The Saturday Evening Post Volume 185, No. 1

The Saturday Evening Post Volume 185, No. 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...he was not running his business on engineering principles. He had no standards. He did not know how long the deliveries-dollars, Barney--what is it?" on this young chap's route should have taken. Had he reduced the thing to engineering terms he could have cut out this wagon absolutely. The three other wagons could have done the work easily. "And so it was all through his store. He had curves in handling his goods, curves in the arrangement, curves in his fixtures, curves in taking in the cash. His equipment was inadequate and his establishment was full of false economies. In grinding coffee, for instance, he used a machine half the size engineering would have specified; and when he transferred the ground kernels to the paper bags he consumed a thousand per cent more selling-time than was necessary. A modicum of the mechanical faculty would have solved the problem for him. "I can point to a hundred drygoods stores today that are making a bare sustenance because their operating energies are expressed in the most amazing parabolic lines. I know one large department store that narrowly escaped the receiver last year because it was literally tied up in a maze of interlaced energy curves. I venture to say that if those circles and arcs were measured and translated into straight lines the operating costs of that store would come down forty per cent. If run on an engineering basis the movement of customers through the store could be accelerated in a most astonishing way. I have stood in that store during rush periods and watched the snail-like pace of the selling. As an engineer who has been through the problem, I know that this dirge-step means overwhelming costboth direct and overhead. It took seventeen minutes of more

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  • Paperback | 868 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 44mm | 1,520g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236941055
  • 9781236941053