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Inventory and Modern Transport Operations Training

19 FEB 2013
Career Path : Transport Operations Specialist

Good inventory systems are extremely important. It would seem like the minute details of a business valuable only to accountants and other obsessives, but it is one of the cornerstones of transport operations training. A serious barrier to productivity and a source of wasted money is down time and products that don’t sell and have to be discounted, or those that simply sell too fast and leave customers going elsewhere with the money they planned to spend.


Not long ago, a store simply sold the goods produced in the shop, and the language reflects that, a store also meaning a built up supply of something and a shop is a place of productivity. By medieval morality, buying goods from a producer and upselling them for a profit was in the same questionable moral territory as usury. In any case only a few things were made by real specialists and most things were made in house. A village would have a miller, a baker, a cobbler, and so forth, but everything else in the household would be made by the members. For example, people in flax country wore linen, people in cotton country wore that and people could go their whole lives never leaving a subsistence level farm. Increased wealth changed things.


While initially the merchant coming from abroad would only be able to offer exotic luxuries to the nobility, travel got easier and easier over the centuries. Water was the first place innovation happened. Today, with dispatcher training allowing people to co-ordinate trucks in every part of the country and a trip around of the globe being possible in less than a week, it’s hard to imagine when travel was measured in leagues, the distance a person could walk in a day, but sea and river travel made modern economies possible.


Rudimentary supply and demand tracking, as well as inventory systems subject to upheaval were the systems that saw freight through canal building, then a rail based industrial economy, and the modern road facilitated system. While clerks went from a few quill scribblers, to an army of typists, roads became smooth, safe and reliable… and cheap!


But, up until very recent decades, goods were shipped to warehouses and stores, and retailers and manufacturers hoped for the best. They paid to store more than they needed. Some goods would spoil, while others wouldn’t arrive in time. It was Japanese manufacturing that pioneered “Just in time”. Using knowledge of how long manufacturing took, and computerized supply tallies, a business or factory became able to let someone with transport operations training demand a truck come with just what they needed, when they needed it. It spread from car manufacturing, to other industries, and from there to retail. Now it’s everywhere.



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