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Don Wickelgren
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An entrepreneur that uses a lot of technology
An entrepreneur that uses a lot of technology

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Hey everyone. Check out our(Xilium's) Christmas video card. It's fun and you get to learn a little about Philippines.
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Xilium staff created their latest newsletter. Has some fun, short videos that I like. Have a look.
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This story about Hitachi management is not important because of robots or automation. The efficiency gains are in a WMS and claim an 8% improvement in a warehouse. There are a lot of ways a warehouse can improve, the issues are usually in change management. And the management of these places are where changes yield improvements.

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Alexander Brownlee and John Alexander authored a nice article describing the state of optimization research. The article is not a light read but it is not technical. We developed solutions using a modified genetic algorithm, building in the adaptability that these approaches are attempting to emulate. High success is still quite difficult because many sub-groups hide their reasons for choosing a way logistics is manipulated, usually because of self-interest or job preservation.
I empathize with companies trying to purchase or implement solutions to their logistical challenges. How can you evaluate what is good and what is not working without buying, implementing and using a system first?
Because no one's problem is a simple best answer there is no way to determine how well something will perform. Cloud based systems are better because it limits an organization's fixed cost but there is still a huge financial and human resource investment just to use something new.
Perhaps we can begin to see the kind of simple UI and integration work as Apple and Google provide to make this dead-simple. 

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In Nevada Daimler's testing an autonomous truck. The implications for optimization systems are big. How to schedule and load for efficiency will be modified to eliminate the current hours of service...

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We need a common calendar for our work in the Garden. Scheduling activities, sign up for watering and other things. I'm using a calendar I created under my id until we get an appropriate Association system established. I will be giving edit access to all Garden members. Right now anyone can view the calendar. If you want an iCal link let me know and I will email it to you directly.

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Here is a nice gardening blog that shows photos of raised garden beds (in section 3.) Also describes advantages of having raised beds (spoiler, better moisture.)

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I walked Garden area and took a series of photos so we can all see the area we are discussing. In our walk through yesterday We discussed the first season keeping the garden limited to one 12 foot raised bed. 
Raised because there are many water lines just under the ground surface. For those unfamiliar with this I"ll post an example photo in another post.
We also want to transplant many of the rose plants to the border which will help to hide the garden behind some nice flowers.
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Here is a sample spreadsheet that can be used as a task list or a way to assign work. Ultimately a Garden calendar is something that can be created to help coordinate scheduled work like watering sign up and other activities.
I will help with creating these. We are still working with the Communications group and a technical group to establish a formal platform to support these things. In the meantime I can create and host them then turn them over to the Association when they are ready.

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To get some posts moving along I'm sharing the presentation given to the board to obtain approval for the Garden.
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