WERCWatch
Jan. 24, 2013

Register for Conference 2013

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WERCouncil events

  • Feb. 4, Atlanta - The Straight Scoop about Six Sigma & Six Sigma Certification, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Feb. 7, Cincinnati – GSI Commerce DC, An eBay Company - Facility Tour, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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    Back to basics: When buying pre-owned equipment makes sense
    Material Handling & Logistics
    As companies downsize, relocate, consolidate, or go out of business, pre-owned equipment enters the market. Much of it came from reputable mid- to large-sized companies that engaged in strict preventative maintenance practices and kept the equipment in good condition. It represents an opportunity for small- to mid-sized companies to purchase material handling and warehouse equipment at 40-60 percent off the price of new. Even large corporations with tight budgets can supplement operations with pre-owned equipment.More

    Robert C. Pozen: Boring is productive
    Harvard Business Review
    Making too many decisions about mundane details is a waste of a limited resource: your mental energy. In the late 1990s, Roy Baumeister (a professor at Florida State University) and colleagues performed several experiments showing that certain types of conscious mental actions appeared to draw from the same "energy source" — gradually diminishing our ability to make smart decisions throughout the day. More

    Slow post-Sandy recovery frustrates supply chain's efforts to gain traction
    DC Velocity
    Nearly three months after Hurricane Sandy devastated the northeast United States, the supply chain is struggling to gain the traction needed to help the nation's most populous region get back on its feet. As the calendar turns, the recovery work that might have otherwise been further along has instead been frustratingly slow to take shape, according to the American Logistics Aid Network, a group formed after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to connect disaster relief agencies with individuals, companies and associations looking to provide logistics capabilities and resources to stricken areas.More

    Your employees just aren't that into you
    Inc.
    A new survey shows that employees who aren't into their jobs cite their relationship with their boss as the biggest problem. If you think employee engagement is one of those warm and fuzzy phrases found in the self-help aisle, think again. According to new research, not only should you be taking employee engagement seriously, it's probably already a problem within your company. And you might be to blame. A recent study by Dale Carnegie and MSW Research polled a national representative sample of 1,500 employees across a wide range of industries and found only 29 percent of respondents to be fully engaged.More

    'Move It!' — Episode 1
    DC Velocity
    In this edition of "Move It!" tour Walgreens' distribution center in Anderson, S.C., see how the trucking company ODFL handles goods, visit "America's front door" — the Port of New York & New Jersey — and discover how robots transport auto parts.More

    Minho University's Social Services Department tags its assets
    RFID Journal
    SASUM, the social services unit of Portugal's Minho University, is tracking its inventory of furnishings, electronics and sporting goods for the college's 15,000 students, using a radio frequency identification system provided by Creativesystems. SASUM is responsible for managing the university's dormitories and other campus residences, as well as food service, sports facilities and the student union building. In this role, SASUM is in charge of furnishings, such as tables, beds, laptops and devices used by students at the school.More

    Manufacturing employment rises in December
    Material Handling & Logistics
    The U.S. unemployment rate didn't budge from its 7.8 percent mark in December, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That number has held steady since September, and represents 12.2 million unemployed people. Total non-farm payroll employment increased by 155,000 in December. In 2012, employment growth averaged 153,000 per month, the same as the average monthly gain for 2011. In December, employment increased in manufacturing, food services, construction and health care.More