You can think of business as a multiplayer game between the supply chains of different companies. Companies continuously employ new technology and procedures to enable new ways of purchasing supplies, making products, and delivering products to customers. Companies use their supply chains to lower operating expenses and appeal to more and more customers. The competing supply chains of Walmart and Amazon are an example of this. In the 1990’s Walmart introduced new technologies and procedures that supercharged their supply chain and drove their fantastic growth. Now Amazon is introducing new technologies and procedures to again change how supply chains operate. And it is driving their fantastic growth.
Imagine there is suddenly a real opportunity to stop the fighting in Syria. After months of tense negotiations and years of carnage, all the parties reach an agreement. But unless this agreement is implemented quickly it will collapse into chaos once again. The diplomats and politicians have reached agreement on strategy, now they need professionals to make it happen. And that means logistics and supply chains to support the movement of 500,000 refugees. Immediately.
SITUATION REPORT: The UN Security Council has approved the Munich Security Conference recommendation previously endorsed by the 17-nation International Syria Support Group. In this UN Security Council resolution, a Chapter VII Peace Enforcement mission is authorized with participant nations committing Peace Keeping (PK) forces as part of the approved Peace Support Operation (PSO). The mission has been assigned the code name “Inherent Rescue”.
The other day I was indulging in one of my favorite ways to waste time online. I was exploring in Google Maps with the satellite view turned on. I found myself cruising up the Ohio River heading east from Cincinnati, and I came upon a little river town named Gallipolis, Ohio (population 3,641).
Towns like this with their orderly grid pattern of streets, and their quaint downtowns and storefronts, and their Victorian houses and tree lined streets just fascinate me. I zoomed in, switched over to street view, and started cruising along a road called 1st Avenue running parallel to the river. I turned left on a street called State Street, and there in the middle of the block, as I looked to the right, I saw an image of the past and an image of the future caught in a moment of time as they overlapped.