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WERC local events that you should consider attending:
07/14 Baltimore/Wash DC WERCouncil Penguin Random House Tour
07/14 Northern California WERCouncil's Mid-Summer Mixer & Membership Drive
07/30 Northern California WERCouncil's Lagunitas Brewery Tour
08/05 Columbus WERCouncil 2nd Annual Presentation on "Labor in the DC"
05/15-18 ' 16 SAVE THE DATE: 2016 WERC Conference - Providence, RI
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Most OEMs mismanage supply chain talent
With 91 percent of companies acknowledging that they could manage their supply chain talent more efficiently, there is clear room for improvement. But it's not always a simple fix. Despite nearly 50 percent of CEOs citing that talent, knowledge and availability is one of their top three business woes, 61 percent admitted that they hadn't made any steps to resolving this issue, even though it typically takes around five months to fill a high level position.
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Reducing employee turnover: 4 strategies that work
By Bianca Gibson
By the time your top talent is in an exit interview, it's too late to determine what could have been done differently. But, how you react to the situation can make all the difference. A new survey discovered that 40 percent of human resource professionals cite employee turnover/retention as their top organizational challenge. Employee retention does not rely solely on recognition and engagement, but requires an assortment of key elements.
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New overtime rule could affect up to 5 million workers
USA Today
A proposed new rule governing overtime pay will mean bigger paychecks for up to 5 million workers, Obama administration officials said June 30. The change "goes to the heart of what it means to be middle class in America," said Labor Secretary Thomas Perez. Business groups and congressional Republicans said the proposal would force employers to reduce overtime hours and perhaps cut the number of workers.
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Survey: People the biggest supply chain challenge in next 10 years
Supply Management
People, water and energy will be the biggest resource challenges for supply chains over the next decade, according to research. A survey of 620 executives from around the globe by SCM World looked at concerns and perceived challenges about natural resources including water, energy, land, materials and minerals, and people, and their impact on the supply chain.
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  Lansdale: Customer Driven Logistics™
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.

4 forklifts and lifting equipment safety tips
Unless you're superman, you're not going to be lifting heavy pallets anytime soon. Enter the forklift. Forklifts are great tools for businesses that need them. But, they can also be very dangerous. Safety is the primary concern around these heavy machines, so understand when they need to be inspected and fixed.
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Direct and indirect procurement are worlds apart
There's been a great myth sweeping across the world of procurement. It's come about as procurement technology has grown widespread and companies are vying for customers to sign onto their solutions. The myth takes the form of an eraser, scrubbing away the lines between direct and indirect procurement.
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Tesco forecaster: Look for skills over experience
Logistics Manager
Tesco supply chain forecaster Michael Moss has called on logistics firms to look further afield when recruiting new staff if they wish to compete at the highest level. Too much emphasis is given on "supply chain experience" among recruiters, said Moss, when the better proposition may come from an outside field.
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10 supply chain gotchas, and how to avoid them
Enterprise Apps Today
Supply chain mistakes can cost big bucks. So companies should be aware of these 10 common supply chain errors. The larger an industry grows, the easier it is for participants to make mistakes, and the supply chain industry, estimated by Fortune to be at $1.3 trillion and growing, is no exception.
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Don't let training hold back your safety culture
EHS Today
People are the most important resource for any company, no matter the industry. Because of this, ensuring that people are working efficiently and effectively should be a universal executive priority. Sadly, one element of that workforce productivity that falls through the cracks is corporate safety culture.
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Freight brokerage: What the warehouse manager needs to know (Ken Ackerman)

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