5 Lessons About The Way We Treat People

November 3, 2010

First let me say, I did NOT write this, it was an e-mail I received like many of you probably did; It is one I’ve seen more than once before, and EVERY time it chokes me up… In any event, it is worth reading, and even more importantly WORTH a great inspiration to many.

1 – First Important Lesson – Cleaning Lady.

During my second month of college, our professor Gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student And had breezed through the questions until I readThe last one:

“What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?”Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the Cleaning woman several times. She was tall,Dark-haired and in her 50’s, but how would I know her name?
I handed in my paper, leaving the last questionBlank. Just before class ended, one student asked if The last question would count toward our quiz grade.

“Absolutely, ” said the professor.. “In your careers,You will meet many people. All are significant.. TheyDeserve your attention and care, even if all you do Is smile and say “hello..”

I’ve never forgotten that lesson.. I also learned herName was Dorothy.

2. – Second Important Lesson – Pickup in the Rain One night, at 11:30 p.m., an older African AmericanWoman was standing on the side of an Alabama highwayTrying to endure a lashing rain storm. Her car hadBroken down and she desperately needed a ride.Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car. A young white man stopped to help her, generallyUnheard of in those conflict-filled 1960’s. The manTook her to safety, helped her get assistance andPut her into a taxicab.

She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down hisAddress and thanked him. Seven days went by and aKnock came on the man’s door. To his surprise, aGiant console color TV was delivered to his home. A Special note was attached.It read: “Thank you so much for assisting me on the highwayThe other night. The rain drenched not only myClothes, but also my spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dyingHusband’s’ bedside just before he passed away… GodBless you for helping me and unselfishly servingOthers.”Sincerely, Mrs. Nat King Cole.

3 – Third Important Lesson – Always remember thoseWho serve.
In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less,A 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop andSat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in Front of him.”How much is an ice cream sundae?” he asked. “Fifty cents,” replied the waitress.The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket andStudied the coins in it.”Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?” he inquired.By now more people were waiting for a table and theWaitress was growing impatient.. “Thirty-five cents,” she brusquely replied. The little boy again counted his coins.”I’ll have the plain ice cream,” he said.The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill onThe table and walked away The boy finished the iceCream, paid the cashier and left.. When the waitressCame back, she began to cry as she wiped down the Table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish,Were two nickels and five pennies..You see, he couldn’t have the sundae, because he hadTo have enough left to leave her a tip.

4 – Fourth Important Lesson. – The obstacle in Our Path.
In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on aRoadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see ifAnyone would remove the huge rock. Some of theKing’s’ wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by And simply walked around it.. Many loudly blamed theKing for not keeping the roads clear, but none didAnything about getting the stone out of the way.

Then a peasant came along carrying a load of Vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, thepeasant laid down his burden and tried to move thestone to the side of the road. After much pushingand straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticeda purse lying in the road where the boulder hadbeen. The purse contained many gold coins and a notefrom the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. Thepeasant learned what many of us never understand!Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improveour condition.

5 – Fifth Important Lesson – Giving When it Counts… Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at ahospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare & serious disease. Her onlychance of recovery appeared to be a bloodtransfusion from her 5-year old brother, who hadmiraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat theillness. The doctor explained the situation to herlittle brother, and asked the little boy if he wouldbe willing to give his blood to his sister. I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking adeep breath and saying, “Yes I’ll do it if it will saveher.” As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bednext to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheek. Then his facegrew pale and his smile faded.He looked up at the doctor and asked with atrembling voice, “Will I start to die right away”. Being young, the little boy had misunderstood thedoctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.

… Wow, that’ll leave a tear in your eye and tug on your heart; but it also does a fine job of planting the seed of desire for many to make a concious effort towards being a more quality participant in our society and our everyday human interaction.

