‘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
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.