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BlueGrace Logistics News Room

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


 

How To Determine LTL Freight Classes & Avoid Reclass Fees

Written By: Steve Daniels, Account Executive at BlueGrace Logistics – 855.878.2556 One of the most common complaints our LTL Account Executives hear is that our competitors repeatedly send them invoices for shipments that are double the amount of their original LTL freight quotes. When we start doing deeper research into their invoices through our free cost analysis we often find […]

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Sportsfest 2016 Wrap Up and Video Update

Congratulations to all BlueGrace Employees who attended and competed in SportsFest 2016. With over 208 Tampa Bay companies participating, it was a great event full of team building, friendly competition and just plain fun. See you all on the beach in 2017! Checkout our team video! Do you want to join our team? BlueGrace is hiring in […]

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Shifting Winds of the US Trucking Market

As vital as the trucking industry is for the United States, handling almost 70% of the total freight that passes through the U.S., it’s facing some dark times. With increasing regulatory pressure and the CSA coming into effect, truck driver turnover is now higher than ever. With an incredibly short retention span for drivers, the […]

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A Promise Of Growth Was Made, And BlueGrace Is Delivering On That Promise!

Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BlueGrace Logistics Announces Goal to Add 200 Employees This Year Riverview, FL, April 25, 2016 – Last year BlueGrace Logistics received a special visit from Florida Governor Rick Scott on July 8th, 2015.  During this visit, we announced our pledge to add 100 jobs in the Hillsborough County/Tampa area. Since […]

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BlueGrace Will Battle Again At SportsFest 2016

Where’s one place you can catch employees and executives battling side-by-side in the sandy trenches of a beautiful Florida beach? America II Corporate SportsFest, that’s where! Once a year 200+ companies from across Tampa Bay compete at the America II Corporate SportsFest for one thing: the Championship Title! This year will be BlueGrace’s 5th year competing in the […]

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How Small & Medium Sized Businesses Use BlueGrace To Compete Against Larger Competitors

Written By: Steve Daniels, Account Executive at BlueGrace Logistics – 855.878.2556 In previous posts we’ve discussed the 7 questions transportation  departments should ask before entering into a long term commitment with a logistics company, and also discussed how BlueGrace can optimize your transportation in just 6 weeks.  While our Enterprise Team focuses on providing customized solutions for companies with freight […]

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Tampa Bay Lightning Are Going To The Playoffs with BlueGrace!

The employees at BlueGrace could not be more proud to be the Preferred Shipping Partner of The Tampa Bay Lightning as the team goes to the 2016 NHL Playoffs! The first game begins on Wednesday, April 13th. An Amazing First Season As An Official Partner, We Could Not Ask For More! BlueGrace entered into a 3 year commitment to […]

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BlueGrace Logistics Named A Top Workplace in Tampa Bay

BlueGrace Logistics Named one of Top Workplaces in Tampa Bay BlueGrace Logistics was recently named one of Tampa Bay’s Top Workplaces 2016 by the Tampa Bay Times. BlueGrace’s employees nominated us and were surveyed about several topics including work environment, practices, and policies that make our company a top place to work. This is the second time […]

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The Top 7 Questions You Should Ask About Your Freight

Businesses that utilize freight are often making tactical, short term, economical decisions in their transportation department. Making short term decisions can be good temporarily but may be detrimental to the department they are supposed to serve. True growth can only be achieved by making strategic, long term decisions with good business partners. All good decisions start with great questions. Your 3PL partners […]

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Is Your Supply Chain Ready For Produce Season?

Written By: Steve Daniels, Account Executive at BlueGrace Logistics We’re one day away from April, and 2016’s produce season is almost here. Truckload shipping rates are already on the rise and capacity is increasingly getting tighter. The reason behind these trends is simple economics; specifically you can blame supply and demand. During produce season there is […]

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How To Optimize Your Transportation Program in Only 6 Weeks

Empowerment. It’s a heck of thing. The ability to make sound decisions and to enforce those decisions is what business owners and executives live for. Lately however, this empowerment can leave you feeling helpless when it comes to making changes. Minimum wage, government regulation, employee health care and retirement are just some of the issues […]

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Lillie’s Q BBQ Supports Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon With A Little Help From BlueGrace

Lillie’s Q, based out of Chicago, IL, is an award winning BBQ restaurant that also specializes in BBQ sauces sold around the world (purchase here –> http://www.lilliesq.com). Lillie’s Q also puts their charitable initiatives at the fore front of their business, and they wanted to satisfy some cravings through the Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon (http://www.adoptasoldierplatoon.org). Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon improves morale of […]

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Tampa Transforms Perry Harvey Sr. Park with the Help of BlueGrace Logistics

BlueGrace Logistics Manages Transportation Arrangement for Perry Harvey Sr. Park in Tampa When it comes to freight & logistics opportunities, BlueGrace is no stranger to being trusted to manage some interesting transportation needs. So when Reese Weathers, Account Executive at BlueGrace received the call from James Simon of The Simon Sculpture Studio in Uptown, he […]

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Happiest Company in Transportation & Logistics? That Would be BlueGrace Logistics, Again!

