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Big Data and Business Intelligence: What You Need to Know

 

‘Big Data’ has become one of the biggest buzzwords lately. Everyone is talking about it and everyone wants it. The problem is, while most companies know that they need it, they don’t really know what it is or what to do with it once they have it. While having access to “big data” is all well and good and easy enough if you’re willing to pay for it, turning it into something usable is a different matter altogether. This is especially true when you’re trying to figure out what you need to run your supply chain more efficiently.

So what is “big data” and how can it be used?

A Little Bit of Big Data

Big data, as the name implies, is just what you’d think it is. A seemingly incomprehensible amount of information, collected from a multitude of different sources, that can all come streaming in faster than most people can comprehend. That creates the biggest issue with big data, the sense of “analysis paralysis” as most companies end up with more information than they know what to do with.

A seemingly incomprehensible amount of information, collected from a multitude of different sources

According to the Harvard Business Review, the key take away from using big data isn’t about having access to all the data available, it’s about knowing what to do with it and accessing the key pieces of data you need to meet your goals.

Boiling it All Down

The first step is to establish your Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). Fine tuning the KPIs makes it easier to drill down to the necessary details while bypassing all the superfluous information that could be flooding your systems.

These are a few questions you should be asking when trying to analyze your company’s processes. 

What tools do you utilize to capture your data? When those tools capture the data, what happens with it?

Is Big Data a Good Choice for Every Company?

Absolutely! Having the right systems in place can help your company target weak points and waste and turn the losses to profits. Mostly it’s about having the right data, at the right time, in the right hands. In the case of the manufacturer, big data has helped reduce waste and variability in their production processes and and has dramatically improved product quality. Capitalizing on this data is key for future success.

There are many critical steps to be taken to successfully utilize big data.

A manufacturing company will have to invest many resources into each facet of the business to truly develop efficient processes, manage the supply chain risk and ensure better quality assurance. Big data can distinguish analytics such as “who is likely to buy more product in the United States” instead of asking “who is likely to buy more product in the United States.”

Data Alone is Nothing > Business Intelligence and the 3PL

Data Alone is Nothing, Decisions Driven by Data is Everything!

3PLs like BlueGrace Logistics are tapping into the wealth of information within big data and turning it into actionable data, which is true business intelligence. In order to stay competitive in today’s marketplace, the use of big data converted into business intelligence, is becoming more of a necessity. Having access to a shippers data and understanding how to disect and disseminate is key to the success of their partnership.

In order to stay competitive in today’s marketplace the use of big data converted into business intelligence is becoming more of a necessity.

BlueGrace uses the information as a foundation for productive discussions with supply chain partners. Basically, BlueGrace takes the hard to understand and complicated data and turns it into easy to read and able to make well calculated decisions data.

Without business intelligence, you waste time, money and opportunity. Make sure you find a parter that is as invested in your business as much as you are.

“The reality is that our relentless focus on the importance of big data is often misleading. Yes, in some situations, deriving value from data requires having an immense amount of that data. But the key for innovators across industries is that the size of the data isn’t the most critical factor — having the right data is.” -Harvard Business Review

Is Florida’s Growing Season on the Rocks?

 

Produce Season in Florida

Produce season is certainly a profitable time for a lot of states, Florida in particular. With 9.4 million acres spread across 47,300 farms as of 2015, when it comes to produce, Florida is one of the biggest growers of fruit and vegetables in the United States. In addition to sheer volume of oranges and fresh tomatoes that Florida grows annually, there are a number of other crops being produced including grapefruit and sugar cane, both of which account for more than half of the total U.S. value.

When it comes to produce, Florida is one of the biggest growers of fruit and vegetables in the United States.

While most of the crops grown in Florida are exported to the U.S. East coast, some of the biggest competition for the Sunshine state doesn’t come from the U.S but Mexico. What Florida exports to the East Coast, Mexico predominantly covers for the West Coast and then some. However, with President Trumps hard line stance against Mexico, how will this affect trade between the two?

What Florida exports to the East Coast, Mexico predominantly covers for the West Coast and then some.

Florida Agriculture Wants its Voice to be Heard

According to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the specialty crop industry has been working with them to come up with ideas to dilute the “Mexican Dumping” of produce.

Florida agricultural representatives were visiting lawmakers offices throughout the month of February

So How will Trump Help?

Part of the rallying cry for Trump’s campaign was to bring back manufacturing jobs to the United States. Part of the plan to do so was to impose a 20% trade tariff on goods and produce coming in from Mexico. While it sounds like an intimidating move, it’s more or less just posturing at this point as Trump doesn’t have the authority to make such a change to an already existing trade agreement, only Congress can do that.

Part of the rallying cry for Trump’s campaign was to bring back manufacturing jobs to the United States.

However, assuming that Trump somehow managed to wiggle around that, it’s highly unlikely that the additional cost wouldn’t simply be passed onto the U.S. consumer instead. So, while it might seem like Mexico would be paying for the border wall, it would really come down to the U.S. consumer in the end.

Florida Vs. NAFTA

While the President can’t directly affect a preexisting trade agreement, it’s certainly no secret that NAFTA hasn’t done Florida growers any favors. Given the lower cost of production and access to a longer growing season, Mexico can “dump” produce into the U.S, over stocking the market and driving down Florida’s profitability.

It’s certainly no secret that NAFTA hasn’t done Florida growers any favors

“In the years immediately after NAFTA’s passage, U.S. trade officials failed to fulfill promises and commitments that were made to secure Florida’s support for the trade pact. Safeguards and remedies that were supposed to protect Florida’s specialty crop industry clearly did not work,” according to an article from Growing Produce. “That’s why the grower community is hopeful over President Trump’s announced intention to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). They see it as an opportunity to right the wrong dealt to the industry when the treaty was negotiated in the early 1990s. The ordeal of Florida farmers since the pact was signed illustrates how poorly crafted trade agreements can hurt an industry.”

U.S. trade officials failed to fulfill promises and commitments that were made to secure Florida’s support for the trade pact.

 

Positive 2017 Outlook for Expedited Services

Changing dynamics in the way manufacturers produce goods as well as how customers purchase goods are resulting in new service offerings from the trucking market. Many of these offerings address the need for faster delivery as manufacturers continue to embrace the just-in-time business model and e-commerce permeates beyond the retail industry.

The trucking industry faced many headwinds in 2016 including high inventory levels, low GDP growth, and sluggish manufacturing

The trucking industry faced many headwinds in 2016 including high inventory levels, low GDP growth, and sluggish manufacturing and retail activity. For 2017, many are optimistic as inventory levels have drawn down and political sentiment favoring US manufacturing may prove positive for the trucking industry. As such, the outlook for expedited services is likely to increase this year.

