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March Taylor Cares Fundraiser

At Taylor, we’re passionate about giving back to the communities we serve. Through our Taylor Cares program, we aim to make a real difference in people’s lives. This year, we took our commitment to community impact to the next level with an exciting fundraiser that brought together our teams across various locations to support worthy causes.

Each of our locations had the chance to vote on a cause they felt strongly about supporting throughout the year. The chosen causes reflect our team members’ diverse interests and concerns, ranging from food insecurity to mental health and animal welfare. We’re proud to stand behind organizations like The Freestore Foodbank, Best Point Behavioral Health, PAWS Adoption Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands, and GO Pantry of Northern Kentucky.

To kickstart our fundraising efforts, we decided to tap into the excitement of March Madness. Sixty-four enthusiastic individuals signed up to participate, each randomly assigned an NCAA men’s basketball team. What followed wasn’t just a thrilling sports event, but a meaningful opportunity to give back to our communities.

As the tournament progressed, so did our fundraising goals. For those whose teams made it to the final four, we pledged donations to their chosen causes. This year, luck was on our side as the final four teams represented different Taylor locations, allowing us to support four distinct causes simultaneously. This success highlights the power of our collective efforts, showcasing our ability to make a difference across multiple communities. Additionally, we committed to donating extra funds to the cause of the national champion, maximizing our impact and demonstrating our dedication to community betterment.

The Taylor Cares March Madness fundraiser wasn’t just about cheering for college teams; it was about rallying behind causes that matter to us. It reminded us that regardless of our backgrounds, we all share a common goal of making a positive difference in the world.

As the tournament concluded, we celebrated the athletic achievements and the spirit of generosity and unity that defines Taylor Cares. We’re grateful to everyone who participated and supported. Your involvement embodies the true essence of Taylor Cares, and we look forward to continuing our efforts to create positive change in our communities.

Together, we can make a difference!

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Capital-Ideas-Conference

Taylor is gearing up for the highly anticipated TIA Capital Ideas Conference in Phoenix from April 10th to April 13th. As a leading player in the logistics industry, we recognize the importance of staying ahead of the curve, and this conference presents an excellent opportunity for us to do just that.

Throughout the event, our team will be fully engaged in a series of discussions, workshops, and presentations covering a wide array of topics relevant to our industry. From exploring the latest advancements in technology to discussing regulatory updates and best practices in freight brokerage, we’re eager to gain valuable insights that will help us better serve our clients and drive innovation within our organization.

Networking is a key component of any conference, and we’re excited to connect with fellow industry professionals, potential partners, and thought leaders. Building meaningful relationships is essential for fostering collaboration and staying abreast of industry trends, and we look forward to forging new connections at the TIA Capital Ideas Conference.

As we prepare to embark on this enriching experience in Phoenix, our team is focused on maximizing the value of our participation. We’re committed to leveraging the knowledge gained and the connections made to enhance our services and continue delivering exceptional results for our clients.

Stay tuned for updates from the conference as we share insights, highlights, and key takeaways on our social media channels. We’re excited to engage with our peers, learn from industry experts, and contribute to the ongoing evolution of the logistics landscape.

To learn more about Taylor and our innovative logistics solutions, explore our website or contact our team directly info@taylorlog.com. We look forward to connecting with you in Phoenix!

Safe travels and see you at the conference!

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Navigating the 2024 Produce Season with Taylor Logistics

As spring ushers in warmer weather, it also heralds the arrival of produce season, a critical period in the transportation industry. This season brings both opportunities and challenges for Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) shippers. The surge in crop volumes demands careful planning and strategic navigation to ensure smooth operations and cost-effective transportation. In this guide, we will explore the intricacies of the 2024 produce season and how Taylor and our freight services can navigate this dynamic landscape.

Produce season significantly impacts CPG shippers as carriers focus on transporting high crop volumes. This shift in volume tightens capacity, leading to increased rates and challenges for unprepared shippers. The seasonal impact typically begins in late spring and spreads from warmer regions to northern areas as the weather warms. Despite not directly engaging in produce production or shipment, CPG shippers are directly affected by this phenomenon, which influences transportation performance and expenditure.

Refrigerated transportation becomes particularly vital and in high demand during the produce season. Securing this specialized transportation can prove challenging without the assistance of a logistics provider boasting an expansive network. While rate spikes are expected during this period, proactive measures such as pre-booking capacity or optimizing transportation networks can mitigate the impact.

The duration and intensity of disruptions vary, ranging from short-term fluctuations lasting less than a month to prolonged peaks. These fluctuations are influenced by factors such as latitude and the predominant crops in a region.

At Taylor, we understand the critical importance of adaptability and foresight in navigating the nuances of produce season. Our commitment to providing innovative solutions and reliable services ensures that CPG shippers can confidently and efficiently navigate this dynamic landscape.

As the 2024 produce season unfolds, we stand ready to support shippers with industry-leading expertise and unparalleled freight services. By partnering with us, shippers can unlock new opportunities and overcome challenges, ensuring seamless transportation operations even amidst the complexities of produce season.


Interested in maximizing success during the 2024 produce season? Partner with Taylor Logistics for expert guidance and seamless freight solutions. For prompt assistance, email us at info@taylorlog.com or call us at 513-771-1850. Let’s navigate this season professionally and efficiently together!

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EINPresswire.com/ — Taylor Logistics Inc., a prominent third-party logistics (3PL) provider, is proud to announce its position as the industry leader in Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) practices and sustainability initiatives. With a deep commitment to reducing scope emissions and fostering a greener future, Taylor is dedicated to supporting its customers in their sustainability goals while pioneering innovative solutions within the logistics sector.

Recognizing the immense importance of sustainability and ESG considerations for its clientele, Taylor has made substantial investments and implemented comprehensive strategies to support environmental stewardship and social responsibility. The company firmly believes that sustainability is not only a moral imperative but also a business imperative in today’s global landscape.

“At Taylor, we understand that sustainability and ESG are integral components of modern business operations,” said Will Roberson, COO/President of Taylor. “Our commitment is not only to meet industry standards but to exceed them, setting a new benchmark for responsible logistics practices.”

Central to Taylor’s sustainability efforts is its Supplier Code of Conduct, which mandates that all vendors and customers adhere to rigorous sustainability standards. Through this code, the company ensures that its entire supply chain aligns with its sustainability promise and adheres to established metrics aimed at reducing environmental impact.

Moreover, Taylor is proud to offer plastic-free value-added services, demonstrating its dedication to minimizing plastic waste and promoting eco-friendly alternatives. Additionally, the company has introduced a state-of-the-art fleet in 2023, boasting a remarkable 40% reduction in emissions compared to conventional vehicles, thus significantly contributing to the mitigation of scope emissions.

Innovative solutions are at the heart of Taylor’s sustainability initiatives, including the integration of automation in its warehouses. Through the deployment of cycle counting drones, the company is able to streamline inventory management processes while simultaneously eliminating scope emissions associated with traditional manual counting methods.

To ensure the efficacy and integrity of its sustainability efforts, Taylor has appointed a dedicated Quality and Sustainability Director. This individual oversees all operational aspects related to sustainability, guaranteeing that the company’s practices not only safeguard the environment but also enhance data transparency and accountability for its customers.

Furthermore, Taylor is committed to leveraging advanced platforms such as Watershed to enhance data collection and analysis, providing customers with actionable insights to optimize their sustainability strategies further.

As a result of these comprehensive initiatives and unwavering dedication to sustainability, Taylor stands as the premier choice for retailers and large food companies seeking a trusted partner in their ESG journey.

For companies interested in partnering with Taylor or integrating sustainability initiatives into their supply chain, please drop us a line esg@taylorlog.com


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Womens History Month

This March, as we celebrate Women’s History Month, it’s important to recognize the remarkable contributions women have made to the supply chain industry. From pioneering roles in transportation to leadership positions in logistics and technology, women have played a vital role in shaping the landscape of supply chain management. Additionally, organizations dedicated to supporting and empowering women in this field are contributing to its continued growth and diversity.

Women Making History

Bonnie Leake and Edwina Justus are two trailblazing women who shattered stereotypes and paved the way for future generations in the transportation sector. Bonnie Leake became the first woman accepted by Union Pacific for training as a locomotive engineer. She fearlessly ran trains across multiple states, defying gender norms and demonstrating that women were equally capable in traditionally male-dominated roles. Edwina Justus followed in her footsteps, becoming the first Black female locomotive engineer. Her dedication and skill in hauling freight over long distances exemplify the resilience and determination of women in the industry.

Lillie Elizabeth McGee Drennan made history as the first licensed female truck driver in the United States. Starting her own trucking company in 1928, she transported oil throughout Texas and set a high standard for safety and professionalism. Her pioneering spirit and entrepreneurial success serve as an inspiration to women entrepreneurs in the supply chain field.

Supporting Women’s Advancement

As the number of women in the supply chain and logistics sector continues to grow, organizations have emerged to provide support, mentorship, and networking opportunities. One such organization is the Women in Supply Chain Forum, a premier networking and educational platform designed for men and women in executive-level positions. Through thought-provoking discussions and collaborative initiatives, this forum empowers professionals to expand their networks and enhance their businesses.

Better Together: Collaboration for Success

Collaboration is key to promoting gender diversity and inclusivity in the supply chain industry. By fostering a supportive environment where women can thrive and excel, organizations and individuals alike can contribute to a more equitable and innovative future. Together, we can celebrate the achievements of women past and present, while also championing the next generation of leaders in supply chain management.

As we honor Women’s History Month, let’s recognize the invaluable contributions of women in the supply chain industry and commit to fostering an environment where all individuals have the opportunity to succeed and thrive. Whether through breaking barriers, supporting one another, or advocating for gender equality, we can all play a role in shaping a brighter future for women in supply chain management.

To learn more about the Women in Supply Chain Forum and join the conversation, visit womeninsupplychainforum.com. Together, let’s celebrate the past, present, and future of women in the supply chain industry. Happy Women’s History Month!

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The annual ISO Awards program celebrates carriers and 3PLs for exceptional service-level transportation performance and reliability.

CINCINNATI, OHIO 02/27/2024 — Isometric Technologies (ISO), a transportation performance intelligence platform, today announced that Taylor Logistics Inc. (Taylor Brokerage) is among the honorees selected to receive ISO’s 2023 ‘Excellence in Service’ Award. This annual awards program, now in its third year, celebrates 50 carriers for exceptional over-the-road transportation performance in their class.

Winners were selected based on their ISO Score, a composite service-level indicator that pulls from a number of different performance factors and metrics, primarily Tender Acceptance, On-Time Delivery, and On-Time Pickup.

“At a time when shippers face more pressure than ever to deliver on time and in full, this award represents a logistics service provider’s commitment to delivering successful outcomes for their customers,” said Brian Cristol, co-founder and CEO of ISO. “We’re thrilled to be able to recognize the top performers in our industry, and look forward to providing the industry with more and better ways to measure service levels and the all-in cost of transportation in 2024.”

Upon receiving the award, Jason Sargent, Taylor’s Vice President of Logistics, expressed his gratitude, stating, “This recognition reaffirms our team’s dedication to excellence in service. Winning the 2023 ISO ‘Excellence in Service’ Award is a testament to the hard work and commitment of every member of Team Taylor. We are proud to be at the forefront of customer service in the transportation industry, caring for our customers inventory.”

See the list of 2023 winners, the award methodology, and contact ISO to learn more about services that optimize supply chains.

About Taylor Logistics Inc.


Taylor Logistics Inc, a leading logistics company, specializes in providing tailored supply chain solutions. With a commitment to efficiency and customer satisfaction, Taylor Logistics utilizes cutting-edge technology and industry expertise to optimize supply chain processes. The company’s adaptability, state-of-the-art facilities, and skilled professionals make it a trusted partner in freight transportation, warehousing, and distribution. For personalized and reliable logistics solutions, visit www.taylorlogistics.com.

About Isometric Technologies

ISO allows logistics service providers to source top-performing carriers that will exceed their customers’ expectations and help them differentiate their business. With the first neutral transportation performance intelligence platform, LSPs access industry-wide service-level benchmarks, dynamic scorecards, and analytics to pinpoint their strengths and understand how service impacts cost-per-load. ISO represents a data-driven commitment to service that separates you from the pack, driving sales and improved relationships. https://www.iso.io/

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As the anticipation for Super Bowl LVIII reaches a fever pitch, with the Kansas City Chiefs facing off against the San Francisco 49ers and Usher taking the stage at halftime, the logistical dance behind the scenes is just as crucial. In this high-stakes game of careful supply chain planning, retailers rely on a symphony of precision to keep their shelves stocked with fan-favorite snacks and beverages.

