• Your Engine of Ingenuity

    by Nico Scopelliti | Oct 01, 2014
    Today you and your supply chain are likely facing a multitude of challenges. There aren't enough hours in a day to address them, keep everything running well, and meet all your objectives for the day, week, month, etc. You probably feel like Hercules felt when he faced the Lernaean Hydra — as soon as you cut the head off one problem, two more spring up in its place. (And even when Hercules had defeated the monster, ten labors remained. The Gods never made anything easy.) The Hydra was...
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  • Your Engine of Ingenuity

    by Nico Scopelliti | Oct 01, 2014
    Today you and your supply chain are likely facing a multitude of challenges. There aren't enough hours in a day to address them, keep everything running well, and meet all your objectives for the day, week, month, etc. You probably feel like Hercules felt when he faced the Lernaean Hydra — as soon as you cut the head off one problem, two more spring up in its place. (And even when Hercules had defeated the monster, ten labors remained. The Gods never made anything easy.) The Hydra was...
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  • Flow, Part 2

    by David Schneider | Sep 30, 2014
    Yesterday I closed out a question about the chance of a drop of pure glacial water flowing along 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 different compounds and changes along its journey, information changes in its journey with each exchange from person to person.  Sometimes the change is...
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  • Flow, Part 1

    by David Schneider | Sep 29, 2014
    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, the kind that throws down over an inch of rain...
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  • Escape Velocity: Smooth Flow Forward

    by Pasquale Scopelliti | Sep 26, 2014
    New Cartesian Blessing:  May all your causes lead to their desired effects like dominoes falling at the moment of your will. I have weird visions, and ridiculous emotions that adhere to them.  Take the image above.  It’s just 10 dominoes, lined up in an uninteresting pattern.  There are videos you can find that are almost a kind of magic, and surely must require a mind trained at MIT in order to lay out.  Here is a fantastic example. For all the power of the...
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  • Throwback Thursday - WMS and Picking

    by Don Benson | Sep 25, 2014
    This series of articles reflects our experience working with managers in using their Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) to improve the productivity and performance of their warehouses and distribution centers, and particularly in adapting operations to improve results while handling increasing and fluctuating demand and changing requirements. As companies experience success and the challenges of increasing sales, inventory, and competition, Warehouse Management Systems become valuable tools to...
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  • Herbie Higginbotham and the Harrowing Hike of Humiliation

    by Nico Scopelliti | Sep 24, 2014
    [Note: the following is Part 3 of the Herbie's Revenge series] "So, Joe, you ever heard of the Theory of Constraints?" Higginbotham and I sat his dining room as a bipedal OmniBot, one of his company's signature products, deftly bussed plates to and from the kitchen. Our meal was delicious if simple. While each ingredient was of the highest quality, in lieu of anything fancy like filet mignon or foie gras, our repast consisted of bread, cheese, pasta and wine. A good deal of wine, in fact, and I...
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  • Answers to the River Rouge Pop Quiz

    by David Schneider | Sep 23, 2014
    Answers to Yesterday’s Pop Quiz Yesterday I popped a quiz on you about the Ford River Rouge Plant movies.  Here are the answers to the quiz so you can check your work. 1.1          Gas 1.2          serving 1.3          25 1.4          28 2.1         ...
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