If you have inventory for sale, the items you sell either are stored at your own location or are kept at another location for drop-shipping to your customers. We can learn lessons about the drop-shipping process, singling out bad habits that many others commit that cause delays and inefficiencies that keep our products from reaching our customers with ease and speed.
A quick glance at the best processing systems, such as Amazon, bring us easy answers to how to avoid making mistakes that cause the delays that we hope to avoid with our own products. Take a look at the following video to learn how some simple, common sense choices can be applied to our own shipping practices can make business smoother and quicker for all involved:
Imagine taking delivery of 18 tons of rock from an ATM machine. That, in essence, is what Martin Marietta Materials Inc.’s automated, unattended, scaling system achieves.
‘Scaling’ in IT usually means adding more servers; for Martin Marietta Materials, the term refers to weighing trucks full of materials.
Scaling is both expensive and challenging as it usually requires a full-time scale operator and a backup operator. Martin Marietta Materials has nearly 300 locations throughout North America.
For lesser-used quarries, Martin Marietta Materials’ Information Services team developed a remote scaling system that combines network-based cameras, wired and wireless networks, voice-over-IP intercom systems, remote desktops, traffic lights, message boards, remote ticket printers, and self-service kiosks.
Truck drivers can now swipe an RFID card with customer information, job number, truck number, and the empty truck weight, which then updates the company’s ERP system for invoicing. Martin Marietta Materials is using the remote scaling system at five sand and gravel plants in Ohio. A centralized team of scale operators could conceivably cover 30 weigh stations, however.
One of the things that our grandfathers never got the chance to see was something that the literature of their youth had promised. The Adventures of Buck Rogers had filled their young imaginations with excitement, fueled by the noble belief that doing the right thing was the only principle that mattered. While much of these values stemmed from each boy’s personal character, their innocent hearts longed for the adrenalin and the adventure of the way the world was going to exhibit in the future.
And so, for every old man who was once a boy, the following video would have filled their aching old muscles with a whole lot of hope and jump.
“Excuse me sir,” said the man to one of the stewards on an Amtrak Train, “I always get nauseous when I go on trains, so I am going to to take a heavy sleeping pill, but please do whatever you can to make sure I get off when it stops in Baltimore. I really don’t want to miss my great aunt’s funeral.”
“Sure thing!” said the steward happily, we’ll make you sure you get off!”
Six hours later the train stopped in Washington D.C. and the man jumped out of his seat in a panic, “WHAT THE HECK! I ASKED YOU TO WAKE ME UP IN BALTIMORE!”
“Oh boy! He looks mad!” remarked the fellow behind him to his wife.
“Not half as mad as that other guy they carried off back in Baltimore,” she replied.