Changes…

July 22nd, 2016

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As the summer heat hits its peak this July, I am preparing for a major life change. I will be moving into a new home. I am not the only one who has to deal with the change, though. My children will all have new bedrooms and living arrangements (no more sharing bedrooms!). My family will have to drive a bit longer to visit. My work commute will change.

With all of those logistical changes also comes the opportunity for even more changes. New rules, refined chore lists, updated furniture and even a change in daily routine can all be a great thing to wake up our senses and improve our lives.

Recently, HG Logistics, a third party freight broker in Cincinnati, Ohio, has also undergone some change. Over the past several months, cosmetic changes have occurred, such as rearranging desks, taking down and moving cubicle partitions, and painting to name a few. Along with the aesthetics, there has been a change in personnel. While not many have left, HG Logistics has added several new faces to the sales staff and accounting departments.

HG Logistics is looking at these changes as a breath of fresh air, and an opportunity to improve, not just as a company but as individuals as well. When we encounter new faces, we have the choice to avoid or embrace them. Here at HG, the family seems to have grown somewhat naturally. Our GM, Doug, has taken new employees under his wing and worked to help them fly. We look forward to seeing the great things that all of the new additions will bring to the company in the weeks, months, and years to come.

If you are looking for an opportunity to be a part of an inviting, family oriented, lively team, or if you are interested in having a growing and improving logistics provider to aid in your freight needs, contact Doug at 513-244-3026.

HG getting ready to renew Smartway Partnership

July 15th, 2016

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You may have noticed the logo attached to someone’s email, or even stuck onto the side of a tractor trailer going down the road, so I thought that I would use today to address the question: What is Smartway?

Smartway is a sustainability effort introduced by the EPA that focuses on the trucking and transportation industry. Since 2004, Smartway and its participants have saved over 170.3 million barrels of oil. With developed countries such as the United States generating much of the pollution due to freight transportation, something had to be done. The Smartway initiative is the US Government and EPA’s collaboration with brokers, trucking and logistics companies to cut down on the impact that moving freight has on the environment.

While Smartway is a voluntary program, HG Logistics, a third party freight broker in Cicinnati, Ohio has joined the ranks of many who take part in the program. Why? We joined because HG Logistics, while small in size, sees that our company’s participation in the freight industry adds to the pollution that has become so apparent in recent decades. It is indisputable that doing something good for the earth is a positive outcome, so we decided to participate.

What does it mean? Participation in the Smartway program means that we begin the process for certification months in advance. We go through each and every carrier used on our shipments and evaluate them based on their own participation in Smartway as well as how much freight they have moved for us, and how far. Using this information, we are able to upload a profile of what our own impact is, by getting a view of the carriers we choose. By selecting carriers that are Smartway participants, HG Logistics is able to reduce our own environmental footprint.

If you would like to move your freight with a company with an environmental conscience, please give us a call anytime at 513-244-3026! You can also visit us on Facebook!

What can we do?

July 8th, 2016

As I am sure is the case with offices, warehouses and companies all over the United States, overhearing or participating in a conversation about the recent tragedies involving terrorist attacks and police shootings is unavoidable. It is being discussed at children’s ballgames, at the gas station, in bars and restaurants everywhere. Whether we are talking about violence carried out in the name of terrorism, shootings by police and shootings of police, they are all tragic. No one can deny that lives are forever changed by these actions. Many are in disbelief. Celebrities, athletes and politicians are all voicing an opinion or a concern over recent incidents. Regardless of the stance of these things, many everyday people are left asking what they can or should do.

I was thinking about this today driving to work. What can anyone do? I am as horrified and disgusted as the next person about what has happened. Never mind any beliefs I might have about gun rights, terrorism laws, hate crimes, race issues or anything else. The fact remains that human beings are taking away human lives and it needs to stop. Like I assume many others do, I feel like I am an bystander and am totally out of control. How can I make any kind of difference?

My solution is kindness. What if each of us, just one time every day decided to do or say something nice or helpful or generous to another person? Not for someone that we would normally compliment or hold the door for, but for a stranger. If I can do one nice thing for someone I don’t know, might that influence that person to do the same? Even if it doesn’t, at least I know that I have put some good into the world.

Here at HG Logistics, a third party freight broker based in Cincinnati, Ohio, we are full of kind people. Many folks here do and say wonderful things for one another and our business partners. I am now putting out a challenge for those here at HG Logistics, our friends, families and business associates to do something kind for a stranger. Don’t just do it today, but each day. Think of the hurt that has been put out into this world and realize that just a little bit of good, spread slowly outside our personal circles, might help to ease just a little of the pain. Take care of one another instead of tearing each other apart. Put a stop to those who bully or insult, or stand up for someone in need. Share, smile, compliment, applaud.

