After decades of research and technological innovations to reduce transportation-related noise (yes, the most quoted book is from 1987, and there are even journals dedicated to noise control), Britain’s RoSPA suggests the unthinkable: they want electric cars to be forced to make more noise (in the Feb 2013 issue of “Care on the Road”)! Déjà vu? Sounds like a sequel to “Who killed the electric car?“…
This publication is in the league of the Journal of Irreproducible Results, or the Journal of Universal Rejection: “Chicken chicken”
Gyöngyi – with thx to Glenn for sharing
How to write an abstract has just found a new format – don’t write it, film it! That’s what at least Andreas Wieland and Carl Marcus Wallenburg did for their latest IJPDLM paper on supply chain risk. Access their video abstract (and article) from here.
“If armies move on their stomachs, as the old soldier’s expression has it, then supply chains move on petroleum.”
- Peter Bradley in Supply Chain Quarterly
The World Bank has just released the new Logistics Performance Index 2012 along with its report, showing how the LPI also impacts on supply chains. After all, “supply chains are only as strong as their weakest links” (quoted from the report in fact).
The gap between high and low performers in the LPI remains high. The bottom quintile is mostly made up of landlocked countries (or small island states), post-conflict zones and countries seriously impacted by natural disasters… The LPI also makes a link between income and LPI score, yet there are numerous under- and over-performers, i.e. income alone doesn’t make the difference. So what does? The way forward is outlined to consist of investments in trade-related infrastructure (road quality, rail infrastructure), improving logistics services in developing countries, co-ordinating border management, regional facilitation and integration, national data for reforms, and for a differentiator in the final (strongest) quintile, supply chain sustainability and development. I bet the next doctoral course on Trade and Transport Facilitation will shed some more light on these issues, after all, many of those who contributed to the report will also be the faculty in the course.
“When the battle is going well, the strategists and tacticians are lionized, however, when the tanks run out of fuel it is heads of logisticians that are hunted”
- Osokogu (2011, p.258)
There are some jobs that are around to fix problems. It is good to know a good dentist, banker, insurance agent, or logistician – but would you want to be the one people only call if they have a problem to solve? At some point I wrote about the truck driver image of logistics, perhaps more fitting is one of a jack of all trades (in its original positive meaning*) as described in this blog. And here’s a recipe to the answer on what it actually means to be a logistician: McLogistics (in Swedish, but google translate my help )
No wonder there is still a confusion as for whether SCM is an umbrella term or to be equalled with logistics. With all these image problems, who wouldn’t want to be a supply chain manager instead?
*Funnily enough “jack of all trades” seems to suffer from a similar positive to negative transition in meaning as “Mädchen für alles”…