For anyone who isn’t native to Detroit, it may be surprising to find out that our closest border crossing to Canada is actually south of the state’s lines. On this border lies the Ambassador Bridge, which is a large suspension bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario. Over this bridge travels a quarter of all US-Canada […]
While the bridge issues in Michigan continue to dominate the news, there is another infrastructure project quietly moving forward that is going to help position Detroit more prominently as a freight hub in the Midwest.
We have discussed business networking within the logistics industry previously, but this post takes a slightly different look at networking, and the role I think it plays as the Executive Director of Global Development at Evans Distribution Systems in the attraction of new clients. Whether you are a logistics company or another B2B service company I think you can utilize […]
Metrics tell an organization where it is and where it is going. They show trends and determine preventive and corrective actions. Metrics hold people accountable and drive results. In the warehousing and logistics industry it’s typically about measuring your performance for customers, but you also need to make sure your own organization measures up.
A few months ago our Fort St. warehouse in Detroit, MI welcomed a new Operations Manager, Anthony Trocki. This warehouse facility hosts an interesting mix of customers for Evans, including robotics, wheels and lots of tires. It’s an extremely busy facility and Tony brings a new perspective and great ideas. I recently sat down with him to get some insights into his experience and what he […]
It is always tough to lose a customer…regardless of the circumstances. You come to know the people, their products, their customers and develop an understanding of their business. When they leave, it often feels like a best friend has moved away. But it happens…especially in our warehousing business where much of the value we provide […]
I recently attended the AWI (Associated Warehouses, Inc.) Annual Meeting, and while this was my first time attending I quickly learned why this was one of the favorite industry events for some of my colleagues. It also did a lot to remind me how important business networking within your industry can be. According to Wikipedia, business […]
Green Initiatives – It is time for logistics companies to start thinking green (if they aren’t already). As our customers begin to focus on environmentally sound practices, they are beginning to look for logistics companies with a similar focus. Over the next few years logistics companies that favor green practices will have a competitive […]
When I first started in the transportation industry, some 20 years ago now, I was told about the importance of communication. Of course, back then we still used pagers, fax machines with rolled paper, and the entire office shared a bag cell phone. We had to keep in constant communication with our customers, provide updates, […]
A few years ago the “Pure Michigan“ campaign was launched. This extremely successful ad campaign was launched to promote travel and tourism. Each time I see one of the campaign ads, I am struck by the gorgeous photos of our state…sparkling lakes…breathtaking golf courses… stunning fall colors. Backed by the inspiring voices of Michigan natives […]