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Oct. 2, 2014

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WERCouncil Events

Date Event Time
Oct. 8 North Texas WERCouncil 13th Annual Warehouse Resource Convention 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Oct. 9 Cincinnati WERCouncil iHerb Demonstration Tour & Lunch 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Oct. 15 Atlanta WERCouncil D&H Distributing Tour 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
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2015 3PL study takes deep dive into omni-channel supply chain
Modern Materials Handling
The relationships between third-party logistics service providers and shippers are seeing ongoing developments due in large part to the continuing emergence and sophistication of omni-channel retailing. That was one of the key findings of The 19th Annual Third-Party Logistics Study, which was released by consultancy Capgemini Group, Penn State University and Korn/Ferry International, a global talent advisory firm. More

GAO: National freight plan needs to address congestion
Truckinginfo
Truck and rail traffic are expected to grow, good news for the economy as well as the carriers, but the benefits are not without drawbacks. With growth comes congestion, particularly in cities, and transportation planners need more information and better direction from Congress on how to manage the problem. That's the message from the Government Accountability Office, in response to a request by Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., for an assessment of national freight flows and their impact on congestion.More

Is Alibaba's supply chain ready to take on Amazon?
IndustryWeek
Global e-commerce platform Alibaba recently made headlines with its record-setting New York initial public offering, the largest ever in the United States. The company's aggressive growth aspirations are rooted in the success it has seen in its home country of China, where it is one of the biggest retail players. Alibaba is the Amazon of the Chinese marketplace without equal competition. But how will the company fare in its expansion in the U.S.? More

Management by asking good questions
Ken Ackerman
The concept of "management by wandering around," or MBWA, was created by David Packard of Hewlett-Packard. He believed that the best managers do not spend the majority of their time behind their desks; rather, they move around the factories and warehouses, talking to those working there, learning about their problems and ideas. Packard was convinced that the best leaders are those who recognize the importance of talking to the troops. He also recognized the importance of listening, discovering opportunities by hearing and considering the ideas of his workers and managers.More

PECO: When is a pallet not a pallet?
Supply Chain Managment Review
Pallets could be the ultimate supply chain commodity. Many users buy strictly on price, and will change suppliers to save a nickel — or about $25 a load. Used pallets regularly replace new, and second-rate used pallets are often a substitute for first rate used. Margins are low, customer demands are high.More

Steering transportation management strategies
Inbound Logistics
Cost, capacity, customer service. These are the three Cs that keep shippers up at night. How companies prioritize one over another depends on the type of product they're moving, their customer base and how they manage transportation. As rates rise, truck drivers grow scarce, and capacity runs short, shippers have limited recourse, and have to be smart about how they set transportation strategy. More

Zara's aggressive move to item-level tagging features plan to reuse tags
Supply Chain Digest
Zara, the dominant banner in Spain's Inditex SA retail portfolio, recently announced major plans to roll out item-level RFID tagging in all its stores. As details of its program begin to emerge, interesting news that Zara has come up with an approach that will allow it to reuse the passive RFID chips and thus reduce its operating costs for the program.More

New manufacturing facility demonstrates MCFA's commitment to electric vehicles, US manufacturing
DCVelocity
In mid-September, Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc. introduced its new electric pantograph reach truck, manufactured under the Jungheinrich brand, to 350 of its dealers at its annual dealer meeting in Houston. With that debut, the company's 10-month-old manufacturing facility, which is dedicated to electric forklifts, is now running at full production.More

The perfect storm for supply chain costs
CFO
For many companies, 2015 is looking rosy. The overall economy is finally accelerating out of the worst recession since the 1930s, helped in no small part by construction as the Construction Backlog Indicator reached an all-time high in June. But the recent rise in consumer spending has fueled inflation speculation, foreshadowing an inventory carrying cost upswing in the form of rising short-term borrowing rates.More