I am currently in the town of Landers, California, in a house off a dirt road which you need the latitude and longitude coordinates to find.  Basically I am in the middle of the Mojave Desert and it is beautiful.

I have noticed that the nearest place to buy really anything is 5 miles away, a liquor store which doubles as a market.  The selection is obviously limited.  There is a Von’s about 10 miles away, but I am not so sure about its existence given its location on the map looks even more remote than my current location.  I get the impression that the population in this area need to drive a decent distance in order to buy really anything from a storefront.

It makes me wonder what kind of market exists for ecommerce in remote areas.  Although the population density is not substantial, you would think the participation percentage would be significant.  If I owned a store that served such a population, I certainly would look into ways to partner with ecommerce companies or even start my own website storefront to deliver goods or have them ready for pickup at the brick and mortar storefront.  When ecommerce offers convenience to a city dweller how much more so to those outside of populated areas.  

The Next New

Today I am wondering what is the next new innovation in logistics that will be a game changer for the industry.  Is it widespread implementation of RFID (5c magic price), automation, new ways to transport?  On one hand technology continues to improve rapidly for ERP and software, on the other tools like RFID have been around for a long time.  Warehouse clearance heights go up but how many companies really take advantage of the extra cubes?  I am interested in hearing from supply chain experts on their thoughts.

Vision Statement

Do you know if your company has a vision statement, a mission statement, or goals?  If so, do you know what they are?  In my Global Logistics Specialist class last night we reviewed the importance of understanding your client’s vision statement, mission statement, and goals in designing a program to service their requirements.  Some interesting examples of vision statements that were discussed include Disney’s “Make People Happy”, which I think they no longer use in lieu of a more descriptive mission statement.  I honestly did not know much about the difference between each and when they are used (or in the case of Disney, apparently not used).  Something I will certainly pay attention to in the future…

In Support of Sales Realism

Salespersons should have a balance between the optimistic and realistic assessment of the probability of a sale.  I find that the more salespersons I meet and get to know, the more the latter is a consistent trait of those who are successful.  Our greatest resource is time.  Only those who dedicate themselves to the pursuit of finding out whether optimism is justified will be able to use their time efficiently in the long run.