Author Archives: Lenny

About Lenny

Many years of experience in a Fortune 1000 companies, especially in the logistics and I.T. areas of manufacturing companies. Through process improvements and the use of many of the tools mentioned here, I have been able to identify and implement savings opportunities worth up to $10 million. I hope that some of these real-life stories, suggestions and tools can help you!

Import Customs Duties and a Snuggie

As logistics professionals, our focus is to optimize the flow of materials based on product quality, transit time and overall cost. We optimize these areas with the support of our purchasing department, our manufacturing facilities and other functional areas. When … Continue reading

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Tales from the Trenches: Drop Down List Delay

This is another true story that happened at my company. It was a very small error that led to a very big delay. We share this with you to emphasize that the “devil is in the details”…really! We wanted to … Continue reading

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Tools of the Trade: Data Visualization for Logistics Mapping

A picture is worth a thousand words. I’m not sure who said it, but it sure holds true in our world of logistics, where we are inundated with data and information, but we are short on turning this plethora of … Continue reading

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WANTED: Educated Logistics Professionals

Our profession of logistics and supply chain is growing. We see the signs everywhere. A recent article in “Inc.” magazine starts off exclaiming that the “demand for supply chain professionals exceeds supply by a ratio of six to one”! 1 … Continue reading

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Logistics from Long Ago: The Romans and the NASA Shuttle Program

This blog post reminds us that many of the things we deal with today are based on decisions and events from the past. This is excerpted from a book written by Leonard Deddo (source information is below). The U.S. Standard railroad gauge … Continue reading

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Contingency Planning and the Hanjin Bankruptcy

They are inevitable and yet so difficult to plan for. “They” are the unexpected regional and global disasters and disruptions that cause havoc to our international supply chains. We all remember the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan and … Continue reading

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Logistics Trend Radar

What’s new in the world of logistics and how will it impact your job or your company in the near-term? Typically, we subscribe to on-line magazines and blogs or attend industry conferences in order to keep up with the latest … Continue reading

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Small Differences, Big Impact

In our world of international logistics, we need to be aware and very sensitive to the different standards that exist in the world. Those of us that work in the U.S.A. must be “bilingual” in order to think and act … Continue reading

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Tales from the Trenches: Unrealistic Expectations

We’re firefighters, we’re miracle workers. When the plant is about to shut down due to missing components, they look to the logistics department to arrange the delivery on-time. When the plant is running behind on production and can’t keep pace … Continue reading

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Tales from the Trenches: New Korean Postal Codes Delay Expedite Shipment

It was 5:30pm on a Wednesday. My PC&L Manager at our key North American plant sent me an urgent e-mail: “We had a FedEx shipment of 2 boxes of samples set up to ship to Korea. This morning we called … Continue reading

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