Jun. 13, 2013

2 new publications available in the online WERC library

Recent studies on "Facility Trends 2012-2013" and "The World Is Urbanizing. Is Your Logistical System Ready?" have been added to the WERC library. Register as a user or a member to download the documents.

WERCouncil events

  • June 19, Michigan WERCouncil Port Lansing & Foreign Trade Zone Seminar/Tour, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
  • July 23, Northern California Midsummer Networking & Raffle Event, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • July 24, Chicagoland WERCouncil Presentation: Key Issues in Domestic Freight Transportation, 5 to 7 p.m.
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    Boomers want to stay in logistics
    Material Handling & Logistics
    Each day, another 10,000 baby boomers turn retirement age. Their eventual retirement will have an impact on the job market, candidate pool and economy. While past predictions had the mass exodus underway by now, that's not happening. In fact, a significant percentage of baby boomers are not leaving the workforce just yet. According to a study conducted by the Insured Retirement Institute, a nonprofit trade group selling retirement-related investment products, baby boomers have other plans.More

    US demand for pallets rising 3.5 percent annually
    Material Handling & Logistics
    Sales of new and refurbished pallets will expand 3.5 percent per year through 2017 to 1.3 billion units, valued at $16.9 billion, according to a new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc., a Cleveland-based industry market research firm. The “Pallets” report states that a more favorable economic climate will induce companies to discard aging refurbished units and purchase new ones, fueling stronger sales growth.More

    Packaging: Corrugated recovery hits 91 percent
    Modern Materials Handling
    In 2012, 91 percent (29 million tons) of the corrugated packaging used in the U.S. was successfully recovered for recycling, maintaining its top position as the most-recycled packaging material. Recovery for recycling has increased steadily since 1993, when 54.5 percent of old corrugated containers was recycled.More

    Be safe — everywhere
    DC Velocity
    If you have multiple warehouses and DCs, you'll want them all to be on the same page when it comes to safety. Here are some strategies for ensuring consistent compliance across your network.More

    Sustainability = responsibility
    Packaging World
    Unfortunate as it may be, there is still a lot of ignorance and misinformation in the packaging community about sustainability and what it really means. Misconceptions abound, such as "It's always more expensive," "It's only about renewable materials," or "It's just one characteristic of a package."More

    Making space for change
    By Michael J. Berens
    Disconnects between a leader's vision and organizational culture are all too common in organizations. However well-respected — or well-feared — a leader may be, change cannot and will not occur simply because a leader says it will. Making space for change requires modifying organizational structures and culture to create both the possibility and the opportunity for change. It is not enough just to communicate change.More

    Get published in WERCWatch
    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

    Is the batch order picking model still capable of supporting today's order fulfillment requirements?
    Supply Chain Digest
    Batch order picking in the DC is a well-established method for increasing picker productivity by significantly reducing the time spent in walking individual orders through the warehouse. This method of picking typically is deployed in operations where there is sufficient labor savings to justify the investment in an automated case sorting system.More

    Leadership basics: What to do when you don't have all the answers
    Leaders are supposed to be all knowing — at least when it comes to their own company — aren't they? That's why the three most hated words in leadership are simply: "I don't know." After all, if the leader doesn't know, who does?More

    Lean your warehouse workforce
    DC Velocity
    Warehouse and distribution center managers spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to handle the greatest amount of product in as little time as possible, with the highest level of service, and at the lowest possible cost. Yet despite their best efforts, they still may overlook opportunities to achieve that goal.More

    Pardon the interruption
    By Bob Fortune
    Avoiding random interruptions at work — whether in the field, office or warehouse — will greatly improve work flow and job performance, and reduce costly mistakes.More

    5 steps to ensure bar-code compliance
    DC Velocity
    As more DCs automate their receiving operations, suppliers risk steep fines if they don't comply with customers' labeling requirements. Here are some tips for staying out of trouble.More

    Why big data means big challenges for the supply chain
    Jen Underwood, customer solutions with Tableau Software, describes the impact that big data and social media are having on the supply chain — and how companies can cope with the trend.More