Category Archives: Tales from the Trenches

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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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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Tales from the Trenches: Cost Savings that are the “Low Hanging Fruit”

Most of us are faced with the pressure of finding cost savings on a continual basis. Typically, the first thing we identify when we start a new position or join a new company is the proverbial “low hanging fruit”. It’s … Continue reading

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DAP: Delivered at Place…but what Place?

Improper use of incoterms in your contracts can cost you money! Our company had a transaction where we (our U.S. entity) purchased material from Japan on a “DAP Miami, Florida” basis. The incoterm “DAP” means “delivered at place”. As we … Continue reading

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A Lineage of Logistics

17 Battery Place in New York City. How many people know the exact work address of their father? Or their grandfather? I do. Up until a few years ago, 17 Battery Place was the epicenter of freight forwarding and international … Continue reading

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Tales from the Trenches: Corruption

What is corruption? The simplest definition for corruption is: the misuse of public power for private gain. If you have worked in international logistics for a few years, you know that corruption still exists in many countries and in many … Continue reading

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Tales from the Trenches: Delay due to DAP versus DDP

It shouldn’t have been this way. We used UPS International Express service to get the material to our Romanian plant in time for the build date. UPS offers a great service and we had all the confidence in the world … Continue reading

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Tales from the Trenches: Basic E-Mail Elements for Logistics

We use text messages and emails on a daily basis. We write to our friends and family using shortcuts and abbreviations like “LOL” and “OMG”. In working with our “Millennial” material planners at our plants, that they are using these … Continue reading

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Tales from the Trenches: Heavy Load from India to USA by Air…Really?!?!

We work with suppliers from all over the world. Many times, the cost of the parts themselves are less expensive than those made in the U.S.A. Many companies, however, don’t understand that it is really the “total landed cost” that … Continue reading

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