Nov. 14, 2013


If you're going to attend NITL's 106th Annual Meeting & TransComp Exhibition, Nov. 16-20, at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, stop by Booth 743 and say hello!

WERCouncil Events

  • Dec. 4, Chicagoland WERCouncil Modeling & Benchmarking Supply Chain Leadership, 8:30 to 10:45 a.m.
  • Dec. 4, Atlanta WERCouncil — How Does Your Warehousing Operation Measure Up?, 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
  • Dec. 4, Michigan WERCouncil Operational Metrics & Measurements Dinner Presentation, 5 to 8:30 p.m.
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    Need logistics insight? Consider analytics
    DC Velocity
    For logistics managers facing never-ending pressure to find distribution efficiencies, one solution could be software that can provide insights into their operations. That's why when it comes to buying execution software for warehousing or transportation, these managers should make it a point to look for packages that offer analytics.More

    Mobile tech taking hold across the supply chain
    DC Velocity
    The chief information officer for BNSF Railway imagines the day when the railroad might use drones to inspect its vast network of rail bed and bridges, with the unmanned aircraft sending data back to the appropriate engineering and maintenance locations. An executive for Home Depot foresees a salesperson designing a customer's new kitchen on a tablet, making the sale, and submitting the order to start the production process. On the store floor, sales personnel — and customers themselves — will be able to pinpoint the location of inventory in the store or in nearby outlets.More

    6 things managers should not talk about at work
    By D. Albert Brannen
    Managers have a special role for employers because they are legal agents. What they say, do and know can be attributed to their employer. Depending on the issue, employers can be strictly liable for the conduct of managers. Several laws come into play here, but there are certain things that managers should absolutely not talk about with employees or anyone else at work. This article lists six of these topics, but by no means is this an exhaustive list.More

    6th Annual Salary Survey: With warehouse/DC experience comes reward
    Modern Materials Handling
    The results of Modern's 6th Annual Salary Survey paint an appealing picture of employment in materials handling, even as young, new talent continues to trickle into the industry. At $95,010, the average base salary is the highest in the six years of our survey, up nearly 6 percent over last year's record average. Just as with last year, an impressive 97 percent of the more than 735 respondents expressed satisfaction with their work.More

    IKEA distribution center to double size of solar array
    IKEA, a home furnishings retailer, announced plans to double the current size of the rooftop solar array on its Maryland distribution center. The project will begin in 2014 and is slated to be completed by April of that same year.More

    8 tips for delivering difficult employee feedback
    By Liz Murphy
    Being in a leadership position can be rewarding, but it does require a lot of time and dedication to your people. In fact, one of the biggest responsibilities of a leader is identifying and correcting performance issues. Because an employee's performance can be a sensitive matter, here are eight tips to help you deliver difficult feedback in a way that produces positive results.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

    Managing change and expectations
    Supply Chain Digest
    When you consider the manner in which most new government sponsored social/political programs are proposed, it may be hard to believe that human beings are capable of rational thinking. It is a fact that whenever new policy changes are proposed there will be many diverse opinions and objections voiced along with some hysteria and name-calling. This unique human behavioral characteristic extends beyond politics into the business world.More

    British Red Cross tests RFID for equipment tracking
    RFID Journal
    The British Red Cross has begun piloting an RFID system at its Bristol warehouse and London headquarters, in order to identify equipment used during emergency-response scenarios around the world. Approximately 500 assets, such as laptops, satellite telephones, forklifts, vehicles and generators, are being fitted with passive ultrahigh-frequency RFID tags that will be read via handheld readers as the items are sent into the field for use by Red Cross volunteers, and again when they are returned.More

    How important is achieving ROI?
    Supply Chain Digest
    Cliff Holste writes, "Not all improvement projects, especially in DCs, are approved based on satisfying a particular financial ROI policy. Over the years, I have worked with clients that understood the relationship between continuous improvement and the cost of doing business. Many of these businesses are privately held and the owners look at growth and improvement as a way to stay in business in a depleted economy."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

    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.More