BlueGrace Logistics News Room

Welcome to the Newsroom of BlueGrace Logistics! We’re your number one choice for all your 3PL and freight and we’re proud to serve you. Here you’ll find the latest news on industry related topics, our corporate culture, events, and other updates. Below is a listing of our last 100 posts, use the search menu to the right to find older posts.


 

Shedding Some Light on Dimensional Pricing

As more carriers are beginning to make a move to dimensional (DIM) pricing, it’s important that we take a moment to understand what this means exactly. Just like any change that happens in the shipping industry, being aware of it before it becomes the norm is the best way to stay ahead of the curve […]

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CSA Report Card: Room for Improvement

Compliance, Safety & Accountability While the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) scoring mandate is meant to improve carrier performance and safety for trucks on the road by providing a scoring metric, it wasn’t without its blind spots. A recently released report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) shows that the CSA scoring […]

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What Happens If Freight Economy Rises?

  A market that is already beleaguered by a significant shortage in workforce is seeing a disturbing trend in the form of an uptick in turnover rates. “The slight uptick in turnover, despite weak freight volumes in the first quarter, may be indicative of a tightening in the driver market,” said ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello. […]

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What is Volume LTL Shipping?

Businesses who ship product and carriers looking to maximize business revenue have come to embrace Volume LTL shipping. The simplest explanation is volume LTL provides many of the benefits of truck load (TL) or partial TL with the cost savings associated with less than truckload (LTL). It’s a win-win for everyone.  It’s a win-win for […]

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All Hands on Deck for 2017 Backpacks of Hope

Back to School Can Stir Up Many Emotions A new school year can bring about many emotions. For parents with kids entering kindergarten or their senior year of high school, the first day of school tends to be showcased on social media as a happy and exciting time. What you may not see though, are […]

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Do you have the right TMS for your business?

  Transportation Management Systems on the Rise Whether you’re shipping domestically or internationally, keeping everything running smoothly can be a big job to say the least. It requires a careful orchestration of a potentially vast number of moving parts. The smoother these parts operate in conjunction with one another, the better your operation will be. […]

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The Future of Same Day Delivery

  A study commissioned by Intel has given us a glimpse into the economic impact of automated vehicles in the future. The report estimates that by 2050, automated vehicles and the self-driving market will add 7 trillion dollars annually, to the global economy. By 2050, automated vehicles and the self-driving market will add 7 trillion […]

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Amazon’s Logistics Just Got A Whole (Foods) Lot Bigger

As companies go, there are few that have the prowess to grow and advance quite like Amazon. With a unique talent for turning a company-based product into a full-fledged service for customers, i.e. Amazon Cloud; the e-commerce giant continues to make a colossal shadow for other companies to try and follow. So what’s the newest […]

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Filling the Gap: Ways to Improve the Shortage of Truck Drivers

  With the median age for truck drivers pushing retirement and a severe shortage of drivers, to begin with, the U.S. Department of Transportation is putting forth two proposals. According to a recent press release from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, these proposals will make it easier for qualified applicants to earn their commercial […]

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Do You Have The Right Technology To Dissect Big Data?

  For what was once a stagnant industry for best practices, the freight industry is now being bombarded with new disruptive technology on a near constant basis. Dealing with one issue means that another takes its place. Begin to understand and utilize new technology, and it becomes quickly outmoded, or there’s another system to learn. […]

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Automated Trucking is Poised to Play Huge Roll in Transportation Industry

Navigating the Transition to Driverless Trucking Automated trucking is poised to play a huge roll in the transportation industry. Overall, the implications of driverless trucks have near limitless potential. Without the margin of human error, autonomous trucks are safer and more efficient. Working in tandem for one another, driverless trucks can capitalize on fuel efficiency […]

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Adapting to the Growing Requirements of a Fast-Paced Supply Chain

