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Building and keeping a great warehouse team
By Ken Ackerman
Nearly every appraiser of warehousing quality agrees that the most critical element in a successful operation is the people. While quality in management and supervision is critical, the quality of every hourly worker is important. When I was CEO of a multicity warehousing organization, I constantly reminded our key people that our company could never be better than its worst manager.
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  Studies: Long hours, shift work can be detrimental to health
By Denise A. Valenti
"Workin' 9 to 5, what a way to make a livin'. Barely gettin' by, it's all takin' and no givin' ..." Dolly Parton's popular song "9 to 5" from 1980 lamented the difficulties and stress associated with having a traditional workday. But, an eight-hour day of working 9-to-5 really is not that bad — especially for your health. Several recent studies show the impact of work hours on health is related to the number of hours that are worked and also what time of day the work occurs.
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Trucking freight volumes look good going into 2015
Logistics Management
American Trucking Associations' advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index was unchanged in December, following a jump of 3.5 percent during the previous month. In December, the index equaled 136.8, which tied November as the all-time high. Compared with December 2013, the SA index increased 5.2 percent, which was the largest year-over-year gain in 2014. For the entire year, tonnage was up 3.5 percent.
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The robots are coming:
Part I

Modern Materials Handling
Robotics is one of the most exciting emerging technologies in the materials handling industry. Over three blogs (Part I, Part II, Part III), the author will take a look at the development of a new mobile piece picking robot by a start-up with roots at Carnegie Mellon, and a pilot test at a pharmaceutical and medical supplies distribution facility. The columns aren’t meant to be an endorsement of any one company or its solution, but a look at one project.

Manufacturing and warehousing IT news
for VARs

In the news, the manufacturing sector added an average of 16,000 jobs per month in 2014, and tech trends predicted for your manufacturing IT clients are related to Big Data and additive manufacturing. Also in the news are steps your clients can take to reduce the risk of credential theft.

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