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Conference 2013 Session Recordings
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e-COMMERCE & FLASH SALES - SUPPLY CHAIN FLEXIBILITY KEY TO MEETING CHANGING DEMANDS

With the rapid increase in online sales, many retailers are outgrowing their supply chain infrastructure, forcing a decision of how and where to invest. Because of the interaction of ecommerce expectations, rapid growth and financial uncertainty, the challenge of building flexibility into the retail supply chain structure is now more complex than ever. Infinite choices and fast, free delivery may be what the customer expects from an online retail experience, but the infrastructure to support this comes at a high price for retailers. Those who make the right innovations at the supply chain level will deliver a consistent multi-channel brand experience that drives customer loyalty and strengthens the brand. In the end, solving for these challenges will be the key to success, which is the focus of this presentation.

PANAMA CANAL EXPANSION

The expansion of the Panama Canal will allow for a new lane of traffic along the canal and the transit of so-called super ships and is slated for completion in 2015. Several components are already completed, including dredging works at the Panama Canal entrances on the Pacific and Atlantic sides. The excavation of the Pacific locks access channel has completed 76.5 percent of its project. The expansion means change for all international shipping and US ports are looking at the opportunities and planning for the challenges. Hear about the issues and challenges from those who know them first-hand.

Lift Truck Operations: Necessary Evil or Opportunity?

Lift truck operations are a must, but all too often their role in driving better profitability and helping you meet sustainability, safety and environmental objectives is misunderstood. Learn how choosing the right power technology turns a necessary evil into an opportunity to save money while addressing sustainability, safety and the environment.

BREAKTHROUGH DISTRIBUTION TECHNOLOGIES 2013

This session will use a multi-media approach to explore new technologies available to the modern distribution center and how they impact service productivity and quality. Also discussed will be the application of existing technologies in new and innovative ways as well as how economic and how external factors are driving the need for technology.

FACILITY PLANNING - INSIDE AND OUT

Improving existing warehouse performance and planning for your next expansion or new facility requires an understanding of the best practices within planning, equipment, technology, layout, and facility design. This session explains best practice warehouse solutions from within the four walls and the integral supporting architecture/engineering design of the facility.

THEORY OF CONSTRAINTS IN THE WAREHOUSE

This session will explain five Theory of Constraint concepts that you can immediately put into practice in your facility. Additionally, you’ll hear the case study of how Random House is successfully applying dynamic buffer management to the age-old problem of too much/not enough inventory.

2013 DC MEASURES

This is the study you wait for each Spring! The researchers will share trends and "aha’s" from newly collected data defining what’s happening regarding 44 critical warehousing metrics. You’ll learn the up-to-the-minute data that you can use to benchmark your operational metrics against those of WERC members and DC Velocity readers.

PROTECTING YOUR COMPANY IN TODAY'S LEGAL ENVIRONMENT

This presentation will provide an overview of legal challenges in the logistics industry and effective mechanisms to minimize liability impacting your business. Attendees will gain insight on protecting their business interest through effective negotiation strategies, understanding contract law, collection strategies and challenges and risk minimization strategies. The session will wrap up with a legislative/regulatory update addressing recent NLRB initiatives, food security regulation and other recent issues.

SUPPLY CHAIN OPTIMIZATION

Like many retailers, CVS is looking for ways to grow profitability in an increasingly competitive multi-channel environment. Unlike most, CVS has the added complexity of blending front store and pharmacy operations with significantly different characteristics and requirements. Recognizing the need for a multi-year, cross functional, technology-enabled strategy, CVS recently completed an end-to-end evaluation of all processes, technologies and future capability needs across the full breadth of its value chain; consumer demand through to consumer replenishment. The evaluation will serve as the roadmap for investment across the business over the next 5-7 years. This session will describe CVS’s journey and the experiences you might use in evaluation of your own operations.

REGULATORY CHALLENGES IN THE MOTOR CARRIER INDUSTRY

The trucking industry is facing significant regulatory headwinds particularly from hours-of-service changes and the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program. The negative impact on overall capacity and truck utilization will mean tighter capacity and higher prices. Shippers and 3PLs need to educate themselves on the issues, take actions that mitigate the negative impact of regulatory burdens, and get engaged in fighting for the supply chain industry against over-burdensome regulation. Find out how to make your voices heard.