The Super Bowl Showdown: Chiefs vs. 49ers with Usher’s Halftime Extravaganza

As football fans prepare for a showdown of epic proportions on the field, the added allure of Usher’s halftime performance promises an unforgettable spectacle during Super Bowl LVIII. Amidst the cheers and halftime show excitement, retailers face the challenge of meeting the soaring demand for Super Bowl essentials.

Careful Supply Chain Planning: The Winning Playbook

In the fast-paced world of supply chain management, meticulous planning becomes the cornerstone of success. As Super Bowl enthusiasts stock up on chips, dips, and beverages, retailers navigate the logistical intricacies of ensuring a seamless flow of goods from manufacturers to store shelves. The careful orchestration of supply chain planning ensures that no fumble occurs in meeting the surge in demand.

Efficient Freight Services: Bridging the Gaps

The roar of the crowd during the Super Bowl is mirrored by the hum of freight services ensuring a smooth journey for products from distribution centers to retailers. Efficient transportation becomes the backbone of the supply chain, bridging the gaps and ensuring that every essential item arrives at its destination in a timely fashion.

Warehousing Excellence: The MVP in Inventory Management

As the spotlight shines on the Super Bowl, behind the scenes, warehousing excellence plays a pivotal role. Inventory management becomes the MVP, ensuring that retailers are well-stocked without excess, and shelves are replenished just in time to meet the demand ebbs and flows during the big game.

Partner with Taylor Logistics for Super Bowl Supply Chain Success

For businesses looking to elevate their supply chain game and ensure a triumphant Super Bowl season, the call to action is clear: partner with Taylor Logistics. With a proven track record of precision planning, efficient freight services, and warehousing excellence, Taylor Logistics is your strategic ally. Don’t leave your Super Bowl supply chain to chance—join forces with Taylor Logistics and experience the winning edge.

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We are thrilled to share some exciting news with you – Taylor has officially launched our wellness initiative in collaboration with Wellable, a leading wellness engagement platform! This initiative is not just about transporting goods efficiently; it’s about ensuring the well-being of our most valuable asset – our people. We’re only in the early stages of this transformative journey, and the energy and commitment from our team are already making waves.

A Stride Towards Healthier Living:

In the first two weeks of our wellness initiative, Team Taylor has collectively walked an impressive 2,188 miles as part of our inaugural challenge! 

Why Wellable?

Our decision to partner with Wellable is rooted in a shared commitment to creating a workplace that values and supports the health of our employees. Wellable’s platform provides a comprehensive suite of tools and resources designed to inspire positive lifestyle changes, making it the perfect ally in our mission to prioritize employee well-being.

The Inaugural Challenge: Walking the Talk:

To kick off this exciting journey, we introduced a company-wide walking challenge. The goal was ambitious – collectively walk 2,188 miles in the first two weeks. We are thrilled to announce that our dedicated team not only met but exceeded this goal, showcasing their enthusiasm for the initiative and their commitment to embracing a healthier lifestyle.

What’s Next?

As we look ahead, the journey to a healthier and more vibrant workplace has just begun. Taylor Logistics is committed to continuing our wellness initiative, incorporating ongoing challenges, educational resources, and personalized support to ensure our team feels empowered and supported in pursuing a healthier lifestyle.

Join Us on the Journey:

We invite our partners, clients, and friends to join us on this exciting journey towards a healthier future. Whether you’re a part of the logistics industry or share our commitment to employee well-being, your support is invaluable. Together, we can create a workplace culture that prioritizes efficiency and our team’s health and happiness.

Thank you for your continued support as Taylor Logistics takes a step towards a healthier, more vibrant future.

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In recognition of its outstanding performance, Taylor Logistics Inc. has been awarded the prestigious 2024 Ohio Success Award. This esteemed accolade highlights companies that have demonstrated substantial growth in revenue and workforce, coupled with a strong commitment to community engagement and excellence in their respective industries. Taylor Logistics Inc.’s attainment of this award underscores its position as a formidable player in the logistics sector.

Growth in Revenue and Workforce:

A pivotal factor contributing to Taylor’s recognition is its commendable growth in both revenue and workforce. The company’s financial achievements underscore strategic planning, innovative solutions, and a relentless dedication to customer satisfaction. This growth sets a new standard within the industry and positions Taylor as a critical influencer in the dynamic Ohio business landscape.

In addition to financial success, the company’s commitment to workforce expansion is noteworthy. Taylor has created employment opportunities while fostering a thriving work environment. As the organization continues its upward trajectory, it serves as an exemplar for businesses aspiring to emulate its success within the competitive logistics sector.

Community Involvement and Service Excellence:

Beyond financial metrics, Taylor distinguishes itself through active community involvement and service excellence through the Taylor cares program. Recognizing the importance of corporate social responsibility, the company engages in various philanthropic initiatives, supporting local charities, educational programs, and community development projects. Furthermore, Taylor exemplifies service excellence within the logistics industry, setting a benchmark through innovative solutions and a customer-centric approach.

Industry Leadership and Recognition:

Taylor’s acknowledgment as a 2024 Ohio Success Award winner is not solely attributable to numerical success but also to its leadership and influence within the industry. The company stays at the forefront of industry trends, embraces technological advancements, and prioritizes customer satisfaction. The award recognizes Taylor Logistics Inc. as a trailblazer who contributed significantly to industry innovation and best practices.

Taylor’s reception of the 2024 Ohio Success Award validates its remarkable achievements in revenue growth, workforce expansion, community engagement, and industry leadership. Beyond financial accomplishments, the award signifies the positive impact the company has made in its community and the logistics sector. Taylor Logistics Inc. stands as a beacon of success, demonstrating the values of ingenuity, partnership, and perseverance synonymous with the Ohio Success Award.

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Sustainability Taylor Logistics Inc.

CINCINNATI, OH – NOVEMBER 27TH, 2023 – Taylor Companies, comprising Taylor Logistics Inc, Taylor Warehouse Corp, and Taylor Distributing Co, proudly announce significant strides in its commitment to environmental sustainability. The integrated efforts of these entities underscore their dedication to reducing environmental impact and fostering a more sustainable future.

Over the past several years, Taylor has prioritized integrating environmentally conscious practices across its operations, recognizing businesses’ crucial role in addressing global sustainability challenges. The commitment spans multiple facets of the supply chain, from transportation and warehousing to distribution.

Taylor Logistics Inc., the logistics arm of Taylor, has implemented innovative transportation solutions to reduce carbon emissions across all three scopes. This includes optimizing routes, investing in fuel-efficient vehicles, and exploring alternative energy sources. By embracing cutting-edge technologies, Taylor Logistics Inc. aims to streamline operations while minimizing its ecological footprint, with a particular focus on Scope 3 emissions.

Taylor Warehouse Corp, which is responsible for storing and managing goods, has initiated comprehensive sustainability programs within its warehouse facilities. These initiatives encompass energy-efficient lighting, waste reduction strategies, and the implementation of recycling programs. Through these measures, Taylor Warehouse Corp is working to create environmentally responsible and resource-efficient warehousing solutions.

Taylor Distributing Co, the distribution arm of Taylor, is actively engaged in sustainable packaging practices to address all three scopes of emissions. The company is committed to minimizing packaging waste by adopting eco-friendly materials and optimizing packaging design. Taylor Distributing Co is also working with suppliers to measure and reduce the carbon footprint associated with the production and transportation of packaging materials, contributing to Scope 3 emissions reduction.

“At Taylor, we believe in the power of responsible business practices to drive positive change,” said Noelle Taylor, Sustainability Captain and Marketing Director at Taylor. “Our commitment to environmental sustainability is a key aspect of our corporate responsibility. We are proud of our progress thus far and remain dedicated to continually advancing our sustainability initiatives.”

In addition to these individual efforts, Taylor is exploring collaborative initiatives with industry partners, suppliers, and local businesses to enhance its environmental impact reduction strategies further. By fostering a culture of sustainability across its subsidiaries, Taylor Companies is demonstrating its commitment to creating a more sustainable and resilient future.

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In the ever-evolving landscape of global commerce, the ability to adapt swiftly to market dynamics is paramount. Enter elastic logistics—an innovative approach to supply chain management that revolutionizes traditional practices. Elastic logistics prioritizes flexibility, allowing businesses to respond dynamically to changing market demands. We’re delving into the concept of elastic logistics, exploring how it optimizes vessel and transportation usage, reduces costs, and minimizes environmental impact.

Let’s define Elastic Logistics:

The term “elastic” in the context of logistics, particularly in “elastic logistics,” refers to the ability of a system or process to be flexible, adaptable, and responsive to changes. In the field of supply chain management, an elastic approach means that the logistics and operational processes can expand or contract easily in response to variations in demand, market conditions, or other external factors.

Adaptive Supply Chain Operations:

Elastic logistics is centered around the idea of adaptability. It involves the real-time adjustment of supply chain operations based on market demand. By constantly monitoring and analyzing market trends, businesses employing elastic logistics can optimize their processes to ensure maximum efficiency.

Efficient Vessel and Transportation Use:

One of the key advantages of elastic logistics lies in its ability to optimize vessel and transportation use. Rather than sticking to rigid schedules and fixed routes, elastic logistics allows for dynamic route planning. This ensures that vessels and transportation modes are utilized efficiently, reducing idle times and overall operational costs.

Cost-Cutting Measures:

Elastic logistics is inherently cost-effective. By adjusting space utilization and matching inventory to orders, businesses can minimize excess inventory costs and avoid overstock situations. The dynamic nature of elastic logistics also enables companies to streamline their operations, cutting unnecessary expenses and enhancing overall cost efficiency.

Reducing Environmental Impact:

Sustainability is a growing concern for businesses worldwide. Elastic logistics contributes to environmental conservation by minimizing unnecessary transportation, reducing fuel consumption, and optimizing warehouse space. This results in a smaller carbon footprint, aligning businesses with eco-friendly practices.

Space Optimization and Inventory Management:

Elastic logistics emphasizes the importance of efficient space utilization. By dynamically adjusting warehouse space based on demand fluctuations, businesses can reduce storage costs and enhance overall space efficiency. Inventory management is also streamlined, ensuring that stock levels align with current market needs.

Matching Inventory to Order:

Elastic logistics employs advanced technologies, such as data analytics and artificial intelligence, to match inventory levels precisely to incoming orders. This prevents overstocking or stockouts, enhancing customer satisfaction and reducing the financial impact of excess inventory or lost sales.

Elastic logistics is not just a trend; it’s a strategic imperative for businesses aiming to thrive in today’s fast-paced and unpredictable market. By embracing the principles of adaptability, efficiency, and sustainability, companies can navigate market dynamics with ease. As technology continues to advance, the future of supply chain management undoubtedly lies in the hands of those who can master the art of elastic logistics.

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We’re thrilled about attending the Women in Supply Chain Forum in Atlanta next week. This exceptional industry event is a prime opportunity for executives, both men and women, to foster meaningful connections and gain valuable insights through thought-provoking discussion panels, contributing to the growth of their businesses. 

If you are attending, make sure to connect with our Liz Switzer & Noelle Taylor! 

What the Women in Supply Chain Forum Offers

The Women in Supply Chain Forum in Atlanta is a prestigious event that brings together experts and leaders from the supply chain industry. The forum offers a unique platform for professionals to share experiences, learn from one another, and discuss the latest industry trends and innovations. Here are some key aspects of the forum:

Networking Opportunities: Our team members will have the chance to connect with fellow professionals, fostering relationships that can lead to collaboration and partnerships.

Educational Sessions: The forum features insightful sessions led by accomplished women in supply chain management. Our team members are eager to learn from their peers and stay updated on industry best practices.

Sharing Experiences: By attending this event, our team members aim to share their own experiences, challenges, and successes within a supportive community.

Empowering Women: The forum encourages women to be confident and assertive in their roles, providing tools and strategies for career growth. Our team members are excited to bring this knowledge back to our organization and apply it in their roles.

We are proud to have our team members represent our organization at the Women in Supply Chain Forum in Atlanta. Their participation highlights our commitment to gender diversity and excellence in the supply chain industry. We eagerly await their return, knowing they will bring valuable insights and experiences to benefit our team and the organization. Our team members are not just attending the forum; they embody the spirit of women’s empowerment and progress in the supply chain industry.

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CINCINNATI, OH – NOVEMBER 7TH, 2023 – Taylor Logistics Inc., a prominent logistics provider, is proud to announce its position as one of the largest logistics firms in the Cincinnati area, based on local headcount by the Cincinnati Business Courier. This recognition underscores Taylor Logistics’ commitment to delivering excellence in logistics services and contributing to the Cincinnati community.

