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North Texas WERCouncil Warehouse Resource Convention
In its 13th year, this event was the largest yet. With 40 exhibitors and 172 registered attendees, the event continues to provide value to the Dallas/Fort Worth area warehousing and logistics professionals. The exhibitors and sponsors are to be congratulated for making this year's event successful. New this year was a networking Pro Shop, sponsored by Optricity and a Putting Contest sponsored by Golf Galaxy to add a bit of fun and excitement to the event. The North Texas WERCouncil hopes to host this event again in 2015 with the help of industry suppliers and experts.
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WERCouncil Events
Date Event Time
Oct. 17 Northern California WERCouncil South San Francisco Scavengers Tour & Lunch 10 a.m.-noon
Oct. 23 Washington WERCouncil Burkhart Dental Supply Tour, Networking & Dinner 3-4:30 p.m.
Nov. 5 Arizona WERCouncil Packages for Home Charity Event 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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  Warehousing & Logistics in the US Southwest?
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The ultimate 3PL solution, States Logistics offers a wide range of services including Warehousing, Transportation and value-added services from Packaging to Multi-Vendor Consolidation programs. With over 4.0 million square feet in Southern CA and Phoenix, AZ, States Logistics has become the ‘Premier 3PL Provider’ in the US Southwest!

Supply chain managers concerned about port congestion
Supply Chain Management
The Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles continue to cope with peak season congestion, but operations are still sluggish. "While we were not blind-sided by the volumes coming in now, terminal operators may not have expected such a dramatic ebb and flow," said POLA Director of Media Relations Phillip Sanfield in an interview. "It's a difficult balancing act, with the rate of cargo discharge being the main problem."
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7 key elements of an effective new employee orientation program
D. Albert Brannen
New employee orientation is one of the most important of all human resources transactions. "You never get a second chance to make a first impression," is a saying that really applies to orienting or onboarding new employees. Regardless of the industry or employer, effective new employee orientation should include at least seven key elements.
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Teamsters get 1st win in attempt to organize FedEx freight drivers
Trucking info
After years of attempting to organize drivers at the trucking company FedEx Freight, the Teamsters Union recently scored its first victory. A group of 47 drivers at FedEx Freight's East Philadelphia terminal in Croydon, Pennsylvania, voted to join Teamsters Local 107 in Philadelphia. The vote was 26-18.
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NRF predicts 4.1 percent annual increase for 2014 holiday retail sales
Modern Materials Handling
Despite the relatively sluggish overall pace of retail sales growth, data issued by the National Retail Federation, points to annual retail sales gains for the 2014 holiday season. Holiday sales — as defined by the NRF — are sales in the months of November and December and exclude autos, gas and restaurant sales.
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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.

5 vital warehouse trends that could upend product packaging
Packaging Digest
Today's warehousing industry is changing significantly compared to 10 years ago. These shifts have the potential to impact the entire supply chain, including the packaging operations of product manufacturers.
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3 steps to bring sustainability to your supply chain
According to PwC's Global Supply Chain Survey 2013, more than two-thirds of supply chain executives said sustainability will play an increasing role in the supply chains of the future. It's clear that growing consumer demand and increasing legislation have begun to shift the perception of sustainable supply chains from "nice to have" to "need to have."
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Investors say logistics companies are in for the long haul
In a world where consumers are increasingly expecting frictionless, tech-enabled services, snail mail is just not cutting it. Just about anything can be ordered from a smartphone, but shipping it across the country takes days and often costs a small fortune. A variety of logistics startups have cropped up to tackle shortcomings in various sectors of the shipping industry, from local delivery by bike messenger to international delivery via trucking fleet management platforms.
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Why supply chain leaders are using big data analytics
Companies today are collecting increasingly massive amounts of data with the help of digital technologies. To make sense of that data, they need new strategies, improved skills and more powerful tools to crunch the numbers, and find the useful insights that are buried in the data. This situation is elevating the importance of big data analytics as a critical business capability.
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