WERCWatch
May. 10, 2012

We had a great time at Conference 2012!

Watch for details on the website and in coming issues of WERCSheet.

WERCouncil Events

  • May 10, S. California WERCouncil — C-TPAT Certification and the Security of Your Supply Chain, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • May 15, Chicagoland WERCouncil Medline Facility Tour, 8:30 to 10:45 a.m.
  • May 18, Baltimore/Washington DC WERCouncil X-SCM Presentation, 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • May 24, Indianapolis WERCouncil 2nd Annual Indianapolis Indians Networking Event, 5:30 to 9 p.m.
  • May 25, Canada WERCouncil Robotic Layer Depaletizing Demonstration, 10 to 11 a.m.
  • May 30, Phil/Del. Valley WERCouncil Reading Phillies Backdoor Tour/Happy Hour, 3:30 to 8:30 p.m.
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    Self-awareness: A key to better leadership
    MIT Sloan Management Review
    How can leaders recognize and manage their psychological preferences? In a wide-ranging article for the Spring 2012 issue of MIT Sloan Management Review, authors Ginka Toegel, a professor of organizational behavior and leadership at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland, and Jean-Louis Barsoux, a professor of organizational behavior and leadership at IMD, lay out findings from more than 2,000 in-depth conversations with international executives.More

    Can pre-rating each shipment in TMS before optimization run provide valuable insight into transportation performance?
    Supply Chain Digest
    A presentation by Ric Bush of Ryder at the JDA Software User Conference in Las Vegas raised an interesting question about the potential use and value of rating each individual shipment before it is optimized and then executed. The basic premise was this: By capturing what the rate would be for each shipment/order upfront as a standalone move, interesting and valuable analysis can be performed later to see what improvements were delivered via the optimization.More

    Hong Kong Customs moves forward with e-lock plans
    RFID Journal
    An electronic lock with an active RFID tag is being used to secure freight passing through Customs and Hong Kong International Airport, ensuring that the cargo remains tamper-free, while also expediting the clearance process.More

    Sustainability versus ROI: How to successfully achieve both
    Environmental Leader
    With the global population growing at a rate of 200,000 people a day, according to the World Bank Institute, there is an arduous strain on the world's resources, especially food, energy and materials. This increase in demand and resulting decrease in supply warrants a closer focus on sustainability efforts to renew the supplies being used. But as governments and businesses across the world have discovered, it's not easy being green.More

    Kansas City: Logistics powerhouse?
    DC Velocity
    It rests on America's logistics axis, the focal point for much of the nation's freight moving in any direction. It handles more rail tonnage than any city in the country and more rail cars than any city except Chicago. It is bisected by two major interstate highways: I-35 running north to south, and I-70 from east to west. Its airport handles more cargo than any facility covering a six-Midwestern-state radius other than O'Hare International Airport. Its bi-state, 18-county region boasts more road lane capacity than any of comparable size, which might explain why "rush hour" is a largely alien concept even though more than 2 million people call it home. It also serves up the meanest barbeque anywhere in creation.More

    ISM issues positive report on US manufacturing
    Modern Materials Handling
    Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in April for the 33rd consecutive month, as the overall economy grew for the 35th consecutive month. According to the latest monthly report issued by the Institute of Supply Management, the Manufacturing ISM Report on Business is based on data provided monthly by purchasing executives at more than 350 industrial companies. It reflects changes in the current month compared with the previous month. Responses are raw data.More

    Supply chain planning linked to business growth
    Material Handling & Logistics
    With direct-to-customer and e-fulfillment representing 10 percent of all sales volume, and expectations that those methods will expand to 20 percent in the next few years, logistics managers must tap into expertise across their companies, not just supply chain. That's the premise of supply chain consultant Jim Tompkins' new white paper, Supply Chain Network Planning Transformed. "Most network studies are conducted by the supply chain group, which typically has little to do with setting business, marketing or sales strategy," he contends. "However, if these teams were part of the network planning group along with supply chain, then the focus could be changed from, 'How do we cut costs and deliver product?' to 'How do we grow our business profitably?'"More

    With its new reader chip, NXP hopes to expand market for tagging consumables
    RFID Journal
    Last month, NXP Semiconductors announced and showcased a new EPC Gen 2 ultrahigh-frequency RFID reader chip, the model SLRC900, designed specifically for the appliance and fast-moving consumer goods markets. The SLRC900 chip — a complete system-on-chip solution that includes an EPC Gen 2 UHF RFID transceiver and an integrated microcontroller — was unveiled at the RFID Journal LIVE! 2012 conference and exhibition, held in Orlando, Fla. NXP developed the new IC in partnership with Korean RFID technology firm PHYchips.More

    While trend toward automation in the DC is undeniable, still 70 percent of DCs not automated
    Distribution Digest
    Cliff Holste writes, "The deployment rate for automation in the DC appears to be strong in selected industry verticals like grocery, pharmaceutical, beverage, wine & spirits, electronics, and automotive parts. Likewise, DCs that support manufacturing operations tend to deploy various levels of automation technologies. Companies in these industries are driving the demand for automated distribution technologies such as product-to-person, AS/RS, automated case picking, and robotic mixed SKU palletizing."More

    Recommendations for supply chain visibility success
    Supply Chain Digest
    Improving visibility is near the top of the priority list for many supply chain managers, but the topic nevertheless remains somewhat vague and fragmented for many companies.More

    ISM non-manufacturing index down in April but growth patterns intact
    Modern Materials Handling
    Even though overall activity showed a sequential decline for the second straight month, non-manufacturing activity remains on a solid growth path, according to the April edition of the Institute for Supply Management's Non-Manufacturing Report on Business. The index ISM uses to measure non-manufacturing growth — known as the NMI — was 53.5 in April, down 2.5 percent from March's 56.0 and down 3.8 percent from February's 57.3, which was the highest NMI reading since January 2011.More

    Steady as she goes
    DC Velocity
    DC Velocity's annual DC metrics study has found little change in performance against the standard operational measures in the past few years. So how will facilities look to distinguish themselves in the future?More

    Supply managers' work spotlighted
    Material Handling & Logistics
    Outstanding achievements among supply managers are being recognized by the Institute for Supply Management–Michigan State University Awards for Excellence in Supply Management. The winners include the following.More

    The end of clean energy subsidies?
    The New York Times
    The federal government has given generously to the clean energy industry over the last few years, funneling billions of dollars in grants, loans and tax breaks to renewable power sources like wind and solar, biofuels and electric vehicles. "Clean tech" has been good in return. More

    RFID is the ticket at Washington Nationals' park
    RFID Journal
    The major league baseball team is conducting a pilot involving RFID-enabled game tickets that automate entrance at turnstiles, enable payments at refreshment stands and shops, and let users collect reward points.More

    Tom Andel: Let your pigs lead the way to lean
    Material Flows
    Former Baltimore Ravens Coach Brian Billick hit a nerve with logistics professionals. As the first general session speaker at this year's Warehousing Education and Research Council conference, his role was to pump attendees up with leadership tips. The tip that got most attention was his recommendation to have the right balance of chickens and pigs on your team. You may have attended enough of these sessions to recognize this reference to the old breakfast-speaker joke about these animals' contribution to the menu of bacon and eggs.More