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WERC Conference 2024: Charting the Course for Warehouse Success

WERC Annual Conference 2024

The Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC) is a cornerstone for professionals navigating the complexities of warehousing, distribution, and logistics. Supply chain management is evolving around the globe, fuelled by the pandemic. Organizations like WERC are a boon to aspirants who wish to know more about warehouse management and supply chain operations. 

This year marks the 47th conference held annually to bring together the best minds in the industry, and expects about 650 people in attendance. Thus, at WERC 2024, attendees will have the opportunity to engage with front-line innovators and thought leaders, diving deep into discussions that span the gamut of industry challenges.

 Why Stop By & Meet Linfa Systems?

Linfa Systems Solutions is proud to be a part of WERC 2024, and we are delighted to share that Giancarlo Fransvea, our CEO and Co-Founder, will be a speaker at the event. With decades of experience in the supply chain and technology space, under his leadership, Linfa Systems provides a flexible, loosely coupled, and web-based WMS solution that is ERP agnostic. He will share insights on enhancing warehouse efficiency and adaptability without being tied to specific ERP platforms, driving operational excellence and customer satisfaction.

  • Experience Innovative Solutions: Discover our Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) and Transportation Management Systems (TMS), designed to transform logistics operations through advanced features like:
    • 3D Load Planning: Witness the power of advanced load planning technology that optimizes space and maximizes efficiency in your warehouse.
    • Intelligent Barcode Scanning: Explore our intelligent barcode scanning capabilities that streamline inventory management and reduce errors.
    • OCR Recognition: Witness OCR recognition in action, revolutionizing data capture and enhancing accuracy in document processing.
    • Customer Portal: Learn how our customer portal empowers your clients with real-time visibility into their orders, enhancing communication and satisfaction.
    • Integrated Freight: Experience seamless integration with freight services, simplifying shipping processes and reducing costs.
  • Real-Time Visibility: Learn about Linfa Systems’ customer portal, which gives clients real-time visibility into their orders, enhancing communication and customer satisfaction.
  • Integrated Freight Solutions: Explore how Linfa Systems simplifies shipping processes and reduces costs through seamless integration with freight services.
  • Expert Insights: Gain valuable insights from Linfa Systems’ experts on optimizing warehouse and transportation operations, leveraging the latest technologies to improve efficiency and reduce errors.
  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with Linfa Systems’ team to discuss your specific challenges and learn how their solutions can be tailored to meet your needs.

What is WERC?

Warehousing Education and Research Council. WERC is a professional organization focused on warehousing, distribution, and fulfillment within the supply chain. It provides its members and the industry with education, research, and best practices on warehouse management, aiming to help professionals improve their operations and stay current with industry trends and innovations.

Why Attend WERC 2024?

WERC 2024 will take place at the Hilton, Anatole in Dallas, Texas, from June 2-5. From navigating labor and inventory hurdles to embracing digital transformation, WERC 2024 promises a comprehensive exploration of solutions through keynote sessions, facility tours, and peer-reviewed discussions. Further, the event also serves as a melting point for warehousing, distribution, and logistics professionals to unite and tackle the industry’s most pressing challenges head-on.

Why attend? 

  • In-Person Learning and Collaboration: Engage directly with peers and experts to solve industry problems more effectively than virtual alternatives. Learn new things from the front-runners in the industry, and adapt the same for your business.
  • Powerful Networking: Build real connections with industry professionals from around the globe. Discuss any challenges your business faces to get insights and suggestions for improvement. 
  • Keynotes & Workshops: Access over 150 free educational sessions and keynotes covering the latest trends and innovations in warehousing and logistics. Learn from success stories and best practices through case studies and management trends.
  • Meet Solution Providers: Explore cutting-edge solutions from over 900 leading providers to enhance your supply chain performance. Meet & greet with the teams to know more about their products and services and evaluate the right fit for your needs.
  • If you are a sponsor or are contemplating being one, WERC 2024 is the best event to introduce your brand and drive meaningful customer conversations, as 67% of WERC attendees have purchasing power.
Facility Tours

Grab the opportunity to visit local warehouses and distribution centers to see best practices in action. WERC 2024 provides many tours from 11 AM to 2 PM on Wednesday, June 5, for $50. These tours are highly anticipated and sell out quickly, with early registrants given priority. We advise you to book in advance so as not to miss these insightful experiences.

Some of the facility tours you can explore include:

  • Edward Don & Company: A leading distributor of food service equipment and supplies, showcasing inbound and outbound operations with SAP for inventory and warehouse management, and voice picking for order fulfillment in their Dallas facility.
  • Mariner: This 291,000 sq ft facility in Fort Worth, completed in 2022, features state-of-the-art technology for storage, staging, and e-commerce fulfillment.
  • Henry Schein, Inc.: An 810,908 sq ft climate-controlled regional distribution center with 157 dock doors and a 36-foot clear-height ceiling, demonstrating high-speed sortation and voice-directed picking, among other advanced processes.
  • Lennox International: This 500,000 sq ft HVAC distribution facility, located in the DFW Airport area, will open on March 15, 2024, and serve North Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. Attendees will see the early operational setup as well.
  • Northern Tool & Equipment: A distribution center that services approximately 50 retail stores weekly and processes 700-800 eCommerce orders daily, featuring standard pallet racking and bulk storage.

Event Details & What To Look Forward To

Sterling Hawkins will deliver his keynote address on Monday, June 3, titled “Embrace, Adapt, Inspire | Nurturing a Growth Mindset #NoMatterWhat.” In it, Hawkins will explore the essence of a growth mindset and emphasize its importance in today’s ever-changing world. Attendees will explore strategies for developing mental and emotional resilience, supported by brain science, inspiring stories, and practical tools.

On Tuesday, June 4, a panel discussion titled “Workforce Toolbox: Gather Actionable Insights, Practical Solutions, and Compelling Techniques that Address Labor Challenges” will feature industry leaders like Brian Devine, Jasmine Gorie, Jeff Spratlin, and Robin Sutton. This session promises to arm operations managers with innovative strategies for talent attraction and retention, emphasizing the importance of workforce health and safety.

Sean Bott presents “Connect for Keeps” on Wednesday, June 5, focusing on the critical role of management in employee retention and satisfaction. Bott offers practical tools derived from therapeutic modalities and self-compassion research to help leaders foster a workplace where employees feel valued and connected.

On a Concluding Note

As WERC 2024 approaches, taking the opportunity to attend this premier event in Dallas, Texas, to invest in the future of warehousing, distribution, and logistics. Stay tuned with the latest industry trends and innovations while networking with peers and thought leaders. 

Attend the event by registering here

We look forward to meeting you at WERC 2024.

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