Aug. 20, 2015

WERC announces 2016 WERC Conference Committee

Meet the 2016 WERC Conference Committee! WERC's talented team of industry experts are already working on and eager to showcase their unique solutions that attendees-actual practitioners-expect from the annual WERC conference each year. We welcome these thought leaders and subject matter experts responsible for the most innovative ideas and best practices available, which will be showcased at the WERC 38th Annual Conference for Logistics Professionals, May 15-18, 2016.

Find out who's on the 2016 WERC Conference Committee >>

Local WERC events happening in your area:
08/25 Washington WERCouncil - Trojan Litho Facility Tour & Networking Event
08/28 Atlanta WERCouncil 6th Annual Golf Outing
09/11 Michigan WERCouncil Tour of Cleveland Indians DC/Ballgame: Indians vs. Tigers
10/13 North Texas WERCouncil 14th Annual Warehousing Resource Convention
05/15-18/16 SAVE THE DATE: 2016 WERC Conference - Providence, RI

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Manufacturing Business Technology
When Serena Williams earned her sixth Wimbledon title earlier this summer, she didn't just become the oldest woman to win a major tennis tournament in the open era. She also became an inspiration to those of us who spearhead warehouse safety programs across the country. Like Serena, many safety programs have been around for years and racked up several major victories along the way. However, like her, our programs are also getting "up there" — and that's not necessarily an advantage in an arena where gaining maturity can mean losing your edge.More

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Traceability 2.0: How cloud services will change supply chains
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Procurement Leaders
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Sitting may be killing us, but standing all day is just as bad
Cait Harrison
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Google Glass helps warehouse workers see better
Modern Material Handling & Logistics
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Amazon's data-driven approach becoming more common
The Associated Press via Industrial Distribution
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How globalization challenges safety in the food supply chain
Food Logistics
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How to make doing what you love more lucrative
Fast Company
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