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Oct. 30, 2014

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WERCouncil Events

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Nov. 5 Arizona WERCouncil Packages for Home Charity Event 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Nov. 6 Cincinnati WERCouncil Polaris Tour and Lunch Event 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
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Obama unveiling executive actions to boost manufacturing
The Hill
President Barack Obama on Oct. 27 unveiled executive actions to strengthen advanced manufacturing, the White House said. The efforts to spur innovation and attract jobs and investment are based on recommendations from the president's Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, the White House added.More

Designing tomorrow's distribution centers today
By Ken Ackerman
At a time when the warehousing industry is relatively prosperous, it is natural for operators to be working on acquisition of new facilities and/or expansion of old ones. Your expansion could either be a construction project or the adaptation of an existing building to meet both today's and tomorrow's needs. Designing a new warehouse starts with an understanding of what goes on inside. Few businesses can assume that a wrongly sized building can be corrected by growth or by renting or subletting temporary space.More

How Ebola is affecting the supply chain
Supply Chain Standard
he World Cocoa Foundation has donated $600,000 to fight Ebola in West Africa – money raised by its members, which include big chocolate-makers such as Mondelēz, Nestlé and Hershey. It's not pure altruism. Almost 70 percent of the world's cocoa production comes from West Africa.More

How successful people handle toxic people
Forbes
Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people's buttons. Either way, they create unnecessary complexity, strife and worst of all stress.More

Environmental supply chain can drive revenue
Supply Chain Standard
The environmental supply chain is an untapped opportunity to capture value and drive top-line revenue, according to a white paper commissioned by DHL. It argues that where the supply chain was formerly the weakest link from a sustainability perspective, the new, closed-loop environmental supply chain is a business imperative that can reduce carbon, deliver significant cost savings and improve favourability with consumers.More

Optimizing your reefer for cold weather operations
Fleet Equipment
The winter driving season is upon us, and refrigerated fleet managers and operators are dusting off their checklists and winterizing their tractors and trailers from the tires up. This includes performing critical maintenance to keep reefer transportation refrigeration units performing reliably and efficiently.More

Survey: Cautious retailers building in more cushion for holiday deliveries
DC Velocity
Once burned, twice learned. That could sum up this year's preholiday attitude of online retailers. Remembering last year's season when an avalanche of late-ordered merchandise got gummed up during the delivery process, retailers are building in what they hope to be a sufficient time cushion in their supply chains this year, according to a survey released yesterday by the National Retail Federation.More

6 steps to stop feeling so overwhelmed
Fast Company
At first, agreeing to an extra project or starting a new class feels exciting. Sure, one more deadline is doable. Then you end up with three more meetings a week on your calendar. Before long, the moments that used to be reprieve become stressful, too. You might even be reading this in procrastination, facing that sliding mountain of work without the energy to scale it. Here's your six-step climbing plan.More