With potent gratitude,

Papillon Global
@LogisticsDr
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Internet Exploer ‘IE 9′ and the ‘New Twitter’ and Beyond

October 31, 2010

I’d like to ask for comments/thoughts from others regarding their experience(s) with running the “New Twitter” through IE 9 Beta. So far I’ve personnaly experienced nothing less than technological DRAMA! Allow me to explain…

First – 12% of the time my timeline will not display…
Second – 100% of the time “Profile” will NOT display…
Third – 100% of the time When a Tweeter is clicked NOTHING displays to the right but white screen…
Fourth – Profile picture/avatar options to change/edit/delete do not display 80% of the time…

I could go on believe me. I’m not sure if this is an IE 9 issue or it’s a Twitter issue because the first time I sampled the “New Twitter” I was already running IE 9… FEEDBACK PLEASE PEOPLE!!!! :)

I will add that videos and such from Youtube give me ZERO problems with the new IE 9, but sites like Hulu will not work, nor will most of Fox video display well or at all.

Leave me a comment or two please or LMK on Twitter – @LogisticsDr

With potent gratitude,

Papillon Global
@LogisticsDr
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Semper Aquatics
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3 Tier Freight

ALL Miners Rescued in Chile~!

October 14, 2010

I just wanted to take a quick moment to join Chile in rejoicing over all of the 33 miners and the 6 that went down for them coming out of the mine with their lives. 69 brutally long days these miners endured under ground to come out and meet fresh air once again.

My upmost respect goes out to all of the miners, rescue personnel, and affected families and communities.

Sincerely,

Papillon Global

RED SOX NEWS 4/17/2010

April 7, 2010

By Ian Browne / MLB.com

04/07/10 1:39 AM ET

FOLKS, I AM A BIG RED SOX FAN, SO… I APOLOGIZE FOR GOING OFF TOPIC HERE, BUT AS A RED SOX FAN, I HAD TO Re-Post THIS ARTICLE!  Thanks Ian and MLB.com!

BOSTON — The Red Sox spent a lot of time and energy over the winter building a much-improved defense. However, nobody said it was going to be perfect.

And the timing of shortstop Marco Scutaro’s throwing error on Tuesday night was rather imperfect, and it played a significant role in a 6-4 loss to the Yankees.

It looked like lefty reliever Hideki Okajima had navigated himself out of a jam in the eighth. With two on and two outs in a tie game, Derek Jeter hit a grounder to short, and it looked like the Red Sox were about to come charging back to the dugout. But Scutaro one-hopped his throw to first baseman Kevin Youkilis. The error kept the inning alive, putting Nick Johnson in position to give the Yankees the lead back on a bases-loaded walk.

Playing just his second game for the Red Sox, Scutaro proved to be accountable to the wave of media that surrounded his locker after the game.

“I just made a bad throw — that’s it. I don’t really have an excuse,” said Scutaro. “It’s always hard when you make errors and it costs you the game. You just turn the page and come back tomorrow and win the series. You can’t really do anything about it right now.”

Youkilis wishes he could have bailed Scutaro out.

“It just hopped up quick,” Youkilis said. “It just hit the top of my glove. I just didn’t get it in the webbing. It’s one of those plays where I blame myself. I thought I could have made it, but I got a bad bounce. It’s one of those tough breaks you have. It definitely wasn’t [the game]. One play doesn’t flip the game. There’s tons of stuff we could have done better. We could have scored more runs, we could have given up less runs. That play isn’t how we lost the ballgame tonight.”

Okajima still had a chance to get out of the inning with the tie intact. But the normally stalwart setup man fell behind 3-1 and then walked in the winning run to the always-patient Johnson.

“That was the last thing I wanted to do,” Okajima said through an interpreter. “The result just turned out that way.”

“It was just the one hitter where he kind of lost his command,” said Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez, who went 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs. “Unfortunately, it wasn’t the right time to lose his command with the bases loaded, but that was it.”

For the Red Sox, it was just that kind of night.

Even still, they threatened to answer right back in their half of the eighth. Youkilis led off with a single and moved to second on an errant pickoff throw by Damaso Marte. David Ortiz flew to center, and on came Joba Chamberlain, who struck out Adrian Beltre and J.D. Drew to snuff out that threat.

