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JOC Inland Port Conference special offer
The JOC Inland Port Conference, which will take place on Sept. 5-6, at the Marriott Oak Brook Hills Resort in Oak Brook, Ill., will illustrate to shipper organizations/BCOs how utilizing rail intermodal through inland ports, as part of a North American import or export supply chain, can help achieve meaningful benefit in reducing transportation and fuel costs, reducing supply chain risk, and expanding access to capacity.

WERC members are entitled to register at a discounted rate of $650. Just use this promotional code during registration: WERC12. To register, or for more information, please visit:

WERCouncil Events
  • Aug. 13, North Carolina State Research in Ergonomics and Design Lab Tour, noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 17, Utah WERCouncil Specialized Bicycles Warehouse Tour, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

  • Productive at any speed
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    Whether your industry's products are mature or changing rapidly, your distribution strategy must be open to evolution. Here's a look at how logistics pros survive at both ends of the spectrum. More

    6 steps to a successful retrofit
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    Even the best run, most modern, most productive distribution centers have a life cycle. Equipment ages; newer, faster, better technology comes along; or the business changes and with it, the demands on the DC. Eventually the day comes when it becomes apparent to all concerned that an upgrade is in order if the operation is going to stay competitive. Although some companies take that as an opportunity to move to a newer, more up-to-date facility, that's not the only option. Another alternative is to retrofit the existing DC, replacing older equipment with modernized parts or systems. More

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    Real option analysis is relevant to supply chains too
    The 21st Century Supply Chain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Trevor Miles writes, "Over the years, I have come to understand and appreciate the importance of financial outcomes, but I was well into my 30s before I could read a financial statement. In truth, it was probably a few years after that before I understood what lay behind a financial statement. And being self-taught, I have no doubt that there is much I still do not understand. But I still would rate my knowledge to be well above average among the self-taught supply chain community that studied one form or another of engineering or computer science. And that is a pity." More

    Are you creating disgruntled employees?
    Harvard Business Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    You can't make every worker happy, surely, and should a business even try? Evidence from our recent research suggests, actually, that the answer is yes. Or rather, evidence shows that managers are giving up far too soon on their disgruntled employees, making them less productive than they could be, exposing their companies to unnecessary risks from thefts and leaks in the process, and inflating turnover costs. More

    RFID adds security, sophistication to multitouch exhibit tables
    RFID Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Ideum, a manufacturer of custom multitouch exhibit tables for museums, universities, research labs, corporate boardrooms and other large, interactive environments, is building radio frequency identification technology into its fourth-generation models, thereby bringing functionality previously unavailable to the multitouch table market. More

    Using a supply chain control tower to become your own 4PL
    Supply Chain Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    As more organizations are moving toward heightened supply chain visibility, many are coming to realize that what they’re also doing is becoming their own fourth-party logistics provider. What's a 4PL? The term was coined by Accenture (when it was Andersen Consulting) and is defined as "an integrator that assembles the resources, capabilities, and technology of its own organization and other organizations to design, build and run comprehensive supply chain solutions." More

    The promise and value of an operational control tower
    The 21st Century Supply Chain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Disparate planning and performance management tools are no longer the answer. Executives need a 360-degree view of their business and real-time predictive analytics to maximize opportunities and to reduce risk. More

    How to manage your smartest, strangest employee
    Harvard Business Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The drive, persistence, originality of perspective and pure talent that characterizes "internal entrepreneurs" is both a major asset to your company and a management challenge for you. So how do you manage these internal entrepreneurs while balancing the competing interests of creativity and collaboration? CEOs often are faced with the challenge of how to foster innovation while keeping these side effects of innovation from being detrimental to the workplace. There is no complete answer, but some of the necessary pieces are known. More

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    RFID-enabled lockers help UK organizations manage electronic equipment
    RFID Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    More than 100 Highways Agency offices within the United Kingdom are managing the use of the organization's radios by means of a radio frequency identification solution that records when each radio is placed into or removed from a secured locker, and by whom. The technology was developed by Traka, a division of ASSA Abloy. Traka, based in England, has provided electronic key-management solutions since 1990. More

    Show your friends material handling is sexy
    Material Flows    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Tom Andel writes, "Every once in a while material handling makes news outside its industry boundaries. Many incidents that grabbed the outside world's attention in the last couple years involved wood pallets, believe it or not. I was reminded of this when I heard that Bruce Scholnick died. While he was president and CEO of the National Wooden Pallet and Container Association, MH&L interviewed him many times about controversies connecting wood pallets to food and drug contamination and even tree infestations." More


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