BRT Bowl For Kids’ Sake with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana

In 2016 the Engagement committee surveyed all BRT employees on where they felt we should give our time and talent to our community in 2017.  In addition to our quarterly on site volunteering with Gleaners, we chose to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana and form a team for the event on May 11th, Bowl For Kids’ Sake.

BRT Bowlers: Kim Gossett, Josh Silcox, Caitlin Conroy, Anna Richter, Anna Sharpe, David Frizzell

BRT Bowlers Brian Monroe and Tho Le

BRT Bowlers Anna Richter and Jamie Meyer

Leading up to the event we raised money by collecting individual donations and holding a fun “Office Space” sytle event in which we donated money to take a swing at our old copier.  (Here’s the full story).

Bowl for Kids’ Sake is Big Brothers Big Sisters largest national fundraiser, raising over $20 million annually for children in need across the country. Because of Bowl for Kids’ Sake, more Bigs and Littles can be paired up, more friendships can be created and improved outlooks on life can be started.

In total our team raised $850 placing us third highest fundraising team of the evening.

Our team enjoyed two hours of bowling, food, drinks and fun!  Thank you to our BRT Team members for participating in a great event and congratulations to all of the BRT employees for all the money you raised for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana!



BRT Volunteer Day at Gleaners Food Bank Of Indiana – We Helped Feed 14,769 People Today!

Thank you morning volunteer crew: Left to Right, Al Kennedy, Lisa Rene, Tho Le, Byron Owen, Richard Vinson, Mandy McGuiness, Shawna O’Brien, Anna Sharpe, Dan Himmelheber

Thank you to our afternoon volunteer crew: Josh Silcox, Robert Bocko, Jamie Meyer, David Frizzell, Patricia Monroe, Jessica Wheeler, Abigail Harcourt

Giving back to our community via volunteerism is a core value of the BRT culture.  Many times a team member will suggest an initiative that is close to his/her heart and sometimes, the idea originates from our Engagement Committee.

Volunteering during business hours is highly encouraged here at BRT – so much so that it’s a PAID event for the employees.

In 2016 the Engagement committee surveyed all BRT employees on where they felt we should give our time and talent to our community in 2017.  Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana ranked high on the list.

Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana distributes food to hungry Hoosiers through a network of over 250 partner agencies in 21 counties, including emergency food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.  They also provide direct services to those struggling with hunger, through programs such as BackSacks: Weekend Food for Kids, School-Based Pantry, C.A.R.E. Mobile Pantry, and Community Cupboard.

Every day Gleaners depends on hundreds of volunteers to help them achieve their mission and because of volunteers, they are able to collect and distribute more than 2 million pounds of food each month!  See our Video Here!

Blue Ribbon Transport has committed to volunteering with Gleaners once a quarter to assist them in any way they feel we can be used.  Our first opportunity was February of this year and this week, BRT was fortunate to help in TWO SHIFTS!

Both our morning volunteer crew and our afternoon crew helped inspect donated food for damage and expiration dates.  We learned a lot about the shelf life of dry goods, canned goods and food items with dairy in them.  Interestingly can goods are good for TWO years after the expiration date; dry goods are good for ONE year after the expiration date, and food with dairy in them (like salad dressing) are good for three months after the expiration date.

In under two hours our morning volunteer crew helped sort 8452 pounds of food!  The average person eats 1lb of food per meal so our efforts helped feed 7444 people that day!  Gleaners told us that normally a group of our size would sort about 6000 pounds of food so we are, as we knew, overachievers!  😉  Our Afternoon volunteer crew during their two hour shift sorted 8813 pounds of food, feeding 7325 people that day.

Way to go!!

Gleaners was extremely appreciative of our dedication to help and our employees had a great time!

We’re looking forward to volunteering as a company again next quarter on Tuesday, August 1st!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



BRT SpartanNash Employees Join Forces and Collect Donations for Goodwill

SpartanNash held an Earth Week donation drive at 80 of their corporate-owned grocery stores in partnership with Goodwill and BRT joined in to host a drive here at our Corporate location in Indianapolis.  Since 2011, SpartanNash associates and store guests have diverted more than 121,500 pounds of materials from landfills through these donation drives and the team members of BRT were excited to participate in a similar initiative here in Indy!

