Helping Hands

December 2nd, 2016

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Every year here at HG Logistics, a third party freight broker based in Cincinnati, Ohio and our parent company Hill and Griffith, we like to give back during the holidays. Although we are not a large company by any means, one thing we do have that is big is our heart. During the holidays, Sarah, our Human Resources person emails out to gain an idea of what organizations we would like to aid. While we wish we could help everyone, we usually narrow it down to one or two.

foodbaknThis year, we are proud to have selected to take food donations for the Freestore Foodbank here in Cincinnati. The Freestore Foodbank is a wonderful organization that feeds thousands in the Cincinnati area. Part of this organization is Cincinnati Cooks Catering, a full-service catering service that funnels their proceeds right back into the charity. So, if you are still looking to book a meal for your upcoming holiday party, check them out. You can learn more about the Freestore Foodbank at www.freestorefoodbank.org .

 

cincinnatichildrensHG Logistics LLC and Hill and Griffith are also proud to be collecting toy donations for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Many area families have children who are receiving services and/or treatment at Cincinnati Children’s and this is a way for us to extend our best wished to those families. This contribution is near and dear to the HG Logistics family, as we currently have an employee with a son who is receiving top-quality care at Cincinnati Children’s. If you are interested in donating toys, recommended contact informtation is: Anna Kuertz at anna.kuertz@cchmc.org or 513-535-8760.

Drop off locations include

Main Campus
3333 Burnet Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45229

Liberty Campus
7777 Yankee Road
Liberty Township, OH 45044

Or shop online at:

StarLight Foundation
www.starlight.org
Items are delivered free of
charge to Cincinnati Children’s

If your office doesn’t already, please consider a tradition of holiday  charitable giving for your organization this year. It is a wonderful opportunity to give to those in need within our community and to say thank you for the services that we receive and take for granted.

 

November 18th, 2016

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When I was about four, I started helping my grandma prepare Thanksgiving dinners. Our family had a large turnout for Thanksgiving back then, usually around 60 people. A small group of us would gather on the Wednesday evening before to break up bread for stuffing, cut fruit for the weird jello salad that my family loved to have, bake pies and bread and decorate for the next day. I usually ended up spending the night on the couch just outside my grandparents’ bedroom, excited to see my extended family the following day.

We had an incident on Thanksgiving in 1996. I was sixteen and was only  a few months in to being a licensed driver. This would come into play in a way I would have never expected. As we had for years before, our small group gathered on Wednesday evening to prepare for the big day. This year would be especially large, and instead of the usual two turkeys, Grandpa was determined that we would have three this year. With limited oven space (as theirs as well as the generous neighbor’s would already be taken), one turkey would go into an electric roasting pan. With limited counter space, it was decided that the front port was a suitable spot for the roaster. With alarms set for 4:00 a.m., we tucked ourselves in to bed (or couch) and went to sleep.

In the middle of the night-it had to be around 2 a.m., there was a crash on the front porch. Everyone jumped up. We rushed out to see that not one, not two, but three cats had managed to tip the roaster off the porch table and were happily devouring our Thanksgiving turkey. Grandma cried. Grandpa yelled and stomped. I was of the mind that we had two turkeys now instead of three and that would just have to do. The grandparents did not agree. I had a license and no real responsibilities. Meijer was open 24 hours. I was tasked with going out at the tender age of 16 and finding a fresh-not frozen -because that would take days too long- turkey. I went to Meijer, the only store open in the wee hours of Thanksgiving morning. I took the easy route and asked a manager to point me to the fresh turkeys. He laughed. I cried. He then decided to help. Several phone calls later, there was a turkey on hold for me at a different location. Over an hour away. We didn’t have cell phones, internet or GPS, so I had to just make the choice to go and figure it out on the way. I called my mom from a payphone and told her I was driving “to town” and would be longer than expected.

By 7:00 Thanksgiving morning there was a turkey back in the electric roaster. By the time it was needed, there was a turkey. No one knew that I had gone so far. No one knew that I had driven on the interstate for the first time that frigid morning. None of the guests knew of our disaster. Thanksgiving went off without a hitch.

