David Schneider

David Schneider

Master Logistician – Force Multiplier

Washington D.C. Metro Area
Logistics and Supply Chain

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David Schneider's Overview

  • Project Control Administrator - Engineering at Payless Cashways
  • Warehouse Supervisor - Asst. Manager at Payless Cashways

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David Schneider's Summary

Why are you here?

Do you like provocative questions? I like asking provocative questions like ‘Why are you here?’ ‘What do you want to do?’ and ‘When do you want to do it?’

My view of the world is of the eye of a logistician. It is in my blood. I come from a smart family, engineers, mathematicians, scientists and logisticians. I went to a journalism school to become a journalist. I left the world of newspapers and entered the world of Industrial Management. That led to jobs in warehouse management, logistics, and supply chain.

There are six basic questions that tell the whole story; Who, What, Where, Why, When and How. Understanding the story of how things worked (of didn’t work) and how they got there helped me learn how to fix operations to make things work better.

I lead change. One of my first bosses told me that the people who figured out how to change things got promoted. I led massive change in his DC. I got promoted.

Over the years, I sat on three sides of the desk, as the customer, as the seller, and as the consultant. I hired, fired, ass-kicked, consoled, coached, congratulated, mentored, cheered, taught and led. I still mentor people who I led.

I question the status quo to make things better. I was kaizan before kaizan was cool.

Why does someone hire me? There are different reasons, but it all cooks down to a single point. They want to do better. People engage me because they want to improve. They know that with my help the change will happen faster. They know that without my help, change may not happen. Many see success, some much more than others.

If you want to blame others for your failure, I am not your guy. If you think you are entitled to be stupid, please don’t bother.

What can you do to bring certainty to your operations?

Questions. Provocative Questions. I like provocative questions.


David's extensive industry knowledge, memberships in professional organizations and quarter century of building professional relationships with the best and brightest in the industry become master tools of profit when applied to your needs. David's broad and deep knowledge and experience is the CEO/Owner's solution to economic challenges.

David Schneider's Experience

Force Multiplier / President

David K Schneider & Company, LLC

Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Logistics and Supply Chain industry

January 2008Present (6 years 9 months)

What is a Force Multiplier?

It is a factor that dramatically increases (multiplies) the effectiveness of an item or group.

Why do I use it in my title?

Many years ago, a client called me the force multiplier. Michael said I improved the morale, imparting knowledge and training where the team created more. Michael rated my factor as a +3 – meaning team effectiveness increased by a factor of 3X.

That is a worthy outcome. Are factor level improvements possible? The short answer is “YES!” Even operations where leaders and managers think it just can’t get any better. In fact, some of the biggest improvements come from the areas where managers believe there is nothing to improve.

The brutal fact: There is always room for improvement.

The key: Knowing what to work that brings the improvement.

We focus on areas in operations and process that have a direct impact on the Operating Cash Flow (OCF) of a business. Operating Cash Flow is the CASH that a company generates from the business. It’s arguably a better measure of a going concern’s success than earning because a company can show positive net earnings (on the income statement) and still loose cash money. OCF is to a business what oxygen is to the bloodstream.

Our approach is to look at the client’s operations from a systems thinking perspective, holistically looking at how the supply chain and logistics operations can improve operating cash flow. Small changes, when they are the right changes, can alter the OCF results in a mighty way. For one client, a small change to the order entry process for one customer eliminated a payment delay problem, and doubled the OCF after implementation. For another client we identified and eliminated 5 tasks from the international order process, and decreased the effective order process duration to a single day.

Executive Editor / Publisher

We Are The Practitioners

January 2011Present (3 years 9 months) Northern Virginia

A source of practical stories from the trenches of Supply Chain Management and Logistics. Written, edited and produced By Practitioners For Practitioners. Updated daily with essays about business, transportation, leadership, warehousing and operations. Out ranks over 90% of the existing supply chain management websites available today.

