Jan. 29, 2015

WERC focuses on industry solutions at 2015 Conference
We're focusing on industry solutions at this year's WERC Conference. Attendees will have a number of opportunities to network with industry leaders and counterparts looking to share ideas and to improve the similar challenges you face every day. To reserve your spot at this year's conference, visit www.werc.org/2015.

WERC, KRONOS and Georgia College have teamed up to produce a 3-part webisode series, entitled Logistics Experts Answer 15 Tough Questions, covering the topics of People, Process and Technology. For more info and to get access to the series, click here.

Feb 4 NY/NJ/CT WERCouncil Kampack Corporation Tour, Pres, Dinner Event [more info]
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]

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