• Escape Velocity: From Generalization to Application – 4 of 4

    by Pasquale Scopelliti | Mar 06, 2015
    Law III: To every action there is always opposed an equal reaction: or the mutual actions of two bodies upon each other are always equal, and directed to contrary parts. If you’ve ever heard a scientific law stated, this is likely the one.  Every action triggers an equal and opposite reaction. And if you’re a science follower, you know all about how Einstein’s Laws – and the subsequent rise of Quantum Physics – has brought Newton into, if not question, then at...
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  • Escape Velocity: From Generalization to Application – 4 of 4

    by Pasquale Scopelliti | Mar 06, 2015
    Law III: To every action there is always opposed an equal reaction: or the mutual actions of two bodies upon each other are always equal, and directed to contrary parts. If you’ve ever heard a scientific law stated, this is likely the one.  Every action triggers an equal and opposite reaction. And if you’re a science follower, you know all about how Einstein’s Laws – and the subsequent rise of Quantum Physics – has brought Newton into, if not question, then at...
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  • When is a Solution Not a Solution? When You’re Batching, Of Course.

    by Mike Starling | Mar 05, 2015
    Prologue to Problematic Process Solution: Part 1 One of the key processes in any distribution center is the order picking process. If the customer’s order is to be fulfilled completely and accurately, the reliability of the individual picker in the DC is paramount. But what happens when you have a new DC start-up situation and the staffing is predominately temporary help? High-volume customer order-pick line demand? And customer-specific parts-labeling and packing requirements to be...
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  • How Slow Must You Go to Win?

    by Nico Scopelliti | Mar 04, 2015
    I'll begin with a quotation, following it with a short fable and then one last quotation. Quotation #1: "Now the general who wins a battle makes many calculations in his temple ere the battle is fought. The general who loses a battle makes but few calculations beforehand. Thus do many calculations lead to victory, and few calculations to defeat: how much more no calculation at all! It is by attention to this point that I can foresee who is likely to win or lose." The fable: The Hare was...
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  • Behavior 7 – A Centered Belief in Himself and his Abilities

    by David Schneider | Mar 03, 2015
    To some people Winston Churchill was an arrogant man. Those who saw him this way failed to see the whole of his ability, and therefore missed the essence of the man. Churchill was very capable at almost everything he put his hand or mind to. He was both a force of reason and a force of will. In the days of his young adulthood Winston Churchill sought out danger and fortune, with an eye on what the exposure would do for him in political life, and also on the excitement it would bring him. He...
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  • Legal v. Ethical – Pt2, Contracts

    by David Schneider | Mar 02, 2015
    Contracts are nothing more than written agreements.  Two people can decide to do business with each other, orally define the terms and conditions that structure their agreement, spit in their palms and shake their hands.  If both parties trust each other and maintain ethical integrity, the handshake can be more than sufficient. However, if the parties don't trust each other, or either party has trouble maintaining their ethical integrity, the handshake is worthless. Too many times the...
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  • Escape Velocity: From Generalization to Application – 3 of 4

    by Pasquale Scopelliti | Feb 27, 2015
    Law II: The alteration of motion is ever proportional to the motive force impress’d; and is made in the direction of the right line in which that force is impress’d. Do you believe?  Sure, I’m really asking, do you believe in Tinker Bell; or perhaps, have you ever even tried? I have.  If I keep talking about this, I’ll have to add a picture of my girlfriend-wife-best friend-greatest person I’ve ever known, Kate Scopelliti.  But, she doesn’t...
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  • Throwback Thursday - The “NEW ORDER” in Logistics and Transportation: Some Trends to Think About

    by Mike Starling | Feb 26, 2015
    I just read with interest an article in Logistics Management magazine entitled “New Order, New Opportunities on the Rise” by John D. Schultz, which summarizes the implication of the results of the recently released CSCMP 24th Annual State of Logistics report. While it delves into details related to the individual modes, it highlights some significant bottom-line trends that every transportation manager needs to bear in mind related to planning and execution of current transportation...
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