More than the Basics: The IWLA 2013 Essentials of Warehousing Course Attracts Near-record Attendance

Professor Lisa Harrington opens the 2013 Essentials Course presenting "Looking Ahead at 3PL Supply Chain."

Professor Lisa Harrington opens the 2013 Essentials Course presenting “Looking Ahead at 3PL Supply Chain.”

No matter what materials a warehouse handles, there are constant, fundamental skills that lead to effective warehouse management and success. The International Warehouse Logistics Association Essentials of Warehousing Course offers attendees insight into the best systems, approaches and concepts.

The diversity of topics showcased during the 2013 IWLA Essentials Course last week in Adelphi, Md., attracted a diverse (and near record) audience. Attendees represented a wide variety of roles in the warehouse including operations, business development, information technology, and customer service.

IWLA organized the event in Adelphi to access the resources available through University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. In fact, during one Essentials session, attendees sat in on Supply Chain Management Professor Lisa Harrington’s university class.

Guest lecturer Val Noel, president of Pacer Cartage, Inc., and EVP of Intermodal Operations at Pacer Distribution Services, provided Essentials students an in-depth overview of the historical evolution of Pacer and the transportation industry, including a unique perspective on the future of intermodal transportation. Noel introduced a new phenomenon known as near-shoring, as a result of booming supply chain, infrastructure and manufacturing operations (predominantly driven by car manufacturers) in Mexico.

IWLA Retained Counsel Kevin Phillips discusses legal case studies with Essentials Course attendees.

IWLA Retained Counsel Kevin Phillips discusses legal case studies with Essentials Course attendees.

Many other expert/speakers tackled timely topics during the IWLA Essentials Program

IWLA Retained Counsel Kevin Phillips, partner, Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary, P.C., presented “Warehouse Legal: CEO and General Counsel.” He gave attendees valuable insight on legal liabilities and how to protect from liabilities through specialized contractual language and insurance coverages.

Mike Hart’s, director of Risk of Verst Group Logistics, presentation on “Safety & Security: Where do you fit in this equation?” explored the prevalence of workers’ compensation fraud in warehousing and strategies to detect fraud to reduce faulty claims.

Chip Scholz, of Scholz & Associates, presenting on “Supervisory & Team-Building Skills,” shared methods he uses personally and professionally for mapping goals and the importance of continuous self-improvement.

Bob Moran, CWLP, Flagship Logistics Group, presented “Third-Party Costs & Charges.” Attendees cited this presentation as especially valuable: The information helps generate their own methods for assessing costs in a warehouse and how to adjust for changes over time.

The IWLA staff thanks the IWLA Essentials Steering Committee for its efforts in securing these experts and organizing a highly successful program:

Jamie Wally, CWLP, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, WOW Logistics Company

Robert Baldridge, President, Wilson Warehouse

Tom Bichanich, CWLP, Operations Manager, Midwest Assembly, Warehouse & Distribution, LLC

Seth Schmedemann, Business Developer, Oregon Transfer Co.

Mike Shaver, Vice President of Business Development, W.J. Beitler Co. & Beitler Trucking Inc.

Liz Whitney, Senior Manager, Education & Meetings, IWLA

Visit the IWLA1891 Facebook page to view the photo album from this event.

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