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WERCouncil events
  • July 30, Utah WERCouncil Networking & Ballgame at Spring Mobile Ballpark, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 8, Michigan WERCouncil Tour of Cleveland Indians DC, Progressive Field AND Ball Game, 4 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 22, Baltimore/Washington WERCouncil Peapod Tour, 4 to 8 p.m.

  • Study: Use of mobile technologies could save firms thousands of dollars in savings
    DC Velocity
    Transportation and logistics firms could save an average of $459,000 a year by using mobile technologies and implementing process re-engineering initiatives, according to a new study. The research, conducted by Everett, Wash.-based Intermec Inc., canvassed 375 transportation and logistics managers in six countries. The estimate represented the average savings of companies in the study that had carried out process re-engineering initiatives during the past year.
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    The challenges of global supply chains
    Richard Stanford, president and chief executive officer of Tec Global Inc., talks about the progress that companies have made in fashioning "end-to-end" supply chains.
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    Understanding what determines maximum conveyor system throughput capacity
    Supply Chain Digest
    The throughput capacity of a conveyor system, as expressed in Cases Per Minute, is dependent on the slowest speed mainline conveyor and the length of product being transported. While this statement is mathematically true, there are also various operational complexities that impact on throughput. These issues tend to be broad in scope and are for the most part separate from the transportation capacity of the conveyor system.
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      Why invest in GoPET?

    “GoPET saves hours in lost productivity. We can address issues much quicker as they arise. “- Lona S, GM, Kansas City.

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    Special becoming essential
    Chain of Thought
    Tom Andel writes, "As a participant in the last of MHI's recent series of Roadmap forums where supply chain professionals speculated about the state of material handling and logistics by 2025, I expected to hear a lot about really cool automation. I didn't expect to hear about bikes. But believe it or not, many fellow think-tankers believe that consumer demand and a population shift to urban centers will make messengers on bikes key players in the new vision of e-commerce order fulfillment."
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    5 ways to be a more likable leader
    American Express OPEN Forum
    Contrary to what you think, "No more Mr. Nice Guy" isn't going to win over your team. Follow the trust principle to become a leader who truly inspires.
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    Frequent flier e-miles: Incentivize your auto-replies
    By Julie Bernhard
    It's summertime, and the livin' is easy. 'Tis the season for exotic trips, fun in the sun and raining out-of-office replies. Nothing says I am on vacation like an automatic response. Of course, it serves its purpose — but have you ever thought it could even do your job while you are gone? While the standard auto-response — "I am currently out of the office until Monday, July 22, and will respond to your message upon my return." — delivers the message, it also turns on the snooze button.
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    Industry Pulse: How do you set up your out-of-office email?

    Last week's survey: Does your company use these documents and procedures when dealing with employment issues?


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    The state of multichannel fulfillment
    Supply Chain 24/7
    The mission of an order fulfillment center is the efficient assembly and timely shipment of the perfect order. Product, labor, equipment and operating systems must all come together in support of this mission.
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    Vintner uses RFID technology to prevent counterfeiting of its costly wines
    RFID Journal
    Fine wines are vulnerable to counterfeiting or fraud, in large part due to their high value. A single bottle of French Bordeaux, from Chateau Le Pin, averages $3,000 and can be priced at up to $10,000 or more, making the trafficking of forgeries lucrative for counterfeiters. Photocopied labels, for example, can be attached to bottles of counterfeit wine, which can then end up being sold to consumers — often at auctions, or at any weak link along the supply chain.
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    Robots in the warehouse: A progress report
    John Hayes, vice president of U.S. Sales and Marketing with Seegrid, traces the history of robotics in distribution environments, and tells why robots don't automatically lead to a loss of jobs.

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    Which behaviors must leaders avoid?
    Harvard Business Review
    If you want to empower, engage or motivate others, don't just focus on increasing your positive behaviors. Pay attention to what you need to stop doing as well. Why? Because people remember the bad more than the good.

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    Connect, then lead
    Harvard Business Review
    Niccolò Machiavelli pondered that timeless conundrum 500 years ago and hedged his bets. "It may be answered that one should wish to be both," he acknowledged, "but because it is difficult to unite them in one person, it is much safer to be feared than loved." Now behavioral science is weighing in with research showing that Machiavelli had it partly right.

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    Become a contributing writer
    In an effort to enhance the overall content of WERCWatch, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of WERC, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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    Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

        Connect, then lead (Harvard Business Review)
    Cycle counting exposes inventory ills (Material Handling & Logistics)
    Can DCs satisfy special requests efficiently? (Supply Chain Digest)
    How to think like a leader (LinkedIn)
    5 ways to increase productivity, performance in your supply chain (Supply Chain 24/7)

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