Supply Chain News: Warehouse Education and Research Council (WERC) Upping Its Game for 2015 Conference

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One of SCDigest's favorite supply chain-related events each year is the annual conference of the Warehouse Education and Research Council (WERC).

SCDigest Says:

With little over 1000 attendees in most years, WERC is bigger than a "boutique" event but still manages a more personal feel than shows with multi-thousand attendees.

Why? The primary reason is the quality of the content, as usually every year we place two or three sessions from the conference as one of our top presentations for the year. Almost every year, there are some case study presentations that really go into a lot of depth and detail beyond that usually provided in most conference presentations.

In addition, many WERC members are very dedicated to the organization, which reflects itself in the event's quality. Specifically, there are a number of supply chain/logistics academics that are very involved in the WERC organization and at the conference.

WERC's conference is also an interesting size. With little over 1000 attendees in most years, WERC is bigger than a "boutique" event but still manages a more personal feel than shows with multi-thousand attendees.

Opportunities for local facility tours are also a big part of the WERC conference experience.

The 2015 conference will be May 3-6 in Orlando, at the Hyatt Regency hotel. Facility tours this year include DCs run by Walmart, Mondelez International, AmerisourceBergen, Walt Disney Company, and United Stationers, though several of these tours are already "sold out."

Just a few of the sessions that look interesting to SCDigest include:

Build a Better Manufacturing DC, by Jason Minghini of KENCO

How to Enable and Optimize Ship-from-Store Fulfillment, by Josh Maye of Belk stores and
Holden Bale of Kurt Salmon Associates

Urban Logistics: Excel at Serving Highly-Congested Metropolitan Areas, by William Rose of the University of Tennessee

Disability Hiring: How to Develop and Implement a Successful Initiative, from Stan Martz of Kroger

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