WERCWatch
May. 1, 2014

Conference daze

Another successful conference! Thanks to everyone (committee, volunteers, speakers, board and staff) for participation.

WERCouncil Events

  • May 7, NY/NJ WERCouncil Staples Tour & Dinner Meeting, 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • May 8, Cincinnati WERCouncil iHerb Demo, Tour & Lunch, 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • May 8, Indianapolis WERCouncil iHerb Perfect Pick System Tour & Lunch, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • May 16, Northern California WERCouncil Annual Symposium and OnTrac Tour, noon to 3 p.m.
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    Could smartphones revolutionize logistics?
    DC Velocity
    Smartphones and tablet computers have become ubiquitous, and although questions about their suitability for rugged applications remain, research conducted by DHL suggests that there is a legitimate place for consumer electronics in logistics.More

    The barriers to warehouse management in the cloud are falling
    Supply Chain Digest
    Cloud-based software is clearly taking a growing share of the supply chain technology market. The benefits of software in the cloud are becoming well understood. They include lower implementation costs and faster time-to-value, avoiding a large upfront capital investment in a software license, the ability to "try before you buy," easy and potentially automatic software upgrades, and portability, enabling companies to easily access functionality wherever it is needed in the enterprise.More

    Don't overlook the human element of systems implementation
    By Ken Ackerman
    Nearly all of the emphasis on implementation of warehouse management systems and other software is directed toward functionality and technical aspects. Often overlooked — or discovered too late — is human resistance to change. Any banker can tell you that there are still customers, admittedly fewer every year, who will not use an automatic teller machine. Many others cannot or will not use a computer.More

    Reducing the risk of supply chain disruptions
    MIT Sloan Management Review
    Most managers know that they should protect their supply chains from serious and costly disruptions — but comparatively few take action. The dilemma: Solutions to reduce risk mean little unless they are evaluated against their impact on cost efficiency. More

    Consumer goods suppliers identify $3 million in potential annual savings
    Modern Materials Handling
    A new report from Honeywell has found that millions of dollars can be saved by evaluating and improving direct store delivery operations — namely the way that products are ordered, sold, delivered and merchandised.More

    Leadership shortage identified as key industry threat
    Material Handling & Logistics
    There is a significant leadership shortage in industrial sectors worldwide, according to a global survey of more than 450 international c-level executives conducted by Stanton Chase International, a global retained executive search firm. More than 70 percent of respondents indicated this shortage is a primary road block to corporate growth and is characterized by a need for greater honesty and integrity. Engineers, particularly those with business skills, continue to be the highest in-demand function.More

    Become a contributing writer
    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

    Could smartphones revolutionize logistics?
    DC Velocity
    Smartphones and tablet computers have become ubiquitous, and although questions about their suitability for rugged applications remain, research conducted by DHL suggests that there is a legitimate place for consumer electronics in logistics.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

    Conveyor danger — caught on video
    Material Handling & Logistics
    The U.S. Department of Labor reports that more than 50 workplace fatalities every year are attributable to conveyors. These videos use reality and drama to show a mix of dangers associated with conveyors. There's also a fair share of good advice to help you make sure these things don't happen at your site.More

    Logistics gives back
    DC Velocity
    Here are some examples of recent community service and charitable activities by companies in the logistics and material handling industries.More