Wednesday, September 28, 2016

We know that, today, a book distributing business would have its inventory organized on computers. But, they didn't have computers in 1963, which means they required a very systematic storage system so that finding a title wasn't like looking for a needle in a haystack. But, what was systematic about what they had going at the TSBD, just piling stacks of non-descript boxes of books all over the place. 

How could anybody find anything in that maze?

Wouldn't the "order-fillers" have needed ladders to get to the top of those stacks?

And why do we see so many open boxes? This was supposedly a business which supplied books to schools. Not consumers, but schools. So, why is every impression we get that they were shipping individual books and never boxes of books? And if they had to open a box to get a book, wouldn't they close it up again? Because, this was, after all, a warehouse, and there were vermin and cockroaches, and also dirt, dust, moisture. So, why would you leave boxes open?   

The other thing I want to know is: on November 22, they had all these "order-fillers" not filling orders but instead rebuilding the floor. And it wasn't just on November 22. So, how could they spare all these guys who would otherwise busy filling orders? Weren't the orders going to back up?  Wasn't this an ongoing business with established customers? Wasn't there a regular order flow to which they matched the number of employees to fill the orders? So, how could they spare all these "order-fillers" for an ongoing building project when they had orders to fill? And if there weren't orders to fill, then how the hell were they paying all those God-damn salaries? The TSBD employed 75 people. I want to see the books. I want to see their Schedule C. I want to see their Revenues and Expenses form.  Because: I don't see how this business could exist with all these people to have to pay from the sale of a few individual books which had to be hunted for in a sea of boxes. Is that any way to run a company? No. It is not.  

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