  With the constant fluctuations in the global market, the freight industry is changing. With new technology, shipping demands, and changes in global policies, freight forwarders will also have to change to keep the pace. Logistics Trends and Insights has released their 2017 survey on the Evolution of the Freight Forwarder, which asked respondents how […]

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The Real Threat for the Trucking Industry has Nothing to do with the ELD

    The electronic logging mandate (ELD) has been something of a sore subject for the trucking industry as many companies worry about it cutting into their efficiency and, subsequently, profit margins. However, the real threat for the trucking industry has nothing to do with the ELD, but rather the growth of e-commerce. Changing the […]

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BlueGrace Logistics Hosts Open House Event

Photo Cred: Dosia White Photography Since it’s inception in January of 2009, BlueGrace has provided transportation management services for companies that ship. From one-time-shippers to multi-million dollar accounts, BlueGrace works to make each customer’s business, better. Over the last 8 years, BlueGrace has opened its doors to vendors and customers alike, but never in this […]

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Last Mile Becoming the Front Line for Logistics

The growing strength of e-commerce has been putting a serious pressure on the transportation industry. As customer expectations are rapidly shifting towards the instant gratification of same day delivery, long haul trucking is shrinking by comparison. While some trucking companies are struggling to keep the pace with the changing market, others are shifting gears and […]

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What Can We Expect for the IoT for 2017 and Beyond?

The IoT of 2017 The Internet of Things, an interconnected program that is supposed to provide unparalleled data for shippers and carriers, has certainly been a hot topic for the logistics industry. With 2016 well and truly in the past, it’s time to start looking forward to what 2017 will hold for this burgeoning system. […]

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Tampa Manufacturing and Logistics – A Perfect Marriage.

Manufacturing in Florida, is the backbone of the state’s economy. Florida has nearly 18,000 manufacturers in all types of industries ranging from traditional such as plastics and printing to breakthrough technologies like aerospace and medical devices. Tampa Bay knows a thing or two about manufacturing and economic development, as it is home to 19 corporate […]

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BlueGrace Logistics Employees Raise Over $11,000 for Moffitt Cancer Center

Cancer SUCKS Cancer is a nasty word and yet you hear it or see it every day. Your friends, family and acquaintances have all been affected by this word in some way, shape, or form. In 2017, almost 1.7 million new cases of cancer are projected. We need to find a cure for this awful […]

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How Can Expedited Shipping Be A Game Changer For Your Business?

  Quick, Fast and In a Hurry You can bet that manufacturers pay close attention to the Must Arrive By Date (MABD), set by big box retailers like WalMart and Target. While big box retailers mandate Must Arrive By Dates to ensure their shelves are always stocked with products consumers want, many companies who sell products directly are often […]

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The Next Generation Supply Chain

  The demands of today’s marketplace are shifting, growing, and evolving more rapidly than ever. Shippers have increasing expectations of carriers and their supply chain as a whole, requiring not only increased efficiency, but also flexibility and adaptability to respond to the events and obstacles that regularly occur in the ever shifting marketplace. Shippers have […]

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The Growing Need for Visibility

  Visibility Isn’t Just a Nicety Visibility isn’t just a nicety, as far as shippers are concerned, it’s an expectation. As part of a growing demand for efficiency and customer service, shippers want to know where their cargo is and be able to track and follow it as they please. However, visibility goes above and […]

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Drones – Why You Want Them In Your Supply Chain.

  Drones are all over the media these days. Civilian drones have taken selfies to a whole new height, while Amazon has been working to get their drone delivery service off the ground. However, many companies are looking at the other ideas of using drones, especially when it comes to mapping out your supply chain. An […]

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BlueGrace Logistics Takes 3rd Overall at 2017 SportsFest

It is no secret that the team at BlueGrace loves to compete. From sales contests to obstacle course races, the employees at BlueGrace always put in the extra effort for a good cause or even just for fun. In the case of Sportsfest 2017, BlueGrace came away with a 3rd place victory overall. Events included, volleyball, corn-hole, […]

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SAP & Transportation Integration in Consumer Electronics

SAP provides unprecedented scalability as an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) for any business. SAP means quick access to all important components of your business with the data to back it up. Many businesses tend to miss out on valuable data for what can be a major component in their transportation and logistics programs. We have […]

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Thank You For Another Exciting Lightning Season!

