Jan. 22, 2015

WERC launches Annual Study of DC Metrics
Our 12th Annual Study of Critical DC Metrics is underway, and we need your help. We're asking those that make up the logistics industry to complete our current survey in regards to data and metrics specific to logistics, supply chain structure and overall strategy. We're giving all participants a chance to win up to three iPad Mini's, too. Click here for more info.

This year's WERC Logistics Conference will focus on education, ideas and solutions. The time is now to reserve your spot at this year's conference. For more info and to take advantage of early-bird rates, visit www.werc.org/2015.

Feb 4 NY/NJ/CT WERCouncil Kampack Corporation Tour, Pres, Dinner Event
Feb 12 Chicagoland WERCouncil Awana Tour and Networking Lunch [more info]
Feb 12 Eastern Penn/Delaware QVC Facility Tour [more info]
Feb 17 Washington WERCouncil Nintendo of America’s Facility Tour [more info]
Feb 20 Atlanta WERCouncil United Stationers Supply Co. [more info]
Feb 26

Indianapolis WERCouncil NewEgg Facility Tour [more info]

May 3-6 * 2015 WERC Conference - Orlando, FL * [more info]

Wal-Mart's inventory struggles offer valuable supply chain lesson
Renowned for its outstanding supply chain, Wal-Mart has suffered a string of bad publicity. Reports of excess inventory coupled with empty shelves have tainted the retail giant's reputation as a flawless executor of supply chain management. Wal-Mart's inventory issues remind us past achievements are no guarantee for future success.More

Combating the driver shortage problem with transportation optimization
Logistics Viewpoints
North America is facing a huge shortage of truck drivers, and the problem is expected to get worse. In order to continue moving product, trucking companies are pushing more and more freight onto the rail system, but that solution is not sustainable as it is also showing signs of being at capacity. Service in both modes is getting worse.More

Bending time to enable smarter supply chain decisions
SAP via Forbes
Let's talk about bending time. This concept may sound straight out of "Star Trek," but the fact is that anyone involved in supply chain management has already witnessed the compression of time. Think about it: 100 years ago, how long did it take for a commodity to arrive after it was ordered? Weeks? Months? How many systems were required to support that process?More

Retailers must remain vigilant in FLSA compliance
The Legal Intelligencer
Major retailers, including Urban Outfitters, JCPenney, Apple and CVS, breathed a sigh of relief in December as the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that warehouse employee time spent passing through security screenings is noncompensable under the Fair Labor Standards Act, in Integrity Staffing Solutions v. Busk, No. 13-433.More

Survey shows increased optimism among manufacturing executives
A newly released survey showed top U.S. manufacturing executives were increasingly optimistic about the national economy heading into 2015 — and that many planned to increase their workforces this year.More

Retail: What's in store for e-commerce operations
Modern Materials Handling
Depending on a business' market, size and geography, the concept of omni-channel fulfillment can mean any number of things. However you slice it, the idea of enabling consumers to buy anything, anywhere, at any time is daunting, particularly when you provide choices about where and how they'd like to receive their purchases. As the linear supply chain transitions into a supply web, fulfillment functions can now be found in distribution centers, stores and even manufacturing facilities.More

How to attract millennials to your company
Material Handling & Logistics
By 2025, 3 out of 4 people in the workforce will be from the millennial generation. This workforce comes with considerable strengths according to the "U.S. Chamber of Commerce Millennial Report."More

Take charge: Follow new regulations to help ensure a smooth supply chain
Supply Chain Executive
While lithium batteries deliver quality performance and reliability in numerous applications, the same technology that makes them so useful also presents unique hazards for shippers, carriers and receivers if not safely packed and handled when transported. As a result, regulations in the U.S. and around the world are being significantly revised to better ensure the safe transportation of lithium batteries.More

How lean manufacturing is influencing other industries
Reliable Plant
Around the world, the aim is the same — to produce a product as cost effectively as possible, to deliver it to the customer as quickly as possible and to do it with as few impediments as possible. Often, the weak link in the chain is the same as the strength: people.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