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WERCouncil events
  • 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.
  • Sept. 12, Baltimore WERCouncil McCormick Tour and Lunch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Sept. 20, Atlanta WERCouncil Golf Outing and Networking Event, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sept. 24, 12th Annual North Texas WERCouncil - Warehousing Resource Convention, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Driving innovation in 3PL relationships
    To retain and keep profitable customers in today’s economic environment, 3PLs must provide innovative solutions that make the supply chain more efficient for both the customer and the provider, says John Dillon of APL Logistics. People often assume that a constricted economic climate chokes innovation, but the opposite is actually true, says Dillon, director of supply chain technology solutions at APL Logistics. "A down economy pushes us to find better ways to do things, to save money for our company as well as for our customers."
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    4 elements of a resilient supply chain
    Supply Chain Digest
    Having a resilient supply chain can mitigate the risk of a catastrophic event, either natural or man-made. A quality and timely reaction can save a company's operations whereas a delayed and partial response can cause great financial and market expense. Price volatility for raw materials and fuel, supplier and carrier capacity not meeting demand, and fear of the unforeseen tragedies are all events that can keep an executive up at night. The following are four key elements of a resilient supply chain to minimize the impact of surprises.
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    5 potential pitfalls in international reverse logistics
    The successful reverse logistics process that works domestically may not translate if you try to take it international. When you cross borders, especially international borders, there are a host of issues and risks, which you need to consider and mitigate.
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    Cycle counting exposes inventory ills
    Material Handling & Logistics
    Cycle counting is a process designed to replace comprehensive annual inventories with smaller counts conducted on a continuous basis throughout the year. It can be conducted while normal business operations continue, eliminating the need for an annual shutdown.
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    Continuing to add logistics value in a commodity-centric environment
    Third-party logistics will not become a commoditized service as long as providers continue to add value and differentiate their product offerings, says Greg Spudic, vice president of marketing and sales at Dimerco Express. Winning strategies are based on anticipating customer needs and meeting those needs with pro-active, innovative solutions, he says.
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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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    The next autonomous car is a truck
    Each year, Walmart spends hundreds of millions of dollars delivering its merchandise across the United States. The 6,000 trucks in the retailer's fleet are a common sight on highways, as are those of the many other companies that rely on long-haul trucking to transport their goods from coast to coast. But what if that fleet could be cut by one-third — and be made up of trucks pulled by slimmed-down tractors less than half their current size, with a computer at the helm?
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    Balemaster Balers in DCs and warehouses
    DC Velocity
    Balemaster Balers are a perfect solution for handling excess corrugated boxes in a distribution center. Boxes are compacted into dense, tight bales weighing up to 2,000 pounds.
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    Supply chains must be treated with importance to deliver advantages
    Business Reporter
    The biggest issue facing the supply chain executives around the world is a better realization of the difference between unavoidable investment and punishing cost control. It has become increasingly clear that those businesses who have continued to invest in their supply chain, despite the period of austerity, have moved far ahead from the competition. This is hugely instructive; the growing gap between the innovators and the stragglers can be counted in both operational and, vitally, financial terms.
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    Millennials: Generation why?
    By Julie Bernhard
    If millennials haven't hit your office yet, they are on their way. Easily identified by their smartphone obsessions, tech savvy and attention deficit disorders, millennials are infiltrating recruiting offices and headed to a cube near you. Immediate instincts might be to take an early retirement, but remarkably this new group up-and-comers in Generation Y shouldn't have you wondering, "Generation why?" — they could be the next success story for your business. While it may seem like it's their world we live in, you can also use the following millennial traits to your advantage.
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    The social side of supply chain management
    Supply Chain Management Review
    Social media can — and should — play a central role in supply chain management. After all, social networking is not really about socializing but about facilitating people-to-people communication and collaboration. And isn't that at the heart of managing and executing supply chain processes — and in the process achieving a measure of excellence?

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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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    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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    6 ways to talk like a leader
    Effective leadership requires verbal discipline. Leaders need to care about and practice the quality, specificity, and power of their language. Not enough of them do. Communication is particularly crucial to entrepreneurs. A founder's individual vision and presence is vital to his or her organization's sense of itself and its direction. There are several ways a leader can immediately improve his or her language and communication.
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    Just when you thought school was out, here's another supply chain lesson
    The 21st Century Supply Chain
    The status quo might have been good enough if the world had not changed since the early days of supply chain, with its vertically integrated, build-to-stock model. The biggest change is most likely the amount of volatility and complexity one must deal with, as a result of such things as shortened product life cycles, outsourcing and unexpected supply chain disruptions, such as natural disasters.
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    Understanding what determines maximum conveyor system throughput capacity (Supply Chain Digest)
    Study: Use of mobile technologies could save firms thousands of dollars in savings (DC Velocity)

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