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Best strategies for biking in Orkney and Shetland?

We'd like to spend a week each in Orkney and Shetland this (late August/early September). We love bikes, photography, historical monuments/museums. What are we not thinking of/what would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by bitter-girl.com on Feb 14, 2014 - 7 answers

Moving to California from NYC: How... to do that.

So I've just gotten a job in San Francisco and my GF and I will therefore be leaving New York and moving. I've never lived more than 125 miles from NYC before, so I need help with understanding the logistics here. [more inside]
posted by shmegegge on Feb 10, 2014 - 22 answers

Shipping Computers and Other Hassles

I'm going to be spending 3 months in California, staying with my girlfriend, starting in March. I'm not moving house, exactly, but I do want to move some large/heavy/bulky things (like my beast of a desktop) and I'm not sure of the best way to go about it. [more inside]
posted by restless_nomad on Feb 7, 2014 - 18 answers

Why won't you just leave the package?

We're getting increasingly frustrated with the UPS driver refusing to leave our (no signature required) packages at our front door. Would a small sign help? [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Nov 12, 2013 - 20 answers

Proposals, blessings and in-laws

So I'm planning to propose and I'm already hitting a few snags... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2013 - 60 answers

Is this breakup necessary, and if so, how can I survive it.

After 20 months, we're still passionately in love, but he "wants to make a life with me" and I am not sure either way whether that is what I want. But breaking up is really hard because we are really in love. [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Aug 27, 2013 - 54 answers

HOWTO: Living in New Zealand (or Other Suitable Locale) for a Month!

I've been traveling in South America and India for about five months now at a fairly frenetic pace, and am looking for a change. I've decided I want to settle down in one city from around September 15-October 15, and I'm thinking New Zealand is the place I want to do it (but I am open to other cities in other countries that meet my criteria, so feel free to throw them out!). I'd greatly appreciate any thoughts you have on the best city, the best way to find lodging, transport, etc. - details on what I'm looking for below! [more inside]
posted by traveltheworld on Aug 27, 2013 - 5 answers

Is the transportation/logistics industry worth getting into?

I fell into an entry-level transportation/logistics job. Is it worth following as a career? [more inside]
posted by mannermode on Jun 30, 2013 - 7 answers

Not THAT kind of long distance relationship

I'm going to be an aunt, and I'm super excited. But I have some logistical questions about being part of the kid's life when I actually don't even live in the same country. How can I see the baby regularly (1) without spending a whole lot of money and (2) without imposing overly on its family? [more inside]
posted by sockandawe on May 24, 2013 - 20 answers

DINKs need a dog.

Mr. Motion and I are getting ready to take the plunge and adopt a dog. Please help me figure out what I _should_ be figuring out before we go and meet some dogs. Much beanplating within... [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Mar 6, 2013 - 35 answers

Help me figure out a job title for myself?

In my organization, we're not great at job titles. Mostly they aren't really needed. But for what I do it would be helpful, when contacting people both within and without the organization, to have a title to use that both speaks to what I do and gives folks an idea that I'm someone who is authorized to [get information/make changes to accounts and procedures/make decisions/spend money/whatever]. [more inside]
posted by attercoppe on Jan 23, 2013 - 8 answers

International Trade (for Dummies)

If you run a business that deals in international trade, how do you easily manage export licensing and reporting to the U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security? What about getting Certificates of Compliance and Certificates of Origin? I know you have to get a cert validated by a chamber of commerce (and in some circumstances, by that countries consulate) but can you give me any sort of description that would help me streamline the process? [more inside]
posted by wolfdreams01 on Sep 28, 2012 - 2 answers

When should I leave the East Village to catch a 7 p.m. flight at La Guardia?

I need good estimates on timing for a cab ride from the East Village to La Guardia on a Tuesday afternoon. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! on Sep 27, 2012 - 13 answers

The other kind of "shipping"

What are the best books and other DIY resources for learning about logistics and supply chain management, especially with regard to international sales?
posted by Sticherbeast on Sep 26, 2012 - 1 answer

how do metro drivers get to work??

How do metro workers on the opening shift get to work? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia on Sep 22, 2012 - 11 answers

Questions about long-term robot planning

I have long-term planning related questions about (home cleaning) robots and the acquisition, set up and maintenance therein. [more inside]
posted by kalessin on Sep 4, 2012 - 20 answers

Do I also have the right to interview several lawyers?