The drive started April 14th and we collected thru Monday afternoon on the 24th when the Goodwill truck came to pick up the donations.  Each day we watched the number of bags full of donations increase on our in office basketball court which inspired more of team members to contribute and reach our goal.

For every 13 gallon bag that BRT could fill, Goodwill would donate a USD $5.00 voucher to the charities and community organizations we support locatlly .  Employees were asked to look in closets, dressers, basements, and storage units for items to donate and help BRT raise money for those in need.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each team member received a ticket for each bag donated and each ticket was a chance to win one of two USD $50.00 Gift Cards.  The final number was 60 bags donated to Goodwill and the winners of the two Gift Cards were Abigail Harcourt and Jamie Meyer.

Director of HR, Jamie Meyer

Abigail Harcourt – HSL Specialist

Thank you to all who donated to this event and for all your support!  Another example of being BadAss!

 



“Office Space” style Fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake 2017 – Part 2

In Memory of …

 

On Thursday May 11th, 6-8pm, BRT will have a team participating in the Big Brother Big Sister of Indiana Bowling for Kids’ Sake event at Woodland Bowl ! We are currently taking donations here and to encourage more donations from our BRT associates donated $5.00 per swing or three swings for $10.00.

All afternoon BRT team members took swings at the copier – here’s a video of the “kick-off” at 1pm!

At the end of the day we raised $241!  Thanks BRT!

*Don’t worry – we WILL appropriately recycle the copier’s parts locally once we’ve all had our fun (and hopefully raised a lot of money)   😉



“Office Space” style Fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake 2017

Here at BRT we’ve been dealing with a pesky copier/printer/scanner that no matter how many times we call for repair, it doesn’t want to cooperate.  It frustrates us so much, and many of our team members have asked – “Can’t I just beat it to bits”?

Well – good idea – yes, you can!  We now have a NEW copier/printer/scanner and since we have to dispose of the old one anyway….We are holding an “Office Space” style beating and incorporating it into our Fundraiser for Bowl for Kids Sake happening May 11th.

What might that look like?  See the clip here.

On Thursday May 11th, 6-8pm, BRT will have a team participating in the Big Brother Big Sister of Indiana Bowling for Kids’ Sake event at Woodland Bowl ! We are currently taking donations here and to encourage more donations from our BRT associates we are allowing them to BID for the 1st Swing.  As of the time of this posting, first swing opening bid is up to $100!

After that, team members are able to donate $5.00 per swing or three swings for $10.00.

Stay tuned for pictures and video of what’s guaranteed to be an exciting fundraiser!!

*Don’t worry – we WILL appropriately recycle the copier’s parts locally once we’ve all had our fun (and hopefully raised a lot of money)   😉



Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt

Once again this year, we had a lively break in the middle of the afternoon to participate in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt and potluck pitch-in.

Just a few of the BRT Peeps in green – including Peter O’Donnell, VP of merger integration from SpartanNash, wearing his Ireland jacket

Prior to Friday’s hunt, team members were asked to provide two facts their co-workers may not know about themselves, to be used as clues during the scavenger hunt. Associates were placed on teams comprised of one person from each department to encourage team building and getting to know others they may not interact with day to day.

Teams were asked to choose a captain and a team name and were given 5 clues.  Nine teams competed with teams names such as, “No Lucks Given”, “The Celtics”, and “The Killians”. Everyone was to walk around and find the individuals who matched the clues.  Teams completed their hunt once all 5 clues were matched with the correct BRT team member.

 

View many more fun photos on our Facebook Page and check out the scavenger hunt live action video on our YouTube Channel!

 



Employee Appreciation Day at BRT

BRT wouldn’t let National Employee Appreciation Day on Friday March 3rd end without showing our team members how much we appreciate all they do.

Each team member was given a raffle ticket for our table of give-aways and each team member was given an additional raffle ticket for the two GRAND prizes:  A day off with pay and 2 Pacers Game Tickets to the March 8th game against the Detroit Pistons.