The logistics landscape in Cincinnati has evolved significantly, and Taylor Logistics has been at the forefront of this transformation, continuously expanding its workforce to meet the growing needs of its business partners. The company’s emphasis on nurturing local talent and bolstering the workforce has solidified its status as a key contributor to the region’s logistics industry.

Drew Taylor, CEO of Taylor Logistics, commented on the achievement, saying, “We are proud to be recognized among the largest logistics firms in the Cincinnati area. This acknowledgment is a testament to our dedication to providing top-tier logistics solutions and fostering growth within the local community.”

Will Roberson, COO and President of Taylor Logistics added, “Our growth and recognition among the largest logistics firms are a reflection of our commitment to delivering superior logistics services and contributing to the economic development of Cincinnati. We remain focused on expanding our impact and providing value to our clients and the local community.”

As one of the largest logistics firms in the Cincinnati area, based on local headcount, Taylor Logistics continues to set new benchmarks in the industry. The company’s dedication to innovation, sustainability, and community engagement underscores its mission to be a leading force in the logistics sector.

For more information about Taylor Logistics and its services, please visit www.taylorlogistics.com.

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Welcome to Taylor Logistics’ Q4 2023 Freight Market Insights!

While rates have been holding steady near the lower end of the market, there’s exciting news on the horizon. Our experts anticipate a potential turnaround in the latter half of Q2 2024. This means it’s the perfect time to sit down with your 3PL partner and prepare your supply chain for upcoming rate and capacity changes. 

Some Economic Factors to Take Into Consideration: 

Inflation: During Q3, we saw inflation rates dip, but they’ve rebounded and are currently at 3.7%.

Fuel Prices: In the U.S., average fuel prices have stopped their gradual decline that began at the end of 2022. Diesel prices increased from $3.80 per gallon in July to $4.58 per gallon. These increases in fuel costs are contributing to the overall rise in inflation.

These insights are based on market data from public sources, providing essential information to keep you informed, make strategic decisions to manage risks and ensure the continuity of your supply chain.

Dedicated Fleet Trends 

In recent years, many leading fleet carriers have shared exciting insights. They’ve consistently reported that their fleet’s growth, particularly in active tractors, is increasingly centered around the dedicated segment of their business. What’s so great about this is that it’s not just benefiting them but also you! These carriers focus more on dedicated services, leading to better service predictability and happier drivers. Need a dedicated fleet solution? Talk with our sibling company, Taylor Distributing Co. 

Notable Growth Among Smaller Carriers

Our research shows that smaller carriers have been on the rise. These companies operate fewer than 51 tractors and are making a significant impact on the for-hire capacity in the USA. So, when you choose to work with smaller carriers, you’re contributing to the growth of these vibrant businesses.

Challenges Stemming from Driver Shortages 

We understand that the trucking industry faces unique challenges, like a shortage of drivers and changing employment preferences. The average age of truck drivers is around 55, and with the Baby Boomer generation’s retirement, keeping fleets fully staffed is challenging. But don’t worry; we’re here to help you navigate these challenges as the market evolves to meet your freight volume needs.

Resilience in the Owner-Operator Model

We have good news! The trucking industry in the USA has a robust owner-operator model to serve you. Becoming an owner-operator is easier than ever, and if times get tough, exiting the business is a breeze. Plus, seeing so many people enthusiastic about driving trucks is terrific. More importantly, many drivers want to own and operate their businesses. This trend has gained momentum in recent years, and it’s all about offering you a variety of ways to get your goods moving. Whether you prefer independent operators with their trailers, independent contractors with fleets, or power-only services for your trailers, we’ve got you covered.

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In this case study, we will delve into the strategic decision-making and actions of a large food manufacturer that sought to safeguard its operations and respond effectively to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. To maintain confidentiality, we will refer to the food manufacturer as “Delicious Delights.” Delicious Delights partnered with Taylor Logistics, a prominent logistics and supply chain management company, to address these challenges.

Background:

Delicious Delights is a major player in the food manufacturing industry, known for producing a wide range of popular food products. With several production facilities across the United States, they operate in a highly regulated industry that requires strict adherence to food safety and quality standards. When the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, the company realized that its existing logistics and supply chain setup needed to be reinforced to meet increased food demand while adhering to strict safety measures.

Challenges:

Surge in Demand: The onset of the pandemic resulted in an unprecedented increase in demand for certain food products. Delicious Delights needed to scale its production and distribution capabilities quickly.

Safety Compliance: As a food manufacturer, Delicious Delights was pressured to maintain stringent safety and hygiene standards while adhering to evolving pandemic-related guidelines.

Logistics and Supply Chain Agility: The company needed a partner that could help them adapt to the changing landscape of consumer behavior and supply chain dynamics.

Why Taylor?

Delicious Delights partnered with Taylor Logistics, a renowned logistics and supply chain solutions provider. The key factors behind this decision were:

SQF Food-Grade Warehouses: Taylor Logistics offered strategically located warehouses with Safe Quality Food (SQF) certification. These facilities met the highest standards for food safety and quality.

Multi-Services Offerings: In addition to warehousing, Taylor Logistics provided a suite of services, including transportation and packaging, which enabled Delicious Delights to streamline its supply chain operations.

Scalability: Recognizing the unpredictable nature of the pandemic, Taylor Logistics offered a scalable solution that could flexibly adjust to the fluctuations in demand.

Implementation and Outcomes:

Enhanced Food Safety: Taylor Logistics’ SQF-certified warehouses and rigorous food safety protocols ensured Delicious Delights’ products remained compliant with regulatory standards, reassuring consumers and retailers alike.

Supply Chain Resilience: By leveraging Taylor Logistics’ transportation and warehousing services, Delicious Delights could react nimbly to market changes. This capability was pivotal in managing their increased production requirements during the pandemic.

Scalability: Taylor Logistics’ flexibility allowed Delicious Delights to scale its operations up or down as needed. This ensured timely product delivery and optimized their supply chain costs.

Customer Satisfaction: Delicious Delights’ commitment to quality and safety combined with Taylor Logistics’ capabilities increased customer satisfaction, with on-time deliveries and a consistent supply of products during a turbulent period.

Delicious Delights’ partnership with Taylor Logistics proved to be instrumental in navigating the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. By tapping into Taylor Logistics’ SQF food-grade warehouse networks, multi-service offerings, and adaptable supply chain solutions, the food manufacturer successfully ensured the safety and reliability of its food products and met the increased demand during this trying period.

This case study underscores the importance of strategic collaborations and supply chain resilience in the food industry, especially in times of crisis. Delicious Delights’ proactive approach to enhancing its logistics capabilities through this partnership ultimately resulted in their business’s continued success and growth.

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Seasonal Supply Chain

In the dynamic realm of logistics and supply chain management, navigating the rhythmic ebb and flow of seasonal supply chain shifts is both an art and a science. The ability to harmonize your operations with seasonal fluctuations can spell the difference between triumph and turbulence for your business. Whether you’re peddling sunscreen in summer or crafting holiday magic in winter, understanding and conquering these seasonal shifts is paramount. In this blog post, we will delve into the intricacies of seasonal supply chains and unveil ingenious strategies to help your business not just survive but thrive amidst these shifts.

Decoding Seasonal Supply Chain Shifts

Seasonal supply chain shifts are the balletic movements of commerce, choreographed by the calendar and consumer whims. They materialize when consumer demand for particular products or services experiences pronounced variations throughout the year. These variations are often orchestrated by a symphony of factors, including weather patterns, cultural events, holidays, and economic triggers. Here are some illustrative examples:

Weather-Driven Seasonality: Companies dealing in weather-sensitive wares, such as swimsuits and ski gear, sway with the seasons, adapting their supply chains to these meteorological rhythms.

Festive Frenzy: Retailers, whether physical or online, witness a surge in demand during the festive season, necessitating a flawless fusion of augmented inventory, nimble distribution, and top-notch customer support.

Agricultural Rhapsody: The agricultural sector performs its seasonal sonata as crops are harvested at specific times of the year, affecting not only growers but also the entire supply chain downstream.

Back-to-School Ballet: Businesses peddling school supplies and uniforms orchestrate their operations for the back-to-school season, a crescendo of demand.

Key Strategies for Synchronizing with Seasonal Shifts

Demand Anticipation: Accurate demand forecasting acts as the conductor of your seasonal supply chain orchestra. Harness historical sales data, market intelligence, and predictive analytics to anticipate the crescendos and diminuendos of demand. This enables you to fine-tune inventory levels and production schedules.

Flexibility in Supply Chain Design: Inject adaptability into your supply chain’s DNA to harmonize with changing demand. Embrace flexible staffing arrangements, dynamic warehousing solutions, and versatile transportation options. Temporary personnel and rented storage spaces can be instrumental in hitting the right notes during peak seasons.

Supplier Synergy: Cultivate strong partnerships with suppliers, sharing your seasonal symphony well in advance. Collaborate closely to ensure a steady supply of materials and products when the demand crescendos.

Inventory Virtuosity: Mastery of inventory management is paramount. Employ techniques such as just-in-time inventory, safety stock, and ABC analysis to fine-tune inventory levels. This prevents surplus during lulls and staves off shortages during high-demand periods.

Technological Crescendo: Invest in cutting-edge supply chain technology and automation to streamline processes and elevate efficiency. These tools enhance visibility, orchestrate real-time inventory tracking, and facilitate agile responses to demand fluctuations.

Logistics Choreography: Ensure your transportation and logistics networks possess the grace to handle peak-season volumes. Consider alternative routes and transportation methods to sidestep potential bottlenecks.

Customer Engagement: Keep your audience informed about product availability and delivery schedules during peak seasons. Implement responsive customer support channels to address inquiries and concerns with finesse.

Post-Season Encore: After each peak season performance, conduct a thorough post-season analysis. Uncover areas for refinement, fine-tuning your seasonal supply chain symphony for a stellar encore.

Seasonal supply chain shifts are the verses and choruses of many businesses’ financial songs, and conducting them with mastery is the key to sustained success. By immersing yourself in the rhythm of seasonal demand variations and orchestrating astute strategies, your company can not only meet customer expectations but also transform seasonal challenges into opportunities.

In this harmonious journey, Taylor Logistics stands as your trusted partner, ready to help you hit all the right notes. With their extensive experience and expertise in supply chain management, Taylor Logistics can provide tailored solutions that synchronize your operations with seasonal shifts. Their innovative approach, backed by cutting-edge technology, ensures that your supply chain performs like a well-rehearsed symphony, delivering efficiency and precision.

In a competitive landscape, adaptability and agility during seasonal supply chain shifts are the notes that harmonize with long-term prosperity. So, step onto the stage, embrace the music of the seasons, and let Taylor Logistics choreograph your supply chain for a standing ovation in the world of seamless success.

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Cincinnati 3PL

In today’s fast-paced and highly competitive business environment, logistics and supply chain management play a crucial role in the success of any company. One strategic approach that has gained significant traction in recent years is the utilization of a 3PL (Third-Party Logistics) network of warehouses. Among the various locations available for such a network, Cincinnati has emerged as an ideal choice due to its strategic positioning and numerous advantages. In this blog, we will explore the benefits of having a 3PL network of warehouses in Cincinnati, perfectly positioned to enhance your business operations.

1. Strategic Geographic Location: 

Cincinnati’s central location in the United States makes it a prime hub for distribution and transportation. Situated within a one-day drive of two-thirds of the U.S. population, it provides easy access to major markets in the Midwest and along the East Coast. This strategic location minimizes transportation costs and reduces transit times, ensuring faster deliveries to customers.

2. Cost Efficiency: 

Cincinnati offers a cost-effective solution for warehousing and distribution. Compared to major coastal cities, the cost of real estate and labor is significantly lower, allowing businesses to allocate more resources to other critical aspects of their operations. This cost-efficiency extends to transportation, as reduced travel distances translate to lower shipping expenses.

3. Scalability and Flexibility: 

Partnering with 3PL providers in Cincinnati allows businesses to scale their operations up or down based on demand. Warehouses in the region are equipped to handle various types of goods, and their flexible storage solutions ensure that your inventory is managed efficiently, even during peak seasons.

4. Access to Expertise: 

Cincinnati has a well-established logistics and transportation industry. Partnering with 3PL providers in the region grants access to experienced professionals who understand the local market intricacies, compliance regulations, and best practices. This local expertise can be invaluable in streamlining your supply chain operations.

