Oct. 31, 2013

Happy Halloween

WERCouncil events

  • 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, Chicagoland WERCouncil Mary Kay Cosmetics History & Tour, 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 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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    Material Handling & Logistics
    How do you make logistics cool for young people? That really seems to be the question of the year — maybe of the decade — for the industry, especially as baby boomers retire from the workforce, the economy begins to bounce back after a long stretch of languid-at-best growth, and many (most?) young people turn up their noses at the thought of working in a warehouse or driving a truck.More

    Top causes of absenteeism and how to fix them
    By Joy Burgess
    Companies expect employees to use some sick days from time to time. Life happens, and family issues, injuries and sickness will interfere with the work schedule of a company's employees. However, excessive absences can quickly become costly for employers. Even a single sick day may reduce productivity, but when absenteeism becomes an extensive problem, the effects may negatively affect the morale, productivity and finances of a company.More

    Green-lighting safety at the docks
    Material Handling & Logistics
    Truck restraints with indicator lights enable constant communication of their status to truck drivers, forklift operators and dock workers, improving their safety.More

    10 global trends that are shaping the future of packaging
    DC Velocity
    Ten emerging trends will affect the design and development of packaging in the supply chain worldwide, according to Brian Wagner of Packaging Technology Integrated Solutions. Wagner outlined those trends at the 2013 Material Handling and Logistics Conference sponsored by Dematic in Park City, Utah.More

    Are you hiring order-takers or high-performers?
    By Deborah Wipf
    A robot only takes orders. It receives commands and completes the tasks as specified. It can't really think for itself; it can only do what it's been programmed to do. Does that sound a bit too close to what some of your employees do? Do you distribute tasks and receive reports back when each is completed? Is that really all you want in a team member? Most leaders would prefer high-performing team members who look beyond the day-to-day to-do lists and consider the larger picture.More

    Wirtz Beverage pours 3 warehouses into 1 DC
    Material Handling & Logistics
    Wirtz Beverage is an Illinois-based wine and spirits distributor with operations in Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada and Wisconsin. In the 1990s, the company expanded operations throughout Illinois, and in 2003, began adding warehouses to support its operations. Most recently, in 2008, when the company combined operations in Illinois with Glazer's Distributors, the company went from shipping 4 million to 8 million cases a year. It also ended up operating out of three metro warehouse facilities in Chicago, plus an additional office building, and rebranding under the Wirtz Beverage name.More

    Critical skills for being a great leader
    Bradenton Herald
    It is amazing that so many people think of themselves as great leaders but do not demonstrate leadership qualities. Being an owner or a boss does not make you a leader, as true leadership is not about the position you hold but the attributes you display. People follow leaders because they want to, not because they have to.More

    Do you know these employee recruiting fundamentals?
    By Mel Kleiman
    The tools, technologies and techniques we use to attract potential employees keep evolving, but a great recruiting program is still all about basic "blocking and tackling." For starters, if you only recruit when you have a job opening, you cannot get the best. Waiting to recruit until you need someone is like grocery shopping when you're hungry — you'll buy the first thing that looks good that you can open and eat right away. Feeling pressured to hire someone causes you to be less selective and, more often than not, results in a poor hiring decision.More

    Looking to share your expertise?
    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

    The difference is in the details
    DC Velocity
    Consumers who buy merchandise online oftentimes return all or part of their orders, and when they do, they expect that transaction to be a breeze. Free shipping, preprinted labels, instant return authorizations, and the option to return e-commerce merchandise to brick-and-mortar stores have become mandatory for e-tailers if they expect to stay in the game.More

    Do these boxes make me look leaner?
    Material Handling & Logistics
    By producing the right-sized boxes for each of its products as they're needed, Franklin Electric has cut material requirements, storage space, waste and shipping costs.More

    Conquer the dock's top 3 hazards
    Material Handling & Logistics
    Looking at safety statistics, it's easy to conclude that the loading dock is one of the most hazardous areas of your operations. A quarter of all accidents occur there. The majority of these accidents result in the dreaded back injury that, according to OHSA, ultimately ends up costing U.S. companies upwards of $80 billion annually.More

    Supply chains benefit from adoption of 2-D matrix code technology
    Supply Chain Digest
    Ease of installation and a high cost-to-benefit ratio are driving a rapid expansion for data matrix codes throughout the supply chain. A rapidly growing number of retail packages sport them, and whole market sectors like pharmaceuticals are also making extensive use of 2-D codes. As usage grows, the knowledge base for material handling system integrators will continue growing, making it easier for companies to install systems and begin reaping the benefits of data matrix coding.More