 BlueGrace is excited to announce that we’ve received the 2016 Best Companies to Work For: Happiest Award in Transportation & Logistics. This is BlueGrace’s second consecutive time winning this award. Check out the company profile & blog that was created by Sabrina Son with TINYpulse! BEST COMPANIES TO WORK FOR: BLUEGRACE LOGISTICS by Sabrina Son on Feb 8, 2016 8:00:00 […]

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When The Interests Of The Purchasing Manager & Transportation Manager Are Not Aligned

In business today there are plenty of  “Managers.” In transportation we often cross paths with both the Purchasing Manager and the Transportation Manager. In organizations where they both exist, they can typically be at odds not even realize it. The Purchasing Manager is concerned with buying better (i.e. lower) costs in all areas of the business while […]

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How The CFO Can Be A Change Agent In The Supply Chain

“Cash is King.” This phrase is often associated with the CFO of any organization. Balancing the general ledger and finding ways for organizations to reduce costs directly and indirectly are daily activities for the CFO. The supply chain and transportation departments are usually left to handle their own, so long as that portion of the balance sheet and […]

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Why A Single Source 3PL/Freight Bill Audit & Payer Benefits Your Supply Chain

Have you ever gone out to eat, paid your bill, and later looked at your credit card or bank statement and thought to yourself “I thought I paid less than this?” It can happen any time and is completely normal since balancing our bank account and reviewing the charges is a part of everyday life. […]

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The New BlueGrace Cargo Insurance Program, Powered By UPS

Adding cargo insurance provides maximum protection. With minimal hassle. Get all-inclusive coverage for your cargo — in one easy step. Now, the BlueGrace® Logistics Cargo Insurance Program, brokered by UPS Capital Insurance Agency, Inc., extends transactional cargo insurance coverage to domestic LTL and air freight shipments. No matter which carrier you select. If you think […]

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Converting Logistics Complaints Into A Positive Review At BlueGrace

What are the common objections to using a 3PL? We will lose control of our carriers Why pay a middle man when we can do it ourselves? Our transportation manager will no longer be needed We have been burned in the past Objections can be viewed as complaints by both the customer and the 3PL. […]

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New Years Logistics Resolutions, Are Yours Set Up To Fail?

The big joke every year is about how people will make a New Year’s Resolution and never follow through with it. There are fixes to every problem, yet some are indeed very tough to overcome. For example, to lose weight you have to burn more calories than you consume for a very long period of […]

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BlueGrace Baltimore Celebrates The Season With Successful Adopt A Family Program

BlueGrace dedicates a significant amount of time over the holiday season working on charitable initiatives, and our Baltimore office is no exception.  The Adopt A Family Program is a program where BlueGrace employees help adopt a family in need by providing nonperishable food and a frozen turkey or canned ham for Christmas dinner, along with new gifts […]

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Your Supply Chain & The Purchasing Managers Index Drop: Why It Matters

The Purchasing Managers Index or PMI is an indicator for the status of the United States economy for the manufacturing sector. These numbers are economic indicators derived from monthly surveys of private sector companies. According to the Institute for Supply Management, the number dropped to 48.6 from 50.1 in October (anything below 50.0 suggests a decline). […]

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A Snow Machine Inside the Building? BlueGrace Recognized as World’s Coolest Offices by Inc.

