Logistics and Supply Chain Management

lojitik-ve-tedarik-zinciriThe Ottoman Empire had a very strong DNA in terms of Supply chain management and logistics. Major battles and Long-distance sieges in their history brought a natural experience.

This inherited experience was one of the key factors in winning the War of Çanakkale.

Shipments of troops and ammunition to the front.
Transferring the injured to the field hospitals.
Using cannon balls removed from the ships as a mobile gun.
A very clever use of the small number of submarines.
The correct mine placement strategy.

It is the Çanakkale experience that helped the Çanakkale losers to win the Normandy Invasion.

In May 1940, the French and the British who lost the battle of Dunkerque, would come back in June 1944 already learned about the supply chain and logistics.

Of the French could have understood what Atatürk meant by saying: “You don’t defend a line, you defend a surface .That surface is your country .You do not leave your country until every inch of it is drenched with your blood!” Then they would not set the Maginot Line and adopt a more mobile tactic.

The Germans who won big battles in Europe, Africa and Russia, would lose the war because they had a stock problem even though they were magnificent at logistics. They could not reach the oil reserves in Russia and after losing in Africa front, they lost the Romanian oil reserves too with the American bombings originating from North Africa. That was the moment that they lost.

World’s first jet-motor planes Messerschmitt 262 could not take off due to lack of fuel, legendary efsane U-botlar was being the target of the British Spitfire.

Logistics and supply chain was totally dismantled. They could not use the great technologies they had.

I went to the Dixons Retail Warehouse with these historical thoughts in my mind. Before I went, I took me only 10 seconds to get my train ticket from the kiosk, that I requested to be delivered at the King’s Cross train station on my internet order. The system asked for the credit card that used for placing the order. As soon as I placed the card my tickets came out. It took just one touch on the screen. No other operations. I still remember that sweet experience .It is a vision of its own the electric outlet for mobile device charging next to my seat and the wi-fi service on the train during my travel between London and Nottingham.

In my opinion, the spider web of train rails all over France and England is an indicator of their sensitivity about the supply chain and logistics .After Paris and New York UndergroundLondon underground can really be used as a lesson on logistics.

Then why do we change the car as soon as we find any money?
Because we did not invest anything on the railway system for ages?
Because we misunderstood the proverb “horse, woman, gun”?

How come we did not build anything over Istanbul, Tunnel (1875) which is the oldest metro after London (1863) and we start doing metro workings in the Anatolian side in 2012?

I am now sure that the reason our e-commerce is left behind is not the internet lines, it is the rail tracks.

7 comments to Logistics and Supply Chain Management

  • Daha iyi anlatmak, en az bunun kadar farklı bir zeka, özümseme ve yorum yeteneği gerektirir. Keyif alarak okudum gurur duydum.

    Ufak bir şey ilave etmek istiyorum.
    Proje yönetimindeki büyük hatalar için şöyle bir sıralama mevcut;
    • Başının belada olması
    • Başının belada olması ama farkında olmamak
    • Başının belada olması, farkında olmak ve görmezden gelmek.

    Her seferinde ülke olarak buna bir şık daha eklersek artık halimiz ne olacak? Şu da bir gerçek ki, bazı şeyleri zihinlerde geri bırakmadan NEO diğer çatıya atlayamayacak!

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  • Orkun, onları geride bırakabilmesi için de düşmesi gerekecek, aksi durumda neyi geride bırakması gerektiğini öğrenemeyecek.

  • ahmet caner

    osmanlida mevcut bulunan bir cok artinin terk edilmesi cok garip . tebrik ederim ,keyifle okudum

  • Rob Bull

    As each country gets more population and cities grow it becomes harder to extend and grow infrastructure. Examples in the UK include past 30 years for Heathrow Airport to have a new runway approved – maybe another 15 years before it is built. This will need new infrastructure on roads and railway for supply and passengers and workers – it must be planned now.

    However, we see very little evidence of proper future planning but we do see evidence of the opposite – closures and cuts which are for current budgets. I think this is fundamentally wrong because any reinstatement of services in the future is always harder and more expensive to achieve.

    Two examples:
    a) in 1963 in UK, Dr Richard Beeching the head of British Railways identified 2,363 train stations and 8,000 km of railway line for closure – 55% of stations and 30% of the railway lines were closed in the UK – the land was in many cases sold and is now built on. If those services had been retained or even just reduced the current demand for services would be easier to achieve.
    b) more recently, in UK county of Oxfordshire, half of the subsidised bus services were cut and several villages now have no public transport by train or bus. It all results in more cars being used leading to more congestion.

    Now, adding any new transport services gives huge planning delays and costs which may not occur if we did not take cut decisions or short term planning decisions in the past.

  • Dear Rob,
    Thank you so much for your valuable comments; I will make a research about Dr Richard and new Heathrow project. Cheers.

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