Guardian Logic

From a leader:

Besides, there are things hauliers and their clients can do to help themselves. A couple of weeks ago, it emerged that big supermarkets and food and drinks firms – from Asda to Unilever – planned to share some lorries. Before this initiative, giants such as Nestlé and United Biscuits were running empty trucks. Why did it take record fuel prices to end that waste of planetary resources?

Erm, that would be because incentives matter, wouldn\’t it?

6 thoughts on “Guardian Logic”

  1. The cost of the inconvenience and restrictions of sharing lorries has now been overcome by the higher fuel prices. You never know but Guardian journalist might start sharing taxis.

  2. Bollocks. Every time I have ever encountered anyone talking about distribution costs, the biggest thing they talk about is “backhaul ratios”.

    The problem you have – and cannot avoid – is that all the stuff is going from factories to the retailer RDC.

    Almost nothing is doing the reverse trip. The only way you will get that is by having another – almost certainly someone else’s, and quite probably a competitor’s, factory close to the RDC at which you have just emptied your lorry.

    And even then , you’re still a loon. Because that factory is very unlikely to want to take product to a RDC somewhere else if it has one right on its doorstep.

  3. “…pretending to be retail logistics experts on the Internet…”

    Interestingly, this is an often used tactic by certain people when they come up against a differing opinion on a subject to their own – the other person is ‘pretending’ to be an expert.

    It’s almost as if some people are unable to handle differing viewpoints – they like their worldview fixed and never changing.

    I wonder what such folks are doing on the Internet, brushing up against all those people with differing views – it must be like dropping an agoraphobic into the middle of the Sahara…

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