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Distribution: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Growth

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WaqasAltaf
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Re: Formal communication rather than informal
WaqasAltaf   2/17/2014 12:41:59 PM
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Hailey, agreed. Proactivity is an easy solution to many complex problems. Foresightedness and missing the big picture is often what is missing in many managers. Understanding the processes and the controls needed for them before they are put in place helps manage distribution centers better.

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Local Warehouses
Jacob   2/16/2014 11:11:19 PM
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"Thirty-eight percent of respondents in the 2013 Motorola Warehouse Vision Survey reported that they would increase the size of their warehouses and distribution centers over the next five years. Bigger can be better, but bigger can also lead to failure. "

Frank, since all the business are going online, the number of retail shops are decreasing and its get replaced with local warehouses. So based on the geographical location of the customer, they can ship from nearby warehouse.  By this logistic expenses can be reduced and hence a faster delivery.

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Re: Formal communication rather than informal
Hailey Lynne McKeefry   2/15/2014 12:55:16 PM
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@Waqas, i would say the other piece of the puzzle is being proactive rather than reactive. As Frank points out, planning for growth is much easier and more effective than handling each problem as it comes up. That takes a willingness to invest in strategic thinking ahead of time rather than rushing ahead.

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WaqasAltaf   2/15/2014 4:52:18 AM
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Hailey

"It sounds like the answer is that when you get bigger you actually have to make things simpler... not an easy task."

Agreed. Rethinking again and again the processes involved in distribution cycle will result in highlighting of issues and inefficiencies. Second, re-evaluating the processes also helps in considering the new technology and new management styles.

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Formal communication rather than informal
WaqasAltaf   2/15/2014 4:47:39 AM
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Frank, management is what becomes critical when organizations grow. Same is the case with distribution centers. I agree that effective communication can streamline things better. It is better to issue policies to give responsbility to relevant managers of communication of events to other fellow managers of different processes that might get affected. Adhoc communication might result in important events being might missed out and not communicated.

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Hailey Lynne McKeefry   2/14/2014 11:55:46 PM
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It sounds like the answer is that when you get bigger you actually have to make things simpler... not an easy task. What are some of the best practices around streamlining the distribution center? What has worked for your organization?



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