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Jul. 17, 2014

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WERCouncil Events

  • July 22, St. Louis WERCouncil True Manufacturing and Distribution Tour, 9 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Aug. 7, Washington WERCouncil SanMar Distribution Tour, 3:30 to 5 p.m.
  • Oct. 8, North Texas WERCouncil 13th Annual Warehouse Resource Convention, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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    You don't have to be road kill in the logistics capacity race
    Chain of Thought
    The recently released annual state of logistics report gave voice to what many shippers and carriers are already feeling: Ouch. It's getting harder to find the capacity and talent to move shipments for rates that fit existing budgets. The laws of supply and demand say that the drivers remaining on the road can therefore command more pay and carriers can up their rates 5 to 8 percent. That leaves it up to shippers to be more creative in how they get transportation for rates they can afford. And that in turn offers 3PLs an opportunity to leverage technology to meet that rising demand.More

    Conveyor orders and shipments up in May
    Material Handling & Logistics
    May 2014 booked orders for conveyor equipment increased 9.1 percent when compared to May 2013 orders, according to the Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association. May 2014 booked orders when compared to April 2014 booked orders were up 1.1 percent.More

    Somewhat quietly, Labor Management Systems for distribution continue to drive big operational improvements
    Supply Chain Digest
    Labor Management Systems — a combination of engineered standards and software to track an individual's productivity in the DC — have not been much in the news of late, but continue to drive value and cost savings at dozens of new DCs every year.More

    Making hard decisions: When leaders should say yes and no
    By Scott Steinberg
    Self-help gurus and motivational speakers worldwide will tell you that "yes" is an empowering word, and indeed it is. "Yes" opens doors and breaks down barriers. "Yes" gets people to step outside of their comfort zone and try new things that help open their minds to new philosophies and perspectives. But "no" is also a powerful word, and one that we all need to employ more in both our personal and professional lives. Here are a few reasons should you get to know it better.More

    Share your expertise
    MultiBriefs
    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

    You don't have to be road kill in the logistics capacity race
    Chain of Thought
    The recently released annual state of logistics report gave voice to what many shippers and carriers are already feeling: Ouch. It's getting harder to find the capacity and talent to move shipments for rates that fit existing budgets.More

    Improve your warehouse by using what you already have
    By Ken Ackerman
    The process of warehousing is essentially a management of space and time. We improve this process by optimizing the use of available space, and then developing ways to handle more material in less time. Other features can also be valuable, including improvement of housekeeping, reduction of damage and an enhancement of accuracy in shipping and receiving.More

    Developing dashboards: The right data for warehouse managers
    By Ken Ackerman
    Like the dashboard on your car, your business system should be designed to provide the essential information that warehouse managers must have in order to know exactly how their operation is performing. But many systems are "data rich, information poor," also known as DRIP. Because so much information is available on contemporary warehouse management systems, some managers cannot resist the temptation to put far more metrics in a warehouse dashboard then you will find in the dashboard on your car.More

    The Rainmakers
    DC Velocity
    For DC Velocity's 2014 Rainmakers, success isn't just about fame and fortune. It's also about making a contribution to the logistics field and advancing the profession.More

    Mixed SKU pallet loads speeds product restocking at the store
    Supply Chain Digest
    One of retail's most challenging goals has been providing practical solutions for building store-specific mixed SKU unit loads. The challenge for the DC becomes even more difficult when trying to build mixed SKU loads that are also optimized by aisle and product location within the aisle. It has been estimated that when combined with specific pallet building rules there are over a million different combinations of variables that can come into play.More

    Diversity Vuteq brings iPads to the shop floor
    Modern Materials Handling
    Automotive OEM Diversity Vuteq deployed an innovative WMS on iPads adapted for the DC. The result is improved quality and a satisfied customer.More