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WERCouncil events
  • Dec. 6, North Carolina WERCouncil Lunch and Learn at Angus Barn, noon to 2:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 7, Tennessee WERCouncil Ingersoll Rand/Trane Facility Tour, 10 a.m. 1 p.m.

  • When a broken lift truck is a mission, not a job
    Chain of Thought    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Tom Andel writes, "More and more veterans returning from military service are being drawn to logistics jobs in trucking, rail and 3PLs. I read about this in an article from Load Delivered Logistics, a Chicago-area logistics service provider. That's great, I thought. It's just too bad more lift truck dealers aren't among the beneficiaries of that talent pool." More

    Crane owners shrug off global slowdown
    Modern Materials Handling    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The number of cranes owned by the world's 50 largest crane rental companies (the IC50) has remained almost unchanged over the last four years, despite hostile economic conditions. This finding is just one of numerous conclusions drawn from the new World Crane Report, an Executive Report published by KHL Group. Since 2008, numbers have ranged from 21,467 to 22,002 cranes. Prior to that there was a period of steep growth in the global fleet, from a low point of 15,540 units in 2004. More

    Supply-chain-minded store delivery
    Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Investing in automation to control costs and get leaner can only pay off if changes made in one part of the system do not increase costs in another. That's the philosophy behind Total System Thinking, a methodology that takes a holistic approach to supply chain improvements. TST uses a structured process to gain a complete understanding of the impact of any change to every segment of a supply chain before making any change. More

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    Q3 LTL and rail carrier results, trends
    Supply Chain Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Supply Chain Digest presents its quarterly review of the earnings reports and conference calls of major carriers, based on Q3 earnings calls that recently wrapped up. More

    Automation: Software rules
    Modern Materials Handling    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Bob Trebilcock writes, "Let's talk about software. When that topic comes up at Modern Materials Handling, we're generally talking about warehouse management systems. And for good reason. During the late 1990s, when I began writing about materials handling automation, end users were making big investments in WMS and automatic data collection technologies like bar code scanning and voice recognition technology. Today, there's a shift under way." More

    Strike at ports of LA and Long Beach ends as office workers union seems to win the negotiations
    Supply Chain Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The weeklong strike at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is over, as an agreement was reached Tuesday night that sent thousands of dock workers back to the job Wednesday morning. The walkout by the relatively small International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 Office Clerical Unit, which had been working without a contract since June of 2010, was honored by the regular dock workers union, causing a sudden halt to most activity at the nation's largest ports last Tuesday. More


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    Serendipity and the supply chain
    The 21st Century Supply Chain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Trevor Miles writes, "It is some weeks since I wrote a blog, but I have been mulling over some ideas, which was triggered by a colleague challenging me on my title of Thought Leader. While this is a personal tale, bear with me because it is about planning, or, more correctly, it is about one's approach to planning. But, in keeping with the Kinaxis light hearted approach to supply chain, let me share a Dilbert comic about management and leadership that relates to my colleagues challenge." More

    Flexible processes are key to managing volume fluctuations in the DC
    Distribution Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Not only are DCs subjected to the ebbs and flows of incoming orders, but they also are subjected to a changing mix of work content for those orders. Some orders may be dominated by full cases or even full pallet loads, while others have a high piece-picking content. Still others may require value-added services such as gift wrapping, serial number capture, and in some cases price ticketing. If e-commerce orders are thrown into the mix, they may be single line and/or single-piece orders. These variations challenge DC managers to plan processes that are efficient for each, and yet can be turned on and off as the activity shifts. More

    Ann Arbor VA hospital tracks lab supplies via RFID
    RFID Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    WaveMark's smart cabinets and read stations enable the Michigan medical center to monitor where its lab products are located, when they are used on a patient and when they may be due to expire. More


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