5. Reduced Transit Times: 

With Cincinnati’s proximity to major highways, rail networks, and air cargo facilities, your products can reach their destinations faster. Reduced transit times not only satisfy customer expectations for quick deliveries but also help in optimizing inventory levels and minimizing carrying costs.

6. Mitigated Risk: 

Natural disasters and disruptions in one region can have a significant impact on the supply chain. Cincinnati’s geographical stability and resilience to extreme weather events make it a safe choice for warehousing. Businesses can rest assured that their inventory is less susceptible to unforeseen disruptions.

7. Improved Customer Service: 

Faster deliveries, reduced shipping costs, and reliable service contribute to enhanced customer satisfaction. By positioning your 3PL network in Cincinnati, you can provide your customers with a competitive advantage that sets you apart from the competition.

8. Focus on Core Competencies: 

Outsourcing your warehousing and distribution needs to a 3PL provider in Cincinnati allows you to concentrate on your core business activities, such as product development, marketing, and strategic planning. This can lead to increased innovation and profitability.

In conclusion, establishing a 3PL network of warehouses in Cincinnati, with its strategic location and various advantages, can be a game-changer for businesses looking to optimize their supply chain operations. Whether you are a growing e-commerce company or a large manufacturer, Cincinnati’s perfectly positioned logistics infrastructure can help you reduce costs, improve efficiency, and ultimately deliver better service to your customers. Consider leveraging this thriving logistics hub to propel your business to new heights in today’s competitive marketplace.

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Women In Supply Chain Award

This award honors female supply chain leaders and executives whose accomplishments, mentorship and examples set a foundation for women in all levels of a company’s supply chain network.  

CINCINNATI, OHIO—Sept. 18, 2023 — Food Logistics, the only publication exclusively dedicated to covering the movement of product through the global cold food supply chain, and Supply & Demand Chain Executive, the only publication covering the entire global supply chain, named Liz Switzer as one of the winners of this year’s Women in Supply Chain Award, which honors female supply chain leaders and executives whose accomplishments, mentorship and examples set a foundation for women in all levels of a company’s supply chain network.  

“This year, we received over 400 submissions, the highest amount of applications not only for this award, but also for all of our awards. What’s more, 118 of those applications were submitted by male counterparts, nominating their boss, co-worker or associate. Last year, that figure was just at 75. Also this year, 39 women self-nominated, a tremendous uptick from last year’s award, which just saw 12 self-nominations. This shows progress. This shows hope that one day, we won’t need an award like this because men and women in the supply chain will be equal,” says Marina Mayer, Editor-in-Chief of Food Logistics and Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “While there’s still more work to be done, what we’re doing is working. From truck drivers to CEOs, what these winners are doing matters to the future of all supply chains.”

“Women have been making a significant impact in supply chain management, contributing to the growth and innovation of the supply chain industry. As more women join the supply chain workforce, they bring diverse perspectives that can help address complex supply chain problems and improve global supply chain operations. It is important that we empower, recognize and elevate these achievements through initiatives like the Women in Supply Chain Award, as seen through the overwhelming response. Congratulations to all the winners, those who nominated others and the bravery of those who nominated themselves,” adds Sarah Barnes-Humphrey, founder of Let’s Talk Supply Chain podcast and Blended Pledge project, both exclusive sponsors of the Women in Supply Chain award.

Go to https://foodl.me/fdx1zi to view the full list of winners. Recipients will be honored at this year’s Women in Supply Chain Forum, set to take place Nov. 14-15, 2023 in Atlanta. Go to www.WomenInSupplyChainForum.com to register and learn more.

About Food Logistics and Supply & Demand Chain Executive

Food Logistics reaches more than 26,000 supply chain executives in the global food and beverage industries, including executives in the food sector (growers, producers, manufacturers, wholesalers and grocers) and the logistics section (transportation, warehousing, distribution, software and technology) who share a mutual interest in the operations and business aspects of the global cold food supply chain. Supply & Demand Chain Executive is the only supply chain publication covering the entire global supply chain, focusing on trucking, warehousing, packaging, procurement, risk management, professional development and more. Food Logistics and Supply & Demand Chain Executive also operate SCN Summit and Women in Supply Chain Forum. Go to www.FoodLogistics.com and www.SDCExec.com to learn more.

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Seasonal Surges Supply Chain

We know that running a business can feel like a rollercoaster ride, especially when it comes to seasonality changes. Whether you’re gearing up for a booming holiday season or bracing for the summer slowdown, the key to success lies in demand planning and the right supply chain strategy. That’s where Taylor, your 3PL hero, steps in to make your supply chain journey smooth and profitable.

Understanding the Seasonal Shuffle

First things first, let’s talk about seasonality. It’s that regular ebb and flow in demand that can leave you spinning if you’re not prepared. Every industry faces these ups and downs, from the holiday shopping frenzy to back-to-school rushes and even summer slumps. How you handle them makes all the difference.

The Power of Demand Planning

Demand planning is like your secret weapon against the unpredictability of seasons. Here’s what it brings to the table:

Data Delights: It all starts with data. Analyzing historical sales figures, market trends, and outside factors is our way of peering into the future.

Forecasting Finesse: Armed with data, we forecast demand like pros. This isn’t just a guess; it’s about spotting patterns and trends to ensure you’ve got what your customers want when they want it.

Inventory Intelligence: Demand planning helps us keep your inventory levels just right—no more shelves crammed with excess stock or frantic last-minute restocking.

Teamwork: We believe in partnership. Collaboration between and continuous communication between our teams– ensures we all sing the same tune.

Scaling Your Supply Chain

Now, let’s talk about scaling operations. It’s the secret to mastering seasonal changes. Why Taylor 3PL, you ask? Here’s why:

Warehouse Wonders: Our flexible warehousing solutions are a godsend. Need to scale up for peak season? Easy peasy. And when demand subsides, you’re not tied to extra space.

Fulfillment Flourish: We’re fulfillment aficionados, ensuring orders are picked, packed, and shipped like clockwork, even during the busiest times. 

Transportation Tricks: From route optimization to efficient shipping, our transportation expertise keeps your goods moving seamlessly.

Value-Added Services: Taylor continues beyond warehousing and transportation. We offer a range of value-added services like kitting, labeling, and quality checks to add extra shine to your products.

Growth Mode: As your business soars, Taylor scales with you. Need more space, a dedicated fulfillment center, or expanded value-added services? We’ve got you covered.

In the epic saga of supply chain management, Taylor is your ally. We’re here to help you conquer the unpredictable seas of seasonality, transform challenges into opportunities, and make your supply chain a source of strength.

Ready to embark on this adventure with Taylor by your side? Let’s chat and discover how we can elevate your supply chain to new heights.

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Hurricane Idalia

Current Updates


Update as of 8 a.m. ET Wednesday

Hurricane Idalia briefly intensified into a dangerous Category 4 storm early Wednesday morning before making landfall as a high-end Category 3 on Florida’s west coast.

The eyewall made landfall in the Big Bend area near Cedar Key and, as of 8 a.m. ET, the eye was located just inland from the coast.

In an alert Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center warned that storm surge of 12-16 feet could be expected between Wakulla/Jefferson County line and Yankeetown, Florida. Cedar Key was experiencing nearly 6 feet of inundation Wednesday morning.

8/29 2:00 pm ET:

Hurricane Idalia is still moving northward into the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico where it is expected to intensify rapidly this afternoon and evening.

Winds remain sustained at 90 miles per hour and the storm is still moving northward at 15 mph.

As of the National Hurricane Center’s 2:00 pm ET update, the center of the storm was located approximately 230 miles SSW of Tampa, Florida.

All watches and warnings across Florida remain in place, including evacuation orders for residents in Tampa and St. Petersburg. The government of Cuba has let all hurricane warnings expire for its country.

The next NHC complete advisory will be issued at 5:00 pm ET.

Idalia strengthened into a hurricane overnight as it moved into the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. As of Tuesday morning, winds have increased to 90 miles per hour and the hurricane continues to move northward at a speed of 14 mph.

In an update early Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center said the storm will bring life-threatening storm surge, with some areas expecting 8-12 feet of water.

Snapshot of the Present Freight Market

Post by Freight Caviar: Adriana Pulley

As the freight market displays initial indications of enhancement, it encounters an additional obstacle: the upcoming advent of Hurricane Idalia. With forecasts predicting the storm’s impact on the United States, experts within the freight sector are preparing for a potential upswing in market rates.

Although there’s a minor upward trend in contract rates, spot market rates have sustained their stability. The impending storm has the potential to trigger a notable surge in spot rates.

Hurricane Idalia’s Projections

According to the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Idalia is forecasted to intensify into a Category 2 hurricane as it moves toward Florida’s west coast. The effects of such a hurricane could be far-reaching, not just environmentally but economically as well.

Freight Market Implications

Historically, hurricanes have impacted the freight market in several ways:

Emergency Supplies Movement: Hurricanes necessitate transportation of emergency supplies, driving demand up.


Infrastructure Damage: Damage to roads, ports, and bridges limits transportation routes, concentrating demand in operational areas.


Post-Storm Rebuilding: The recovery phase post-hurricane increases demand for the transportation of construction materials.


Historical Data Insight

For context, Hurricane Harvey in 2017 disrupted nearly 10% of the trucking industry in the U.S. for two weeks and caused spot rates to jump by over 20% in the aftermath. Additionally, with damages totaling around $125 billion, the required rebuilding materials and supplies led to sustained heightened rates in the affected regions.

Hurricane Idalia’s potential impact on the freight spot market serves as a reminder of the interdependence of environmental events and industry dynamics. As Florida prepares for the storm, the freight industry, too, must strategically plan for the challenges and demands ahead.

Stay Informed

A valuable resource is the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN); please visit the ALAN website for Activation Updates, Stories involving the storm, and information on how to help.

Because this has the potential to be an especially destructive storm, we encourage you to visit ALAN’s Supply Chain Intelligence Center (https://www.alanaid.org/map) and our Disaster Micro-Site (https://www.alanaid.org/operations/) frequently. The first contains a wide variety of resources to keep you in the loop about everything from Hurricane Idalia’s latest path to how local and regional transportation infrastructure is being impacted. The second is where we will share details about some of ALAN’s key activities and how you and other members of the logistics community can help. We will be updating both resources frequently as events unfold.

Some valuable links provided by ALAN. 

Emergency Declaration

Perdue FDOT EO 23-06

Perdue FDOT Emergency Road Use Permit (for use with FHP)

Just in case you hadn’t already seen it, Florida will be having their ESF-18 Private Sector call at 2 PM Eastern Daily.

Phone number: 888-585-9008 Participant Code: 753 329 128

Sources: AP News | Patch | DAT | Freight Caviar

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In today’s business landscape, sustainability is no longer a buzzword but a fundamental consideration. In the realm of third-party logistics (3PL), partnering with a provider committed to sustainability and transparent impact reporting offers benefits beyond the bottom line. For shippers, this strategic collaboration blends values with vision, enhancing supply chain strategies and ultimately reducing your brand’s footprint.

Forward-Thinking Collaboration

Selecting a 3PL with a robust sustainability or Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) program is a statement of shared values. It shows your commitment to responsible business practices and reinforces your brand’s integrity. You create a more meaningful, long-lasting collaboration by aligning with a partner that values sustainability.

Environmental Impact Reduction

The logistics sector plays a significant role in carbon emissions and resource depletion. Opting for a sustainable 3PL means you’re actively contributing to reducing these impacts. These providers often utilize energy-efficient vehicles, eco-friendly packaging, and streamlined transportation routes, leading to a greener supply chain and a cleaner environment.

Meeting Regulatory Demands

Environmental regulations are evolving rapidly. A 3PL experienced in sustainability is better equipped to navigate these changes, helping your supply chain comply with current and future regulations. This proactive approach minimizes legal risks and keeps your business ahead of the curve.

Insights Through Transparency

A sustainable 3PL that regularly reports its sustainability metrics provides you with valuable insights into its performance. Transparent reporting showcases their dedication to sustainability and allows you to gauge the effectiveness of their efforts. This data-driven approach empowers you to make well-informed decisions about your logistics partner.

Cost Efficiency

Contrary to the misconception that sustainability incurs additional costs, partnering with a sustainable 3PL often leads to cost savings. Efficiency gains from sustainable practices, such as optimized routes and reduced energy consumption, translate into financial benefits for your business.

Enhanced Reputation and Customer Appeal

Modern consumers are more conscious of a company’s sustainability efforts than ever before. Partnering with a sustainable 3PL aligns your supply chain with the values of eco-conscious customers. This alignment can attract a dedicated customer base, foster loyalty, and set your brand apart in a competitive market.