Don't talk to the police is convincing and sound advice. Getting a lawyer to represent you so that the police don't trick you into a conviction is a great idea. However, when someone is unexpectedly taken into police custody, how they find a suitable attorney on the spot to defend them? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Aug 28, 2012 - 22 answers

Canapes & Logistics

Canapes & Logistics: how to create a great, professional party in limited space [more inside]
posted by Marzipan on Aug 27, 2012 - 7 answers

Designing product numbering and barcode systems

Assume I'm starting an e-commerce selling (retail, brand-y stuff) sports apparel and equipment. How should I design the product numbering and barcode system if I want to manage products, shipments, inventory, and warehouse locations? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Jul 20, 2012 - 7 answers

Can I spend £1k doing something useful in exotic supply chains?

Volunteering abroad; three week Supply-Chain-project filter [more inside]
posted by citands on Jul 16, 2012 - 3 answers

Printing logistics

I need to make an emergency application for a foreign passport in California. [more inside]
posted by yogalemon on Jul 11, 2012 - 8 answers

Take my money already.

I need to mail approximately $1,000 worth of euros from WA to NY. We received it from our bank through FedEx, but FedEx refused to accept the shipment when I tried to send it and said that the bank must have had third party insurance. What is the best way to get the money to the opposite coast within the next couple of weeks?
posted by halogen on Jun 28, 2012 - 14 answers

Supply Chain Management for Small E-commerce Businesses

Is there a practical handbook or online course for an ambitious small e-commerce business on how to do supply chain management the right way? I'm particularly interested in logistics, warehousing and stock-keeping. Bonus points if this resource also aims to inspire you to innovate despite being a small business. [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Jun 26, 2012 - 2 answers

What happens when a ski resort closes for the season?

How do they shut/close ski resorts for the season? [more inside]
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord on May 14, 2012 - 13 answers

I'd like to know about the logistics of colonization.

I'd like to know about the logistics of colonization, from the point of view of the colonists. In general, but primarily I'm interested in 16th or 17th century European colonization - for example, the people who founded what is now New York City. [more inside]
posted by Flunkie on May 4, 2012 - 6 answers

New prescription on short notice?

So I just relocated to a new city, but need a prescription refill before I see my new primary care physician - what are my options? [more inside]
posted by deliriouscool on Jan 24, 2012 - 11 answers

Freight Transport and Logistics Lectures

Recommendations for interesting/inspiring lectures on the topic of freight transport, and logistics? [more inside]
posted by travellingincognito on Jan 19, 2012 - 5 answers

How to provide trial support and logistics

Any tips or other help on managing support and logistics for a civil trial, for someone with a lack of experience and skill in this area? (details inside) [more inside]
posted by dredge on Jan 13, 2012 - 4 answers

Me and logistics: A love story looking for a plot

Please help me create a hobby or semi-constructive pastime out of my fascination with supply chains, logistics, and shipping. Let me explain. [more inside]
posted by kinsey on Jan 4, 2012 - 19 answers

Meet me slopeside in three weeks.

What is the best way to get two snowboards (and associated gear) from Seattle, Washington to Aspen, Colorado if we don't know where we will be staying while there? Flying with the snowboards would be hugely inconvenient, since travel plans include two continents and several cities with extended stopovers before we eventually meet up in Aspen for NYE.
posted by halogen on Dec 5, 2011 - 9 answers

Quebec City!!!

Spending a couple days in Quebec City in early/mid-August. Where should I stay? Is it worth it to pay for more for somewhere in the old city? What is the parking situation? [more inside]
posted by leedly on Jul 11, 2011 - 4 answers

How do I move to Texas?

I am going to "start over" in a new place (eastern texas/Houston/Austin/Huntsville.) How do I prepare to have a successful life there [more inside]
posted by becomingly on May 8, 2011 - 11 answers

How can I avoid getting my UK Visa application rejected?

I am a US graduate student, accepted into a graduate program in the UK. I have been having significant problems getting my UK Visa processed. I'm wondering if this is typical, and if I should be worried about my chances of going to the UK being jeopardized as a result of these difficulties? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Sep 5, 2010 - 14 answers

Seeking thoughts, insights, and ideas to deal with travel/transition feelings and frustrations.