‘Tis the season to be… outrageous. Inc. Features BlueGrace Logistics on their ‘World’s Coolest Offices: Holiday Spirit’ List. Amongst companies like DropBox & Jet, three-time Inc. 5000 honoree BlueGrace Logistics makes Inc.’s World’s Coolest Offices blog for the best Holiday Spirit How These 9 Hot Startups Are Getting in the Holiday Spirit | By Zoe Henry | Reporter, […]

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The BlueGrace Review: Transportation Changes And Events In 2015

At BlueGrace Logistics we like to review and acknowledge all the changes that have happened over the year. Within this review, we’ve found that it’s been another very interesting year for the transportation and supply chain industry with many big changes! Buy Out Bonanza! UPS bought Coyote Logistics Echo bought Command Transportation CH Robinson bought Freightquote.com XPO […]

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DIY Network’s Salvage Dawgs Selects BlueGrace To Handle Their Freight Growth

Reprinted from Furniture Today | Written by Clint Engel – December 8, 2015 ROANOKE, Va. — The owners of Black Dog Salvage and stars of DIY Network’s “Salvage Dawgs,” have developed a furniture line tied to their architectural salvage business. If all goes well, owners Mike Whiteside and Robert Kulp plan to use their newfound celebrity to build a […]

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How Correctly Budgeting Your Supply Chain Can Increase Your Sales In 2016

We’re pretty sure you don’t need a reminder, but 2016 is just a few days away. Businesses are focused on getting all of their transportation and supply chain budgeting ready for the New Year. This can be a big issue for customers who don’t have a managed transportation program and lack the business intelligence needed […]

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Is Your Supply Chain Ready For A Review?

“Don’t go changing to try and please me” was famously sung by Billy Joel in his 1977 song. Being in transportation sales we hear similar quips quite often: “We are all set.” “We don’t want to change” “We have had a long standing relationship with our 3PL or carrier for a long time” The role of a good sales team is […]

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Tampa Bay Lightning Announce Partnership with BlueGrace Logistics

Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE RIVERVIEW, FL – November 30, 2015 – The Tampa Bay Lightning have announced a new partnership with BlueGrace Logistics, a national freight shipping company based in Tampa. The three-year agreement names BlueGrace as “The Preferred Shipping Partner of the Tampa Bay Lightning”.   “Since Jeff Vinik purchased the franchise in […]

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What We Are Thankful For At BlueGrace

During the Thanksgiving holiday we want to take some time to reflect and recognize who we are thankful for. Our list for 2015 is: Drivers There is a huge shortage of drivers around the country and the profession is aging. Luckily the freight market is soft right now and capacity is not as tight as it […]

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BlueGrace Reviews the Best Way to Ripoff the Bandaid

Get Rid Of The Bandaid That Covers the Hole In Your Freight Program! After reviewing thousands of companies throughout the U.S. we have yet to find the perfect supply chain. Many times we find tremendous opportunities and ways for shippers to improve their bottom line while making their lives simpler. In fact some of the best […]

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Attention Businesses! The Time To Evaluate Your Supply Chain Is Today, Not In 2016

Evaluate Your LTL Pricing Options While The Market Is Down. Every indicator shows that tonnage is slipping and that inventories are being de-stocked. If your company sends out a yearly RFP in January or Spring forget about it! Do it now. It is entirely possible that you will be getting a general rate increase in January. Carriers […]

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Why Have Lower Diesel Prices Not Lowered Your Freight Costs?

As of this week diesel prices have dropped for 3 consecutive weeks with the average price per gallon being $2.49 according to the United States Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA). As of this week diesel prices have dropped for 3 consecutive weeks with the average price per gallon being $2.49 This is the […]

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A Brief Explanation Of Freight Classing For Engines

A part of BPO, business process outsourcing is the transportation of product. A manufacturer can make the best, fastest engines in the world, but then a reliable transportation partner will be needed to help get this shipment from point A to point B. There are many issues with FBAP or Freight Bill Pay and Audit when […]

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How We Saved $150,000 In Audit Costs For A Customer In One Year

Freight Bill Audit & Payment (FBAP) is a Standard, Value Added Service for all BlueGrace Logistics customers. The same cannot be said of other 3PLs which typically offer the service for a fee. Why is FBAP important for our customers? According to members of the BlueGrace audit team only 8 of every ten carriers freight bills […]

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Helpful Tips To Avoid Freight Nightmares This Holiday Season

The holiday season is meant to be a time of sharing joy amongst your family and friends, but to those of us in the logistics industry we know the holiday season can be one of the most stressful times of year due to higher freight rates, reduced availability of carriers and the potential for severe […]

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BlueGrace Logistics Donates 52,000 Pounds Of Pet Food To The Humane Society Of Tampa Bay

The “Cats Vs. Dogs” Drive Competition Sets Another Record in 2015 TAMPA, FL, Oct. 15, 2015  BlueGrace Logistics’ annual “Cats vs. Dogs” Pet Food Drive Competition benefiting the Humane Society of Tampa Bay came to a close on Friday, October 9th and another record was broken. BlueGrace collected 52,000 pounds of pet food – 8,000 pounds more […]

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At BlueGrace, We Review Customer Complaints So We Can Build Relationships

