolling in during Q1, while LTL sector muddles along like usual
    Supply Chain Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    It is starting to sound like a broken record, but Q1 was another strong one from the rail carriers, which continue to rack up sizable revenue and profit growth even with very modest at best increases in actual freight moved. More

    Inexpensive logistics often is unaffordable
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    Tom Andel writes, "Our recent blog on building strong 3PL/client relationships got the attention of BJ Patterson, CEO at Pacific Mountain Logistics, serving the Los Angeles area. He commented that there is often a disconnect between client expectations and reality, and that the request for proposal process is often used as a tool to drive price down, which then sends a strong message to the 3PL that wins the business." More

    How to live happily ever after with your employees
    Fast Company    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    How is it that the employee you once fell in love with is now someone you can't stand having around? During the courting stages of the interviewing process, this candidate swept you off your feet. In fact, you couldn't believe she picked you from among a sea of other suitors. Now that you've been together for a while you are second guessing if indeed you made the right decision when you asked that fateful question, "Will you work for me?" More

    Convert Pallet Rack into Carton Flow

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    Wanted: Suppliers offering packaging material innovation, expertise
    Healthcare Packaging    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Hard-pressed to do more with less, manufacturers rely on suppliers with industry knowledge, with an eye on sustainability and validated processes. More

    Will multichannel commerce be the catalyst that finally drives RFID into retail?
    Supply Chain Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The saga of RFID in the consumer goods to retail supply chain has been a very interesting one. First there was the initial mania phase, starting in 2003 when Walmart announced its "mandate" for RFID tagging of cases for its top 100 suppliers in phase I of its program. That lasted for a little more than two years, as some subset of that top 200 did start tagging in sort of pilot mode starting in early 2005, and Walmart announced plans for future waves. More

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    Electronics factory uses RFID to manage assembly of Cisco circuit boards
    RFID Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Electronics manufacturer Jabil has been applying RFID tags to some of the printed circuit boards assemblies that it manufactures for Cisco Systems. As a result, according to B.J. Favaro, Cisco Systems' supply chain manager, and Bill Hajje, Jabil's global process manager, the firm has improved the efficiency of its production process by approximately 80 percent, benefiting both companies. More

    Changing the role of the supply chain planner
    The 21st Century Supply Chain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Lori Smith writes, "We try to keep the self-promotion to a minimum, but we have a great customer, TriQuint Semiconductor, that recently allowed us to write up their case study story that I think has merit in sharing. There are lots of good bits on how they are using RapidResponse and the benefits they see (like realizing inventory reductions a month before the solution even went live). But the jewel of the story is where they say that, with RapidResponse, they 'are changing the role of the planner to be more analytical rather than just the data hunter.'" More

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