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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.


 

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

  Quick, Fast and In a Hurry With the holidays quickly approaching, you can bet that manufacturers will be paying 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 […]

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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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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 article […]

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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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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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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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The High Tech and Electronics Supply Chain – Maturing and Innovating

What is the product lifecycle of high tech products and electronics? The lifecycle can be debated based on the type of electronic product, but overall the lifecycle is becoming increasingly shorter and that’s one of the unique supply chain concerns that high tech and electronics companies face. Did you know that for many electronic devices, an estimated […]

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When Fitness Equipment Sales Move Online, Freight Becomes A Priority

Anything can be purchased online. E-commerce and third party dealer websites such as Amazon can ship you a pair of running shoes, a squat rack and your protein shakes. What does this mean for brick and mortar stores? Less Than Truckload (LTL) carriers and Parcel providers are seeing an increase in operational stress as fitness equipment manufacturers […]

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Why Auto Industry Growth Increases Logistics Technology Requirements

In 2015 the US automotive industry witnessed a record 5.7% increase in sales over 2014 to 17,402,659 light-vehicles according to the Automotive News Data Center. The good news continued with Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s annual industry outlook, in which it expects annual sales to top 20 million vehicles by 2018. According to Merrill Lynch, […]

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Be Caring of Others

 Core Value #2. Be Caring of Others – Mean People Suck, and They Don’t Work Here. Empathy:  the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner. […]

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BlueGrace Logistics Purchases Franchise in Richmond, Virginia

BlueGrace Logistics Corporate Buy-Back Program Acquires Richmond Franchise Mergers and acquisitions continue to be a hot topic in the third party logistics industry. BlueGrace Logistics, a private, non-asset based 3PL in Tampa, is no exception as they have recently repurchased a numerous amount of their franchises through a corporate buy-back program. Alongside these acquisitions, BlueGrace […]

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Carrier Spotlight | YRC Freight

Carrier Spotlight – YRC Freight When a small business partners with BlueGrace Logistics, they automatically have access to BlueShip, one of the industry’s premier transportation management systems (TMS). BlueShip allows customers to quote a shipment, print Bill of Ladings (BOL), price out different carriers and much more. Among the list of carriers that BlueGrace works with is, […]

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Free Your Freight with BlueGrace Logistics

Free Your Freight Do you have a dedicated Transportation Manager? Does this person spend a large amount of their day on the phone shopping for the best carrier for your shipment? What would you say if we told you that BlueGrace Logistics could give you and your transportation manager more freedom? The Freedom to grow […]

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Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Pains and Gains

Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Pains and Gains According to the 2015 CMR Pharmaceutical R&D Factbook, 2014 global pharmaceutical sales surpassed $1 trillion and are expected to increase to $1.3 trillion by 2018. The US pharmaceutical market is among the largest such markets estimated at $395.2 billion in 2014 by research firm, Global Data. The company forecasts […]

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BlueGrace Continues Advancement with Key Franchise Acquisition

Tampa 3PL on Track to Huge Growth with Purchase of BlueGrace ORD BlueGrace Logistics continues to drive to the top of the Third Party Logistics (3PL) industry with yet another purchase of a prominent franchise in Chicago, Illinois. The growth capabilities within the logistics, freight and shipping market is unprecedented and BlueGrace Logistics will continue […]

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Carrier Spotlight | Southeastern Freight Lines

Trust Your Freight with Southeastern Freight Lines BlueGrace Logistics works with a long list of carriers to help businesses move their freight across the country, so in a series of blog posts we want to shed light on a few of our core carriers and explain the benefits that our shippers receive when they do business with […]

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Beauty & Fitness Product Retailers Face Tighter Supplier Compliance Mandates

Peak season is now upon us as retailers and other businesses alike prepare for the back-to-school rush as well as the holiday season. For the beauty and fitness products retail categories, there’s no holding back. Market research firm, IBIS World, estimates the US cosmetic & beauty products manufacturing group is valued at about $48.2 billion […]

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BlueGrace Logistics is Busting Through the Walls

BlueGrace Logistics is literally busting through walls as they continue to experience extreme growth with new hires and acquistions. What was once a small space that housed 24 employees, is now a buzzing 29,000 square foot office space that is home to a whopping 262 employees; and that number is steadily increasing on a weekly basis. BlueGrace is growing […]

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Are you Putting all of Your Transportation Eggs in One Basket?

The idiom of “putting all of your eggs in one basket” is used very loosely in today’s society. It was originally coined to talk about investments and meant that you should diversify your portfolio when investing in stocks, bonds, 401k etc. Unless you are very proficient at stocks and are spending a vast majority of your […]

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Join BlueGrace Lakeland at the 2016 Tool Dealer Expo | June 22-25

The Largest Automotive Tool Show In The USA The largest automotive tool show in the USA, Tool Dealer Expo, takes place in Orlando, FL starting today. Presented by the nation’s largest independent automotive tool & equipment specialists, serving wholesalers and distributors throughout North America and the United Kingdom, Integrated Supply Network (ISN). The show provides the ultimate […]

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What To Do With All The Supply Chain Data?

