• The Demand Defying Domestic Turkey

    by Nico Scopelliti | Nov 26, 2014
    Turkey is consumed by nearly nine out of 10 Americans on Thanksgiving. Somewhere around 46 million birds will be eaten tomorrow in a country of 300 million people. Naturally, in the days leading up to and even including the last Thursday in November, demand for gobblers skyrockets. So how is it, then, that the per pound price of frozen turkey actually DROPs this time of year rather than increases? It's easy to imagine that supply increases as well. Producers like Butterball have been...
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  • The Demand Defying Domestic Turkey

    by Nico Scopelliti | Nov 26, 2014
    Turkey is consumed by nearly nine out of 10 Americans on Thanksgiving. Somewhere around 46 million birds will be eaten tomorrow in a country of 300 million people. Naturally, in the days leading up to and even including the last Thursday in November, demand for gobblers skyrockets. So how is it, then, that the per pound price of frozen turkey actually DROPs this time of year rather than increases? It's easy to imagine that supply increases as well. Producers like Butterball have been...
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  • Feedback Loops

    by David Schneider | Nov 25, 2014
    Years ago, in my college days, I owned a VW Rabbit. The car was one of many that emerged from the first US Foreign Trade Zone operated by a foreign carmaker in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. That four-door Rabbit was one of many mistakes that rolled out the doors in Westmoreland. It had a GTI motor and five-speed manual transmission, but all of the other running gear of a GL Model. It was a fun car with the extra power of the 1.8 liter fuel-injected motor. That mistake was a great car for a...
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  • Scale & Scaling of DSTO – Part 2 of 2

    by David Schneider | Nov 24, 2014
    Scaling in the Field Throughout my career I watched how stores and distribution centers developed their own DSTO of engagement with the corporate office. A memory of one Distribution Operation in particular stands out. There was a change of General Managers, in which the new General Manager was promoted into his position when the previous GM moved to a new company. The former GM had maintained an open-door policy, open and communicative with the workers on the floor, with the managers in the...
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  • Escape Velocity: Rocket – Part 1 of 2

    by Pasquale Scopelliti | Nov 21, 2014
    A rocket is a missile, spacecraft, aircraft or other vehicle that obtains thrust from a rocket engine. That definition quite surprised me.  It’s from the same source as the image above, and essentially ties a rocket to its engine.  The definition continues:  “Rocket engine exhaust is formed entirely from propellants carried within the rocket before use. Rocket engines work by action and reaction. Rocket engines push rockets forward simply by throwing their exhaust...
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  • Throwback Thursday - WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO “CASH IS KING”? Part 3

    by Mike Starling | Nov 20, 2014
    PART III: STUFFING THE PIGGY BANK BEATS HANGING OUT IN THE UNEMPLOYMENT LINE LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE: Emulating Dad’s no nonsense nose-to-the-grindstone work ethic, Junior busied himself in aisle 2, the non-perishable sector of the family food-storage warehouse. Dutifully reviewing and working to fill the customer order pick-ticket he clutched in his left hand, he paused in front of bay 3 and reached up to level 2 to pluck six of “Aunt Janie’s Butter Salted Biscuits, 10oz tin, in...
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  • The Thumbprint of God

    by Nico Scopelliti | Nov 19, 2014
    There are no straight lines in nature and certainly no squares or rectangles formed of them. You won't find any perfect circles, either. Ripples and rainbows and the rings of Saturn come close, but "a perfect circle is a geometrical idealization," as John Adam, mathematics professor at Old Dominion University, says. Therefore, we can imagine them, and we may even be able to create a close approximation of finite precision, but they certainly don't exist in nature. What does exist in nature,...
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  • Scale & Scaling of DSTO – Part 1 of 2

    by David Schneider | Nov 18, 2014
    One of the reasons I don’t agree with the logic of depicting Strategy and Tactics as a pyramid is the idea that Strategy belongs in the executive suite and Tactics on the floor. The pyramid structure ignores how Doctrine, Strategy, Tactics, and Operations can scale up and down an organization, and it ignores how you can observe all four components at work in the boardroom and the break room. Let me use a military situation to illustrate. Let’s assume the Doctrine of the battle is...
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