Jan. 8, 2015

Make 2015 the year for change
New years can mean many things, such as ‘new attitude’, ‘new goals’ or the ever popular ‘lose weight’. Although each of those examples are great changes, the Logistics industry may see New Year’s to be a time to improve their company’s benchmarking and best practices. Right now is the best time to take advantage of WERC’s Warehousing Assessment and Certification Program, the service that assesses your facility’s capabilities and its ability to perform core warehousing functions. To learn more about this valuable program, click here.More

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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.More

Carriers could pay higher wages to address driver shortage
A shortage of experienced drivers means carriers are hesitant to increase capacity, despite rising carrier costs and rates, according to the quarterly Transport Capital Partners Survey. To address the problem, carriers surveyed expect driver wages to increase by up to 10 percent in 2015. In the TCP survey, more than 90 percent of carriers expected driver wages to increase by 6 to 10 percent, double the expectation from six months ago.More

FedEx, UPS step up their holiday shipping performance
The Washington Post
FedEx and UPS sharply improved their rates of on-time delivery during the last-minute Christmas shopping crush, avoiding last year's shipping snafus with better planning and a little help from Mother Nature. ShipMatrix, a logistics software firm, analyzed FedEx and UPS' on-time performance rates for packages that had been promised for delivery by Dec. 24. More

Talent, technology, risk are top concerns of heads of procurement units
A lack of talent, technology issues and geopolitical risks are amongst procurement leaders' main business concerns, according to Deloitte's fourth annual global chief procurement officer survey. Almost 57 percent of CPOs currently believe their existing teams do not have the necessary skills to deliver their organisation's procurement strategies. Skills most lacking include leadership, influence, communication and relationship building.More

Federal mediator to help resolve West Coast port contract dispute
Los Angeles Times
West Coast dockworkers and their shipping line employers have agreed to federal mediation to help resolve a contract dispute that has been partly blamed for severe congestion at ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach. The request for federal help, from both workers and employers, represents a major shift from the increasingly heated nature of contract talks, which have dragged on for eight months.More

Technology roadblocks on the supply chain highway
The information highway that will take the electronics industry to supply chain transparency is littered with technology roadblocks. Data is obscured in silos scattered across OEMs and distributors, preventing supply chain participants from getting anything approaching a comprehensive picture. Removing these roadblocks is a complicated problem that can be simplified if by dividing them into two basic categories.More

Omni-channel: To cloud or not to cloud?
Today's consumers have the ability to purchase what they want whenever, however and wherever, putting them in total control of the market. With mobile and eCommerce on the rise, omni-channel fulfillment is becoming more and more important. Ready or not, businesses and their supply chains need to move at the speed of the internet to keep up.More

Become a contributing writer
In an effort to enhance the overall content of WERCWatch, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of WERC, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics. More