As the Preferred Shipping Partner of the Tampa Bay Lightning, BlueGrace takes hockey pretty seriously and the 2016-2017 season was no different. Although we didn’t make the playoffs this year, the Lightning kept us on the edge of our collective seats all the way until the end of the season, with a potential Wild Card berth. We […]

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BlueGrace Logistics Named Top Workplace in Tampa Bay Again

  BlueGrace Logistics is on Top Again! BlueGrace is named a Top Workplace in Tampa Bay again and we are EXCITED! In the last 18 months, BlueGrace Logistics has grown from 180 employees to more than 500 employees nationwide. One might wonder, “how do you manage everyone’s happiness when you experience ‘hyper-growth?” Well, it all starts […]

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A Definitive Guide to Improving Logistics

Given the changes that the logistics and transportation industry are currently undergoing, efficiency and quality of service are becoming increasingly vital for companies that want to stay viable. While this includes utilizing new technology and data as it becomes accessible, there’s more to these improvements than simply downloading the latest software. The question that many […]

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Cats and Dogs Benefit from BlueGrace Food Drive

Each year, BlueGrace Logistics female (cats) and male (dogs) employees compete against one another to see who can collect the most pet food in pounds. Throughout the years, BlueGrace has collected tens of thousands of lbs. of food to feed the animals of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, one of our partner charities, through […]

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BlueGrace Logistics – Why We are Attending SAPPHIRENOW 2017

  Why BlueGrace Logistics is Attending SAPPHIRE NOW At BlueGrace we have a firm belief that we can make EVERY business better and have proven this again and again by providing transportation management services for companies in all types of industries. A single provider for your freight that is more of a partner than a […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Carrier Spotlight: UPS Capital Insurance Agency, Inc.

  BlueGrace logistics is partnering with UPS Capital Insurance Agency, Inc. (UPSCIA) to provide quality protection for carrier’s goods in transit. Our specialized logistics knowledge, proven industry experience and enhanced supply chain visibility allows UPSCIA to offer insurance services you may not find with typical risk mitigation providers. Why UPS Capital Insurance Agency, Inc.? A […]

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Reverse Logistics and Its Impact on Today’s Construction Industry

Your construction business succeeds or fails based on the constant delivery of your products. It doesn’t matter if your product is for building, demolition, concrete, heavy equipment, or such as tools, requires final delivery to retail. The timely and effective delivery of your freight, is a major priority for you and your end user. How do the logistics […]

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Stepping Up from 2016: Optimism for the New Year

  With January already well under way, getting closer to inauguration day when President Trump takes his first official steps into office, it’s time to take a look at where the trucking industry has taken it’s own steps to start off the year. While there’s still a lot of ground to cover over the course […]

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BlueGrace to Sponsor SMC3 Jump Start Conference | Jan. 23-25

BlueGrace Logistics is proud to be a Gold Sponsor for the 2017 Jump Start Conference. Logistics and supply chain education take center stage each January at Jump Start, a three-day event that attracts a broad spectrum of middle-to-senior-level decision makers responsible for the seamless movement of domestic and foreign freight. One of transportation’s most anticipated […]

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Omnichannel Shopping Gives Brick and Mortar Stores an Edge

Are we looking at the end of the tried and true brick and mortar style store? With online shopping growing at an exponential rate, this question has a lot of store owners feeling the heat from the growth of e-commerce.  Over the course of 2015, e-commerce sites saw an incredible growth rate of 23 percent. […]

