Workplace Essential Skills – Seeing Trends

Workplace Essential Skills – Seeing Trends

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The need for charts in our business is very high and being able to read them, you need to be able to look at information on a chart from this year, from last year, from the year before that and use that information to make a decision going forward on where you need your boats, where the barge supply is going to be at a certain time of year. A lot of our charts are looking at previous years, what’s taken place in last year’s harvest time in the fall and the year before that and sometimes you’re looking back several years to try to see those trends and then using that information to make decisions on where you’re going to need boats, you know, where that supply’s going to be coming from so that you can make good decisions in advance and not be trying to play catch up later. Sometimes you’re transitioning boats from the lower Mississippi River, so you could be looking at boats that are actually down in the Gulf area, the New Orleans area, how to transition those up to St. Louis or even above that, so you can be looking several weeks in advance of trying to get these boats in position to pick up a group of barges that’s going to be loading or that’s currently loading.

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