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Congratulations to the WERC Certified Warehouses
WERC is proud to announce the first recipients 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!

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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!

Will shipper jitters spark revival of dedicated carriage?
DC Velocity    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The past four years have been a rough ride for U.S. trucking, and the segment known as "dedicated contract carriage" was dinged up like the rest. The business model, which has been around for decades, is aimed at shippers who want the advantages of a private fleet without the attendant headaches. Under a dedicated service arrangement, a shipper outsources its fleet operations to a third-party specialist that "dedicates" rigs, trailers and drivers for that customer's sole use. The standard dedicated contract runs three to five years, and usually requires the customer to compensate the provider for an agreed-upon number of miles driven on a round-trip basis. More

Change to dimensional weight calculation in January will cost shippers more
Multichannel Merchant    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new factor in determining dimensional weight to calculate delivery charges on ground shipments will add significant costs for most parcel shippers. Dimensional weight is calculated by multiplying the length by width by height of each package in inches and dividing the total by a specific factor. Effective Jan. 3, both FedEx and UPS will change the factor from 194 to 166 for Ground and Air packages that are 3 cubic feet (5,184 cubic inches) or larger for shipments within the U.S., and from 166 to 139 for International Ground shipments to Canada. This is going to result major rate hike for shippers, says consultant Rob Martinez, president/CEO of Transult. More

Peter Bradley: For logisticians, invisibility is job 1
DC Velocity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
One of the principles of graphic design is that good design is invisible. That is, the viewer is drawn into what he or she sees without being consciously aware that an individual artist assembled the elements that make the design appealing. Good writing is like that, too. We often talk about the work that goes into producing prose that seems effortless to the reader. By that I mean striving for clarity, accuracy, good organization and so on. Good writing is particularly essential when the ideas in the narrative are complex and difficult. The art and science of logistics has much in common with good design and good writing. More

Vaccines Distributed Using this WMS

With the urgent need for millions of H1N1 vaccines across the United States, this robust warehouse management software (WMS) was exclusively used to manage the distribution of 125 million vaccine doses with 99.99% order accuracy. Find out about that WMS in this case study. 

How to lead when there's still no good news
Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Government economists insist that America is in recovery. The Labor Department tells us that 151,000 jobs were created last month, after four months of steady losses. Wall Street compensation is inching up, we're told. Yet 15 million people remain unemployed, and many who have held onto their jobs are struggling with tough conditions, bigger workloads and pay cuts that look permanent. More bad news seems to lurk in the shadows. How are you supposed to inspire your workers when the economic outlook, at your company as well as in the country as a whole, remains so discouraging? What do you do if you have to deliver still more bad news? More

7 leadership strengths are weaknesses when taken too far
The Recovering Leader    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Consider a few of the typical assets a leader may have: you'd say they're a good delegator, a good relationship-builder, results-oriented, decisive, etc. Yet any of these strengths become weaknesses when relied upon too heavily or taken too far. It's tempting to overuse what works — it's simply human nature. So it's important to catch yourself when you do that — notice when a strength has become a weakness, and turn it back around to a positive. To do that, you'll need some help from those you trust, and equal dashes of humility, self-awareness and practice. More

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Strategies for mastering trade compliance, supply chain complexity
Aberdeen via SupplyChainBrain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Trade compliance teams actively are revamping and augmenting their global trade management and specifically their global trade compliance programs to stay current with supply and demand fluctuations, growing global operations, increasing operational complexity and risk, and trade lane changes, an Aberdeen Group report finds. "Regarding growth and complexity in global trade operations, we can see that changes in trade lanes, shifts in trade volume and increases in overall supply chain complexity have combined to place a renewed focus on the concept of global trade management and compliance," said Bob Heaney, senior research analyst of supply chain management at Aberdeen. More