HG Logistics’ employees thoughts and wishes are with all of those victims and families of those involved in recent tragedies, and with those who work daily to serve and protect us as Americans.

 

To learn more about HG Logistics and our services, please do not hesitate to call us at 513-244-3026.

Celebrating Independence Day!

June 30th, 2016

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With July 4th just around the corner, it seems fit that our minds think first of the men and women in the Armed Forces who have given, or are giving, tremendous sacrifices to ensure our independence and freedoms as Americans.

For many, this weekend will be filled with celebration. Some plan on taking youngsters to parades through small towns and large cities, collecting candy and memories with each passing float. Others can’t wait for the fireworks celebrations taking place all over the country, in back yards and city centers, lighting up the night sky is an all-time favorite Fourth of July pastime. For most of us, celebrating means that at some point, we will come together with family, friends and neighbors for a good old fashioned cookout.

I was thinking about just that today and wondered if there are any new and delicious recipes that would be worth trying out this weekend. The catch is that they would have to be super easy and fast, because time will at a premium! I did a little searching and this is what I found….

002_thumbQuick, easy and delicious, these super-patriotic strawberries are sure to be a hit with kids and adults. Simply dip your rinsed and drained strawberries in white chocolate candy coating, and before it dries, dip in blue colored sugar. Beautiful!

 

 

Another quick and cute treat is the patriotic ice-cream sandwich…simply unwrap pre-made ice cream images (2)sandwiches, allow them to soften just enough to roll in red, white and blue sprinkles and re-freeze.

 

 

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A wonderfully simple desert that my family loves is trifle. It is very download (6)simple to layer prepackaged white cake, such as angel food cake, cut into cubes, with strawberries, blue berries and whipped cream. You can even add vanilla pudding if you like it that way. YUM!

 

 

 

What do July 4th celebrations have to do with HG Logistics? Well, for starters, there is patriotism and tradition. HG Logistics, a third party freight broker in Cincinnati, Ohio, loves our country and its traditions. We believe in the United States and enjoy the freedoms we have. We strive to show our business partners that we do not take things for granted, including those very business partners. We understand the sacrifices that go into protecting our freedom and are proud to put a veteran under our freight whenever possible.

We also celebrate tradition. Traditions here at HG Logistics might not be just like the Independence Day parties we will go to this weekend, but they are foundational to our business just as your get- togethers are foundational to your family and friends. HG prides itself on the traditions of teamwork, respect and diligence.

If these recipes sound sweet, and HG Logistics’ approach sounds even sweeter, give us a call and let one of our committed team members help you with your shipping needs. Talk to any of our dispatchers, sales people, or even call and ask for Doug, our General Manager- to find out what HG and our traditions can offer you!

Give us a  call at 513-244-3026!

 

 

Team Loyalty

June 22nd, 2016

Over the weekend, I was with friends watching baseball. With multiple televisions in the area, I was able to watch the Reds play while they watched another -much less important- game. I get picked on quite a bit for being a Cincinnati fan. The Reds and the Bengals tend to give us just enough hope to let us down. Even when we wade into the waters of the playoffs, we usually end up high and dry by the end of it all.

The Bengals haven’t even been to a Super Bowl since 1988, and the Reds haven’t captured the World Series title since 1990, despite a few forays into the fall playoff season.

Cincinnati fans are loyal fans, though, myself included. Unlike most folks around here, I didn’t grow up in the area. I grew up a couple hours north, where almost everyone roots for the Indians and the Browns. My dad was born in Cincinnati, though, and he instilled a love for Cincy sporting teams. His ceaseless chants of “Who Dey” stuck with me, and all these years later, here I am, in Cincinnati, still cheering for the same teams. Through ups and downs, we stand by our teams. We might talk about how terrible they are, but on game-day, we are loyal.

HG Logistics, a third party freight broker in Cincinnati, Ohio is loyal as well. One of the greatest traits of our company is our loyalty to our customers and our carriers. We stand by those who we serve and we do our best to respect and appreciate those who provide services to us. Even through unavoidable hiccups, HG Logistics remains loyal and committed to providing quality service every time.

This culture of loyalty can be traced back in a simple straight line to the beginning and our General Manager, Doug Bierman. Doug is loyal to his employees, his family, his friends, and his customers and shows it every day. It is easy to be a fan in Cincinnati, because we are all loyal, and our teams are loyal to us.

