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WERC seminars on tap
WERC will be offering two seminars in the Midwest this fall: Managing and Improving Warehouse Operations, Oct. 25 and 26 at the Kansas City (Mo.) Marriott Downtown, and Maximizing Warehouse Space in the suburban Chicagoland area Nov. 8 and 9. For complete information, visit the Events page.
Remember the annual North Texas WERCcouncil Warehousing Resource Convention on Sept. 23 at the Grapevine Convention Center.

Systems Logic, the pioneers of Visual Logistics take their turnkey WMS solution on a coast to coast tour.

Learn how Systems Logic helped D+S Distribution (Wooster, OH) go paperless, reduce administrative costs by 60%, and achieve an inventory accuracy of over 99.993%, in under 4 months!

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Make sustainability more understandable
Material Handling Management    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
To give trading partners a common way of talking about packaging and sustainability, the Consumer Goods Forum issued a report titled "A Global Language for Packaging and Sustainability." It offers a common framework and measurement system trading partners can use to help them make more informed decisions about their packaging. The report was developed with the help of 84 stakeholders, including manufacturers, retailers, packaging converters, trade associations, academics and consultants. More

Battery changing room do's and don'ts
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KABOOM!!! That's the sound of an explosion, or perhaps of a 3,000-pound lead-acid battery hitting the floor — either way, it's something you definitely don't want to hear in your warehouse or DC. But that's a distinct possibility if your lift-truck battery changing room is improperly designed or managed. Not only can a poorly run battery room pose a safety threat, but it can also be a drain on productivity and your budget. A badly designed operation can lead to congestion and delays, improperly rotated batteries and costly fines for failure to comply with safety regulations. More

3 unique approaches to voice picking
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Order picking with voice is undergoing yet another transformation. Since its pioneering days in the 1990s, voice picking consisted of predominantly proprietary hardware and software solutions, such as those by Vocollect, using mobile computers embedded with speaker-dependent speech engines. Then in the early 2000s, vendors such as Voxware started moving away from proprietary hardware and shifted to more open architecture solutions that they embedded in commercial, off-the-shelf mobile computing devices such as those marketed by Motorola and LXE. More

25 Years of DCA
National Advantage through Regional Excellence

2010 Distribution Centers of America (DCA) member companies provide 23Mil SqFt of warehousing capacity strategically located throughout the US. Each member company is a 3PL leader in its market, committed to customer success in that region. for more info.

AASHTO study: US transportation system is facing a crisis
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The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials isn't mincing words. In its new report "Unlocking Freight," AASHTO says that the US freight transportation system is facing a crisis, and that the nation's highways, railroads, ports, waterways and airports require investments well beyond current levels to maintain — much less improve — their performance. Despite the fact that an increasing amount of freight is being moved by intermodal rail, the report estimates that trucks still carry 74 percent of the long-distance freight load. More

Tried and true strategies for combating supply price increases
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Although the global economic recovery is wobbling a bit, and there seems to be as much overall worry about deflation as there is inflation, clearly supplier prices have risen from the depths of the recession, and some materials and components have seen strong price increases in 2010 at a time when most companies still are having a hard time passing on those cost increases to their customers. What to do when a supplier comes in with a price increase announcement? The following are nine tried and true strategies. More

It's time to rethink warehouse management.

Learn the business challenges undermining warehouse performance and how Blockbuster took action and received hefty payoffs.

New markets for pharma bring supply chain worries
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With counterfeiting and theft in the news regularly, it's no wonder that management's worried about securing the supply chain. And now that so many drug companies are intent upon expanding globally, those security worries have stepped to the fore. That's one message from the annual UPS supply chain survey, which focused on supply chain managers in large health care and pharma companies. Almost half of them said their companies plan to expand into emerging countries in the next 18 months — and 40 percent said they're concerned about that move. That's a 22 percent increase above last year. More
Everyone's a Winner with Vocollect Voice.
Voice-enable your warehouse or distribution center with Vocollect. You can improve productivity and achieve accuracy up to 99.995% - making your business a winner. How else can we make you a winner? Get two free professional baseball tickets just for talking with us. MORE
Selecting Mobile Computing Solutions with Confidence
Approximately 40 percent of the average workforce today is mobile, and this number is rising. Learn how to increase your ROI on your mobile computing purchase by downloading this complimentary white paper "Top 5 Tips for Choosing Mobile Computers."
Ergonomic Order Picking Units
UNEX Roller Rack is a gravity fed material handling solution that creates a safe ergonomic picking process eliminating the reaching, bending and pulling required in static storage mediums. Roller Rack offers complete carton flow ready units to meet the warehouse requirements of any order picking operation.

Managed services are coming to RFID
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Cloud computing. Software as a service. Managed services. These have been among the hottest topics in information technology during the last year. They also have been some of the most exciting topics in information technology today, driven by all those Apple ads for apps for the iPhone and the iPad. All three terms refer to the same concept: turning over the day-to-day management of an application to a third party. Most of the buzz has been around supply chain software, but could managed services also be a new business model for RFID? More

IFCO manages custom pallet programs for top US retailers and manufacturers.

IFCO has over a decade of pallet cost reduction experience. For tips from the pallet experts, download the whitepaper, read case studies, or contact IFCO

On the rocky road to strong global culture
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For more than a decade, multinational companies have been encouraged to create a strong global corporate culture through shared core values and practices. Building a global culture is hailed as a robust and flexible approach to dealing with the complexity and rapid changes these companies face. Indeed, several recent surveys of global executives all have identified the ability to maintain a common corporate culture as one of their greatest challenges and a top concern. However, research suggests that a strong global culture is the exception rather than the rule. More

What customers are teaching equipment vendors
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In a troubled economy, how a company serves its market says more about it than sales numbers can. That's why in this exclusive interview with Jim Moran, senior vice president of Crown Equipment Corp., Material Handling Management focused on the company's aggressive go-to-market strategy during these dicey economic times and what Crown hopes to achieve with it. More

Time to listen to the 'voice of the carrier'?
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Throughout the past decade, procurement professionals increasingly have advocated Voice of the Supplier programs in which companies regularly survey and interview members of their supply base to better understand how they can improve their own supply chain and procurement process. Should more shippers be taking a similar approach with their carrier bases? Yes, says John Gentile, a former transportation executive at Owens Corning who recently retired to start his own consulting firm. 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

RFID in Fashion event goes virtual
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RFID Journal is transforming its RFID in Fashion conference and exhibition, previously planned for Aug. 12 and 13 in New York City, into a virtual event to be held Sept. 28. The speakers will focus on educating apparel suppliers about how to tag individual items. "Interest in radio frequency identification is rising in the sector, but given the continued economic challenges facing retailers and apparel, footwear and accessory manufacturers, we feel a virtual event better serves the needs of our readers," says Mark Roberti, RFID Journal's founder and editor. More

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Motorola and Voxware Roadshow 2010 Chicago

Voxware provides voice software products that optimize the activities of warehouse workers.  More

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