Customer Support Definition: Range of services provided to assist customers in making cost effective and correct use of a product. It includes assistance in planning, installation, training, troubleshooting, maintenance, and upgrading of the product. – From BusinessDictionary.com Customer support needs to be at the forefront of all businesses. BlueGrace Logistics uses a integrated approach to make sure that customer support is the core of our business and produces positive reviews that […]

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BlueGrace Logistics Is The Preferred Shipping Partner of the Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning have announced a partnership with BlueGrace Logistics, a national freight shipping company based in Tampa. The three-year agreement names BlueGrace as “The Preferred Shipping Partner of the Tampa Bay Lightning”. “It’s a natural fit for us to partner with a world-class organization like the Tampa Bay Lightning,” said Bobby Harris, CEO […]

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The Future of the Highway Steering Towards Platooning

Volvo is leading the way for advancements in connectivity in the United States. Goran Nyberg, President of Volvo, states connectivity is “changing the industry and the way we work and the way we communicate.” “Platooning” is the term applied to a convoy of trucks electronically linked to a lead truck with an active driver. Testing in […]

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How is your 3PL delivering on their proposed solutions?

“If you sell on price, you lose on price.” Is typically a line that is used inside the walls of BlueGrace. Price is a very important factor in transportation in this trillion dollar industry where there is billions of dollars of waste. Inefficient supply chain consultation, technology, and pricing keeps companies from not growing as […]

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El Nino and the impact on US Transportation

El Nino will have a major effect on US ground transportation and it looks to be a positive one. Temperatures are forecast to be warmer in the Midwest and Northeast. These regions have been absolutely rocked the past two Winters by Winter snow storms lasting into March. Chicago is largely considered to be the freight […]

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XPO Logistics to Acquire Con-way

On September 9th, in a $3 billion dollar transaction, XPO Logistics, Inc. and Con-way Inc. announced a definitive agreement for XPO Logistics to acquire Con-way. Enhancing XPO’s range of supply chain solutions and becoming the second largest less-than-truckload (LTL) provider in North America, the transaction will also expand the company’s global contract logistics platform. XPO […]

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5th Annual Cats vs. Dogs Contest

BlueGrace Logistics holds Fifth Annual Cats vs. Dogs Pet Food Drive Benefiting the Humane Society of Tampa Bay RIVERVIEW, Fla. – September 10, 2015: Each year BlueGrace holds their official “Cats vs. Dogs” contest amongst its employees. The contest is a pet food drive in which the women compete against the men to collect the […]

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How fuel scale surcharge effects transportation cost.

“It drops like a feather, and rises like a rocket”… People have said this for a long time in relation to fuel costs. Fuel surcharge has both a good and bad impact on the economy. Of course increased fuel costs decrease personal purchasing power. Though, when fuel costs drop, top line revenue for transportation companies […]

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Business Boondoggle: Multiple Business Units with Unaligned Transportation Strategy.

Businesses with multiple units employing different processes for the same task are NOT running lean or effective. It’s easy to get this way. Start-ups enjoy rapid success. Acquisitions are made. Technology is rapidly evolving. The skill set of the workforce changes. The result of which is that you end up using multiple systems, processes and […]

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“Keep the main thing, the main thing”

  BlueGrace Logistics CEO Bobby Harris is fond of saying “Keep the main thing, the main thing. BlueGrace employees embody, promote, live and breathe the Core Values. The most important core value of the employees themselves? #2 Be Caring of Others. It’s the people at BlueGrace that make it a great place to work. It’s […]

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Is Looming Dimensional Freight Pricing as scary as it seems?

Is Looming Dimensional Pricing as scary as it seems?   The simple answer is no, it’s not. More and more carriers are moving away from NMFC codes and the NMFTA classing system all together. It started with Central Transport and has now moved to carriers like Shift Freight, UPS, Fedex, and YRC. These carriers have […]

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Con-way Freight’s New President

In June, Con-way Inc. announced Joe Dagnese as the new president of Con-way Freight, succeeding W. Gregory Lehmkuhl. A 32 year veteran of the transportation and logistics industry, Dagnese served as the president of Con-way Truckload prior to this role, getting his start at Con-way in 1995 when he joined Menlo Logistics.

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What are you wasting by not auditing your freight invoices?

