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Meet the 2015 WERC Annual Conference keynote speakers

Finding something motivating and inspirational at the WERC Annual Conference will not be tough. For example, scheduled are three guest speakers that have promise to give conference attendees ideas to help create success, help understand team-building methods, and share new perspectives on enjoying work and the work environment. View their videos:

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WERC local events that you might want to consider attending:
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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Preventing a talent gap in supply chain management
When you hear about skills shortages and talent gaps, the discussion tends to surround STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — professions. However, a new concern also is breaking through. Supply chain management has become a far more complex and skill-demanding ordeal for businesses in a wealth of industries operating in virtually every location around the globe. Thankfully, it appears as though many businesses, including those operating within the manufacturing sector, are working to nip this problem in the bud by providing their own types of training for supply chain managers to digest.
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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 experience with your peers through well-written commentary. Make 2015 the year you get published as an expert in your field! Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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Internal thefts: OK to redo background checks?
Business Management Daily
Has your workplace experienced an increase in theft? If so, you're probably exploring different loss-prevention measures — including taking a closer look at your current employees. As this case shows, running new background checks on your current staff is not, by itself, a discriminatory act. Just make sure that before the checks begin, you set clear standards on how you will react to the results.
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Survey: Manufacturers optimistic despite stronger dollar
Manufacturing executives are more optimistic about the U.S. economy than at any point in nearly 10 years, according to the latest quarterly survey from PwC US. The April 2015 Manufacturing Barometer — which interviewed 58 senior executives of large multinational U.S. industrial manufacturers — showed that 76% of survey respondents were optimistic about the national economy during the next 12 months, an increase of 8 percentage points from the previous poll and the highest level since the final quarter of 2005.
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Amazon expands superfast delivery to more cities
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Amazon Prime members pay an annual fee to receive free two-day shipping, and in some cities, they can receive orders in a matter of hours. Amazon promises to continue to expand its free 2-hour delivery service to additional cities in 2015, starting with Atlanta and Dallas. Amazon Prime Now is currently available in Baltimore, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Miami, Dallas, and Atlanta and applies to "tens of thousands of daily essentials."
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Study: Traditional supply chains undergo radical transformation by 2025
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
On the heels of ProMat 2015, innovations like predictive analytics, 3-D printing and wearable technologies are changing the supply chain landscape, according to a study conducted by MHI, the Charlotte, North Carolina-based host of the ProMat show, and Deloitte Consulting, LLP, Chicago. In fact, on average, companies surveyed expect to invest heavily in new supply chain technologies over the next two years, with the top 17 percent spending over $10 million.
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7 ways 3PLs support warehousing and distribution
Modern Materials Handling
As the companies that manage the logistics operations of a variety of facilities, third-party logistics providers, or 3PLs, have come a long way since their inception in the 1970s. In response to demand, for example, 3PLs expanded their services to not only include end-to-end logistics coordination and management, but also technology integration, global shipping functions as well as warehousing/distribution support.
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Using material handling systems to improve productivity
Reliable Plant
The material handling industry has undergone considerable change since the days when humans first realized they could move materials more easily by rolling them over logs. Complex manufacturing control systems have evolved to support the specific material handling challenges inherent in automotive assembly processes. However, the basic goals to eliminate waste and improve process efficiency remain the same.
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The 5 hidden risks in your supply chain
Modern manufacturing is no longer as simple as Henry Ford's first moving assembly line in 1913. In 2015, multiple lines are often running at the same time, with parts attached by robotic arms. Ford also sourced most of his supplies locally from the new parts factories around Detroit built to support the auto industry. It's likely that he wouldn't recognize today's supply chain with parts and raw materials imported from around the world. Ford's 1913 supply chain was vulnerable, but not to the same degree as manufacturers find in the 21st century.
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New supply chain risk index shows significant geographic shift
Logistics Management
Ukraine, roiled by conflict with neighboring Russia, poses significant challenges for companies considering expanding their supply chains there. So does Thailand, despite the years that have passed since the popular manufacturing destination's devastating floods. Exactly what risk do these countries present? Their vulnerabilities, as well as those of many other countries, are quantified in the definitive ranking of supply chain resilience around the world, the 2015 FM Global Resilience Index.
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