Many are optimistic as inventory levels are drawn down and political sentiment favoring US manufacturing

Growing Expedited Service Options

As we noted in an earlier blog post, expedited shipping is time sensitive freight.  Whether you need to get your pallet of custom equipment repair parts to the factory that is currently down or you need to get your trade show displays to a convention center by Friday, expedited shipping may be the best route for you.

We offer 30-minute quotes on price and capacity directly, from over 300 pre-screened, local expedite carriers nationwide.

We offer 30-minute quotes on price and capacity directly, from over 300 pre-screened, local expedite carriers nationwide. With over 10,000 pieces of equipment from Sprinter vans and semis, to domestic air, we can handle any type of freight. We can meet pick-up and delivery times on weekends, nights and holidays, including 2 day cross country service. Each shipment it tracked by Macropoint, so you always know where your freight is located.

The ability to obtain rates, book the freight ASAP, and monitor the freight while in transit is critical

For shippers in need of expedited services, the ability to obtain rates, book the freight ASAP, and monitor the freight while in transit is critical. In addition, carriers also have to have visibility of the freight they deliver as soon as possible in order to accurately manage their transit time. This is one of BlueGrace’s biggest competitive advantages where each shipment includes real-time, Macropoint tracking of expedited freight from both perspectives.

How Can BlueGrace Help You?

Depending on the customer’s needs, Bluegrace offers a variety of expedited services to fit any need including:

  • Same Day Shipping
  • Overnight or Next Day Shipping (LTL)
  • Expedited Air Freight
  • Exclusive Vehicles for LTL shipping
  • Hot Shot Trucking Services
  • Team Drivers for Truckload Shipping

BlueGrace is also one of the few providers that is able to offer guaranteed pricing and availability within 30 minutes of your request. For any questions, please contact your BlueGrace Logistics Rep today.

Get An Expedited Quote Today!

 

 

BlueGrace Logistics Announces the Relocation and Promotion of Long Time Employee

Magnus Edling Named VP to Newly Expanded Freight Sales Division

Magnus Edling, recently promoted to Vice President, Freight Sales Division at BlueGrace Logistics has been with the company since inception, but hasn’t planted his roots in Tampa until now.

Edling, a native of Utah, got his start in the logistics industry with DHL as an outside sales representative. He then moved into franchise development role with a regional logistics company. This is where he met Bobby Harris in his earlier days of freight and logistics.

Magnus Edling, VP Freight Sales Division

“It was an easy decision to ask Magnus to join me at BlueGrace. He has a killer instinct and work ethic and knows the ins and outs of developing business.” Said Harris, President & CEO, BlueGrace Logistics.

Edling joined BlueGrace in December 2008 and has held several leadership titles over the years.

Edling joined BlueGrace in December 2008 and has held several leadership titles over the years, especially within the franchise and partnership side of the business. He has been involved in partner development, franchise performance and most recently branch sales and operations performance.

“Magnus has been instrumental in helping our BlueGrace Branches and Franchises achieve great results over the years.” Said Adam Blankenship, CCO & EVP, BlueGrace Logistics.

Edling will help BlueGrace grow the team here in Tampa and serve as a springboard for future growth

As the new Vice President of Freight Sales Division, Edling will help BlueGrace grow the team here in Tampa and serve as a springboard for future growth both in Tampa and the other branch locations.

“This is an exciting time for me and my family. There was no way I would turn down the opportunity to move to Tampa. We are thrilled to relocate to the area and plant our roots where it all began with BlueGrace.” Said Edling.

About BlueGrace Logistics:
Founded in 2009, BlueGrace Logistics is one of the fastest growing leaders of transportation management services in North America. As a full service third party logistics provider (3PL), BlueGrace helps businesses manage their less-than-truckload and truckload spend through industry leading technology, high level freight carrier relationships and superior insight of the complex $750 billion U.S. freight industry. BlueGrace is headquartered in Riverview, Florida with over 60 corporate and franchise locations across the U.S. For more information, visit www.mybluegrace.com.

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“Hours Of Service” Ruling Gets Hosed by Results

 

Safety groups are not happy, as the long awaited results have finally come in for the former Obama Administration’s proposed “Hours of Service” rule. The “Hours of Service” rule would forbid truckers from driving during the hours of 1 a.m. to 5 a.m for two nights during the mandatory restart period and reduce the flexibility in which the driver can use their restart period. As such, the new regulation would have limited truck driver’s to a maximum of 70 hours of driving per week.

The new regulation would have limited truck driver’s to a maximum of 70 hours of driving per week.

Safety groups have touted this ruling as a means of combating driver fatigue since it’s inception back in 2013; the American Trucking Association (ATA) has been rallying against this rule stating that it would have no beneficial effects in combating health, fatigue, or driver operation problems and merely create a delay for the industry as a whole.

A means of combating driver fatigue

Good News for the ATA

Overall, the ATA was happy with the DOT’s findings.  “The release of this report closes what has been a long, and unnecessary chapter in our industry’s drive to improve highway safety,” said Chris Spear, ATA’s president and CEO. “We knew from the beginning that these Obama administration restrictions provided no benefit to safety, and in light of the DOT’s findings — corroborated by the DOT Inspector General — it is good for our industry and for the motoring public that they will be done away with permanently as specified by language ATA led the charge on, including in the most recently passed continuing resolution,” according a recent article from The Hill.

A Step Towards Sensible Law Making

By and large, one of the biggest issues with this ruling was the language that was used to write it. “Lawmakers mistakenly left out essential language in an omnibus spending bill clarifying what would happen if the DOT fails to prove that the update is beneficial to drivers. Such an omission would have forced the agency to revert to old rules put in place more than a decade ago if the DOT couldn’t make its case,” said The Hill.

The biggest issues with this ruling was the language that was used to write it.

In essence, if the ATA and the DOT couldn’t find the results to prove that the new regulations weren’t viable, the trucking industry would have suffered a rather significant step backward from progress.

Hopefully this is the beginning of a new era of inclusive and data-based regulation

While this was undoubtedly a victory for the ATA, Spear is hopeful that this is only the beginning. “Congress repeatedly told the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that rules of this nature must show a benefit to safety and this report clearly shows there was no benefit,” Spear said. “This marks the end of a long struggle, but hopefully the beginning of a new era of inclusive and data-based regulation,” he remarked in a release from the ATA. 

An outsider attempting to propose new regulations without the necessary data to back it up, is naive at best.

We’ve often considered whether or not the government should have such a considerable reach when it comes to proposing new laws. While safety should be at the forefront of the trucking industry, an outsider attempting to propose new regulations without the necessary data to back it up, is naive at best. We can only hope that Spear’s optimism holds true and that future regulations are made using hard data rather than speculation.

