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Jan. 31, 2013

Reasons to attend WERC 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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    DC Velocity
    Shippers often complain that their 3PLs aren't bringing enough new and creative ideas to the table. But are they themselves the main obstacle to innovation?More

    AGVs and forklifts gaining sight for safety
    Material Handling & Logistics
    Forklifts and automated guided vehicles are useful tools in factories and distribution facilities. With regard to worker safety, however, there are issues to keep in mind when using either manned or automated powered industrial vehicles. Occupational Safety and Health Administration states that someone gets killed every three days in a forklift accident, that almost 80 percent of the 110,000 annual forklift accidents involve a pedestrian, and that it costs the U.S. over $135 million per year.More

    ProMat 2013: Seeing forklifts and talking drones
    Chain of Thought
    Most of the material handling and logistics innovations exhibited at the ProMat Expo in Chicago's McCormick Place could be described as "enabling" technologies. But if you wanted to hear about disruptive technologies you had to talk to the people staffing the displays. They're the ones who tell you the rest of the story, or ask, "where do we go from here?"More

    Keynoter at ProMat/Automate show takes on '60 Minutes' premise on robotics
    Healthcare Packaging
    The venerable and popular "60 Minutes" show ruffled more than a few feathers in the manufacturing sector with a Jan. 13 show suggesting that the growth of robotics and automation in the U.S. comes at the cost of jobs.More

    ProMat 2013: Final thoughts from the show
    Modern Materials Handling
    Bob Trebilcock writes, "It's Friday morning and another ProMat is behind us. My legs are shot. My back hurts. My spirits are pretty high. That's because I think it was a successful show. The best of the industry was on display. You expect that at ProMat. Of more importance to me is that the end-user community — the consumers of our technologies — appear to be in the market to improve their operations. George Prest, CEO of MHI, the sponsor of the show, had a line that really sums it up. 'We are an investment in productivity,' he told me."More

    'We learned how to listen better'
    MIT Sloan Management Review
    As Kimberly-Clark began down the path toward sustainability, it was confronted with layers of miscommunication between itself and environmental activists. Tom Falk, chairman and CEO of Kimberly-Clark, says that all that began to change as the company got better at listening.More

    Confined space fatalities in logistics
    Material Handling & Logistics
    About a million employees enter confined spaces every day, according to OSHA. In most cases, those workers complete their task without incident. But despite the many precautions in place, 70 workers per year never make it back out alive. Besides the ultimate price paid by workers, hefty fines arise if employers are found to be in noncompliance with OSHA regulations.More

    Can technology in supply chain create more jobs in supply chain?
    The 21st Century Supply Chain
    John Westerveld writes, "I recently received a comment on a blog post I did back in May, where I discussed how technology has changed Supply chain as part of the SCM30 celebrations. The comment was more of a question; 'Can technology assist in creation of employment in supply chain?' I was going to post a response (and still will) but thought that this question warranted a full blog post on its own. So my answer to the question is 'no.'"More