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WERCouncil events
  • Sept. 20, Atlanta WERCouncil Golf Outing and Networking Event, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sept. 23, Philadelphia/Delaware Valley WERCouncil Phoenix Contact DC Tour & Networking, 4:30 to 9 p.m.
  • Sept. 24, 12th Annual North Texas WERCouncil - Warehousing Resource Convention, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • DC managers want task interleaving — What's it all about?
    Supply Chain Digest
    A recent survey on the future of warehousing and distribution found that among many other data points, logistics managers want to take greater advantage of "task interleaving." In that study from Motorola Solutions, 48 percent say they plan on increasing their use of so-called "task interleaving" in their DC operations over the next few years. So what is task interleaving all about?
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    Study states tolls could fund interstate highway reconstruction
    Material Handling & Logistics
    Over the next two decades most of the aging Interstate highway system will need to be reconstructed, which a new Reason Foundation study finds will cost approximately $1 trillion — nearly $600 billion in rebuilding costs plus $400 billion to add capacity.
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    Managing dynamic change within a fixed system
    Supply Chain Digest
    Over the past several decades, many Distribution Centers have adopted batch order picking and sorting methods to increase productivity and better manage operating cost. Recently, the wide adoption of multichannel marketing strategies have lead to customer order profile changes such as smaller, more frequent orders, and demand for next day or even same day shipping. But, for the most part, material handling systems (equipment and controls) have remained unchanged from a functional perspective. Existing system operations may be out of sync and not capable of supporting current requirements.
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    When you're innovating, resist looking for solutions
    Harvard Business Review
    If someone comes to you with a problem, you start thinking of a solution. That's natural — everyone does it. But as soon as you start thinking of a solution, you unconsciously begin shutting off possibilities for getting a deeper understanding of the problem and therefore of finding a truly breakthrough solution. That's why it can often be more productive to avoid "solutions" thinking when a problem arises. It's better to stay in what we call the "problem space" for as long as possible. If that sounds strange, here's an example of what we mean.
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    How distribution centers will creep across the data frontier
    Distribution centers' newest tool isn't a robot. It's a data point. Despite manufacturing heavies in the automotive and electronic sectors integrating robotic and automation into their assembly lines, machines aren't replacing distribution center employees just yet. Humans add flexibility and valuable problem-solving acumen to many tasks. There is, however, an emergence of advanced software technologies that are helping distributors make the most of their human workforce though advanced planning and management capabilities.
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    NIST issues draft publication on supply chain risk
    We all know that supply chain risk levels and awareness continue to rise across industries. The same goes for the federal government. A variety of agencies at all levels have begun to grapple with SCM risk issues and controls over the past couple of years. Now the national Institute of Standards and Technology has weighed in with a draft publication on "Supply Chain Risk Management Practices for Federal Information Systems and Organizations."
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    A crisis in leadership
    By Michael J. Berens
    Leaders must make difficult decisions that are not always popular. They instigate changes that upend people's lives and shift the balances of power and wealth. Are we too close to our time to recognize truly gifted leaders or to fully appreciate the effects of their decisions? Should we not be concerned about the ostensible leadership vacuum? Perhaps. But I suspect there are other forces at play.
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    Industry Pulse: Are we suffering from a lack of good leaders today?

    Share your knowledge
    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 expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. 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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    How to build more personal power
    MIT Sloan Management Review
    It's a classic career management challenge: dealing with those times when the power we need is not the power we have.

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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.

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    5 reasons every employer needs an employee handbook
    By D. Albert Brannen
    The days of believing that a handbook can cause more harm than good are long gone. In today's business environment, a handbook serves both as a sword to carve out your legal rights, as well as a shield to protect them.

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    Survey: Regulatory compliance biggest pain in global health care supply chain
    DC Velocity
    An annual survey of health care logistics executives found that regulatory compliance issues remain the main concern confronting the global health care supply chain. However, for the first time in the survey's six-year history, product security surpassed cost issues as the second most frequently cited worry by health care logistics professionals.
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    Would your employees recommend you?
    MIT Sloan Management Review
    The answer to that simple question may reveal a lot about your organization.
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