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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.


 

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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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 an 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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