 

The War Wages On for the Self Driving Truck

If you would have asked about the possibility of a self driving car 20 years ago, chances are good that you would have been laughed at. If you asked the same question ten years ago, there might not have been quite as much laughing. If you asked that question now, however, you’d realize that the possibility is closer than you think.

Anheuser Busch and Uber have the first commercial delivery to be made without the use of a truck driver

Last October, Anheuser Busch teamed up with Uber’s recently acquired Otto to make its first autonomous delivery of beer in Colorado, marking the first commercial delivery to be made without the use of a truck driver. While the experiment was halted after its first run, we have to begin to consider the implications of what this means.

The Future is Closer than You Think

There’s an argument brewing between the trucking industry and Silicon valley as to how soon we can expect driverless trucks to start rolling down the freeway on a regular basis. The truckers believe that the conversion won’t be happening any time soon, at least not in the next 40 years. Software developers and tech experts have a different vision of the future however. They expect that most of the major “obstacles” are simply a few speed bumps along the way and that driverless technology will be hitting the roads in as little as three years.

Software developers and tech experts have a different vision of the future however

So just what are these obstacles or speed bumps? Mostly it’s regulation at this point. The technology is practically here to support driverless trucks. With a infrastructure changes, mostly the addition of an extra slow lane to allow regular traffic to navigate around the lumbering pace of the automated vehicle, as well as on and off ramps for the drivers to initiate the auto driving mode, regulations are currently the biggest hurdle to clear. As with any new technology, there isn’t much of a precedent to work with, which means regulations will take longer to establish, place, and modify.

The technology is practically here to support driverless trucks.

“The death of a driver using Tesla Motors Inc.’s autopilot system in May has focused political attention on self-driving vehicles and hastened calls for regulations to keep pace with the technological advances. The U.S. Transportation Department released policy guidelines for autonomous driving, which acknowledged the technology’s life-saving potential while warning of a world of “human guinea pigs” according to an article from Bloomberg Technology.

Understanding the Implications

Make no mistake, the impact of driverless technology is huge. On one hand, truck driving makes up roughly 1% of all employment in the United States, which is a pretty sizeable amount when you consider the amount of paying jobs out there. If drivers are replaced by automation, that’s a pretty substantial amount of people out of work.

Truck driving makes up roughly 1% of all employment in the United States

However, on the other hand, you have to consider the fact that the price of goods is largely determined by transportation costs. The higher the cost, the more expensive the product. Given just how much automated driving can cut from the cost of transportation, the price of consumer goods would drop considerably, thereby raising the quality of life for everyone.

Automated driving can cut from the cost of transportation.

This is the part of the argument that doesn’t have a clear and concise victor. While raising the quality of life is important and necessary, the unemployment spike caused by driver’s being replaced, will have a serious impact on the health of the economy.

“While the efficiency gains are real — too real to pass up — the technology will have tremendous adverse effects as well. There are currently more than 1.6 million Americans working as truck drivers, making it the most common job in 29 states. The loss of jobs representing 1 percent of the U.S. workforce will be a devastating blow to the economy. And the adverse consequences won’t end there. Gas stations, highway diners, rest stops, motels and other businesses catering to drivers will struggle to survive without them,” according to a post from Techcrunch.

This technology is just on the horizon and will be here in years, not decades.

While the regulatory guidelines are still being sorted, there is no mistaking the fact that this technology is just on the horizon and will be here in years, not decades. The trucking industry is going to be facing a radical shift in the immediate future. Whether or not they are prepared is another matter entirely.

 

BlueGrace Logistics – Why We Are Attending ConExpo 2017

This week, the transportation management team from BlueGrace will be exhibiting at the Con-Expo show in Booth #B9500 in the Bronze Lot at Con-Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. The big question is “What is a Logistics company doing at a tradeshow for construction companies?” At BlueGrace we have a firm belief that we can make EVERY business better and have proved this again and again by providing transportation management services for companies in all types of industries. No matter what the industry, we look to become your outsourced transportation department. A single provider for your freight that is more of a partner than a vendor.

BlueGrace will be exhibiting at the Con-Expo show in Booth #B9500 in the Bronze Lot at Con-Expo in Las Vegas Nevada

What Services Do We Provide

A few of the services we provide to the construction industry are:

  • Specialized reporting, business intelligence, customer engineering, and analytics
  • Dedicated operations, project management, and customer service support
  • ERP integration
  • TMS solutions
  • Freight Bill Pay and Audit
  • Claims Management
  • Freight Cost Allocation, GL-Coding, and Customized Invoicing
  • Indirect Cost Avoidance Measures

Let’s Talk More At The Show

We look forward to discussing the freight needs of the construction industry while at Con-Expo. If you stop by our booth or we stop by yours, here are a few things we would like to discuss:

  • Why did you decide to visit Con-Expo?
  • Based on your business model, would any BlueGrace customers benefit from your services?
  • Can you or your vendors benefit from any of our services?
  • What all do you have planned for the week and what do you want to take away from the show?

BlueGrace is excited to be a part of this massive show that only happens once, every 3 years! Please add us to your agenda for the week and we look forward to this week’s show!

Download one of our construction industry case studies below

This Hardware Supplier saved 13% of their yearly freight spend which added up to $260,000 annually.

Hardware Suppliers In The Construction Industry Case Study

 

Learn how BlueGrace helped this replacement parts provider keep transportation spend below 7% of their total budget.

The Logistics Behind the Construction Equipment Replacement Parts

 

Reverse logistics can be a challenge for even the most seasoned transportation team. Read how BlueGrace helped them integrate and simplify.

BlueGrace Reverse Logistics In The Construction Industry Case Study

 

 

The Evolution of Shopping: Capitalizing on Omnichannel Retailing

 

There are many aspects of our daily lives that we tend to take for granted, at least when you compare it from it’s origins to where we are now. Communication, for example, has come a long way when you look at the evolution of the telephone to the cellular marvels that are housed in just about every pocket around the world. Shopping is another necessary aspect of daily life that has evolved considerably from its origins. Retailers need to understand these changes that are happening now, are going to be crucial if they want to stay in business.

Shopping is another necessary aspect of daily life

Disruption Breeds Change

Shopping is equal parts necessity and leisure activity for today’s population. We go to the store to buy the things we need for daily life such as consumable items and domestic goods. But there’s also the aspect of bargain hunting which thrills some consumers to no end. In either instances, there have been some considerable disruptions throughout the history of commercialism that have changed the scope and shape of the game. These disruptions, according to the Harvard Business Review, take place about every 50 years or so.

