•  02.12.2020 12:28 PM

Continuing with the topic of losses, it would be difficult to avoid the warehouse question. And immediately I have to make a remark. In logistics theory, a warehouse is evil. Every time the cargo stops moving, additional costs arise. In addition to the obvious price of loading-unloading and storage, hidden ones immediately appear: damage, theft, spoilage due to the wrong regime, violation of the expiration date, inventory errors, increase of lead-time and, of course, complication of administration. This is rarely considered in financial calculations. However, is the warehouse so bad?

Читать далее
  •  27.11.2020 12:12 PM

After talking about the numbers, let’s move to reality. “Human Factors,” such a convoluted term, was created in the days of political correctness to cover up lack of professionalism, laziness, lack of training, weak control and poor order. About 15 years ago I have luck to visit a small port near the heart of the Norwegian maritime industry - Bergen. Small, working with supply vessels for oil rigs. But a lot of ship calls. Short stops, variety of cargo, rough weather and constant time pressure. Then KPIs were in vogue and the port company chose only one...

Читать далее
  •  19.11.2020 11:10 PM

Continuing the topic of loses and efficiency, I came across endless debates about the 3PL concept. Adepts of 3PL, more often forwarders and companies selling these services, provide impressive reports on how many millions a year their customers save. However, as is the case with the budget, numbers are complex and controversial topic. From my experience, I can say that the issue with the transition to 3PL most often has an emotional background. Either the owner (or the most important in the Board), by his willful decision, imposes an embargo on the use of outsourcing due to security, or the responsible for logistics decides to outsource services for a number of political or personal reasons. But what about the figures? As Jack Trout said - "Nobody knows the future"...

Читать далее
  •  10.11.2020 10:45 PM

Let’s talk about losses. Please, without fanaticism, because each company has own EF. Efficiency factor, if you remember school physics. And this factor is never 100%. But when it’s 10% only like steam engine, probably it’s pity. Especially to the business owner. But it's worth starting with numbers. More precisely about illusion behind.

Читать далее
  •  04.11.2020 10:51 PM

During study in University of Salford I found that more than 80% of merges and acquisitions in last 10 years are failed. Of course, case study covers mainly Western World – North America and West Europe. In the end of 20th century – beginning 21st those regions been main driver of global economy. Nevertheless, can you imagine amount of money and efforts “buried” in “fertile soil”, already prepared by experts in legal and investment, after numerous adjustments in antimonopoly committee and due-diligence procedures. Incredible figures, isn’t it?

Читать далее