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WERC Conference presentations online for members
If you missed conference or at session at conference, click onto the Events / 2012 Conference and Trade Show / 2012 Post-Conference tab at to access many of the excellent presentations offered at conference.

WERCouncil Events
  • July 18, Indianapolis WERCouncil Amazon Fulfillment Center Tour, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 10, NorthTX WERCouncil 11th Annual Warehousing Resource Convention, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • A better way to calculate equipment ROI
    CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Too many companies buy warehouse equipment and technology based on a "best case" scenario. Using an "engineered" approach to evaluating the return on investment will provide a more accurate picture of cost and productivity benefits. More


    Storage Solutions, Inc. is one of the nation’s leading providers of new and used material handling equipment. Headquartered in Indiana, Storage Solutions specializes in pallet rack, industrial shelving, mezzanines, pick modules, and more. Our in-house installation team travels throughout the United States and has experience installing all types of products.

    6 keys to broadening and deepening sustainability    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Despite the growing number of corporate leaders that recognize the importance of sustainability as a long-term business imperative, major challenges persist in closing the "execution gap" between strategy and actual performance. Closing this gap will require leaders to focus on embedding sustainability both broadly and deeply into the very fabric of the business. This will involve both aggressively de-siloing sustainability and institutionalizing it into the operational and capital investment decisions that occur on a daily basis. More

    New report outlines business drivers behind logistics outsourcing
    Packaging World    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The report, from Lakeland, Fla.-based Saddle Creek Logistics Services, presents the business drivers behind outsourcing. According to survey respondents, they include controlling costs, accommodating business fluctuations, managing compliance issues and returning focus to core competencies. More

    Transportation bill passes House and Senate
    Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Congress passed a two-year plan to fund the nation's transportation projects. Under the agreement, federal transportation funding will continue at roughly $54 billion a year, keeping highway construction projects on track. More

    Pallets: A core problem
    Modern Materials Handling    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Not only are cores in short supply, the prices that pallet operations pay for used pallets that are repaired for the cores market are going through the roof. That is driving up the cost of shipping a load of finished goods, especially for manufacturers who can't charge their end customer for the pallet. More

    Is there a 'DIY' AGV in your future?
    DC Velocity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Imagine walking into a material handling equipment maintenance and repair shop, pulling standard components off the shelf, and — with relatively little time and effort — turning an ordinary industrial tow tractor or forklift into an automatic guided vehicle. That day isn't here just yet, but it's closer than you might think. More

    Motivate employees through better communication
    Business Management Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    StudyPoint has offices in Boston and Los Angeles, and half its employees work from home. The 12-year-old company, which offers tutoring to college-bound teenagers, has a turnover rate of just 1 percent among employees who have been with the company for more than a year. Here are five strategies for employee retention and motivation that have worked for StudyPoint. More

    Biodegradable foam protects electronics shipments
    Packaging World    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A custom package combines the recyclability of Green Cell Foam cornstarch-based protective packaging from KTM Industries with the strength and sustainability of heavy-duty corrugate that is both recycled and recyclable. The end result is a packaging option that meets biodegradability standards and delivers the anti-static, shock and vibration protection required by the product. More

    Metal fastener company improves production with RFID
    RFID Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Nedschroef, a Dutch producer of metal fasteners for the automotive industry, has reduced the incidence of shipping errors at its plant in Plettenberg, Germany, down to 1 percent using radio frequency identification technology. The company is employing the solution to manage 4,500 square metal containers, each filled with as many as 100,000 nuts. More

    Convert Pallet Rack into Carton Flow

    Span-Track carton flow track by UNEX ‘drops-in’ to any new or existing pallet rack structure. Convert static storage into dynamic order-picking modules. Request a free sample…

    Can the US revitalize its infrastructure?
    Industry Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Pushing the limits of an aging infrastructure, U.S. manufacturers face a future of increasing costs and instability unless new technologies and new investments can rejuvenate the system. More

    CEMA: Conveyor booked orders up 24.3 percent in May 2012
    Modern Materials Handling    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association reported that its May 2012 Booked Orders increased 24.3 percent when compared to May 2011 orders. May 2012 booked orders when compared to April 2012 booked orders were down 5.9 percent. May Booked Orders were up 6 percent for Bulk Handling Equipment and down 14 percent for Unit Handling Equipment when compared to April. More

    Cost control remains the top supply chain goal for manufacturers
    DC Velocity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    For manufacturers, the top supply chain objective continues to be cost reduction. A survey by research firm IDC Manufacturing Insights found that 80 percent of 350 manufacturers polled said the reduction of overall costs continue to be their No. 1 supply chain priority for the balance of the year. More

    UPS Freight increases rates by 5.9 percent
    Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    UPS Freight has announced a general rate increase averaging 5.9 percent, covering non-contractual shipments in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The rate adjustment takes effect July 16, and applies to minimum charge, LTL rates and accessorial charges. More

    Undercover DC worker says job amounts to being a 'warehouse wage slave'
    Supply Chain Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    We've seen a couple of CEOs find out what life is like working in one of their company's distribution centers as "Undercover Bosses" on the hit CBS television show (and it's much harder than they thought, of course). Now, a reporter for Mother Jones magazine infiltrates another e-commerce distribution center as a regular floor associate for an article she is working on — and you probably won't be surprised that she doesn't like the work. More


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