Shopping is equal parts necessity and leisure activity for American population

“A century and a half ago, the growth of big cities and the rise of railroad networks made possible the modern department store. Mass-produced automobiles came along 50 years later, and soon shopping malls lined with specialty retailers were dotting the newly forming suburbs and challenging the city-based department stores. The 1960s and 1970s saw the spread of discount chains—Walmart, Kmart, and the like—and, soon after, big-box “category killers” such as Circuit City and Home Depot, all of them undermining or transforming the old-style mall. Each wave of change doesn’t eliminate what came before it, but it reshapes the landscape and redefines consumer expectations, often beyond recognition. Retailers relying on earlier formats either adapt or die out as the new ones pull volume from their stores and make the remaining volume less profitable.”

Omnichannel Shopping, is going to pose a considerable change for brick-and-mortar retailers

The newest disruption, Omnichannel Shopping, is going to pose a considerable change for brick-and-mortar retailers, one that will facilitate the need to adapt or step out of the game entirely.

The Best of Both Worlds: Capitalizing on Omnichannel Retailing

As with just about any industry, when new technology comes into play, you either adapt and succeed or you fail. However, understanding the bridge between having a physical store and an online presence, isn’t impossible. It’s about putting customer service at the forefront. While online sales are great, especially when there are customers who don’t live within easy travel distance to the actual store, brick and mortar stores are still very important. This is especially true when you consider the fact that Amazon, which started exclusively as an e-commerce business, is now building physical locations for their shoppers. Why would Amazon want a brick-and-mortar storefront when their customers can literally shop for just about anything from the comfort of their own homes with a few simple clicks? It’s easy, shopping in store gets shoppers to buy more.

Amazon, which started exclusively as an e-commerce business is now building physical locations for their shoppers

Impulse buys and tactile shopping (the ability to touch and feel things like clothes) actually generate higher sales than shopping online does. A customer can feel the item, take in the sensations of the display and try it out for themselves, rather than trying to guess at it from a screen. This is one reason why retail stores need to keep their physical presence up before delving into the digital realm.

Transportation and Logistics can be a Big Opportunity for E-Commerce

While physical retailers will have to look into making digital investments, digital retailers are gearing up to make logistics investments. Given the rate of growth for online sales, expedited logistics and transportation is a fast growing industry. Consumers want to be able to order their goods and either have them delivered same or next day, or have the option to pick it up at the closest store. In order to make that happen, there needs to be a fairly substantial increase in the flexibility of transportation and logistics. The standards for a company’s supply chain are no longer about just getting goods from A to B. It’s more like A to Z12  and then the logistic support necessary for omnichannel retailers becomes infinitely more complex.

There needs to be a fairly substantial increase in the flexibility of transportation and logistics

Getting the infrastructure in place to make these deliveries in a timely manner will pay dividends for e-commerce companies, an opportunity that many aren’t willing to pass up.

BlueGrace Logistics Enterprise Division Announces the Promotion of Dustin Snipes

Snipes Earns Director of Sourcing Strategy Title

In a wave of growth, longtime sales standout, Dustin Snipes, was recently promoted to the Director of Sourcing Strategy for the Enterprise Division at BlueGrace Logistics.

“This only adds to the excitement and joy that I have been able to experience over the last 6 years. BlueGrace is an amazing place to grow and I am allowed the opportunity to do that and work with incredible people on a daily basis.” said Snipes.

Dustin began his career with BlueGrace in 2010.

Dustin began his career with BlueGrace in 2010, and has held the roles of National & Inbound Sales Rep, National & Inbound Sales Manager. Dustin was National Sales Rep of the Year in 2011 & National Sales Manager of the Year in 2013.

“Along with his incredible talent in sales, he was also instrumental in developing our marketing & sourcing strategies,” said Adam Blankenship, CCO and EVP at BlueGrace Logistics.

Dustin Snipes – Director of Sourcing Strategy

In 2015 Dustin joined the Enterprise Division as the Enterprise Sourcing Manager, in which he developed sourcing strategies to help EDRs research, qualify, and quantify Enterprise Leads. His team has grown from 2 to 17.

His team has grown from 2 to 17.

“Dustin took on one of the most vital roles in the company and arguable the weakest link in our sales process.  He worked through cleaning up our data, developing the strategy and tactics to build a team of EDR’s that were set up for success,” continued Jason Lockard, Senior Vice President, Enterprise at BlueGrace Logistics, “We are now recognizing the results of his hard work over the last year.”

The Enterprise Division at BlueGrace has grown to over 50 team members across 5 locations in the United States since 2010.

About BlueGrace Logistics:

Founded in 2009, BlueGrace Logistics is one of the fastest growing leaders of transportation management services in North America. As a full service third party logistics provider (3PL), BlueGrace helps businesses manage their less-than-truckload and truckload spend through industry leading technology, high level freight carrier relationships and superior insight of the complex $750 billion U.S. freight industry. BlueGrace is headquartered in Riverview, Florida with over 60 corporate and franchise locations across the U.S. For more information, visit www.mybluegrace.com.

 

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People are the Most Critical Part of the Trucking Industry

 

With the turning of the year, the World Economic Forum has compiled it’s list of concerns for what will be effecting the fiscal stability of the world for the rest of the year. While there were a number of items listed as to what will be impacting the global economy, perhaps the main one was the concern over technology.

Technology has been advancing at a rapid pace over the past few years

Technology has been advancing at a rapid pace over the past few years, and is showing no signs of slowing down. Most of it has been geared towards automation, reducing the need for human interaction and therefore, the need for human labor, according to the WEF study. Yet even as floor manufacturers, logistics planning, and truck drivers are turning towards technology, some of them don’t share the same opinion as the WEF.

Most of it has been geared towards automation, reducing the need for human interaction

Technology can Invigorate the Industry

While the WEF’s 2017 report had a lot of grim tidings, there are some who hold a more optimistic view of what’s in store for our future. Accenture’s Technology Vision 2017, for example, shows the potential positive effect that technology will have on the industry over the course of the year and beyond.

Positive effect that technology will have on the industry

“Accenture polled more than 5,400 business and information technology (IT) executives worldwide for its report and nearly nine in 10 respondents (86%) said that while “individual technologies” are rapidly advancing, it is the multiplier effect of these technologies that is creating innovation breakthroughs – and those “breakthroughs” will aid human workers more than anything else,” according to an article from Fleet Owner.

Biggest advances in technology are the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, and big data analytics

Among the biggest advances in technology are the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, and big data analytics, all of which are designed with the goal of learning like people in order to better serve the wants and needs of people in the industry.

“The pace of technology change is breathtaking, bringing about the biggest advancements since the dawn of the information age,” says Paul Daugherty, the chief technology & innovation officer for Accenture. “As technology transforms the way we work and live, it raises important societal challenges and creates new opportunities. Ultimately, people are in control of creating the changes that will affect our lives, and we’re optimistic that responsive and responsible leaders will ensure the positive impact of new technologies.” he added.

