A Busy Week for Columbian

A Busy Week for Columbian

As the busy week wraps up and the holiday weekend begins, two of our employees wrap up separate speaking engagements. Ryan Skruch, product integrity manager, participated in a breakout session at the Food Defense ConferenceBlair Thomas, director of customer care, was selected for a public-private partnership to deliver warehouse training to the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), a support agency within the US Department of Defense.

Food Defense Conference

Food Defense ConferenceRyan filled in for Jim Gadziemski, Vice President of Warehouse Operations, and quickly picked up the pieces with agility and confidence. The Food Defense Conference is put on by the Food Defense Conference

Ryan’s presentation explained 5 key points to successfully building a food defense program at a third party logistics provider.

Ryan spoke about his experience at the event, “Attending the event has provided a great opportunity to hear professionals from all industries speak on the very real threat of intentional tampering in the food industry.”

Defense Logistics Agency Training

Defense Logistics AgencyBlair Thomas was selected for a public-private partnership to deliver warehouse training to the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), a support agency within the US Department of Defense. This week-long event had classes every day, and Blair even led some discussions. Defense Logistics Agency

“It was an honor to be a part of this project.  There are lots of smart, hard workers in the DLA, but they deal with several complexities and constraints that we just don’t see on the mainland and in the private sector,” says Thomas.  “Serving a global customer base in a situation where service failure could be a matter of not only life and death, but also national security, is very difficult, especially when you consider environmental, historical, and other logistical limitations.  According to the feedback we received, our week together opened their eyes to industry best practices as much as it opened our eyes to the complexities of serving a military customer.”

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After a busy week here at Columbian, we’re ready to celebrate our independence and spend time with our families. Happy Fourth of July!

Columbian Logistics Will Exhibit at the 13th Annual Midwest Supply Chain Management Conference

The Right Place

Columbian Logistics Network will exhibit at the 13th Annual Midwest Supply Chain Management Conference, sponsored by The Rightplace. The conference will feature topics across the supply chain spectrum :

  • Operations and Logistics
  • Growth and Innovation
  • Supplier Partnerships
  • Leadership and Development

Keynote speakers include , Rick Mattoon, Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and Scott Mautz, Author of Make It Matter.  Individuals with responsibility for product design, engineering, procurement, sourcing, manufacturing, operations, distribution, logistics, customer demand management, human resources and information technology will benefit from attending this conference.

Columbian Logistics Network will host a booth with representatives to field questions about service and capabilities. ‘The conference has a great agenda, with practical sessions and  knowledgeable industry experts.’ Notes Columbian Logistics Marketing Manager Mandy VanHaitsma.

The conference will take place on March 17th, from  8am to 4pm at the GVSU Eberhard Center, 301 Fulton St. W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504. For more information and to register, please visit: http://www.rightplace.org/events/2016-midwest-supply-chain-management-conference

Webinar- Freight Yard Optimization – June 23

Freight Yard Optimization Webinar



Columbian Logistics Network will host a webinar titled ‘ Freight Yard Optimization’, on June 23, 2pm Eastern time. The webinar will cover the benefits of creating a modern yard management program built using the people, process and technology that can provide visibility across the yard, long an area of the supply chain that ‘falls through the cracks’ of proper management and reporting.

Blair Thomas, Director of Customer Care at Columbian Logistics, will present. “Yard activity, such as trailer switching and check-in, has components within both warehousing and transportation, and if you silo the activity to just one function or the other, things like trailers being lost and drivers sitting idle in trucks waiting to unload can turn the yard into a real pain point. With a modern yard management program, you connect all three components, you bring visibility to the yard” states Thomas.

The webinar will review how to design a program, yard management systems and how mobile technology can increase effectiveness, and use a case study to illustrate a successful implementation.

Registration is open and free for attendees, click here to register.

Presenting At WERC 2015

Columbian Logistics Network is pleased to announce that Blair Thomas, Director of Customer Care, will be presenting at the  Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC) 2015 National Conference in Orlando, Florida. The presentation ‘How to Increase Yard Management Productivity via Mobile Technology’ will be co-presented with Nate Harris, President of Cypress Inland Corporation, maker of yard management software ‘Yardview’.  

“The freight yard can really become a black hole within a company’s supply chain. This presentation illustrates via case study how setting up a modern yard management program and process in conjunction with off the shelf hardware and technology can drive process improvements and cost savings.” Said Thomas.  

The presentation will take place on Tuesday, May 5th from 9am to 10am. Visit the WERC 2015 Conference website for more details. The presentation will be made available to all attendees after the conference. If you cannot attend the convention but would like to view the presentation, please contact amavan@columbian.us

WERC is a not-for-profit professional organization that provides tools, knowledge and networking for those in the distribution industry.