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WERC Conference hotel discount rate to end this Friday

So you've successfully registered to the upcoming WERC Conference, but have not yet booked your hotel stay? WERC has negotiated discounted room rates at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, the hotel where all conference sessions and activities are being held. Be sure to book your room by Friday, April 3. Booking your hotel after the deadline will not guarantee the savings. So hurry, the deadline is approaching! Click here for hotel and booking info.

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WERC local events that you might want to consider attending:
April 8 North Carolina WERCouncil Ingles Tour
April 15 Washington WERCouncil UPS Tour & Networking Reception Afterward
April 20 Atlanta WERCouncil-Atlanta Community Food Bank Tour
April 21 N. Carolina WERCouncil Sheetz Warehouse Tour/Networking Luncheon
April 22 NY/NJ/CT WERCouncil Lifetime Brands Tour, Presentation & Dinner
May 3-6 * 2015 WERC Conference - Orlando, FL *
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Wave of change upends cargo handling at US ports
Hellenic Shipping News
While Seattle and Tacoma, Washington, have cleared the backlog of ships anchored in Puget Sound, 18 ships are still stuck off Southern California, and the entire West Coast has only begun to eliminate the cargo backlog from the recent labor dispute. But the fight between shippers and the dockworkers union, resolved in February, was only one of the causes of chronic congestion.
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3 steps to a more socially responsible supply chain
CGMA Magazine
Prioritizing sustainability issues in the supply chain yields a number of quantifiable benefits to organizations, including increased competitiveness. In a recent study, researchers identified three advantages of adopting such measures, including a reduction in supply chain costs of between 9 and 16 percent.
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Making your warehouse more effective
By Ken Ackerman
So much has been written on the subject of warehouse productivity improvement that one is tempted to believe nothing else needs to be said. Yet, in our constantly changing environment, we must look at new ideas from the present decade, as well as recycled ideas from the past. Certain things about warehousing do not change, at least not rapidly. Most warehousing is a service industry. Those who provide third-party services are a pure service industry, while private warehouses may have a mixed role. In either case, the warehouse has all of the peculiarities of a service industry.
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Prevent injury with these warehouse safety essentials
More than 360,000 people work at 16,000 warehouses and storage facilities in the United States, and the work they do is fraught with hazards. Keep reading to make sure your warehouse employees are aware of the risks and have the knowledge and skills to avoid them. There are four main causes of warehouse incidents: forklifts, back injuries, slips and falls, and struck-by/crush injuries from falling or collapsing boxes and products.
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Lansdale Warehouse is a family-owned-and-operated logistics provider located in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. Since its founding in 1958, Lansdale Warehouse has furnished comprehensive logistics services in a public and contract environment for both national and international customers who require access to the United States markets. Our "Customer Driven Logistics"™ principle means your needs as a customer are our primary focus.

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No let-up seen in demand for warehouse workers
The State Journal-Register
Demand for warehouse workers from forklift operators to package handlers should remain strong through at least 2022, based on long-term employment projections from the state of Illinois. The result of that trend at food distribution giant Dot Foods Inc. of Mount Sterling was formation early this year of Women of the Warehouse to help attract women to jobs traditionally held by men.
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UN:Tackle constraints in your supply chain or pay the price
Supply Management
New UN Sustainable Development Goals will be unveiled in September to offer firms the opportunity to improve their performance and the societies in which they operate, a conference was told. Georg Kell, executive director of the UN Global Compact, said the public and private realms were blurring and so companies had to take responsibility for factors, such as air quality and water scarcity, once considered "externalities."
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4 signs that it's time to say goodbye to a bad employee
Anne Rose
You have a relatively new employee or independent contractor working for you. You've done training, enlisted a mentor to help this person and spent countless hours advising them on best practices. Yet there are still persistent deficiencies that leave you dissatisfied with their work. When do you pull the plug and say, "Goodbye. This isn't working out."? When do you admit that more training isn't going to solve the problems?
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The least — and most — risky places for us firms to get things made
As the world becomes more interconnected and businesses expand their supply chains far beyond their home countries, things can get risky. But some places are much more risky to supply chains than others. FM Global, a Rhode Island-based mutual insurance company, released a study naming the countries that present the least risk and most risk to international businesses' supply chains. The study considered several criteria, including countries' gross domestic product, government stability and infrastructure quality, among other factors.
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True collaboration is still a distant goal for shippers, carriers, ports
Logistics Management
Despite great strides in mechanization and technology, many U.S. ports and terminals remain challenged by political conflicts, internecine competition and internal communication issues. Logistics and supply chain managers attending the March 31 Navis World 2015 afternoon session Shipper, Carrier, Terminal Collaboration: Room for Improvement, were provided with a broad overview of the challenges ahead.
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When your co-worker is a robot
Crain's Chicago Business
Baxter, a robot hard at work in factories around the country, has appendages that move nimbly, like a dancer's arms, and gray eyes that appear on a screen positioned where one would expect a head. The eyes follow tasks the device has been programmed to do on a production line, shifting to the left or right as the work moves in those directions, like any employee made of the flesh. The moving eyes are a safety feature, signaling to humans where the device is focusing its energy, but they're also meant to have more of a cultural impact in factories.
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