If loyalty is a trait that you value, and you want to work with like minded  businesses, give Doug a call here at HG Logistics. 513-244-3026.

 

Good Value or Low Cost?

June 16th, 2016

Have you ever bought a pair of cheap shoes that lasted about a week before they fell apart? What about a cheap dinner? Surely we can all agree that a fast food dollar menu deal isn’t nearly as high quality as a five-star restaurant. Cheap cell phone chargers last about a week and become useless, cheap pens run out of ink…the list goes on…

In the freight industry, especially as third party freight brokers, HG Logistics employees often hear customers say that they want their freight moved for the lowest rate. I can’t imagine trying to count the number of times I have heard “You weren’t the cheapest” or “I can get it done for less” or “Match this other guy’s price and the load is yours”. Many of us understand the idea that a penny saved is a penny earned. I think that we are forgetting to ask one major question, though; Is going cheap the same thing as saving?

What it looks like to use the “Cheap” guy:

Freight customers who go for the low bidder often fall victim to the following scam. A cheap truck will accept your load until a better paying job comes around. If you’re lucky, they’ll call you and let you know they can’t pick up your load, usually with a “flat tire” or “broken reefer”. If you’re not so fortunate, you’ll get a call from your shipper asking why no one came to pick up…now the clock is ticking…you have to log the extra time securing yet another carrier to accept your load. This time, you’re probably going to pay more. Not only that, you’re losing productivity. While you could be invoicing, collecting payments, taking the afternoon off, you are stuck on the phones negotiating truck rates on the same exact load as yesterday. You end up with a late load, if it even picks up on the right day, an annoyed shipper, impatient receiver and your mood is probably suffering as well. The tension that comes with going cheap is starting to mount, and so is the cost. You’re on the hook for the late load, you’ve wasted your day away, you’ve paid more than you should have for your truck and you might even be accountable for the extra hours that the guys on the dock are working to get your product on and off the truck. This might not happen every time. Other times, the cheap guy might send in a dirty trailer for your food load, or a trailer with holes in the floors. Maybe they’ll send in a flatbed to pick up your step-deck load, causing on-site production to grind to a halt. More losses. Ouch.

What it looks like to use HG Logistics

Ask our customers, they’ll tell you. When you choose HG Logistics, a third party freight broker in Cincinnati, Ohio, you’ll thank yourself. You might have to pay just a little more than you would for the cheap guy, but you’ll save in the long run. We don’t sell our cheap rates, we sell our quality service. HG Logistics fully investigates the carriers that we allow to move our freight. We assure you that our professional and courteous drivers will pick up your load on time, with the correct equipment. Your load will be delivered flawlessly and we will communicate with you throughout to be sure that you are abreast of the status of your product. We won’t leave you with a load to scramble to cover at the last minute, and we won’t lie about even showing up. You’ll have satisfied shippers and receivers because we will send in clean, safe trucks and trailers and drivers who respect you and take pride in their work. You will have the same friendly point of contact in our office to work with each time, and you can rest assured that our small, yet efficient dispatch team will work together to be sure no matter who you reach, everyone is on the same page. You’ll be satisfied with your decision.

I don’t know about you, but I like for the soles of my shoes to stay together, so paying just a bit more sure is worth the value in the long run.

 

If you’d like to learn more about saving money by choosing value, give HG Logistics a call at 513-244-3026

 

Safe Summer Travels

June 8th, 2016

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With kids out of school and the weather warming up, the summer travel season is quickly approaching. Every year, millions of Americans hop into the family vehicle and set off for a road trip vacation. HG Logistics, a third party freight broker in Cincinnati, Ohio, knows that it is important for those families to return home safely. Today, we will take a moment to discuss some safe travel tips from a variety of sources.

The smoothest trips start long before the family loads into the car. To be sure your travels will be safe, be sure to have a recent tune up, oil change, and tire check prior to leaving home. Be sure that your spare is also inflated properly and ready to go! You can have your tire pressure checked for free at most Tire Discounters locations (and others as well, but I am speaking from my own experience). Also, have your air conditioning checked, wiper blades replaced, if necessary,  and all fluids topped off.

It is also a good idea to plan your trip out. While using a GPS is helpful, tools like AAA’s fuel cost calculator can help take your planning one step further by helping to know exactly how much gas money you’ll need to budget. You can find this helpful tool at http://gasprices.aaa.com/aaa-gas-cost-calculator.

If you are traveling with children, make sure that everyone has the correct, and correctly installed, safety seat for his or her size and age. Having the proper car seat can mean the difference between life and death-as can safety belts, so even adults should buckle up every time!

