• Supply Chain Malpractice

    by Nico Scopelliti | Jul 20, 2016
    You know there's a problem in the medical establishment when a physician spends less time examining a patient than McDonald's spends preparing a cheeseburger. Such has been my unfortunate experience over the past few years, and likely yours. Doctors' offices are being run more and more like manufacturing facilities in which the Work-In-Process happens to be human. Constraints must be removed or exploited, and shaving minutes—or even seconds—off of every patient "transaction"...
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  • Supply Chain Malpractice

    by Nico Scopelliti | Jul 20, 2016
    You know there's a problem in the medical establishment when a physician spends less time examining a patient than McDonald's spends preparing a cheeseburger. Such has been my unfortunate experience over the past few years, and likely yours. Doctors' offices are being run more and more like manufacturing facilities in which the Work-In-Process happens to be human. Constraints must be removed or exploited, and shaving minutes—or even seconds—off of every patient "transaction"...
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  • Why Should a Supply Chain Manager Care About Financial Performance?

    by David Schneider | Jul 19, 2016
    Human beings tend to be nostalgic.  We have fond memories of how life used to be, how business operated, and how people behaved. Fact is, life then was just as difficult as now, people were just as rude, and businesses failed just as often. On your last job search, how much effort did you put into understanding the financial stability of the potential employer? Did you study the public financials? If it was a privately held company, did you ask to see the latest financial results? No? Are...
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  • Your Supply Chain is Really Many Supply Chains - The Impact of Changes

    by David Schneider | Jul 18, 2016
    Continuing our story from Monday, The manufacturer moved production, upsetting the distributor’s well-designed and tightly managed supply chain. Transit time from the new location grows along with the cost of transportation, and the lack of available capacity from the new origin point creates out-of-stocks for the distributor. Not only do transportation costs go up, but now the distributor must increase safety stock for the performance failures, which increases inventory. The impact on...
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  • “Friends: It isn’t just business, it’s personal.” – Politics Commences at "3"

    by Pasquale Scopelliti | Jul 15, 2016
    How well have you done with your time machine? Did you make it back to the 15th century and follow the life and death forces at the court? Have you ever danced with Machiavelli’s tunes before, or did they catch your ear this time, possibly, for the first time? How well did you do; what grade did you give yourself? Have you been able to grab hold of Machiavelli’s forces at the court so you can find his counsel for the present? If you succeeded, you are ready to extract powerful...
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  • Leveraging SHIPPER-CARRIER Partnerships for Total Cost Savings & Service Improvements

    by Mike Starling | Jul 14, 2016
    What is your strategy for renegotiating carrier contracts? Confrontation or Collaboration? Lowest Cost or Complimentary Compromise? Squeeze the Bastard or Rational Cooperation for a Win-Win Solution? My point here is that it is not unusual for a shipper to mistakenly view a negotiating tactic as a renegotiating strategy. This is often the result of executive management pressure on the transportation manager to do something now to reduce freight expense. The result? Actions taken tend to be...
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  • Logistician as Fractal Geometer

    by Nico Scopelliti | Jul 13, 2016
    "As I have said so many times, God doesn't play dice with the world." — Albert Einstein I have a child-like fascination with snow. It never ceases to amaze me even though I understand perfectly well that it's just crystallized bits of condensed moisture falling from the sky. But snow, like all forms of water, exhibits some extraordinary properties that even the most winter-hardened New Englander would be hard pressed not to appreciate. As with the Mandelbrot Set, these properties start...
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  • Working with Sufficient Data

    by David Schneider | Jul 12, 2016
    In the late 1980s I worked with a man who could add a column of five- and six-position numbers in his head. Not short columns—Mel could sum page-long and multi-page lists. His accuracy was astounding. You could run an adding machine tape on the same numbers, and his totals were never off. If they were off, it was a ten-key mistake, not him. I always thought that Mel was some sort of savant, but he was just a normal kind of guy; a guy who learned business without the aid of an adding...
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