• What’s In It For Me (Meaning YOU!)?, Part 30

    by Pasquale Scopelliti | Apr 18, 2014
    Why is work so hard? Actually, we must recognize the fact that work really isn’t that hard for everyone. But, for some strange reason, people who find work easy never seem to be too interested in the services of a guy like me. So, I ask again, for those of us for whom it is, why is work so hard? Yes, the “us” there is real. Work is hard for me too. I’m part of this group. I say again, why do we have to… 1. FIGHT for Knowledge? 2. BUILD Know-How? 3. DEVELOP...
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  • What’s In It For Me (Meaning YOU!)?, Part 30

    by Pasquale Scopelliti | Apr 18, 2014
    Why is work so hard? Actually, we must recognize the fact that work really isn’t that hard for everyone. But, for some strange reason, people who find work easy never seem to be too interested in the services of a guy like me. So, I ask again, for those of us for whom it is, why is work so hard? Yes, the “us” there is real. Work is hard for me too. I’m part of this group. I say again, why do we have to… 1. FIGHT for Knowledge? 2. BUILD Know-How? 3. DEVELOP...
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  • GUNSLINGER MENTALITY: SHOOT THE TRUCKER and GET ME ANOTHER ONE

    by Mike Starling | Apr 17, 2014
    Does your organization suffer from a Gunslinger Mentality where for-hire truckers are concerned? Here’s the scenario: The company has just gone through a TL or LTL competitive bid. They are under pressure to reduce carrier costs and improve service to their customers. The staff has biases for and against certain carriers, but the CEO and CFO need to find ways to improve operating cash flow. Reduction of freight expense is one means to that end. While not wishing to put all their eggs in...
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  • The Atlas of Economic Complexity

    by Nico Scopelliti | Apr 16, 2014
    Our world is an increasingly complex one. Our development as a species accelerates continuously and history has proven that advancements in our ability to shape the world around us is limited only by our imaginations. In time, we will find a way to make even the loftiest goal possible. This is made possible by the organization and division of our efforts, skills, resources and knowledge. Two men may have stepped foot on the moon in July 1969, but it took the shared productive knowledge of many...
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  • What is High Pile?

    by David Schneider | Apr 15, 2014
    What is High Piled storage? The answer is — it depends. It depends on the fire code used. It depends on the commodity being stored. It depends on the form of storage. Generally speaking, it is the stacking of material above 12 feet in height. For some products, however, even six feet is getting a bit high. High-Piled storage fire and safety requirements started to appear in the 1990s, as some spectacular warehouse fires captured the attention of fire chiefs and life safety experts, who...
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  • What is the Right Code?

    by David Schneider | Apr 14, 2014
    I have seen a lot of change in warehouse construction and operations. When you have been designing and operating warehouse facilities for almost three decades, you get to see a lot of change in the technology and practices. Still, some foundational aspects of the job never change. Like asking the local building officials what model codes they follow. If you asked the head of any building department 20 years ago, you would hear things like BOCA, UBC or SBC, depending on location of the project....
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  • What’s In It For Me (Meaning YOU!)?, Part 29

    by Pasquale Scopelliti | Apr 11, 2014
    Last week, Linda Taylor requested visual representations for our four elements on the value creation side of the equation. Here are my best efforts for the moment. I hope they offer you some real value! 1. Knowledge: Before I go visual, let me give you a very difficult quiz! What do the Latin words “Annuit Cœptis” mean, and why might I be asking? Stumped? They mean something like “good beginnings” and they’re the words on the reverse side of America’s...
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  • The Transportation Manager’s Challenge: Do More With Less? It’s Not Just About the Money.

    by Johnny Dollar | Apr 10, 2014
    Sometimes being a Transportation Manager is like standing at the bottom of the corporate funnel looking up. Yep, that old saying that “it rolls downhill” is certainly true, especially when you are a front-line service support manager. All too often Managers find themselves in full firefighting mode due to insufficient adequate resources, time, or depth of experience to deal with the unknown or unexpected. Executive management is responsible for providing adequate resources to allow...
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