At BlueGrace we make it our business to audit every invoice before it gets billed. To maximize the value our services provide, we research all invoice discrepancies and identify as either customer, carrier, or internal error. If it is determined that the carrier has billed us in error, we dispute directly with them and a […]

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National Dog Day 2015

Happy National Dog Day An Announcement Regarding BG Cats v. Dogs Every year BlueGrace Logistics holds a Cats. vs. Dogs pet food donation rally. It is girls vs. guys and all in good fun. The real winners at the end is the animals. Last year as a company we donated over 44k pounds of pet […]

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Panama Canal Expansion

In June, The Panama Canal Authority announced testing of the first gates on the Atlantic Ocean side of the waterway. Extending over four months, this step brings the Panama Canal expansion project to 90% completion. “This event highlights the magnitude of what we have been working on for the past seven years,” said canal administrator Jorge […]

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Best Employee Pictures from the Week!

Here are a few of our employee’s best photos from the past week. On Twitter @DaveI_BG On Twitter @KrystalWatts_BG On Twitter @Brehmer_BG On Twitter @CSupple_BG On Twitter DSnipesNole_BG Please share your best photos of the week with us @MyBlueGrace

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Natural Gas Heavy Duty Trucking Fleet Could Benefit US Economy

Q1 2015, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) voted to favor market-share rather than defend prices; the subsequent fall in oil prices has prompted a drop in drilling activity in the United States and layoffs in the oil and gas sector. Shale gas, a natural gas found trapped within shale formations, is an increasingly important source of […]

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New Transportation Bill and the Nation’s Infrastructure

On July 30, a day before the Highway Trust Fund was set to expire, Congress passed a three month extension of funding for highway programs and a six year highway policy for trucking regulation reformation. “This multi-year, bi-partisan legislation will give states and local governments the ability to plan for and construct critical infrastructure projects,” […]

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Carrier Mergers and Acquisitions

M&A continues to drive consolidation in the asset-light and non-asset logistics space. Companies are finding it’s easier to buy than build in current economy. SAIA announced purchase of LinkEx, an asset-light logistics company based in Dallas ABF Logistics acquired Smart Lines Transportation Group, and OK based TL brokerage firm, specializing in food, energy, industrial sectors […]

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Introducing MatrixIQ in BlueShip

BlueGrace Logistics has announced the launch of MatrixIQ and SkyView, proprietary features within BlueGrace’s BlueShip software. MatrixIQ is game changing software that enables automated pricing strategy logic that dynamically adjusts pricing triggers in reaction to customer tendencies. The end result creates optimum pricing options. “The agility of the software combined with systemized logic is what […]

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What are your S.M.A.R.T 2016 Goals?

Here at BlueGrace we are asking our franchisees and direct employees to start thinking about their 2016 goals. This is our take on what S.M.A.R.T. goals are: S= Shared. Tell your friends, family, and co-workers about your goals. You need support and accountability. M= Measured. Measured these can be measured somehow. Typically by $, #, […]

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BlueGrace Logistics Places #2775 in the 2015 Inc. 5000!

BlueGrace Logistics has one again placed in the Inc. 5000 List of America’s fastest growing companies. This year BlueGrace came in at #2275 after placing #2274 in 2014, and #20 in 2012. We could not do this without our customers, franchisees, partner groups, employees, friends, and family. Our #3 core value is “Pursue Outrageous Goals” […]

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Must Arrive By Delivery Date Dilemma: A BG Case Study

SCENARIO: Tremendous growth leads to challenges related to the distribution of this rapidly expanding health and beauty products distributor. With much of their business moving toward “big box” retailers, the need for carrier management would be required to fulfill the commitments made to their clients. The true cost of doing business seemed more complex than […]

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BlueGrace TL: Domestic Truckload Shipping is About to Get an Injection of Demand

It’s true, over the next few years you will start to see a major increase in domestic shipping, especially via truckload. Walmart, a huge contributor to the transportation market, has recently released a statement saying that they will be increasing their spend on domestic products to $250 billion over the next few years. Early demand […]

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At BlueGrace We Review All Complaints As Opportunities

When our customer support team encounters a customer complaint, we listen. Our customers have many options for their freight needs that are often unfulfilled and lead to errors. How do you review the negative complaint and convert it to a positive experience for both the customer and even the BlueGrace employee? Customer support issues in the […]

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Truck Safety Act Would Require Actual Per-Hour Pay for Drivers

  A bill introduced by New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, called the Truck Safety Act, seeks to overhaul the trucking industry. A statement from Booker’s office says the act, “seeks to modernize truck safety standards on our nation’s roadways.” “Truck drivers work extremely long days to deliver the goods we depend on and keep our economy […]

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FOTM June // Pete Foradas // BlueGrace 809 Columbus Central

Name: Peter Foradas Franchise owned: 809 | BlueGrace Logistics Columbus Central How long have you owned a franchise? For 2 years Why Pete? Pete is only the second franchise to ever win twice. Way to go Pete!   Pete has consistently been growing his numbers over the last month. With this growth, he is currently in […]

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BlueGrace Logistics Tops the List of Tampa Bay Minority-owned Businesses

BlueGrace Logistics Tops the List of Tampa Bay Minority-owned Businesses Ranked by Revenue 2014 Locally Researched by: Chris Erickson, Tampa Bay Business Journal   See the full article here: http://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/subscriber-only/2015/05/22/minority-owned-businesses.html

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What Is Your Freight Metric?

