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As 2012 comes to a close, the Warehousing Education and Resource Council would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. We would also like to thank you for your continuing support and look forward to another fruitful and challenging year. Below, we have provided the readers of WERCWatch a look back at the most accessed articles of 2012. Our regular publication will resume next Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013.

Undercover DC worker says job amounts to being a 'warehouse wage slave'
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From July 12: We've seen a couple of CEOs find out what life is like working in one of their company's distribution centers as "Undercover Bosses" on the hit CBS television show (and it's much harder than they thought, of course). Now, a reporter for Mother Jones magazine infiltrates another e-commerce distribution center as a regular floor associate for an article she is working on — and you probably won't be surprised that she doesn't like the work. More

The coming collapse of average managers, employees
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From Oct. 25: Michael Schrage writes, "'Whip your thoroughbreds.' That's the phrase I kept hearing from Jack Welch-era high potential managers hurtling up GE's global hierarchies. Brutally simple and simply brutal, this Welchian aphorism disproportionately drove top management behavior. The company found it got far greater value working its best people harder than by pushing its multitudes of 'better than average' managers to work smarter. The numbers were compelling." More

Motivate your problem employee
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From Aug. 16: There's one on every team: Someone who just doesn't live up to his potential. Here is a process to inspire this problem employee to change. More

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Where warehousing and distribution are going
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From July 19: There are so many changes taking place in warehousing and distribution, they might be called a revolution. For one thing, the industry is seeing significant consolidation. For another, warehouses are increasing in size and density. A set of changes that might seem contradictory at first is the interest in growing globalization vs. the move to make operations more regional rather than "mega-regional," Yale Distribution President Bill Pfleger said. More

Walmart will test potentially breakthrough new Supercube truck in Canada with 30 percent more capacity
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From Nov. 21: Well there is no doubt that some combination of a desire to save money and a desire to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (in whatever proportion it happens to be for any given company) is leading to significant innovation in the trucking industry. Recently, Supply Chain Digest published an article on a series of new truck designs on the way to market that are said to significantly reduce wind resistance and thus improve fuel efficiency. Now, news that Walmart is testing in Canada a new concept truck it calls Supercube, with several major changes in design that lead to as much as a 30 percent increase in total cube available. More

8 qualities of remarkable employees
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From March 8: Great employees are reliable, dependable, proactive, diligent, great leaders and great followers — they possess a wide range of easily-defined-but-hard-to-find qualities. A few hit the next level. Some employees are remarkable, possessing qualities that may not appear on performance appraisals but nonetheless make a major impact on performance. The following are eight qualities of remarkable employees. More


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Picker productivity more often a function of hit density than pick rate
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From March 8: In a recent discussion with a company that is planning on migrating from a totally manual order picking process to a more automated process, concerns about picker productivity and order accuracy were high on their list. In the current operation, which consists of tens of thousands of SKUs, order pickers are responsible for picking complete orders assigned to them, usually two to six in one tour of the DC. But, in the more mechanized or automated picking approach being considered, order pickers are assigned to a pick zone and pick only a portion of each order. More

Top 10 accidents in the workplace and how to protect yourself against them
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From May 31: Workplace accidents, injuries and illnesses cost the nation billions of dollars a year and are a significant liability issue for businesses. Both employers and employees should be aware of the principle workplace accidents that lead to injury and how to avoid all associated occupational hazards. Foresight on this issue will allow companies to invest in comprehensive business insurance plans, and will provide employees with valuable education concerning their own safety. More

The most costly lift truck hazards are unseen
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From Aug. 30: Tom Andel writes, "You know how dangerous a lift truck can be when controlled by a poorly trained operator. According to OSHA, overturns are the leading cause of fatalities involving lift trucks, representing about a quarter of all forklift-related deaths. As hard as that statistic is to take, it's easy to understand. There's clear cause and effect. What's not so clear are the slower-acting hazards associated with lift trucks. Many of these are muscular or skeletal injuries that can happen over time to the best operators — without those operators or their employers even being aware of any aggravating conditions." More


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