The Yankees, despite three errors, avenged their Opening Night loss to the Red Sox on Sunday by bouncing back in this one. The rubber match will be on Wednesday night at Fenway, when John Lackey makes his debut for Boston against Andy Pettitte.

This was a night in which neither starter was in top form. Boston’s Jon Lester gave up five hits and four runs over five innings, walking three, striking out four and throwing 94 pitches. A.J. Burnett allowed seven hits and four runs (three earned) over five innings. He also finished with 94 pitches.

Lester had come out blazing, ending a 1-2-3 first by blowing a 97-mph fastball past Mark Teixeira.


“You just never know when you’re going to make an error. You really want to play perfect for the whole season, but you won’t. You’re going to have some errors, you’re going to have some ups and downs. It was just an error.”
– Victor Martinez

“I just didn’t put guys away,” Lester said. “When I needed that pitch, I either yanked it or left it up or threw it in the dirt or whatever. I just wasn’t able to get that knockout pitch, I guess. At the same time, I felt like I made some pretty good pitches.”

It was the Red Sox who jumped out first, with Jacoby Ellsbury providing a spark. The leadoff man led off the first with a bloop single. He then stole second and advanced to third on Jorge Posada’s throwing error. Youkilis made it a 1-0 game by lofting a sacrifice fly to center.

A big swing by Martinez, resulting in a two-run homer into the Boston bullpen against Burnett, made it 3-1 Sox in the third.

“What a nice swing,” said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. “He’s just a good hitter.”

The Yankees have plenty of those themselves.

And back the Bombers came in the fifth, loading the bases with nobody out for the dangerous Teixeira. The first baseman nearly hit into a 5-4-3 double play, but he was ruled safe at first and a run scored.

“[The umpire] made the call and it was a bang-bang play,” said Youkilis. “I guess from the replay and stuff, guys said he was out and they said he was safe. It’s a bang-bang call, but it didn’t lose the game.”

The dagger came next, as Alex Rodriguez belted an RBI double down the line in left, and it was once again a tie game.

“The 3-2 fastball to A-Rod, if he didn’t swing at that pitch, it was a ball,” said Martinez. “He did a good job. He put a good swing on the ball and got him. But I think [Lester] threw the ball well today.”

Robinson Cano untied it with a sacrifice fly to center. Naturally, the Red Sox responded in their half of the fifth. Martinez once again got the big hit, an RBI double high off the Monster in left-center that made it a 4-4 game.

This time around, however, the Yankees had the last laugh.

“You just never know when you’re going to make an error,” said Martinez. “You really want to play perfect for the whole season, but you won’t. You’re going to have some errors, you’re going to have some ups and downs. It was just an error.”

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Think about it.

With full and potent gratitude,

Logistics Dr.

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Logistics Business Volume on the RISE!!

April 6, 2010

Article source: Sean Murphy, Associate Editor — Logistics Management

The March report on the non-manufacturing sector in from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) shows a marked increase in positive activity compared to February, according to Tony Nieves, chair of ISM’s non-manufacturing business survey committee.

“This is definitely better than I anticipated,” he said.

ISM’s index for measuring the sector’s overall health, or NMI, rose 2.4 points to 55.4 percent. A value of 50 percent or more indicates growth.

Other indices showed leaps upward compared to February. New Orders went up 7.3 points to 62.3 percent, business activity went up 5.2 points to 60 percent, and new export orders went up 10.5 points to 57.5 percent.

“This is just a very big swing, month over month,” he said.

Nieves said growth has been steady for months now, due in part to the economic recovery continuing. Large leaps are unexpected, he said, but not unwelcome, as long as the higher numbers don’t slip backward. Nieves said that would not be likely, but he looks forward to steadier improvement.

“I’d rather see numbers that are sustainable,” he said.

Employment is still lagging in negative territory, too. It went up 1.2 points from February to March, but still stopped at 49.8 percent, just shy of growth. In the manufacturing sector, employers ended 2009 with holes in their work force they were unable or unwilling to fill. In the first quarter of 2010, however, the sector began hiring again.