Choosing a 3PL with a strong sustainability or ESG program and a commitment to transparent metrics is a strategic move that pays off in numerous ways. It showcases your values, reduces environmental impact, ensures regulatory compliance, provides valuable insights, saves costs, and appeals to discerning consumers. By making this choice, you’re building a better supply chain and contributing to a more sustainable future for all.

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A well-optimized supply chain network is the cornerstone of success in the ever-evolving business landscape. The intricate web of processes ensures your products reach customers efficiently, on time, and at the right cost. As shippers seek reliable partners for their supply chain needs, it’s essential to recognize the signs that indicate the time is ripe for optimizing your supply chain network. In this article, we’ll delve into the five crucial signs that should catch your attention:

Delays Becoming the Norm: When delays in delivering products to your customers become a recurring theme, it’s time to assess your supply chain network. Delays can lead to dissatisfied customers, missed opportunities, and increased costs due to expedited shipping. An optimized supply chain ensures timely deliveries, enhancing customer satisfaction and bolstering your business reputation.

Fluctuating Demand Challenges: If you find it challenging to manage fluctuating customer demands efficiently, your supply chain might be due for optimization. A well-optimized network adapts seamlessly to changes in demand, ensuring you have the right products in the right quantities without overstocking or understocking.

Rising Operational Costs: Are your operational costs skyrocketing due to inefficient transportation, excess inventory, or poor coordination among supply chain partners? Optimal supply chain networks identify and eliminate such bottlenecks, resulting in reduced operational costs and improved profitability.

Lack of Visibility and Data Insights: In today’s data-driven world, lack of visibility into your supply chain can be detrimental. An optimized network utilizes advanced technologies like IoT, RFID, and analytics to provide real-time insights into inventory levels, transportation routes, and potential disruptions. This empowers you to make informed decisions and enhances overall efficiency.

Global Expansion Aspirations: If you’re considering expanding your business globally, supply chain optimization becomes paramount. International operations bring about a myriad of complexities, from customs regulations to varying transportation modes. An optimized supply chain network can help you navigate these challenges and ensure smooth global operations.

How to Optimize Your Supply Chain Network


Recognizing these signs is just the first step. To truly unlock the benefits of a well-optimized supply chain network, consider the following strategies:

Collaborate with Experts: Partner with supply chain experts (like #TeamTaylor) who can analyze your current network, identify inefficiencies, and provide tailored solutions. Their expertise can help you design a more efficient and agile supply chain.

Embrace Technology: Leverage technology to enhance visibility, automation, and data-driven decision-making. Implementing a robust supply chain management system can streamline processes and help you respond effectively to changes in demand and market conditions.

Streamline Processes: Identify bottlenecks and redundant processes within your supply chain and work on streamlining them. This could involve reevaluating supplier relationships, optimizing transportation routes, or redesigning inventory management processes.

Demand Forecasting: Invest in accurate forecasting tools to predict customer demand more effectively. This helps prevent overstocking or understocking and ensures you have the right products available at the right time.

Continuous Improvement: Supply chain optimization is not a one-time task; it’s an ongoing process. Regularly assess your network’s performance, gather feedback from customers and partners, and make necessary adjustments to stay ahead of the curve.

Recognizing the signs indicating the need for supply chain optimization is crucial to ensuring your business’s success. By partnering with experts, leveraging technology, streamlining processes, and embracing continuous improvement, you can create a robust and agile supply chain network that meets customer expectations and drives your business forward. So, whether you’re a startup or an established enterprise, now is the time to seize the opportunity and optimize your supply chain for a brighter, more efficient future.

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In the fiercely competitive world of modern business, brands need to leverage advanced technologies to streamline their operations and gain a competitive edge. One such technology that is transforming inventory management for brands is real-time inventory tracking through a Warehouse Management System (WMS) customer portal. In this blog post, we’ll explore how partnering with a 3PL (Third-Party Logistics) provider like Taylor, who offers a cutting-edge WMS customer portal with real-time tracking capabilities at no extra cost, can revolutionize inventory management and drive unprecedented benefits for your business.

1. Real-Time Inventory Visibility

When it comes to inventory management, knowledge is power. Real-time visibility into your inventory levels across multiple locations is essential for optimizing operations and promptly meeting customer demands. With Taylor’s WMS customer portal, you gain instant access to accurate, up-to-the-minute information about your inventory. This includes stock levels, order status, inbound and outbound shipments, and more, empowering you to make well-informed decisions at every step of the supply chain.

2. Seamless Order Fulfillment

Efficient order fulfillment is the lifeblood of any brand striving to deliver exceptional customer experiences. Taylor’s WMS customer portal facilitates seamless order processing by providing real-time insights into available inventory. With this comprehensive view, you can efficiently allocate stock to fulfill orders from the nearest distribution center or warehouse, ensuring faster delivery times and reduced shipping costs. The result? Satisfied customers and increased loyalty to your brand.

3. Proactive Inventory Management

Proactive inventory management is crucial for avoiding costly stockouts or overstocking situations. Taylor’s WMS customer portal allows you to set up automated alerts for low inventory levels, enabling you to replenish stock in a timely manner. By staying one step ahead of demand fluctuations, you can optimize inventory turnover, reduce holding costs, and free up working capital for other strategic investments.

4. Data-Driven Decision Making

In the age of big data, businesses that leverage actionable insights gain a significant advantage over their competitors. Taylor’s WMS customer portal collects and analyzes real-time inventory data, presenting you with easy-to-understand dashboards and reports. This data-driven approach empowers you to identify trends, spot inefficiencies, and make informed adjustments to your supply chain strategy, further enhancing operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

5. Enhanced Collaboration

Effective collaboration between brands and their 3PL partners is essential for mutual success. Taylor’s WMS customer portal fosters seamless communication by providing a shared platform for real-time inventory updates and order tracking. This transparency ensures that both parties are on the same page, leading to better coordination, fewer errors, and improved overall performance.

In conclusion, real-time inventory tracking through Taylor’s WMS customer portal is a game-changer for brands seeking to optimize their supply chain and deliver exceptional customer experiences. By partnering with a 3PL that offers this technology at no extra cost, you gain access to invaluable tools for inventory management, order fulfillment, and data-driven decision-making. Embrace the power of real-time inventory tracking and elevate your brand to new heights of efficiency and customer satisfaction.

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Taylor Logistics Inc., a leading provider of comprehensive logistics solutions, is thrilled to announce its recognition as a Top 100 Logistics Provider by Inbound Logistics magazine for the year 2023. This prestigious accolade highlights Taylor Logistics’ commitment to excellence in the industry and its unwavering dedication to providing exceptional logistics services to its customers, business partners, and vendors.

Inbound Logistics, a renowned industry publication, annually recognizes the top logistics providers who demonstrate innovation, excellence, and superior customer service. The selection process involves an extensive evaluation of companies based on criteria such as operational efficiency, technological advancements, customer satisfaction, and overall industry leadership.

Taylor Logistics has continually demonstrated its ability to deliver comprehensive logistics solutions that meet and exceed the evolving needs of its diverse clientele. By leveraging cutting-edge technology, robust supply chain strategies, and a highly skilled workforce, Taylor Logistics has consistently set the benchmark for excellence in the logistics industry.

“We are delighted and honored to be named a Top 100 Logistics Provider by Inbound Logistics for 2023,” said Drew Taylor, CEO & Chairman of Taylor Logistics Inc. “This recognition is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and expertise of our team members who consistently strive to provide our customers, business partners, and vendors with superior logistics solutions. We remain committed to delivering exceptional value, innovation, and caring for our customer’s inventory.”

Taylor Logistics offers various logistics services, including transportation management, warehousing and distribution, supply chain optimization, and food-grade warehousing. The company’s integrated approach and customized solutions empower customers to streamline operations, reduce costs, improve efficiency, and enhance their overall supply chain performance.

As a trusted logistics partner, Taylor Logistics has built enduring relationships with its customers, business partners, and vendors across various industries, including retail, manufacturing, food, beverage, and consumer goods. The company’s ability to adapt to dynamic market conditions and rapidly changing industry trends has been instrumental in ensuring the success of Taylor and its business partners.

About Taylor Logistics Inc.


Taylor Logistics Inc. is a leading provider of comprehensive solutions committed to delivering excellence and innovation in the logistics industry. With a customer-centric approach, cutting-edge technology, and a highly skilled workforce, Taylor Logistics offers a wide range of services, including transportation management, warehousing and distribution, supply chain optimization, and e-commerce fulfillment. The company serves customers, business partners, and vendors across various industries and is dedicated to helping businesses achieve their logistics goals efficiently and effectively.

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At a Glance

Ocean – TPEB: Carriers implement blank sailings to control rates amidst oversupply. Loading limitations are possible on US East Coast and Gulf Coast services due to Panama Canal draft restrictions.

Ocean – Indian Subcontinent: Coastal ports show strong equipment availability, while some inland container depots report deficits. Availability depends on import mix, with 20ft equipment being the most challenging.

Ocean – TAWB: Rates continue to decline with high capacity and low demand. Equipment widely available at major European ports, improved container turnaround times reduce congestion.

Trucking – U.S. import/export: Regulated trip rates and hourly comp increase for local drayage in Vancouver. Wildfires affect rail moves in Alberta, while US wet and rail ports remain fluid with short truck turn times. Impact of labor actions at B.C. ports yet to be seen.

ILWU Contract Negotiation

In recent news, approximately 7,400 dockworkers from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) in Canada initiated a strike on July 1st following unsuccessful labor contract negotiations with the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA). This labor dispute threatens container traffic at vital ports in Vancouver and Prince Rupert, prompting ocean carriers to urge government intervention through the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

The strike can potentially cause congestion at ports, impacting the unloading of vessels by longshoremen. Consequently, there may be additional fees, delays, and a shortage of storage space for containers destined for Vancouver or Prince Rupert. This strike could also have ripple effects on other transportation modes and ports across Canada and the Western Coast of the United States.

Rob Ashton, the president of Canada’s ILWU union representing the striking B.C. port workers, has requested that the federal government refrain from interfering, despite calls from business groups for back-to-work legislation. Ashton emphasizes the union’s commitment to remaining at the bargaining table until a fair negotiated deal is reached, stating, “We expect the BCMEA here all day, all night, until a deal is done so our people can go back to work with a fair negotiated deal for all of us.”

However, talks between the ILWU and the BCMEA may need help. The BCMEA has expressed doubts about resolving through negotiations, accusing the ILWU of maintaining entrenched positions and deeming compensation demands unreasonable.

Source 1: Global News Canada News

Source 2: Vancouver Sun

Recently Reported

Labor negotiations between the ILA and the United States Maritime Alliance face setbacks as ILA President Harold Daggett urges local branches to discontinue talks. Despite having 15 months until existing contracts expire in September 2024, discussions initiated in late 2022 encounter obstacles on the Gulf and East Coasts.

Panama Canal eases draft restrictions amid improved drought conditions and reduced vessel transits. Previously planned for June 25, draft levels have been maintained, avoiding further limitations on Neopanamax and Panamax locks.

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As the Fourth of July approaches, the excitement of fireworks, barbecues, and celebrations fills the air. It’s a day when Americans come together to commemorate their independence and enjoy the spirit of freedom. Behind the scenes, third-party logistics providers like Taylor Logistics play a vital role in ensuring that shippers’ supply chains run smoothly, allowing everyone to have a great Independence Day. In this blog post, we’ll explore how Taylor Logistics and other 3PLs contribute to ensuring a seamless experience for shippers, ultimately enabling a memorable and stress-free holiday for all.

Efficient Distribution and Inventory Management

The Fourth of July is when demand for various products peaks, from food and beverages to party supplies and decorations. Shippers face the challenge of efficiently managing their inventory and ensuring that the right products are available at the right place and time. This is where third-party logistics providers step in. With its supply chain management expertise, Taylor Logistics helps shippers optimize their distribution networks, streamline inventory management, and ensure timely deliveries. By coordinating warehousing, transportation, and order fulfillment processes, they provide that shippers can meet the heightened demands of the holiday season.

Responsive and Agile Transportation Solutions

Transportation plays a critical role in the supply chain, especially during holidays when there is a surge in consumer demand. Shippers must rely on reliable and agile transportation services to ensure their products reach the market on time. Third-party logistics providers, like Taylor Logistics, excel in offering responsive transportation solutions. They leverage their extensive network of carriers, establish efficient routes, and monitor shipments in real-time to ensure smooth and uninterrupted product flow. By managing the complexities of transportation logistics, 3PLs help shippers avoid delays, minimize stockouts, and maintain customer satisfaction during the festive season.

