A friend of mine, Marius Albota – consultant and trainer in the quality domain – takes the train to go where he has lectures. As you may know, in Romania a train journey lasts almost double than driving a car on the same distance. But, during the trip, he reads, prepares his lectures, sleeps or does other useful activities. In this way, even though the time of transportation is the same, the time wasted on transportation is about 10-20%. Or, in other words, he saves more than 80% of the movement time (uses the time efficiently). This is how to save time on transport.
Each of us spends more and more time in the car. From home to work, from work back home, plus different other trips. Why not use this transportation time efficiently? You can listen to a motivational CD or an audio-book, that improves your knowledge and helps you develop. What’s the point in listening to the radio, which in most cases, offers only negative news? What’s the point in talking on your phone (usually without headphones!) frivolous conversations? Furthermore, they all diminish your attention and raise the risk of getting into an accident!
I have seen (and I am sure you have too) on the country’s roads some people who believe that by speeding they can get faster to where they are headed (theoretically, that is true). Maybe you do arrive 10-15 minutes earlier. But, most certainly, the trip is riskier, you arrive tired, your fuel consumption is higher, you wear out the friction pads and the tires and the arguments keep building up. Remember: On the road, the lorries (TIR) are the ones that give the speed (tackt or rhythm movement). Even if you cut out a lorry or a convoy of lorries a few kilometres ahead you’ll find another.
So as not to waste time wandering around, use a GPS. I use my phone as a GPS and MapFactor – https://www.mapfactor.com/en/ – it does not require an internet connection and works pretty well; or if you need accuracy use Google maps.
Within a company you can reduce to a minimum the time of transportation because the external influences are very small. It depends only on you!
Think about it, if 10 people waste each 10 minutes moving different things (documents for approval/signing, bench-marks, etc.), one loses daily 100 minutes! Or on shift. You can organize these activities so that, for example, they can be done by a single person in 80 minutes; or in 50 minutes. And better yet, you can eliminate them completely!
For example, the documents that you need to approve or sign can be put in a little tray, close to the people who make them, and once or twice a shift the person responsible for approving or signing will go to the little tray and check the documents. You think the time of that person is precious? I guarantee you that this person will save time because, in this way, avoids interruptions (10 in the above example).
For transporting bench-marks in the production area you can use tables, platforms on wheels or transport bands. Yes, investments are necessary, but you make these investments once and eliminate/reduce the waste of time of transportation. If you do not make investments, wasting time with transportation shall increase, even if nothing changes in the department; if today one loses 100 minutes with transportation, next month one loses 110 minutes, 2 months – 120 minutes and so forth.