 

Members of the Leadership team drew names throughout the day and we had 20 winners in all taking home swag such as branded hats, T-shirts, tumblers, blankets, golf shirts, and coozies.

Our 3rd winner, Leanne Coomes, Account Manager, draws the 4th winner from Jamie Meyer, Dir. of HR

Katie Caito, Business Development Representative & our 5th winner draws for the 6th winner

Our 6th winner, Erich Hofmann, Senior SCA Analyst, draws for our 7th winner from Carey Weddle, Director of Finance and Admin

Our 9th winner, Charles Fox, Carrier Sales Manager, draws our 10th winner from Nick Phillips, AVP of Operations and AM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Frizzell, President/CEO, draws our Grand Prize winners from Nick.

Congratulations to Catherine Mallery, pricing analyst, for winning the two Pacers Game tickets!



Congratulations to the Following BadAss Employees of 2016!

Saturday, January 14th we all gathered at The Rathskeller in Downtown Indy to celebrate the Holidays and give recognition to many of our team members who most demonstrated our Core Values in 2016.

We came together as a group for a delicious dinner, great music, a fun photo booth and the annual BRT -cademy awards.  Congratulations to the following BadAss recipients:

(Take a look at all the pictures on our Facebook page – the photo booth was a huge hit!)

Whit Smith, Manager,
Carrier Sales
—BadAss of the Year

Patricia Monroe, Sr. Optimization
& Implementation Consultant
– “Figures It Out” of the Year

 

Mark Simmonds,
Team Lead: Dedicated AM
– Rookie of the Year

Caitlin Conroy,
Senior Account Manager
– “High Service Logistics” of the Year

Tyler Henderson,
Carrier Sales Manager
—Most Valuable Player Of the Year

 

 

Dan Himmelheber, Senior Manager of Caito —Team Player of the Year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



BRT Volunteer Day at Gleaners Food Bank Of Indiana

Thank you to our amazing BRT volunteers: (Back Row, Left to Right) Jared Hoss, Austin Potts, Darrel Rice, Logan Snyder, Byron Owen, Emily Karaff, Lucy Polovitch, Nick Phillips, Rusty Drayer (Front Row, Left to Right) Brittany Anderson, Emma Shields, Torrey Moore, Dan Himmelheber, Kim Gossett , Claire Nelson, Shawna O’Brien

Giving back to our community via volunteerism is a core value of the BRT culture.  Many times a team member will suggest an initiative that is close to his/her heart and sometimes, the idea originates from our Engagement Committee.

Volunteering during business hours is highly encouraged here at BRT – so much so that it’s a PAID event for the employees.

Last quarter the Engagement committee surveyed all BRT employees on where they felt we should give our time and talent to our community in 2017.  Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana ranked high on the list.

Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana distributes food to hungry Hoosiers through a network of over 250 partner agencies in 21 counties, including emergency food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.  They also provide direct services to those struggling with hunger, through programs such as BackSacks: Weekend Food for Kids, School-Based Pantry, C.A.R.E. Mobile Pantry, and Community Cupboard.

Every day Gleaners depends on hundreds of volunteers to help them achieve their mission and because of volunteers, they are able to collect and distribute more than 2 million pounds of food each month!  See our Video Here!

Blue Ribbon Transport has committed to volunteering with Gleaners once a quarter to assist them in any way they feel we can be used.  This week was our first effort and we were THRILLED at how many BRT individuals wanted to help.  What a GREAT 1st turnout!

Our 15 volunteers were assigned to work in the cooler inspecting, sorting, scanning and packing donations. Working hard and fast, we accomplished sorting, weighing and packing NINE TONS of meat and frozen food in under 2 hours!

The frozen items we sorted and packed will be made available to Gleaner’s customers coming in to shop for food at the Cynthia H. Hubert Community Cupboard.

Gleaners was extremely impressed with how hard we worked and how much we accomplished in under two hours and our employees had a great time!

We’re looking forward to volunteering as a company again next quarter on Tuesday, May 2nd!

