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Check out the case studies
Several of the WERC Certified Warehouses have shared their audit experiences and lessons learned with WERC. These case studies can be found on the WERC website and provide real-world examples of continuous improvement and best practices.

Reasons to attend WERC's 2012 Conference
HD Supply Facilities Maintenance's David Wilson, vice president of operations, and Matt Bruner, SAP supply chain process lead, along with Daniel Keller, director of sales and marketing at Lucas Systems, will talk about "IMPLEMENTATION X2: WMS WITH VOICE." In 2011 HD Supply Facilities Maintenance tackled two major technology implementations in parallel, rolling out SAP WM followed closely by a Jennifer voice picking system. This case study describes HD Supply's ambitious technology transformation, including effective process design for large-scale warehouse projects and lessons learned.

What about mentoring an associate?
A mentoring membership is only $150 and provides FULL benefits for a FULL year. It's a great way to develop a high-potential employee or connect a colleague to the network of WERC members. View detailed information online at The mentoring membership offers special rates for proteges. A mentor must be a dues-paying professional member in good standing.
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Integrated supply chain planning and response management
The 21st Century Supply Chain    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Trevor Miles writes, "How uncertainty changes our perspective of the purpose of planning has been the central theme of many of my blogs over the past 3.5 years while at Kinaxis. There are changes that are taking place in the supply chain space driven by the understanding that plans are a guess of what will happen and the likelihood that the guesses/assumptions were correct is fairly low. I just the past four weeks I have talked to a number of leading electronics companies that are grappling with the idea that planning should be performed in parallel across functions, rather than sequentially." More

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Anti-counterfeiting bill passes Senate
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Last month, after a heated Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, the Senate approved an amendment that requires large defense contractors to establish systems for detecting and avoiding counterfeit parts, among many other strict provisions. The hearings identified specific missile systems, aircraft, and combat support systems that have been infiltrated by counterfeit parts. Last week Sens. Carl Levin, D-Mich., and John McCain, R-Ariz., introduced bipartisan legislation, "S.AMDT.1092: to bolster the Detection and Avoidance of Counterfeit Electronic Parts," into the FY 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (S. 1867). The amendment was accepted and the legislation passed in the U.S. Senate by a 97-3 margin. Next, the bill goes on to be voted on in the House. More

House subcommittee hears pros, cons of proposed changes to trucking hours
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The House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee held a hearing recently about a proposed rule to limit truck driver time. The rule, proposed by the Transportation Department, is an effort to reduce the risk and prevalence of fatigue-related truck crashes through improvements in the hours of service regulations. Under the proposal, the current 11-hour HOS daily limit for drivers would be reduced to a 10-hour limit. In addition, the 34 hours of time off currently required between each week of driving would have to include at least two midnight-to-6 a.m. periods of nighttime rest. More

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Steve Tobak: How strong leaders handle surprises
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The other day, a reader sent me this quote by Napoleon Bonaparte: "A leader has the right to be beaten, but never the right to be surprised." I don't know if I'd put it quite that way, but I would definitely say that, in business as in war, it's better to surprise than to be surprised. On the other hand, we live in a universe that tends to be ever more chaotic, despite all biological efforts to the contrary. Random things happen, people have free will and competitors do the unexpected. In other words, like it or not, surprise happens. More

Packaging: Robot arm lifts cases, reduces damage
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Consumers these days want what they want, how they want it, when they want it. So, to meet the demand and gain market share, especially in the highly competitive beverage market with the number of SKUs constantly growing and order profiles constantly changing, a leading beverage manufacturer needed an order fulfillment, palletizing and distribution strategy that delivered on all fronts. More

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Ron Ashkenas: Innovation is everyone's job
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To what extent are you responsible for innovation in your company? The reality is that unless they're in research or product development, most people in organizations don't think of themselves as innovators. In fact, many managers discourage their people from inventing new ways of doing things — pushing them instead to follow procedures and stay within established guidelines. More

