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WERC offers NEW & IMPROVED Vendor Locator
WERC is pleased to announce that we are about to launch the first year of the online Logistics Vendor Locator in partnership with MultiView Inc., an Irving, Texas-based publisher of digital buyer's guides and e-news briefs. The buyer's guide will be easily accessible from a link on the WERC home page ( The Locator will enable you to conveniently perform targeted searches for the industry products and services needed to keep your business running — without the unrelated clutter of a general Internet search engine.

For WERC members ONLY
The 2011 detailed DC Measures report is available — only to members and only online.

WERCouncil events
  • Sept. 8, S. Cal WERCouncil Hong Kong: Regional Logistics Hub – the Asian Link in your Global Supply Chain, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 9, N. Carolina WERCouncil Lenovo Facility Tour, 12:30 to 2:45 p.m.
  • Oct. 12, NorthTX WERCouncil 10th Annual Warehousing Resource Convention, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • 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!

    Yusen Logistics
    Cornerstone Automation Systems
    UNEX Manufacturing
    How smart is your automated system?
    Modern Materials Handling    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
    The post-recession "new normal" is less certain, more global, prone to extremes and less forgiving of problems. As a result, many companies must rethink their strategy for staying competitive. The key question is outside-in, namely "What do my customers care about?" The answers guide your choice of what you must do to deliver that value profitably. While the specific priorities will vary for each business and sometimes for different customers, there are some general trends from buyers and some typical responses from suppliers. More

    Logistics numbers show ups and downs
    Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The latest logistics numbers show both areas of concern and promise, according to a summary courtesy of the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics. The Dow Jones Transportation index was down 19 percent during July, and the NASDAQ Transportation Index was down 20 percent. In June, the USDOT's freight transportation services index increased 2.6 percent from the previous month, the largest monthly increase since November 2009. The index is up 4.1 year-over-year. More

    Making green from green: Murphy Warehouse Co.
    DC Velocity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Being green isn't just about being environmentally friendly. It's also about making money. Richard Murphy explains how his company has done just that. More

    California 3PL Solutions Since 1927

    Pacific Coast Warehouse offers a complete line of logistic services including import distribution, Food & Beverage, ABC license, Hazmat Chemicals in separate DC, Fulfillment & Full line transportation services.

    3 examples of shelf-connected supply chains
    Consumer Goods Technology    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Driven to serve customers in the best way at the lowest cost, leading retailers and consumer products manufacturers are embracing collaborative planning at the shelf. They know that in order to capitalize on rapidly changing buying behavior, they must quickly respond to consumer choices at the shelf and across all buying channels. Doing this effectively requires a new breed of technology that can cost-effectively scale to handle the vast amounts of data captured at the point of purchase to drive millions of decisions. This has prompted the emergence of a new trend: the shelf-connected supply chain. More

    Greening the environment — and your bottom line
    SupplyChainBrain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
    How does a company with operations in 30 countries and major investors to satisfy go from having a warm, fuzzy feeling about environmental responsibility to doing something about it? Step one is to figure out the impact of one's operations. Considering the complexity of a global supply chain, that's no easy task. Companies struggle to measure direct emissions of greenhouse gases, let alone those of the many partners involved in getting their product to market. More

    Why Make TopVOX Your Choice for Voice:

    Proven flexibility and reliability have made TopVOX a market leader in voice technology. Rapid payback, absolutely NO training, easy integration and excellent recognition are key reasons why our customers have selected topVOX as Their Choice for Voice.
    Click here to see how Cooper Booth Wholesale realizes fast ROI
    Click here for FoodLogistic Article “Netto Keeps It Simple With Voice”

    German supermarkets use RFID to manage warehouse access, send alerts
    RFID Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Two European retailers are using active RFID tags and readers to manage the movement of personnel through restricted areas in their facilities. German supermarket chains ALDI and Lidl have installed the system in dozens of stores and intend to continue ramping up the deployment to other stores across Europe. The retailers have installed readers at access gates to storerooms and freezers, enabling the reader to trigger opening of the gate when an authorized badge comes within range. The system allows store management to ensure unauthorized individuals don't access these areas, and thereby is intended to reduce theft. In addition, at Lidl, the system can detect if someone with a card has been in the freezer too long, and may be in distress, triggering an alert. More

    Total recall
    DC Velocity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    When E. coli tainted food caused a number of deaths and thousands of illnesses across much of Western Europe earlier this year, one of the greatest problems investigators faced was finding the source of the deadly bacteria. That has been the case in several outbreaks caused by strains of E. coli or salmonella in both Europe and North America. But containing the damage may get easier in the future. In the last few years, governments, health agencies, and the food, foodservice, and grocery industries have implemented a wide variety of initiatives both to prevent those outbreaks and to respond swiftly when they do occur. More
    A True Global Warehouse Network

    Yusen Logistics operates an extensive network of warehouse facilities across the U.S. Committed to our in-house Five "S" Quality Pledge (Safety, Savings, Sanitation, Standards, Satisfaction), we work to maintain the highest standards in every aspect of our business, always innovating to create advantage for you.
    End-to-End Fulfillment Systems
    Cornerstone Automation Systems offers order picking systems and a full line of technologies to automate order fulfillment requirements, ranging from operator assisted to fully automatic fulfillment. CASI builds turnkey systems to optimize end-to-end fulfillment including receiving, putaway, picking, shipping, and sortation.
    Lean Storage Maximizes Space Utilization
    Increase space utilization 30%- 50%. UNEX offers the most extensive full width carton flow product line in the market to organize SKU’s, condense your storage needs and provide FIFO rotation of your inventory. All UNEX products ‘drop-in’ to existing rack structures making it easy to convert from static to dynamic storage.

