Nov. 7, 2013

New events to consider

WERC will offer four different presentations at the 2014 Modex show in Atlanta.

  • March 17, 2014 — Supply Chain Management in 2030 — 2 to 3 p.m.
  • March 18, 2014 — Lean for Less: 11 Quick, Low-Cost Ways to Make Your Warehouse or DC Lean — 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • March 18, 2014 — DC Measures Study: The Metrics You Use — 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
  • March 18, 2014 — Warehouse Employee Opinion Survey: 2013 Results — 3 to 4 p.m.

  • WERCouncil events
  • 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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    Lift truck technology: How to listen to a lift truck
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    IANA: Intermodal gains in third quarter paced by domestic containers
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    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

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    Modern Materials Handling
    One of the nation's best known retailers of luxury goods, Neiman Marcus' new facility was designed for crossdocking, store replenishment and e-commerce.More

    How to build more personal power
    MIT Sloan Management Review
    It's a classic career management challenge: dealing with those times when the power we need is not the power we have. Jean-Louis Barsoux and Cyril Bouquet, a senior research fellow and a professor of strategy respectively at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland, call this the moment when we are a "power-deficient executive," or PDE. They say that it's a common ailment and a role that most executives will experience at some point in their careers. Reasons range from the demographic group an executive is in to the level of his or her experience to personality quirks.More

    Farmers and distributors try a new way to track hay
    RFID Journal
    Hay farmers and distributors throughout North America, Europe and Australia are currently using or testing an RFID-based solution for tracking hay bales. The system allows the companies to store and access data regarding a single bale of hay, including its point of origin, date and time of harvest, moisture content, and exact location within a field, as well as any fertilizers used on it.More

    Today, just be average
    Harvard Business Review
    Do you ever "back door brag" about being a perfectionist? Unlike other obsessions and addictions, perfectionism is something a lot of people celebrate, believing it's an asset. But true perfectionism can actually get in the way of productivity and happiness.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

    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?More

    The supply chain link between real estate and logistics
    Material Handling & Logistics
    Real-estate professionals should be every bit as interested in supply chain management as logistics professionals, according to James Tompkins, CEO of Tompkins International, the consulting firm.More