Nieves said the non-manufacturing sector is still in the same place now that the manufacturing sector was at the end of 2009.

“People are still a little skeptical and the discretionary spending isn’t there,” he said.

The upward trend, however, appears to be continuing, Nieves said, which means it is likely that the employment index will finally register some growth before the summer.

Prices also went up, by 2.5 points, to 62.9 percent. While higher prices can be a roadblock to recovery, Nieves said it’s only a short-term response, and not necessarily a sign of inflation.

Think about it.

With full and potent gratitude,

Logistics Dr.

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Suppliers say carriers still shopping for software

March 23, 2010

TMW Systems and McLeod Software each said they signed fewer new customers in 2009 than the prior year, but overall sales remained strong as carriers sought to improve their operations and prep for an economic rebound.

TMW, Beachwood, Ohio, said it signed on 140 new customers in 2009, down from 160 in 2008. “Both new and existing customers are capitalizing on periods of reduced market activity to strengthen their operations and increase management visibility to business performance,” said David Wangler, president of TMW. McLeod, Birmingham, Ala., brought in 84 new subscribers, down from 96 in 2008.

While the number dropped year-over-year, those that signed on during 2009 bought more add-on products and supplemental software than those in 2008, McLeod said.  Rick Halbrooks, vice president of sales and marketing at McLeod, said that as freight demand slumped, carriers reasoned that “if they can’t increase their revenues because of the rate market, they have to figure out ways to keep their costs down.” 

TMW has previously released revenue figures only for odd-numbered years between 2001 and 2007.  Between 2005 and 2007, TMW said revenue rose to $65.5 million from $26.3 million.  The increase reflected, among other things, acquisitions. 

I want to point out another thing to some of the “Stone Age” freight/traffic departments out there…  The carriers YOU use everyday, are seeking for better software and web-based platforms all the time to improve their operation, and improve their efficiency! 

If the companies carrying your freight recognize technology as an essential and vital part of their operational architecture, then how could you not embrace the possibility that you too could benefit from centralized oversight, exception management, and a high level of automated freight execution?

Think about it.

With full and potent gratitude,

Logistics Dr.

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(888) 427-3320 My company and I will: GUARANTEE IN WRITING TO REDUCE YOUR COMPLETE FREIGHT SPEND BY AT LEAST 5%… (518) 307-9749 WHO ELSE WILL DO THAT?

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Obama’s Health Care Bill

March 22, 2010

This new health care bill COULD equate to a huge amount of new over-head for your organization. One of the first places your company can/should look to, regarding reducing costs, is your logistics activity.(If you are a company WITH logistics/freight activity of course!)

Maybe you have freight which is coming in or going out, which you know needs to move at least a good day or more ahead of time, and you are NOT currently taking advantage of the Pre-Qualified Spot Market capacity which is out there… Maybe you have someone in your freight department getting some type of free dinners or other un-authorized gratutity to ensure shipping volume is allocated somewhere… Maybe you simply haven’t updated or improved anything in your logistics division in quite some time.

Any of these reasons are quite strong enough to have you diagnose your logistics/freight architecture to see where you have room for significant improvement. Both hard and soft cost savings can play vital roles in helping your company harvest back the profitabitlity which it deserves.

With full and potent gratitude,

Logistics Dr.

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2010 model year Mercedes-Benz Econic setting new standards!

March 17, 2010
The 2010 Mercedez Econic

The 2010 Mercedez Econic

Aritcle Source: Freightnews.org

The 2010 model year Mercedes-Benz Econic is setting new standards in terms of engine line-up, safety and comfort. Since 2002 the Econic with natural gas drive has met what are currently the strictest EEV exhaust controls. Now the diesel engines of the Econic are available with BlueTec EEV as standard. Compared with the Euro 5 standard, particle levels under EEV are around 33 percent lower, and as a result the diesel-driven Econic also looks set to become an environmentally friendly winner when it comes to cleaner, better air.

