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WERC Seminars Provide Focused Warehouse Training

Achieving Warehouse Success: A Guide to Managing an Effective Operation
October 14-16, 2009
If you’re in a supervisory or managerial position in a warehouse setting, here is a perfect opportunity to build or refresh your knowledge. Understand ways to make the most of all three of your basic resources – space, equipment and labor. More

Maximizing Warehouse Space: The Key to Productivity
November 10-11, 2009
Facility layout drives daily decisions about product location, picking paths and methods, flow-through, put-away, receiving and shipping. What can you do to get the balance of productivity and throughput that will best serve your customer needs? Learn key rules of thumb to help maximize warehouse layout and improve productivity. More

In the News

Upbeat on WERC: Interview with Michael Mikitka
from DC Velocity
In good economic times and bad, says Michael Mikitka, there will be a need for professional education -- and for groups like WERC that provide it. The trough of a recession might seem an unpropitious time to take the helm of an influential trade association, but you won't hear Mikitka complain. Though he acknowledges that "economics have made membership a more challenging product to sell," Mikitka, who was recently named executive director of the Warehousing Education and Research Council, is quick to point out that a downturn doesn't diminish the need for professional education and training. As long as there are warehouses, managers will want information on how they can refine and improve their processes—and that is precisely what his group intends to provide. He met recently with DC VELOCITY Group Editorial Director Mitch Mac Donald to talk about the programs WERC is developing, the group's online initiatives, and why the days of the 500-page book are over. More

Study: U.S.-Mexico Trucking Dispute Hurting Economy
from DC Velocity
The U.S. government's decision earlier this year to end a cross-border trucking program with Mexico, and subsequent economic retaliation by the Mexican government, has already resulted in 25,000 lost American jobs, $2.6 billion in foregone U.S. exports, and $2.2 billion in higher costs for U.S. businesses and consumers, according to a U.S. Chamber of Commerce study released Sept. 15. More

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Survey of Third-Party Logistics Provider CEOs Reveals Industry Trends
from Parcel
Key findings from the “2009 3PL Provider CEO Perspective” survey are presented in the linked article. The findings, sponsored by Penske Logistics, analyze responses from 35 third-party logistics company CEOs across North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific whose companies were responsible for generating approximately $64 billion in revenue in 2008. More

It’s Not Easy to Size a DC’s Capacity Correctly
from Supply Chain Digest
When designing a new distribution center or automating an existing one, a critical factor is how you establish the throughput or storage number that the facility should support. Determining that number is not an easy or even very clear exercise. Few “best practices” or even industry guidelines exist. “It’s part science and part art,” says Jim Barnes, president of enVista, a supply chain consulting firm that does a lot of DC design work. More

The Top 10 Myths and Realities of S&OP
from Supply Chain Brain
A new paradigm for sales and operations planning (S&OP) has emerged. After more than 20 years of focus on supply-demand balancing, today’s S&OP integrates time-phased revenue, cost and margin plans with a company’s operational plans. This process is also increasingly being used by executives to ensure that the company’s operational plans are aligned with the company’s strategic goals and priorities. With executives firmly in control and held accountable, this revised approach to S&OP -- which some companies are now calling Integrated Business Planning -- is enabling significant improvements in overall business performance. More

U.S. Durable Goods Orders Tumble 2.4 Percent in August
from MarketWatch
The incipient recovery in the manufacturing sector stumbled in August, as a big decline in orders for new airplanes pushed total durable goods orders down 2.4 percent, the largest decline since January, the Commerce Department reported. More

NAM Tells EPA the Clean Air Act is Not a “Blunt Instrument”
from Material Handling Management
The National Association of Manufacturers has sent a letter to U.S. Senators urging them to support an amendment that would stop the EPA from issuing an “endangerment finding” for carbon dioxide. The amendment, proposed by Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Ark., would prohibit the EPA from regulating emissions from stationary sources, such as power plants and industrial facilities for one year. The Murkowski amendment pertains to H.R. 2996, the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. More

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