Did that title grab you at all? Here at BlueGrace Logistics, we have been running across more and more companies / prospects that do not have a true freight metric other than “best cost”. There are other key freight metrics that make it easy to find out if you are actually keeping your cost down […]

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BlueGrace Aids in Logistics of Abandoned Golden Retrievers From Turkey

Early Sunday morning, 15 more Golden Retrievers arrived at Hartsfield International Airport in Atlanta, GA. The shipment of retrievers arrived via the rescue group Adopt A Golden Atlanta, from Istanbul, Turkey. BlueGrace Logistics worked closely with Adopt a Golden Atlanta to ship the dogs to the United States. Gail Rizzo, Enterprise Support Representative from BlueGrace […]

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FOTM February // Chris Kandel & Mike Welton // BlueGrace Albany

BlueGrace Albany, led by franchise owners Chris Kandel and Mike Welton  has been named Franchise of the Month for February 2015. The team  joined the BlueGrace Franchise Network in January 2014. The franchise recently hired a new Sales Account Executive and are currently seeking another operations position. BlueGrace Albany spent their first year learning and adopting the BlueGrace brand, […]

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Tampa Bay’s Happiest Company holds 5th Annual Team Building Event at Bay Area’s 2015 Corporate Sportsfest This Spring

BlueGrace Logistics will be participating at the annual Corporate Sportsfest on April 25th, 2015 at the Sirata Beach Resort on St. Pete Beach. The event will serve as the company’s official 5th Annual team building event playing in the active role in the company’s corporate culture initiatives. BlueGrace sees record number of participation each year. […]

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BlueGrace Adds Ken Burroughs To Company’s Board of Directors

BlueGrace Logistics (www.mybluegrace.com) will bolster its strength and experience by adding industry veteran, Ken Burroughs, to its Board of Directors on March 2nd, 2015.  Burroughs has over 40 years experience in the transportation and supply chain industry, including 19 years with UPS Freight. Burroughs’ extensive industry background includes positions in sales, operations, finance, customer service, […]

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BlueGrace Is A Gold Sponsor For The 10th Annual Race Against Cancer

BlueGrace Logistics is the Gold Sponsor of the 10th Annual Miles for Moffitt race on Saturday, May 9 to be held at the University of South Florida. The company has donated $10,000 as part of their sponsorship and has aggressive goals to raise even more money through fundraising efforts. BlueGrace has created a team to […]

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FOTM January // Erik Bouvin & Eric Raterkus // BlueGrace San Diego Central

BlueGrace San Diego Central, led by franchise owners Erik Bouvin and Eric Raterkus has been named Franchise of the Month for January 2015. San Diego Central joined the BlueGrace Franchise Network in 2011. The franchise recently hired a new Account Executive and will soon be hiring a position for freight desk services. San Diego Central […]

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A Simple BlueGrace Guide To Avoiding Freight Scams & Ripoffs

Reports and Metrics are very common to larger customers in the freight industry, but not always so with smaller customers. Smaller to medium sized businesses typically tell their sales people, customer service, or transportation manager to “get the best cost possible.” By opting for the least cost option every time, the smaller businesses tend to […]

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Q&A: Bobby Harris, President and CEO BlueGrace Logistics

LM Group News Editor Jeff Berman recently conducted a wide-ranging interview with Bobby Harris, President and CEO of non asset-based 3PL BlueGrace Logistics about various aspects of the freight transportation market. A transcript of the conversation is below. Logistics Management (LM): The driver shortage continues to be a big story. Many industry stakeholders have stated […]

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Should You Analyze Your Freight Spend?

