WERCWatch
Aug. 30, 2012

WEBCAST SERIES (6 sessions) begins Tuesday, Sept. 18

Using Metrics to Achieve Results
Using metrics wisely is critical in today's logistics world to stay competitive, to meet company goals and to keep associates feeling good about their jobs.

WERCouncil Events

  • Sept. 18, North Carolina WERCouncil BSN Medical Facility Tour, noon to 3 p.m.
  • Sept. 18, Michigan WERCouncil Classic Transportation and Warehousing Tour, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Sept. 19, Michigan WERCouncil-Distribution Costing For Profitability, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
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    The most costly lift truck hazards are unseen
    Material Handling & Logistics
    Tom Andel writes, "You know how dangerous a lift truck can be when controlled by a poorly trained operator. According to OSHA, overturns are the leading cause of fatalities involving lift trucks, representing about a quarter of all forklift-related deaths. As hard as that statistic is to take, it's easy to understand. There's clear cause and effect. What's not so clear are the slower-acting hazards associated with lift trucks. Many of these are muscular or skeletal injuries that can happen over time to the best operators — without those operators or their employers even being aware of any aggravating conditions."More

    Options to consider when designing a warehouse
    MWPVL
    Whether you are designing a conventional, mechanized or automated warehousing and distribution center, the basic building block of any material handling system is typically the pallet. It is critical to document the size, dimensions, type, variety and quality of pallets being stored and handled.More

    DOT creates Freight Policy Council
    Commercial Carrier Journal
    The U.S. Department of Transportation announced the launch of the Freight Policy Council, which will focus on improving the condition and performance of the national freight network to better ensure the ability of the United States to compete in today's global economy. The council's goal is to develop a national intermodal plan for improving the efficiency of freight movement, and it will work with states to encourage development of a forward-looking state freight strategy.More

    Understanding key to obtaining high sorting system productivity
    Supply Chain Digest
    In a typical DC batch order fulfillment operation, selecting the type of automated sorting equipment primarily is based on the volume of cases that need to be sorted. Providers of automated material handling systems offer a large range of case sorting equipment designed for a specific volume range and sorting capability. Selecting the type of sorter then becomes a matter of capacity and handling characteristics relative to the items being sorted.More

    Conveyors need special care in refrigerated and freezer warehouses
    DC Velocity
    It's official: July 2012 was the hottest on record. No wonder, then, that we've been thinking about refrigerated and freezer warehouses a lot lately. So it was especially apropos to receive some tips for keeping conveyors running smoothly in cold environments. The tips came courtesy of Viastore Systems Inc., the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based provider of automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS), conveyor systems, and warehouse management software. Here, in brief, are the company's recommendations for keeping your conveyors "comfortable" in the cold.More

    Essential skills for supply chain management careers
    Supply Chain Brain
    Supply chain management is a promising field for young career seekers, but they need to possess certain skills in order to succeed. Lynn Brown, associate director of the transportation and logistics flagship program at the University of North Florida, discusses what recruiters are looking for among graduates of transportation, logistics and supply chain management programs.More

    Sustainability: More than just being green
    Environmental Leader
    Experts say there will be another 2 billion people living on our Earth by 2050. To support these folks — and those already here — we will need the resources of almost three Earths. To state the obvious, this need poses some imminent and urgent global challenges. Optimization and conservation of the Earth's finite natural resources will be the defining growth drivers over the coming decades. Solutions that help sustainably feed, hydrate, house, move, power and keep the growing world community healthy will drive business success.More

    Analysis of the 23rd Annual State of Logistics report
    Supply Chain Brain
    The logistics sector in 2011 was characterized by flat freight volume and higher rates, says Rosalyn Wilson, senior business analyst at Delcan, who researches and writes the annual State of Logistics report. The report is underwritten by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and Penske Logistics. Logistics costs in 2011 were up 6.6 percent on very little growth in volume, which means almost all of the increase was attributable to rate hikes, Wilson says.More