    Are most of your employees thinking of quitting?
    Material Flows    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    When unemployment hovers between 9 and 10 percent, as it has for far too long now, some shall we say less-than-enlightened managers begin to think they can treat their employees as shabbily as they want. "What are they gonna do — quit? In THIS economy?" Actually, yes, they will. In fact, according to a recent study conducted by LifeWork Search, a recruitment firm specializing in supply chain management, 70 percent of those polled had left their most recent employer during the first six months of this year. Of those who had left, 76 percent left on their own terms (i.e., they quit), and the remaining 24 percent were laid off. If this trend continues throughout the remainder of 2011, LifeWork Search speculates that half of all current employees will leave on their own by the end of the year. More

    Despite low growth shipping environment, big containerships keep coming
    Supply Chain Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Despite a relatively modest recovery in container volumes since 2010, major ocean carriers are taking delivery of many large ships ordered several years ago and even working to upgrade current ships to take on more TEU capacity. So say the analysts at Alphaliner, which noted recently that Maersk continues to lead the field with a number of moves to increase its fleet and vessel capacity. Separately, Alphaliner also said that a feared shortage of containers some had predicted for the second half of 2011 was not likely to materialize. More

    Don't Miss MODEXSM 2012

    See and compare solutions for your manufacturing, logistics and supply chain operations and network with your peers at MODEX 2012. Discover equipment and systems solutions and learn about the latest supply chain innovations and leading trends. Explore 500 exhibits and choose from a variety of educational sessions.

    Preserve your shelf life
    Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In food and beverage supply chains, reputations are made or lost on logistics. These brand leaders found their own recipes for self preservation. Companies in the food and beverage industries face several new challenges. Besides just trying to stay competitive on thin profit margins, regulatory changes will force them to revise current operating procedures. For example, the Food Safety Modernization Act, signed by President Barack Obama earlier this year, will increase Food and Drug Administration scrutiny of product and information flows and give it access to company records as well as the authority to force recalls. More

    Estevez sworn in for top military logistics post
    DC Velocity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Alan F. Estevez has been sworn in as assistant secretary of defense (logistics and materiel readiness), becoming the first career federal government official to hold what is one of the military's top logistics posts. Estevez was sworn in Aug. 8, six days after the Senate confirmed his nomination. In his new role, he will manage logistics policy and processes to support war-fighter operations in various military theaters, and help oversee the Pentagon's $190 billion-a-year logistics budget. More

    Social media and packaging education
    Healthcare Packaging    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
    With job cutbacks and growing numbers of aging packaging workers nearing or reaching retirement age, there's a buzz about the possible erosion of both basic and advanced skills, particularly among younger pros. For years, the packaging community has addressed this issue primarily in the form of financial scholarships, internships, equipment and material donations, education and training seminars. Perhaps just in time, social media looks like it could play a beneficial role in helping younger packaging pros learn the business function. More

    A 360-degree view of transportation
    Supply Chain Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
    Data shows how connected overall freight movement is to industrial production, which collapsed in 2009 and while clawing back, is still not at pre-recession levels. The ATA freight tonnage index is now at 115, meaning total freight being moved on trucks is just 15 percent above levels seen in the year 2000 (that would make average annual growth of less than 1 percent per year). Globalization and the flow of good across the globe is likely to continue to grow sharply over time — the question is, will it be "balanced?" If not, developed economies could embrace policies that try to achieve better balance. Note high-flying Brazil just announced a series of measures to encourage domestic manufacturing, rather than China imports. More

    Order Picking Solutions From Jungheinrich®

    Jungheinrich® has been providing hand-picked lift truck solutions for customers since 1953.From tow tractors to turret trucks, Jungheinrich has a lift truck specifically designed for your application.

    Hartford encourages its food-industry clients to deploy RFID temperature tags
    RFID Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Insurance company Hartford Financial Services Group — aka The Hartford — is recommending that its customers employ Intelleflex's RFID system for tracking the conditions under which fresh produce is transported throughout the supply chain. The partnership involves the use of Intelleflex's XC3 RFID technology to monitor temperature conditions at the pallet level, by placing ultrahigh-frequency battery-assisted passive RFID tags with built-in temperature sensors within each container, or on every pallet, and by then using Intelleflex readers to capture that data throughout the supply chain. More

    System report: At the Container Store, lift trucks contain the chaos
    Modern Materials Handling    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    You would expect a company known as the original storage and organizational retailer to be, well, organized when it comes to storage in its new distribution center. And, that is certainly the case at the 1.1 million-square-foot facility The Container Store built in Coppell, Texas. The facility stands out not just for its efficient use of storage, but also for the role played by its lift truck distributor, Malin Integrated Handling Solutions, and manufacturer, Raymond, in the design and planning of the DC. More

    Why Choose Logistick, Inc?

    Logistick products are inexpensive, easy to install, and adapt and adhere to virtually any internal trailer wall.

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