By: Dustin Snipes, Senior Sales Manager It’s 2015. It’s a new year. Rate increases have just been applied and sent down the pipe, while fuel prices are decreasing. Have you gone to your shipping coordinator, office manager, transportation manager, logistics coordinator or whatever position you call the person that handles your less than truckload and […]

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#BGEats // Restaurant Reviews

JENNIFER LOUIS // ACCOUNT MANAGER BLUEGRACE LOGISTICS (HQ SATELLITE OFFICE – CHICAGO) Restaurant Name // Ruth’s Chris Steak House Location // 431 N Dearborn St, Chicago IL 60654 Favorite drink // Broad Street Hurricane Favorite entrée // Filet with Fresh Asparagus STARS (out of 5) // 5 stars all the way!! “You may end up eating […]

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BlueGrace promotes Belcher to CIO

RIVERVIEW — BlueGrace Logistics has promoted Justin Belcher to chief information officer, putting him in charge of all information technology aspects at the Riverview-based freight and logistics company. Belcher joined BlueGrace in 2009, leading many of the company’s IT initiatives through its 56 locations. In his new role, Belcher will continue that work, according to a […]

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Welcome BlueGrace Franchise Owners!

January 2015   November 2014 “The opportunity to partner with a business such as BlueGrace Logistics has been nothing but wonderful.  I am excited for what the future will hold and having the ability to learn from the best in the business.  During my first year I hope to begin building a positive environment for […]

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Franchise of the Month – Q4 2014

  BlueGrace would like to recognize the Q4 2014 Franchisees of the Month. Below are the 3 top performing franchisees of the quarter. “We are so happy about where our success has led us this year. We could not be more excited about closing out the year and being honored with the Franchise of the Month award” – Tim […]

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SMALL TALK: What’s Going on at BG?!

Here are some tid-bits of information from BG Team Members!   “The carrier and pricing  teams are now participating in the development of resourceful material for our prospects and customers. I’m very excited to be a part of our team’s collective voice.” – Ragan Green           “Right now, I’m really passionate […]

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The BG Hashtag Challenge

REVAMPING THE SOCIAL MEDIA ENGAGEMENT IN 2015 – The PowerTweeter Game Just Got Real. 43% of businesses permit all of their employees to access social media sites at work, according to a recent survey conducted by Proskauer.  It’s pretty crazy to think that the majority of businesses still believe that employees should be banned from […]

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Spotlights

Meet some of BG’s finest each month in “Spotlights.” Get to know the people who drive success through the various departments that make “BlueGrace” so awesome. NICKY TORRES // CARRIER SALES // CHICAGO WITH BG SINCE: 2014 WHAT HE DOES: Develop relationships with Carriers Book trucks for Chicago Reps and Enterprise Clients Voice of BG […]

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Bringing The Vivid Vision To Life

Launched in 2014, the Vivid Vision is our roadmap to success through 2017 as a leading freight shipping company. Each member of BlueGrace plays a critical role in the development of our company. Don’t do tomorrow what you can do today…Bringing The Vivid Vision To Life starts now. Finding your way in an organization can […]

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Despite rising rates, lower fuel costs curb LTL yield increases

By Andreas Katsaros, VP Pricing & Procurement  Despite rising rates, lower fuel costs curb LTL yield increases Higher transportation rates are driving year-over-year yield increases for Q3 2014. Many Top Carriers are revising their pricing strategies to focus on improving their bottom lines. Tightening capacity will contribute to LTL Carrier Public GRIs this month- YRC @ […]

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The Case for 33 ft. Trailers

By Andreas Katsaros, VP Pricing & Procurement  Discussion of twin trailer travel improvement is a hot topic in Congress. The adoption of 33 ft. trailers could help ease the driver shortage and keep more trucks off the road. Backed on Capitol Hill by several names in the industry, the concept is fewer trailers will be needed for […]

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How A Company That Hauls Your Stuff Has Happy Employees

Congratulations to BlueGrace Logistics, the winner of the 2015 TINYpulse Happiest Company Award and Employee Recognition Award for the Transportation & Logistics industry! With both the highest employee happiness scores and the highest rate of peer-to-peer recognition in their industry, it’s safe to say that BlueGrace Logistics knows about employee engagement. President & CEO Bobby […]

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Biggest Complaint in the Freight Industry

One of the biggest complaints in the freight industry is a company that over promises and under delivers. We hear this from new BlueGrace customers as the reason they are leaving their current 3PL. Of course they want to make sure that working with BlueGrace Logistics will not lead them to the same complaints. The old adage is something […]

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A Message from one of our franchisees, BlueGrace Jacksonville!

  Jeff Lavallee and his staff at BlueGrace Jacksonville wishes you a Merry Christmas!

