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Aug. 7, 2015

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Avoiding 7 common warehousing mistakes
Manufactures' Monthly
To say there is any one way to effectively manage a warehouse would be folly – much depends on the nature of the supply chain and of the warehouse itself. However, there are a number of common principles that should be applied to manage any warehouse successfully. Conversely of course, this also means there are many ways in which companies can get it wrong.More

BLS publishes study of occupational injuries and illnesses that resulted in days of job transfer or work restriction
J.J. Keller & Associates
The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently conducted a pilot study to learn more about occupational injuries and illnesses that resulted in days of job transfer or work restriction. The study results were published July 31. The purpose of the study was to compare the case circumstances and worker characteristics of injuries and illnesses that require days away from work to recuperate and those that lead to days of job transfer or restriction only, without time away from work.More

East Coast ports face warehouse crunch
Food Logistics
East Coast ports are falling behind on supplying warehouse space to meet booming container traffic, real estate brokerages say, according to The Wall Street Journal. The expansion of the Panama Canal is reshaping seaports up and down the U.S. East Coast, as local governments spend billions to deepen harbors, raise bridges and make other infrastructure improvements in anticipation of larger ships. More

How ethical is your HR department?
Catherine Iste
Human resources serves as the liaison between management and staff. It helps with critical administrative and tactical tasks like benefits and payroll. Recruiting, retention, employee development and compensation can fall within the HR office. In some companies, HR can also be a key player in the strategic direction the organization takes. With all of the opportunities for impact on an employee's daily life, it is clear that HR can be an important part of the culture of the organization.More

7 ways to improve employee development programs
Harvard Business Review
Making the right investments in learning and development programs has never been more important – or more of a challenge – for business leaders. Unfortunately, despite spending approximately $164.2 billion dollars on learning and development programs, many executives still grapple with how to improve and enhance their effectiveness. As research shows, the need to revamp and improve learning programs is an important concern among HR executives.More

Increasing logistics complexity requires greater optimization
SupplyChainBrain
Today's supply chains are so complex and change so rapidly that optimization efforts often are overtaken by events, says Mike Comstock of Grand Canal Solutions. Planning needs to become much more dynamic, with analytics adapted to make optimization a continuous process, he says. The complexity of today's logistics is overwhelming many companies, says Comstock, senior vice president for customer success at Grand Canal Solutions, which offers a cloud-based supply-chain analytics platform called Optimize.More

North American robotics market sets new records in 1st half of 2015
Logistics Management
The North American robotics market is off to its fastest start ever in 2015, according to new statistics released from Robotic Industries Association, the industry's trade group. A record 14,232 robots, valued at $840 million were ordered from North American robotics companies in the first half of 2015, an increase of 1 percent in units and 7 percent in revenue over the same period in 2014, which held the previous record.More

Sitting may be killing us, but standing all day is just as bad
Cait Harrison
We know sitting all day in an office chair is killing us, and there's no shortage of stories in the news telling us so. And while you should limit sitting, standing for long periods isn't that much better, according to a new study. The research, published in Human Factors, the Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, found that workers who stood all day experienced significant muscle fatigue, regardless of age and gender.More