Jul. 18, 2013

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WERCouncil events

  • 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.
  • July 25, Columbus WERCouncil Operational Metrics & Measurements, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • July 30, Utah WERCouncil Networking & Ballgame at Spring Mobile Ballpark, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
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    Supply Chain Digest
    Retailers, who are always looking for ways to optimize their in-store labor requirements, are now beginning to request mixed SKU pallet loads that are arranged by aisle and product putaway location within the aisle. This extreme pallet building capability is well beyond the pale for most DCs. Manually building such a pallet, while keeping it stable enough to transport, is a complex and time consuming challenge analogues to the famous Rubik’s Cube 3-D puzzle, only much more physical and precarious.More

    Global supply chain planning: It's getting tougher
    Glen Margolis, chief executive officer of Steelwedge, describes the planning challenges that companies are facing as they cope with increasingly complex demand and supply networks.More

    Connect, then lead
    Harvard Business Review
    Niccolò Machiavelli pondered that timeless conundrum 500 years ago and hedged his bets. "It may be answered that one should wish to be both," he acknowledged, "but because it is difficult to unite them in one person, it is much safer to be feared than loved." Now behavioral science is weighing in with research showing that Machiavelli had it partly right.More

    Modern manufacturing requires modern supply chains
    Before modernizing their operations, manufacturers should first look at modernizing their supply chain and logistics operations in order to optimize potential investments.More

    Conveyor orders and shipments down in May
    Material Handling & Logistics
    The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association reported that its May 2013 booked orders decreased 16.7 percent when compared to May 2012 orders. May 2013 booked orders when compared to April 2013 booked orders were down 25.4 percent.More

    Slow skies
    DC Velocity
    It's been said globalization's first era was driven by money and its second era will be driven by time. If so, air freight, with its natural speed-to-market advantages, should be sitting pretty. Yet that's far from the case. In fact, if the industry can't shake free from a self-imposed technology straitjacket, it could find itself a decade from now mourning the time passed as a gigantic lost opportunity.More

    5 ways to increase productivity, performance in your supply chain
    Supply Chain 24/7
    Focusing on tactics that will increase a supply chain's productivity is essential to achieving positive customer satisfaction. There are some very effective ways to do this outside of systems, logistical infrastructure and analytics. These tactics require that communication within the supply chain must be established and maintained with a high expectation for improvement.More

    The state of the healthcare supply chain 2013
    Eric O'Daffer, research director with Gartner, brings us up to date on the latest developments in supply chain management in the healthcare industry.More

    Cycle counting exposes inventory ills
    Material Handling & Logistics
    Cycle counting is a process designed to replace comprehensive annual inventories with smaller counts conducted on a continuous basis throughout the year. It can be conducted while normal business operations continue, eliminating the need for an annual shutdown.More

    The most important employment documents
    By D. Albert Brannen
    Employment litigation can be expensive and time-consuming. An employer's success or failure in defending itself can turn on the law or the facts. Employers cannot do too much to change the law that applies to any given case. But, experience shows that employers can do a lot to shape the facts and to improve their position in employment litigation. Most of the time, this shaping of the facts depends on the documentation. Moreover, while the particular facts may be different from case to case, the same types of documents are at issue in nearly every employment law case.More

    7 reasons supply chains go wrong
    A June report by the association for risk management professionals highlights seven underlying factors that seem to be present when supply chains go wrong. In it, they observe that companies are finding it increasingly difficult to control their supply chains at a time when the cost of failure is higher than ever. Firms are outsourcing not just production but also their reputation to suppliers without understanding how they operate or having adequate risk management strategies in place.More

    How to think like a leader
    Too often, people who are promoted to their first leadership position miss the point. And that failure probably trips up careers more than any other reason. Being a leader changes everything. Before you are a leader, success is all about you.More

    Which behaviors must leaders avoid?
    Harvard Business Review
    If you want to empower, engage or motivate others, don't just focus on increasing your positive behaviors. Pay attention to what you need to stop doing as well. Why? Because people remember the bad more than the good.More

    Warehouse layout and design best practices
    Proper warehouse design up front helps avoid costly construction surprises, says Scott Pribula, Market Sector Leader, Manufacturers & Distributors Group, TranSystems.More

    Become a contributing writer
    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

    Which are the largest global and US 3PLs? The latest list from Armstrong & Associates
    Supply Chain Digest
    The annual lists of the largest global and U.S. 3PLs once again have been released by the analysts at Armstrong & Associates, and as usual European and Asian providers dominate the 10 rankings worldwide, based on 2012 revenues.More