• "Who is H. Lawrence Higginbotham?"

    by Nico Scopelliti | Jul 23, 2014
    Prologue "Please take a seat. Mr. Higginbotham will be with you shortly." "Okay, great," I replied to the administrative assistant who was - remarkably - male. After two dozen or so of these interviews with the world's most powerful leaders and CEOs, I'd grown accustomed to greetings from buxom brunettes and leggy blondes. Even the women I interviewed usually had female assistants, albeit less attractive ones. But the only male admin I'd encountered worked for a Saudi oil minister, and I...
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  • "Who is H. Lawrence Higginbotham?"

    by Nico Scopelliti | Jul 23, 2014
    Prologue "Please take a seat. Mr. Higginbotham will be with you shortly." "Okay, great," I replied to the administrative assistant who was - remarkably - male. After two dozen or so of these interviews with the world's most powerful leaders and CEOs, I'd grown accustomed to greetings from buxom brunettes and leggy blondes. Even the women I interviewed usually had female assistants, albeit less attractive ones. But the only male admin I'd encountered worked for a Saudi oil minister, and I...
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  • The Hands-free Whopper of Cognition

    by David Schneider | Jul 22, 2014
    Can we tell that an idea will not work from simple observation? I think so. In fact, I think this video goes a long way to prove the point. You should watch it to see if I am right. Does the hands-free Whopper work? Even if it does, should we use it? Sometimes just watching an idea in action teaches us more than we could learn from reading books or in a classroom. The marketers of the trade shows and of the state fair midway understand the power of demonstration. A demonstration at the New...
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  • The Complex, Context, and Cognitive Gaps

    by David Schneider | Jul 21, 2014
    What is the most simple supply chain? That is not an easy question to answer. We may be able to define what a simple supply chain looks like, but we have some difficulty with an example. Let’s first define a simple supply chain as the most simple connection between two nodes, from the supply node to the demand node. What we have just described is a link, a single connection from the source to the demand points. Complexity of Eating? As an example, imagine feeding yourself a plate of food....
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  • What’s In It For Me (Meaning YOU!)?, Part 42

    by Pasquale Scopelliti | Jul 18, 2014
    ***The video below is NSFW due to explicit language. It is, however, hilarious.*** What's the story behind Respect? Who is respect's great philosopher? I'm tempted to offer Adam Sandler. He used to make comedy albums, back in the days even before CDs, if you can believe it. There was a track he did about his Italian friends for whom the word "respect" meant, well, just about anything and everything. It's not such common lingo anymore, but do you remember the street phrase, "You dissin' me?"...
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  • The Changing Workforce

    by David Schneider | Jul 17, 2014
    If you haven’t heard by now, the workforce is changing. The baby boomers are retiring and the Millennials don’t want to work in warehouses. The truck driver shortage is going to get worse as the drivers (whose average age is 56), retire, and the Millennials don’t want to drive trucks. The headlines are breathless, proclaiming that by 2018 we are going to need 1.4 million new workers for the supply chain by 2018. Not to sound sarcastic, but this is not a new problem....
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  • As Badly As You Want to Breathe

    by Nico Scopelliti | Jul 16, 2014
    All the authors here at WATP write our material and publish our posts on the basis of an assumption: We assume that you, our readers, are looking to learn and be entertained. Learning without entertainment is like a technical manual — often necessary, rarely fun. Entertainment without learning is like an action movie — often fun, never necessary. So we assume you want both, and we aim to provide it five times a week. We also assume that you want to learn things that will help you...
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  • The Growth of E-Commerce - Part 2

    by David Schneider | Jul 15, 2014
    Yesterday we started our discussion about the Material Handling and Logistics U.S. Roadmap trend on The Growth of E-Commerce.  Today we continue our examination of the history of the trend, and how that is changing the face of commerce. The Army of Ants As the financial crisis spread, so did web-site hosting, pushed by companies like Rackspace and GoDaddy.Com. Now people could rent an operating web site for a few hundred dollars a year. Companies like GoDaddy focused on making the...
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