Certified in accordance with currently the strictest EEV (Enhanced Environ­mentally-friendly Vehicle) EU emissions standard, the diesel engines presently already undercut the Euro 5 limit and are also just below the Euro 6 value planned to come into effect from 2014. Thanks to this, the Econic is even allowed to enter low emission zones, for example when used in waste disposal applications. In the case of particularly strict regulations, the exceptionally quiet Econic with natural gas drive is recommended.

A number of enhancements have also appeared on the Econic featuring gas-technology: the powertrain and combustion have been optimised in such a way as to increase performance but at the same time reduce wear and tear. This in particular results in reduced maintenance and repair costs. The natural gas drive is the most environmentally friendly engine available in the Econic. With a displacement of 6.9 litres, the M 906 LAG engine produces 205 kW (279 hp). Emissions from the Econic with natural gas drive do not contain any fine dust or particles. A further plus point is the low noise emission of the gas drive.

Enhanced safety built in – axle load measuring device, ASR, three-point seat belts on all seats

The vehicle occupants have not been overlooked either: the Econic now features three-point seat belts on all seats (second half of 2010). In addition, it comes with an axle load measuring device and acceleration slip regulation (ASR) as standard. The axle load measuring device effectively helps to prevent overloading by deter­mining the gross vehicle weight and displaying it in the “driver information system”. The acceleration slip regulation, meanwhile, helps to ensure greater driving stability. Both of these features are significant benefits in the waste disposal sector, particularly since it is possible for the vehicle to become over­loaded inadvertently, a situation which can both damage the chassis and have an impact on overall safety. ASR also helps to avoid problems in winter or slippery conditions. In the past the Econic already came equipped as standard with a differential lock on the drive axle, as well as a planetary axle – which has the effect of building up torque at the wheels. When combined together, these two design features give the Econic excellent traction, something which is parti­cularly appreciated in winter by those customers faced with difficult operating conditions.

Raising/lowering function plus increased comfort as standard

With immediate effect the Mercedes-Benz Econic now also comes with a raising/lowering function as standard. This enables the chassis to be raised by 200 mm or lowered by 60 mm, a feature which allows demountable bodies to be fitted and swapped out, for example. There is also a lockable roof stowage box so that tools or work clothes can be stored securely. All occupants are ensured a high level of seating comfort and optimum safety thanks to three full-size passenger seats. Also fitted as standard at the factory is the powerful 28 V/100 A generator, which takes care of the entire vehicle electrics, feeds the batteries and provides power reserves for additional accessories.

A specialist for a variety of applications

As a true specialist vehicle for municipal transport as well as collection and distribution services, the Mercedes-Benz Econic brings to the road all of the qualities expected of vehicles from a number of different sectors: whether used as a waste disposal vehicle, for fire or airport services, or as a tanker or furniture removal, milk collection or heating oil distribution vehicle. The Econic is a specialist vehicle for many applications – it is even now found on the roads in the form of a semitrailer truck, used by large discount food retailers for refrigerated transportation.

With almost 9000 units sold in eleven years, the Econic enjoys an excellent market position and has long been the benchmark for vehicles featuring a low-floor driver’s cab. According to the management of the Wörth plant, some 20 per­cent of customers take advantage of the benefits afforded by the gas drive. Due to the increasing quantities as well as high customer demand for Econic gas vehic­les, in 2009 production was completely relocated to the special vehicle product division in Wörth am Rhein. Previously the vehicle was produced at the Center of Competence for Zero-Emission Commercial Vehicles (KEM) in Mannheim.

The Econic is driven either by the 900-series inline six-cylinder diesel engines, or the natural gas engine, all of which are EEV-certified. The diesel engines are based on the innovative BlueTec diesel technology. Thanks to the use of SCR technology and optimised combustion, both exhaust emissions and fuel consumption are reduced. In addition to the OM 906 LA available with power outputs of 175 kW (238 hp) and 210 kW (286 hp), there is also the OM 926 LA with a power output of 240 kW (326 hp). The 900-series diesel engines are also suitable for use with biodiesel without any modifications being necessary. All Econics with diesel engines come with a 200-litre capacity aluminium fuel tank, as well as a 25-litre tank for AdBlue.

