May. 14, 2015

Now available: WERC DC Measures 2015

WERC DC Measures is a full study report that captures 45 key operational metrics grouped into five balanced sets - customer, operational, financial, capacity/quality and employee/safety - plus the additional sets related to perfect order and cash-to-cash cycle measurement. These findings are based on a survey completed by WERC members and DC Velocity readers.

The goal of this study is to help practitioners gain a better understanding of key distribution metrics and how performance has changed over time. This is the study WERC Members benefit from, year after year ... and available for nonmembers, too!


WERC local events that you might want to consider attending:
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

A warehouse manual on manual handling
Ken Ackerman
For thousands of years, humans have handled cargo manually. Visitors who see ancient structures in places like Egypt and Peru are mystified by our ancestors' apparent ability to lift and move heavy materials with no mechanical aids. In our current era of robotics and other high-tech solutions, it is easy to overlook the necessity and the importance of manual handling. Let's consider the when and the why of manual handling. Then we will look at how it is done, and finally we will look at some of the equipment options.More

11 things ultraproductive people do differently
When it comes to productivity, we all face the same challenge: there are only 24 hours in a day. Yet some people seem to have twice the time. They have an uncanny ability to get things done. Even when juggling multiple projects they reach their goals without fail.More

Create a customer-1st supply chain for true transformation
Supply chains can't wait for things to change. Rather, the organization must make change happen. Although change doesn't have to be immediate, but it must comprise every aspect of the supply chain to be effective. Change is constant, and the way that organizations respond to it shapes the future of the organization.More

Global supply chain managers face a 'minefield of risks'
Supply Management
A minefield of risks could lead to potential supply chain disruptions, according to the latest global assessment by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply. The CIPS first 2015 Global Risk Index found that global risk is being driven by falling commodity prices, hitting government revenues in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and eastern Europe. More

7 ways to influence risky project decisions
Dr. David Hillson
Many project decisions are made by other people that affect you and your career, and often these decisions are about risk. Decisions about budgets, assignments, team allocations or priorities can significantly change the risk profile of a project. But even though these vital decisions are made by others, you can still influence the outcome. Project management professionals have to know how to influence decisions in a way that minimizes the risk to their projects and themselves.More

Clamping down on machining accidents
EHS Today
Machine operators always seem to make it into the Top 10 of the Bureau of Labor Statistics' National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. One cost-effective approach to fighting these numbers, especially where pneumatic controls are in place, is to use rod lock cylinders.More

Optimizing the pick area for shipping operations
Shipping and distribution are essential to any company's profitability. Efficiencies gained in these areas can reduce costs, speed products to market and increase customer satisfaction. Unfortunately, because shipping is often viewed as a nonvalue-added activity, the analysis of what happens (or doesn't happen) to select, pack and transport goods often gets short shrift during a company's lean improvement initiatives.More

The tracking trend
Supply Chain Digital
More consumers are opting for tracked delivery when shopping online; the result of retailers being able to offer a greater variety of affordable options. Paul Galpin, managing director, P2P Mailing examines this trend and highlights the importance of meeting the delivery service needs and expectations of today’s customers.More

Retail imports return to normal after surge to clear backlog
Import cargo volume at the nation's major retail container ports is returning to normal levels as officials prepare to count votes on ratification of a new West Coast labor agreement that ended months of uncertainty, according to the monthly "Global Port Tracker" report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.More