Flexibility in Scaling Operations

The Fourth of July often brings unpredictable fluctuations in demand. Shippers must be prepared for sudden spikes in orders and adjust their operations accordingly. This is where the flexibility provided by third-party logistics providers becomes invaluable. Taylor Logistics, for instance, can quickly scale up or down its services based on the shippers’ needs. Whether adding additional warehouse space, increasing labor, or ramping up transportation capacity, 3PLs have the necessary resources and expertise to adapt to the dynamic demands of the holiday season. By offering scalable solutions, they enable shippers to meet customer expectations efficiently.

End-to-End Visibility and Tracking

Customers expect transparency and real-time updates on their orders in the modern world. Third-party logistics providers integrate advanced technology solutions into their operations, providing end-to-end visibility and tracking capabilities. Taylor Logistics and similar 3PLs leverage GPS tracking, cloud-based platforms, and data analytics to monitor shipments, manage inventory, and ensure timely deliveries. This level of visibility empowers shippers with actionable insights, allowing them to promptly make informed decisions and address any potential disruptions.

As we celebrate Independence Day, it’s important to recognize third-party logistics providers like Taylor Logistics play a significant role in ensuring smooth supply chains. By optimizing distribution networks, providing agile transportation solutions, offering scalability, and leveraging advanced technologies, 3PLs give a seamless experience for shippers. Their dedication and expertise enable everyone to enjoy a stress-free and memorable Fourth of July. So, let’s raise our glasses and salute the logistics professionals who work behind the scenes, ensuring that the celebrations go on smoothly as we come together to celebrate the spirit of independence.

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Jason Sargent VP of Logisitics

CINCINNATI, Ohio. – JUNE, 26th 2023  – Taylor Logistics, a leading provider of comprehensive logistics solutions, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jason Sargent as its new Vice President of Logistics. With nearly 20 years of experience in the logistics industry, Jason brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Taylor. In his new role, he will oversee the strategic planning and execution of our logistics operations, driving efficiency and ensuring exceptional service delivery to our valued customers.

“I know his professionalism, expertise, and attitude is a value-add to both our team and customers, which is why we exist,” said Will Roberson, COO of Taylor Logistics Inc. “His proven track record of success and deep understanding of the industry will be instrumental in elevating our operations to new heights and reinforcing our commitment to providing unparalleled logistics services.”

Prior to joining Taylor Logistics, Jason held various key leadership positions within prominent logistics organizations, where he demonstrated exceptional leadership skills, implemented innovative strategies, and consistently achieved outstanding results. His profound insights into supply chain management and his ability to drive operational excellence will play a pivotal role in enhancing our capabilities and meeting the evolving needs of our clients.

“I am honored to join #TeamTaylor and be a part of a dynamic team that is known for its commitment to excellence,” said Jason Sargent. I look forward to being a part of the next chapter of Taylor’s rich history and building on a strong foundation of core values and progressive, customer-centered solutions.”

As the new VP of Logistics, Jason will work closely with our brokerage team with home base in Newport, Kentucky, to optimize processes, strengthen partnerships, and drive innovation. His leadership will be instrumental in further positioning Taylor Logistics as a trusted industry leader.

About Taylor: Taylor Logistics Inc. is a leading provider of end-to-end logistics solutions, offering a comprehensive range of services, including transportation, warehousing, supply chain management, and more. With a focus on customer satisfaction, cutting-edge technology, and a commitment to excellence, Taylor Logistics continues to deliver exceptional results for its business partners across various industries. For more info, please visit Taylor’s website: www.taylorlogistics.com

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Every year, on June 28th, the world celebrates National Logistics Day! It might be one of our favorite days of the year tbh. This particular day pays tribute to the unsung heroes who work tirelessly behind the scenes, ensuring the smooth flow of goods and services across the globe. The logistics industry supports economic growth and international trade, from transporting raw materials to delivering finished products. In this blog, we will delve into the significance of National Logistics Day and shed light on the invaluable contributions of logistics professionals.

Understanding Logistics

Logistics encompasses managing, coordinating, and implementing various activities involved in transporting, storing, and distributing goods and services. It includes procurement, inventory management, packaging, transportation, warehousing, and order fulfillment. The logistics sector acts as a vital link connecting manufacturers, suppliers, retailers, and end-consumers, ensuring the efficient movement of goods and minimizing disruptions in the supply chain.

The Importance of National Logistics Day

National Logistics Day serves as an opportunity to recognize and appreciate the immense impact of the logistics industry on global trade, economic development, and everyday life. This day allows us to acknowledge the challenges logistics professionals face and the constant innovations they employ to overcome these obstacles. From managing complex supply chains to navigating intricate regulatory frameworks, logistics experts drive productivity and facilitate seamless cross-border transactions.

Key Contributions of Logistics Professionals

Supply Chain Efficiency: Logistics professionals optimize the supply chain to enhance efficiency, reduce costs, and improve delivery times. They employ sophisticated technologies and data-driven strategies to streamline operations, enhance inventory management, and minimize wastage.

Global Trade Facilitation: As international trade expands, logistics professionals facilitate the movement of goods across borders, ensuring compliance with customs regulations, handling documentation, and coordinating with various stakeholders. They help bridge the gap between manufacturers and consumers in different countries, fostering economic growth and promoting cultural exchange.

Crisis Management: Logistics experts are adept at managing unexpected disruptions and crises, such as natural disasters or global pandemics. They develop contingency plans, reroute shipments, and ensure the availability of essential goods and medical supplies during times of emergency, playing a vital role in supporting communities and maintaining stability.

Sustainability and Environmental Responsibility: With growing concerns about climate change, logistics professionals are increasingly focusing on sustainable practices. They explore alternative fuels, optimize transport routes, and implement eco-friendly packaging solutions to minimize their environmental footprint and contribute to a greener future.

Celebrating National Logistics Day

Recognizing Logistics Professionals: National Logistics Day provides an opportunity to appreciate the hard work, dedication, and expertise of logistics professionals worldwide. Express gratitude to the individuals and teams involved in ensuring the smooth functioning of the supply chain by highlighting their achievements and sharing success stories.

Promoting Awareness: Educate the public about the role of logistics in their daily lives. Showcase how logistics impacts various industries, from retail and manufacturing to healthcare and e-commerce. Encourage conversations about the importance of logistics and its potential for career opportunities and economic growth.

Encouraging Collaboration: National Logistics Day is an ideal occasion for businesses, government bodies, and industry associations to collaborate and explore new ways to improve logistics operations. By sharing best practices, fostering innovation, and promoting knowledge exchange, stakeholders can work together to enhance efficiency and overcome challenges.

National Logistics Day serves as a reminder of the pivotal role played by the logistics industry in enabling global trade, economic growth, and societal well-being. It offers an opportunity to recognize the efforts of logistics professionals, appreciates their contributions, and promote the importance of logistics in our interconnected world. So, let’s come together on June 28th to celebrate National Logistics Day and honor those who keep the world moving forward.

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Forklifts play a crucial role in the day-to-day operations of warehouses and fulfillment centers, efficiently moving heavy loads and keeping supply chains running smoothly. However, they also pose inherent risks if not cautiously operated and within established safety guidelines. With the upcoming Forklift Safety Day 2023, it is an opportune time to emphasize the importance of forklift safety and shed light on enhancing safety practices in these critical work environments.

Understanding Forklift Safety


Forklift Safety Day observed annually, aims to promote awareness and educate workers about the potential hazards associated with forklift operations. It serves as a reminder to prioritize safety, reduce accidents, and protect the well-being of employees. The theme for 2023 revolves around cultivating safety culture and equipping workers with the necessary knowledge and skills to navigate these machines responsibly.

Creating a Culture of Safety


  1. Training and Certification: Comprehensive training programs are vital for operators to thoroughly understand forklift operations, safety protocols, and best practices. Certification should be mandatory, ensuring that only trained individuals operate forklifts.
  2. Ongoing Education: Regular refresher courses and safety meetings help reinforce safe practices and keep operators up to date with the latest safety regulations. It is crucial to emphasize the significance of constant learning and vigilance while operating forklifts.
  3. Pre-Operation Inspections: Establishing a pre-shift inspection routine ensures that forklifts are in optimal condition. Operators should examine brakes, tires, lights, controls, and other critical components. Reporting any issues promptly provides necessary maintenance and minimizes the risk of accidents.

Safe Operational Practices


  1. Speed Control: Encouraging operators to adhere to safe speed limits is essential. Excessive speed can lead to instability and loss of control, especially when turning or operating on uneven surfaces.
  2. Load Capacity Awareness: Overloading a forklift compromises stability and increases tip-overs risk. Operators must be educated on load capacity limits and reminded to follow them strictly.
  3. Proper Load Handling: Correctly positioning and securing loads on the forks ensures stability and prevents accidents during transport. Training should cover techniques for proper stacking, avoiding excessive height, and keeping loads balanced.
  4. Pedestrian Safety: Warehouses and fulfillment centers are dynamic environments with workers on foot. Implementing clear pedestrian walkways, using visual cues like floor markings, and training operators to be alert for pedestrians can significantly reduce the risk of collisions.
  5. Hazard Communication: Effective signage and proper marking of hazardous areas help alert forklift operators to potential dangers and ensure safe navigation within the facility.

Continuous Improvement and Technology


  1. Regular Equipment Maintenance: Establishing routine maintenance schedules and promptly addressing any identified issues is crucial. Well-maintained forklifts operate more reliably, reducing the likelihood of accidents caused by mechanical failures.
  2. Adoption of Safety Technologies: Advancements in forklift safety technologies, such as proximity sensors, cameras, and automatic braking systems, can add an extra layer of protection. Evaluating and integrating such technologies can enhance overall safety in warehouses and fulfillment centers.

Forklift Safety Day 2023 serves as a reminder to prioritize safety, promote a culture of responsibility, and safeguard workers in warehouses and fulfillment centers. By providing comprehensive training, implementing best practices, and embracing technological advancements, we can mitigate the risks associated with forklift operations. Let us join hands in ensuring a secure and productive working environment while striving for continuous improvement in forklift safety. We can reduce accidents, protect lives, and optimize operations in these vital sectors.

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As the 2023 hurricane season approaches, businesses must prepare for the potential disruptions that these natural phenomena can bring. A resilient supply chain is essential to mitigate risks, ensure business continuity, and protect customer satisfaction. In this blog post, we will explore the critical challenges posed by hurricanes and outline best practices to fortify your supply chain against their impacts.

Stay Informed

Keeping a close eye on weather forecasts and monitoring updates from reputable sources is essential. Establishing a dedicated team responsible for tracking and analyzing storm developments will ensure timely and accurate information. Leverage technology and advanced analytics tools to gain insights into potential storm paths, intensity, and estimated impact zones.

Risk Assessment and Contingency Planning

Conduct a comprehensive risk assessment to identify vulnerabilities within your supply chain. Evaluate the potential impact of hurricanes on transportation routes, production facilities, warehouses, and suppliers. Develop contingency plans that address various scenarios, allowing for quick response and adaptation when necessary.

Diversify and Strengthen Supplier Networks

Relying heavily on a single supplier or geographical region can magnify the impact of a hurricane. Consider diversifying your supplier network to mitigate risks. Collaborate with suppliers in different areas, ensuring they possess the capacity and capabilities to handle increased demand during a hurricane’s aftermath.

Establish Effective Communication Channels

Establish open lines of communication with suppliers, transportation partners, and customers. Promptly share information regarding any disruptions, delays, or changes in operations. Maintain regular contact throughout the storm and its aftermath to minimize uncertainties and facilitate coordinated recovery efforts.

Robust Inventory Management

Maintain optimal inventory levels by strategically positioning stock at multiple locations. Ensure adequate stock reserves in warehouses and distribution centers outside hurricane-prone areas. Leverage forecasting tools and demand sensing technologies to anticipate changes in demand patterns and adjust inventory accordingly.

Collaborative Partnerships

Forge strong partnerships with logistics providers and transportation companies with experience handling natural disasters. Collaborate closely with them to develop contingency plans, ensure prioritized service during emergencies, and establish alternative routes if necessary.

Protect Infrastructure and Assets

Invest in fortifying critical infrastructure, such as warehouses and distribution centers, to withstand hurricane-force winds and potential flooding. Implement preventive measures, such as securing loose equipment and utilizing storm shutters or protective covers. Regularly review insurance coverage to ensure it adequately protects your assets.

Employee Safety and Well-being

Prioritize the safety and well-being of your employees during a hurricane event. Develop robust emergency response plans that outline evacuation procedures, shelter arrangements, and communication protocols. Conduct training sessions to educate employees on safety measures and emergency preparedness.

