WERCWatch
May. 2, 2013

Thank you!

WERC thanks all the attendees, speakers and volunteers who helped make Conference 2013 an awesome event.

WERCouncil events

  • June 12, Michigan WERCouncil Distribution Costing for Profitability, 5:30 to 8:15 p.m.
  • June 19, Michigan WERCouncil Port Lansing & Foreign Trade Zone Seminar/Tour, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
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    Addressing the issue of automation complexity, justification
    Supply Chain Digest
    Complexity and justification still appear to be major stumbling blocks for adoption of automation in the DC. A big part of the adoption concern is that no matter what problem(s) arise in the DC, customer orders must be shipped on schedule each and every day.More

    Emerging logistics hot spots: The Southeast
    DC Velocity
    When it comes to regions in the United States that offer growing logistics opportunities, the Southeast sits at the top of the list, says Richard Thompson, managing director at industrial real-estate firm Jones Lang Lasalle Inc. The reason for the region's appeal is no mystery, Thompson says.More

    WERC 2013 Day 1 video review and comment: Supply Chain Digest Editor Dan Gilmore from the conference floor in Dallas
    Supply Chain Digest
    Whether you couldn't make this year's annual Warehouse Education and Research Council conference in Dallas, or even if you did, please watch of video summary of the key themes and presentations from Day 1 at the show.More

    What are the best US distribution network designs based on the number of distribution centers in the network?
    Supply Chain Digest
    The following includes a table of the "best networks" results from the just released 2013 list from Chicago Consulting from a single DC to 10 facilities. The driving metric for where to locate the warehouses in the network is a calculation of the lowest possible transit lead-times to customers. That is determined by a weighted average of transit times based on the level of demand each distribution center would service.More

    ISM semiannual report points to economic growth for remainder of 2013
    Modern Materials Handling
    In its spring 2013 Semiannual Economic Forecast, the Institute for Supply Management is pointing to economic growth for the rest of the year in the manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors. The report is based on feedback from U.S.-based purchasing and supply chain executives, manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors.More

    Why you should focus on reverse logistics
    By Archita Datta Majumdar
    Though it's not a new concept, the importance of reverse logistics is being more keenly felt in the last decade. Fluctuating economies and stiff global competition have made profit margins change while demanding more of service and quality than ever before. In such situations, dealing with returned, recycled and damaged goods is an entire area of business by itself. It can no longer be dealt as an afterthought by the sales, merchandising or procurement teams to match their monthly figures.More

    Confidence in equipment leasing eases in April
    Material Handling & Logistics
    Confidence in the $725 billion equipment finance sector slipped from March to April, according to the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation's Monthly Confidence Index. The equipment finance market registered 54.0, an easing from the March index of 58.0.More

    Sustainable packaging makes outside of products as 'green' as what's inside
    Forbes
    Call it "greenwrapping." From popcorn to peanut butter, from tuna to tea, the fancy food biz is increasingly looking to sustainable packaging to attract green-conscious consumers. Organic ingredients are no longer sufficient for green cred. What's outside the product is starting to matter as much as what's inside.More

    Call for contributors
    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

    Kimberly-Clark connects its supply chain to the store shelf
    DC Velocity
    In its quest to achieve a demand-driven supply chain, Kimberly-Clark turned to software that generates shipment forecasts based on point-of-sale data. The move has allowed the consumer products giant to better serve some of its customers with a lot less inventory.More

    Tips to better manage your product supply chain
    Retail Online Integration
    In today's market, growth tops the priority list for virtually all retailers. The path to growth may be driven by a search for new markets, increasing penetration in current markets, or increasing product selection by adding complementary products or sourcing other manufacturers and wholesalers that can supply remote markets more quickly and cost effectively. Regardless of the motivation, it's inevitable that when your business grows, so does the complexity of your supply chain.More

    Logistics pros circumnavigate the business world
    Chain of Thought
    Ross Perot Sr. energized the U.S. presidential campaigns of 1992 and 1996 by putting politics into a business context. On Monday morning in a Sheraton Dallas Hotel ballroom, Ross Perot Jr. energized opening-day attendees of the Warehousing Education and Research Council's annual conference by putting business into a logistics context. He's chairman of Perot Systems, and he wrapped up his keynote speech on developments at the 17,000-acre AllianceTexas development by paying tribute to logistics.More

    General Mills releases its sustainable supply chain strategy
    Materials Handling & Logistics
    General Mills just released its 2013 Global Responsibility Report, which outlines the company's progress and commitments in the areas of health, environment, sourcing, workplace and community engagement.More

    Your least engaged employees might be your top performers
    Harvard Business Review
    Some of the most engaged employees in your organization are your worst performers. And some of the least engaged are your highest performers. This conclusion comes from new research by the consulting firm, Leadership IQ.More

    Is cloud-based WMS ready for prime time?
    Supply Chain Digest
    Warehouse Management Systems have been somewhat late joining the "cloud" party, but that has certainly started to change. Just how ready is cloud-based WMS for prime time performance?More

    Voice-directed warehousing is showing its age — in a good way
    Modern Materials Handling
    Ian Hobkirk writes, "I was recently asked to speak at the Material Handling Industry's spring conference in Charlotte, N.C. The audience was a group of supply chain software executives that wanted to better understand the reasons why companies hold back on replacing or upgrading their WMS systems. To prepare for the speech, I interviewed about 30 of our customers who have either undertaken or are considering WMS projects right now."More

    Lora Cecere: There's a lot of talk about 'demand driven' — much of it nonsense
    SupplyChainBrain
    The term demand driven has become vogue again, but what does it really mean? And, should it be taken one step further to orchestrate bidirectionally market-to-market in market-driven value networks? Or will companies stumble on the path by mistakenly implementing supply-centric processes and calling them demand-driven initiatives?More