• Escape Velocity: Yin Yang Theory – Part 3

    by Pasquale Scopelliti | Dec 19, 2014
    To create thrust, a rocket engine generates a controlled explosion and directs the exhaust in the opposite direction its drivers wish to fly toward. About to Leap: With its main engines and nine booster rockets lit and firing, the Delta II rocket carrying the Dawn spacecraft begins its trip to space with thunder and a burst of exhaust. Photo Credit: NASA/Sandra Joseph & Rafael Hernandez. What exactly are dreams?  The kind of dream we’re working on – the kind necessary for...
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  • Escape Velocity: Yin Yang Theory – Part 3

    by Pasquale Scopelliti | Dec 19, 2014
    To create thrust, a rocket engine generates a controlled explosion and directs the exhaust in the opposite direction its drivers wish to fly toward. About to Leap: With its main engines and nine booster rockets lit and firing, the Delta II rocket carrying the Dawn spacecraft begins its trip to space with thunder and a burst of exhaust. Photo Credit: NASA/Sandra Joseph & Rafael Hernandez. What exactly are dreams?  The kind of dream we’re working on – the kind necessary for...
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  • Throwback Thursback - How Much Is That DELIVERED Shipment REALLY Costing You?

    by Mike Starling | Dec 18, 2014
    Do you ever pause to make a direct connection between cash flow and Inbound Transportation? Or is your Inbound Transportation Policy JLTVDIFM? (Just Let The Vendor Do It For Me).   What would you rather have, convenience or cash? One of the challenges of today’s business and supply-chain management is to maintain positive operating cash flow in a...
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  • Mobile Gaming: Logistics' Next Step Toward the Mainstream

    by Nico Scopelliti | Dec 17, 2014
    When UPS launched its "We Love Logistics" advertising campaign in September 2010, they made significant inroads into making the idea of logistics go mainstream. Before that, the average American may have heard the word but had little to associate it with. Logistics as we know it is a lot more than parcel delivery, but introducing the public to a simple, everyday concept that they can easily understand and relate to isn't a bad thing. I think it's quite good, actually, as I believe the more...
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  • Dim lights?

    by David Schneider | Dec 16, 2014
    Part 4 – 30FC today is not 30FC next month All lamps have a burn life profile, the amount of light the bulb makes over its lifetime.    We don’t notice it, but all bulbs grow dimmer as they burn.  The concept of burning is accurate, as the electrical energy excites the filament in an incandescent bulb or the cathode in a metal halide or florescent bulb.  Over time, the electricity and heat erodes filament or cathode until they fail.  The surface...
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  • Do we need 30 Foot Candles of light?

    by David Schneider | Dec 15, 2014
    Part 3 - Changes in Direction: The question in the title of this post is one that I have heard asked repeatedly in the past 25 years. My answer has always been the same — it depends. In fact, there have been operations for which I pushed for more light than 30 FC in specific work areas, like receiving, returns processing, price ticketing, inspection, or garment sortation. Each of these tasks can require extensive fine work or reading to perform. The configuration of the storage systems,...
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  • Escape Velocity: Yin Yang Theory – Part 2

    by Pasquale Scopelliti | Dec 12, 2014
    “And Isis answer made: Of living things, my son, some are made friends with fire, and some with water, some with air, and some with earth…” Aristotelian Elements and Qualities You really should check out this article where I found the image above: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classical_element Perhaps it’s my prejudice as a Westerner, but I really do picture Aristotle’s Elements & Qualities traveling eastward to China. On that note, here’s today’s...
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  • Throwback Thursday - Wheat or Rye?

    by Mike Starling | Dec 11, 2014
    Prologue – The road to now. To say things were not going well at the DC would have been a gross understatement. Things had not gone well since the start up, and in the seven months since then things had gotten progressively worse. A sense of pending doom permeated the entire operation as processes ground time and people down. The six-day-a-week, twelve-hour shifts looked like they would never end. The mild winter and the early spring jumped sales early and hard. The facility was not ready...
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