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Local Ideas Sometimes Don't Measure Up
While local knowledge can be vital to site selection, sometimes local ideas are not scalable for regional and national considerations.
In which situations should companies ignore the advice of local entities?
 

Tim Feemster, Managing Principal, Foremost Quality Logistics
"Ignore" is pretty tough. But many locally-developed ideas do not scale up. A team may have a brilliant solution for a strictly local condition. Just because it's brilliant doesn't mean it needs to be repeated, or it might be too expensive to apply except in truly dire situations. Likewise, when it comes to location selection, on-site people tend to focus on specific customers and logistics problems, which may be at odds with regional or national strategy. In this case, the locally-developed process might be worth promoting, but the local interpretation of results may miss the mark.
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