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Why These Two Best Friends Opened a Franchise Together at Age 28 – Entrepreneur

Randy Vlasic and Alex Veinot have been best friends since high school. After college, the pair ended up working together as sales executives for the same company. However, the duo longed to open their own business. Here is how they decided that BlueGrace Logistics was the perfect vehicle for their entrepreneurial drive. Name: Randy Vlasic […]

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Does Corporate Culture Matter At B2B Companies? (Or Just At Zappos And Starbucks?) – Forbes

When you think about great corporate cultures, your mind likely jumps to, you know, all the brands that corporate culture consultants, speakers and thought leaders tend to focus on: Zappos. Starbucks. The Container Store. Southwest Airlines. Generally companies with great B2C (retail) customer service or at least, like Pixar, high consumer visibility. But company culture […]

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My Franchise Is Like My Second Child – Entrepreneur

As the youngest franchise owner in the BlueGrace Logistics franchise system, Dusty King says his job is similar to raising his three year old daughter. Why? He loves and invests time in both, and believes that both will grow into “honest contributors to society.” Here’s what King has learned as a franchisee and father. Name: […]

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Franchise of the Month – December

  BlueGrace Williamsburg, led by franchise owners Tim Salavejus and Becky Puterbaugh Salavejus is December 2014 Franchise of the Month. Tim and Becky have been with the BlueGrace network since 2011. This year they have focused on hiring more sales and customer service representatives to help grow their business, along with a sales manager to over […]

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My #BGExperience with Erik Tedesco // Account Executive

In January I will have been with BG for 3 years. So far it has been an awesome and crazy ride. I couldn’t be happier  to be a part of such an amazing group of people all contributing to the rapid growth, innovative changes, and incredible culture. I was fresh out of college and new […]

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Holiday Shipping: Feedback From BG Experts

Everyone should be preparing for weather conditions, delays and other instances during the holidays that make it a stressful time for customers. We asked a few BlueGrace experts to chime in and provide valuable insight on the subject: Mike Zaruba // International Support Lead Holidays are always difficult to work around in our industry.  We lose valuable […]

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7.7 – The Road To Victory

Check out what employees have to say about BlueGrace’s biggest contest of the year!     TIM LARA // ENTERPRISE TRUCKLOAD COORDINATOR “At first it’s about the money, you see that $1000 and start thinking of the ways you could spend it. Once crunch time hits it starts becoming more and more about everyone else, more […]

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Restaurant Reviews: #BGEats

Cappy’s (www.cappyspizzaonline.com) 6260 Winthrop Market Street, Riverview, FL 33578 (813) 662.4811 Rated: ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆ By: Jill Cox, Credit & Billing Manager Cappy’s is the best pizza on the planet by far and that is NO JOKE. We go to the Bran-don location in the Winthrop Town Center which is super cozy and the staff is excellent. They have […]

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Q&A with Becky Puterbaugh, Franchise Owner of BlueGrace Williamsburg

This month our featured franchise Q&A is with Becky Puterbaugh, Franchise Owner of BlueGrace Williamsburg.  Q: How you have helped other women? We are an equal opportunity employer with 50% of our team members being women. We rec-ognize the value and special skills strong women bring to our fran-chise. Work-Life balance is a key pillar to the […]

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eBay to Split From PayPal After 12 Years

eBay acquired PayPal 12 years ago and now the official split is set to occur next year. The companies will trade as two entirely separate companies and PayPal will focus on separating data so other companies will feel comfortable using them again. The companies have been doing a lot of explaining since eBay’s CEO, John […]

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Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) announces low-sulfur fuel surcharges

Starting January 1st, 2015 the low-sulfur surcharge on containerized cargo from Asia to the U.S. will increase by more than 3 times the current amount. According to the TSA, shippers can expect low-sulfur surcharges of $67 for cargo moving from Asia to the East Coast of the U.S. and $53 to the West Coast, the […]

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What Up Franchise Owners? By: Alex Veinot, Owner of BlueGrace ORD

This month we are featuring a guest spot from Alex Veinot of BlueGrace ORD. His franchise was recognized as Vendor of the Year, so we wanted him to share the experience in his own words! BlueGrace – ORD was chosen as vendor of the year for Mallory Alexander because and I quote “We demonstrate exemplary […]

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FRANCHISE OF THE MONTH – NOVEMBER

BlueGrace Fair Oaks, led by franchise owner Sharon McWilliams is November 2014 Franchise of the Month. Sharon has been a part of the BlueGrace franchise network since 2011. In the last 3 months since returning from our Double Up Conference Sharon has strongly focused on increasing her sales numbers. Her success has brought her to […]

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