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Mentoring Other Professionals
Tough times are the perfect opportunity to reach out to others in the industry. To help in this effort, WERC offers a mentoring membership. Any WERC member can sign up a colleague as a mentor member for only $150 -- a savings of $125. As a manager, you have high-potential employees to support and coach. As a distribution professional, you know the value of a strong network. Here’s a chance to keep that network growing.

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With Order Fulfillment, "Perfection" is in the Eye of the Beholder
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How can a supplier tell if it is performing to a customer's expectations? One way would be to calculate the order's score on the Warehousing Education and Research Council's Perfect Order Index (POI). To calculate a POI score, you simply multiply the four key "perfect order" metrics together: percentage delivered on time, percentage shipped completem percentage shipped damage free, and percentage shipped with correct documentation. More

Manufacturing Expands in November
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The manufacturing sector expanded in November for the fourth month, according to the latest Manufacturing ISM Report on Business. The rate of growth however slowed. The PMI was at 53.6 percent. New orders and production remained at positive levels, and the prices index fell 10 points, indicating less inflationary pressure on manufacturers' costs. Respondents to the survey showed concern about the lower value of the U.S. dollar, but did note increased capital construction and a "steady increase in business." More

Estimate: GDP Increased at 2.8 Percent Rate in 3Q
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Real gross domestic product -- the output of goods and services produced by labor and property in the U.S. -- increased at an annual rate of 2.8 percent in the third quarter of 2009, (from the second quarter to the third quarter), according to the "second" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the second quarter, real GDP decreased 0.7 percent. The GDP estimate released is based on more complete source data than were available for the "advance" estimate issued last month. In the advance estimate, the increase in real GDP was 3.5 percent. 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

University Researchers Say RFID's Worth is Proven when Deployed Enterprise-wide
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A study written by four university professors finds that radio frequency identification (RFID) offers a significant benefit to companies that fully deploy the technology across their entire business operations or supply chain. However, the study also finds that while RFID is gaining momentum when it comes to automating businesses' operational and management functions, few firms have reached the "transformational" stage at which RFID is deployed across multiple operations and departments within a company, as well as across its partners. Only when businesses fully employ the technology across their own operations and those of their partners, the study's authors maintain, can RFID provide them with a true competitive advantage. More

Credit Trends Show Optimism Despite Demand Lags
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Sales for the credit and collection sectors are rising rapidly, according to the credit managers' index (CMI), a monthly survey conducted by the National Association of Credit Management (NACM). The CMI jumped from 51.1 to 55, and credit applications and dollar collections also increased. NACM also reports fewer disputes and rejections of credit applications as well as a smaller number of accounts placed for collection. The data suggest that businesses are working to get financial affairs in order in anticipation of better economic times. 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.

Green Logistics: White House Emissions Reduction Targets in Line with Senate Legislation
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With the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen coming up on December 9, the White House recently rolled out its U.S. emissions target, which, like House and Senate legislation introduced earlier this year, could have a pronounced impact on freight transportation and logistics operations and costs. The White House target calls for the U.S. to reduce emissions in the range of 17 percent below 2005 levels in 2020 and an 83 percent reduction by 2050, as well as to be ultimately in line with final U.S. energy and climate legislation. The Senate version calls for a 20 percent reduction below 2005 levels, and the House version calls for a 17 percent reduction below 2005 levels. Both bills --like the White House version -- call for an 83 percent reduction by 2050. More

"Managed Services" Offer Shortcut for Software Users
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Software applications are often referred to as "tools," and just as with any tool -- say, a hammer or table saw -- you have to use them properly to get good results. Although it's relatively quick to teach someone how to wield a hammer, that's not the case with most software applications. Sure, the vendor may provide support in the form of classes or training, but the user still has to spend time learning how to use the software. But in recent years, a few supply chain software vendors have begun offering clients another option for using their applications -- a service in which the vendor runs its application on the customer's behalf for a fee. These arrangements are known as "managed services," a term that comes from the IT sector, where this has been common practice for years. More
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Asset-Oriented Supply Chains Need Supply Chain Network Optimization More Than Ever
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Changing market and supply chain dynamics are causing companies across many sectors to rethink existing supply chain network strategies, but the imperative to do so is especially high for many manufacturers with asset-oriented supply chains. That's one of the conclusions from a new research note by analysts Kimberly Knickle and Simon Ellis from IDC’s Manufacturing Insights. Asset-intensive supply chains are most commonly found in manufacturing-centric enterprises in process (e.g., chemicals, oil/gas, paper, metals) and "hybrid" (e.g., consumer packaged goods, food/beverage) industry sectors. In the linked article, Knickle and Ellis note several important trends driving the need for asset-intensive supply chains to relook at their network strategies. More

New DOT Fuel Efficiency Study Cites Double-Stack Rail Benefits
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In a newly released report, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) finds that double stack freight rail transportation is up to five times more efficient than motor carrier transportation. The FRA’s "Comparative Evaluation of Rail and Truck Fuel Efficiency on Competitive Corridors" underscores the advantages of projects such as the National Gateway. The National Gateway is a public-private partnership seeking to create a state-of-the-art, double-stack cleared rail corridor between East Coast sea ports and Midwest distribution centers. 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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