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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

Jump into a Company Wellness Program

Posted by Kristan Mack on 11/15/17 7:39 AM

Song Inspiration: Jump by Van Halen, 1983

I get up, and nothing gets me down | You got it tough | I've seen the toughest all around

The idea of focusing on employees' overall wellness is not new to the 21st century. According to Gainer in History of ergonomics and occupational therapy (2008), the idea of workplace wellness began with Bernardini Ramazzini, an Italian physician, in the 1600's. Ramazzini focused on the effects of work exposure on the employees and was interested in preventative measures to improve employee well being.

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Topics: Health and Wellness, Company Culture

How to Engage Remote Warehouse Employees: Have some fun

Posted by Heather May on 11/8/17 8:00 AM

Song inspiration: I wanna have some fun by Samantha Fox, 1988

We've reached Part III of How to Engage Remote Warehouse Employees. In Part I, we talked about how to engage remote warehouse employees through communication; and that communication needs to be at the center of your relationships with your employees. 

Last week, in the second article, How to Engage Remote Warehouse Employees, Take a Chance on Me; we discussed ways to empower your crew so their observations and insights can be used to make your warehouse better. 

So, finally we're going to discuss part III of engaging remote warehouse employees; it's to have some fun! 

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Topics: Warehousing, Company Culture

How to Engage Remote Warehouse Employees: Take A Chance on Me

Posted by Heather May on 11/1/17 7:15 AM

 

Song Inspiration: Take a Chance on Me by ABBA, 1978

Last week, I posted the first part of the three part series: How to Engage Remote Warehouse Employees Through Communication. This week I'll continue that topic and focus on the second aspect of engaging remote warehouse employees: Empowerment 

First, let's recap for those that read the blog last week. (If you haven't read it yet, here's the link, take a few minutes to read it now)  Engaging Remote Warehouse Employees through Communication. The key take-away from last week's article was putting communication at the core of your relationships with your employees if you want to be sure your employees are engaged in their job, their work, and their company. 

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Topics: Warehousing, Company Culture

How to Engage Remote Warehouse Employees Through Communication

Posted by Heather May on 10/25/17 7:15 AM

Song inspiration: Communication, Janet Jackson, 1984

Communication | Say the words | Are you there? | Can I be heard?

As a Regional Operations Manager, I oversee six warehouses throughout the mid-west. The distance varies as I can visit some with a day trip, others require a half-day drive, and I even have a few that require flying or driving the entire day to see. So, how do I engage remote warehouse employees? 

Being a manager is a tough job, being a manager of remote employees adds a few curve balls to the managers role. We rely on many forms of communication to get our work done; phone, email, and even video conferencing.

Now we're livin' in the computer age | The pictures on my video

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Topics: Warehousing, 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

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