Building Near Your Customers


By Jamie Flinchbaugh

Mark recently posted about Building Near Your Customers. Here's another reason – your product might end up at the bottom of the sea. Check out what's happened to 5,000 cars on their way to the Vancouver.

I wouldn't propose that this is actual on my list of reasons for building near your customers, but I can say that you are more likely to have problems if you transport the product 5x as far and handle the product twice as many times.


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Jamie Flinchbaugh is an accomplished Entrepreneur, Senior Executive, and Board Member with more than 20 years of success spanning finance, manufacturing, automotive, and management consulting. Leveraging extensive operational experience, Jamie is an invaluable asset for a company seeking expert guidance with process improvements, lean strategies, and leadership coaching in order to transform operations, reduce costs, and drive profitability. His areas of expertise include continuous improvement, entrepreneurship, coaching and training, process transformation, business strategy, and organizational design.

  1. Anonymous says

    With politicians and industry representatives on hand to witness the feat, the 200-metre car carrier brought 5,214 vehicles to port comprising a mix of new Mazda, Toyota, Lexus, and Mitsubishi automobiles.

    From “The Vancouver Sun”

  2. Jamie Flinchbaugh says

    That’s not this delivery – that was a record set by this ship for the most cars delivered by one vessel back in 2005.

    This load is carrying 4813 vehicles, and will probably deliver instead several tons of scrap metal.

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