The Need For A Shipping List

THE INNER LOOP

 


As an Event Manager your job is to plan: plan the activities, choose the venue, pick the speakers, select the food. Every detail must be looked at and addressed.

But, do you plan for backup, contingencies (what if there’s a natural disaster, a hotel strike, shipment of swag is lost…) Do you and your partners and vendors have backups and contingencies?

Recently, we had a shipping disaster! Our equipment and materials for a show were sent our usual way directly to the advance warehouse, via truck using our trusty shipper. Three days into the shipping travel, we were informed that the truck carrrying our stuff caught fire and burned to the ground and everything was destroyed! Not one item was salvageable.

This was equipment and material for a 20,000 attendance trade show. After sitting in shock and saying @(*(*&&, we composed ourselves and went into action:

  1. We notified our client of what happened.
  2. We pulled up our standard shipping log and took inventory of what we had to replace.
  3. We started repacking using the shipping log.
  4. We shipped out expedited service with the exact pieces using our shipping log (a total of 200 items)!
  5. Started our insurance claims, thankfully because of the detailed shipping log, the process was quick.

Gleaming over the above, what stands out the most? Hopefully, what you notice is shipping log.   The importance of a detailed shipping list is imperative for anyone who needs a record of what, when and where “stuff is at any point.” Luckily, there is a myriad of ways of creating, managing and tracking stuff. For us, however, we believe that a simple spreadsheet in the ‘cloud’ accessible to all is fast, efficient and most useful.

Got (Alternative) Milk?

 Long gone are the Moooo days of just dairy milk. Nowadays there are so many “milk” choices that it doesn’t matter if you’re lactose intolerant, nut- allergic, GMO-dislike-r, vegan, etc.   From cashew to oat to camel  (Yes, camel), the dairy and boxed milk aisles are sprinkled with so many choices that it can be dizzying. Of course not all taste good, or are as good for you as you may think.

Bon Appetite did a nonscientific experiment taste testing small-batch milks and below are the top “udderly”-good-for-you-and-tasty milks.

  1. Macadamia milk:   Milkadamia’s Unsweetened Macadamia Milk. These nuts are high in monounsaturated fat (similar to what’s in olive oil and avocados). They lower inflammation and they’re very good for heart health, says certified holistic nutritionist Ashley Sauvé of That Clean Life.
  2. Quinoa milk:   Suzie’s Unsweetened Quinoamilk is good for you because “Quinoa has more amino acids in it than any of the other Options,” Sauvé says.   Although it doesn’t have much protein per serving (just 2 grams in 1 cup), its protein is high quality and it’s hypoallergenic.
  3. Oat milk:   Oatly Oatmilk Barista Edition does a body good because oat milk is hypoallergenic.   Although most of its nutrition disappears during processing, when the fiber is removed, you’ll still get some of the B vitamins.” This brand fortifies the beverage with rapeseed oil, which adds fat without the need for stabilizers.
  4. Flax milk:   Good Karma Unsweetened Flaxmilk is the tastiest brand of flaxmilk. “Flax contains lignans, which are antioxidants shown to prevent cancer,” Sauvé says. “It’s also one of the foods highest in omega-3s besides fish.  For vegans and vegetarians who need to eat a lot ALAs, flax is very beneficial.

So the next time you’re out of milk, maybe try some of these alternatives. Just like the original milk—they will do a body good.

Looking For Laptops

Laptops, the ubiquitous much needed business tool hasn’t changed that much since its debut (sometime in the 1980s).  The original mover and shaker was the MacBook Air (10 years ago). Since then, Apple hasn’t done much with reinventing it.

Currently, there’s the MacBook and MacBook Pro, and, up to now, road warriors really hadn’t had much of a good  alternative to  the light weight, size and sleek designs that the Air offered.  Not anymore.   Below are the top 5 non-Apple laptops that may be worth another look.

Bloomberg performed a global “lap” test from the US to Europe to Asia and beyond, and the following 5 laptops stand out for their portability, keyboard comfort, battery life, and computing power. These 5 are in no particular order.

The Google Pixelbook has a flexible design that rotates from laptop to tablet and “tent” mode.   Why was it in the top 5?  The 2 toned body, which features Gorilla Glass and brushed metal, won’t smudge no matter how many times you have to unpack/repack it and it weighs 2.4 pounds. Inside it has the quad-core i7 processors and 16 GB of RAM. I ts lighting fast charger replenishes the battery in only 15 minutes.  However, the challenge is with non-Google-owned tools (ex. Microsoft Office, etc.) that still feel clunky.  Luckily, there are apps that can offer a workaround.

The Microsoft Surface laptop. This laptop is easy to use in transport.  It comes in a bunch of bright colors (like cobalt blue, and graphite gold) and the trim around the keyboard is polished and sophisticated. (It’s also comfortable on the wrists and easy to clean.) The battery lasts 14 hours.  You also have the option to upgrade the hardware specs as you are customizing your model.  Downside: The operating system, Windows 10 S, is cumbersome; You’re limited to Microsoft Corp.’s Edge browser and Office programs so you’d need to pay a bit more to have Windows 10 Pro instead.

The Dell XPS 13 is a skinny yet spacious laptop. Its five ounces lighter, 0.22 inches thinner, and about 45 percent smaller in volume than the MacBook Air but the 13.3-inch screen is identical in size.   You can also choose to have the screen be a  touchscreen.  The cons for this laptop is the built-in webcam that is at the bottom of the screen rather than the top.

The Lenovo ThinkPad Carbon X1 has an excellent resolution display.  It has a 15-hour battery life and comes with the latest 8th generation quad- core CPUs, multiple inputs (USB-C, standard USB, Mini DisplayPort, and HDMI), fingerprint authentication and a sliding webcam cover.  It also boasts of a richly colored HDR screen, and a very quiet keyboard. I t’s shock- resistant, temperature-proof, and vibration-resistant.  It’s also one of the first laptops to have built-in Alexa capability.  The downer part: With its signature black exterior and red TrackPoint mouse in the middle of the keyboard, the look is right out of the 1990s.

Lastly, the Huawei Matebook X Pro. This laptop offers better performance for less $$$.  It has a super slim bezel, 3K-resolution touchscreen, and four Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers that offer the best audio quality on any laptop that was tested by Bloomberg.  Caveat: Generic-looking and an improbably placed webcam.