Thursday, June 19, 2008

WERC and CAWS to Co-Produce China Warehousing Conference

Oak Brook, IL--The Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC) has partnered with China Association of Warehouse and Storage (CAWS) to present the 2008 China Warehousing Annual Conference and Exposition, September 23-24, 2008, in Beijing, China.

This is the first event to be co-presented by the two associations and the first time WERC has been involved in producing an event outside the US.

The purpose of the conference is for warehouse and distribution professionals doing business in China to explore new developments in the industry, share knowledge and expand their resources. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour local facilities including JingKeLong and Mercedes Benz.

The exposition will run concurrently with the conference, featuring providers of logistics real estate, equipment, technology and services.

Scheduled topics include:
Inventory control and warehouse networks in manufacturing
Chain store inventory control and distribution
Warehouse performance benchmarking
Warehouse construction and facility renovation

Several notable reports will be released:
2008 China Warehousing Reports
2008 Annual China Warehousing Development Report
2008 China Cold Chain Warehousing Development Report
2008 China Dangerous Goods Warehousing Report
2008 China Warehousing Real Estate Report

“To say China is important in today’s distribution climate is stating the obvious. Nevertheless, it’s for that reason we’re excited about collaborating with the premier warehousing association in China,” said Robert L. Shaunnessey, WERC’s executive director. “WERC’s involvement expands the scope of this conference for global companies, providing a rare opportunity for distribution managers working in or with Chinese companies to address issues specific to this unique environment with others who are facing the same issues and successfully operating there.”

“Every year our members nationwide look forward to this annual gathering. This year it will be different. We have WERC as a partner,” said Shaoji Shen, president of CAWS. “Chinese warehousing and distribution professionals will get a chance to expand their networking with WERC members and others. This will certainly add value to all participants since there will be so many fields to explore and so many business opportunities. The industry is booming in China, and this event presents an excellent opportunity to facilitate dialogue among interested parties.”

Registration fees are US$495 for WERC members and US$695 for others. Information is available at or 630.990.0001.

Contact: Susan Levand,, 630.990.000.

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