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WERC launches Warehouse Certification Program
WERC is proud to announce the inception of the WERC Warehouse Certification Program, a voluntary program whereby an individual warehouse facility's capabilities to perform core warehousing functions is certified. The program provides an industry-standard grading methodology that includes a facility inspection and process assessment by an independent, trained third-party auditor. Check it out at

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

How Much Does it Cost? - Rules of Thumb is On-line!

The 11th edition of the industry acclaimed Rules of Thumb is available on-line and as a pocket-sized booklet. This tool is used for estimating costs including Storage and Material Handling Equipment, Technologies and More. It also includes productivity rates, lighting levels, and other useful information. Click here to go on-line and use it today! And, contact Li Carson for the free handy guide!

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Survey: Regulation, compliance are top business risks this year
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The third annual Ernst & Young Business Risk Report is out, and this year the survey reveals the most important business risks varied dramatically across sectors, regions and companies. For example, executives ranked regulation and compliance as the top business risk across the majority of sectors, undoubtedly related to the aftermath of the global financial crisis and prompted by a general uncertainty in the market place driven by regulatory reform. More

Automated system helps grocery DC make smarter picks
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Speed and efficiency are crucial to every DC operation, of course, but the pressure to achieve ever-higher productivity levels is greater in some industries than in others. The grocery business, with its razor thin margins, is a good example. As Craig Turner, vice president of operations for specialty food supplier KeHe Distributors, puts it, "The ability to reduce time and motion in a low-margin environment is extremely important in order to remain competitive in our market." So it's no surprise that when the company began planning for a new DC in Allentown, Pa., it made productivity a priority. More

Proposed legislation could affect cosmetic packaging
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According to the article on website Eye On FDA, members of congress Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., have proposed The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 (H.R.5786). This sweeping proposal would give the Food and Drug Administration new authority to regulate everything from lotions and lipsticks to deodorants and fragrances. The $50 billion cosmetics industry, one of the least regulated markets, uses roughly 12,500 unique chemical ingredients in personal care products — the vast majority of which never have been assessed for safety by any publicly accountable body, says Eye on FDA. More

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Retail item-level RFID tagging: Is the privacy threat real?
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Wal-mart recently announced that, starting this month, it will be putting RFID tags on individual jeans and underwear in some stores. If that works, it will roll out the tags to more stores. The garments will be tagged at the source. If these categories work well, Wal-mart will expand to other categories, but not all types of items. According to RFID Journal, Myron Burke, Wal-mart's director of store innovation, said, "We are focused on items that require a more complex purchasing decision by the customer." More

Why selecting the proper outsourcing metrics matters
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Performance metrics are a measure of an organization's activities and performance. Performance metrics normally support a range of needs from stakeholders such as customers, shareholders and employees. Like the Census numbers, performance metrics need to provide end-user value. All too often in the world of business process outsourcing, the measures that focus on day-to-day operations have no relevance to the end reality. They are transactional. Employee perception and customer satisfaction surveys have a plethora of questions that don't drive real value. More

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Senate bill would give rails tax credits for expanding capacity
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A bill introduced in the Senate on Aug. 6 would provide the nation's freight railroads with federal tax incentives to spur investment in new equipment and infrastructure that would encourage more freight to move by rail. The bill, introduced by Sens. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., and John Ensign, R-Nev., would give railroads a 25 percent tax credit for qualifying investments such as trackage, locomotives, tunnels, rail yards, and intermodal transfer and transloading facilities. The bill also would allow railroads to expense all qualifying capital purchases instead of depreciating them, a change that would accelerate the pace of capital investment needed to expand rail capacity. More
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Are biofuels carbon neutral?
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Researchers from the Department of Agriculture gained a bit of attention in July when they released a paper describing how they converted ordinary butter into usable biofuel. In addition to the unlikely source material, the process was notable because it sped up some energy-laden steps — namely harvesting milk and converting it into butter. This may not sound particularly remarkable, but efficient development of biofuels still eludes scientists. More

California data centers expect to cut energy usage by 75%
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California's Department of General Services is equipping 12 of the state's data centers with an RFID-based temperature-control system intended to reduce energy consumption. The installations follow the 2008 implementation of the same system at the state's Franchise Tax Board in Sacramento, where it has reduced the use of energy in the agency's data center from 59 kilowatts to 15. In the meantime the state continues to install the system, supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Energy. More

UPS plans to improve fuel efficiency by 20%
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Package delivery company UPS has set a new automotive goal to improve the mpg performance of its entire U.S. package delivery fleet by 20 percent between 2000 and 2020. The new goal applies to a U.S. ground fleet of 60,000 vehicles. In 2009, UPS drivers logged 77.3 million more miles than in 2000, yet fuel consumption decreased by 3.2 million gallons. Fuel-efficiency levels were improved through improved vehicle technology, effective vehicle maintenance procedures, fuel conservation efforts, routing technology and operational initiatives such as minimizing engine idling. Alternative fuel technology and vehicle deployments also improve UPS's fuel efficiency. More

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Trevor Miles: Lessons learned from AMR Top 25 Supply Chain for 2010
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As many of you will know, the AMR Top 25 supply chain lists have been published since 2004. While undoubtedly improvements could be made in terms of geographical coverage, revenue coverage, industry coverage, and KPIs used, all of which AMR is working toward expanding, the AMR Top 25 has been a great way of generating discussion and dialog about what constitutes supply chain excellence. Something I struggle with is the peer voting. AMR includes a peer voting to try to capture future potential, but I feel it is, for the most part, a lagging indicator. More

RFID automates A-Plant's tool-rental trailers
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In early 2010, British construction equipment rental supplier Ashtead Plant Hire Co. sought a way to automate its new onsite tool-rental trailers. The new 27-foot trailers would come loaded with drills, grinders, saws and other tools required for a specific job site, and construction workers would then rent the equipment they needed, while unused tools would remain in the trailer. More

PRESS RELEASE: AVNET selects Swisslog

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