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distribution center because their work affects the lives of
millions of people in all 50 US states and 80 other countries.
Using the Lucas Mobile Work Execution solution, Direct Relief
ships medicines and emergency medical supplies more efficiently
than ever, with 100 percent accuracy and traceability.
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and build on great ideas.
The third is coaching and teaching. I
get great energy from being able to share
what I’ve learned with others and seeing
the individuals and the business grow and
QWhat are the biggest challenges you face in achieving logistics excellence?
ALogistical excellence comes from opti- mizing the entire supply chain, but
the end-to-end supply chain is constantly
changing and evolving—new suppliers,
channels, and nodes. Understanding the
trade-offs across the continuum is incredibly complex, and being able to quickly
solve the equation and provide maximum
benefit while still honoring the goals of
the individual links is an ever-present
QWhy has logistics become so critical in the optimization of a supply chain
AIn today’s consumer-driven world, companies need to provide speed and
service at a low cost in order to survive. The supply chain is intertwined
throughout all the critical functions of
the business, and if there are breakdowns
and inefficiencies in those interactions,
none of those outcomes will be realized. Understanding, aligning, and customizing logistics to these new customer
expectations is what will differentiate the
winners from the losers.
QWhat are some of the biggest changes you’ve observed in logistics operations over the past decade?
AThe biggest changes I’ve observed are a greater focus on capital deployment
and speed (leadtime reduction) of the
supply chain, the impact of digitalization
and mobile technology, and globalization
of the supply chain.
QWhat are some of the basic principles of logistics excellence that remain the
same, despite those changes?
AI believe there are five basic principles of logistics excellence that still remain
valid today: understanding the value
stream, making processes visible across
the value stream, creating flow based
on demand signals at the point of
consumption, focusing on total cost
of ownership (vs. piece price), and
identifying and eliminating waste.
QWhat does the future hold? What is, if you will, the “next
ADigitizing assets is still a major untapped opportunity in the
supply chain. We have the technology to capture real-time data at
the point of use across the supply
chain. This is the gateway to collecting a large and rich set of data and