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WERCouncil events
  • Oct. 16, Eastern Pennsylvania/Delaware WERCouncil Special Tour & Networking Event, 4:30 to 9 p.m.

  • How to avoid 'sweating slab' in the warehouse
    DC Velocity
    If your warehouse or DC routinely develops a wet spot that's so deep employees refer to it as "the lake" and give it a name, then you have a bad case of "sweating slab." That's a real but extreme example of a phenomenon that causes cement floors to become wet and slippery, creating hazards for pedestrians and lift truck operators.
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    Helping employees manage workplace stress
    By Joy Burgess
    Workplace stress costs nearly $300 billion annually, due to rehabilitation, absenteeism from work and health care. Although some workplace stress is normal, when employees face excessive stress in the workplace, their physical, emotional and mental health may be negatively impacted. As managing stress becomes a more serious problem in the workforce, many employers now offer assistance to help employees reduce stress and improve overall workplace health.
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    Industry Pulse: Does your company have programs to help with employee stress?

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    Lift truck price is no object. Cost is.
    Chain of Thought
    Companies can pay anywhere between $15,000 and $50,000 for a new lift truck. That's the price they pay, but the real question is, what's the cost they bear? Many don't realize that more than 70 percent of that cost is in who they put behind the wheel. Labor drives lift trucks and their costs. That's why you'll never know what your lift trucks cost unless you crunch the numbers they generate.
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    Social Security Administration awards $3.3 million RFID contract
    RFID Journal
    One year after completing an initial installation of passive ultrahigh-frequency RFID technology to track IT assets at its data center in Woodlawn, Md., the Social Security Administration has signed a $3.3 million contract to supply RFID tags and readers to all three of its national data centers, as well as to 1,500 field offices across the United States. The technology will track the locations of data-center assets and office equipment on a central server, integrated with multiple asset-management and maintenance software systems.
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    Milking benefits from an AS/RS
    DC Velocity
    To help manage the flow of outbound goods from its Utah plant, yogurt giant Dannon built a new warehouse featuring an automated storage and retrieval system. The result? Annual cost savings of more than $3 million.
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    Food giant Mondelez in midst of dramatic supply chain transformation
    Supply Chain Digest
    Food giant Mondelez recently updates it plans and results for a major supply chain transformation, saying it could reduce its operating costs by billions of dollars amidst a veritable blizzard of operating initiatives. The company is just the latest in a long list of food and consumer packaged goods companies to dramatically change their supply chain networks and more over the past few years, a list that would include Kimberly-Clark, Hershey Foods, ConAgra and several others.
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    Same-day shipping: Understanding the cost factors
    Supply Chain Digest
    Like instant coffee and fast food, same-day shipping is a great time saver and appreciated convenience for most busy consumers, especially if there is little or no extra cost. Online retailers are offering this service across limited promotional SKUs, as a way of attracting new customers. Still, only a few retailers are actually equipped to provide rapid response services.

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    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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    Why we need more (women) leaders
    Harvard Business Review
    There's been a lot of talk this past year about why more women don't become leaders. About what our society needs to change to produce more female leaders. There's even been some discussion about why women are better leaders than men in some arenas. Often overlooked is this basic reality: what the world needs is more leaders, of whatever gender or any other characteristic.

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    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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