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The Link Between Warehousing Trends and Morgan Freeman’s Voice

The Link Between Warehousing Trends and Morgan Freeman's Voice

Imagine you had a warehouse employee who could run at a speed of 5 miles per hour and effortlessly lift up to 700 pounds at a time. How would that impact the efficiency and productivity of your warehouse? Now imagine that you had an entire group of warehouse workers with these capabilities…. That’s the case at Amazon. The online retailing giant acquired Kiva, makers of warehousing robots, in 2012. Two years later, Amazon started using the orange robots in its warehouses. And it became very clear just how efficient inventory management could be with

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The Mondayest Monday of Them All

The Mondayest Monday of Them All

It’s the Monday after Daylight Savings Time. Our clocks “sprung forward” (if you’ve actually gone to the trouble of changing your alarm clock, your car clock, your microwave clock, your answering machine clock, your oven clock, your coffee maker clock – you get the point..). And, we’re operating on even less sleep than usual. What’s up with that? Why does it take so long to recover from losing that one little hour? Heck, I’ve known people who’ve recovered from infectious diseases faster than I do from Daylight Savings Time! And why does it have

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The Rising Price of the Penny Test

The Rising Price of the Penny Test

Ever heard of the penny test? Place a penny with Lincoln’s profile upside-down in the tread. If the tread covers the top of Lincoln’s head, you have at least 1/16 of an inch of tread, the minimum safe tread depth. If you see Lincoln’s entire profile, you’d better get new tires, pronto. And, this year, getting new tires is going to cost you a pretty penny! Oil, natural rubber, and the other raw materials used to make tires have all skyrocketed. As a result, earlier this year, tire manufacturers announced price hikes of 5-8%.

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A Hairy Ordeal

A Hairy Ordeal

While waiting for a phone conference to start the other day, one of our vendors shared an ordeal she faced over the weekend. It was her three-year-old’s birthday and he received a little electric train that zipped around a small circular train track. As our vendor lay on the floor setting up the track for her son, he proceeded to run the electric train over her head, firmly entangling all six train wheels in her hair. Other party-goers worked on de-tangling the train for nearly half an hour, when her husband hit on the

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I Goofed and Now I’m a Great Grandfather

I Goofed and Now I'm a Great Grandfather

Admittedly, it wasn’t our finest parenting moment. With reluctance, we gave our eight-year-old daughter a hamster for her birthday. Our trepidation stemmed from the fact that Chloe hasn’t exactly had the best luck with pets. Every time, she names them, grows attached to them, and then, her new little friends kick the bucket. We worried that if the streak continued, Chloe would be devastated. Sure enough, shortly after bringing home a little chestnut brown fur-ball from the pet store, our newest family member (whom Chloe had named Coco) kicked the bucket. My wife and

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Stay Fly

Stay Fly

I love to fly; I can’t help it. Maybe it’s a holdover from the days when even economy air travel was a luxury experience, but the whole thing makes me giddy. When did we lose the glamour of air travel? There was a time when people got dressed in three piece suits to get on an airplane, complete with gorgeous, coordinating luggage and a cocktail in the terminal. Nowadays, the airport is a crowded mess, full of grouchy groups in sweatpants sprinting to their gate. And with airline seats and baggage areas getting smaller

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A Cookie for Your Thoughts

A Cookie for Your Thoughts

When a local radio station mentioned that they were giving away $1000 worth of Girl Scout Cookies, it prompted some discussion in the office. It’s a fun way to promote a great organization, but I’m not sure the Girl Scouts need any help. The fact they the’re selling a delicious product doesn’t hurt (I’m fan of the Peanut Butter Patties, myself), but more importantly, these business-minded young ladies are truly clever. When my daughter, Emily, was a Girl Scout, she was a keen little salesperson. We went door-to-door and sold to the neighborhood. She

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Quick-What Rhymes with Shady?

Quick-What Rhymes with Shady?

Regular readers know I’m a sports fan through and through, so when the sports page makes the front page, I’m eager to chat about it! Yes, folks, it’s almost Super Bowl Sunday! I’ll be enjoying the day the standard way – wings, nachos, beer – all the necessary elements for a perfect Super Bowl Party. But this year, I’ve got to admit – I’ll just be watching for the commercials. First of all, I’m a die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan. Without them in the big game, I’m only a fraction as excited as I would

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Batman and the Iceberg Principle

Batman and the Iceberg Principle

We all know the big thing about icebergs, right? What we see on top is just a small percentage of what lies beneath the water. That can be scary for sailors and passengers on the Titanic, but if you’re the sort of person who likes to be prepared, it’s a good fact to know. Sometimes, it can almost be reassuring, like in the case of this iceberg resembling a certain masked vigilante… If that iceberg looks like Batman’s head, then it only stands to reason that the rest of him is under the waves,

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The Man Behind the Dream

The Man Behind the Dream

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we reflect on the great works of a man who sought to teach us about equality and justice. One of the most powerful things about Dr. King’s work is the way in which he humanized so many things, urging each of us as individuals to reflect on what we can do to bring equality to our world. We’re all pretty familiar with the most iconic aspects of Dr. King’s activism, his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, and even his writings from a night spent behind bars, “A

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