Make your dent in the deficit
Material Flows    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The U.S. budget deficit has ballooned to almost 9 percent of the country's Gross Domestic Product, and Washington intends to do something about it. The Obama administration has set up a Deficit Panel, and the first set of proposed budget cuts would hack that deficit down to 2.2 percent of GDP by 2015 — that's more aggressive than the 3 percent target originally set by the administration. It has several implications for your own business budget, including the prospect of losing a number of deductions. Officials admit this first round of announcements is more of a trial balloon, an effort to arrive at more doable numbers. However, businesses would be smart to start looking at their own numbers with a little more care. More
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Bosses overestimate their managing skills
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Bosses who think they're the next Jack Welch might want to reassess their talent level. A new survey of 1,100 front-line managers suggests many are over-estimating their skills, with surprisingly little self-doubt. Seventy-two percent said they never questioned their ability to lead others in their first year as a manager. Managers were also unlikely to rate themselves as weak in a number of leadership attributes, such as planning, communication and adaptability, according to the study by consulting firm Development Dimensions International Inc. More

Report: Act like a credit rating agency when vetting suppliers
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Supplier financial vulnerability continues to be a concern in the supply chain. In fact, now that the risk is so significant, a new report urges companies to start acting like their own credit rating agencies. "The New Weakest Link in Your Supply Chain: Supplier Credit," a report from Oliver Wyman in collaboration with the Association for Financial Professionals, says the following. More

Innovation Starts At ProMat® 2011

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In dynamic economic times, do we need predictive tools to better highlight supplier financial and operational risk?
Supply Chain Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Although the worst of the global recession is clearly behind us, and many hope a more robust recovery lies not too far down the road, companies still face much supply chain and bottom line risk from suppliers struggling to keep out of bankruptcy court or failing altogether. So say Hans-Kristian Bryn and Michael Denton, both consultants at Oliver Wyman, who argue a new approach needs to be taken to address and predict potential supplier financial and operational failure. In a new report, Bryn and Denton note that the lukewarm recovery means there are many firms across the globe still in dangerous financial territory. U.S. bankruptcies are up 126 percent since the start of the recession in 2008. More

Bob Trebilcock: Lift truck industry in slow recovery mode
Modern Materials Handling    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
At the Material Handling Industry of America's fall meetings in September, Hal Vandiver, MHIA's economist, had an interesting observation about the recovery of the materials handling industry: We won't fully recover until the lift truck industry is back on track. So how is the lift truck industry doing? I posed that question to Don Chance, president of NACCO Materials Handling Group Sales. NMHG is better known by its Yale and Hyster brands. The answer is that after a nearly 50 percent drop from the market peak, the lift truck industry is in a slow but steady growth mode. More

RFID brings safety to Spanish port
RFID Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
At the container terminal operated by Total Terminal International Algeciras at a Spanish seaport on the Strait of Gibraltar, RFID and real-time location system technologies provided by Identec Solutions are employed to track the locations of shuttles that drivers use to carry containers to and from vessels, thereby ensuring that the vehicles place the containers in the proper location, and that they are not at risk of colliding with other equipment. Both functions are critical because some of the equipment that helps move the containers into and out of the terminal's transfer site is unmanned. In fact, the shuttle drivers are some of the few people on site. More

How can you make disruptive innovation a part of the company's DNA?
Chief Executive    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The most frightening thing about disruptive innovation — the phenomenon documented in Clayton Christensen's "The Innovator's Dilemma," in which market-leading companies in industry after industry have missed game-changing transformations — is that the mistakes are not the result of "bad" management. Instead, as Alan Murray has noted in The Wall Street Journal, the disasters have occurred because managers were following the dictates of "good" management. More

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5 simple ways to create a green procurement program    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Like many companies, Alcatel-Lucent is putting more emphasis — and resources — on operating in a dramatically more environmentally sustainable manner. There are obvious steps a company can take, such as implementing energy efficiency measures in their operations, getting employee engagement and measuring and setting goals to reduce green house gas emissions. But one area ripe for making a company more sustainable that is frequently overlooked is procurement. Too often procurement managers limit their focus to searching for the lowest price. That is understandable, and in fact vital for a company to remain economically sustainable. More

Your suppliers have disaster continuity plan, but is it the right type of plan?
ChainLink Research    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As part of your overall risk strategy, it is important to ensure that your suppliers have good disaster recovery/business continuity plans in place. This should be a requirement embedded in your contracts with key contract manufacturers and suppliers. It is particularly important during seasonal or end-of-quarter loaded time frames when the majority of a company's products are shipped and profits made. If disaster happens during that window of opportunity, it is vital to rapidly recover the critical processes and infrastructure or risk losing huge amounts of revenue, profit and shareholder value. More
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