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Sep. 27, 2012

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...the two-day seminar Optimizing Warehouse Location and Design to Improve Supply Chain Performance, taking place Thursday, Oct. 25, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday, Oct. 26, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. Presented by: Robert Silverman, senior vice president, Jones Lang LaSalle. Sign up today for this world-class seminar.

WERCouncil events

  • Oct. 3, Tennessee WERCouncil Amazon Fulfillment Center Tour, 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Oct. 9, Michigan WERCouncil Box on Demand Tour, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Oct. 10, NorthTX WERCouncil 11th Annual Warehousing Resource Convention, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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