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Young logistics professionals
A new webpage has been added to the WERC website and will be the central repository for all materials and upcoming events directed at the needs of young professionals in the industry. View it here.

WCS or WMS: Which is right for you?
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Not so long ago, software used in distribution centers fit into a couple of neat categories. There was the warehouse management system, the market's dominant application, which essentially ran the DC operation, overseeing activities like receiving, putaway and picking. Then there was the warehouse control system. Designed for distribution centers that utilized automated material handling equipment, the WCS primarily served as an interface between the WMS and the automated devices. More


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Survey: Supply chain cost reduction is manufacturing's top priority
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Reducing overall supply chain costs is manufacturing's No. 1 supply chain priority in the coming year, according to IDC Manufacturing Insights' 2012 U.S. Supply Chain Survey of 350 companies. Eighty percent of respondents gave that answer, while nearly 55 percent suggest supply chain agility is second and 52 percent suggest improving product quality and safety is the third most important priority. More

How packaging protects the environment
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People love to hate packaging. And, yes, there's a lot of bad and wasteful packaging out there. But packaging isn't always the enemy. When it comes to protecting and dispensing food, the right package can dramatically reduce waste. More

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Non-asset based 3PLs take big leap toward C-TPAT entry
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Non-asset based third-party logistics providers are as close as they've ever been to joining the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism, one of the nation's leading supply chain security programs. The House Homeland Security Committee recently approved port security legislation that includes language creating a pilot program for non-asset based 3PLs to participate in C-TPAT. C-TPAT was launched in 2002 following the 9/11 terrorist attacks and is run by the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection. More

The selective approach to DC automation
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Over the last few years, numerous articles have been published on the benefits of material handling automation in the DC. While the adoption rate is high and growing in selected vertical market sectors, most small to medium DCs appear to be holding on tightly to their pallet jacks and forklifts. More

What's your risk attitude? (And how does it affect your company?)
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In the best of times or the worst of times — or even in unusually uncertain times — the prevailing opinion about how risky it is to do business is never unanimous. Opinions can be classified into four risk attitudes: Pragmatists, who believe that the world is uncertain and unpredictable; Conservators, whose world belief is of peril and high risk; Maximizers, who see the world as low-risk and fundamentally self-correcting; and Managers, whose world is moderately risky, but not too risky for firms that are guided properly. More

Identify your 3PL pain threshold
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Tom Andel writes, "One of the most unstable elements in a marriage is control. Too much of it kills spontaneity but too little leads to financial and emotional chaos. The same can be said of a business marriage — as in your relationships with logistics service providers." 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.

The molecule behind effective teamwork
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Paul Zak, author of "The Moral Molecule," explains how oxytocin boosts cooperative behavior. More

Dynamic supply chain alignment: A theory ready for practical application
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Trevor Miles writes, "A few weeks ago I attended the Global Supply Chain Business Summit hosted by John Gattorna, who has written two important books and several articles on supply chain management — more specifically on segmentation which then drives supply chain structure, both physical and organizational. There were 10 panels on a range of themes." More

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Window and door company doubles output via RFID
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By deploying radio frequency identification technology at its facility, Idealcombi, a custom window and door manufacturer based in Denmark, has successfully automated aspects of its production process, reports Arne Burlund, the company's IT director. As a result, he says, Idealcombi has doubled the capacity of its plant without requiring additional employees. More

Automation: Intelligrated aims at growth
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Bob Trebilcock writes, "The materials handling industry was in the news recently with an acquisition valued at more than $500 million. This time, I'm not talking about Amazon's $775 million acquisition of Kiva Systems. Rather, it was the announcement on June 8 that Intelligrated has agreed to be acquired by a holding company owned by the Permira funds. With $435 million in revenue, Intelligrated was No. 10 on Modern Materials Handling's list of the top 20 systems suppliers for 2011. The deal is expected to close in late July or early August." More

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Equipment lease finance industry confidence lower in June
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Confidence in the $628 billion equipment finance market is 48.5, down from the May index of 59.2, reflecting growing concern over the European debt crisis, U.S. unemployment, and regulatory and political uncertainty, according to The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation's June 2012 Monthly Confidence Index. More

Will we really see 100 percent container scanning requirement in July?
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A 2006 law mandating 100 percent scanning of ocean containers headed to the U.S. at the point of origin will not be changed in Congress, as efforts to get language that would eliminate or delay the looming requirement failed to make its way into a new maritime bill. More

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