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The Conference for Distribution Professionals
The 2010 WERC Conference Committee is hard at work designing the program for you. We invite you to check out the planned sessions at and watch as we build the program. Registration will open in mid-December. Exhibitors for WIRE are already lining up too and you can see that list on the website also. We hope you’re planning on joining us in Anaheim, May 16-19, 2010.

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Biggest Supply Chain Savings Go Unaddressed
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Budget-conscious marketers are increasingly aware of the potential for realizing substantial savings by honing their supply chains, but many companies have a long way to go to realize these benefits. This is confirmed in a new report from the CMO Council's Marketing Supply Chain Institute, in partnership with the Business Performance Management Forum and Institute for the Study of Business Markets. The report, "Define Where to Streamline," details the results of a comprehensive supply-chain benchmarking audit of 311 marketers from multinational companies across 23 industries. More

Distributor Survey: One in Three Report Unmet Technology Need
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Nearly 90 percent of companies responding to the RSM McGladrey's 2009 Manufacturing and Wholesale Distribution Survey said that information technology was a critical component of business operations. Conducted this spring, RSM McGladrey's 2009 MWD National Survey includes feedback from 923 leaders of U.S. manufacturing and wholesale distribution companies on their perspectives on the current state of their company and industry, and the strategies they are implementing to sustain profitability. More

OPEC: Pricier Crude Could Erode 2010 Demand
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OPEC recently cautioned that a sustained increase in oil prices above their current level could erode crude demand next year amid a shaky global economic recovery. Citing continuing signs of a global economic recovery, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries -- supplier of about 35 percent of the world's crude oil -- revised its estimate for 2010 global demand growth to 750,000 barrels per day. "Although most of signs are pointing toward higher oil demand," OPEC said in its November Monthly Oil Market report, "a potentially weak economic recovery along with higher oil prices are the two main factors that may dampen world oil demand in the coming year." More

Happy 25th Birthday DCA!!
Team DCA -- the Distribution Centers of America (DCA) celebrates 25 years of regional service excellence throughout its national network of distribution/warehouse companies.

DCA members comprise more than 20 million square feet of warehouse space. Individually owned and operated, each member of TeamDCA is a leader in its regional market, providing value-added warehousing and third party logistics services responsive to the needs of domestic and global companies. TeamDCA members are committed to customer success in that region. For more information, or to request a quote for service visit

Get Ready to Cut Down on Carbon
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In December, representatives of major world governments will gather at the Climate Control Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, in what some see as a "make or break" attempt to negotiate a global climate treaty. They will discuss ways to advance the Kyoto Protocol, a treaty to curb emissions of greenhouse gases, a treaty that has been signed by more than 180 nations (although the United States isn't one of them), a treaty that runs out in 2012. Although the upcoming summit has dominated the headlines, it's just one of many looming eco-initiatives that could change the way distribution executives do their jobs. More

The Global Reality of Geopolitics
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In an effort to reach growing international markets, companies have embraced globalization as a means of reducing manufacturing and service costs and capitalizing on a regional consumer base. However, what many companies failed to anticipate were the geopolitical risks associated with a global supply chain. More

Lydall Transport is now CrossGlobe
For over 50 years CrossGlobe has provided fast, efficient, trusted transportation & warehousing services to producers of specialized products that need expert care and handling.

An Overlooked (But Critical) Component of Transportation Management Systems
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Transportation Management Systems (TMS) have been traditonally defined as software solutions that facilitate the procurement of transportation services; the short-term planning and optimization of transportation activities, assets, and resources; and the execution of transportation plans. They address all modes of transportation, including Ocean, Air, Rail, Full Truckload, Less-than-Truckload, Parcel, and Private Fleet. In addition to managing the physical flow of goods, they also manage the flow of transportation-related information, documents, and money. TMS also include performance management and collaboration capabilities. Seems very comprehensive, doesn't it? So, what's missing? More

Optimism Grows Among Manufacturers
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The latest edition of the PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Manufacturing Barometer reports that optimism in the U.S. and global economies among U.S.-based industrial manufacturers is on the rise and a turnaround is expected over the next 12 months, according to the third-quarter report. While a majority of survey respondents continue to view the U.S. and global economies as unchanged or declining in the third quarter of 2009, their outlook on how things will be by the second half of 2010 indicates their overall optimism on recession recovery. More
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Trimming Excess Packaging Could Bring Ten Percent Payoff
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When Jack Ampuja gives a talk on packaging, he brings along a visual aid: a shipping carton he received that's big enough to hold its contents several times over. His point is one familiar to most logistics professionals: Businesses ship a lot of air, driving up costs in a number of ways. Ampuja, who is president and CEO of the consultancy Supply Chain Optimizers, says more often than not, the problem is simply lack of awareness. Companies typically select packaging based on marketing or other considerations without giving much thought to the supply chain implications, he says. As a result, they end up using more packaging than they need, creating enormous waste and unnecessary expense. More

Air Freight Capacity Shows Signs of Tightening    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There are some indications that demand for air freight is picking up, while at the same time, ongoing freight capacity reductions are taking hold to tighten the market up in 2010. In late October, Atlas Air Worldwide CEO William Flynn said his firm is seeing "an ongoing improvement in both supply and demand in global airfreight since earlier this year." More

Future Bright for Sustainable Packaging
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A Tompkins’ Supply Chain Consortium survey of top retail- and manufacturing-related companies reveals that more than 65 percent of companies have some type of sustainable packaging policy in place, while 28 percent are currently developing a policy. "When projecting the evolution of sustainable packaging, the future appears to be bright," says Bruce Tompkins, Executive Director of the Consortium and author of the Packaging Sustainability Report. "Sustainable packaging is a very important issue for all types of companies across all aspects of their supply chains, and it continues to be thought of as a long-term, higher-level strategic process that provides overall direction to the organization." More
Vocollect, #1 in the Business of Voice
Vocollect, Inc. is the number one provider of voice solutions for mobile associates worldwide, helping customers achieve a higher level of business performance through voice. Every day Vocollect enables over 250,000 associates worldwide to distribute more than $2 billion dollars worth of goods from distribution centers and warehouses to customer locations. Learn more
SI Systems -- The Order Fulfillment Expert™
SI Systems is a global leader in designing and implementing integrated systems for full and split case picking operations. Combined with our SINTHESIS™ suite of software modules that collectively comprise a complete warehouse control system (WCS), our customers can expect faster, more accurate and more consistent levels of productivity from their operations. More
Your System Integrator for Sorting of Books, Garments, Multi-Media, Post and more
DistriSort Inc offers a wide experience and excellent competence in complete sorting solutions for SINGLE items in products such as: Books, Garments, Music + Multimedia, Shoes, Small Parcels, Flyers, Pharmaceuticals and Cosmetics. Our control systems are developed in house (DistriSoft®) and control all aspects of the sorting system, including the sorter, scanners, induction belts, supply and dispatch conveyors and special machines. More
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