 



Managing Your Transportation Options
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Trish Monroe – Senior Optimization & Implementation Consultant

Recent trends have shown that the 3PL world has steadily been on the upswing for the last 20 years. Why are shippers moving from insourcing transportation and acquiring assets to an outsource model with 3PL companies?

Studies have shown that over the last 2 decades 3PL providers have been able to not only take the burden off of shippers, but to also find cost saving initiatives for their clients. There are both benefits and disadvantages to a complete outsource that I will explain in this article.

But first, what is a full outsource and how can it benefit your company? Outsource, by definition, is contracting work out to another company. In the logistic industry, a full outsource would entail sending all orders through a 3pl provider to manage and consolidate freight. Today, you see many emerging manufacturing and distribution companies outsourcing their logistics responsibilities to 3PL companies. These 3PL’s are then in charge of receiving the customers’ orders, optimizing routes, gathering the carriers, equipment, and people, ensuring that product gets to the end receiver, and most importantly handling all the data associated with the transportation.

You can see the benefits of outsourcing transportation just by listing through the steps a shipper no longer has to take to stay in control. Clients that are in hopes to find a dependable full outsource solution should ask: What is their company culture? Does their services offer what I need? Are they capable of scaling up to maintain service levels as our company grows? Blue Ribbon Transport (BRT) is a 3PL that drives to stay ahead of the competition. We believe that service levels are paramount to the continued success of any outsource program. BRT has worked hand in hand with our clients to ensure a smooth and successful transition with full transparency and communication. To go into more depth, studies have shown the following benefits have come from a full logistic outsource:

  • Costs– 3PL’s have carrier relationships and access to superior and low price providers.
  • Adjustment and Flexibility– 3PL’s have the ability to flex when the market shifts. Shippers no longer have to buy assets and when business gets slow there is no need to sit on underutilized equipment.
  • Lower Headcount– With 3PL’s handling majority of logistic duties, shippers no longer need to employ personnel to oversee day to day activities.
  • Focus on Essential Concerns– Shippers no longer have to split time between departmental focus. This allows businesses to concentrate on production/manufacturing etc.
  • Technology- Majority of 3PL providers now offer TMS access and data warehousing giving the client real time updates and information.
  • Access to Networks- Larger 3PL providers have access to warehouses and storage facilities across the country. Emerging clients can take advantage of National Distribution Networks for LTL shipments and cutting costs significantly.
  • Consolidation-Third Parties have a large customer base that cross consolidation can occur. This is particularly favorable for shippers if they are sending out LTL shipments that they are currently paying FTL rates for.
  • Service- Service is what 3PL’s strive for as a value adding service to a shipper/customer.
  • FSMA Compliance- With new and ever changing FDA regulations, 3PL’s have the ability to adapt to regulations.
  • Shared Risk- By utilizing a 3PL customers can mitigate risks by having a third layer added.
  • Knowledge – 3PL’s are experts in the logistics and transportation industry. Utilizing the correct 3PL can give customer the advantages of expert knowledge.

On the other hand, Insourcing can be beneficial for companies. By definition, insourcing is the decision to maintain control. In the logistics industry, when a company chooses to insource transportation they are choosing to hire a subject matter expert, or a consultant to design and control a transportation department. This leads to benefits such as the following:

  • Control-Shippers still have complete control over all decisions and outcomes.
  • Self-Sufficient- Easier transition from one shipping model to another happens when there is not another party involved.
  • Confidentiality – By keeping all data in house, Shippers are able to know exactly who can access information
  • Layers- There is not a 3rd layer of business in the communication flow making it easier to gather information
  • Costs- Shippers will know exact cost of transportation without having additional expenses.
  • Equipment- Having equipment at client’s disposal to move product when needed.

There may not be a right or wrong decision, but knowing what your company needs to thrive and achieve continued success is the first step to selecting your direction. There will always be resources available to help along the way, whether that’s employing a subject matter expert, contracting a consulting firm, or a full outsourcing to a 3PL provider. If you’re just getting started and need a helping hand, BRT has the resources to help you hit the ground running.

Trish Monroe – Senior Optimization and Implementation Consultant