 

WAREHOUSE EMPLOYEE OPINION SURVEY - 2012 RESULTS

We will review the results of our National Survey of hourly warehouse associates and see how the different economic conditions affect their priorities when they are looking for a job.

3PL SELECTION DEMYSTIFIED!

The session will illustrate a proven process to access the 3PL market, select potential providers, secure accurate, customized proposals, and select the best one for you. Learn how to engage a 3PL, what to share, and how to ask for and get accurate proposals.

OUTSOURCING A HIGH PERFORMANCE WORKFORCE STRATEGY

This is a case study on how outsourcing distribution labor can provide  significant productivity gains and savings beyond what traditional temporary staffing or 3PL models can deliver. In the highly-competitive consumer goods marketplace, Focus Products Group, LLC recognized the need to make their distribution and fulfillment operations a competitive differentiator. Focus elected to utilize a Contract Labor Services solution to provide a full time workforce, industry leading labor management technology and engineered labor standards to improve distribution productivity. The results of the program are impressive with achieving a 20% gain in productivity, a 12% reduction of full time headcount, and 35% reduction in overtime, while creating a high-performance workforce culture.

BUSINESS CASE FOR SUSTAINABILITY IN WAREHOUSING DISTRIBUTION

This session will consider the crucial business component of economics and the environmental benefits equation and look at whether green practices can deliver economic returns within reasonable periods of time.

LABOR AND ASSET MANAGEMENT: CONTROLLING THE TWO LARGEST WAREHOUSE COST-DRIVERS

This session will provide an overview of a recent case study featuring a third-party logistics provider that partnered with a labor management system and lift truck provider to successfully reduce labor costs, increase visibility, boost productivity by 30-40 percent and improve overall warehouse efficiency. Never before seen in the industry, this simple, yet proactive approach to fleet and labor management allowed the company to identify inconsistencies and develop solutions to fix them, resulting in a higher return-on-investment for its equipment and increased productivity from its satisfied workforce.

TOWARDS A RESILIENT SUPPLY CHAIN

There are various ways that risk can be introduced in global supply chains and there is demonstrated evidence that supply chains that have the capability to respond to disruptive events are able to recover their original state. Attend this session to learn and understand the impact of constant planning and mitigating potential supply chain issues/disruptions. 

ARE YOU TAKING NOTES? START-UP DCS ARE NOT OPERATIONS AS USUAL

David K. Schneider, President - Force Multiplier, David K Schneider & Company, LLC
The skills and tools needed to successfully launch a DC are different than the skills and tools used in a sustaining distribution center. Good-to-great managers of existing distribution centers fail at start-ups more often than not because they lack the critical skills and experience needed. New DCs are abnormal, and the trick is to get them to normal. Dave will share stories of his experiences from 11 different start-up DC operations to distill the key points of leadership, unified vision of the objective, and measuring what is important, the three requirements for turning the abnormal of the start-up DC into the normal of success.

THE RISKY BUSINESS OF LOGISTICS LEADERSHIP

Catherine L. Cooper, President, World Connections
Many of us are drawn to the logistics industry because of  its dynamic nature and fast pace.  These same elements that make an exciting workweek also create a very challenging job for leaders of our industry.  In this session you will hear tools and techniques from a seasoned logistics executive on how to become a successful leader in not only your company but of our industry.

WERC Experts
Joseph L. Mazel, President, Mazel Associates
TBA

USING MHE MONITORING SYSTEMS TO IDENTIFY AREAS OF WASTE IN LEAN WAREHOUSING OPERATIONS
Ross Pruett, Vice President of National Accounts, Briggs Equipment
If you’re looking to increase your knowledge of leading MHE monitoring systems and how they work, this is the session for you. You’lll hear about real-world cases where monitoring devices have been installed & the take-aways that managers have observed as they strive to establish and operate within a set of benchmark's related to costs specific to MHE.

HOW THE RIGHT PARTNER CAN HELP SELECT THE RIGHT SITE
Carl Fowler, Sr., Director, AIG Business Development, Menlo Worldwide Logistics
Selecting the right site for your manufacturing plant, warehouse or DC is critical to the success of your business and so is selecting the right partner to help. This session will present  how a 3PL/4PL can help answer the question "where?"  and then help to get "there."

DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM BLUEPRINT

Meg O'Connell, PHR, VP Corporate Programs, National Organization on Disability & Jeffrey Kellan, VP of Distribution, Toys R Us
You've heard from Walgreens and Lowes, but do you know what to do or how to get started in creating a similar program with your organization? Workshop will provide attendees with the "how to's" in starting a disability hiring initiative.

OUTBOUND TRANSPORTATION - INCREASING YOUR OPTIONS
Joe Wilkinson, Director of Transportation, enVista Corporation
As the number of viable carriers and service offerings continues to increase, you are well-advised to learn how a multi-carrier / multi-service strategy can be an effective part of your strategy; reducing or maintaining service, while reducing total cost. We will explore the value proposition of regional carriers, look at ways to utilize the service of the USPS in a high-service environment, and review the relative strengths and weaknesses of joint parcel carrier / USPS services. In addition we will discuss methodologies for quantitative cost/benefit analyses and ways to consider and implement these solutions in a logical, low-risk way. These topics will be especially relevant to retailers and e-tailers, but all large to mid-size parcel shippers will gain value from them.

6 SUPPLY CHAIN TRENDS THAT WILL ROCK WAREHOUSING
James A. Cooke, Editor, Supply Chain Quarterly
These six trends, network redesigns, segmentation, control towers, nearshoring, multi-channel fulfillment and demand signal synchronization – will change how many warehouse managers do their jobs. Find out about these trends and their possible impact for you, your career and your company.

CHANGING THE WMS ENGINE WHILE THE DC PLANE IS IN FLIGHT
Christy Parra, Senior Logistics Director, The Container Store
Jennifer Lachenmen, Vice President of Product Strategy, Lucas Systems, Inc.
DC managers and IT teams face a constant challenge to modernize their systems and processes and implement the latest technologies while continuing to serve customers. Along with the rewards of modernization and upgrades come risks if things don’t go as planned. This presentation will describe how The Container Store tackled these issues during a multi-year system modernization that started with a voice implementation in 2011, followed by a new WMS and LMS implementation in 2013. Learn the considerations for selecting and implementing best-in-breed WMS, voice, and other technologies without upsetting ongoing operations and customer service.

BUILDING FUTURE LEADERSHIP

Kenneth B. Ackerman, President, The K. B. Ackerman Company
Discover why you need both a company strategy and a personal strategy based on case examples of good and bad implementation. This session will explore the use of mission statements, vision statements and a business plan and consider exit strategies, both for companies and their owners. Learn the value of an outside advisory board, particularly in a family business. We’ll also consider succession planning, recognizing that biology will terminate every career, even if nothing else does.

RETAIL TRENDS

Casey Chroust, Consultant to Retail Industry Leaders Assoc.
 

TO LEED OR NOT TO LEED FOR DISTRIBUTION CENTERS
Brett Gardner, Associate VP, Sustainability Services, Epstein
Elizabeth Roberts, Senior Sustainability Analyst, Epstein
John Rosenburg, Sr. Real Estate Construction & Sustainability Mgr, Whirlpool Corporation
Over the past 5 years, seven (7) Whirlpool distribution centers have earned LEED certification. This session will provide an in-depth analysis of the cost savings benefits and energy / water savings of the LEED certified DCs compared to non-LEED certified DCs in the Whirlpool portfolio. Challenges, success, and lessons learned will also be discussed along with a look ahead at the transition into operations and anticipated savings over the lifetime of the building leases. Case study examples will also be part of the presentation to allow for a more detailed review of unique and individual sustainable strategies implementation.

MOVING MOUNTAINS: HOW TO ORCHESTRATE A SUCCESSFUL FACILITY RELOCATION
Gary Ramsey, Facility Manager, & Elijah Sleigh, Regional Operations Manager, Legacy Supply Chain Services
In 2011, LEGACY Supply Chain Services was charged with relocating a customer’s DC to a new location approximately 200 miles away. LEGACY orchestrated and executed a successful (though not flawless) process that earned rave customer reviews. Join us for this interactive session where lessons learned about large-scale facility relocation will be shared and you will walk away with a successful model that can be applied to any distribution operation.

