Wednesday, December 19, 2012

4. The Duke of Wellington: Defensive Logistics Strategies

Logisticians are dazzling masterminds who use ingenuity to transport cumbersome supplies across vast distances and over some of the world's most challenging terrain. These transportation experts used manpower and pure mechanical force to get things where they needed to be.

Long before UPS and third-party logistics companies, these historic logisticians were laying the groundwork that powers commerce today. Over the next several weeks I will unveil seven of history's most innovative logisticians as told by Philip Rudy a contractor for Diakon Logistics.

4. The Duke of Wellington: Defensive Logistics Strategies
The Duke of Wellington is one of Great Britain's most important military leaders and the country's greatest logistician. The logistical strategies and military victories of this leader are still studied in prestigious military academies. 

The Duke of Wellington was a veteran of wars on the Iberian Peninsula and in India. He quickly realized that the supply chain required him to use too many resources securing rivers, building roads and protecting key areas. 

In India and when fighting for Portugal, Wellington carefully considered the terrain, the availability of transportation and the carts, animals and resources that were needed to move cargo. He also had winning strategies for transporting, distributing, procuring and paying for supplies. These skills helped Wellington succeed in adverse conditions and influenced commerce today.

3 comments:

Jason Winmill said...

And the Duke of Wellington should be studied in Business School. He was a genius! Thanks for this great series.
Who is next? I hope it might be an American :)
Jason Winmill, Argopoint

Jason Winmill said...

The Duke was a genius when it came to logistics.
He should be studied at the major business schools!
Thank you for sharing.
Who is next?
Maybe an American supply chain genius? We have a few!
Best, Jason Winmill (Argopoint)

Jason Winmill said...

The Duke was genius.
This series is great.
Thanks,
Jason Winmill