Logistics is a serious business, but we’re all about making it fun whenever and wherever possible. Among the level-headed planning and carefully constructed lead times, there’s always room for a moment of levity.
So, as you head off to battle traffic before the weekend, let us share four amusing examples of instances where things didn’t quite go to plan.
Some movie quotes come to define real life, repeated so often that they become a shorthand for things, times and people we love.
We already follow quotes from logistics leaders. But our favorite films inform our lives, so why not our industry as well? Following some inspiration from our friends at IDS Fulfillment that’s what we thought as well, and why we set about compiling six splendid quotes to summarize key concepts of supply chain management.
Six Spectacular Movie Quotes (Adapted for the Supply Chain)
“Make him an offer he can’t refuse.”
~Don Vito, “The Godfather”
One of the best movies of all time also nails a key concept when it comes to what you pay for supply chain services.
Price is always a primary factor in any operational decision, but is it so important that you’ll get involved with anyone who names the right number? Consider all the costs before you get in bed with the bad guys!
“It’s one louder, isn’t it? It’s not ten.”
~Nigel Tufnel, “This Is Spinal Tap”
The classic concept of “turning it up to 11” is immortalized in this cult comedy hit. Watch the clip for the full effect of level 11 deadpan.
Synonymous with taking a beating and being pushed back down by overwhelming forces in the movie, taken at face value that’s exactly what will happen when communication lacks in the daily operation.
For the supply chain to function, everyone needs to be faced in the same direction and telling the others what’s going on.
“Sometimes s#@t happens, someone has to deal with it, and who ya gonna call?”
~Dr. Peter Venkman, “Ghostbusters”
A line now as timeless as the Ray Parker Jr. classic theme song, we all need an organization to turn to when there’s a challenge we don’t understand… especially a slimy one.
So can Capacity bust the spooky side of your supply chain? We don’t have a screeching converted ambulance to respond in, but you’ll always be glad we answered your call!
(You really want to hear that song again, don’t you? Okay, go ahead, press play below and we’ll wait…)
“You’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’
Well, do ya, punk?”
~’Dirty’ Harry Callahan, “Dirty Harry”
A classic summation of the chances we take in life and how far we can push things before the wheels come off. If you see problems in the supply chain but keep putting them off, Harry’s words will be ringing in your ears.
So we’re asking, “do you feel lucky?” But, well, we respect you too much to go throwing the “punk” around….
“You’re going to need a bigger boat.”
~Martin Brody, “Jaws”
There’s something to be said for doing more with less, but the time comes when your supply chain requirements simply spiral out of control compared to the early days of your business.
Movies are great at promising a lot, but tend to deliver much less.
The fun (and fictitious) folks at HUVr Tech know this and have been playing on our Back to the Future-inspired dreams this week with a promotional video (see below) proposing that hoverboards are finally here.
Unfortunately, even with the backing of Doc Brown himself, this is a technology that’s still awaiting delivery. Rumored to be a fake cooked up by a comedy website, we still want to believe that some of the technologies that the movies promise will be delivered in the near future.
10 Movie Technologies Still Awaiting Delivery
With that hope still burning bright, here’s our HUVr inspired list of 10 technologies we’d love to see delivered soon:
Everyone in Star Wars, Star Trek, and any other Star something can project a 3D holographic version of themselves to communicate important info (“Be home late”/”Pick up milk”). Why are we still stuck with Skype?!
2. Jet Packs
Really, we’d forgive HUVr hoverboard fail if jet packs became a reality. Zipping around the Capacity warehouse would never be the same again.
3. Service Robots
Any sci-fi film worth its salt has an android or six, but it seems the reality of robotics is still stuck in making machines dance. Is no-one working on a droid that does dinner?
4. X-Ray Specs
Despite the promise of almost every comic book ever, the only association we have with x-rays are troublesome trips to the hospital.
In the absence of those robotic cooks, what about the replicators that we always see making gourmet dishes on Star Trek? Actually, a quick look back to CES 2014 and 3D printing shows just how close this one might be.
From the past, yes, but Jurassic Park promised to regenerate them with advanced DNA techniques. That movie recently celebrated its 20 year anniversary, yet our theme parks remain frustratingly T-Rex free. Come on, what could possibly go wrong?
Sure, the Predator guy took things a bit too far (a lot too far), but the idea would still make for better games of hide and seek.
9. Moon colonies
We’d happily arrange deliveries to a moon base, but no-one seems to be willing to go back. Perhaps that’s where they’re keeping the dinosaurs?
10. A time traveling DeLorean
Fair enough, this is Back to the Future again and perhaps a little ambitious. Besides, we don’t need time travel to keep our deliveries on schedule, just good old-fashioned elbow grease!