I think about that time quite a bit, especially around the holidays since my grandparents have passed on. Here at HG Logistics, a third party freight broker in Cincinnati, Ohio, we take a similar attitude. If you end up with a “third turkey” situation, we’ll be there to go the extra mile to get you back on track. We have many first time customers who come to us in a jam, left with a load on their hands, often on holidays or weekends. Those first time customers are long-term customers because of the can-do attitude and easy accessibility they get from HG Logistics. Your shipment will find its way without a hitch when you use the pros here at HG Logistics.

HG Logistics would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. We want our friends, families and business partners to know that we are thankful for them every single day. We also want to be someone that you are thankful for, so give us a call and let us deliver for you!

Contact HG Logistics at 513-244-3026

Thank You Veterans!

November 11th, 2016

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Today is Veterans Day, a day when the United States proudly celebrates and thanks those who write a blank check to serve our country. HG Logistics, a third  party freight broker in Cincinnati, Ohio stands with America today to say THANK YOU. Despite the rift that many feel due to political issues, our veterans are a reason that American citizens can come together and be proud. I have noticed that oftentimes, people don’t quite know how to express their gratitude for our servicemen and women, so I have compiled a list of 20 easy ways that you can thank a vet. Don’t put it off until next year, begin a tradition of thanks today…

  1. Say “Thank you”. We often see veterans wearing hats or jackets showing that they served. If you see one (or more) of these today, simply saying thank you can brighten someone’s day.
  2. Give a donation to a veteran’s organization. Think of donating to the VA, American Legion, AmVets or VFW, the USO, Wounded Warriors Project or Disabled American Veterans.
  3. Visit a local VA and spend time listening to veterans there. Sometimes hearing a story really makes us see things in a new way. Bonus points for taking your children along.
  4. Buy a meal. If you see a veteran when you are out for lunch, coffee, or dinner, discreetly pay for their meal. Sometimes the most gratifying acts are the ones we do anonymously.
  5. Decorate the graves of servicemen or women who have passed away. Remembering to honor those who are gone shows respect and gratitude.
  6. Check in with a family member who is a veteran. Maybe it is someone you haven’t heard from in a while, and maybe it is someone right next door, but showing our family members who served that we appreciate their sacrifice is touching and builds strong bonds.
  7. Volunteer. Sign up today to volunteer for one of many organizations that help veterans. Use your carpentry skills to help modify homes for wounded vets, deliver meals, enlarge family photos for those staying in the VA so they are easier to see, the possibilities are endless.
  8. Ask your office to focus on hiring and recruiting practices that value veterans, or suggest a veteran you know who may be in need of work for a position at your employer.
  9. Put together and send a care package to those currently deployed. Most communities have nearby organizations who will take your items or packages and help to be sure they are shipped properly.
  10. Sign up to adopt a military family for the holidays.
  11. Send a letter. Much like a care package, your words of encouragement (and those from your children as well!) are very meaningful to those who have or are currently serving. Again, organizations abound that can help with getting these to the right places.
  12. Educate your children. Make sure they understand the sacrifices of veterans and their families and encourage them to learn about our military personnel and why Veteran’s Day is important.
  13. Do chores. If you know of a veteran in your neighborhood, stop by and ask if they have anything that you can help them out with. No chores? Offer to make them a meal!
  14. Invite a veteran to Thanksgiving dinner with your family. Many veterans are older and alone. Being with a family can bring happiness and warmth to the heart of a veteran.
  15. Support a veteran-owned business. Veterans are often business owners in nearly any imaginable field, say thank you by supporting their endeavors.
  16. Give up your seat. If you are flying first class and see a veteran on board, offer to trade them seats as a thank you.
  17. Donate to or participate in an Honor Flight. This organization takes veterans to Washington D.C. to visit the memorials dedicated to their service and what they have defended. http://www.honorflight.org/
  18. Attend a Veterans Day event. Take your family or friends to show support.
  19. Help a veteran share their story through the Veterans History Project: http://www.loc.gov/vets/
  20. Remember veterans year-round. While it is nice to take a day to say thank you, it is even better to make it a habit. Thank a veteran (and his or her family) EVERY time you can. Make your donations, visits, care packages, etc. on a regular basis. Monthly or weekly activities will integrate into your routine and seem effortless but will remain appreciated.

Again, HG Logistics thanks and honors our veterans every day, and especially today, on Veterans Day. We are proud to live in this great, free nation and thank you for defending our rights and liberties.

Contact the General Manager at HG Logistics, Doug Bierman for more information about our company’s services and opportunities.

Veterans are ALWAYS welcome to apply!

