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Apr. 19, 2012

2012 DC Measures report to be released at WERC Conference

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WERCouncil Events

  • April 20, Northern California WERCouncil Annual Reno Meeting, noon to 8 p.m.
  • April 25, Chicagoland WERCouncil Pampered Chef Facility Tour, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
  • April 26, Cincinnati WERCouncil Trends & Issues in the Midwest Supply Chain Network in the Post-Recession Era, 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
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    Material Handling & Logistics
    This is a proposal to help OEMs and their distributors save each other money, while offering end users products that service easier and last longer. OEMs and their authorized dealer networks use different business models in their relationships when it comes to spare parts. OEMs focus on designing and/or specifying the capability of a new condition part based on the following.More

    4 job trends sustainability pros need to know about
    GreenBiz.com
    Ellen Weinreb writes, "As a sustainability recruiter, I have a unique vantage point to observe the evolution of sustainability across industries — as a practice as well as a profession. While talent show articles focus on the intersection of sustainability and human resources, today I want to take a different tack by highlighting some job trends. Simply by reading job descriptions, one can obtain information about a company's plans for expanding their sustainability programs. When a chief sustainability officer gets approval to increase his or her budget, one of the first things to follow is a job posting."More

    How transportation and logistics can overcome talent starvation
    Material Handling & Logistics
    Workforce development among logistics employers is not keeping pace, according to the latest edition of PwC's Transportation & Logistics 2030 series, Volume 5: Winning the Talent Race. The report notes that the aging population worldwide quickly is creating a labor shortage while T&L companies are struggling to attract the new, younger workers who typically view jobs in the T&L sector as dead-ends because of factors including low wages and unfavorable working environments.More

    Supply chain visibility thought leaders discussion
    Supply Chain Digest
    Supply Chain Digest editor Dan Gilmore recently sat down with Greg Holder, CEO of Compliance Networks, to discuss supply chain visibility in the consumer goods to retail supply chain.More

    How to break into general management
    DC Velocity
    Interested in moving into general management? Have faith. Many of the skills that make you a good supply chain manager are transferable to a general manager role. Here's how one executive made the leap.More

    Customs' ACE initiative continues to crawl forward
    DC Velocity
    It's been so long since U.S. Customs and Border Protection began work on its Automated Commercial Environment information system that one could be forgiven for assuming the project must have ground to a halt at some point. But according to Cindy Allen, executive director of CBP's ACE Business Office, the agency continues to press forward with both existing features for ACE and some new ones. Allen provided an update on the decade-old program at the recent Coalition of New England Companies for Trade Northeast Trade and Transportation Conference held in Newport, R.I.More

    Holste on sortation systems in distribution
    Supply Chain Digest
    Supply Chain Digest editor Dan Gilmore sat down to discuss issues related to sortation systems in distribution with materials handling editor Cliff Holste, an engineer with more than 30 years in the business, with much of it devoted to sortation systems and projects, in which he is still actively involved. In fact, he was involved in the development of the first commercially available sortation system.More

    Managing confrontation in multicultural teams
    Harvard Business Review
    Everyone knows that a little confrontation from time to time is constructive, right? And the classic business literature confirms it. Patrick Lencioni's "Five Dysfunctions of a Team," for example, discusses at length how to achieve the right amount of confrontation for ultimate team effectiveness — and concludes that fear of conflict is one of the five major barriers to success. It was a bestseller in the U.S. But what if you come from a culture where confrontation is downright rude?More

    Recent developments in order fulfillment methods, technologies renew interest in DC automation
    Distribution Digest
    A few weeks ago the big news was Amazon's purchase of Kiva Systems. This move on the part of Amazom.com continues to have a ripple effect throughout the logistics industry. One of the most immediate and positive effects of this surprising acquisition has been to shine a laser beam of light focused directly on how order fulfillment is accomplished in distribution centers throughout the industry. Why? Because the adoption of new methods and technologies by a major player is always an attention getter, and because when it comes to improving order picking, packing, and shipping strategies, most companies are not sure what solution(s) are the best for their operations.More

    Rising labor costs in China and their impact on the supply chain
    The 21st Century Supply Chain
    In October 2011, Simon Rabinovitch of the Financial Times published an article titled "China labor cost soars as wages surge by 22 percent." This figure is an average across the breadth of the country, with Shenzen and Beijing named as the costliest locations to do business. This trend has been covered extensively by the media in recent months, including Supply Chain Digest last month.More

    How to communicate like you mean it
    CBS MoneyWatch
    Steve Tobak writes, "If you could only hear yourself, you'd know that things don't always come out the way you intend. You'd also understand that, sometimes, you sound like an idiot. Don't take that the wrong way; it's true of everyone, from time to time, albeit some more than others. What got me thinking about this is a comment to one of my posts on a LinkedIn group. The guy was trying so hard to get attention, sound smart, beat his drum, indulge himself, who knows what. But he was caustic, condescending, and contradicted himself, all in the same paragraph. As a result, he came across like an idiot."More

    Intelleflex launches self-contained reader to bring visibility to remote sites
    RFID Journal
    Intelleflex has released an RFID solution intended to make it simpler and less costly for businesses to monitor the conditions and locations of temperature-sensitive goods at remote sites. The company's new CMR-6100 reader comes equipped with a cellular transmitter, as well as a GPS unit, to identify where the reader is located, as well as whether it might have been moved, either inadvertently or deliberately.More

    Sustainability and the supply chain
    Strategic Sourceror
    Green procurement policies generally state that organizations will make an effort to purchase goods and services that minimize environmental impacts and ultimately allow the company to create a smaller footprint. While the supply base has grown tremendously in this industry over the past several years, there are still quite a few hurdles to overcome when implementing these best practices in organizations. The following myths and challenges may sound familiar.More

    Bill DuBois: Top 10 reasons why supply chains are better than sex
    The 21st Century Supply Chain
    The 21st Century Supply Chain is pushing the boundaries a little in the interest of some fun (with hope that you read it with the same approach to levity with which it was written). Funnyman Bill DuBois is back with another one of his buzz-worthy top-10 lists.More

    Vizinex releases 4 new tags for specialized applications
    RFID Journal
    RCD Technology has renamed itself Vizinex RFID, and it has released four passive radio frequency identification tags intended for such specialized applications as tracking assets in places previously out of reach for the technology. The name change was instituted to reflect the firm's shift from focusing on customized, often-challenging RFID installations to selling the tags it developed for those deployments on a commercial level.More

    What's that strange glow? Is it my supply chain?
    The 21st Century Supply Chain
    John Westerveld writes, "I was scanning my reader feed when this headline leaped out at me: 'Radioactive scrap metal is new threat to global supply chains.' This article references an incident at Bed, Bath and Beyond where a shipment of metal tissue box holders set off a radiation detector in California. While in this particular instance the product was not considered dangerous (it was taken off the shelves anyway), it still opens an interesting set of questions as more and more of our metal supply comes from metal recycling."More