[FoRK] The World Is Not Flat

Bill Stoddard wgstoddard at gmail.com
Tue Jan 19 13:00:02 PST 2010

On 1/19/10 3:32 PM, J. Andrew Rogers wrote:
> On Jan 19, 2010, at 12:11 PM, Stephen Williams wrote:
>> Actual distance is a red herring now because of hyper-efficient shipping.  Intermediaries in many cases are only there when they are more efficient than the alternatives.  Commercial distance is a metric of time and money which is only loosely connected to actual distance.
> There are "quant" logistics companies that do not own any shipping assets. They make vast quantities of money by finding and exploiting inefficiencies in the global supply chains operated by "real" logistics companies and reshuffling the assets to (hopefully) create a profit. Bloody speculators...
That is fascinating.   Who are the clients of these 'quant' logistics 
companies?   Were I interested in becoming a client, where would I start?


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