‘The line be­tween dis­or­der and or­der lies in LO­GIS­TICS’

...so said Chi­nese mil­i­tary strate­gist and gen­eral Sun Tzu, back around 500BC. He would have been a good man to have on a build­ing site

Scottish Field - - ABODE -

Lo­gis­tics, the fine art of hav­ing the right peo­ple, ma­te­ri­als and plant where you need them at the right time, will help keep your costs down. It pays to be on the ball in re­mote ru­ral and is­land lo­ca­tions and be right first time, or face a day-and-a-half ferry jour­ney, or an 80-mile round trip on sin­gle-track roads to re­turn a wrong part or pick up ex­tra ma­te­ri­als. Fer­ries are not just for is­lands; penin­sula routes also cut jour­ney times. Sum­mer timeta­bles have more sail­ings, ear­lier and later in the day, but re­mem­ber to book in ad­vance dur­ing the tourist sea­son and when ma­jor events like High­land games and agri­cul­tural shows take place. Peo­ple have lived off the beaten track for cen­turies; Scot­tish hauliers are ex­perts at get­ting very large loads to the re­motest places. They’ve had plenty of prac­tice. Don’t even let the lack of a ferry ser­vice worry you; trans­port com­pa­nies here have boats and ve­hi­cles that can get any­where. Lo­gis­tics are just as im­por­tant in the mid­dle of a city when fac­ing a tight site en­trance off a road full of parked cars or a crawl along con­gested roads to reach sup­pli­ers. You can sail from Oban to the Isle of Mull in 50 min­utes. How long can it take to get from one side of Glas­gow to the other and find park­ing places? A turnkey project, where one firm is re­spon­si­ble from start to fin­ish can be a bless­ing if you find lo­gis­tics daunt­ing.

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