The 2023 hurricane season brings challenges and opportunities for businesses operating within vulnerable areas. By proactively implementing these best practices and continuously refining your supply chain strategies, you can enhance resilience and maintain operational continuity despite adverse weather events. Remember, preparation is critical, and adapting swiftly will enable your supply chain to weather the storm and emerge more robust than ever.

(Note: This blog post provides general guidance, and it is important to consult with industry experts and consider specific regional factors when implementing hurricane preparedness measures for your supply chain.)

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June 2023 Freight Market

As we dive into the midpoint of 2023, the freight market continues to evolve, presenting challenges and opportunities for shippers worldwide. In this blog, we will look closer at the current state of the June 2023 freight market and explore what the rest of the month holds for shippers. Understanding these dynamics can help shippers make informed decisions and optimize their supply chain operations.

Demand and Capacity

The freight market in June 2023 is witnessing robust demand for shipping services across various industries. In addition, economic recovery from the pandemic is gaining momentum, leading to increased consumer spending and heightened manufacturing activity. As a result, shippers can expect strong demand for their products, driving the need for reliable transportation services.

However, this surge in demand has led to capacity constraints in the freight market. The imbalance between supply and demand has resulted in higher freight rates and reduced availability of trucking, ocean, and air freight capacity. Shippers should anticipate these challenges and plan their shipments accordingly.

Freight Rates

Due to the demand and capacity imbalance, freight rates increased in June 2023. Shippers should be prepared for higher transportation costs, particularly trucking and container shipping. Budgeting accordingly and negotiating favorable rates with carriers and logistics providers is crucial.

Shippers can explore alternative transportation modes to mitigate the impact of rising freight rates or consider collaborating with freight forwarders who can leverage their networks to secure competitive rates. Optimizing shipment consolidation and employing efficient logistics strategies can also help reduce costs.

Technology and Digitization

Technology is vital in navigating the freight market in this increasingly digital era. Shippers should leverage digital platforms and transportation management systems (TMS) to streamline operations and gain better visibility into their supply chain. In addition, real-time tracking and analytics can provide valuable insights, enabling shippers to make data-driven decisions and optimize freight movements.

Emerging technologies like blockchain and the Internet of Things (IoT) are also revolutionizing the freight industry. These technologies enhance transparency, traceability, and security throughout the supply chain. Therefore, shippers should explore opportunities to incorporate such innovations into their operations to gain a competitive edge.

Sustainability and Green Initiatives

Sustainability is a growing concern in the freight industry. As a result, shippers increasingly prioritize eco-friendly transportation solutions to reduce their carbon footprint and meet regulatory requirements. In June 2023, we expect more shippers to adopt green initiatives and collaborate with carriers offering sustainable transportation options.

Shippers can contribute to sustainability goals while maintaining operational efficiency by utilizing intermodal transportation, optimizing routes, and embracing alternative fuels. In addition, partnering with environmentally conscious logistics providers can help shippers align their supply chain with sustainability objectives.

Conclusion

As we progress through June 2023, the freight market presents a mixed landscape of opportunities and challenges for shippers. Understanding the current dynamics and proactively adapting to market changes are key to success. By considering factors such as demand and capacity, freight rates, technology and digitization, and sustainability initiatives, shippers can navigate the freight market effectively and ensure the smooth transportation of their goods.

Partner With Taylor

When meeting your freight needs, Taylor Logistics brokerage services stand out as an excellent choice. With their extensive expertise and industry knowledge, Taylor offers a comprehensive range of logistics solutions tailored to your requirements. Whether you need assistance with transportation management, freight optimization, or supply chain consulting, Taylor Logistics has the expertise and resources to deliver results. They leverage their vast network of carriers and deep understanding of the market to ensure efficient and cost-effective transportation solutions. With a focus on customer satisfaction, Taylor Logistics provides personalized support and real-time visibility, allowing you to track your shipments and make informed decisions. By partnering with #TeamTaylor, you can streamline your supply chain operations, optimize costs, and enhance overall efficiency, ultimately helping your business thrive in the dynamic freight industry.

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3PL Provider Taylor Logistics Cincinnati Ohio

Companies always look for ways to reduce costs and increase efficiency in today’s highly competitive global economy. To handle their supply chain needs, many companies outsource to third-party logistics providers (3PL).In addition to warehousing, order fulfillment, and transportation, 3PLs offer various services. The benefits of these services can be significant for companies, but they need to be appropriately considered before deciding to use any 3PL. To evaluate a 3PL provider, you should follow these ten steps.

Compare Costs

It is essential to compare the costs of their services to in-house operations as a first step. By doing this, you can determine whether 3PL’s services are cost-effective and if they provide value for money. Don’t forget to factor in additional costs such as setup, technology, and transportation fees.

Analyze On-Time Delivery Rates

An essential aspect of 3PL management is measuring on-time delivery rates. If the 3PL meets customer expectations, this will give you an idea of its reliability. On-time delivery rates are vital for companies that operate in industries where timeliness is critical.

Inventory Accuracy

Inventory accuracy is another important metric to look for in a 3PL provider. This will let you know how well the third-party logistics provider is managing your inventory and whether they can monitor stock levels. Since this can significantly contribute to errors and delays, measuring the 3PL’s capacity to track inventory in transit is also critical.

Customer Satisfaction

Numerous methods, including customer surveys, reviews, and feedback, can be used to gauge customer happiness. You can determine how well the 3PL is meeting consumer expectations by asking for a customer promoter score and referrals.

Return on Investment

Keeping track of your costs will provide insight into the amount of extra revenue your business obtains from the 3PL. In addition, analyzing the revenue generated by the 3PL and comparing it to the costs associated with their services will enable you to gain a more comprehensive understanding of your overall return on investment.

Results

Following the steps outlined above can help you evaluate a 3PL provider and see if they are providing value for the money. With the right metrics in place, you can make an informed decision about whether or not to continue working with them.

Bottom Line

?Selecting the right 3PL provider is an important decision that can significantly impact your company’s success. Evaluating a 3PL provider’s industry experience, technology and tools, services offered, customer service, pricing and agreements, security and compliance, scalability and flexibility, and reputation will help organizations meet their logistics needs and gain a competitive edge. As a result, you can make more informed decisions.

It’s essential to thoroughly research any 3PL provider before making a decision. This includes asking the right questions and conducting due diligence to verify vendor credentials and capabilities. By selecting a 3PL provider that best suits their needs, companies can improve the efficiency of their supply chain, reduce costs, and improve the customer experience. Questions or need to speak with an expert? Talk with Taylor!

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SQF Warehouse Cincinnati

The Safe Quality Food Program

The Safe Quality Food (SQF) Program is a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) recognized food safety certification covering all stages of the food supply chain through industry-specific codes ranging from primary production to food manufacturing, distribution, food packaging, and retail.

What is the SQF Certification?

The Safe Quality Food (SQF) Program is a food safety and quality program for companies of all sizes, from large corporations to small, family-owned businesses. The certification is recognized by retailers, brand owners, and food service providers worldwide.

The program involves a set of rigorous food safety and quality codes designed to meet industry, customer, and regulatory requirements for all food supply chain sectors. This means from the farm to the retail stores. And the certification is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative.

Achieving SQF certification is a public statement of commitment to food safety. Because SQF is a set of strict “farm-to-fork” food safety quality codes and standards, achieving the certification lets food producers show their customers that their product meets the highest possible level of safety. It helps demonstrate that food safety and quality controls have been effectively implemented and validated in that facility and throughout the supply chain.

Benefits of SQF Certification

Although SQF certification is a strict process that requires organizations to adhere to stringent food safety and quality management standards, there are many advantages it comes with. Here are three essential benefits of SQF certification.

Product Safety

Cost Savings

Increased Efficiency

Cincinnati Food-Certified Warehousing Solutions

At Taylor, we want our clients to rest assured that our team handles and stores their products carefully. By obtaining the SQF certification, you can have confidence that we have a comprehensive food safety system to make it happen.

Our SQF food-grade warehouses have monitored security and undergo regular sanitation and pest control treatments to ensure a clean and stable environment following today’s regulatory compliance requirements.

We offer ambient warehousing for racked and bulked storage. Our team members are highly trained, quality-minded, safety-conscious, and overseen by experienced management personnel.

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Taylor Smartway Carrier

We are proud to announce that we have renewed our partnership with SmartWay® for the fifth year in a row, a qualifying sustainability program run by the Environmental Protection Agency. Our fleet consists of US EPA SmartWay®-designated trucks. In addition, our trucks are equipped with anti-idling and fuel-saving equipment for minimal environmental impact and maximum fuel savings. SmartWay® sets standards for all modes of North American transportation businesses ?seeking to differentiate themselves and look for sustainable partners.

What is SmartWay®?

SmartWay is a program that was developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help address the trends and challenges that the growing logistics industry poses to the environment. It was founded in 2004 as a voluntary, public-private association where private companies can find more sustainable resources to manage their supply chains. Companies can use SmartWay to help measure, benchmark and improve logistics operations to help reduce their environmental footprint and see significant savings to their bottom line.

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For Mental Health Awareness Month, here are six resources from Headspace to help with your mental health. 

1. Connections – Invest time and energy into your relationships

2. Exercise – The body and mind are intrinsically linked. A healthier body leads to a healthier mind

3. Lower stress levels – Schedule time for leisure, contemplation, and appreciation

4. Eat healthy – Swap out refined sugars and processed foods for brain-healthy fats like those in avocados, almonds, or fish

5. Get more sleep – If you struggle to fall asleep, try avoiding all screens for an hour before bed

6. Find purpose or meaning – via relationships, engaging work, hobbies, or even caring for a pet

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This week, our Monroe team underwent a Safe Quality Foods (SQF) audit scoring an outstanding 98%. This is an exceptional accomplishment, as we continually strive for the highest standard in food safety for our business partners. A special kudos to the entire Monroe team. We will be adding yet another championship banner!

What is SQF?

The Safe Quality Food (SQF) Program is a rigorous and credible food safety and quality program recognized by retailers, brand owners, and food service providers worldwide. Recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), the SQF family of food safety and quality codes are designed to meet industry, customer, and regulatory requirements for all food supply chain sectors – from the farm to retail stores. This rigorous farm-to-fork food safety and quality certification also help food producers assure their buyers that their food products meet the highest possible global food safety standards.

Why is SQF important for your brand?

This farm-to-fork food safety and quality certification helps food producers assure their buyers that food products have been grown, processed, prepared, and handled according to the highest possible global food safety standards. It can immediately improve your standing in the eyes of new partners and deals. For everyone at Taylor, this achievement is an excellent validation of our hard work and our team’s commitment to safe food operations. For you, it means increased protection in the event of recalls, improved operational efficiencies in our work together, managed risks, and peace of mind with certified due diligence.

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Happy #EarthDay! As temporary custodians of our planet, we must ensure that future generations will enjoy our earth’s benefits. We believe in positively impacting the environment by implementing new technologies and reducing our emissions. Learn more about Taylor sustainability here: https://taylorlogistics.com/sustainability/

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Four Functions of 3PL Providers

As a business expands and you need to get products in new markets to more customers, there comes a time when it must determine whether to outsource its supply chain operations.

To meet customer demand, shippers turn to a third-party logistics (3PL) provider to do just that.

But not all 3PLs offer the same services and capabilities. For example, some just focus on transportation, and some just on fulfillment. But what about a full-service logistics provider that can do it all? Learn more about the functions of a full-service 3PL like Taylor.

1. Shipping and Receiving

Taylor helps companies with shipping and receiving; our brokerage team manages the shipping process from start to finish. As a technology-driven organization, our transportation management system (TMS) allows for managing carrier relations, freight data, and matrix reports for real-time visibility and increased transparency throughout the shipping process.

2. Transportation

As a multi-service 3PL that also handles transportation, we are responsible for transporting goods between locations, from manufacturer to fulfillment to any brick-and-mortar store, and even direct parcels to your doorstep. Because we have our in-house brokerage and local Cincinnati fleet, there’s no need to leverage another partner to complete any shipping needs.

3. Warehousing

Warehousing is typically the most common function of a third-party logistics provider. To no surprise, warehousing is a large portion of our service portfolio; from multi-client public warehouses to dedicated client contract facilities, we’ve altered our warehouse services to meet the needs of our business partners. Taylor provides customizable ways to handle storage, distribution, and transportation.