For the last two+ months, and until October, I've been living out of a suitcase as I make a move overseas. There are aspects of this transition that are starting to wear on me and I'm looking for cheap/free ways to cope. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Jul 17, 2010 - 14 answers

The Greatest Water Balloon Fight ever

We want to host a giant water balloon fight. Help us brainstorm the logistics! [more inside]
posted by ZackTM on Jul 15, 2010 - 9 answers

Help me not have to jump through one more logistical hoop nightmare

What is the safest and cheapest way to ship 4-7 boxes (and possibly an iMac) overseas? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on May 23, 2010 - 8 answers

What physical restrictions on human activity have greatly shaped human history?

What are some restrictions in infrastructure and logistics that have greatly effected human history? A friend of mine was telling me about the history of Cyprus, and he launched into an intriguing explanation of the practical differences between a galley and a modern sailing ship. "The world at that time had to be designed around parking galleys. There are many cities and towns in Europe that used to just be galley parking lots. Cyprus changed hands a lot because it was a great parking lot." I want to have more ways to organize and make sense of history like this. Can you guys help me? If you have books about this to recommend (I've already read the Jared Diamond work btw) that would be amazing.
posted by voronoi on Apr 16, 2010 - 15 answers

Will Satellite work with leaves off trees?

Will a Hi-Defintion Satellite Signal go through tree branches in the winter months? [more inside]
posted by priested on Oct 7, 2009 - 4 answers

House of (hopefully not) Jealous Lovers

Polyamory: What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 21, 2009 - 38 answers

Third Party Logistics

How does a third party logistics provider typically charge their customers? [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo on Aug 6, 2009 - 3 answers

The best of the best

If money was no obstacle, what complete eCommerce solution would you deploy for a medium to large online company? [more inside]
posted by simplesharps on Jul 29, 2009 - 3 answers

Ordering from an online pharmacy

Logistically, what are some things I should be aware of when ordering from an online pharmacy (for delivery into the U.S.)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 20, 2009 - 7 answers

Let me take care of the boring stuff, while you get on with your doodling.

Emerging and small/medium scale artists and creatives: what would you like your manager to do? What would compel you to hire the services of a manager/admin person/PA and how much would you be willing to pay? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Mar 4, 2009 - 2 answers

What is optimal shipping pick & pack system

Can anyone suggest an optimal layout for a pick & pack operation in a shipping warehouse? Does it make sense for each worker to build a box, pick the items, pack them, tape up the box, and label it, or is some kind of assembly line operation better? The typical number of items is around 5, and they are picked mostly from about 10-20 most popular items. I'm thinking of a five-person operation for assembly: 1. Build boxes and provide next person in line with right size box for the particular order. 2. Pack bigger/heavier items which are near this person 3. Pack medium size items which are near this person 4. Pack small items which are near this person 5. Seal boxes and label
posted by Dansaman on Dec 11, 2008 - 8 answers

Managing an Anothology Project

What should I take into consideration when spearheading an anthology project? What resources are out there for us? [more inside]
posted by divabat on May 30, 2008 - 1 answer

I want my four day work week back!

I need to make a case to higher management to move to four-day work weeks for our department. They're already sold on the "soft benefits" (less commuting, improved morale, greater efficiency), but they're concerned about having enough coverage on the weekends. What's the best way to figure out the logistics? [more inside]
posted by desjardins on May 6, 2008 - 6 answers

Morbid obesity bathroom logistics

I recently watched BodyShock: Half Ton Man & BodyShock: Half Ton Mum. How do people of this size go to the bathroom? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind on Feb 17, 2008 - 15 answers

Bar, bar Black Sheep

Help me itemise the necessities for opening a small bar. [more inside]
posted by strawberryviagra on Nov 7, 2007 - 8 answers

Marketing Filter: Please help a wannabe be all that he can be!

What's the best marketing strategy for an independent contractor looking to focus on distribution centers and third party logistics providers? Long-winded version inside... [more inside]
posted by cdmwebs on Oct 23, 2007 - 3 answers

Montreal with no car and a desire for IKEA

In Montreal for business with no car - how to get to IKEA and then post what was purchased? [more inside]
posted by TauLepton on Jul 18, 2007 - 11 answers

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