Because you can't handle the truth. We live in an odd world these days, and no day goes by without something contradictory happening. Or double standards occurring. The sheer lunacy of it all. Pointed out to you by yours truly. Enter the LoongTao!

Monday, January 23, 2006

Ask & You Shall Receive

Captain Kirk writes: What bothers me the most about the allocation of space is when people do not properly allocate that space based on historical data? Take for instance our refrigerator at work. It is stocked with all different types of Soda (Coke, Diet Coke, Root Beer, Etc.). Based on historical date, the company consumes approximately 48 Diet Coke a day; however, the space allocated to the refrigerator is only about 20%. Since Diet Coke is the prominent soda being consumed, shouldn’t it be allocated more space than the current 20%? If historical allocation data points to a level more like 30-40%, shouldn’t Diet Coke get the proper allocations of space in the refrigerator?

The title of this one does not mean this space cadet will get what he wants; it's more like "he's just asking for it from yours truly". So in the best interest of all my readers, let's give it to him, shall we?

First of all, if you've read a recent post of mine, and if you didn't, you should have, stop now and go back and read them. Historical data is history, people. So all the points the captain is making, is moot.

Second, when you are talking about consumption, you are talking about a variable. Usage is a variable. It changes. So that rules out all historical data in and of itself. Besides, our friendly space cadet does not realize that it isn't 48, but 36 cans a day. And not everyday. Question: if you stock 36 cans one day, and there are at least one can still there the next day, does that not mean the allocation is correct? Thank you. (There's always at least a six-pack leftover anyway, bonehead.)

Standard inventory maintenance techniques are in play here, folks. This is my job. It's what I do. I'm a specialist. If all the sodas disappear one day, sure, one would think, yes, more allocation. Sure thing, blind man. Tunnel vision. Wake up. One day a pattern does not make. All it takes is one meeting in the conference room to clear out the fridge.

Nooo, it takes a highly-trained eye with acute observation skills to monitor consumption habits. If all disappeared on a regular basis, then yes, allocation goes up. It only takes a week to figure it out. And that hasn't happened yet. Besides, the captain messed up because now I'll be wathing to see if more disappear in order to up the allocation, in which case, you're out of luck, cuz it ain't going up.

All this from someone who drinks a sixpack of this stuff, everyday. No wonder when I arrive in the morning, he's crawling up the side of the wall to get a closer look at the second-hand on the clock. Maybe he's trying to figure out why it's moving and the other two aren't.

Besides, everyone should consider themselves lucky I move the cold ones up front instead of throwing them on the shelf so you have to go to the back to get a cold one.

In space, no one can hear you think.


At 6:07 AM, Blogger Captain Kirk said...

First I would like to thank "The Fever" for allowing me to participate in his BLOG. Second, I would like to correct "The Fever" and let him know that my Consumption is between 3-5 Diet Cokes a day, but because I consume in the past (history) it doesn't matter anyway! Your points are well taken, but since Tim Sullivan left the firm, the V-8 hasn't moved off the shelf! Enough said! It is all about allocation!


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