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WERC, MHEDA invite members to networking reception at ProMat 2013
The two associations jointly will host a reception for members from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the McCormick Place Room S105 A, B/C. Each association will raffle off a convention/conference registration at the reception, so be sure to stop by and say hello.

WERCouncil events
  • Dec. 5, Utah WERCouncil Usana Facility Tour, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Dec. 5, Chicagoland WERCouncil Confidently Committing to a DC Design When Demand is Unpredictable, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Dec. 6, North Carolina WERCouncil Lunch and Learn at Angus Barn, noon to 2:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 7, Tennessee WERCouncil Ingersoll Rand/Trane Facility Tour, 10 a.m. 1 p.m.

  • How do companies rate the specific capabilities of their WMS and TMS?
    Supply Chain Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    How do companies rate the specific functional capabilities of the warehouse and transportation management systems? That's a question Supply Chain Digest has rarely if ever seen asked. Recent research from Chief Supply Chain Officer Insights took a look at that issue, finding that many current WMS and TMS users see weakness in many higher-end areas of funtionality, perhaps good news in a sense for providers of WMS and TMS software, as perhaps many companies are looking for something a little better. A large percentage of even many large firms have aging WMS and TMS solutions. More

    Sustainability spending to grow less than 10 percent in 2013
    Environmental Leader    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Corporate spending on energy, environment and sustainability management in 2013 will grow by less than 10 percent, according to a Verdantix survey. The "Global Sustainability Leaders Survey: Budgets and Priorities" report, which is based on interviews with 250 sustainability decision-makers at firms with revenues over $250 million, across 13 countries and 21 industries, found that 46 percent of respondents expect their spending to increase by up to 10 percent next year, while 39 percent face flat budgets. More

    Storage: A conventional approach to an everyday problem
    Modern Materials Handling    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Bob Trebilcock writes, "I may have been an English major with limited mechanical ability, but I love watching machines at work. It's one of the reasons I get a kick out of shows like ProMat. It's also a reason I like writing about automation. When you talk on a daily basis to companies that are implementing automation in their DCs, its easy to think that automation is the solution to every company's productivity and efficiency problems." More

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    To motivate people, give them something to be proud of
    Harvard Business Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    While people expect fair pay for their services, we all know that money isn't king. Nevertheless, when it comes to business we all too often act as if it were. We think purely in terms of salaries, bonuses, and people's positions on the org chart. While we pay lip-service to the idea that people may have non-financial motivation for their work — acknowledgement, appreciation, pride in accomplishment, enjoyment and so forth — we spend all our time working out how to incentivize our workforce with financial rewards. More

    The consumer-driven transportation network
    DC Velocity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Fab Brasca, vice president of global logistics at JDA Software, discusses how retailers can adapt their transportation strategies to the new economy, reducing costs and increasing speed and agility, among other benefits. More

    The art of survival in a supply chain ecosystem
    Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The last five years proved we are more vulnerable to global events than we ever imagined. Even if you never felt the direct impact, chances are you experienced second and the third-degree effects. This should remind us we all live in an "ecosystem." This is because supply chains are built by engineers, not psychologists or political science professionals. Their aim is to maximize the benefits accrued by a highly organized network of partners. More


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    Logistics clusters as drivers of growth: An interview with Yossi Sheffi
    DC Velocity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Yossi Sheffi may have his roots in engineering, but he has brought his scientific perspective and a seemingly boundless curiosity to bear on transportation, logistics, and supply chain management. Sheffi, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is the director of the school's Center for Transportation and Logistics as well as its Master of Engineering in Logistics degree program. More

    Fans cure sweating slab syndrome
    Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Spring and fall herald pleasant weather in many areas, with warm days and cool nights. However, the same combination that makes outdoor activities pleasant can wreak havoc in industrial facilities. Temperature and humidity swings create condensation on concrete slab floors common in many industrial settings. Known as "sweating slab," this sheen of water can cause big issues with employee safety and product integrity. The following are a few of the common questions about sweating slab, and an example of a company that solved its perspiration problem. More

    Can RFID-based system deliver more productivity for very narrow aisle forktruck movements?
    Supply Chain Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Can productivity in very narrow aisle forktruck systems be improved by as much as 25 percent through use of RFID location systems and smart truck controls? Maybe yes, according to Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc., which announced this week the availability in the North American market a system developed in Europe by Jungheinrich that uses this innovative approach. MCFA is a distributor of Jungheinrich products in North America. More


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