|Nov. 15, 2012|
2012 Facilities Trends Survey
We invite you to take a few minutes of your time to answer the survey on the state of the U.S. distribution network. WERC has conducted similar surveys in the past and the results of this survey will add to that body of knowledge. Please contribute to this short survey. All responses will be kept strictly confidential, and the data collected will be presented in aggregate form only. As an incentive, we are offering a COMPLIMENTARY REGISTRATION FOR CONFERENCE 2013 (a $1,375 value) for one lucky respondent.
Hurricane Sandy disaster relief information
The American Logistics Aid Network is coordinating with other organizations to handle logistics disruptions and relief efforts centered around Hurricane Sandy. Click here for the latest information. To make in-kind donations of needed supply chain and logistics goods and services, visit http://www.alanaid.org/relief-needs.php.
How security and service can coexist
Material Handling & Logistics
Disruptions to supply chain services can adversely affect a country's economy and security. Supply chain organizations, however, can mitigate these vulnerabilities by adopting the International Standard ISO 28000. If implemented correctly, this standard can contribute to U.S. safety while enhancing a company's service levels. In his introduction to the national strategy for global supply chain security, published earlier this year, President Barack Obama emphasized the United States' commitment to ensuring "efficient and secure transit of goods through the global supply chain system."More
Container import volumes up nearly 6 percent this month despite Sandy's impact, monthly Port Tracker predicts
Import volumes at the nation's major container ports in November is projected to rise 5.9 percent over the same period a year ago despite the supply chain disruptions caused by mega-storm Sandy, according to a monthly report published by the National Retail Federation and consultancy Hackett Associates. The U.S. ports followed by the study, known as "Global Port Tracker," handled 1.42 million 20-foot equivalent units in September, the latest month for which actual numbers are available.More
BCI explores outsourcing as top cause of supply chain disruption
A newly published survey from the Business Continuity Institute highlights the importance that outsourcing decisions have in supply chain resilience, with service issues attributed to outsourcing jumping to third place in the causes of supply chain disruption at 35 percent, (up from 17 percent in 2011). Respondents from across 68 countries also revealed that 73 percent of organizations recorded at least one supply chain disruption in 2011 with 39 percent of analyzed disruption originating from below the immediate supplier.More
Analysts warn supply chain IT systems increasingly vulnerable to attack
By 2016, a single information technology incident in the supply chain could cost companies millions of dollars in data loss and remediation, according to a report issued last month by two Gartner analysts, Neil MacDonald and Ray Valdes. The report, "Living in a World Without Trust: When IT's Supply Chain Integrity and Online Infrastructure Get Pwned," says supply chains are increasingly vulnerable to hacker attacks because they require information to be exchanged between multiple partners.More
RIP for RFID?
The global market for RFID technologies is more than $6 billion a year — but healthcare comprises only a small percentage of that number. The following is a look at RFID's role in the healthcare packaging sector.More
Enterprise sustainability management: An emerging paradigm
The management of sustainability is one of the most rapidly evolving areas in the industrial space. Over a long history, it's gone from an ideology to a strategic initiative embedded into daily operations. Leaders no longer manage sustainability in a reactive and local manner. Rather, in what is quickly emerging as the paradigm of Enterprise Sustainability Management, it's managed proactively and globally as part of larger operational excellence initiatives.More
Can a build-to-suit distribution center building cost less than a spec building?
When a company considers acquiring a new facility, such as a distribution center, it is making a long-term decision. While there are many business specific requirements for housing a company's warehousing and order fulfillment operations, the most basic decisions relate to throughput and storage capacity. Throughout the U.S. industrial park developers have built facilities ahead of actual demand. Due to the slowdown in the economy over the last several years, there is a large inventory of spec buildings available and perhaps some good opportunities for companies who are looking to make a move.More