Appolis, Inc.

The hard working, (but) not working Americans

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By Travis Smith, Appolis Founder/CTO

My role at Appolis is innovation and I’d like to take a minute to share some insight into economic recovery through empowering American workers with technology.

Insight into the future of supply chain from the CTO of a small WMS software company …  Don’t get me wrong, our software and staff is large enough to do some amazing things, but by standard measures we are a small business.

By the way, it’s worth considering that the backbone of the US economy is small business.  We as a group employ more than all large Fortune 1000 corporations combined.  Enabling job growth through new technologies for small business is a good economic growth strategy.  The idea could be as simple as lumber and construction material delivery.

Take one the largest home improvement chains and not only integrate small businesses, but more importantly, with part time job seekers with a truck and a strong back.

At the core, small business is made possible by hard working Americans.  Competition is fierce.  Not just for business, but for Americas as a whole.

Supply chain opportunities for part time transportation solutions such as those within the US Postal Service are the future trend in optimization.  There are a lot of hard working Americans without jobs that have a car and could deliver mail.  By connecting a network of supply chain partners and part time labor, transportation costs could “drop like a rock”.  Why?  Logistics can be optimized with part time labor.  The realities of this are already facing the USPS.  It’s happening right now although still in its infancy. Take a look at the some of the current inefficiencies at the USPS.  http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0911/092711l2.htm

Clearly this model won’t last unless either they adopt something more cost effective such as the part time rural mail carriers or they will shrink dramatically.  Small business, nor its individual employees will continue to operate with such wasteful processes.  When people need to work, albeit part time, their contribution towards overall labor savings can reduce total supply chain costs.  Eventually capitalism and low cost providers win.  Sorry to say it, but the forces of industry roll on.

My hope is that while technology and hungry mouths unite, the guy at the post office doesn’t miss out.  I want a job for them too.

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