Previously we shared (in this blog post here) that Becker Logistics set out to open four new offices in 2019. On March 4, we opened our second new office in 2019 located in St. Louis, MO. This office is being run by Dominic Marchesi, who has a plethora of Logistics experience managing a team as well as servicing customers and carriers. Dominic first heard about Becker Logistics while attending a conference that Becker Logistics CEO and founder Jim Becker was speaking at. After the conference Jim and Dominic met and talked about their visions and drives and something clicked. After some initial back and forth on the office location, we settled in St. Louis as we believe this will allow us to secure some great talent as this location continues to grow and expand. Dominic is excited and equipped to open and run this office.
This office was our 7th Becker location. The rapid expansion is only possible due to our recent growth and expansion, in the last year we've had a 133% growth in revenue. Additionally, we hired 88 employees in 2018; a 50% increase year over year. As we continue to grow and expand, clinging to our core values as a company is critical. It is especially critical as we plan for our future.
Late last year we ran several ads stating that Becker Logistics is growing and that we were looking to bring on new people to work at Becker Logistics. You can view the first of these ads by clicking here. In these ads, we also said that we were planning on opening four new offices in 2019, which was quite a substantial goal considering that at the time we only had five offices. Well, we are happy to say that we have reached the goal that we set forward of opening 4 new offices this year, which brings us to a total of 9 offices.
The first office that we opened this year was the Irving, Texas office. Irving is located in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, it is a booming town full of culture and, more importantly, is the 2nd largest logistics hub in the nation, which is why we chose it as the location of our 6th office. Our Irving office is managed by Lance Roberts who has many years of experience in the logistics industry and was a perfect fit to run this branch. The branch officially opened on January 1st, 2019 in a temporary office space until it was moved to a permeant location on April 1st, 2019. The office has been running great and is exceeding the expectations that were put in place for it. They have hit important KPIs and branch manager Lance Roberts has since been nominated to chair the TIA Food Safety Advisory Committee. We look forward to seeing where the team is able to bring the branch; we think it will be somewhere great.
Written by Michael W
As demand for third party logistics companies (3PLs) grows, supply chain and logistic professionals will face greater pressure to improve shipper-3PL relationships. Shippers are now taking a closer look at top logistics trends and are viewing their logistics providers as a strategic partner. However, a strong relationship is not everything, a 3PL must be making competitive offerings. To differentiate themselves, 3PLs must stand out amongst their competitors and not just in the pricing game. Here are a few ways in which 3PLs can make a difference in the eyes of a customer.
- Build a better relationship - Building strong relationships is imperative; it builds trust and open communication between the shipping company and the 3PL. Better communication ensures a better experience for everyone involved.
- Define expectations - This will ensure that that 3PL can adhere to customer expectations and can deliver on such expectations. It can be difficult to meet these standards. 3PLs must continue to look inward and ensure that they are operating with integrity and treating their customers like partners.
- Establish a strategic partnership – Provide sustained value, innovative solutions and information to facilitate data-driven decisions.
- Make a competitive offering - Stay competitive. Logistics companies will begin offering more unique services, such as invoice auditing, automated freight classification, better rates on dimensional pricing, and a host of last-mile services. Amazon has already taken great strides in with the creation of Amazon Key, which allows for Amazon to place packages into their customer’s garages directly. It is innovations like the ones listed above that allow 3PLs to continue to offer exception services that are sought out by shippers.
Written by Tammy C
In honor of Becker Logistics kicking off a new blog campaign and cadence, we wanted to share with you some tips on what makes a great blog.
It is becoming increasingly important for businesses to develop a strong web/digital presence. Unfortunately that can come at a high cost. Did you know that according to Statisa, of internet users aged 19-29, 47 percent read blogs on a regular basis? What better way to inexpensively reach potential customers, drive traffic to your website, build authority in your industry and generate leads. Bottom line, blogging is a good business strategy! BUT….how do you cut through the noise? After all, there is a lot of other good content out there. Here are some tips.
Know your audience – write to them
Create content that resonates with your audience. It should be relevant and useful. Do some research into your target audience. Understand who they are and what they want to hear about. Start talking to them like they are your friend; be casual in your writing but remember you are writing for a public audience.
Write a killer headline
Instantaneously grab the attention of your readers or your blog won’t be read. You only get one chance to make a first impression – nail it! Remember this is your bait to pull the reader in.
Use short sentences
In today’s day and age readers do not read your every word. They are skimming and scanning.
Add links to valuable relevant pages or posts within your Blog. This does several things. This introduces your readers to other parts of your website. It also takes them to other relevant information; building your reputation. Lastly, it helps better your SEO - which leads us to the next tip……
Even if you have the greatest blog ever and you don’t set yourself up with content that search engines will find, no one will discover you. Add the key words into your document on how you think people would find you on the web. Do your research to know what that is.
Read it several times. Run spell check. Run grammar check. And just when you think you can’t check anything more…..read it again. Nothing kills your credibility like bad grammer.
The more your write, the better you get and the more you draw your reader in!
Look for our next blog later this week.
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According to the Americas Commercial Transportation (ACT) Research, numbers have indicated a 28% decrease in truck orders from September this year to that of the same month in 2015. Reports have shown a total of 13,900 units in September during a traditionally slower month out of the year. ACT Vice President Steve Tam was quoted in the Transport Topics magazine saying, “This level of order intake is in line with how we see the industry performing. We expect to see a modest seasonal uptake in the fourth quarter, probably around 19,000 units.” Analyzing month by month on year-over-year basis the average numbers slumped by 40%. The article in Transport Topics Magazine informs on various statistics similar in nature but then goes on to note a relatively positive trend. Earlier in 2016 the inventory of unsold heavy trucks peaked at 25,000 but more recent data has shown that the number has now dropped closer to 15,000. Analysts from the ACT Meeting discussed much about the state of the U.S. Economy and left readers with a more positive thought. “The truck forecasts are built on a few more years of steady, though uninspiring economic growth. There do not seem to be serious warning signs for a recession currently.”
Read the full article in the Transport Topics Magazine issued week of October 10th, 2016.