Supply Chain Wednesday


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(1) Breakthrough: A sudden solution to a problem.

After two years, I had a breakthrough and finally figured out the ending to my book.

(2) Robot: A machine that does things automatically.

Robots have replaced many blue collar workers. Are office workers next?

(3) Approach: A style or a way.

We didn’t find good employees with our usual approach, so we advertised in new places.



1. Which company doesn’t own a big warehouse?

a. Amazon

b. UPS

c. Twitter

2. What will the video be about?

a. Receiving stuff in a warehouse

b. Moving stuff inside a warehouse

c. Shipping stuff out of a warehouse

3. What does it mean to manage inventory?

a. Organize the things a company owns

b. Hire, fire, etc.

c. Purchase goods for sale later

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By Jeremy Schaar

Mike Mountz–Let the Inventory Walk and Talk (Part 2)

Today’s lesson is about a TED video by Mike Mountz. He describes how things get into boxes at a warehouse. You’ll learn lots of good vocabulary and be able to understand the warehouse part of the supply chain better. Actually, last week, I presented the same video, but I just introduced a lot of vocabulary. We’ll review some vocabulary today, but if you didn’t see last week’s lesson, please click this link to check it out. You’ll need it to understand the video.

One other thing, for this week, just watch the video from 0:00 to 1:50. The video is quite long and might be hard to understand, so let’s go slow. I promise if you continue to study with Stuart Mill English, we’ll get through the whole thing.

OK, let’s get into the video. He begins by announcing his subject: “a breakthrough approach for managing items of inventory inside a warehouse…a pick, pack, and ship setting.” What does this mean?

A warehouse is a place a company uses to keep their stuff. A company like Amazon has lots of warehouses where they keep all the things they sell. Some companies don’t have any warehouse because they don’t have any goods to sell.

Managing the inventory just means organizing the things the company owns–moving them around, receiving them, and sending them out of the warehouse.

So, we can expect to hear a cool way of doing this. He says the answer will include robots.

In the first two minutes, Mike Mountz describes a person ordering a red t-shirt, some green pants, and blue shoes online. The person receives their package. He then asks a question:

“Did you ever stop to think about how those items of inventory actually found their way inside that box in the warehouse?”

This is an interesting question and very important for supply chain management. How do companies send things to customers? What’s the best way to do it?

For today’s lesson, I also created a quiz on TedEd. That’s a great website for studying online videos. Click here to check the quiz for more practice.

Got questions or comments? How about practicing some new vocabulary and posting your thoughts on the blog, Facebook, or Twitter?


Answers To Today’s Questions

C, B, A


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