Technology is Just a Tool: People Make it Work

That is ultimately the take away. Sure, technology is becoming more advanced and capable of handling much more complex tasks than ever before, but it’s the people that are the driving force behind it. For companies that are focusing on the people centric side of business, it’s working in their favor. New technology allows for people in the trucking industry to focus more on the relations side of the business, leaving the grunt analytics and metrics to the technology that can do it best.

It’s the people that are the driving force behind it

This means stronger relationships between business partners and a better, more efficient result overall. In short, technology is becoming more advanced, but there will always be the need for the human element to make it all work.

It’s the people who are and will continue to be the most vital part of the trucking industry.

The Engine Behind the Machine: The Logistics of Construction Replacement Parts

Mergers and Acquisitions have been the name of the game over the last two years, or at least that’s what is reported in the news. So far often the less reported and at a far less volume, is the relinquishment of a business unit or business from an umbrella corporation. 

What happens when a business unit is relinquished and they have to find their own way through their logistics?

BlueGrace Logistics had the opportunity to work with a business that was cut off from an acquisition. This business found themselves in this quandary and scrambling to find a transportation management provider that could keep “business as usual” even though their business lost the buying power and support of a very large corporate entity.

Learn how BlueGrace helped this replacement parts provider keep the status quo as much as possible in that exact situation.

The Logistics Behind the Construction Equipment Replacement Parts

 

What About Other Construction and Parts Freight?

As a successful third-party logistics (3PL), BlueGrace handles the freight for all types of construction supply businesses. This freight can be heavy, oversized loads, such as cranes and dump trucks to replacement parts and pallets of construction materials. Our first step in any relationship is what sets us apart and brings the most value to your freight and logistics team. Your current freight data is analyzed and then processed with our proprietary engineering software.

Your current freight data is analyzed and then processed with our proprietary engineering software.

This process gives your logistics team a brand new overview of your freight. From there, your team has access to the entire BlueGrace toolbox of solutions, including ERP integrations to our flagship quoting and product, BlueShip. All of these tools come with a team of logistics experts at your disposal and a constant goal to make your freight program more successful.

Would you like to talk with BlueGrace today? Feel free to call our Enterprise Group at 800.MY.SHIPPING or come see us at the CONEXPO in Las Vegas March 7-11 Booth #B9500.

 

 

 

 

 

6th Annual Cats vs. Dogs Competition at BlueGrace Logistics

CONTEST UPDATE:

Friday, March 10 > More food has been delivered to both the Cats and the Dogs team piles. HELP US FEED THE ANIMALS.

About Cats Vs. Dogs

Each year, BlueGrace Logistics female (cats) and male (dogs) employees compete against each other to collect the most pet food in pounds. The food is then donated to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay to care for the animals in the no-kill shelter. The food not only feeds the animals that call the shelter home, but is also used for their food assistance program “Animeals.” The “Animeals” program partners with “Meals on Wheels” of Tampa to deliver free pet food once a month to homebound and elderly residents on a fixed income in Hillsborough County. This year, BlueGrace Regional Offices will also participate in a “Cats vs Dogs” charitable drive. 

The 6th Annual Competition

Perhaps the biggest competition of the year, the rivalry grows stronger & the food collection gets bigger every year.

BlueGrace HQ collected over 52,000 lbs. of pet food in 2015

BlueGrace collected over 52,000 lbs. of pet food in 2015, enough to feed our furry friends at Humane Society Tampa Bay & assist in their “Animeals” Community program for an entire year!

“Team Cats” has been the reigning champions for 3 years in a row, leaving “Team Dogs” on a serious mission.

Will they be all bark and no bite this year? Stay tuned! meow, woof.

Get Your Game Faces on BlueGrace

Check out our coverage from 2015!

 

BlueGrace Regional Offices Get Involved

BlueGrace Chicago

We care about our communities around us. Each year we make an effort to collect donations for the Animal Rescue Foundation of Illinois. They are a  non-profit, no-kill humane society. Their  volunteers are dedicated to rescuing, fostering, and caring for homeless dogs and cats while finding them homes they can be loved in forever. We are conducting a food drive but we realize not everyone can drive to our office to help. This is the perfect place to contribute and we greatly appreciate it. If you find it in your heart, please spread the word for this beautiful cause. Check out our GoFundMe page here to help the BlueGrace Chicago Office.

BlueGrace Baltimore

This GoFundMe supports BlueGrace Baltimore in their effort to raise funds to purchase pet food and supplies for the Humane Society of Harford County. The Humane Society of Harford County does not receive funding from the Humane Society of the United States and relies heavily on charitable donations. In the past, BlueGrace Baltimore has been able to collect more than 10,000lbs of pet food for the Harford County Humane Society!

Your monetary donations will help our BlueGrace Baltimore office purchase larger quantities of supplies and pet food. Direct donations of pet food and supplies can be dropped off between 8am and 5pm at BlueGrace Logistics – Baltimore.

BlueGrace Boston

BG Boston is working with the MSPCA-Angell on raising money, food, toys, and basic pet supplies. The mission of the MSPCA-Angell is to protect animals, relieve their suffering, advance their health and welfare, prevent cruelty, and work for a just and compassionate society.

Monday, February 13th until the end of March, BG Boston will be holding a Food/Toy Drive for the many shelter animals in both the Boston and Methuen MSPCA Angell adoption centers who were left for dead, abandoned and finally rescued by the amazing team of MSPCA volunteers.

“They are the second oldest humane society in the U.S. Their mission is to protect animals, relieve their suffering, advance their health and welfare, prevent cruelty, and work for a just and compassionate society.” said Kristiana Lorgeree. 

About BlueGrace Logistics:

Founded in 2009, BlueGrace Logistics is one of the fastest growing leaders of transportation management services in North America. As a full service third party logistics provider (3PL), BlueGrace helps businesses manage their less-than-truckload and truckload spend through industry leading technology, high level freight carrier relationships and superior insight of the complex $750 billion U.S. freight industry. BlueGrace is headquartered in Riverview, Florida with over 60 corporate and franchise locations across the U.S. For more information, visit www.mybluegrace.com.

BlueGrace Logistics Promotes Long-Time Employee to Senior Vice President

Jason Lockard Earns Senior Role Over Enterprise Division at BlueGrace Logistics

BlueGrace Logistics leadership announces the promotion of longtime employee, Jason Lockard, to Senior Vice President of Enterprise.

Lockard studied at the University of South Florida and got his start in the logistics industry as a dock worker at AAA Cooper Transportation.

Lockard got his start in the logistics industry as a dock worker at AAA Cooper Transportation.

“I am humbled to be part of such an amazing organization and the path BlueGrace has offered.  The opportunities here are endless if you are willing to put in the effort.  Our team feels more like a family than colleagues and I am grateful to them for what we developed in just a few years.  The future is bright,” said Lockard.