The Econic was originally designed as a waste disposal vehicle and was first presented as such at the Entsorga trade show in Cologne in May 1998. At the time, a variant featuring the natural gas drive was not yet available. Refuse collection workers climb in and out of such vehicles between 200 and 250 times a day. For this reason the engineers came up with a low-floor variant of the driver’s cab featuring easy access for getting in and out, as well as an automatically opening passenger door, as used in bus and coach design.

With full and potent gratitude,

Logistics Dr.

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Lighten Your Load & Pad Your Pockets!

March 16, 2010

Many times we come across Shipping Managers and Personnel who don’t favorably view Technology as their friend..  hey react like the “deer in the headlights” and freeze up or feel endangered and threatened.. But they may be colossally missing the boat! 
The economics of today mean companies are looking to do more with less and everybody from the CEO, CFO, Logistics Managers, down to the Shipping Personnel need to adjust.. The employee who embraces change that saves their company money  can preserve and even increase their own position.

TMS (Transportation Management Systems) Platforms help companies Automate important functions like pulling Rates, Posting , Tracking Shipments , and Auditing them after delivery. TMS Platforms range from inexpensive to very expensive ($249/mo & upwards) They even can Maintain Compliance on your Private Network of Carriers, pull rates from Brokers/3PL’s and compile Reports.

TMS Platforms DO NOT replace the human element of relationships, intelligence and decisionmaking.. they make our workdays easier by building in efficiencies through Automation .  In an era of less people in Shipping doing more they are being used by companies with as little as one to two Shipments a day. TMS Platforms are inexpensive to operate and easy to use. For those individuals who see change and get in front of it these times will provide you an opportunity to increase your pay and position! Get in front of the change!! Pad Your Pockets!

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Vision or Vise Grip?

March 15, 2010

Does your company’s logistics department deal with carriers and/or brokers and 3PL’s, etc… who are forward thinking, display that they are innovative, GROWING, and take the initiative to TAKE A PERSONAL ONGOING INTEREST IN YOUR obtaining efficiencies? OR are you in a vise grip?

Whats a vise grip? It is when some halfway to large carrier or broker has your Shipping/Logistics Mgr.’s scared into thinking that if all of your Freight activity isn’t directed into them, you’ll lose your “Great discounts”… (Silence…………………………………………………………………)

GIVE ME A BREAK FOLKS!  Your freight is a commodity and your logistics activity is desired! Even if your doing 1 LTL load a week (As long as you aren’t a royal pain) you are able to procure the most competitive pricing on the market! You have the right to pay LESS for your freight.

Let me ask you, “You have what you perceive to be good pricing, and you think it’s because of volume… A QUALIFIED capacity offer comes through, that is CHEAPER than your volume rate, and you respond with ((((In the voice of Mrs. Fletcher from the LifeLine commercials))) ~ I can’t because I’ll lose the great pricing I have with ABC Shipping)… Even if it were true that you would lose your volume discount for moving the freight with this cheaper option, it wouldn’t matter because this price which was given based on just that ONE shipment was cheaper than your “Volume price”. You must not have the pricing you thought you had!

Keep in mind as well, that what will take place is typically quite the opposite. When carriers and brokers see your volume reduce, rest assured they’ll call fairly quickly to discuss what they can do to help get that volume back up… and if they don’t, did you really want to work with them anyways?

Moving on…. (No pun intented) Stay out of the vise grip scenario! Know that your freight is desired, and with that fact, threats regarding discounts and volume are to me self contradictions.

Have you explored various ways to help automate functions for your Logistics staff? This doesn’t have to mean cutting heads at the company…  rather the opposite is true; giving back man hours to your staff, you’ll gain quality in their performance, as well as increase their productivity = Soft cost savings equalling a more attractive bottom line.  This allows for growth without adding personnel and increased profit without layoffs!

Hopefully my view provided hear is at least worth the spark of a thought for you!

With full and potent gratitude,
Logistics Dr.

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