5 HABITS FOR TURNING SUPERVISORS INTO MANAGERS IN A HIGH PERFORMANCE LABOR ENVIRONMENT
Charles Zosel, Vice President, TZA
David K. Stuver, VP of Engineering & Distribution Support, Americold
With rising labor costs, even faster rising health care costs, short supply of qualified warehouse personnel, aging workforce and transition planning – an integrated Labor Management Program can drive significant operational and business benefits. However, to succeed and to sustain these savings over the long run, it takes a firm commitment by senior management to embrace and develop a high performance culture and continuous improvement strategy across distribution operations from management to supervisors to warehouse associates. This session will focus on how one particular customer has developed, embraced and is implementing their "5 Habits" approach to operational excellence and high performance culture across their DCs – it’s all based on continuing to drive behavior, communication and culture in order to maximize results from the Labor Management Program on a continuous basis.

LEVERAGING SAP TO OPTIMIZE WAREHOUSING AND DISTRIBUTION
Tyler Page, General Manager, UTi Logistics & Alan Wenzloff, Corporate Manager, Global Logistics, Veyance Technologies
Have you tapped into all your WMS has to offer? This session will discuss the challenges Veyance Technologies and its 3PL UTi had with SAP in terms of managing their warehouse. The challenge? How do we improve with a WMS system that appeared to be deficient. The team investigated the maximum value SAP’s WMS could provide and found that the issue was a lack of understanding. Once the power of the tool was harnessed, it allowed all stakeholders to drive improvement and reengineer the network to reduce cost and drive efficiency throughout the supply chain. This case study will illustrate a defined path forward to understanding how to gain knowledge about your WMS.

INTERMODAL TRANSPORTATION

John McKuin, Vice President, Operations, JB Hunt, and Tom G. Williams, Vice President, Domestic Intermodal, BNSF

Attendees can expect to gain tremendous insight into the trends, benefits, and challenges associated from intermodal transportation from the world’s largest intermodal companies, BNSF and JB Hunt. Their unique partnership has enabled intermodal transportation to transform the transportation marketplace by offering an alternative to overcome highway congestion, increasing energy costs, driver shortages, and increased regulation. The session will explain how intermodal transportation represents an alternative to trucking while offering lower costs and comparable on-time service levels.
 

DECISIONS, DECISIONS: THE POTENTIAL OF DECISION SUPPORT SOFTWARE TOOLS
James Rubino, Sr. VP, Systems, GENCO & Robert C. Kennedy, VP Business Development, DMLOGIC LLC.
Learn how GENCO ATC deployed a decision support software tool to automate the capture of export information that was required by Xerox and U.S. Customs. GENCO ATC made the decision to replace an existing manual process because the expert information being transmitted to U.S. Customs was frequently incomplete and incorrect. The solution utilized a Decision Support Tool as an alternative to building custom code into their WMS. By doing so, GENCO ATC was able to bring the solution to Xerox in half the time and for far less investment. Decision Support Software tools are new, and hold the potential to empower the user to build their own solutions by providing a template to create new processes requiring a minimum amount of actual software programming. These tools provide structure, discipline and validation through decision tree analyses to allow customers to configure their current WMS to meet their specific needs.

DEVELOPING LONG-TERM CARRIER RELATIONSHIPS
John Lyons, Logistics Operations Group, LXP/Armada Supply Chain Solutions
As the transportation marketplace continues to challenge shippers with reduced capacity, higher rates and new regulatory constraints, focus must be directed at effective ways to manage relationships with carriers and other transportation providers. Armada Supply Chain Solutions, a logistics network manager, will share their practical approach to forming effective and collaborative relationships that lead to lasting partnerships among the suppliers, carriers, forward warehouse operators and distributors within their clients’ supply chain networks.

SLOTTING OPTIMIZATION
 Dan Basmajian, President, Optricity Corp.
In retail grocery DCs, warehouse slotting is a commitment necessitated by seasonality, growing item assortment, and rising labor costs. To facilitate optimized DCs across a growing network, advanced software tools and thoughtful organizational planning are needed for strategic slotting optimization and long term slotting maintenance. Return home from this session with tips to optimize slotting in your facility.
 
 
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