While there are many more tips, we want to be sure to end on this one: Focus on driving. Texting or putting destinations into your GPS while driving is dangerous. If what is going on is that important, please pull over, have a passenger do it. No text is worth your life or the life of a loved one.

The US government also has the following website to address summer travel safety:http://www.safercar.gov/SummerDrivingTips

Be safe, have fun, and enjoy your summer!

If you would like to know more about the freight services that HG Logistics LLC offers, please contact our offices at 513-244-3026 or via our contacts page on this website.

Award Winning HG Logistics

June 1st, 2016

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HG Logistics was awarded Tropicana/ Pepsico North America’s Midwest Region Carrier of the Year for 2015. This is the second time that Diana Trusty’s hard work and dedication to her customers has payed off. Diana, the account holder for the Tropicana account at HG,  won the Tropicana Central Region Carrier of the Year award in 2013 as well. Upon being congratulated, Diana can be heard saying “WE earned this”, demonstrating how her attitude and respect for teamwork can bring great reward.

Commitment to quality, teamwork and respect for coworkers is something that everyone should value, and Diana demonstrates all of these attributes. She and HG Logistics General Manager Doug Bierman accepted the award last week in Florida.

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If you want to work with an award winning group, contact HG Logistics, a third party freight broker in Cincinnati, Ohio at 513-244-3026.

Memorial Day Thoughts

May 27th, 2016

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My grandmother was the youngest of twelve children. Two of her brothers died in World War II before she was born. She never knew them. They never knew that she would exist. All ten of my grandma’s brothers served in the military in some capacity. It was a rite of passage for them. Two more brothers would die overseas, while defending our country. Those were brothers she knew. Although she was a young girl at the time when they passed, within just a year or so of each other, she died with the unfading memories of her big brothers. There was pride in her voice whenever she talked about all those brothers, even when she talked about how they would pick on her. Her generation grew up in a time when you were a minority if you hadn’t lost someone to war, at least one someone.
She also talked about the toll that having so many in her family deployed took on her parents. Her mother constantly worried and her father immersed himself in work. Aunts, uncles, siblings, friends…everyone seemed grieving at some point in time. Those who were lucky had a body to put into the ground. Not everyone was so lucky.

 

Coming from a large, close-knit family, she was no stranger to tradition. As a result, many traditions were passed down to her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. One of those traditions leads me to this weekend. On Memorial Day weekend, every year, those of us left behind return to the cemeteries and pay our respects by planting flowers, cleaning up the markers and visiting the graves of our loved ones.

Traditions like this are what our American servicemen and women fight for. They provide us with the freedom to grieve, to pray, and to advance our country in our own ways. Without those who make the sacrifices, these would not be liberties that citizens of the United States of America possess. For that reason, on this day and every day, HG Logistics is thankful.

 

Based in Cincinnati, HG Logistics is more than just a third party freight broker. We are a thankful group of Americans with hearts full of gratitude and pride. Thank you to our soldiers in the past, currently serving, and to their families for all of your sacrifice.

 

To contact HG, please reach out to us anytime at 513-244-3026.

Road Trip Thursday….Rhode Island

May 19th, 2016

This week, I thought it might be a good time to give a state that does’t get much attention the spotlight. Let’s see what Rhode Island has to offer road trippers who are looking for an interesting adventure.

Rhode Island was founded by Roger Williams, which is something that probably not many of us were aware of. What is interesting about this is that his decaying body was consumed by a “carnivorous” apple tree. The story is that the root made its way into the coffin and wrapped itself through and around his body. Even more interesting is that now the roots that ate Roger Williams are on display for all to see in Providence.

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You can also visit Cumberland, the only place on earth to find Cumberlandite…a metallic substance, found only on a small swath of land measuring about 4 acres. In a nearby cemetery, tombstones are made of Cumberlandite. cumberlandite

 

Newport is home to Collinswood Mansion, of 1970’s era soap opera fame, so stop by and take a look.

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Finally (Rhode Island is a pretty small state), there is something for the spiritual thrill seekers…Woonsocket is home to the only stigmatic in the United States. Stigmatics are people who exhibit the visible wounds of Christ. She is buried in Woonsocket. Rose Ferron exhibited them, including those inflicted by the crown of thorns, for the last ten years of her life.  Marie-Rose-Ferron-GraveMarie_Rose_Ferron1

 

HG Logistics, a third party freight broker in Cincinnati, Ohio is proud to deliver to any area where unique tourist attractions pop up-  all over the United States, and even into Canada and Mexico. Please give us a call with any freight need!

513-244-3026             or               (877) 574-4744