Jason joined BlueGrace Logistics in 2009 when the company was just getting its footing in this $750 billion US industry. He started in outside sales with the logistics company and started the Enterprise Sales channel in 2010 with just one team member.

Jason has helped transform the enterprise team into one of the largest and fastest growing areas of BlueGrace.

“During his tenure, Jason has helped transform the enterprise team into one of the largest and fastest growing areas of BlueGrace,” said Adam Blankenship, CCO & EVP of BlueGrace Logistics.

Since 2010, the Enterprise Sales channel has grown to over 50 team members across five locations in the United States.

“Jason’s promotion is meant to recognize the broadening scope and impact that his current role has seen over the past 12-18 months. He will continue to lead the entire Enterprise division and drive both strategy and tactics for all Enterprise throughout BlueGrace,” said Blankenship.

About BlueGrace Logistics:

Founded in 2009, BlueGrace Logistics is one of the fastest growing leaders of transportation management services in North America. As a full service third party logistics provider (3PL), BlueGrace helps businesses manage their less-than-truckload and truckload spend through industry leading technology, high level freight carrier relationships and superior insight of the complex $750 billion U.S. freight industry. BlueGrace is headquartered in Riverview, Florida with over 60 corporate and franchise locations across the U.S. For more information, visit www.mybluegrace.com.

 

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The Rising Risk of Technology | Internet of Things

The World Economic Forum (WEF) recently released it’s 2017 risk report on the possible dangers of new technology. As the world begins the verge into the Fourth Industrial Revolution and new technology is emerging at an ever increasing rate, it’s important to consider the inherent risks associated with these new forms of technology.

It’s important to consider the inherent risks associated with these new forms of technology.

While it’s true that new tech, if not governed properly, can cause some considerable harm on a geopolitical scale, there are also some significant advancements that are both useful, as well as necessary for success in invaluable global functions, such as freight delivery and supply chain management. Given that humanity relies on the commercial and domestic goods that are being delivered through these supply chains, it’s important to understand what it is that the WEF fears could happen from the new technology.

Job Displacement

One of the 12 key emerging technologies on the WEF risk list, is the development of artificial intelligence and robotics. The key cause of concern is that as robots become more proficient in performing labor oriented tasks, the needs for human laborers will begin to drop. As economic stability hinges on the general populace being employed, the utilization of a robotic workforce could present some concern for the future. However, we must also look at the other side of the coin in this matter.

The needs for human laborers will begin to drop.

With the implementation of robotics in a manufacturing setting, there is a considerable reduction of risk to human life. This is especially true when it comes to more dangerous manufacturing processes. Not only are robotics able to increase production values at a safer rate than humans, there is also the need for maintenance and governance over these machines. In short, while the work force might be displaced from the production floor, it is possible for them to be retrained to employ a different skill set. Additionally, the increased profitability from efficiency boosts can create more possibilities for growth, expansion, and better pay for the adaptation to new skill sets for workers.

It is possible for them to be retrained to employ a different skill set.

“Technology not only addressed disruptive threats to business and improved service quality and productivity, it also improved workplace conditions,” said a DHL spokesman during an interview with The Loadstar.  “At the same time, our workforce has grown over the last five years, from 471,654 employees in 2011 to 497,745 in 2015,” he said. “Our chief executive stated in interviews last year that our workforce could grow to 600,000 by 2020 on the back of online retail driving further growth in parcel delivery,” he added.

Governing The Growth

By and large, one of the biggest concerns that WEF has with the rate of new technologies, is how they are to be governed. On one hand, overly strict regulations can stifle progress and therefore stifle the potential benefits gained from utilizing this new technology. On the other hand, if there is a lack of governance, new technology can fall into misuse, leading to a public discreditation of the technology and make potential investors nervous. WEF uses self-driving vehicles as an example, “autonomous vehicles will inevitably cause some accidents; whether this leads to calls for bans will depend on whether people trust the mechanisms that have been set up to govern their development.”

Autonomous vehicles will inevitably cause some accidents

So the question that remains unanswered is how exactly do you establish a set of rules for governance that is not too tightly controlled to inhibit innovation, yet flexible enough to keep pace with the creation and release of new tech?

Interconnected Technology

Perhaps one of the most important forms of technology for the supply chain comes in the form of the Internet of Things (IoT) and emerging logistics technology. This allows for increased data collection, deliverable in real time to every aspect of the supply chain and creating an overall efficiency boost. With the condition and location of all goods in transit being accessible to supply chain managers, the supply chain can flow more efficiently. The concern with this level of interconnectedness comes in the form of cyber security. The more data points you add to any process, the more chances there are for cyber intrusion.

The concern with this level of interconnectedness comes in the form of cyber security.

“There is money to be gained by performing attacks such as ransomware attacks denying access to data in the supply chain. In addition, you have to remember that supply chains typically involve a large number of stakeholders, making it very difficult to secure the entire chain – often a cyber attack only needs one weak link,” said Lars Jensen, the founder and chief executive of CyberKeel.

New technology also represents a lot of opportunity.

However, this again leads to the consideration of a need for more skill sets as cyber security gains momentum as a growing field of employment. While the WEF does bring up some valid concerns over emerging technology, they are representing one extreme end of the spectrum. New technology also represents a lot of opportunity not just for global supply chains, but the world in general.

How Do Construction Suppliers Overcome Logistics Challenges?

The MABD and Your Construction Supply Company

Construction suppliers who provide hardware and tools are under tighter compliance regulations to get the right products to the right stores or distribution centers by a certain time, or they pay a fee. Walmart suppliers now face paying a fee of 3% of the cost of goods of all deliveries after the Must Arrive By Date (MABD).

These regulations for Walmart were implemented back in early 2016, but other retailers such as Target and Home Depot have been charging these fees for some time.

Walmart suppliers now face paying a fee of 3% of the cost of goods of all non-compliant deliveries.

Your construction supply company succeeds or fails based on the constant delivery of your products. Even more so now with the MABD mandate. The timely and effective delivery of your products, is a major priority for you, your retailers and your market. How do the logistics aspects of hardware and building materials differ from other industries?

How do the logistics aspects of hardware and building materials differ from other industries?

The truth is they don’t, with the exception of specific project dates and deadlines that could be missed.

Manufacturers and suppliers that work with large retailers like Walmart, Target and Home Depot are more successful in getting their merchandise on the shelves with the proper lead time due to partnering with a third party logistics provider (3PL).

Out with the Old

Doing things the old way, is not always the best way. Once employees get comfortable in their schedule and day to day routine it  becomes difficult to change those habits and behaviors. BlueGrace Logistics has seen and learned how to explain and implement these changes. In the case study you will learn about a Hardware distributor that was drowning in manual processes and letting inefficiencies become the norm.  