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BlueGrace Logistics Regional Office Awarded Best & Brightest

BG Boston Earns National & Greater Boston Area Award A BlueGrace Logistics regional office, BlueGrace Boston, was recently awarded one of the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, both in the Greater Boston Area and in the nation. The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® is a program of the National Association for […]

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Laying the First Bricks: Amazon is Getting Physical but Wal-Mart Fights Back

  There aren’t a whole lot of companies that can match up to the innovative prowess of the e-Commerce giant, Amazon. It seems as though every couple of months we’re catching some snippet that Amazon is trying out a new trick for the convenience of its loyal customers and, true to it’s nature, Amazon is […]

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2016 BlueGrace National Conference | Recap

BlueGrace Logistics recently hosted their 2016 National Conference right here in Tampa, Florida. This was the company’s 6th installment and biggest conference yet with action-packed keynote speakers like Cameron Herold, Bobby Harris, Afterburner, Inc, and Travis Mills. The location was a huge hit as well, as it was the first time the entire company came back to where […]

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BlueGrace Logistics Acquires Tampa Based Freight Broker

3PL Announces the Procurement of Continental Traffic Company Riverview, FL, December 19, 2016 – BlueGrace Logistics has acquired long-time Tampa based logistics, consulting and auditing firm, Continental Traffic Company (CTC). Charlie Boesch, Owner and President of CTC, has been named Vice President of Enterprise Sales. “I have known Charlie for years and he brings a […]

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2017 Is The Year Of The 3PL. Will Your Freight Be On Board?

While the shipping industry is still suffering through a glut of overcapacity, things are finally starting to look up. The 3PL Value Creation Summit of 2016 yielded some pretty interesting results. Namely that the value added by 3PLs is only expected to keep going up through 2017 and beyond, a welcome boon for the weary […]

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Is Your Freight Protected? Freeze Protection For Temperature Sensitive Shipments

As the holiday season approaches, there are a number of freight tips companies should take into account to ensure that their supply chain continues to function efficiently and cost effectively. Companies must also consider the challenges presented by winter weather that accompanies the holiday season. Anticipating transportation delays and mapping suppliers that could be affected by big […]

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BlueGrace Logistics Launches New Branding & Logo Concept

  Riverview, FL, December 12, 2016 – BlueGrace Logistics, a third-party-logistics (3PL) provider, successfully unveiled their new corporate messaging and logo design in front of over 300 employees, franchisees, vendors and partners at their 6th Annual National Conference in Tampa, Florida. “This branding revamp has been in the works for a while…” “This branding revamp […]

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Coming Up – BlueGrace Logistics 2016 National Conference

  BlueGrace Logistics will be hosting the 2016 National Conference in Tampa, Florida, December 4-6. This will be the 6th installment of the highly anticipated sales training event, but the first time that it will be brought back to the area of where it all started; Tampa Bay. BlueGrace Logistics was founded by CEO & President, […]

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Why A Drop in Productivity Might Actually be a Good Thing

While it might seem counterintuitive, the trucking industry is staring down the barrel of a productivity drop that might actually be just the breath of fresh air the industry needs. After slogging through a slump in demand, the aging of the workforce and the lack of recruits to fill in the gaps, as well as […]

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The Shrinking Fleet: Why the Trucking Industry is Scaling Down

It’s no secret that the trucking industry has been experiencing some difficulty over the past few years. With new environmental regulations being passed, necessitating the need for newer, more expensive equipment as well as an aging workforce and one of the worst turnover rates of any industry, most trucking companies have already had to knuckle […]

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How To Break Into The Booming Logistics Industry, Now!

