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Maximizing Warehouse Space: The Key to Productivity
Oct. 24-25 at the Doubletree Hotel Chicago-Oak Brook, 1909 Spring Road, Oak Brook, Ill. Facility layout is where it all begins, driving decisions about product location, picking paths and methods, flow-through, putaway, receiving and shipping. Attend this two-day seminar to learn key rules of thumb that will help you to maximize the space in your warehouse and improve productivity. Find out more at

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.

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California law requires disclosures about supply chain labor
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A little-noticed California law passed late last year requires many retailers and manufacturers to report on their efforts to eliminate slave labor and human trafficking in their supply chains by Jan. 1, 2012. California Senate Bill 657, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, requires retailers and manufacturers that do business in that state and have worldwide revenues exceeding $100 million to publish on their websites a report on how they are preventing and eliminating forced labor in their "direct supply chains." The report must be online no later than Jan. 1, 2012. More

All-electric trucks making progress, but subsidies seem a key part of the economics at present
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UPS made news recently with the announcement that it was acquiring 100 all-electric delivery trucks for the California market, substantially increasing its current electric fleet from just 28 units scattered across New York City and parts of Europe. As the electric car market struggles along, there have been reports in the past suggesting that the trucking industry simply was not compatible with electric-powered designs, as the energy needed to move both trucks and cargo was not attainable, added of course to concerns about driving ranges on each charge. Long-haul truckers, for example, can't afford long and frequent stops for recharging. But the dynamics change when the vehicles are for local delivery, maintenance or similar applications where the driving distance per day may be relatively low, and the driver returns to a central location each day. More

US to improve traceability of food supply chains
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has launched two pilot projects designed to enhance the traceability of products responsible for foodborne illness outbreaks across industry supply chains. The initiatives are prompted by the recent Food Safety Modernization Act, which requires the FDA to establish the projects: one involving produce and one involving processed foods. The act also directs the FDA to establish record-keeping requirements for high-risk foods to help in tracing products. More

FDA calls for tighter pharmaceutical supply chain
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Help could be on the way for the pharmaceutical supply chain, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is calling on lawmakers to give the agency more power to tighten supply chain security. The FDA is particularly concerned with competition from foreign manufacturers, who have certain advantages in the industry. The FDA wants the authority to refuse admission of a product into the U.S. if the overseas manufacturer delays, limits or denies inspection to its facilities. More

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How healthy is your supply chain? 4 critical lenses to improve systemwide performance
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It's no secret who the top supply-chain performers are: The Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 is an excellent roundup of companies that are routinely recognized for applying demand-driven principals and achieving great performance results. While this list includes many organizations we particularly admire, the big secret is that it's only part of the conversation. Gartner measures ROA, revenue growth and inventory turns, as well as feedback from the Gartner AMR survey and a peer opinion panel, which provide an interesting "end" of the story. What's missing from this dialog is the notion of the interconnected system, of thinking of the supply chain as part of a larger performance chain. More

Cliff Holste: DCs equipped with fixed rate systems, processes almost always out of step with throughput requirements
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Changing customer dynamics creates stress that DCs are facing on a daily basis. Caution and uncertainty on the part of the consumer's, leads to sudden and unpredictable changes in demand. It results in big swings in customer buying patterns in reaction to changing market conditions. All of which can have a negative impact on DC order fulfillment efficiency and productivity. According to discussions with DC executives who are experiencing greater demand volatility within their operations (sometimes within a single shift), a quick response capability along with greater system, processing, and staffing flexibility are critical capabilities of a fluid operation. More

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Do you manage like a king?
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Are you a good boss? Business owners and managers use different criteria to evaluate their leadership skills. You may focus on whether your team accomplishes major goals. Or on how many of your employees develop new skills or get promotions. Or maybe you focus largely on the bottom line. Those approaches — and others — have their merits, but here's another take. More

How to ensure quality across the supply chain
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Despite the fact that quality management software has been available for decades, urgent and brand-threatening quality problems continue to make news across a variety of industries. One major challenge is quality problems that come from suppliers and outsourcing partners. In these cases, the company whose brand is being hurt may not have adequate supply chain management in place to detect supplier quality problems, let alone control and prevent them. There are ways to improve that situation, and software to support those efforts. More
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More MBA degree seekers study supply chain management
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Many MBA students are now seeking jobs in supply chain management, which quickly has become a popular concentration for degree seekers. This subject involves the study of raw materials and parts from purchase to delivery, and can lead to many job opportunities and high salaries. According to the Institute for Supply Management, the average annual salary for professionals in this industry is about $103,664. This figure marks a $5,464 increase from 2010. More

