WERCWatch
Apr. 10, 2014

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WERCouncil events

  • April 15, Northern California WERCouncil Wine Tour & Educational Series 2, 12:15 to 3 p.m.
  • April 17, Southern California WERCouncil Facing the Titans Presentation & Dinner, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • April 23, Utah WERCouncil GENCO & Hershey Facility Tour & Lunch, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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    How automation helps shippers meet demand for faster order fulfillment
    Material Handling & Logistics
    Consumers everywhere are demanding faster access to the retail goods they purchase — with next-day delivery having practically become the norm, and same-day delivery and in-store pickup on the rise. Similarly, for many manufacturers and operators of industrial processes, demand is growing for near-real time access to replacement inventory and spare parts to ensure uninterrupted operation.More

    4 steps to effective performance management
    By D. Albert Brannen
    Getting the most out of employees has always challenged employers. It is particularly difficult in today's highly regulated business environment with increased global competition and changing employee attitudes. Performance management is not just about dealing with the poor performers. Instead, as explained in the following paragraphs, it is a more holistic process that begins with getting the right people, setting employee expectations, coaching employees and ultimately dismissing the poor performers or employees who do not fit the organization.More

    Cliff Holste: Don't confuse DC shipping volume with MHS handling capacity
    Supply Chain Digest
    Shippers need to ship X amount of product per day. That volume can be expressed in a variety of ways, such as: pieces, units, cases, pounds, containers, pallets loads, trucks loads, etc. However, the order fulfillment conveyor system provider can only guarantee that the material handling system is capable of delivering Y cartons per minute to the shipping dock. The X verse Y metrics are very different.More

    Up, up, and away
    DC Velocity
    We may be in a "jobless recovery" and the 2013 holiday shopping season may have been a disappointing one for many retailers, but with the housing market gaining traction, industrial production on the upswing, and the U.S. economy improving in many other respects, it's not surprising that U.S. consumer confidence is up — way up. In fact, the monthly average for the Reuters/University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index for 2013 was the highest since 2007.More

    Consumer technologies show promise for logistics
    Material Handling & Logistics
    Technologies originally designed for consumer electronics can also be used in many logistics applications, according to a new study conducted by logistics service provider DHL. This reverses past practices in which new technologies like Microsoft's video game camera Kinect, smart watches and NFC (near-field communications) technology were initially restricted to business, only migrating to private uses later, according to authors of a trend report, "Low-Cost Sensor Technology," from DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation.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

    How automation helps shippers meet demand for faster order fulfillment
    Material Handling & Logistics
    Consumers everywhere are demanding faster access to the retail goods they purchase — with next-day delivery having practically become the norm, and same-day delivery and in-store pickup on the rise. Similarly, for many manufacturers and operators of industrial processes, demand is growing for near-real time access to replacement inventory and spare parts to ensure uninterrupted 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

    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

    From visibility to visualization
    Modern Materials Handling
    For as far back as there have been businesses, we have tried to get visibility — a better picture of what's going on in our operations, or our competitors, that would give us one up on the other guy.More

    How to unplug, turn down the noise and relax in 4 steps
    By Jared Kligerman
    While technology is great in many ways, we have become rather dependent on it. Research has connected our technological obsession to increased rates of stress, attention problems, depression, cognitive function and anxiety, not to mention the negative effect it can have on our relationships. It also affects our comfort level with solitude and silence as we feel we are missing out or that something is wrong. So how do we disconnect and find quiet time? How can we regain our enjoyment of silence and solitude to capitalize on the health and creative benefits that come with it?More