May. 28, 2015

Case study: Intermountain Healthcare follows WERC's prescription for best practices

Intermountain Healthcare (Salt Lake City) recently became the first healthcare DC to undergo the WERC warehouse inspection known as the WERC Assessment and Certification Program, and WERC is pleased to share the case study from that assessment. Gordon Slade, Director of Supply Chain at Intermountain Healthcare, describes the experience and their internal justifications for choosing WERC.

The WERC Assessment and Certification program focuses on warehouse management and its role in the supply chain, certifying the facility is able to competently perform core ware-housing functions. To learn more and to download a copy of the recent case study, click here.

WERC local events to consider attending:
June 4 North Carolina WERCouncil Amazon Tour
June 18 Atlanta WERCouncil Tour of Aramark Turner Field plus Braves vs. Red Sox Game
June 25 SAVE THE DATE: North Texas WERCouncil Kohl's Tour
July 14 Baltimore/Wash DC WERCouncil Penguin Random House Tour
May 15-18, 2016 SAVE THE DATE: 2016 WERC Conference - Providence, Rhode Island

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