A brief story about logistics
There is an apocryphal folktale from the end of the Soviet Union. A guard at a construction site, every day, would search workers to make sure they didn’t leave the job site with more than they came in with. Every day, one worker (Vasiliy) would come out with a wheelbarrow full of straw. The guard would search the straw, find no contraband, and send him on his way. After a few years, the site shut down, and the guard asked what Vasiliy was stealing. Vasiliy explained: “wheelbarrows."
Enterprise logistics: solving solutions
Hopefully, the story illustrates that we can accurately measure the wrong thing. Route efficiency might save us on gasoline, but poorly maintained roads put additional stress on fleet vehicles. Interstate highway clocks may make safer roads for drivers while making truckers’ jobs extremely difficult. Inconsistencies in online shipping models might have your customers creating a secondary market just import what you’re selling.
“My logisticians are a humorless lot … they know if my campaign fails, they are the first ones I will slay.”Alexander the Great
If you can’t move your products well, you can lose money imperceptibly. And if your products never arrive, you won’t have a customer base. (Hence the Alexander the Great quote, Although it’s probably more relevant if you plan to conquer Eurasia.) There is often little or no informal communication between drivers, shipping clerks, and online shopping cart administrators.
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