May. 23, 2013

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Hope your Memorial Day is safe and fun.

WERCouncil events

  • May 23, Columbus WERCouncil Supply Chain Education Session I — Labor In The DC, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • 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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    Finding probable cause may be a DC manager's biggest challenge
    Supply Chain Digest
    Distribution centers are typically, busy, noisy and often chaotic environments to work in. DC managers are always on the lookout for problems (actual and perceived). They must be ready to make operational and/or systematic changes as may be required to "fix" a problem or satisfy new business requirement. One of the challenges they must overcome is similar to the so called "fog-of-war" syndrome that we often hear about from military leaders. Before any corrective action can be taken there must be a clear understanding of the issues.More

    How gamification can help your business play on sustainability's team
    Behavior change interventions have so far had limited success in motivating wider society into taking positive environmental actions. Despite constant bombardment of messages regarding ice caps melting, sea levels rising, polar bears drowning, exceptional droughts, 100-year storm occurrences becoming more frequent, resource depletion and habitat destruction, it is surprising that a majority of the population still do nothing more than put the recycling out once a week and buy fair trade bananas from their local supermarket.More

    End-to-end supply chain visibility a critical imperative
    Global manufacturers are putting their supply chains at the center of their business strategies to serve as the foundation for operational efficiency and collaborative innovation, according to KPMG's fourth annual Global Manufacturing Outlook, "Competitive Advantage: Enhancing Supply Chain Networks for Efficiency and Innovation." And improving risk controls is a key part of these strategies, as it is tied for second place in the priority ranking of supply chain initiatives by survey respondents.More

    When managers think they are leaders
    DC Velocity
    Life's too short to waste on "leaders" who can't lead and managers who can't manage. Here are some telltale signs you're dealing with one of these.More

    Share your insight
    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

    Trends affecting logistics professionals
    Material Handling & Logistics
    Fuel costs, labor cost, talent availability, environmental impacts and trade policies influence the movement of goods through supply chains. But shippers aren't alone in dealing with these challenges.More

    What's new in green packaging?
    Environmental Leader
    Dennis Salazar writes, "This question recently was asked of me by an author friend in need of an 'industry insider' perspective. He did not realize just how relatively narrow my view point is of an extremely broad industry that is very diverse and includes a variety or packaging materials including metal, glass, plastic and, of course, paper-based products. The point being that the answer would be neither brief nor complete."More

    Let's think of automation as a key to growth
    Modern Materials Handling
    Automation is leading to more efficient, and competitive, manufacturers and distributors. That's a good thing for the economy.More

    Top 10 loss control tips for 2013: Emergency action plans
    By Dennis Truitt
    Having an emergency action plan in place can be a life-saving move on your part. The plan should specify the roles each person will play in the event an emergency were to occur. For most personnel, this will be with regard to where they should meet and how to safely arrive at the evacuation zone. However, for emergency personnel, the plan will have to be much more detailed and precise.More

    The secret to effective motivation
    Harvard Business Review
    Hear an interview with Heidi Grant Halvorson and E. Tory Higgins, authors of "Focus: Use Different Ways of Seeing the World to Power Success and Influence."More

    Shippers conditions in a word: Yikes!
    Chain of Thought
    David Blanchard writes, "The current state of the logistics industry is pretty similar to the current state of the economy: We'll take whatever good news we can get, even if the only good news is that the bad news has gotten slightly less bad."More

    Sustainability goals: Thinking about what works and what doesn't
    MIT Sloan Management Review
    New research shows which sustainability practices have a statistically significant impact on the overall success of the sustainable value-chain initiatives measured, their cost savings, and their revenue impact.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

    Leadership is more than interpersonal skills
    Harvard Business Review
    Interpersonal leadership sets up an expectation that leaders must be in dialog or at least in view of their followers. Yet this style of interaction is less likely as work stretches across locations and company boundaries as we telecommute, crowdsource, and take on joint ventures.More

    RFID — the comeback kid?
    Modern Materials Handling
    Bob Trebilcock writes, "The Internet Of Things. The last time I remember hearing that phrase, Mariah Carey had the best-selling CD. Heck, people were still buying CDs. It was all part of the demand-driven supply chain. The idea was that every pallet, case and individual can of Coke would be tagged with an RFID chip that could be tracked in real time as the units moved through the supply chain. That information could be posted to a database accessible over the Internet. Each time you or I bought a can of soda from a vending machine, a demand signal would go back to the bottler to create a replenishment order."More

    Tag-reading robot wins RFID Journal's Coolest Demo Contest
    RFIJ Journal
    RFID Journal has announced the winner of its second annual Coolest Demo Contest. The winner, honored at the RFID Journal LIVE! 2013 conference and exhibition, held last month in Orlando, Fla., was Keonn Technologies. The company won for the second year in a row, for its "RFID-enabled Robot for Performing Automatic Inventory" demonstration.More

    Q1 2013 truckload carrier review
    Supply Chain Digest
    The story in Q1 from Supply Chain Digest's vantage was profitability. In general, carriers saw profits soar versus load and revenue growth. In total, the ATA's Truck Tonnage Index was up 3.9 percent versus 2012 at the end of Q1, though the Cass Freight Index has been showing slower growth that that. Regardless, as TL carriers continue to maintain strong asset discipline, with that trend in some cases reinforced by trouble hiring drivers, the net result is that total capacity in the sector is growing slowly as best, allowing the carriers some pricing power and the change to optimize their networks and customer bases.More