Apr. 30, 2015

Something new at next week's WERC Conference

Attending the WERC 38th Annual Conference, May 3-6 in Orlando? Make sure you stop by the brand new WERC Solutions Center (booth # 118).

Still want to attend the WERC Conference. Visit werc.org/2015.

WERC local events that you might want to consider attending:
May 3-6 * 2015 WERC Conference - Orlando, FL *
May 7 Indianapolis WERCouncil Lids Facility Tour
May 18 S. California WERCouncil 9th Annual WERC Golf Outing
May 21 North Texas WERCouncil Crown Lift Trucks Tour
June 4 North Carolina WERCouncil Amazon Tour

The impact of social and regulatory compliance on the supply chain
Susan Parker, director of purchasing and logistics with Kenmark Eyewear, defines the essentials of social and regulatory compliance, and describes how companies can achieve excellence on both fronts. Social compliance deals with "the health and human services of the workers who produce your goods," says Parker. Her job is to travel to factories and ensure that the workers making product for Kenmark are being well cared for.More

Does maturity really matter in leadership?
By Betty Boyd
Maturity is usually relegated to those individuals who are considered wise and sage. Maturity does not always mean you are of a certain age. Most people view someone that not only is mature but also has a position. Leadership expert John Maxwell relates, "Leadership is a process, not a position." Here are four tips on how maturity does matter regardless of your age in being a leader.More

Better warehouse tools improve recruitment and retention
Supply Chain 24/7
Of course, user feedback runs the gamut from those who chafe at every change, to those who have a good experience but expected nothing less — the ho-hum, it's "fine," reactions. And then there are people who say Jennifer has helped make their lives better. More

Wal-Mart making great strides in reducing GHGs from global supply chain
Material Handling & Logistics
Wal-Mart is on track to cut GHG is on track to eliminate 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions from its global supply chain by the end of 2015. According to a report on Environmental Leader, through its partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund, Wal-Mart has helped its suppliers reduce GHG emissions by more than 17.4 metric tons by the end of 2014, compared to the 2010 baseline.More

Why — and how — to hire young people without diplomas
Harvard Business Review
When an executive at global services firm UBS Americas challenged trainees to design a cost-saving strategy, one young woman proposed that the company install software that puts a computer into sleep mode after a period of inactivity. This idea was calculated to save up to $400,000 a year for every 1,000 computers and the practice was quickly adopted.More

Maximizing the ROI in supply chain planning
Supply Chain 24/7
The evolution of Supply Chain Planning is now in its third decade. Over the past 30 years, many technology vendors have come and gone; but supply chain planning, as organizations grow more complex, is now more critical to drive corporate performance. The need is greater, but the barriers for adoption remain.More

What the most successful employers know
Fast Company
If you read the lists of best places to work, you might notice the same companies appear year after year. Google, Bain & Company, Nestlé Purina PetCare, Facebook and Twitter, for example, are perennial favorites on Glassdoor's annual list. Renowned perks like company chefs, nap rooms and massages might seem like obvious reasons for their ranking, but Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer for CareerBuilder, says it's deeper than that; the best employers know how to use workforce data.More

Supply chain enterprise simulation planning to drive future strategy
Supply & Deman Chain Executive
Predicting the future. It sounds a little out there, but when organizations design the structure and policies for future supply chains, that is essentially what they are trying to do. They are asking questions like: How will the supply chain perform two months from now? How would a change in strategy impact service levels and costs? When will we stock-out? Will we have late shipments?More