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The Practical Handbook of Computerization for Distribution Managers

  • Authors
  • Colin Barrett

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. The Computer and the Transportation/Distribution Manager

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Colin Barrett
      Pages 3-15
    3. Colin Barrett
      Pages 17-21
    4. Colin Barrett
      Pages 23-29
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      Pages 31-35
  3. The Computer and the Transportation User

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Colin Barrett
      Pages 59-65
    3. Colin Barrett
      Pages 67-79
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      Pages 81-84
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      Pages 91-98
  4. The Computer in the Organizational Structure

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Colin Barrett
      Pages 113-120
  5. The Start-Up Process

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Colin Barrett
      Pages 123-133
  6. Computer Security

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Colin Barrett
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      Pages 145-146
  7. Computer Software in General

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
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  8. Specialized-Applications Software

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
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  9. Software Copying

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 227-227
    2. Colin Barrett
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  10. Some Lessons From Experience

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 243-243
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  11. Back Matter
    Pages 267-317

About this book

Introduction

Back in 1983 I was chatting with Dick Coleman, publisher of Traffic World magazine, when he unexpectedly proposed that I write a column for the magazine on computer applications in the transportation/physical distribution industry. "But, Dick, I don't know all that much about computers," I protested. "You use one, don't you?" he asked logically. Yes, I did; I'd been running my consulting business with it for two years. But that didn't, I explained, make me an expert. "Think about it," he said. That's typical Coleman; he drops these studiedly casual ideas and just lets them lay there until you pick them up and wind up doing just what he wanted you to do all along. Sure enough, the longer I pondered the notion the more it appealed to me. OK, I wasn't a computer expert (I'm still not). But I was a computer user, in the transportation/distribution field; maybe from that perspective I might have some useful things to say to other transportation/distribution users and would-be users of computers. Thus was born the "Computer Software for Transportation" column. The first one appeared in the April 11, 1983, issue of Traffic World, and it's been a once-a-month schedule ever since. And thus, too, was ultimately born this book.

Keywords

business development distribution information learning organization organizations planning programming rating science and technology security time management traffic transport

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