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Meredith Mickey

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6 Key Factors to Becoming A Shipper of Choice

Posted by Meredith Mickey on 5/18/18 2:32 PM

As the freight market continues to evolve and tighten, carriers can be more selective about the freight they accept. As a shipper, making your freight more favorable to carriers will ensure you have capacity when you need it most. 

By following payment terms, being flexible with delivery schedules, providing visibility to your carriers, being up front with expectations, providing driver amenities, and keeping the lines of communication open will make you a shipper of choice to your carriers and therefore, your freight is more likely to selected by a carrier when capacity gets tight.  

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Topics: Transportation, logistics

The Benefits of Working With an HPP Toller

Posted by Meredith Mickey on 4/3/18 2:21 PM

As consumer demand for organic, cleaner labels, more nutrient rich ingredients, and fewer artificial ingredients increases,  food manufacturers are looking for ways to meet market demand while maintaining and improving product quality and taste. One way to accomplish this is to remove the preservatives from the recipe which can drastically shorten the product shelf life.

That's where High Pressure Processing comes in, also known as HPP. Avure Technologies defines HHP as: "High Pressure Processing uses ultra high pressured water to keep packaged foods and beverages free from unsafe bacteria. It is an all natural technique that preserves the vitamins, taste and texture of the foods. HPP also extends the shelf life of foods which reduces waste - or the amount of food thrown away." 

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Topics: HPP

Dallas Texas Warehouse Spotlight

Posted by Meredith Mickey on 3/23/18 1:43 PM

Welcome to 2020 Singleton Boulevard in Dallas Texas. This 425,000 square foot warehouse location is partially food grade and protected from freeze. What makes this location special? It has both indoor and outdoor storage, is rail serviced, and is located with highway access to US-75, US-77, I-30, and I-45. 

Check out our infographic below for more highlights on the 2020 Singleton Boulevard Dallas Texas warehouse location. 

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Topics: Warehousing

5 Characteristics You Should Look For When Seeking a 3PL Partner

Posted by Meredith Mickey on 3/16/18 2:50 PM

As a procurement or logistics buyer, it can be a daunting task to look for your first or even a new 3PL partner. To get you started on the right foot, we've put together a short list of 5 Characteristics you should look for when seeking a 3PL partner. 

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Topics: 3PL, Warehousing

Keller Trucking Celebrates 40 Years of Driving Forward

Posted by Meredith Mickey on 2/2/18 8:26 AM

OHIO COMPANY MARKS MILESTONE OF DRIVING FORWARD SINCE INCORPORATING IN 1978

2018, Defiance, OH - Keller Trucking, an affiliate of Keller Logistics Group, Inc., is proud to announce its fortieth year of progressively moving forward in the trucking industry. Since its incorporation in 1978, Keller Trucking has expanded its fleet from 6-7 trucks to 150 trucks and 450 trailers.

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Topics: Local News, Corporate News, Company Culture

Hydrofresh HPP

Posted by Meredith Mickey on 1/31/18 9:12 AM

Delphos, OH – Hydrofresh HPP, an affiliate of Keller Logistics Group, is constructing a $10 million pasteurization plant at 1571 Gressel Drive in Delphos that uses innovative high-pressure processing (HPP) technology.

Unlike traditional pasteurization method which uses heat prior to packaging to eliminate micro bacteria that are present in food, Hydrofresh HPP will be using High-Pressure Processing. HPP is a cold pasteurization technique by which products already sealed in their final packaging are introduced into a vessel and subjected to a high level of isostatic pressure, up to 87,000 psi, transmitted by water. This process produces a 5-log reduction in salmonella, e coli, and listeria (bacteria that causes food borne illness) while preserving the color, texture, nutrients, and flavor of the product. Because the food is treated in its final packaging, the chance for recontamination is virtually non-existent.

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Topics: Local News, Corporate News, Industry Buzz

Makin' Plans to Write an RFP for a 3PL Provider

Posted by Meredith Mickey on 12/6/17 8:12 AM

Song Inspiration: "Makin' Plans" by Miranda Lambert, 2009

Selecting a third party logistics provider can be a cumbersome task. Whether you're looking to outsource the logistics functions you currently handle yourself or you're hosting another bid process to replace or validate the current provider, it is a large undertaking with many variables.The market for third party logistics partners is changing rapidly with the innovations in technology both in the warehousing and transportation arena. Developing a 3PL partnership should not be attached with the same tactics when shopping for transactional items; your 3PL selection should be strategic as it is a complex and valuable purchase that will ideally turn into a long-term professional partnership.

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Topics: 3PL, logistics

Defiance Joins Together to Support Operation K.A.V.I.C.

Posted by Meredith Mickey on 11/22/17 11:03 AM

Song inspiration: Join Together, The Who 1972

"When you hear this sound a-comin' | Hear the drummer drumming | Won't you join together with the band"

Thanksgiving is tomorrow! No matter when you celebrate, or how many times you get to celebrate with family and friends, we all have our traditions.

For some, it's getting together with family, watching the Lions and then eating your feelings by devouring all the fixin's that make up your holiday spread. For others, you may get together the day after with your Framily and talk about the family drama that happened the day before. Whatever your traditions are, I hope they are everything you hope for this year.

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Topics: Local News, Corporate News, Company Culture

Thomas E. Keller Trucking Named a 2017 EPA SmartWay High Performer

Posted by Meredith Mickey on 10/31/17 8:30 AM

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Topics: Transportation, Corporate News, Industry Buzz, Company Culture

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