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Sep. 25, 2014

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WERCouncil Events

  • Oct. 8, North Texas WERCouncil 13th Annual Warehouse Resource Convention, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Oct. 9, Cincinnati WERCouncil iHerb Demonstration Tour & Lunch,
    10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 15, Atlanta WERCouncil D&H Distributing Tour,
    11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
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    Your supply chain is costing you money — here's why
    The 21st Century Supply Chain
    Imagine this scenario. You are a supply chain leader. It's Friday afternoon, and your thoughts are turning to the upcoming weekend with your family. The phone rings — it's your vice president of sales. A prospect that your company has been chasing for years has finally agreed to place an order. It's a big one, and they need it fast. The question is, can you do it? Can you commit to this order with confidence that you can deliver?More

    7 characteristics of supply chains to admire
    Forbes
    Supply chain excellence matters. As growth slows, it can make or break corporate performance. Now 30 years old, the practice of supply chain management is still evolving. The average manufacturing company has spent 1.7 percent of revenue on technology over the course of the past decade. Most of it has been focused on improving supply chain excellence.More

    DOE expands initiatives to support US manufacturing, energy productivity
    Natural Gas Intelligence
    In its continuing effort to support President Barack Obama's goal of doubling energy productivity by 2030, the Department of Energy said it is expanding the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative to support the American manufacturing sector and launch the Accelerate Energy Productivity 2030 initiative. The DOE said by advancing the development of innovative manufacturing technologies, investing in substantial energy efficiency upgrades at production plants across the country and training U.S. workers for the advanced manufacturing jobs of tomorrow, the government agency is helping make the domestic manufacturing sector even stronger in an intensely competitive global market.More

    Manufacturers back road tax changes
    The Wall Street Journal
    Crumbling and congested U.S. roadways are driving up costs for U.S. manufacturers as late deliveries and unreliable transportation undermine hard-fought gains in production efficiency, according to U.S. manufacturing executives. Thomas Riordan, chief executive of Neenah Enterprises Inc. and an official with a national manufacturers group, figures that truck and rail traffic congestion raise the Neenah, Wisconsin, foundry's overall costs by 1 percent annually.More

    Delivering ROI and relevance from procurement operations
    Supply Chain Digest
    Is your company's procurement organization highly relevant or inconsequential within the context of the business at large? Does investment in procurement staff and tools provide a high ROI, or barely pay for itself? Those are intriguing questions, and ones put front and center in a new report from AT Kearney, the Institute for Supply Management and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, based on Kearney's Return on Supply Management Assets methodology for measuring the value supply management activities.More

    Global rise reported in 2013 greenhouse gas emissions
    The New York Times
    Global emissions of greenhouse gases jumped 2.3 percent in 2013 to record levels, scientists reported recently, in the latest indication that the world remains far off track in its efforts to control global warming. The emissions growth last year was a bit slower than the average growth rate of 2.5 percent over the past decade, and much of the dip was caused by an economic slowdown in China, which is the world’s single largest source of emissions. More

    UPS to add up to 95,000 seasonal workers for holiday crush
    DC Velocity
    UPS Inc. said it expects to hire between 90,000 and 95,000 temporary employees to handle the expected surge in preholiday package deliveries, about 5,000 to 10,000 more workers than it hired for the 2013 holiday period. Atlanta-based UPS said it has begun the hiring process for seasonal positions as package sorters, loaders, delivery helpers and drivers.More

    Become a contributing writer
    MultiBriefs
    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