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May. 8, 2014

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WERCouncil Events

  • May 16, Northern California WERCouncil Annual Symposium and OnTrac Tour, noon to 3 p.m.
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    Rocky Mountain high: Colorado pot legalization pushes up warehouse rents
    DC Velocity
    Colorado's move to legalize pot has had some unintended consequences for area businesses. According to a report on American Public Media's "Marketplace" radio show, demand for warehouse space by recreational marijuana dispensaries is driving Denver-area rental rates through the roof.More

    E-commerce business objectives: Good secure service, fair pricing, timely fulfillment
    Supply Chain Digest
    Cliff Holste writes, "When developing your e-business plans it is important to remember that selling products in cyberspace still comes down to the physical movement of product through your DC to your final customers."More

    10 negative employee behaviors that undermine success
    By Greg L. Alston
    As managers, we expect the best behavior from each member of our team all the time. We fully expect our workgroups to be constructive and positive. We expect each member to contribute to a professional environment every day. But in the real world of business, how do you know when someone is damaging the success of your enterprise? How do you know when to cut someone some slack or terminate their employment? These are the 10 major negative behaviors that simply cannot be tolerated in a productive workplace.More

    A conversation with Lee Scott
    DC Velocity
    Lee Scott takes the stage at MODEX '14 to talk about his experiences in logistics at Wal-Mart, his rise to the role of CEO, and his stewardship of a logistics operation that cleared the path to the success Wal-Mart has enjoyed for the last 30 years.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

    Cliff Holste: Avoid overpromising and underperforming
    Supply Chain Digest
    Many logistics professionals are of the opinion that most of last season's shipping and delivery problems were caused by a combination of extreme bad weather in December and a tsunami of orders placed too close to Christmas. This combination left thousands of customers across the country disappointed and determined not to have that happen to them again.More

    It's time to pay your employees to quit — Will you do it?
    By Robin Throckmorton
    Following in the footsteps of Zappos, Amazon recently implemented its own "pay to quit" program to find out just how happy its employees are. In a nutshell, Amazon is offering up to $5,000 to employees to quit, with hopes that they won't take it. Why would Amazon do something like this? The online retailer has realized the value of having employees who want to work for the company and gives those who don't a way out. Can you afford this impact on your company?More

    Colorado pot legalization pushes up warehouse rents
    DC Velocity
    Colorado's move to legalize pot has had some unintended consequences for area businesses. According to a report on American Public Media's "Marketplace" radio show, demand for warehouse space by recreational marijuana dispensaries is driving Denver-area rental rates through the roof.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.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

    Who killed strategic planning?
    By Michael J. Berens
    For some time now, strategic planning has been dying a slow death. Rapid acceleration in the rate of change and innovation along with instability in the global economy have made long-range forecasting obsolete. That may come as welcome news to many executives and managers who have long questioned the value of developing strategic plans. Still, it begs the question: Did strategic planning die of natural causes or was it the victim of abuse? Have organizations finally rid themselves of an outmoded ritual, or have they lost a valuable tool due to neglect?More