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Another Version Of The DREAM Act

By Art van Bodegraven | 09/10/2012 | 11:44 AM

In this electoral season, I've been musing about the phenomenon of a young child paying the price for the sins of the parents.  In this case, we have the living example of a couple of uncertain provenance who are permitted to vote without providing ID, and who are apparently permitted to procreate without a license.  To make matters more frustrating, English is clearly not their first language.

I refer, of course, to the family of the inexplicably popular Honey Boo Boo, whose life has been scarred beyond comprehension.  Or, certainly beyond her comprehension.  Some act.  Some dream.

But, what we are seeing is the race to the bottom.  That is, once a network or cable channel embarks on a path of cheesy reality programming, the next step is sleazy reality, and one hesitates to contemplate what happens when Honey Boo Boo discovers pole dancing.

This also illustrates the dilemma of the logistics service providers who elect, contrary to reason, to voluntarily commoditize their offerings and attendant pricing.  The next step is a lower round of commoditized pricing, and one hesitates to contemplate the ultimate outcome.

One does suspect, though, that once the decline is underway, it is too late to jump up and take the high road - at least with any credibility.  One offers the career trajectory of Britney Spears as evidence.

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On another front, I'm hoping to get caught up with old (and new) friends at CSCMP's Annual Global Conference in Atlanta (9/28-10/3).  It looks to be another great program, and the full-day pre-conference workshops on Sunday are really worth looking into, if you can get to the ATL early enough.

 

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About Art van Bodegraven

Art van Bodegraven

Art van Bodegraven (1939 - 2017) was Managing Principal of the van Bodegraven Associates consultancy and Founding Principal of Discovery Executive Services, which develops and delivers supply chain educational programs. He was formerly Chair of the Supply Chain Group AG, Partner at The Progress Group LLC, Development Executive at CSCMP, Practice Leader with S4 Consulting, and a Managing Director in Coopers & Lybrand's consulting practice. Concentrating in supply chain management and logistics for over 20 years in his 50+ year business career, he has led ground-breaking strategic, operational, and educational projects for leading US and global clients. Art was principal co-author of DC Velocity's Basic Training monthly column for a decade, and was the principal co-author, with Ken Ackerman, of Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management, the definitive primer in the field. His popular blog, The Art of Art, has been a staple of DC Velocity's web site since its inception.



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