• Pop Quiz – A Trip Through the River Rouge Plant

    by David Schneider | Sep 22, 2014
    We later boomers remember movie day in school. The teacher (or later the A/V Geek) spooled up a film in a 16mm movie projector, turned off the lights, and we watched educational movies. Anybody remember film strips? Reel to Reel video tapes? I remember kids calling the movies “nap time.” My 6th grade teacher was a rookie. We watched a movie or film strip every day. A bunch of kids nodded off. This was a daily routine that went on for a few weeks. It wasn't always the same kids, but...
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  • Pop Quiz – A Trip Through the River Rouge Plant

    by David Schneider | Sep 22, 2014
    We later boomers remember movie day in school. The teacher (or later the A/V Geek) spooled up a film in a 16mm movie projector, turned off the lights, and we watched educational movies. Anybody remember film strips? Reel to Reel video tapes? I remember kids calling the movies “nap time.” My 6th grade teacher was a rookie. We watched a movie or film strip every day. A bunch of kids nodded off. This was a daily routine that went on for a few weeks. It wasn't always the same kids, but...
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  • Escape Velocity: Proper Sequence

    by Pasquale Scopelliti | Sep 19, 2014
    When the parts are this simple, and the sequence this clear, then you truly understand something! Let’s back up to simple parts for a moment.  You can add 1 to itself four times, to come up with 4.  Or, of course, you can add 2 + 2.  Or, as above, we can add a single unit to the glorious number 3, and also end up with 4.   It is good to meditate both deeply and most especially visually.  For that purpose, we might lay this options out with dots, or pickles...
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  • Throwback Thursday - Warehouse Operations: More Than Just Shipping

    by Sharmi Philip | Sep 18, 2014
    [This follows last week's post, "Paper Beats Rock, Systems Beat Paper…"] Warehouse Operations is the heart of customer service. Products come in, products go out… or at least that what’s supposed to happen. But do you really know what’s happening within your distribution center, and how it affects your customer? A delivery truck arrives at the distribution center. What happens next? Did the warehouse know the truck was coming in today? Do they know what’s on it?...
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  • Your knees may shake, but may they always take you towards the enemy

    by Nico Scopelliti | Sep 17, 2014
    If you've studied military history or read any of our numerous articles here at WATP that draw upon it for both inspiration and direct application to contemporary business logistics, then the picture to the left is of a man you're likely familiar with. You've probably also encountered the following quotation by the same: “Gentlemen, the officer who doesn’t know his communications and supply as well as his tactics is totally useless.” — Gen. George S. Patton I recently...
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  • Grain Shipping Woes

    by David Schneider | Sep 16, 2014
    Last week West Virginia Democratic Senator John D. Rockefeller IV introduced Senate Bill S.2777 — The Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2014. Co-sponsored by South Dakota’s Republican Senator John Thune, the bills proposes to give the Surface Transportation Board (STB) new authority to launch investigations into service backlogs, rate hikes, and other issues. As chairman of the Senate’s Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, Rockefeller for years...
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  • The Rouge

    by David Schneider | Sep 15, 2014
    Henry Ford was an odd duck. Unlike other automobile manufacturers, Ford’s vision was to make a car that his employees could afford to own. That is quite a different vision from that of the other early automakers. While Henry Ford did not invent the assembly line, nor was he the first to apply it to manufacturing, but his thinking about different ways to standardize transformed automotive manufacturing into mass production. Ford looked at his supply chain differently than the other...
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  • Escape Velocity: Simple Parts

    by Pasquale Scopelliti | Sep 12, 2014
    Let’s begin by reviewing yesterday’s quotation from Beloved Uncle Rene: Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it. I hate confessing that it took me years to figure out the following so-simple, little, obvious equation: Simple = A Part Small Enough To Make A Difficulty Easy It’s right there, of course, in Uncle Rene’s guidance.  It’s obvious.  But, I repeat and emphasize, it took me many years of study and...
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