Oct. 17, 2013

Congratulations to CSCMP...

...as they celebrate 50 years of successful leadership in the supply chain industry next week in Denver at their annual global conference.

WERCouncil events

  • Oct. 29, NE Ohio Anderson DuBose Facility Tour, 8:30 a.m. to noon
  • Nov. 5, Atlanta WERCouncil Home Depot Dinner Presentation, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Nov. 6, Eastern Pennsylvania/Delaware WERCouncil Dansko Presentation & Tour, 9 to 10:45 a.m.
  • Nov. 7, Michigan WERCouncil Tour of UPS, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Nov. 8, North Texas WERCouncil Apparel Logistics Group Tour, Presentation & Networking, 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Nov. 12, North Carolina WERCouncil West Pharmaceutical Services Tour & Lunch, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Nov. 13, Indianapolis WERCouncil Tour of MKM Distribution Services, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 14, Cincinnati WERCouncil Meritor Operations Tour & Lunch, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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