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WERCouncil Events

  • March 8, Northern California WERCouncil - Sierra Nevada Beer Tour and Lunch, 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
  • March 18, Atlanta WERCouncil - Fundamentals of Systematic Layout Planning, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • March 28, Baltimore DC WERCouncil PeaPod Warehousing and Fulfillment Tour, 4 to 8 p.m.

  • WERC members invited to participate in LQ's 2013 3PL Sustainability Study Program
    Complete the online application at www.LQ3PLstudy.com to document your case study. Applications are due April 26. Michael Mikitka, CEO, WERC, has accepted LQ's invitation to participate on this year's 3PL Evaluation Committee, which is comprised of industry leaders and selects the top 3PL Performer in LQ's Sustainability Program.More

    Sustainability and the supply chain: How to reduce cost and save the environment
    Manufacturing Business Technology
    For years now, the "green" and "sustainable" trends have transitioned to a standard. From corporate offices to high-rise apartments and clothing manufacturers, most industries have begun to seriously invest in sustainability. The modern consumer is more sustainability-savvy, and brands are beginning to realize that purchasing power is often directed towards businesses that are up to par on remaining socially responsible. As customers become increasingly aware of the conditions in which the products they buy are made and transported, organizations should pay closer attention to transforming their own supply chains for a greener good.More

    Boost DC shipping capacity by eliminating sorting system congestion, smoothing out flow
    Distrbution Digest
    Aside from their many labor saving benefits, automated sorting systems often represent the most critical shipping capacity constraint for even the most technically advanced operations. Distribution Digest has discussed this issue with several DC operations managers and uncovered a number of opportunities to squeeze a little more shipping capacity from them. The following is a short list of suggested operational and control changes that can potentially improve system performance.More

    Report: Logistics providers must improve European e-commerce offering
    Although mail, express and logistics companies are benefiting from the growth of e-commerce in Europe, to date few service providers have developed the sophisticated services which e-retailers demand. That's the assessment of Cathy Roberson, Transport Intelligence senior Analyst and author of Ti's "Europe e-commerce Logistics 2013" report.More

    Store: Order selector training is an investment, not a cost
    Material Handling & Logistics
    Today's distribution center managers try to increase productivity any way they can. Most tend to invest in new technologies and equipment, sales efficiencies, delivery route optimization, inventory management and procurement changes. But in an environment that still largely is driven by a labor-intensive task (order selection), why do we continuously ignore the simplest and most cost-effective investment opportunity: the efficient work habits of our people?More

    Who is up and who is down among non-vessel operating common carriers?
    Supply Chain Digest
    Non-vessel operating common carriers (NVOCCs) are similar to traditional freight forwarders, but with some important differences, mostly in terms of taking more responsibility than a traditional freight forwarder can.More

    Call for contributors
    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 expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.More

    Go back to basics for future success in demand planning, forecasting
    In today's tough economy, many corporations look for a magic bullet or quick solution to address all their business issues. With the fast pace of technological advancements, many organizations rely heavily on what technology can do for them. This approach, however, can lead to an automated yet erroneous and inefficient way of forecasting and planning demand. Good advice from experts is to keep in mind essential principles for increasing the likelihood of achieving success with your organization's demand planning and forecasting strategy.More

    Warehousing's forgotten maintenance: Forklift lead-acid battery
    By Neil Swanson
    As facility managers, we understand the importance of budgeting, productivity and inventory levels, as well as the general daily grind of running facilities. Yet how many of us truly maintain one of our largest capital expenditures — the forklift battery? As a lead-acid battery is used, water evaporates and needs to be replaced regularly. Neglecting to replace the water will shorten battery life, affect forklift motor brushes and void warranties. Without proper battery maintenance, warehousing and logistics come to a standstill.More

    Material handling keeps IT honest
    Chain of Thought
    Tom Andel writes, "Feeling the effects of the 'sequester' yet? Me either. And according to economic indicators, neither is the consumer. It looks like they'll be using their smartphones and their Twitter and Facebook accounts to continue consuming well into 2013. As retailers gear up to satisfy new streams of demand from these channels, logistics software vendors have a big opportunity to capitalize on this trend, according to a new 'Retail SourceIT Report' from Technology Business Research."More

    You don't have a Big Data problem; you have hundreds of little data problems
    Many manufacturing and distribution companies are wrestling with the enormous challenge of Big Data, trying to turn mountains of data into actionable information. And while some companies curse the landslide of data overwhelming their organizations, others look to capitalize on what they realize is an opportunity to better understand their customers, suppliers and costs. But the challenge is more nuanced than sculpting a huge collection of unwieldy data.More

    Children's of Alabama expands RTLS deployment for asset tracking
    RFID Journal
    When Children's of Alabama, in Birmingham, began constructing its new 760,000-square-foot Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children, it strategized which type of technology could make the facility and its staff more efficient. Management met with biomedical, nursing and transportation employees, and found that tracking assets was a major priority. The hospital, however, also wanted infrastructure in place that would enable it to track personnel and patients, as well as hand-hygiene practices, in the future.More

    Material handling and logistics companies give back to their communities
    DC Velocity
    The following is DC Velocity's monthly roundup of charitable donations and public service work by companies in the material handling and logistics industries.More