Highway Heroes: It’s National Truck Driver Appreciation Week!

Today is the first day of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, and it’s the perfect time to honor all professional truck drivers across the nation for their hard work and dedication. Approximately 9.2 billion tons of freight are moved on trucks annually, which requires nearly 3 million heavy-duty Class 8 trucks and 3.5 million drivers. It also takes over 37 billion gallons of diesel fuel to move all of that freight – that’s some serious trucking!

To celebrate the commitment these great workers bring to their important and demanding jobs, we wanted to take a look at some of the impressive stats they rack up over the span of a year.  We thank you, American Truckers, for your hard work, dedication and long hours on the roads!

How are you showing truck drivers your appreciation this week? 

CSCMP 2014: 3 Reasons You Need to Be in San Antonio

Pop quiz time: When was CSCMP founded?

If you answered 1963 then you are correct! With CSCMP’s annual global conference right around the corner, we decided to put together fun facts and stats as you prepare for this important supply chain event. Find out more in our infographic below!

Come say hi to us at booth #601, or visit transplace.com.

What are you looking forward to the most at this year’s CSCMP?

Destination: Co-Loading Success

Collaboration is just one of the many critical steps to take when it comes to achieving co-loading success in the form of savings and sustainability. Where do you start?

Overcome the biggest roadblocks with our handy infographic that can help put you on the road to co-loading success.

To learn more visit www.transplace.com

What are some of your co-loading best practices?

Women in Logistics Share Their Career-Changing "Lean In" Moment

A “lean in moment” is a term to describe a big moment in a person’s career – a time when they had to step up, make a change or take a big risk. 

Recently, at the 12th Annual eyefortransport North American 3PL Summit, a panel of talented women who have turned their passion for logistics into remarkable careers sat down to discuss their lean in moments – and they had some fascinating insight to share. Here are a few of their stories!

Sheila Hewitt, Vice President, International at Transplace
Sheila’s biggest lean in moment was when she saw the opportunity to take charge of a department at Transplace.  With an extensive IT background, she felt that she could make the department more innovative and was willing to take the risk to put herself in the running for the job.  She noted how important it was to take these types of career risks and not be afraid to fail, adding – “There is always a chance that something positive will happen!”

Andrea Hargrave, Senior Manager Supply Chain International at USG Corporation
For Andrea, her lean in moment came when she realized in graduate school she wanted to get out of IT and into the supply chain field. There were many who told her that she didn’t belong in supply chain because she didn’t have the “right” background. Despite the negativity she was facing, Andrea created a presentation that matched all of the skill sets required for a supply chain role she wanted and exemplified exactly how she had the skills to excel in the position. She made sure that it was very clear that she was qualified for what she was asking for and that the risk to the company was far greater not to have her in the role.

Lisa Dolan, Vice President Supply Chain Strategy at ALOM
After working for a large company, Lisa took a risk on a role with a smaller, unknown company boasting only 25,000 square feet of manufacturing space. She says it was the best thing she’s ever done! Noting that, “It’s not ‘leaning in’, it’s taking risk! What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail? I’ve taken huge risks, and with risk is reward. If you don’t take that risk, you’re never going to get what you want and you’re never going to get ahead. If you fail, who cares! Go with gusto, have passion, and just move forward!"

Susan Kichuck, Senior Vice President Corporate Development – Americas at DB Schenker
When Susan realized that she was putting her own barriers up by questioning and doubting herself, she sat down and put together a presentation to showcase what she could really do.  She created a new position for herself based on what her company needed, what skills she had to meet these needs and what the company would get in return for hiring her.  She said everything really “exploded” when she took things into her own hands. Today, her created position is being replicated at companies around the world.

Kelli Saunders, President at Morai Logistics
When Kelli was only in her late twenties, she had the opportunity to buy into the company she worked for. It was a huge decision for her to make so early on in her career, and she was taking a financial risk that truly terrified her. The opportunity became a base for her career and a great lesson learned. She learned tremendously about ‘risk versus reward’ that she has carried throughout her professional life.

To hear more about these career-defining “lean in” moments from the Women in Logistics panelists, check out our videos below.  

What was a true “lean-in” moment for you in your career?  Was the risk worth the reward?

Choosing the Right Degree Doesn’t Have to Be Labor-Intensive

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the first Monday in September is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. This holiday recognizes the contributions our nation’s workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of the U.S.

As Labor Day approaches, we reflect on what it means to work in logistics and put together a fun infographic highlighting reasons why supply chain management isn’t just a job – it’s an exciting and important career that many are choosing to pursue.

Wondering how you can benefit from a career in supply chain management? See our holiday-inspired infographic to find out more!

Read a recent graduate’s point-of-view on the PDP program here or watch our Shipper Symposium breakout session video on “Fueling Talent Into Supply Chain and Logistics”

Why did you pursue a career in supply chain and logistics?