Once employees get comfortable in their schedule and day to day routine, it becomes difficult to change those habits and behaviors.

How We Reduced Costs & Removed Manual Processes for Hardware Supplier

A large big box hardware supplier, based in the Midwest, was utilizing a single national carrier model. There was no GRI mitigation, or freight bill auditing. The manual task of booking shipments was taking up much of the customer support team’s day. The accounting team had no way to tell if the invoiced amount of the shipment was the same as the quoted amount of the shipment. The ways of the past were starting to catch up as volume increased and this supplier had to make a change.

This Hardware Supplier saved 13% of their yearly freight spend which added up to $260,000 annually.

Hardware Suppliers In The Construction Industry Case Study

What About Other Construction Freight?

As a successful third-party logistics (3PL), BlueGrace handles the freight for all types of construction supply businesses. This freight can be heavy, oversized loads, such as cranes and dump trucks to replacement parts and pallets of construction materials. Our first step in any relationship is what sets us apart and brings the most value to your freight and logistics team. Your current freight data is analyzed and then processed with our proprietary engineering software.

Your current freight data is analyzed and then processed with our proprietary engineering software.

This process gives your logistics team a brand new overview of your freight. From there, your team has access to the entire BlueGrace toolbox of solutions, including ERP integrations to our flagship quoting and product, BlueShip. All of these tools come with a team of logistics experts at your disposal and a constant goal to make your freight program more successful.

Would you like to talk with BlueGrace today? Feel free to call our Enterprise Group at 800.MY.SHIPPING or come see us at the CONEXPO in Las Vegas March 7-11 Booth #B9500.

BlueGrace CEO Highlighted in THRIVE Campaign for Tampa EDC

Don’t Just Live, THRIVE.

The Tampa/Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation (EDC) recently unveiled its THRIVE campaign, and BlueGrace Logistics’ very own CEO and President, Bobby Harris was featured for his company’s contributions to the local economy.

BlueGrace Logistics has been in the headlines quite a bit over the last 18 months due to the amount of hiring, franchise buy-backs and acquisitions.

In 2016, BlueGrace hired 397 employees.

In 2016, BlueGrace hired 397 employees, helping lead the way in growing Tampa.

Along with a huge amount of growth internally, BlueGrace has also continued to expand nationally. Through a recent private equity investment, BlueGrace has been able to fuel their already rapidly growing business.

BlueGrace intends to use the funding to fuel the rapid growth of the business

BlueGrace intends to use the funding to fuel the rapid growth of the business, including hiring 500-700 new employees here in Tampa, accelerating its national expansion plans and pursuing strategic acquisitions.

Tampa > Where it All Began

“We are thrilled to be a part of this campaign and to be featured in the THRIVE video for the EDC. This community is greater because of the people at the Economic Development Corporation.” said Bobby Harris. CEO & President of BlueGrace Logistics.

BlueGrace Logistics is continuing to thrive, not only in the Tampa area, but across the US in expanding regional offices.

“We are really making headway in Chicago, Boston, Richmond and now out in Los Angeles. We are really excited about our future in all of these areas, but are beyond thankful to be headquartered here where it all began, Tampa!” said Harris.

About BlueGrace Logistics:

Founded in 2009, BlueGrace Logistics is one of the fastest growing leaders of transportation management services in North America. As a full service third party logistics provider (3PL), BlueGrace helps businesses manage their freight spend through industry leading technology, high level freight carrier relationships and overall understanding of the complex $750 Billion U.S. freight industry. BlueGrace is headquartered in Riverview, Florida with over 60 corporate and franchise locations across the U.S. For more information, visit www.mybluegrace.com.

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BlueGrace Enterprise Team Brings in Logistics and Freight Industry Veteran

BlueGrace Logistics is pleased to announce the recent hiring of 17-year logistics industry veteran, Randy Ofiara, as the new Vice President of Enterprise Sales.

Ofiara has been in the freight and logistics industry for over 17 years and has held leadership roles within XPO, YRC and ProTrans.

“Prior to BlueGrace, I had the opportunity to work for some great companies that helped me to be successful within this incredible industry, and I look forward to bringing that experience to the Enterprise Team at BlueGrace” said Ofiara.

His logistics career started out in Quincy, IL where he served as the Logistics Intern with Gardner Denver. He then moved into a transportation supervisory role with Gap, Inc. in the early 2000’s. With his position at Gap, Inc. Ofiara knew he had a solid footing in the logistics industry. From his time at the Gap, Inc. he moved to an account executive position within YRC and then into roles in Procurement Management with both XPO and ProTrans.

Each position he has held over the last 17 years, has paved the way for his new role within the BlueGrace Logistics Enterprise team.

BlueGrace Enterprise encompasses each one of our available services that help meet the transportation management needs of companies and manufacturers across multiple industries. Our Enterprise Logistics Professionals understand what it takes to consistently be competitive in the marketplace and Ofiara is the perfect addition.

Randy Ofiara, VP of Enterprise Sales at BlueGrace Logistics 

“We are thrilled to have Randy join our team here at BlueGrace. He is not only a culture fit, he will also be an incredible asset to our enterprise department as our company continues to grow,” said Jason Lockard, Vice President of Enterprise at BlueGrace Logistics.

Randy is one of 397 people BlueGrace Logistics hired in 2016.

“Bringing Randy on-board is a part of our overall plan to continue to grow our Enterprise Development roles,” said Lockard.

About BlueGrace Logistics:

Founded in 2009, BlueGrace Logistics is one of the fastest growing leaders of transportation management services in North America. As a full service third party logistics provider (3PL), BlueGrace helps businesses manage their freight spend through industry leading technology, high level freight carrier relationships and overall understanding of the complex $750 Billion U.S. freight industry. BlueGrace is headquartered in Riverview, Florida with over 60 corporate and franchise locations across the U.S. For more information, visit www.mybluegrace.com.

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The Future of Trucking Safety

 

 

With Trump getting to work on his first 100 days, the American Trucking Association is ready to start a campaign of their own in the hopes of getting some of the safety regulations set in place by the Obama administration, pulled back. While the ATA did secure a win last month in blocking a ruling to keep tired truckers off the road, they aren’t planning to stop there.

Arguably, these safety regulations are in place for a very good reason

Arguably, these safety regulations are in place for a very good reason, to keep both truckers and other drivers who share the road safe. But at what point do these safety regulations begin to impede on doing business? There is a lot of criticism on both sides of the issue, and so the battle rages on.

Resting Ruling

One of the biggest issues that the ATA is rallying against, is the Obama administration’s ruling on the resting period for truckers. The rule was proposed to keep fatigued and overtired drivers off the roads by instituting a mandatory resting period of 34 hours after completing a work week. A large point of contention to this ruling is that part of this ruling is that part of this break must consist of two periods from 1 am to 5 am.