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Obama: Jobs proposal would 'jump start' economic growth
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President Barack Obama said his $447 billion jobs proposal will give the U.S. economy the "jump start" it needs to revive job growth. Answering questions at a forum organized with LinkedIn Corp., the social and business networking website in Mountain View, Calif., Obama said the nation can't afford to wait until the presidential and congressional elections next year to act on boosting growth. He cited forecasts from independent economists that say the plan to cut payroll taxes for workers and employers, spend money on infrastructure repairs and give aid to states to stem teacher layoffs would add as much as 2 percentage points to economic growth next year and 1.9 million jobs. More

Gasoline prices remain far above 2010 levels
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Retail gasoline prices are falling, but at rates that are difficult to notice, especially in California. Perhaps even worse for consumers during a weak economic recovery, the pump pain remains locked in far above the cost of filling up a tank a year ago. More

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Supply chain players to cut back on stocks
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In a sign that the supply chain remains cautious about consumer activity heading into the traditional "peak" pre-holiday season, a survey of nearly 100 top manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers found the respondents plan to hold fewer stock-keeping units in inventory during the 2011 peak season than they did a year ago. According to the survey from supply chain consultancy Tompkins Associates, 34.8 percent of the respondents said they plan to hold a smaller number of SKUs this peak season than last. About 32.6 percent said they would either carry more SKUs or hold to about the same levels compared with 2010, the survey said. More

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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.

Mine your metrics for meaning
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Dematic North America CEO John Baysore started his company's first full day of Supply Chain Rebound conference sessions with some news that supported the event's theme. Not only has his company added 200 engineers to its staff since it acquired HK Systems last year, but it is looking for 150 more. Senior Vice President Mike Kotecki piled on more good news about the economy with these numbers representing U.S. industry: 189,000 new manufacturing jobs added this year and inventories on the rise. But those are general feel-good stats you would expect from the hosts of this kind of conference. The real work was yet to be done by conference speakers whose job was to inspire the 350 attendees to do their part in the recovery by improving their supply chain performance. More

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Grant Thornton LLP study: Manufacturers becoming less optimistic about US economy
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While manufacturing has been considered a bright spot for the United States economy during of the economic downturn, recent data from consultancy Grant Thornton LLP indicates that manufacturers are losing faith in the growth prospects for the economy. A survey of nearly 70 U.S. manufacturing leaders conducted by the firm, titled the "Business Optimism Index," found that a mere 13 percent of surveyed manufacturers think the economy will improve over the next six months, down from 40 percent in May and 60 percent in February. More

Robert Bowman: Why the US credit downgrade is a supply chain problem
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So we have a situation where Standard & Poor's downgrading of U.S. sovereign debt is likely to have a serious ripple effect on the private sector. The immediate impact takes the form of severe market volatility, which makes it tough for companies to assess their need for capital. But there are also long-term factors that promise to disrupt global supply chains, particularly supplier-buyer relationships. More

Shipping conditions will get worse before they get better
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Companies expecting to find carriers who are ready, willing and able to offer their transportation services this fall might want to rethink their logistics strategies. According to one index of shipping conditions, the situation for the rest of the year will be one of rapid deterioration when it comes to available capacity. FTR Associates' Shippers Condition Index edged lower in July to a current reading of -3.8. The SCI sums up all market influences that affect shippers; a reading above zero suggests a favorable shipping environment, while a reading below zero is unfavorable. After a brief term of improving conditions for shippers, FTR's SCI has now once again begun to fall as had been expected. More

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Voice recognition: Enabling diversity in the warehouse
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Bob Trebilcock writes, "Anyone who has walked through a warehouse or DC in recent years knows that diversity is an opportunity and a challenge for warehouse managers trying to maintain a stable workforce in their facilities. So I was intrigued when Steve Gerrard, vice president of marketing for Voxware, proposed a conversation about voice recognition technology as an enabler of diversity. Just as a publication like DiversityInc defines diversity in terms that go beyond race, gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation, so did Gerrard — which shows he's keeping up on the issues. So, how does voice enable diversity?" More

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