Jun. 11, 2015

Make an impact - be part of the 2016 WERC Conference!

WERC's annual conference is the only educational program of its kind specifically geared to the needs of warehouse and distribution management professionals. Do you have ideas for us? Your knowledge and experience can improve our conference! With your help, we can make the WERC conference better than ever!

The Conference Committee seeks proposals that provide practical, real-world information that attendees can immediately apply back at their jobs. We invite you to submit your presentation proposal for the committee's consideration. We appreciate your interest in speaking at our conference.

WERC local events that you should consider attending:
06/18 Atlanta WERCouncil Tour of Aramark Turner Field (plus Braves Game)
06/25 North Texas WERCouncil OHL Operations Tour
07/14 Baltimore/Wash DC WERCouncil Penguin Random House Tour
08/05 Columbus WERCouncil 2nd Annual Presentation on "Labor in the DC"
05/15-18 '16 SAVE THE DATE: 2016 WERC Conference - Providence, RI

Setting the precedent on forklift safety
Material Handling & Logistics
Forklift operators have a lot to contend with but safety should still be a top priority. There are production factors such as speed or stress, as well as possible lack of proper tools, attachments and/or accessories. And from time to time, an improper assignment of forklifts and operators can cause confusion. According to the National Safety Council, the average direct cost to a company is $38,000 with $150,000 in indirect costs related to a single forklift incident.More

RFID market for retailers forecast to grow 39 percent annually
RFID Journal
A new report from Frost & Sullivan finds that sales of RFID readers, tags and software to the retail sector will grow from $738 million in 2014 to $5.409 billion in 2020, reflecting a compound annual growth rate of 38.9 percent. When Ram Ravi, a Frost & Sullivan electronics and security industry analyst, met with RFID vendors at the RFID Journal LIVE! 2014 event in Orlando, Florida, he noticed that their confidence level had changed in comparison with previous conversations he had had with them.More

The skills gap? More like the Grand Canyon
These days, getting accepted into Harvard University is slightly easier than finding an industrial maintenance technologist to troubleshoot a complex machine communication problem. In 2013, according to U.S. News and World Report, Harvard had an acceptance rate of 5.7 percent. But if you put to work all recent industrial technology maintenance grads, you'd only fill 5.5 percent of the available jobs in five of the leading manufacturing states, says James Wall, executive director of the National Institute for Metalworking Skills.More

From Bank of America to Wal-Mart, slashing energy in supply chains
Small and medium-sized enterprises might make up the majority of the world's companies, but multinationals really wield the purchasing power. It is this fact that is leading to the development of programs that can drive energy efficiency across global supply chains — from family-run factories all the way up to the chain stores that sell their goods.More

Is RFID a solution to inventory dilemmas? Target thinks so
Danielle Wegert
On April 19, Target released a limited-time retail selection from Lilly Pulitzer, a designer well known for her resortwear. Problems started immediately. Target's website became overwhelmed, denying access to many shoppers — at one point shutting down entirely to deal with heavy traffic. Many online shoppers tried repeatedly with no success. And stores were no better option — lines formed early in the morning, emptying shelves faster than expected.More

Exciting changes drive key supply chain technology investments
Logistics Viewpoints
There's a palpable excitement in the industry about the sweeping changes fundamentally altering supply chain operations. The drivers of these changes, such as e-commerce and omnichannel markets, are resulting in new and greater investments in the supply chain technology. More

Supply chain sustainability is key to strategic growth
Logistics Management
Ethical Corporation – the 9-year-old London-based business intelligence company for sustainability – notes in a new report that supply chain management's role in sustainability is becoming more key to strategic growth for most global companies. Furthermore, the organization predicts that 2015 is likely to be a crucial year for corporate sustainability, as new targets for poverty reduction, sustainable development and emissions-reduction are due to be set out by world leaders this year.More

You cannot lead until you have their trust
Dov Baron
A creeping crisis is facing companies today. Over the next 20 years, this crisis will affect the bottom line harder than the recession of 2008. What is the crisis? The loss of valuable, trained employees. The average company spends 1.5 to 2 times the annual salary of an employee in training and development. More

Hurricanes and supply chain disruption
Supply Chain Management Review
As the Port of Houston and other Gulf cargo gateways recover from May's big storm, Hurricane specialists have identified the most vulnerable regions in the nation's supply chain.More