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  • When justifying automation in the DC, 'soft benefits' play an important role
    Supply Chain Digest
    Logistics companies who are expecting to increase shipping capacity through the adoption of higher levels of automation often find it necessary to go beyond the traditional ROI methods for justifying the project. They are looking to account for the "soft benefits" that are the byproducts of processing higher volumes with more efficient and comprehensive systems. They can be difficult to assess.
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    A successful website: 8 ways to get visitors to stick around
    By Andrea Fischetti
    When people land on your website, how much are they really engaging with your content? If you use Google Analytics, you should be able to make informed decisions about your website: knowing how much time people spend there, what pages they stay on or leave from and whether they return. Getting people to your site is a project in itself, but getting them to stay there and engage when they arrive is the hardest part. Here are eight sure ways to get them to stick around.
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    Realizing the promise of supply chain visibility
    The most important benefit of supply chain visibility is enabling management by exception, says Sean Riley, director of supply chain innovation at Software AG. He explains what is driving renewed interest in this area and outlines steps to achieving not only real-time alerts, but automated exception responses.
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    The warehouse tax beast burdens another state
    Chain of Thought
    Tom Andel writes, "Joel Anderson must feel like he's in a recurring nightmare. In it, he's battling a relentless and mighty foe, and just as he thinks he vanquishes this beast, another pops out to continue the fight. This beast is a big, hairy warehouse tax that has threatened Michigan and Pennsylvania, and is now going after Minnesota. As president and CEO of the International Warehouse Logistics Association, Anderson and his organization have played a major role in educating state legislatures on why taxes on warehousing are such a bad idea. His battles in Michigan and Pennsylvania were successful, but draining — and now he's taking up this fight once again in yet another state. When will politicians ever learn?"
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    What to think about when you think about printing
    DC Velocity
    DCs have a head-spinning array of choices when it comes to printing and labeling systems. Here are some tips for picking the right device for your operation.
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    How to reward your stellar team
    Harvard Business Review
    You've been told that getting the most from your team depends on rewarding and recognizing them collectively. But it's tough to do that, especially when most management systems are so focused on individual performance, undermining the very teamwork you're hoping to encourage. Luckily, you don't have to overhaul your company's evaluation process or pay structure. As a team manager, you can support the right behaviors with things that are in your control.
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    3 ways introverted leaders can thrive in an extroverted world
    By Deborah Wipf
    Have you ever stood in the back of a crowded room to take a break from talking to people? Did you have an overpowering urge to turn down that party invitation to stay home and read a book? Me too! As a fellow introvert, I can reassure you that you're not weird or antisocial. Solitude and quiet enable us to recharge so we can go back out into this extroverted world with some energy left in our emotional and physical tanks. So, how can introverted leaders cut through the noise?
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    Supply chain management reported to be on upswing as career choice
    In the midst of a slow U.S. recovery, the prospects for expanding roles, widespread employment opportunities, and solid salary growth seems incomprehensible in most fields. Yet, this is the reality for today's supply chain professionals. Peruse relevant industry reports and you will learn that supply chain management is on an upward trajectory as a career field.

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    Driving innovation in 3PL relationships
    To retain and keep profitable customers in today’s economic environment, 3PLs must provide innovative solutions that make the supply chain more efficient for both the customer and the provider, says John Dillon of APL Logistics.

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    Leadership lessons: Listen, learn, lead
    For a leader — or anyone else who wants to succeed at hiring and retaining the very best talent — listening is a crucial skill. Because when you tune the wrong people (talent) and information out, you're depriving yourself of priceless tools that will enable you to take your career, and life, to new levels of workplace fulfillment, reward and fun.

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    5 reasons why workplace flexibility is smart talent strategy
    Most of us, at some point in our lives, have worked in organizations that are rigid and unyielding. You know, cubicle world — acres of gray carpeting bathed in florescent light. We all know these kinds of work cultures breed mediocrity. They deaden the soul (not to mention productivity and creativity). A company may be able to survive being managed that way, but it won't soar. Because top talent will have no interest in working there.
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    8 easy tips to improve your communication skills
    No one is a perfect communicator. Throughout our lives, we all develop little habits and patterns. Some of these habits are helpful, while some create challenges when working with others. We don't usually intend to cloud our objectives or make others feel like they weren't heard. In most cases, it's just these little habits that get in the way of solid teamwork and accountability. Here are eight simple tips that will solve most communication issues in the workplace.
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        Leadership lessons: Listen, learn, lead (Forbes)
    Summer heat melts productivity in industrial buildings (By Megan Browning)
    Does your DC need wider vision? (DC Velocity)
    The dynamics of automated material handling (SupplyChainBrain)
    Rapidly changing logistics requirements drive higher levels of DC automation (Supply Chain Digest)

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