Are you competitive, hard working, passionate about excellence and caring of others? Are you looking for a new career? Third Party Logistics (3PL) Market size to reach $1,029.47 Billion by 2022 and you could be part of it. BlueGrace Logistics will be hiring 20+ new sales associates for our transportation department over the next few months and […]

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Fuel Efficiency: A Slow Move for the Trucking Industry

Trucking Industry Feels Pressure from the EPA With mounting pressure from the EPA for the trucking industry to make a change to their carbon dioxide emissions, one would think that they would be ready to make the shift away from fossil fuels, specifically diesel. Fossil fuels are not only notoriously expensive but also produce a […]

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Carrier Spotlight: Kuehne & Nagel

  BlueGrace Logistics is excited to add a new international provider to our carrier network. Kuehne and Nagel, one of the top freight forwarders in the world, will be providing us with an additional international option going forward. Kuehne and Nagel have office locations all over the world as well as warehouses in the U.S. […]

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BlueGrace Transforms into BOOGrace 2016

The costumes are creative. Halloween at BlueGrace Logistics has always been one of the most anticipated culture events, and this year was no exception. Our employees were beyond creative with their costumes this year. From Beer-Fit Barbie and Ryan Lochte to the cast of Scooby Doo and Mr. Robot, BlueGracers went all out. The decorations […]

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Debate This: Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications Systems

We saw the success of the automated fleet as it made its debut journey through Eastern Europe. The idea that something the size of a tractor trailer can link up and draft off another tractor trailer in near perfect unison seems like something out of science fiction. However, the technology is not only here, but […]

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A Change of Plans: Reevaluating A Company Supply Chain

Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) Both are critical to running a successful business, however trying to favor one over the other can prove to be disastrous. More often than not, companies are losing out on considerable profits, or paying out tremendous expenses such as last minute shipping charges due to a lack of cohesion between sales […]

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Mosaic VP Joins Leadership Team at BlueGrace

Sean Butler Announced as New Chief Human Resource Officer BlueGrace Logistics announced today that Sean Butler, former Vice President of Human Resources at Mosaic, has joined the company. Butler was named the new Chief Human Resource Officer just last week and will be leading the human resource strategy and talent acquisition efforts as BlueGrace embarks […]

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Empathy in the Workplace – Why BlueGrace is Successful!

Empathy: The ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Take a moment and think back to some of the jobs you’ve held in your life. If you identify as a millennial, you’ve probably held several jobs since college. You maybe reach a point where you hit a ceiling, or you don’t enjoy the culture, disagree […]

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Fast Facts & Predictions About ELDs – Infographic

Countdown to the ELD Mandate The time to plan for the ELD Mandate is now! With the new ELD compliance creeping up on the trucking and logistics industry, we thought it would be beneficial to show some fast facts and predictions about ELDs. What do you think about the new requirements? Click the image below […]

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How does Freight and Transportation Fit into your Budget?

The 2017 budget season is heating up! We all know how it goes. The heads of each department work on their annual budgets and turn them in to finance. Finance then returns with remarks like “the budget is too high, make it leaner.” How do you go about “trimming the fat” off of the transportation budget? […]

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The Logistics of Natural or Manmade Disasters

Transporting freight to areas affected by natural or manmade disasters is one of the toughest challenges in logistics. The recent floods in Louisiana are an example of the difficulties involved. Two interstates were closed causing 55,000 daily motorists, including truckers, to use Interstate 20. This added over 200 miles to some of the trips. There […]

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Annual Freight Bid – You’re Doing it Wrong.

Contributing Editor: Dustin Snipes – Enterprise Sourcing Manager The annual freight bid goes out every year like clockwork. The transportation manager for a business that ships, will usually send out a massive blast to third party logistics (3PL) providers and carriers. These providers are often given a spreadsheet that lists last years shipping lanes without the […]

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Carrier Spotlight | Old Dominion Freight Lines

OD Freight Line fits many of our Core Values. Their ability to Pursue Outrageous Goals for over 82 years, is a huge reason why we continue to work closely with them to provide our customers with complete shipping needs. One of BlueGrace Logistics Core carriers, Old Dominion Freight line, has 226 shipping service centers, 32 transfer points, […]

