• Flow, Part 3

    by David Schneider | Sep 26, 2016
    [The following is Part 3 of the Flow series] Water flowing in a stream. Oil flowing through pipelines. Gas flows through pipelines too. We typically use the word flow to describe the movement of water or gasses. But what about the flow of a crowd? How about gain flowing from a hopper? Flow is a description of movement, the movement of liquids, a bunch of solid objects, of work, of people, of ideas. If it moves, it can flow. I like to think of a logistics network as a system of pipes in which...
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  • Flow, Part 3

    by David Schneider | Sep 26, 2016
    [The following is Part 3 of the Flow series] Water flowing in a stream. Oil flowing through pipelines. Gas flows through pipelines too. We typically use the word flow to describe the movement of water or gasses. But what about the flow of a crowd? How about gain flowing from a hopper? Flow is a description of movement, the movement of liquids, a bunch of solid objects, of work, of people, of ideas. If it moves, it can flow. I like to think of a logistics network as a system of pipes in which...
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  • Simple Commitment

    by David Schneider | Sep 20, 2016
    Desired outcomes do not happen without commitment. Ever. “Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elemental truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment that one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents,...
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  • Flow, Part 2

    by David Schneider | Sep 19, 2016
    [The following is Part 2 of the Flow series] Yesterday I closed out a question about the chance that a drop of pure glacial water could flow in a river. Moving thousands of miles after dropping off the end of a glacier, that drop of water is just as saturated with pollutants as every other drop of water in that river. Making my point clear, like the drop of water that picks up various compounds along its journey, information changes in the course of its journey with each exchange from person to...
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  • Healthy Fields

    by David Schneider | Sep 13, 2016
    The corn is high and the soybeans are thick. That is one of the biggest observations from my 2014 summer research trip. Lush fields of tall corn and soybeans blanketed Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa. A milder summer with good rains after a wet winter has set the table for what looked to be a significant harvest that year. As I rode through the secondary highways in Iowa and Indiana I noticed that the corn was tall enough that I could not see out over the fields on level terrain, which means the...
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  • Flow, Part 1

    by David Schneider | Sep 12, 2016
    [The following is Part 1 of the Flow series] The first part of this article requires a little imagination. Imagine a stream of water in a meadow. The water starts in the hills above the meadow, slowly flowing from a small lake out of sight. The stream is not large, only about a foot wide between three- to four-foot-wide banks as it passes through the meadow. How would you describe the flow of the stream? Peaceful? Slow? Perhaps relaxed? Now imagine that same stream in a raging thunderstorm,...
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  • Transportation Ops: Where is the competition?

    by Mike Starling | Sep 08, 2016
    Generally the competition’s Transportation function and service performance can be summed up in one of two ways: 1) They are kicking your proverbial ass! 2) They look just like you and every other transportation department in your industry segment. At the Strategic level, in order to differentiate YOUR transportation operations (and your company) from the competition, Transportation needs to be viewed by company management (and you) as a strategic function. A function capable of...
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  • Reminded of the Laws of Physics

    by David Schneider | Sep 06, 2016
    I once had a great conversation with a former airline flight attendant. We talked about the different things we had seen in our collective time in business travel. While I may have thirty years of business travel under my belt, dating back to the days when there was a smoking section in the last four rows on a flight, she may have more air miles amassed than I do, since she has flown four days a week for almost five years. Our conversation turned to turbulence in flight. For so many people it is...
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