513-244-3026         dbierman@hglogisticsllc.com

 

Please VOTE!

November 4th, 2016

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Any time you bring together a group of people, you are bound to have differences. These can be differences in looks, preferences, cultures, religions, and yes, even political points of view. Here at HG Logistics, a third party freight broker in Cincinnati, Ohio, we usually enjoy our differences. One thing that we all have in common is that we all have an opinion.

In case you have been living under a rock for the past year, I am sure that you are well aware that the United States Presidential election is nearing. On November 8, millions of Americans will cast their votes for President,  issues, and down-ballot races nationwide. In many areas, voters have already made their picks using early and/or absentee voting.  This is a part of the American way of life. Having a say in our government and its officials is one thing that sets the US apart from other countries.

While moving freight is our top priority every single day of the year, we want to take a moment to encourage every single eligible individual to take advantage of his or her democratic rights and vote! Voting is an important part of how and why our nation is as wonderful as it is. Selecting the best individuals to guide our cities, states and country is key in every part of daily lives.

Many people may not think that voting is a big deal, but it is important to realize that those elected officials are the very ones who may be making choices that will directly impact our lives. Looking at our own business, the government makes infrastructure, traffic, and driving laws that directly link to how we ship, where we go and who is driving our trucks. It is important to HG Logistics that all of our business partners, friends and families go out, get educated and take part in this election.

You don’t have to tell us who you voted for, but please let us know that you voted!

If you want to work with a top-quality freight broker who takes the privelages of being an American seriously, please give our General Manager Doug a call at 513-244-3026 or take a look at our “Contacts” page or find us on Facebook!

 

Positive Vibes

October 7th, 2016

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There has been a lot to watch in the news recently, and I don’t just mean the presidential race. With Hurricane Matthew making landfall in the U.S. today, crazy clown people and violence every day, sometimes it is difficult to see the bright side of things. People have numbers of ways to deal with the stress that daily life can cause. Many turn to their faith, exercise, meditation, playing and joking around, sleep, food, the list could go on for days.

I have personally had a difficult year and just when I think things are going to get back on track, another bump in the road pops up  in front of me. Sometimes I whine to myself and think that things aren’t fair. Other times I want to fight like a madman against every force that wants to tear me down. Other times, I want to stay in my pjs, eat ice cream and sleep until it is all over.

Everyone copes differently.  One thing that I believe can help anyone, in any state of mind, going through any struggle is a good support system. Sometimes that can be family, other times it can be friends. Coworkers, sports teammates, and sometimes even strangers can offer the best support and advice. One thing that I have learned in my (almost 3) years here at HG Logistics, a third party freight broker in Cincinnati Ohio, is what happens when coworkers turn into friends and then family. This place is full of crazy, don’t get me wrong. And there are all kind of it around here, both the fun and sometimes not so fun. I think that is part of what makes us work.

I know that there are people at work I can count on, whether I need repairs on my home or car, or I need an ear to bend. I’ve mentioned these kinds of things before. The best part about all of that is, in the end, these people genuinely care about each other. People ask how you’re feeling. If something is obviously wrong, they want to know what it is and how to help. They pray for you.

The benefits of HG Logistics and the caring, concerned mentality extend beyond our own walls. When you call HG, you can be sure that there is someone on the other end of the phone who will bring a positive vibe to your day. Whether they are joking around with you, working to solve an issue, or just making a deal, these people are good people.

HG Logistics cares deeply for the victims of Hurricane Matthew. Our thoughts are with all of those affected and we are sending positive vibes toward the south.

If you are looking to work for or with a great third party freight broker with reliable performance and a positive outlook, please look no further than HG. Contact us at 513-244-3026.

Fall is Here!

September 23rd, 2016

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If you ask an Ohioan why they love living here, you just might hear “for the fall”. It took becoming an adult for me to realize that not every part of the country experiences autumn like we do here in the Midwest. As I was driving to work today, I noticed just a few of the trees starting to yellow on the rolling hills. While everywhere you go, you can get a pumpkin spice latte, pie, candle, body lotion or anything else you can dream of, there is so much more to experiencing the change of the seasons. People from many different states will venture to Ohio and its neighbors to witness the fall colors come alive in the foliage every year. It is a great blessing that I can see it right outside my window every year.