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How Expedited Freight Can Influence Purchasing Decisions

Steve Daniels: Account Executive at BlueGrace Logistics Expedited Shipping Options & the MABD In a previous blog post we detailed how BlueGrace Logistics was able to resolve a long standing Must Arrive By Date (MADB) dilemma that was negatively impacting a health and beauty products company whose business model was increasingly moving towards “big box” retailers. While […]

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Join the Winning Team at BlueGrace Logistics

We Bleed Blue BlueGrace Logistics is has already exceeded its earlier goal of hiring 100 new employees at our corporate office in 2016. Now with our recent $255 million private equity investment, we are making huge strides toward the top of the 3PL industry. Our Core Values are a huge part of the hiring process and we […]

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How We Reduced Freight Costs by 14% for Healthy Living Company

A company that specializes in healthy, protein rich treats was able to see a 14% reduction in a transportation costs by partnering with BlueGrace Logistics. This organization was growing at a rapid speed which lead to a long list of transportation issues that needed to be alleviated and managed more efficiently. Opportunities For Cost Savings Their transportation […]

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5 Things to Consider When Selecting a TMS

A Transportation Management System (TMS) can offer huge benefits for manufacturers, distribution companies, and anyone who ships freight. The benefits go way beyond lowering the cost of shipping freight by helping to reduce costs throughout the entire transportation process. Transportation Management Systems help companies move freight from origin to destination efficiently, reliably, and cost effectively. A TMS serves […]

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BlueGrace Annual Football Kickoff Event

  BlueGrace Tampa “Who’s ready for some football??” The answer to that question is BlueGrace Logistics. The countdown for the next season begins immediately after the SuperBowl, and we’ve waited 6 long months to begin talking smack to each other each week. There’s a buzz in the air throughout the office as the season kickoff […]

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Electronic Logging Devices:  Making time more valuable

There has been much speculation on the upcoming electronic logging device (ELD) mandate that is to be implemented in December 2017.  The discussion often heard is not about the benefit to safety even though that was how it was sold to Congress.  The American Trucking Association (ATA) lobbied the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) […]

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The Busiest Time for Logistics – Holiday Season

Holiday Logistics Ramp-Up The busiest time of year for retail sales will soon be upon us. Logistics during the holiday season requires a significant amount of planning. If shippers are not currently prepared, they may already be too late. Product inventories are being increased as early as August of each year in preparation for the coming […]

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Internet of Things: 2016 Status

The IoT has come a long way within the logistics world, making both significant headway as well as changes within the logistics industry. Eft polled 600 supply chain decision makers to see what their standpoint on the IoT was, as well as any other thoughts they might of had. Of the respondents polled, many have […]

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How Do You Cut Supply Chain Costs On Your Next Acquisition?

The size of the private equity market is huge. Assets under management have grown from just $30 billion to $4 trillion over the past two decades. In the last few years the news has been inundated with “Private Equity Firm Invests in Logistics Company” types of articles. We have all seen it before and most […]

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The Challenges of Exhibit and Trade Show Freight

Trade show freight is a very time-sensitive segment of the transportation industry. In fact, due to the extremely high standards within this niche, there are companies solely dedicated to trade shows.  Trade show freight requires narrow pickup and delivery windows, no tolerance for damage and a “get it done-no matter what” type of attitude.  Most […]

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Pursue Outrageous Goals | Core Value #3

  Bill Gates Dropped out of Harvard after two years – He founded Microsoft and is now known as the richest person on earth! He Pursued an Outrageous Goal. Elon Musk Founded his first company at the age of 23 and sold it for $300 million. He is also the co-founder of PayPal, founder of […]

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Out with the Old: Changes to the Bill of Lading

Last week saw a change to the National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) bill of lading, as a supplement was released by the National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA) which changes the terms and conditions of the Uniform Straight Bill of Lading.  According to a missive released by the Airforwarders Association, there are some rather substantial […]

