• “Friends: It isn’t just business, it’s personal.” – The Friend of My Enemy

    by Pasquale Scopelliti | Jul 03, 2015
    If this rule isn’t the most important of the four, which it well may be, it is surely the heaviest burden upon us. The friend of my enemy is my enemy. We must sing a song of loss, here. It is a tragedy, no question. As we grow older, and as our responsibilities in this world rise in significance, and our obligations stretch forward over greater distances, the reality of vicious attack looms and sooner or later materializes. Rule three here informs us, greatly against our desires, that...
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  • “Friends: It isn’t just business, it’s personal.” – The Friend of My Enemy

    by Pasquale Scopelliti | Jul 03, 2015
    If this rule isn’t the most important of the four, which it well may be, it is surely the heaviest burden upon us. The friend of my enemy is my enemy. We must sing a song of loss, here. It is a tragedy, no question. As we grow older, and as our responsibilities in this world rise in significance, and our obligations stretch forward over greater distances, the reality of vicious attack looms and sooner or later materializes. Rule three here informs us, greatly against our desires, that...
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  • Running a Private Fleet Is No Cakewalk

    by Mike Starling | Jul 02, 2015
    What are the issues a transportation manager faces every day in order to be able to effectively operate his company’s private fleet? #1: Equipment Availability Status How many vehicles are operational and available to handle the workload for today? Typically there is a set expectation of what should be readily available on a day to day basis, based on known operational requirements. [Image: These drivers are unavailable.] #2: Driver Availability Status How many drivers are available to...
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  • Warehouse Systems Thinking – Receiving, Part 8

    by David Schneider | Jun 30, 2015
    Part 8 The tool department was astounding. I remembered having visited this store about six months earlier, before the new tool program rolled out. It was remarkable. The display of hand tools, power tools, and accessories was a little overwhelming — there was so much. What I did not see was empty peghooks. Every spot had something hanging, and every shelf was filled. Another thing I did not see was an employee, or the manager. I walked the aisles for a few minutes looking at the...
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  • Warehouse Systems Thinking – Receiving, Part 7

    by David Schneider | Jun 29, 2015
    Before I left the store, I talked to the department managers in Tools and Paints. If I wanted to get the whole story, I needed to talk to these people. In the stores, the receiving staff unloaded the product and received the goods into the book inventory. The physical movement of the product out of receiving and onto the floor was the responsibility of the merchandise department teams. Those teams did a whole lot of things beyond selling product to customers, including stocking the shelves,...
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  • “Friends: It isn’t just business, it’s personal.” – There Will Always Be Enemies

    by Pasquale Scopelliti | Jun 26, 2015
    Do you love controversy? I do, and passionately. It appears that the concept of revenge is, indeed, a controversial one. It probably wouldn’t be controversial if I wasn’t advocating for it. The idea of an eye for an eye – which many of us reduce the concept of revenge down to – seems essentially discredited. Obviously, I’m not persuaded. To dig deeper, I think we need to look as well at what I’ll call old school, or old world values, and contrast them to our...
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  • Advantages & Disadvantages of a Private Truck Fleet

    by Mike Starling | Jun 25, 2015
    Leadership challenge: what represents the largest operating expense for the typical privately owned or family-owned distributor business? Their private truck fleet. Typically this assets operating expense can be expected to run 50%–60% of total operating expense. So the question becomes, is it worth the actual expense? Motivations vary for maintaining a private fleet: To provide better service to customers; To be able to control your own destiny; Less hassle than dealing with...
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  • Improving productivity with a WMS

    by Don Benson | Jun 24, 2015
    Warehouse Management Systems are powerful tools designed to enable warehouse managers to optimize the daily use of warehouse resources, including labor, storage, material handling equipment, and the building. Usually optimizing warehouse resources leads to the improved productivity that can justify the purchase and implementation of a WMS In recent years many managers have begun expressing their dissatisfaction with their WMS investment. They want to understand how these results have occurred...
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