MICHIGAN and a few notes
By pmonday on Mar 20, 2007
I just started receiving pictures from the first of two Michigan stops (note the correct spelling of Michigan ;-) I am faithfully keeping the SmugMug Map up to date if you are interested in seeing the trail and the sites from around the country.
Here is a shot of one of the tours going through the container at the Detroit location. This is an interesting picture for a couple of reasons. As you look down the container's central aisle, note that you do not see the contents of each of the racks. Remember that the racks face lengthwise down the container (end to end) to facilitate cooling. The second reason is a bit less technical...across the country, for Winter weather, the mid-length black jacket, black pants and shiny black shoes is pretty standard throughout the United States.
Just to keep you up to speed with some hard core data from the tour, Chris Hawver sent an update, he is traveling with the project through the Midwest. The Columbus, Ohio stop proved very interesting. Recall that it was on a Thursday and Friday. It turns out that March Madness wreaked some havoc on the Friday tour stop. Basically, Friday afternoon, jammed streets, and bad weather added up to some lower turnout.
The positive side of a lower turnout is that we get to spend much more time with individual customers. As the tour moves on, we are finding that enterprises with company and organization branches located in other tour cities are having folks catch the tour enroute. These multiple city visits end up having tour participants well versed in the question "How would you use the container in your business environment". The conversation then evolves into deeper questions about positioning, availability, etc...
As the tour moves on, we are getting better and better at getting the quintessential snapshot of the truck and landmarks and features around it. Here is a picture of our location in Detroit Michigan.
If you have something in particular that you are interested in hearing about from the container (that isn't confidential), drop me an email and I will try to get coverage for you. Articles on tap include the value of centralized management systems in relation to Project Blackbox as well as another interview with a person on the ground and a touching, in depth piece with the life of a chiller.