Fuel costs, supply chain partners’ performance, sales revenues, network optimization and more. Today’s supply chains are busier than ever before.  Supply chains have also become more complex due to globalization and the Internet. Companies have more products, more locations, more channels, and more markets as a part of the mix. This creates a lot of […]

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BlueGrace National Footprint Expands to Boston with Purchase of G-Force Shipping

Tampa 3PL Continues Momentum with Job Creation and Acquisitions Large acquisitions are dominating the 3PL industry and BlueGrace Logistics is no stranger to progress. Over the last year, BlueGrace Logistics, a privately owned, non-asset based third party logistics provider (3PL), has gained momentum with franchise acquisitions, job creation and most recently purchasing, G-Force Shipping out […]

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Carrier Spotlight | FedEx

Take your business far with FedEx Freight Priority & FedEx Freight Economy BlueGrace Logistics partners with a long list of carriers to help businesses move their freight across the country, so we wanted to take some time to shed light on one of our core carriers and explain the benefits that our shippers receive when they do […]

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Vendor Compliance: Are you Retail Ready?

  Maximize your Transportation Efficiency to Retail Stores and Distribution Centers this Holiday Season Huge retailers have very strict rules when it comes to receiving products by a certain date to restock their shelves. If a manufacturer or distributor is not getting their product to the retailer by the (MABD) or Must Arrive By Date, the […]

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What are some rules of thumb when shipping LTL freight?

  Regarding the media, it’s hard to tell exactly where the world stands on a position. There are always two or more sides to the story, and it seems the freight industry isn’t any different. Transportation execs tout words like “recession” owing to dismal growth and plummeting freight volumes while millions of dollars are being […]

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International Shipping Part II: Are You Ready to Comply with the VGM?

In part one, we looked at some of the complexities of international shipping, and why working with a logistics partner is vital to helping navigate the pitfalls of shipping cargo internationally. The most recent issue that is causing headaches for the industry, is The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) critical amendment to their Safety of Life […]

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Be Passionate About Excellence

Core Values. The core values of an organization are the values we hold, which form the foundation on which we perform, work and conduct ourselves. In an “always changing” kind of world, the core values at BlueGrace Logistics remain the same. They clarify who we are as an organization and the kind of people we want […]

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Capacity Crunch Imminent As Roadcheck Inspection Spree Begins

Written By: Steve Daniels, Account Executive at BlueGrace Logistics – 855.878.2556 The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance had announced that its annual 72 hour roadcheck inspection spree will begin Tuesday June 7th and run through Thursday June 9th. Each year the spree generates over 70,000 inspections of over the road drivers and their vehicles. The operation is […]

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Why international logistics work best with a partner? Part I

There’s a world of difference when looking at shipping domestically, versus looking at shipping internationally. Even the domestic truckload and less than truckload market can be complex and volatile, throw in the rigors of trying to move goods to another country and there’s a whole extra list of complications. Just spend 5 minutes trying to […]

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Do You Have Access To Your Supply Chain Data In SAP?

Are CIO’s, CFO’s and executive suite getting the supply chain business intelligence and data they need? If not there is a way to get that much needed data and even cut costs in the process with a 3PL (Third Party Logistics) integration with SAP. BlueGrace Logistics recently visited SAP Sapphire 2016 and spoke with many […]

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BlueShip and Small Business

Buying Power. Huge corporations have it and small businesses yearn for it. Big names like Target, Publix, and Wal-Mart all have the ability to negotiate pricing for shipping freight. They literally have the power to say, I want to pay this, for that, to ship there, because of their size. A small business doesn’t have […]

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BlueGrace Logistics is On Top Again

TBBJ – Lists BlueGrace as the Top Minority-Owned Business for 2nd year in a row. BlueGrace Logistics has retained its top spot on the List of Tampa Bay area minority-owned businesses. The company reported a 2015 revenue of $168.2 million, which represents an increase of more than 14% over 2014. Having been founded in 2009, BlueGrace was […]

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Would Commoditizing Work for Ocean Freight?

Would Commoditizing Work for Ocean Freight? As ocean freight rates have been in a near steady decline, carriers have been in a scramble trying to find ways to offset the weak demand and glut of over capacity with little to no success. With shippers benefiting from low prices, some carriers, the Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) […]

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BlueGrace Review of Your Typical Shipping Complaints

We’ve heard them all before. “My freight arrived a week late.” “I have 5 claims out with this carrier and it’s going nowhere.” “I’ve had to re-class my freight twice with this shipment.” “My actual cost came in higher than I was quoted.” The list for complaints, where shipping customers feel they are a part […]

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The Tampa Bay Lightning Made BlueGrace Proud

In our first season as the Preferred Shipping Partner of the Tampa Bay Lightning, we have cheered like never before. BlueGrace employees have banded together behind our team with enthusiasm and team loyalty. We are sad to say our team did not make it to the Stanley Cup, but they gave it all they had. Through major […]

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BlueGrace Brings Transportation Management to SAP SAPPHIRE 2016

SAP Show Recap SAP took over Orlando last week to host the largest tradeshow of its kind. Our very own enterprise team at BlueGrace Logistics was on hand with our new partner, ERP-Integrated Solutions. The event was full of SAP events, classes, a huge tradeshow floor and impressive keynote speakers; discussing technology, big data, integrations […]

