Jan. 15, 2015

We're bringing solutions to light ... this May!
From May 3-6, over 1,100 warehousing, distribution, fulfillment and logistics professionals will unite in Orlando, Florida, to gain knowledge while gathering new solutions and best practices. Attendees will also have the opportunity to network with industry leaders, as well as learn from 80-plus educational sessions, take part in group discussions and will have the chance to see the industry's newest products, technologies and equipment. For those that register soon, they will have a chance to sign up for local facility tours, where the best industry ideas come from. For more info and to take advantage of early-bird rates, visit www.werc.org/2015.More

Upcoming events
Jan 15 Atlanta WERCouncil Anderson Merchandisers Tour & Lunch
Feb 12 Chicagoland WERCouncil Awana Clubs International Tour & Lunch
Feb 17 Washington WERCouncil Nintendo of America's Distribution & Prod.
Facility Tour
May 3-6 2015 WERC Conference — Orlando, FL

Lessons learned from last winter won't go out of style
Logistics Management
A major theme a year ago was the harsh winter weather, which served as the backdrop for what may be remembered as the most arduous winter most of have ever dealt with. Last winter, which bore the brunt of a seemingly never-ending Polar Vortex did not discriminate, especially when it came to its cumulative impact on the freight transportation and logistics sectors.More

White House outlines transportation plan
Supply Chain 24/7
With the population explosion in the South and West expected to continue, while aging infrastructure requires a massive overhaul elsewhere, the Obama administration Jan. 12 began to map out a 30-year framework to meet those needs.More

The key attributes of supply chain leadership
Logistics Viewpoints
Let us look at a few critical projects many supply chain leaders would like to initiate to save money and improve service, but can't, because they can't muster the necessary corporate support.More

Report considers current state and future opportunities for self-driving vehicles
DC Velocity
Automated guided vehicles and driverless forklifts have been proving their worth in warehouse operations for some time now. But that's just the tip of the automated-vehicle iceberg when it comes to logistics applications, according to a recent report from DHL.More

Imports expected to rise despite West Coast port issues
Material Handling & Logistics
Cargo volume at the nation's major retail container ports is expected to continue to rise during most of the first half of 2015, despite significant congestion still impacting West Coast ports, according to a study by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.More

Creation of business partnerships a priority for procurement
Supply Management
Procurement executives say they have formed a successful partnership with the finance department. Some 62 percent of procurement executives surveyed by e-procurement provider Ivalua, said they share the same objectives as finance, suggesting procurement departments have become more aligned by including financial goals in their strategy and operational approach. More

DOT finalizes US-Mexico truck access pact after three-year pilot program expires
DC Velocity
The Department of Transportation said it will give qualified Mexican truckers permanent authority to serve the U.S. market after a three-year pilot program that expired in October showed Mexican carriers' safety records are comparable to those of U.S. drivers.More

UPS Worldwide Express Freight expands
Supply Chain Digital
UPS has announced the expansion of its UPS Worldwide Express Freight service in 12 new origin and nine new destination countries for urgent, time-sensitive and high-value international heavyweight shipments. UPS now offers the guaranteed service, which is perfect for product launches, inventory shortages or equipment failure replacement parts to 50 origin and 51 destination countries and territories.More