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Logistical Lowdown- compliments of your True Blue Logistics Crew

Your Logistics Functions, Should they stay or should they go?

Posted by Meredith Mickey on 10/18/17 7:25 AM

 

Song inspiration: Should I Stay or Should I Go, The Clash, 1981

Outsourcing logistics functions can revolutionize your business and help you expand into new markets by managing every aspect of your supply chain needs giving you more time to focus on your core business.

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Topics: 3PL, logistics

All You Need is Love and HR: Analyzing Your Compensation Package

Posted by Mariah Short on 10/11/17 7:25 AM

Song Inspiration: "All You Need is Love" by the Beatles, 1967

What do you do when you receive a job offer? If you're like most people, you'll focus on the monetary number and not fully consider the entire compensation package. However, your answer should be along the lines of “weigh the benefits, of course!”

In the working world, it’s well known that compensation is more than just a salary. Recently, companies have expanded their benefits package outside the dental, vision, and life insurance realm. Flexible work hours, wellness programs, and even onsite daycare are trending in the more progressive companies. So what does this mean for potential new hires? How can one make an informed decision when deciding between two offers with very different benefits? The answer is, all you need is love for the job and a little HR!

All you need is love

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Topics: Company Culture

Contract Packaging Services Won't Back Down

Posted by Meredith Mickey on 10/4/17 7:25 AM

Song Inspiration, Won't Back Down, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, 1978

"Well I won't back down, no I won't back down"

Busy season. 

It's a term we hear frequently throughout the year from a variety of industries. We know that tax season is busy for accountants, the retail industry is booming around the holidays, and if you're a NW Ohio resident like me, right now you see the farmers out from dusk till dawn harvesting the fields. 

We all have a busy season. It comes every year, at the same time, and we usually hurdle  the same obstacles year after year. Instead of spending the time leading up to busy season agonizing over all the work that needs done; whether that be tax returns to file, long hours at the store, or the acres upon acres of fields; let's talk about what we can do to help alleviate the stress to ourselves and our company. 

Talk to a Contract Packaging Provider! 

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Topics: 3PL, Contract Packaging, Secondary Packaging

Lean On Me To Be Your Dedicated Contract Carrier

Posted by Meredith Mickey on 9/27/17 7:00 AM

Song inspiration: Lean on Me, Bill Withers, 1972

You can call on me brother, when you need a hand | We all need somebody to lean on

We’re a week away from starting the 4th Quarter of 2017, dare I say the cliché, “Where has the year gone?” I think we’re all in the same boat here. The days, weeks, months, and years really do seem to be going by faster. As the days pass with the business of life, so do the days until it’s time to re-evaluate your transportation strategy.

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Topics: Hot Topic, Transportation, logistics

The Final Countdown to the ELD Mandate

Posted by Meredith Mickey on 9/20/17 7:23 AM

Song inspiration: The Final Countdown, Europe 1986

Are your carriers ready?

With the ELD Mandate amendment being rejected in the house this month, we can be certain that Electronic Logging Devices in all trucks is going to become a law in December of this year.

 Will things ever be the same again | It's the final countdown

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Topics: Transportation

Driver Recruiting and Retention Takes Patience

Posted by Lauren Pohlmann on 9/13/17 7:25 AM

Song Inspiration: “Patience” by Guns N’ Roses, 1989        

It takes a lot of patience and persistence to be successful at recruiting drivers these days. A lot of effort, time, money, and brain power is being put towards finding quality drivers that are a good fit to join our fleet. However, our focus is not solely recruiting, but also retaining our current fleet of safe, professional, and dependable drivers. So… what are we doing?

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Topics: Transportation, Driving for Keller, Company Culture

Don't Let Your 3PL Selection Break The (Supply) Chain

Posted by Bryan Keller on 8/30/17 7:20 AM

Song Inspiration: ‘The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac, 1977

I’ve often heard that a Procurement or Logistics Director’s least favorite part of his or her job is 3PL selection.  Why? 

It’s simple; selecting the wrong 3PL can cause repercussions throughout the supply chain, ultimately leading to delays or outright failures in getting product into the hands of consumers, impacting sales and profits. It is your life line and one that many people depend on; stockholders, employees, their families, your customers, and their families. A broken link in your supply chain could cause loss of sales due to lack of trust and downtime, not to mention the effect it can have on your business' cash flow. 

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Topics: 3PL, Warehousing, logistics

Holiday Tradition Extends Beyond Arlington National Cemetery

Posted by Julie Wanstedt on 8/25/17 9:29 AM

Song inspiration:Arlington” by Trace Atkins

I can rest in peace, I’m one of the chosen ones, I made it to Arlington

Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 400,000 active duty service members, veterans and their families.  Arlington National Cemetery conducts between 27 and 30 funeral services each week day and between 6 and 8 services on Saturday.

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Topics: Hot Topic, Company Culture

6 Areas to Focus on Minimizing Warehouse Waste

Posted by Ginger Beyer on 8/23/17 7:47 AM

 

Song Inspiration: “Wasted Time” by Skid Row, 1991

Waste.  We all know what that is.  Normally, when we encounter a situation where waste has occurred, we get annoyed and think, “well, that was a waste”.  Maybe the leftovers were never eaten, or maybe we spent $20 on lotto tickets without winning anything.  These are typical examples of waste that immediately come to mind.  However, warehouse waste comes in many shapes and sizes.  It is a destructive little monster that hides in plain sight and surreptitiously rears its ugly head in the company’s bottom line.  You and I together in our lives / Sacred ties would never fray / Then why can’t I let myself tell lies / And watch you die every day Waste is truly all around us, but we are so accustomed to it that we simply do not see it for what it is.  So how do we see past the veil?

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Topics: Warehousing

Keller Logistics Group Receives Recognition as 2017 Top 3PL Provider

Posted by Julie Wanstedt on 8/21/17 10:47 AM

Defiance, OH: Keller Logistics Group, an asset based Third Party Logistics Provider (3PL) serving the Food & Beverage along with other key industry verticals announced today that, for the second year, they have been selected as one of Food Logistics Top 3PL & Cold Storage Providers. Food Logistics Magazine publishes this exclusive provider listing yearly and is used consistently as a planning tool for supply chain professionals.

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Topics: 3PL, Corporate News, Industry Buzz