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Memorial Day – A Day for Remembering

  We all look forward to this weekend! The three-day weekend that essentially kicks off the summer. We all have plans to travel, grill out, or attend some big sales at the mall; but we all seem to forget the true meaning of this federal holiday. People tend to complain that we’ve lost the true meaning […]

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Join the #Ship in Logistics

We hire the PEOPLE, not the RESUME. At BlueGrace, we strive for innovation and excel by collaborating as a TEAM. Candidates call it fun, positive and refreshing; we call it the BlueGrace Experience. Our open floor plan, live Twitter feed, buzzing employee stations, and the occasional gong ring create a motivating and engaging atmosphere. At […]

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Where do Freight Forwarders Invest to Weather the Next Five Years?

In our previous blog post of How Shippers Can Reduce Transportation Costs we briefly touched upon how much of an impact the right technology can have for a business. Both shippers and carriers can benefit from process automation, control of carrier selection, optimization of rates and transit times, visibility in the entire logistics program and […]

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BlueGrace Logistics Participates and Sponsors Miles for Moffitt – Run to Beat Cancer 2016

Cancer sucks. There is no other way to put it. According to an article from cancer.gov, in 2016, an estimated 1,685,210 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States and 595,690 people will die from the disease. The statistics about this disease are staggering, but it’s events like ‘Miles for Moffitt’ that […]

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BlueGrace Logistics Marketing Wins Big with TMSA for Partnership with Lightning

  The Transportation Marketing & Sales Association (TMSA) will award the BlueGrace Logistics Marketing team with a Compass Award this June, for their outstanding efforts in marketing their partnership with the Tampa Bay Lightning. BlueGrace Logistics recently entered a three-year agreement, to be the “The Preferred Shipping Partner of the Tampa Bay Lightning” and with this […]

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3PL Partnerships Prove to Be a Benefit for LTL

While transport carriers are watching their rates drop due to overcapacity and weak demand, less-than-truckload (LTL) carriers are seeing rate increases in their annual contract bids. LTL carriers have maintained the same pricing discipline they’ve held since they began slashing rates between 2008 and 2010, which lead to several quarters and even years of losses […]

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How Shippers Can Reduce Transportation Costs: Part 2

Earlier, we looked at how technology can make a big difference in transportation management. Making sure data entry is accurate and shipments are properly classified are key when it comes to increasing operating efficiency and reducing logistics costs. And the pressure is on! The most recent Cass Shipment Index, a measurement of shipping volumes, has […]

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Why Freight Is Not Your Specialty, And It’s Ok

Why Freight Is Not Your Specialty, And It’s Ok Logistics and transportation can seem a bit daunting at times. Even a transportation manager, with years of experience, can’t shield your company from the ever-evolving transportation sector. With the influx of private equity and venture capital coming into both struggling and growing businesses, the market will […]

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When Is Your 3PL Not Proactive Enough?

At BlueGrace, we have heard many times from potential customers that their current Third Party Logistics (3PL) provider is not proactive. They only interact with them when something goes wrong. At BlueGrace, we like to use the term “Continuous Improvement” with our Transportation Management customers. We keep building a better program from the first shipment, and we achieve it […]

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How Shippers Can Reduce Transportation Costs: Part 1

The LTL sector of the trucking industry might be seeing some fluctuation in the near future. According to a survey, conducted by Wolfe Research between March and April, many shippers expects that LTL rates will rise by 0.9% — a much lower level compared with LTL carriers’ claims of what they won in first-quarter contract […]

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Cedarville University Begins $3 Million Chapel Renovation With Help Of BlueGrace Logistics

Written By: Steve Daniels, Account Executive at BlueGrace Logistics – 855.878.2556 For 20 years the Jeremiah Chapel has been home to daily chapel service, summer camps and conferences for the students of Cedarville University. After 7 straight years of record student enrollment numbers the university’s board of trustees voted in favor of a $3 million dollar renovation […]

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Join BlueGrace Logistics at SAP SAPPHIRE 2016 May 17-19

  Does your business use SAP? Are you planning to attend the largest SAP tradeshow in Orlando on May 17-19? BlueGrace will be there at Booth #455 with our partner ERP Integrated Solutions ready to discuss how our transportation management expertise and their SAP integration can lead to massive cost savings for SAP companies who ship. […]

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May The 4th Be With You at BlueGrace!

Grab your Jedi robes and lightsabers. BlueGrace is celebrating Star Wars Day on May the Fourth. We hope to see everyone wearing their favorite Star Wars shirts and rooting for their favorite characters as we’ll be having the movies streaming on our TV’s all day. Remember, Jedi’s and Sith alike wear long robes, so please […]

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Shouldering the Load: The Importance of Having a Good 3PL Partner

Of any industry in the business world, few can be as fickle and volatile as freight. With so many variables and factors to manage, supply chain management can be more than a little difficult at times. Things like capacity issues, risk mitigation, cost management and the ever-changing rules and regulations make taking a strategic approach vital for […]

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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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