Sep. 12, 2013

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WERC has published "Practical Warehousing" as an introductory text for explaining warehousing concepts, terminology and processes. It comes complete with quizzes and final tests for each chapter. Members receive special pricing and can take advantage right now of a special low price of $50.

WERCouncil events

  • Sept. 20, Atlanta WERCouncil Golf Outing and Networking Event, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sept. 23, Philadelphia/Delaware Valley WERCouncil Phoenix Contact DC Tour & Networking, 4:30 to 9 p.m.
  • Sept. 24, 12th Annual North Texas WERCouncil - Warehousing Resource Convention, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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    New study projects world demand for packaging machinery to 2017
    Modern Materials Handling
    Growth in worldwide demand for packaging machinery is expected to climb at a 4.6 percent annual pace through 2017 to $41.8 billion, according to a new study by The Freedonia Group. The study analyzes the currently $33.4 billion world packaging machinery industry. It presents historical demand data for 2002, 2007 and 2012, and forecasts for 2017 and 2022 by machinery type (e.g., filling and form/fill/seal; labeling and coding; wrapping, bundling and palletizing; case forming, packing and sealing), market (e.g., food, beverages, pharmaceuticals and personal care products, chemicals products), world region, and for 31 countries.More

    Automation: It's time to get smart about materials handling
    Modern Materials Handling
    Bob Trebilcock writes, "When I was a kid, my Dad often told me I could work hard or I could work smart. Truth be told, that lesson was sometimes slow to sink in. But it's one the end users of materials handling systems appear to be taking to heart as they are faced with more complex order fulfillment and distribution challenges than ever before."More

    Plan your work and work your plan: 3 tips toward effective execution
    By Adam C. Wright, Ph.D.
    Leading a team and getting the job done is easier said than done. In today's market-driven economy where everything is about the bottom line, executives cannot afford to waste resources on personnel who do not know how to execute. Knowing how to effectively execute your work can mean the difference between landing that promotion you've always dreamed about or finding your way to the end of the unemployment line.More

    Linking tools to lift labor productivity
    DC Velocity
    Genco's operation on behalf of a major customer already ran well. But linking labor management and lift truck management systems yielded further improvements.More

    Want to be published?
    In an effort to enhance the overall content of WERCWatch, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of WERC, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.More

    5 reasons every employer needs an employee handbook
    By D. Albert Brannen
    The days of believing that a handbook can cause more harm than good are long gone. In today's business environment, a handbook serves both as a sword to carve out your legal rights, as well as a shield to protect them. A handbook sets expectations, encourages employees to behave in certain ways, helps ensure employees are treated consistently, publicizes employee benefits and helps win unemployment claims and lawsuits. These are just a few of the reasons why every employer, regardless of the number of employees, should have one.More

    Managing complex DC systems
    Supply Chain Digest
    Materials handling processes and operations in the DC are inherently complex and are becoming more so all the time. Automated systems are generally considered to be more complex than semi-automated or manual operations. For many companies, the competitive benefits derived from automation outweigh the technology challenges associated with managing them. For others, the operational complexity factors are a major deterrent.More

    Back to basics: Lift truck operator training mandatory and necessary
    Material Handling & Logistics
    Besides being the law, lift truck operator training also reduces accidents, improves morale, reduces damage, minimizes repairs and increases productivity.More

    How to reward your stellar team
    Harvard Business Review
    You've been told that getting the most from your team depends on rewarding and recognizing them collectively. But it's tough to do that, especially when most management systems are so focused on individual performance, undermining the very teamwork you're hoping to encourage.More

    The value of an upset employee
    By Mel Kleiman
    While every cloud has a silver lining, it can be hard to discern when the cloud is an upset employee.More

    Boomers and Xers getting smart about talent and technology
    Chain of Thought
    Every industry has economic indicators they swear by. In the supply chain technology world, user conferences are one of those. Attendance figures at such events can tell you whether companies are feeling good enough about the economy that they're willing to send their decision makers to a resort for three days and trust them to bring back actionable information that can help grow their business.More