Fall is a time to break out sweaters and boots for chilly evenings, football games and apple cider. It is a time to reflect upon the summer fun we shared and plan ahead to building wonderful holiday memories in the moths ahead. I think that there are times when we take this wonderful month for granted, as if it is just another day.  I challenge everyone to take some time this fall to truly appreciate it for what it is. Spring gets the reputation for the season of renewal, where everything is new and fresh, summer is the season for fun and outdoor getaways, and winter is jam packed with holidays. Fall is a time for reflection, preparation and enjoying the best of our lives. I hope that no season passes by us taken for granted.

Here at HG Logistics LLC, a third party freight broker in Cincinnati, Ohio, we love all things fall. From decorations to caramel apples and the start of football for our local teams, we see a lot to be excited about. We do our best not to take anything for granted. This includes those who make our wheels turn every single day. HG truly appreciates its employees, drivers, carrier partners and business associates like customers and service providers. We know that without you, we wouldn’t have nearly as many wonderful things to reflect upon when thinking about what we have to appreciate. HG Logistics is packed with people who like to stop once in a while and thank those who make our days brighter…so, thank you!

Take some time this fall to enjoy the weather, the scenery and activities, and to appreciate those who make your life brighter!

To be a part of a company who appreciates you, as an employee or business partner, please give us a call! You can contact Doug Bierman, our General Manager at 513-244-3026 or dbierman@hglogisticsllc.com

Truck Driver Appreciation Week 2016

September 16th, 2016

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Today ends the one week every year when professional drivers in the trucking industry get the recognition they deserve. When many of us think about truck drivers, we think about the trucks. The semi trailers that we can’t see around, the slow moving, heavy, loud machines that seem more of a nuisance than anything else during our everyday commutes. If we take a minute, we can step back and look at what makes our country roll along smoothly every day, and that is the man (or woman) in the machine, the truck driver.

The driver is the person who checks and double checks their flatbed loads in the sleet, snow, rain and heat to be sure that nothing will roll off or fly backward…you know you think about it every time you follow behind a load of steel coils. The driver is the person who makes sure that the essentials make it to your local grocery store, the reason that you have milk, meat, bread, baby formula, clothes.

Truck drivers are more than just their job though, aren’t you? These people are parents, sons and daughters, grandparents, friends and neighbors. They have families at home who want them safe and respected. They are folks who try to do their best and make the day good. Truck drivers are more than that.

Truck drivers have founded organizations to be on the lookout for missing and abducted children. They have organized to stop the epidemic of human trafficking. There are charities headed by truckers dedicated to funding cancer research, buying toys for poor children at Christmastime, supporting our troops and veterans, and even for protecting animals.

Truck drivers are a group of hard working men and women who deserve our respect and appreciation every day, not just once a year.

Here at HG Logistics LLC, a freight broker based in Cincinnati, Ohio, we know that without the professional truck drivers who work with us, we would not have just celebrated ten years in the industry. Truck drivers keep us rolling, they keep America rolling, and we not only appreciate them, but honor them. HG Logistics would like to thank the men and women who spend time away from home to make our lives easier. We love our truckers!

 

To contact HG Logistics, please call us at 513-224-3026 or email our General Manager (and truck driver himself) Doug Bierman at dbierman@hglogisticsllc.com.

 

Are you ready for some football?

September 9th, 2016

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Last night was the official start of the 2016-17 NFL Football Season. People across the country have waited anxiously since the draft in the spring to see their favorite teams take the field. Fanatics will get to cheer on players both new and old for yet another season.

Here in Cincinnati, we have the beloved Bengals to root for, although it isn’t always hard to find other team jerseys floating throughout the city. The Bengals (much like the Reds baseball team here in Cincinnati) don’t always give us a lot to cheer for. While they can have their winning streaks, playoff wins don’t happen often. In fact, we haven’t seen one since 1990, and haven’t ever won a championship. The Bengals haven’t even taken part in a Super Bowl contest since 1988. Needless to say, we have our ups and downs.

Beyond the Bengals, the great part of football season here in Cincinnati really is the fans. Chants of “Who Dey!” and the beginning guitar riff of Guns N Roses “Welcome to the Jungle” echo through pubs, wing joints and even Fountain Square on game days. The thrill is there and the excitement is in the air when the players take on their opponents. Win or lose, Bengals fans are tenacious, die-hard and dedicated.

