Jul. 23, 2015

2015 WERC Conference recordings now available

Grab a seat and get in front of over 30 recorded sessions from the 2015 WERC Conference last May - now online!
Find out what it takes to Pick the Right 3PL or earn how to Increase Yard Management Productivity via Mobile Technology. Sessions that discuss how to Optimize and Maximize Economic Incentives, as well as Understanding Equipment Utilization are also available.
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Want to make a difference at 2016 WERC Conference! The 2016 WERC Conference Committee is currently seeking proposals that provide practical, real-world information that attendees can immediately apply to their everyday jobs. Be a part of the future of Warehousing, Distribution and Fulfillment. Click here to submit your presentation proposal! >>

Local WERC events happening in your area:
07/30 Northern California WERCouncil's Lagunitas Brewery Tour
08/05 Columbus WERCouncil 2nd Annual Presentation on "Labor in the DC"
08/19 Utah WERCouncil - 1-800 CONTACTS Distribution Center Tour
09/11 Michigan WERCouncil Tour/Cleveland Indians DC; Indians vs. Tigers Game
05/15-18/16 SAVE THE DATE: 2016 WERC Conference - Providence, RI

Cisco's warehouse of the future
Supply Chain Management Review
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Innovative technology can empower your supply chain
Food Logistics
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Key strategies for engaging millennials in the workplace
Betty Boyd
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Health care still at top of benefit list
Material Handling & Logistics
While the majority of organizations have offered the same amount of employer sponsored benefi­ts, over the past year, or have increased the number of benefi­ts offered, health care remains the driver for how those bene­fits plans are composed, particularly as employers continue to weigh the various effects of the Affordable Care Act.More

3 ways wearables in manufacturing will transform shop floors
Feeling skeptical that wearable technology will ever catch on in manufacturing shops? So are many of the respondents to a recent study we conducted at Plex. Some 35 percent of our respondents said smart glasses are overhyped. But 36 percent said they're likely to incorporate smart glasses such as Google Glass into their technology portfolio in the next five years.More

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Recruiting for cultural fit
Harvard Business Review
Culture fit is the glue that holds an organization together. That's why it's a key trait to look for when recruiting. The result of poor culture fit due to turnover can cost an organization between 50 to 60 percent of the person's annual salary, according to the Society for Human Resource Management. But before the hiring team starts measuring candidates' culture fit, they need to be able to define and articulate the organization's culture – its values, goals and practices — and then weave this understanding into the hiring process.More

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