7 steps to speedier border crossings
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At a time when virtually all customs information is transmitted electronically and free trade agreements abound, you might assume that crossing international borders would be a piece of cake. For the most part, it is easier than it was in the past, but the act of bringing goods out of one country and into another continues to be a source of delays and headaches for international traders everywhere. More
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Cliff Holste: Top performing companies constantly strive for higher levels of improvement
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As the third year of a sluggish economy winds down, and with most retailers reporting strong November sales, many are optimistically looking forward to a strong December and a more robust 2012. While no one knows for sure whether consumer spending is on the rebound, everyone agrees that an economic recovery is long overdue. By taking a proactive approach to improving DC performance now, companies will be in much better shape to take full advantage of the long anticipated recovery as it materializes. The question is: Are companies looking to achieve improvement based on conservative business projections, or will they strive to raise the bar on overall productivity by implement a stellar continuous improvement program? More

Dayton RFID business incubator gaining critical mass
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An RFID technology "incubator" started in Dayton, Ohio, in 2009 is beginning to gain critical mass, and it shows the diversity of business opportunities based in RFID, according to executive director Brad Proctor. The Dayton area has a rich auto ID heritage, going back to NCR and the Uniform Code Council, among others. The first live UPC bar code was scanned in a Marsh grocery store in Troy, Ohio, using an NCR point of sale system in 1974, and for many years the UCC was headquartered in Dayton before later moving to New Jersey. More

Vault Logistics- Driving business growth
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See safety through OSHA's eyes
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The need for speed will continue driving material handling and warehousing technology and innovation. While there is a great deal of hype and excitement associated with some of the technologies developed to meet that need, there should be questions and concerns about how the advances will affect worker safety. The use of automatic guided vehicles and automated loading docks provide a good example. More

Dell: From laptops to logistics
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"At the end of the day, we produce a PC just like someone else produces one of their products." A few years ago, if a sales guy representing a big name in personal computers would have said such a thing in public he would've been fired. But Dell's vice president of sales, Bill Popp, said this to me last week and he did it while sitting next to Dell's executive director of manufacturing services, Mike Morrison. Mike not only didn't get upset; he agreed with Bill. "We're moving Dell from an IT hardware-focused company to one that focuses on solutions addressing business problems like the profitability of certain products to certain customers around the world," he said. More

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Norwegian group tracks super-chilled meat with RFID
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The practice of super-chilling food products below the freezing point to stop bacteria growth is fairly commonplace with fish, according to Geir Vevle, the CTO of technology provider Hrafn, based in Norway. Although the same process could also stop bacteria growth in meat products (thereby extending the meat's shelf life by weeks), few meat producers or companies in the supply chain super-chill meat, he says, because the temperature threshold is very tight. More

Top 10 reasons for implementing WMS and WFM together
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Thinking about buying a warehouse management system or a workforce management system? Maybe you should consider both. Many companies are successfully making the business case for acquiring and integrating both simultaneously, says Dawn Andre, director of industry marketing and strategy, consumer packaged goods, life sciences, and chemical for the supply chain software vendor RedPrairie. Based on her observations, Andre has put together a list of the top 10 reasons why more companies are implementing WMS and WFM together. More

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Logistics inspires hip-hop video
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Now here's something truly offbeat: Graduate students in the Department of Industrial Management and Logistics at Sweden's Lund University have posted a homemade music video called "Mr. Logistics" on YouTube. According to the caption, it is "based on a true story of a supply chain incentive alignment." The video, performed in accented English, opens with scenes of a "truck lover," followed by three strutting students in ripped jeans and backward-facing baseball caps singing lines like "They call him Mr. Logistics, he knows where the stuff is, he's super efficient" and "Wake him in the night, he'll tell you all about forklifts." More

RFID tracks gear for Australian Customs and Border Protection
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The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service officers monitoring that nation's border operate more than 50 patrol offices across Australia's vast coastline, as well as overseas, and on dozens of vessels, all managed from a single central location, in the city of Canberra. The agency patrols its 16,000 miles of coastline to prevent illicit drug tracking, people smuggling and terrorism, as well as enforce trade regulations and collect tariffs. Customs and Border Protection oversees the use of thousands of items, including weapons, protective gear, specialized equipment and vehicles. From its central office, the agency wanted real-time visibility into all of its weapons and other assets, at all of its facilities. More
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