Feb. 19, 2015

WERC solves a challenge when it comes to team building

When it comes to educating your warehouse team, the Warehousing Education and Research Council understands that cost can be a barrier. WERC has found the solution with its valuable Corporate Membership program. There are a number of reasons why becoming a corporate member makes sense, especially when it comes to attending the annual WERC Conference! Learn more at werc.org/corporate.

Feb 16-27 North Carolina WERCouncil "One Warm Coat" Drive
Feb 20 Atlanta WERCouncil United Stationers Supply Co.
Mar 4 E. Pennsylvania/Delaware WERCouncil Annual Supply Chain Mega Event

Mar 5 Michigan WERCouncil Fork Lift Trucks - Health, Safety Awareness and Compliance
Mar 5 Arizona WERCouncil Sustainability Lunch & Learn
May 3-6 * 2015 WERC Conference - Orlando, FL *

Better ideas for warehouse construction
By Ken Ackerman
A quiet revolution has been growing in the construction of warehouse buildings. While the price of other products and services has steadily escalated, the cost of warehouse construction has remained relatively stable. As you look at new construction, consider where the priorities for controlling quality should be placed. The most important component in any warehouse building is the floor.More

Automation: E-commerce, software and maintenance at SELF15
Modern Materials Handling
E-commerce fulfillment, supply chain software and system maintenance. Those three topics were top of mind at SELF15, the executive logistics forum put on in Las Vegas for the past nine years by SDI. More

Tightening supply chain security yields many benefits
Supply chains are in flux as companies continue to look for the right balance between offshoring and near-shoring and seek ways to streamline operations. Supply chains are also being buffeted by global forces ranging from climate change to demographic shifts and increased urbanization. Together these changes have introduced new security vulnerabilities, including fraud, counterfeiting, piracy, political instability, natural disasters, product diversion and part/ingredient adulteration. More

January retail sales begin year slow but show annual gains
Modern Materials Handling
January retail sales data issued by the United States Department of Commerce and the National Retail Federation were mildly mixed but on similar trajectories over all. Commerce reported that January retail sales at $439.8 billion were down 0.8 percent compared to December and up 3.3 percent compared to January 2014, and total retail sales from November 2014 through January 2015 were up 3.8 percent annually.More

Obama administration may double salary threshold for overtime exemption
Policy experts expect forthcoming rules from the Obama administration to potentially double the salary threshold for exemptions to overtime pay requirements. Under current guidelines, employers may exempt salaried workers earning at least $23,660 annually from requirements that they pay overtime rates for more than 40 hours of work per week.More

Procurement function in medium-sized companies needs a management framework
Supply Chain Digest
How can procurement organizations in mid and smaller-size companies scale their activities up and add more value? One key is simply accepting the fact that in smaller organizations procurement can't be involved everywhere, and so it has to be smart about where to apply and leverage the resources it has. That is according to Dave Nellist, head of procurement at New Zealand-based insurer Lumley, writing recently on the pages of the UK's Supply Business magazine.More

Shippers, third parties oppose FMCSA's proposed rules against truck driver 'coercion'
Logistics Management
Shippers and transportation intermediaries are opposing a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration proposal designed against putting undue pressure on truck drivers to violate hours of service and other rules. While good in theory, shippers say, the result would be impracticable, expensive, difficult to enforce and might end up doing more harm than good.More

Amazon drone plans shot down by authorities
Amazon's drone delivery plans appear to have been shot down by U.S. regulators, who have proposed new rules that would require operators to keep the flying machines in their line of sight. The Federal Aviation Administration said that operators of commercial unmanned aircraft would need to see the drone with "unaided vision," in draft rules published on Feb. 15.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