Building Better Workflows, a Seybold Report Conference is next Thursday, May 22 in Philadelphia
- $237 for non-profit and educational institutions
- $297 for others (but discounts for those registering in groups of 3 or more)
- May 22, 2014
- Philadelphia, PA, a few blocks away from City Hall
Never Turn Left Versus GPS-based Fleet Management Systems
I don't know when I first heard this: UPS drivers never turn left, and that's how the shipping giant saves millions of dollars in fleet costs and time. I was able to find, on the Web, an ABC news story dating back to 2007 and countless others since.
The story has become something of an urban legend.
As an exemplar of how a successful business can make itself even more successful through the strict implementation of a single rule, the story has even more power.
But--Never Turn Left (NTL)=Save Millions. Seriously?
I have no idea how long UPS stuck to that rule or how much of a legend the story really is. I do know it made little sense to me when I first heard it and even less to me now. Here's a quote from the 2007 ABC article that helps explain my reactions: Jim Winestock, a UPS Vice President in Atlanta, said, "I know it drives my wife crazy, but I've been known to pass up drug stores, three or four on the left-hand side of the road, just to get to the one on the right-hand side of the road."
Sorry, Jim, I am with your wife. It makes no sense to pass even one perfectly suitable drug store in order to waste fuel and time to find another one miles down the road just to stay lock-step with one rule!
UPS must have given up on the never turn left axiom shortly after the ABC article appeared because, beginning in 2008, the company began using GPS-based fleet tracking systems for delivery trucks. The initial installation was in 1,500 trucks, and you can bet there is no UPS truck on the planet today, six years later, which does not use this kind of fleet-management technology.
This technology (not the NTL rule) helps the company save millions of dollars a year in reduced drive times and in reduced fuel consumption alone. Additional millions are saved annually because the company has fact-based data on which to base its maintenance schedule and vehicle replacement budgets.
Now, this is an idea I can get behind: use appropriate technology to help the humans make data-based decisions about the best ways to manage their businesses.
While GPS is not a technology employed in workflow for graphic arts companies, solutions for tracking work as it flows through a company and out to the loading dock or up to the Cloud do exist. They are just as smart, and helpful, as GPS-based fleet tracking systems are to UPS et al.
So, does your company pin its workflow management hopes on rules such as Never Turn Left? Does your staff think like Jim and pass by perfectly suitable options just to blindly follow a rule?
Or, does your company use the best technology available to build and manage the most efficient workflows possible?
To learn about how to build and manage the most efficient graphic arts workflows with the best of current technology, attend the Building Better Workflows Conference in Philadelphia on Thursday, May 22.
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I am confident that no matter what kind of graphic arts company you work for, if you work on a senior level at that company, then you should be seriously concerned with maximizing your workflows. And, I am also confident you will learn more about how to do this crucial management task by attending our conference in Philadelphia on May 22.
Thanks for your attention,
Owner and Publisher of the Seybold Report
Producer of the Building Better Workflows event, a Seybold Report conference
Building Better Workflows (a Seybold Report Conference) will be the most informative and useful gathering this year for senior executives involved in managing graphic arts workflows. Each presentation will be geared toward answering questions senior managers and company owners have about graphic arts workflows.
Confirmed speakers include:
- Scott Tully, Solutions Architect, NAPC,
- Dr. Mark Bohan, Vice President, Technology and Research with Printing Industries of America and Education and Marketing Officer for CIP4,
- John Sweeney, Business Development Manager, Americas at matchmycolor LLC,
- Harry Hecht, Owner, Harry Hecht and Associates,
- Ellen Faith Hurwitch, Director of Operations: the Americas, RED TIE,
- Betty Maul, President and Owner, FrontEnd Graphics,
- Mark Gross, President, Data Conversion Laboratory Inc.,
- Molly Joss, Principal, the Joss Group, and
- Son Do, Co-founder and Technical Officer, Rods and Cones.
Topics speakers will address include:
- How to identify and develop core components of effective graphic arts workflows starting with design and moving through all stages until the job is complete.
- How to determine the best time to undertake workflow changes (start of a project, planning stages, before something is going wrong or even during the middle of a project disaster).
- How to develop effective approaches for winning enterprise acceptance of proposed changes.
- Developing the best ways to anticipate and eliminate unintended consequences of proposed changes.
- Overcoming technology challenges senior managers face when trying to re-engineer and re-work workflows.
In addition to the presentations, there will be plenty of opportunities for networking as well as asking questions, getting answers, and solving problems.
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