Feb. 5, 2015

DC Measures invites the industry to participate
WERC's DC Measures Study can't be the valuable reference guide that it is without help from people like you! Our survey about data and metrics specific to logistics, supply chain structure and overall strategy takes minutes to complete. All participants will earn a copy of the study AND a chance to win up to three iPad Mini's. Complete our survey now!

Did you know that if you register right now for the upcoming WERC Conference you can save up to 15% on registration fees?? Take advantage of our early-bird fees. For more info, visit www.werc.org/2015.

Feb 12 Chicagoland WERCouncil Awana Tour and Networking Lunch [more info]
Feb 12 Eastern Penn/Delaware QVC Facility Tour [more info]
Feb 20 Atlanta WERCouncil United Stationers Supply Co. [more info]
Feb 26

Indianapolis WERCouncil NewEgg Facility Tour [more info]

Feb 26 North Carolina WERCouncil Sports Endeavors-Mebane DC Tour
Mar 5 Arizona WERCouncil Sustainability Lunch & Learn
Mar 5 Michigan WERCouncil Fork Lift Trucks - Health, Safety Awareness and Compliance
May 3-6 * 2015 WERC Conference - Orlando, FL * [more info]

Transportation Department report gives the outlook for the next 30 years
The Washington Post
Before diving into a thicket of transportation data and questions, a hefty new federal study makes a traffic projection that could get a chuckle, even from folks in Nebraska: Omaha, the new Los Angeles. That's by 2045, the study says, when traffic congestion in Omaha could be just as bad as it is in Los Angeles. With Capitol Hill still in a rugby scrum over how to find fresh cash to pay for transportation, Foxx and his staff have spent almost 18 months compiling a futuristic look at how the nation will fare if the ways in which people and goods get from place to place evolve just as they did in the 20th century.More

Increasing shared risk is the next big change in supply chain management
Big data, robotics, connectivity, cybersecurity — these are just four of the more obvious expensive and high-tech requirements that companies are putting on their suppliers. And rightfully so. But not all key suppliers can meet these expectations for those very reasons: finances and skills. Pity the small niche supplier who cannot afford the technology and certainly can't afford to be wrong in what it chooses to acquire.More

How to wreck a warehousing business
Ken Ackerman
Compared to most businesses, the distribution industry is reasonably stable. New enterprises frequently are launched, and older companies constantly disappear. However, in most cases, the cause of disappearance is a corporate buyout, rather than a catastrophic failure. Yet the risks of collapse always are present. Some of the most common of these failures are identified in this article, through descriptions of typical but mythical companies that suffered from them.More

Predictions for 2015: A tipping point for supply chain sentience
Software AG has released the company's top 10 predictions for the next year in the manufacturing and supply chain industry, calling 2015 the tipping point for supply chain sentience. Next year innovative manufacturers will leap ahead by deploying more and better sensors, add more comprehensive automation and increasingly choose local fabrication.More

Shipping conditions finally improve thanks to cheap fuel
Material Handling & Logistics
Although some pundits would like you to believe that cheaper fuel is going to wreck the economy, don't try telling that to shippers. Thanks to the dramatic drop in fuel prices over the past couple months, along with an easing of capacity tightness in the marketplace, the Shippers Conditions Index is at its highest point in recent memory.More

Amazon makes a push on college campuses
The Wall Street Journal
In its latest effort to win new customers, Amazon.com Inc. is going back to school. Amazon has struck deals with three large universities to operate co-branded websites selling textbooks, fan shirts, ramen noodles and most other items available on Amazon.com. While the deals aren't exclusive, officials at the colleges say the arrangements acknowledge a reality: Their students already shop on Amazon.More

Looking to get published this year?
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 experience with your peers through well-written commentary. Make 2015 the year you get published as an expert in your field! Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.More

Manufacturing sector expansion continues in January
Modern Distribution Management
The manufacturing sector expanded in January, according to supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report on Business. The January PMI was 53.5 percent, 1.6 percentage points lower than December's 55.1 percent.More

How to make a great 1st impression on new employees
Mel Kleiman
Does your company have an new-hire orientation program? Does your department? Have you reviewed it for content and effectiveness? If you're not in charge of orientation, drop in on what goes on there. There are lots of good reasons why you should. First impressions are lasting and, because of this, the key to employee retention is new-employee orientation.More