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Old 09-16-2003, 03:55 PM   #1
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Subject line says it all. I just got my new turn-signal lever from GMPartsDirect.com and once again I noticed that the GM Parts division label stuck on the part has, among all the usual coding, shipping addresses and stuff, a large (about 1" or so) black silhouette of a squirrel on it. I've seen it on other GM stuff as well. What'* the story with that? (Maybe an internal coding meaning that you'd have to be nuts to pay $129.87 for it? Fortunately I didn't...)
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Let'* see...a squirrel...it'* black...hmmm... I know!!! I means "Death to all squirrel-powered ricers"!! :P
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I was thinking along the lines of the naked Kappa girl silhouette thingy or a Playboy bunny, but a squirrel??

oooo...intimidating...
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I was thinking along the lines of the naked Kappa girl silhouette thingy or a Playboy bunny, but a squirrel??
Yup. I did some Googling just now and this...

http://www.pawprintpatch.com/picture...e/SQUIRREL.JPG

...is very similar to what'* on the GM parts label.
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Subject line says it all. I just got my new turn-signal lever from GMPartsDirect.com and once again I noticed that the GM Parts division label stuck on the part has, among all the usual coding, shipping addresses and stuff, a large (about 1" or so) black silhouette of a squirrel on it. I've seen it on other GM stuff as well. What'* the story with that? (Maybe an internal coding meaning that you'd have to be nuts to pay $129.87 for it? Fortunately I didn't...)
I think I best answer this one! LOL
The GM warehouses use a numeric & Pic (this case a squirrel) to denote what part goes to which GM Dealer. That way even their dumbass pickers that can't read to save their live knows which bin to put the part in. Our Dealership'* symbol is a bell. Alas though even this system is not fool proof as we still get the wrong parts & loose parts to other GM Dealers too.
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Crazy system for distributing product. Maybe some more competent workers would be better.
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So this is like when you're at the mall, and park on the level with the squirrell (which is below the elephant level and above the alagator level).

Just another check in the never ending systems of redundant precautions.... but at laest it somewhat works.
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Crazy system for distributing product. Maybe some more competent workers would be better.
What you expect when you pay uneducated bum $15 per hour though?
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Crazy system for distributing product. Maybe some more competent workers would be better.
What you expect when you pay uneducated bum $15 per hour though?
Or an immigrant $2 and hour.
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The GM warehouses use a numeric & Pic (this case a squirrel) to denote what part goes to which GM Dealer. That way even their dumbass pickers that can't read to save their live knows which bin to put the part in. Our Dealership'* symbol is a bell. Alas though even this system is not fool proof as we still get the wrong parts & loose parts to other GM Dealers too.
Oh, priceless...

I thought I had it figured out last night and I was going to check my theory with my brother-in-law, who had been in charge of devising some major warehouse retrieval and distribution systems for Skil/Bosch: I decided it was some sort of brand-name logo for an automated warehouse parts-picking operation, sort of like the robots at amazon.com that grab books to fill orders.

You know, like squirrels burying nuts for the winter, the GM system presumably sticks tiny parts in various places in the warehouse, then scurries around to find them again when somebody orders one.

Now I have to go look at some of my past orders and see what other symbols I can find...
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