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Logistics and Supply Chain industry

April 2011Present (3 years 6 months)

Executive Board of the Association. Event Planning, Show Planning and Communications Projects.

Director of Logistics

The Pep Boys

October 2000January 2008 (7 years 4 months)

Director of Industrial Engineering

The Pep Boys

May 1996October 2000 (4 years 6 months)

Project Manager

Keogh Consulting

October 1991May 1996 (4 years 8 months)

Project Control Administrator - Engineering

Payless Cashways

October 1987October 1991 (4 years 1 month)

Warehouse Supervisor - Asst. Manager

Payless Cashways

July 1986October 1987 (1 year 4 months)

David Schneider's Publications

  • Systems Thinking and the Supply Chain

    • Supply Chain Digest
    • August 2013
    Authors: David Schneider

    Do supply chain managers regularly deploy systems thinking in the planning and execution of their operations? Perhaps controversially, I believe that to answer Yes to this question is frequently an exaggeration at best, and somewhat imaginary at worst.

  • The One Best Supply Chain Metric

    • Supply Chain Digest
    • August 8, 2012
    Authors: David Schneider

    There are many ways the supply chain can impact cash flow: lower operating costs, reduced inventories, better in stock performance that leads to higher sales, perfect order performance that doesn't lead to delays in payments from customers and more.

  • Understanding WalMart’s Inbound Freight Strategy

    • Supply Chain Digest
    • July 30, 2010
    Authors: David Schneider

    A deeper look into the Strategy and Tactics behind WalMart's efforts to control more inbound shipping.

David Schneider's Organizations

  • Association Of Professional Material Handing Consultants

    Vice President - Programming
    • 2008 to Present

    APMHC is a professional society composed of individual consultants in the material handling field. It promotes and coordinates the exchange of ideas and information among members; encourages the improvement of analysis, synthesis, installation, and training; advances the profession through the development of standards of performance; and assists other groups in promoting material handling generally, and the consulting profession specifically.


  • Warehouse Education & Research Council

    Philadelphia Cpatert - Vice President
    • January 2000 to Present

    WERC provides leadership in the warehousing/distribution field in its evolving role in the supply chain, to advance the art and science of warehousing management, and to enhance individual development. WERC members are logistics, distribution and warehousing professionals who lead, direct, manage and support the efficient flow of information, materials and finished goods throughout the supply chain.


  • Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)

    • 1988 to Present

    The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals is the preeminent worldwide professional association of supply chain management professionals. As a professional not-for-profit organization, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals operates with the highest standards of integrity and ethics; is committed to the individual professional development of our members; is an inclusive organization, open to all who wish to enhance their supply chain management knowledge; endeavors to be the supply chain management thought leaders by encouraging, promoting, and disseminating leading edge products and services of the highest quality.


David Schneider's Skills & Expertise

  1. Strategy Development
  2. Supply Chain Management
  3. Tactics
  4. Supply Chain
  5. Logistics
  6. Transportation
  7. Inventory Management
  8. Cost
  9. Retail
  10. Logistics Management
  11. Warehousing
  12. 3PL
  13. Inventory Control
  14. Supply Chain Optimization
  15. Transportation Management
  16. Warehouse Management
  17. Reverse Logistics
  18. Demand Planning
  19. Distribution Management
  20. Shipping
  21. Operations Management
  22. Receiving
  23. Continuous Improvement
  24. Procurement
  25. Industrial Engineering
  26. Purchasing
  27. Cost Reduction
  28. Strategic Sourcing
  29. Operational Excellence
  30. Value Stream Mapping
  31. Productivity Improvement
  32. Distribution Center Operations
  33. Strategy
  34. Supply Management
  35. Manufacturing
  36. Cross-functional Team Leadership
  37. Distributed Team Management
  38. Process Improvement
  39. International Logistics
  40. Start-ups
  41. Program Management
  42. Leadership
  43. Global Sourcing
  44. Strategic Planning
  45. Project Planning
  46. Budgets
  47. Project Management
  48. Business Strategy
  49. Pricing

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