The rule was proposed to keep fatigued and overtired drivers off the roads

“Sleep scientists say rest during the early morning hours is critical for people to feel refreshed. The suspension means truckers can head out on the road again during those hours if the 34-hour break has elapsed,” according to an article from The Associated Press.

While the rest might be important for the driver, that period of time in particular is crucial for delivery schedules as it has one of the lowest volumes of traffic for the entire day. Forcing driver’s to wait until after 5 am could cause a serious hit to productivity and timeliness as driver’s will be forced to contend with higher traffic volumes and rush hour commuters.

Providing a Helping Hand in Rule Making

At what point are federal regulations overstepping their boundaries when it comes to making regulations for the trucking industry? This question is being asked with an increasing regularity. While many on the safety side of things think there isn’t enough safety regulations, those on the business side of things are saying “enough is enough.” While size, weight, and resting period regulations do have a purpose, many in the trucking industry think that the industry itself should be included in the rulemaking process.

While many on the safety side of things think there isn’t enough safety regulations, those on the business side of things are saying “enough is enough.”

“We want to see the industry included in developing regulations,” Chris Spear, chief executive of the ATA, said in an interview. “We’d hope to see a lot more collaboration than we’ve seen in the past few years.”

There is a concern that the Obama administration in their push for new safety regulations, have essentially sidestepped the industry itself by imposing executive orders for new safety regulations. Not only did these rules impose a high cost to implement on the industry, but there came at a time when the industry was dealing with failing freight rates and weak demand.

These rules impose a high cost to implement on the industry

“Transportation companies want the Transportation Department to rethink rules that include work limits for truck drivers, safety-equipment requirements for trains and other regulations. And the rail and truck groups want to go farther by setting particular steps transportation agencies must go through as they write rules and operating guidelines,” according to an article from the Wall Street Journal.  “Industry needs to be involved in developing the process that makes the rules,” said Mr. Spear. “There should be a clear return in exchange for compliance.”

How successful will the ATA and the rest of the industry be in getting these limitations and regulations adjusted to something more favorable?

Only time will tell.

BlueGrace Chicago Hosts Grand Reopening With the Mayor of Itasca

BlueGrace Chicago recently held a ribbon cutting for their new offices in the Village of Itasca. The town’s mayor, Jeff Pruyn, was on hand for a tour of the new facilities.

“The expansion of BlueGrace Logistics is the latest example of the business-friendly environment in Itasca,” says Pruyn. “The combination of location, convenient access, and competitive tax rates, makes Itasca an attractive place for companies like BlueGrace Logistics to locate and grow.”

BlueGrace Chicago has outgrown its original office space and has recently expanded into a new space.

BlueGrace Chicago now occupies 11,500 square feet and has over 60 local employees with plans for more growth in the future.

Itasca Mayor Jeff Pruyn gets a tour of the new BlueGrace Chicago office space 

“All of our regional offices have been under construction due to the incredible amount of growth over the last 18 months.” said Randy Collack, Chief Strategy Officer at BlueGrace Logistics.

Along with the growth, office construction, and expansions across all regional offices, BlueGrace Logistics continues to provide a fun and competitive work environment for all employees. So much so, that BlueGrace Boston was recently awarded Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in both the Greater Boston area and in the nation.

The Best & Brightest competition identifies and honors companies that deliver exceptional human resource practices and an impressive commitment to their employees.

“We are thrilled to see all of the success and growth with each of our offices.” said Collack.

About BlueGrace Logistics:

Founded in 2009, BlueGrace Logistics is one of the fastest growing leaders of transportation management services in North America. As a full service third party logistics provider (3PL), BlueGrace helps businesses manage their less-than-truckload and truckload spend through industry leading technology, high level freight carrier relationships and superior insight of the complex $750 billion U.S. freight industry. BlueGrace is headquartered in Riverview, Florida with over 60 corporate and franchise locations across the U.S. For more information, visit www.mybluegrace.com.

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Leadership at BlueGrace Logistics Take on New Roles as Company Grows

BlueGrace Logistics Announces the Title Transformations of Two Longtime Executives

“As part of our ongoing and explosive growth, I want to increase role clarity throughout the organization, so appointing both Adam Blankenship and Randy Collack to their new titles is a progressive and exciting move for us,” said Bobby Harris, President & CEO of BlueGrace Logistics.

Randy Collack, newly named the Chief Strategy Officer, oversees several departments of BlueGrace Logistics and has been with the company since 2009. Throughout his tenure, he has been responsible for the growth of the sales and operations departments.

Randy brings vast industry experience as the former President of PDT Trucking and has held senior positions with Express One and Preferred Shipping.

He studied at Purdue University and also earned his lean Six Sigma Black Belt certificate. Mr. Collack is an avid poker player who competed in his first World Series of Poker in 2016.

Randy Collack – Chief Strategy Officer 

“I am thrilled with this change to CSO and believe it better fits the needs of this growing company. I have always been proud to serve the organization in any capacity,” said Randy Collack, Chief Strategy Officer at BlueGrace Logistics.

Randy’s roles within the company have been broad and deep but this change of title will provide clarity for the organization as it moves forward.

Collack will continue to be involved with the Transportation Team, A-Team and Customer Service.

“The best way for BlueGrace to grow effectively and quickly is to make sure we all work together as a team. With these organizational title changes, we will be able to structure those teams for future success,” said Harris.

Adam Blankenship – Chief Commercial Officer

Adam Blankenship, who joined the BlueGrace leadership team in 2012, will add the responsibilities of Chief Commercial Officer to his current role of Executive Vice President.

Within the new role of CCO, Adam will have strategic oversight of the entire sales organization in addition to Marketing, Carrier Relations and Procurement.

Prior to joining BlueGrace, Blankenship held senior executive roles at YRC and Central Transport and has garnered nearly 20 years of transportation industry experience.  He is a graduate of the University of Missouri where he received both a B.S. in Finance and Masters of Business Administration.

Mr. Blankenship is an avid sports fan and obstacle course racing enthusiast. He also enjoys travel and spending time with his wife and four kids.

“BlueGrace is continuing to define roles and structure the organization in a way that provides a clear vision for the future, and set us on the path for continued success.” Continued Blankenship. “I look forward to the opportunities and challenges in my role as the Chief Commercial Officer.”

About BlueGrace Logistics:

Founded in 2009, BlueGrace Logistics is one of the fastest growing leaders of transportation management services in North America. As a full service third party logistics provider (3PL), BlueGrace helps businesses manage their less-than-truckload and truckload spend through industry leading technology, high level freight carrier relationships and superior insight of the complex $750 billion U.S. freight industry. BlueGrace is headquartered in Riverview, Florida with over 60 corporate and franchise locations across the U.S. For more information, visit www.mybluegrace.com.

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