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I'm a fan of the podcast 99 Percent Invisible, which points out how design affects our lives in ways that we often don't even notice. In a recent episode, the host, Roman Mars, interviewed Henry Petroski, a professor of civil engineering and history at Duke University. Petroski recently wrote a book called The Road Taken: The History and Future of America's Infrastructure. It's no secret that the federal gas tax isn't nearly keeping up with the costs of road maintenance, but raising it isn't a popular idea with voters. The interview pointed out that, with the advent of hybrid and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2016 at Dispatches
In case you missed it: last week, Bloomberg Businessweek published an article titled "Will Amazon Kill FedEx?" As the title indicates, the piece speculates that Amazon aims to upend FedEx and UPS—a topic we've written about here and elsewhere. A few of the more interesting facts from the Bloomberg article: There's been resistance to Amazon's expansion in at least a couple of major European cities. According to a June Deutsche Bank report, Amazon has patented a technology called "anticipatory package shipping," which will allow it to figure out when a customer will need products replenished and have a package ready... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at Dispatches
Job satisfaction is high for logistics professionals, according to the results of this year’s salary survey, That’s despite a 5-percent drop in average salary since the previous year. But there are a few areas of the job that could be improved, according to those who responded to our survey. A big one: work-life balance. Asked what company management could do to increase their job satisfaction—barring a salary increase—survey respondents offered comments such as: “Hire enough people so we all don't work 50-60 hours a week.” “Draw the line for acceptable hours and offer comp time for beyond those hours.” “Flex... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at Dispatches
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May 1, 2015