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What Winning 2018 Best Fleets To Drive For Means for Keller Trucking Customers

Posted by Jonathan Wolfrum on 2/9/18 1:40 PM

On January 30th, 2018, we at Keller Trucking were informed that we are one of 20 for-hire trucking companies in the US or Canada that can bear the honorable distinction of Best Fleets to Drive For! This annual award is produced by CarriersEdge, in partnership with Truckload Carriers Association

The benefit this award brings to our driver recruiting efforts is probably obvious, but the benefits to our trucking customers are not so self-explanatory. So here are my 6 reasons why customers benefit from using fleets that are the best to drive for. 

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Topics: Local News, Transportation, Corporate News, Driving for Keller, Company Culture

Reflecting on Success and the Growth of Keller Trucking

Posted by Tom Keller on 2/2/18 2:14 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

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

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

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

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