Sep. 6, 2012

Track Your Stats

A tool available exclusively to WERC members, the "Track Your Stats" application, utilizes the data collected from the 2012 DC Measures survey to provide a performance comparison with the metrics of the distribution operations of other businesses. Within our user-friendly interface, members begin by inputting each metric as a percentage or numerical value, which are then calculated and displayed on a chart that shows how each measure up to the industry norms. Try it out today.

WERCouncil Events

  • Sept. 14, Columbus WERCouncil Kenco/Whirpool Distribution Center Tour, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • 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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