4. Value-Added Services

In addition to transportation, warehousing, and distribution, several 3PLs like Taylor also provide a wide variety of value-added services, including eCommerce, pick & pack, kitting, custom labeling, manufacturing, Amazon prep services, and design. By outsourcing these services, business partners can focus on their core business. 

Need a full-service 3PL partner?

Fill out the form below and a member of our team will reach out asap. Questions? Inbox us at info@taylorlog.com or call 513-771-1850

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Freight Brokerage, Freight Technology, Intermodal Transportation, Leadership, Safety, Supply Chain, Supply Chain Management, Taylor Information, Technology, Third Party Logistics
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Next week is the TIA 2023 Capital Ideas Conference! Our team is so excited to meet in person for this year’s annual conference in Orlando. Are you attending? Let us know below.

About the TIA Annual Conference

Over 1,800 of North America’s Most Successful Brokerage-Based Logistics Professionals for 4 Days of Reconnecting, Networking & Education.

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Cold Supply Chain, Customer Experience, Fleet, Food & Beverage, Food Grade, Food Safety, Freight, Freight Brokerage, Freight Technology, Operations, People, Processes, SQF, Supply Chain, Supply Chain Management, Taylor Information, Team Taylor, Teamwork, Third Party Logistics, TMS

When it comes to perishable foods, pharmaceuticals, and other temperature-sensitive materials, you have an entirely different set of requirements when shipping your goods. Even the most durable trucks are subject to temperature and weather changes that can affect the materials transported. In addition, considering delivery windows are tight when transporting perishable items, costs tend to go up, and so does the stress of getting your items to where they need to be without perishing. Therefore, regardless of what you are shipping, you must ensure temperature requirements are met for all your deliveries. Our team of experts compiled a guide if you are new to temperature-controlled shipping or have questions about handling your freight of sensitive goods, as well as a few tips for setting you up for success.

What is temperature-controlled transport?

Temperature-controlled transport is any transport that takes place within a specific temperature or temperature range and uses unique mechanisms to protect the goods from being transported. It includes all processes for preparing orders, transporting, and delivering goods under special cooling conditions.

Common temperature-controlled freight

There is an extensive range of products that need to be temperature controlled. Here’s a closer look at some of the many categories that temperature-controlled freight covers:

Food – The most obvious and most prominent of temperature-controlled freight. It includes fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, herbs, and meats.

Frozen Foods – Frozen dinners, meats, and ready-to-prepare foods can spoil, lose their flavor, and often morph into unsellable products when they melt.

Confectionary Products – Include candy, sugar, chocolates, and baked goods stored at various temperatures. For instance, the ideal temperature range for transporting or storing chocolate is 55 degrees to 65 degrees.

Health & Beauty – Certain makeups, hygiene products, soaps, and lotions must be temperature controlled to keep from melting or having some of their qualities — odor, texture, and color — diminished by extreme temperatures.

Nutritional Supplements – Among these products — vitamins, shakes, snacks, and syrups — some items can degrade faster and lose effectiveness when exposed to excessive heat, light, humidity, or oxygen.

Medical Items and Pharmaceuticals – This includes everything from pills to vaccines to lab kits to test products and some equipment. The timely arrival of an unspoiled product can be significant because these items can sometimes be life-saving.

Limitations of temperature-controlled shipping

When shipping goods sensitive to temperature variations, there are a few limitations the shippers should be aware of. First, Reefer containers will likely have less capacity since space is dedicated to refrigeration equipment and additional insulation. This can reduce the space available for cargo inside the trailer.

Research, your provider

Choosing a provider to meet your specific shipping needs is essential when on such a strict timeline. You and your provider must think of things thoroughly and understand peak times and tight delivery windows.

Essential factors to consider in your climate-controlled shipping provider:

Strong relationships with retailers for higher efficiency to distributors

Offers multiple temperature-controlled services

Operate consistently

Provide visibility and accurate reporting

Have fair and consistent rates

Partner with Taylor today

#TeamTaylor can help ship your temperature-controlled shipment today. With a vast network of reliable temperature-controlled shipping carriers and over 171 years of experience, our team knows the ins and outs of the cold chain industry. So before your logistics manager’s temperature reaches a boiling point, contact the experts at Taylor to keep your company in a thriving climate.

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It takes a lot of bandwidth to operate a retail business. Whether you are an online retailer or run a brick-and-mortar business, you depend on the efficient movement of freight to maintain your operations. Logistics is the main component of any retail operation, from receiving inventory to shipping orders directly to customers. The amount of resources a retailer spends on operating its supply chain is unknown to most casual shoppers. This is an area where working with an experienced 3PL can be incredibly beneficial for any retailer.

What’s the Role of a 3PL?

There are multiple roles that today’s third-party logistics providers take on for their clients. For retailers specifically, they are essentially outsourced agent that takes care of numerous supply chain functions. Partnering with a 3PL allows a retailer to focus on driving sales, improving customer service, and other daily operations that help them increase sales and, thus, make more profits. Specifically, a 3PL can handle several specific logistics functions, including:

Scalable Services

A 3PL allows you to analyze your labor, transportation, and spacing needs depending on your business parameters. Businesses that focus more heavily on seasonal sales can benefit from this practice. You can always ramp up deliveries, warehouse space, and any other logistics a 3PL can provide when consumer demand dictates.

Cost-efficiency

Many companies assume that outsourcing to a third party by default means spending more on service fees. However, all the efforts of a 3PL will eventually save you money. Ultimately, the overall cost will be less than an in-house supply chain management. A 3PL is a one-stop shop for most of your supply chain needs. You do not have to invest in warehousing, technology, or a logistics team.

Bulk Shipping Rates

Shipping rates, especially spot rates, can fluctuate weekly depending on several outside sources, even daily in some cases. As a result, retail companies need stability in the market to ship their products. Bulk shipping rates help that happen. This is where 3PLs can help, especially since many retail companies need the negotiating power of a 3PL.

Distribution Network

3PLs have contacts throughout the country. If your business grows, a 3PL can offer additional resources from those within its network to assist that growth. At Taylor, we have a carrier network of 60,000+. With a carrier size that large, we can find you lanes and capacity to move your freight.

Ready to partner with a 3PL? Talk with Taylor

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Freight, Freight Brokerage, Freight Technology, Leadership, Operations, Supply Chain, Supply Chain Management, Taylor Information, Team Taylor, Third Party Logistics

We exist for our people and our customers. Without an outstanding team, we wouldn’t have made it through these 170+ years. It’s crucial for us to recognize our team for their phenomenal success, innovation, customer service, and relationships.

This week we honored our Taylor Logistics – Brokerage Sales & Operations teams for their outstanding work throughout 2022. 2022 was a year of great supply chain uncertainty for many companies and shippers. Still, our team was able to help navigate unpredictability for our business partners to help increase efficiencies and reduce costs. They exceeded expectations with outstanding customer service and provided tremendous value to #TeamTaylor.

Join us in Congratulating:

Melissa Combs
Dominic Pangallo
Kevin Eliasen
Matt Heinrichs
Nicholas Ratliff
Brian Remole
Toni Schwab
Elizabeth Wildeman

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Customer Experience, Key Performing Indicators, Leadership, People, Processes, Team Taylor, Teamwork

There are people we meet during our lifetime that will transform us forever coaches to professors, family members, authors, coworkers, the list goes on. They encourage us to become a better version of ourselves.

Wildly enough, I recently met one of those people while watching Ted Lasso on AppleTV+. If you haven’t seen this remarkable show, you are probably very confused about how a television show could contribute to one of those impactful people but hear me out. Disclaimer: I do my absolute best to resist watching any sports-related show and, moreover, a sports comedy. BUT If you’ve seen it, then you know its brilliance.

A Little Background


The comedy catalogs the journey of a warm-hearted American football coach, Ted Lasso (played by Jason Sudeikis), who is hired to coach a soccer team in the English Premier League. He knows nothing about the sport, league, or culture, but he knows about coaching players, who he sees as people first. “To me, success is not about the wins and losses,” Coach Lasso says. “It’s about helping these young fellas be the best versions of themselves, on and off the field.” Ted Lasso is a brilliant demonstration of the subtle and straightforward storytelling that offers space to explore the deeper emotions driving much of our decision-making in our personal and professional lives. Here’s the Lasso way:

Lasso Lessons


Treat people with respect – No matter their position within the company/ team, from water boy to chairmen; everyone deserves same respect; every person brings value.

Be a goldfish – According to Ted, a goldfish has a 15-second memory. He wants his players to make mistakes and move on. Obviously, we should all learn from our mistakes, but there is no purpose in lying awake at night replaying how something you did could have been different. Be a goshdarn goldfish.

Be understanding – Communicating with his players allows Ted to understand them and what they are experiencing. Whether it is a player’s first time away from home or a veteran dealing with losing a step or two, having that perspective allows us to empathize.

Good ideas can come from anywhere – Whether asking for advice on roster moves or dealing with his personal relationship issues, Ted has the ability and willingness to engage others on topics and issues where they have no agency over. Having no ego allows Ted to solicit and accept support from all levels of the organization. He always does what is best for the team and not necessarily himself.

Allow the members of the team to shine – Ted allows members of his staff to shine. He gives them credit and highlights their achievements which provides motivation and incentive to everyone in the organization and allows them to achieve the impossible.

Be a mentor – Ted had an excellent quote for his captain, “You know how they say youth is wasted on the young, I say don’t let the wisdom of age be wasted on you.” He was encouraging him to be a mentor for one of the junior players and share his experiences. We can all learn from each other.

Obstacles can be opportunities – Take difficult situations and make them learning experiences so it is not so bad the next time around.

Teammates don’t need to be best friends to be great – Ted uses examples such as Shaq & Kobe, Lennon & McCartney, Woody & Buzz. Players need to have mutual respect to be great at what they do.

Be curious –”Those who think they’ve got it all figured out judge others.” The ability to check your ego and be inquisitive at the risk of exposing your weaknesses is not only a sign of vulnerability, but it’s also a superpower that is underutilized in the leadership ranks. Ted is continually on the prowl for new ideas from everyone within the organization and those in the community.

Believe! – From the beginning of Ted’s time in Richmond, it was clear that this was his motto. Ted mounted a “Believe” sign in the locker room. It is at the core of who Ted is.

So, there you have it. Ted Lasso is by all means not a perfect coach, not by a long shot. He’s in over his head coaching in a league and sport that he doesn’t understand in a different country. His “constant positivity” and adherence to his philosophies allow him to impact his new team and club, from the players and staff to the owner and larger Richmond community. Take a page from the Coach Ted Lasso playbook and implement these principles into your style and within your organization and life outside of work.

I’m not sure what my plans are this weekend, but I may just re-watch a few “Ted Lasso” episodes to get ready for the week ahead.

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Customer Experience, eCommerce, eCommerce Fulfillment, Key Performing Indicators, Operations, Packaging, Processes, Supply Chain, Supply Chain Management, Taylor Information, Team Taylor, Technology, Third Party Logistics

Our VP of Warehousing, Grant Taylor, has been invited by our WMS provider Zethcon, A Made4net Company, to be included as a 3PL expert to speak at #Promat2023 in Chicago! The seminar is focused on excelling at distribution in the e-commerce era. If you are attending #Promat and are interested to learn about the experience of #3PL providers who have successfully switched to accommodate e-commerce and direct-to-consumer fulfillment into their operations, head to Theatre E on 3/22 at 3:45.

What You Will Learn

Do you have what it takes to excel in the e-commerce era? Accommodating e-commerce in your operation will depend on many factors, including your available space, automation, labor pool, technology, material handling equipment and the number and types of items you will be storing, picking and shipping.

In this session, you will learn from the experience of third party logistics providers who have successfully made the switch to accommodate e-commerce and direct-to-consumer fulfillment into their operations. You will learn how to manage higher order volumes, new types of order fulfillment, numerous picking methods, new equipment, warehouse mapping, diversified inventory tracking, cartonization and shipping processes that often accompany a shift in operations.

Learn how key technology solutions will make the transition smoother and will provide the framework for new processes and to incorporate robotics and automation, as well as the end-to-end visibility to provide a clear view of data from the dock door to the customers door, including the ability to track real-time inventory and keep customers updated on order status.

Key Takeaways

• Key technology and equipment considerations, including warehouse management systems (WMS), autonomous mobile robots, automation, conveyors and material handling equipment.
• Seamless integration across systems, including WMS, e-commerce platforms and carriers to ensure accurate inventory visibility and order status.
• Infrastructure changes to your warehouse to accommodate new methods of handling goods within the warehouse.
• Exercises to walk through “current state” and “to be” process flows to determine the best picking, packing and shipping adaptations for your operations.


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