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Carrier Spotlight | A. Duie Pyle

Carrier Spotlight | A. Duie Pyle A. Duie Pyle is the Northeast’s premier transportation and logistics provider, offering solutions for LTL, Truckload, Custom Dedicated and Warehousing & Distribution. Through established partnerships our service coverage extends into the Southeast, Midwest, Canada and the Caribbean. A family-owned and operated business for more than 92 years, A. Duie […]

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Backpacks of Hope – A Drive for Student Success

Back To School = $$$ As every parent with a school-age child in their home knows, the phrase “Back to School” means one thing; school supply shopping. While this can be a fun, bonding experience with your child, it can also be a stressful one. The average spend on school supplies exceeds $600 and this […]

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Can Visibility Be A Problem With 3PLs?

Dustin Snipes – Enterprise Sourcing Manager, BlueGrace Logistics  “I lose control of my transportation with a 3PL.” “I started with a 3PL and had a multitude of issues.” “I do not see the value in a 3PL partnership.” These are all quips heard when calling on potential new 3PL clients. When starting a 3PL partnership, the new customer […]

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Must Arrive By Date (MABD) Compliance and How it Affects YOU

We’ve talked about it before | Walmart Compliance Regulations Suppliers 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 non-compliant deliveries. These […]

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BlueGrace Logistics Announces $255 Million Investment from Warburg Pincus

BlueGrace Logistics Announces $255 Million Investment from Warburg Pincus Riverview, FL – August 9, 2016 – BlueGrace Logistics (“BlueGrace” or “the Company”), a private third-party logistics (3PL) provider based in Tampa, Florida, announced today that funds affiliated with Warburg Pincus, a leading global private equity firm focused on growth investing, have agreed to make a […]

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The Uncertain Road to Autonomous Trucks

If you spend any time reading technology related content, you’d think that we’re ready to see flying cars in a few months.  The talk of autonomous vehicles dominates the automotive sector and most recently the trucking industry.  Trucking companies have been wanting this technology for years, but didn’t know it.  They’ve complained about rising labor […]

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BlueGrace Provides Logistics for Minnesota Tourism Campaign

  Minnesota Tourism Thinking “inside” the Box BlueGrace Logistics has been trusted to provide freight and logistics services for cultural and arts exhibits many times before and the recent campaign of “Minnesota in a Box”; an initiative set up through the state’s tourism department, was probably the most exciting for the truckload division at BlueGrace. All […]

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Top 10 Blogs by BlueGrace Logistics this Summer

It’s been a busy summer of blogging about logistics. Here is a recap of our top 10 blogs that were viewed and shared in the last few months! We hope you enjoy them, again! 10. Why Auto Industry Growth Increases Logistics Technology Requirements 9. Are You Putting All Your Transportation Eggs in One Basket 8. How To Determine […]

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A Modern Day Shipper Needs to Partner with a Progressive 3PL

Technology Demands and the Freight and Logistics Industry Quantum leaps in technology have brought our world more change since the first days of the internet. Technology is all around us, in our hands, in our cars, in our homes and we have the ability to communicate with someone or search for something within seconds by a device […]

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Carrier Spotlight | Estes

With “On-Time, As Promised” delivery and over 85 years of regional experience, it is a no surprise that Estes is one of the core carriers that BlueGrace Logistics works with. Combined with strategically placed terminals and a national network, Estes provides its shippers with extensive coverage, a modern and well-maintained fleet, cutting-edge technology, an extremely low […]

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How Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) Are Going To Affect Consumer Goods Manufacturers

    According to a new survey of 257 carriers and owner-operators by DAT Solutions, most drivers spend three to four hours waiting to get loaded or unloaded.  54% of the carriers surveyed stated that they wait between three to five hours every time they arrive at a shipper’s dock.  A whopping 9% said that […]

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