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Keller Logistics Group President & CEO, Bryan Keller, Receives State Level Recognition For Supporting Veterans

Posted by Meredith Mickey on 7/30/18 3:14 PM

BRYAN KELLER RECEIVES OHIO STATE ASSOCIATION OF COUNTY VETERANS SERVICE COMMISSIONERS AWARD

KELLER IS THE FIRST NON-VETERAN, PRIVATE CITIZEN TO EARN AWARD

On Saturday, July 28th, 2018 at the quarterly meeting of the county veterans service commissioners in Columbus, OH, Bryan Keller, President & CEO of Keller Logistics Group, was honored with the Ohio State Association of County Veterans Service Commissioners Award; the first non-veteran, private citizen to earn it.

Keller was nominated by Chris Newton of the Defiance County Veterans Service Commissioners because of his work with Operation K.A.V.I.C. (Keller Assists Veterans In Crisis) and because his companies, Keller Logistics Group and affiliates, are one of the largest supporters of hiring veterans in Defiance County.

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Topics: Local News

Continuously Improving "The Way We've Always Done It"

Posted by Brent McDade on 7/27/18 3:00 PM

My youngest daughter is in the 1st grade, and she recently did a biography report on Jane Goodall, the world-renowned primatologist expert. As part of the research I helped her with, I came across a primatology example that helps signify the benefits the a continuous improvement program. It highlights the mentality of “the way we’ve always done it” and is loosely based on research performed in the 1960s on a group of monkeys by G. R. Stephenson, though it’s more of a fictitious fable. The story is popular on the internet and was even featured in the 1990 movie ‘The Contender’ in which the actor Jeff Bridges illustrates this mentality.

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Topics: Company Culture

Acquiring Talent in a Tight Labor Market

Posted by Jenifer Nicelley, SHRM-CP, PHR on 7/13/18 2:23 PM



Look around wherever you are and you will likely see "Help Wanted" or "Now Hiring" signs hung in windows and posted on doors. An online search for employment on most any type of position or job, will get several, if not hundreds, of options for employers looking for qualified candidates. Look even more closely, and you'll notice that some of these positions have been open or active for months!

Companies have had to change the way they look at talent recruiting. The days of running an ad in the local newspaper and sitting back to watch the candidates flock in are long gone.

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Topics: Hot Topic, Secondary Packaging

The Whirlwind Life of a Salesman

Posted by Tom Keller on 7/6/18 2:32 PM

2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the incorporation of Thomas E. Keller Trucking. Tom’s humble beginnings taught him the value of family, hard work, and building a legacy as told in his memoir, The Life and Legacy of Thomas E. Keller.

 

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Topics: Company Culture

How to Stay Safe on the Road this Summer

Posted by Hannah Reineke on 6/22/18 3:09 PM


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Topics: Safety, Hot Topic

Outsourcing: An Outside of the Box Solution to Labor Shortages

Posted by Bryan Keller on 6/15/18 2:18 PM


On June 1st, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released a statement saying, "The unemployment rate edged down to 3.8 percent in May." This is the lowest unemployment rate since 2000 and a sign that the job market has become even more competitive and "manufacturing employment continued to expand over the month (+18,000)." Additionally, their workforce statistics have preliminary job openings in manufacturing at 451,000 for April 2018.

As the competition for qualified workers continues to grow, manufacturers are needing to come up with outside of the box solutions for labor and staffing in order to meet customers' product demand. One way to combat the shortage in the labor market is to outsource aspects of your manufacturing to a contract packager.

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Topics: Contract Packaging

2018 Operation KAVIC Fundraising Events

Posted by Meredith Mickey on 6/8/18 3:16 PM

Operation K.A.V.I.C. (Keller Assists Veterans In Crisis) is in its 3rd year of assisting veterans, reservists, national guardsmen, and their surviving spouses in Defiance County. What started out as simply using money collected from employee jeans days at Keller Logistics Group to buy gift cards for the veterans office to distribute to local veterans during the holidays has expanded into an annual fund that provides financial assistance to local veterans to fill the gaps in their veteran benefits. 

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Topics: Corporate News

Serving the Call of Duty

Posted by Tom Keller on 6/1/18 2:24 PM

2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the incorporation of Thomas E. Keller Trucking. Tom’s humble beginnings taught him the value of family, hard work, and building a legacy as told in his memoir, The Life and Legacy of Thomas E. Keller.

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Topics: Company Culture

Honoring Memorial Day 2018

Posted by Hannah Reineke on 5/25/18 2:00 PM

While many recognize Memorial Day as the first three-day weekend of summer, it is important to remember the meaning behind the holiday. On Memorial Day, we remember and honor the sacrifices of our nation's veterans. On the last Monday in May, we take time to reflect on the lives lost in battle to protect our freedoms we enjoy today. 

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Topics: Company Culture, Hot Topic, Industry Buzz

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: logistics, Transportation