Supply Chain Lessons from our Founding Fathers

Jul 2, 2019

On the Fourth of July we get to celebrate the freedom bequeathed to us from our Forefathers.

As a history buff, over the years I always found it interesting to ask: What can we learn from these individuals who literally risked it all against seemingly impossible odds to pursue their dreams for liberty and freedom?

I know that authors and scholars have also considered this question. For me, here are a couple of lessons that have really stood out:

  • The founding fathers were not content with the status quo–they knew something had to change.
  • They didn’t just know that something needed to change, or talk about the things that needed to change. They were willing to take risks and back their talk with concrete actions.
  • They created a battle plan for moving forward. They knew that their provocative actions would elicit a response from the British. So they would have to marshal their resources and prepare for battle.

I think these lessons are also relevant for transportation and supply chain professionals who have responsibilities for managing these areas.

For example, when it comes to managing your transportation and supply chain areas, are you content with the status quo or are there things that need to be changed in order to have outstanding transportation and supply chain functions?

Are you and your company willing to do more than just talk about improving the transportation and supply chain functions? Are you committed to putting actions behind those words and committing the resources that will be necessary to accomplish your objectives?

Speaking of those objectives, do you have a written transportation spend management plan that defines your priorities and addresses the resources you will need in order to be successful? If not, we encourage you to take a look at our eBook about how to create a transportation spend management plan.

We hope you have a fantastic July 4 celebration with family and friends.