This loyalty is a key part of being a Cincy fan. I would even go so far as to take the risk of saying that being loyal is a key part of being a Cincinnatian.

Here at HG Logistics LLC, a third party freight broker here in Cincinnati, Ohio, we possess that same loyalty that is seen on the television screen when broadcasting from Paul Brown Stadium. We cheer for the good guys and put our hearts and souls into backing those we are loyal to.

Who wears your colors? If you are interested in partnering with a freight company who is loyal to the end, in good times and rough times, who will come through in the clutch and carry your flag, consider HG Logistics. We are just that!

To contact HG, call 513-244-3026, email our GM, Doug Bierman at dbierman@hglogisticsllc.com, or click on our “Contact” link.

HG Logistics Celebrates 10 Years!

August 31st, 2016

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A few days ago, HG Logistics LLC, a third party freight broker in Cincinnati, Ohio, celebrated ten amazing years in the business! We are proud of the company we have grown into and of the relationships we have formed with our many business partners.

Last Friday, HG took some time to relax and relish in the accomplishment. To celebrate, Doug Bierman, our GM, arranged for a full celebration. Catering was provided by Big Dogg BBQ and Itsy’s Ice Cream Truck even made a stop. After all the food was gone and the last cone of soft serve was served, raffle prizes were drawn including a Fitbit, Yeti Tumblers and an LG TV. In all, I think it is safe to say that the employees felt as if their contributions to HG’s longevity are appreciated. Faces old and new made appearances to make the day enjoyable. Employees and friends who attended had a great time of socialization and camaraderie.

Times like these are a great way to reflect on what we have accomplished as a team, and how we have accomplished much together. Milestones are also great times to set new goals for the future and plan on getting there. We plan on seeing all of you at our 20 year celebration!

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Back to School

August 19th, 2016

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This has been a rough week for me. All the kids are going back to school, and that means a schedule that is even more hectic. We are back to lunches to early mornings, lunches to pack, and homework to review. Even things like walking to and from school for the first time can be tremendously nerve wracking for parents. Watching my two youngest skip off to school this morning was hard, even when following behind them to keep a close eye. Soon, they’ll want more distance, and then they’ll want to go it alone…after that, driving.  (Insert giant gulp here)

Another change that I am witnessing firsthand as I get older is that “back to school” is turning into “off to college”. Yikes. While packing up bedrooms and piling into vehicles and shopping for dorm decor may seem like a wondrous adventure to the freshman undergrad, it’s a whole different story for those of us who are left behind.

One thing that is a key part of being a parent is trusting your kids. I have learned little by little that in order for my children to grow, I have to let them. That means trusting in them on bigger and bigger things all the time. At one point, it was a big deal to pick out their own clothes, and now they want to be left home alone for hours on end (we aren’t quite there yet). They want to cook their own food, decorate their bedrooms, have a cell phone, hang out at the mall with friends…it’s all a nightmare for parents. If you know you can trust your kids, though, it isn’t so bad. As the parent, we have to use our judgement to decide what they are ready for and give them the opportunity to earn our trust. If we do it just right, or at least close to right, they’ll build on the past and become more trustworthy in the future.

The timeline from picking out their own outfits to walking to school with siblings to dating and driving to college is going much more quickly than I’d like, but I can see how each of my children has grown and become not just trustworthy but honest, caring and generous.

Trust is something that many say has to be earned. No one knows that more than a parent trying to teach a child how to be trusted. This is a virtue that is priceless in life, both personally and in business. Trust is a major reason that HG Logistics is successful. HG employees will work to earn the trust of a customer, a truck driver and a coworker equally. We understand the gears that make our company run smoothly and we trust one another to do our jobs well. We use carriers that have proven their trustworthiness and we trust in our customers to see that we do what we do quite well and to believe in us.

Being a part of any family, team, organization or group hinges upon trust. All we have is our word. Is your word worth its weight? Is your logistics provider lying to you? While this is something of an epidemic with freight providers, it is not the way HG Logistics operates. That is why I am proud to be a part of the team. If you want honest, trustworthy freight solutions, contact us anytime!

Be safe this back to school season, and watch for children walking to and from school!

HG Logistics is a third-party logistics company and freight broker located in Cincinnati, Ohio. They are dedicated to providing their customers with the best service possible. For more information, please contact HG Logistics’ General Manager, Doug Bierman at 513-244-3026 ext 3021.