Dec. 11, 2014

WERCouncil Events

Date Event Time
Dec. 15 Toronto WERCouncil Holiday Celebration Event 5-7 p.m.
Dec. 18 Atlanta WERCouncil: How does your warehousing operation measure up? 11:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m.
Jan. 8 WERC Webinar: Evaluating Metrics, Benchmarking & Best Practices 12-12:30 p.m.
Jan. 16 Arizona WERCouncil Amazon Tour 1- 2:30 p.m.

When is a warehouse obsolete?
Ken Ackerman
When does a building have no current value as a storage or distribution facility? Let's look at an example of how the value of a warehouse building can be almost completely destroyed. Then, we will consider some examples of ageless buildings. We will examine the notion that cross-docking can only be performed in a building specifically designed for that purpose. Finally, we will find out how technology can make an old building young again.More

Suppliers, distributors ready for another harsh winter
For states in the northern half of the country, particularly the Midwest and Northeast, tough winters are expected. Prolonged freezing temperatures and heavy snowfalls rarely catch anyone off guard in those regions. Even so, not many were ready for what Mother Nature brought last winter. Extended periods of below-zero temperatures and wintry conditions pushing south into unprepared states caused havoc in the energy and transportation grids.More

FTR: Heavy-duty rig orders seen surpassing 40,000 units in December
DC Velocity
Preliminary net orders of heavy-duty rigs in December surpassed 40,000 units for the second consecutive month, only the third time in nearly nine years that net truck orders exceeded the 40,000-unit level in back-to-back months, consultancy FTR said. According to FTR, net orders — defined as orders minus cancellations — for North American rigs totaled 40,560 units in December. The November total was 45,795 units.More

Develop attainable business resolutions to resonate year-round
Ellyn Caruso
As the calendar year draws to a close, it's beneficial to establish goals and set in motion a series of attainable business resolutions as we leap into 2015. Resolutions are typically lists loaded with specifics that quickly fall off the radar. This year, consider creating plans filled with concepts that will spur you and your business teams into action and help ring in new business all next year.More

Bridging the gap between buyers and suppliers
Fabricating.com via IndustryWeek
Many companies are considering expanding U.S. sourcing or reshoring production back to the U.S. in an effort to be located closer to customers. Some of the benefits of sourcing locally include increased flexibility to adapt to variable demand, lead time, time to market, eliminating higher shipping expenses and minimizing supply chain disruptions.More

Different ways to look at manufacturing data
Logistics Management
Based on the data source you look at, there are two distinctly, but, at times, overlapping cases being made for the state of manufacturing here in the United States. On the positive side, the most recent batch of monthly manufacturing data for November from the Institute for Supply Management points to smooth sailing on the manufacturing front.More

3/4 of buyers innovate by outsourcing
Supply Management
More than three-quarters of buyers have achieved business innovation through outsourcing, according to a survey. The study, conducted by consulting and benchmarking firm Aecus, also found more than 8 in 10 believed their current outsourcing suppliers "actively encourage innovation and ideas." More

FedEx, UPS tackle record volume of holiday shipments while facing stormy weather
The holiday shopping season is in full swing, and packages are being shipped worldwide in larger volumes than ever before, FedEX and UPS report. With a major storm ongoing in the Northeast, the companies are trying to make sure deliveries stay on schedule.More

Become a contributing writer
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