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Sept. 17, 2009
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The Warehousing Education and Research Council Introduces WERCWatch

The Warehousing Education and Research Council announced today it has partnered with MultiBriefs to create the new WERCWatch, a free, opt-in e-mail resource providing comprehensive weekly news briefings of interesting stories important to the warehousing industry.

Each edition of WERCWatch contains articles gathered from an expansive list of sources, including news from the association and leading industry publications. Beginning today, September 17, WERCWatch will be delivered to the inboxes of WERC members and supporters, keeping subscribers informed of topics and trends that impact the warehousing industry.

WERCWatch is a great way to keep informed. The electronic publication can be easily read in your office, home, or via your mobile phone or PDA. Archived issues and an RSS are also available.

In the News
“Who’s Got My Supply Chain’s Back?”
from Logistics Quarterly
Some pundits have called 2008 the "perfect supply chain storm." Given this economic context, this article asks: how are many of the world’s global business leaders are now evaluating risk, their long-term vulnerability to it, and steps to becoming stronger competitors emerging from the recession? More

FDA Opens the Reportable Food Registry Electronic Portal
from Food Logistics
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has a new way to head off potential cases of foodborne illness – the Reportable Food Registry (RFR), where food industry officials must use to alert the FDA quickly, through an electronic portal when they find their products might sicken or kill people or animals. The requirement, a result of legislation, took effect with the launch of the portal. Facilities that manufacture, process or hold food for consumption in the United States now must tell the FDA within 24 hours if they find a reasonable probability that an article of food will cause severe health problems or death to a person or an animal. More

Highway Bill Coming into Sharper Focus, But a Delay is Likely
from Logistics Quarterly
One of the key issues confronting members of Congress is the expiration on September 30, 2009 of SAFETEA-LU, the current highway bill. Fortunately for logistics and supply chain professionals and for carriers, the need for renewed and increased funding over and above the $286 billion approved in SAFETEA-LU, is generally accepted. Not only is that amount now seen as falling short of what the U.S. needs to invest in highway maintenance and construction and transit, it is not even enough to stay on top of current expenses. More

Robots on the March: The Supply Chain Gang
from ECT News Network
The concern that robots may take away the jobs of their human counterparts has been around as long as automation itself, but that's not likely to happen, says a maker of supply chain robotics systems -- and the companies that use them echo that reassurance. There are legitimate concerns, however, that have more to do with refining the technology. Still, the benefits are likely to be great. More

What DC Workers Want
from DC Velocity
Warehouse and distribution center employees put job security ahead of pay when ranking workplace priorities and would rather have more paid vacation days than a 30-cent-per-hour wage increase. Those are among the findings of the third annual survey of 1,500 warehouse and DC employees by ProLogistix, an Atlanta-based logistics staffing firm. More

Freight Demand Shows More Signs of Pickup
Demand for freight in the U.S. continues to show signs demand is gradually picking up and buyers need to make sure their carriers are ready for it. U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported today that its Freight Transportation Services Index rose 1.6 percent in July from its June level, the first monthly increase since February and the largest increase since January 2008. The Freight TSI measures the output of for-hire freight transportation based on data from all freight modes. More

Freight Efficiency Pays Off
from DC Velocity
A new study calculates how much money could be saved by reducing the amount of oil consumed in transporting goods. The numbers are eye-popping. More

Five Questions to Ask Before Buying a Transportation Management System
Transportation Management Systems have come a long way in the last 10-15 years. Improved computer processing power, better optimization algorithms, and more customizable user interfaces have all contributed to increase the functionality and effectiveness of a TMS. While greatly enhanced, TMS are not all the same and none of them are perfect for all users. While it is important to understand the specific features of each TMS, there are other considerations. Following are four questions that transcend individual features that you should ask when choosing between Transportation Management Systems. More

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