WERCWatch
Apr. 3, 2014

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WERCouncil events

  • April 8, North Carolina WERCouncil Lenovo Presentation & Tour, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
  • April 15, Northern California WERCouncil Wine Tour & Educational Series 2, 12:15 to 3 p.m.
  • April 23, Utah WERCouncil GENCO & Hershey Facility Tour & Lunch, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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    Why you should view warehousing as real estate
    By Ken Ackerman
    It is not surprising that real estate and warehousing go together like ham and eggs. Yet, despite its intimate relationship to warehousing, real estate is frequently misunderstood. Of the tools used in warehousing, often the most expensive and least flexible one is the building that houses the operation. If and when this real estate becomes obsolete, it may be the most difficult tool to dispose of. If the wrong tool is purchased, correcting the error may be slow and expensive. Unlike lift trucks, computers and people, real estate cannot be moved from one place to another.More

    MAPI Quarterly U.S. Industrial Outlook: A pause before an acceleration
    Modern Materials Handling
    A number of key factors indicate that manufacturing has potential for solid growth through 2015, according to the quarterly Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation U.S. Industrial Outlook, a report that analyzes 27 major industries. Manufacturing industrial production increased at a 4.7 percent annual rate during the fourth quarter of 2013 before flattening out in the first quarter of 2014.More

    Share your knowledge
    MultiBriefs
    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

    Creative problem solving on display at MODEX 2014
    DC Velocity
    With some 800 exhibitors at MODEX 2014, MHI's material handling and supply chain show in Atlanta, and the co-located Supply Chain & Transportation USA event managed by Reed Exhibitions, it was impossible to see every new product on display in the cavernous Hall B of the Georgia World Congress Center. Here's just a taste of the kind of creativity on display at the show.More

    Let your team help you manage your time
    Harvard Business Review
    Good managers study time management techniques. They analyze their calendars and prioritize their to-do lists in an effort to eke out a few percentage points of extra personal productivity — which is all to the good. Great managers, by contrast, realize a fundamental fact: their time, not budget or staffing levels, is their scarcest resource and their team must be staffed and organized in a way that will maximize their own, personal impact.More

    10 key hourly employee prescreening questions
    By Mel Kleiman
    After you have a stack of applications for a job opening, it's best to develop a list of preliminary, prescreening questions to ask promising applicants at the earliest possible stage in your hiring process. People who need a job will tell you they'll work any days, hours or times you want. However, if you hire them and the hours aren't to their liking, they'll soon be showing up late or not at all. Head this aggravation off at the pass by asking these questions before the applicant knows what days/hours/shifts you need to fill.More

    12 booths that rocked MODEX 2014
    Material Handling & Logistics
    MODEX 2014 was as much about the talent required to apply material handling and logistics technology as it was about the technology itself. As you'll see in MH&L's encounters with some of the industry's key participants during this event, they and their organizations are investing more and more of their resources into talent development. They know their futures depend on it.More

    Why you should view warehousing as real estate
    By Ken Ackerman
    It is not surprising that real estate and warehousing go together like ham and eggs. Yet, despite its intimate relationship to warehousing, real estate is frequently misunderstood. Of the tools used in warehousing, often the most expensive and least flexible one is the building that houses the operation.More

    It's 11 p.m. — Do you know where your pallets are?
    DC Velocity
    It is far too easy for pallets to "leak" out of a supply chain. A pallet misplaced in the distribution center here. One never returned from a customer there. Another used for an in-store display. Yet another stuck "temporarily" in an offsite warehouse and then forgotten.More

    The 3 P's of employee terminations
    By D. Albert Brannen
    The vast majority of employment-related lawsuits follow the termination of an employee. Employers can minimize their legal liability by considering the "three P's" of employee terminations: people, procedures and paperwork.More

    The future of the logistics industry depends on attracting and retaining young talent
    Supply Chain Digest
    Cliff Holste writes, "While attending MODEX 2014, I notices that there were very few young people touring the exhibits and attending conferences. I mentioned this to Dan Gilmore and he discussed it with Daniel Stanton, MHI vice president of education, who referred to it as a 'crisis' situation for the supply chain logistics industry."More

    'The Innovator's Dilemma': How does it apply to supply chain?
    The 21st Century Supply Chain
    CJ Wehlage writes, "It has been said that the business book that most influenced Steve Jobs was 'The Innovator's Dilemma.' Considering the success Jobs experienced in his lifetime, I'm intrigued as to what he learned from it. We all know Jobs was a highly successful businessman, for example, Apple stock increased nearly 7,000 percent during the time Steve returned to Apple in August 1997 until passing the reins over to Tim Cook in August 2011. It made me wonder what this book means to the supply chain business."More