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.

Trucking Radio Personality Passes

August 12th, 2016

 

Some people sing along with the radio, some have mini DVD players, some enjoy the silence, and others listen to talk radio. So, what is your “thing” when it comes to staying entertained while driving? No one knows how to occupy their minds better than truck drivers when it comes to long trips out on the open road.

Recently, the drivers who have listened to all night radio for decades lost an icon. The late night, talk radio, truck driver show personality Sharon “Lumpy” Sommers passed away. Her husband Dale was the star of his own radio show, and Sharon appeared on it many times.

HG Logistics, a third party freight broker from Sharon’s birthplace and final residence of Cincinnati, Ohio joins family and friends in her loss. We would like to extend our condolences to those who loved her and thank her for all the lives that she touched. Keeping truck drivers entertained on the road can keep them awake and alert, which means safe and alive. Thank you both “Truckin Bozo” and “Lumpy” for all you did for the industry.

Read more about Sharon here:

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HG Logistics can be contacted at 513-244-3026.

August 5th, 2016

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Today will mark the first official day of the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio had once been known as a city full of life and celebration, overlooked by the world famous Christ the Redeemer statue. It seemed as if Rio would be a wonderful place to host the celebration of athletic competition that the Summer Olympics are famous for. Now is a different story. Swimmers will be asked to dive into polluted waters for distance/open water swimming events, and waters near sand volleyball events have washed up human body parts. The main ramp for several boating competitions collapsed just days ago. Crime rates are high around the city, along with civil unrest and protests against a deteriorating government in transition. On top of this is the looming threat of the Zika virus that can cause not only flu-like symptoms, but life-threatening birth defects to unborn infants. All things that add stress to the athletes who are expected to perform at their peaks. Many athletes have chosen not to attend the games due to the combination of so many distractions and risks.

While there has been much focus on the negatives and dangers faced in Rio, there is another side to this. Thousands of athletes from around the world will compete against one another on the world’s stage. For many, this will be the highlight of their career, and for some, the highlight of their lives.  For the first time ever, refugees will be permitted to compete under the Olympic flag. For the first time in over a century, golf will be an Olympic event. Brazil has promised an opening ceremony that will confront the issues faced worldwide and ways to resolve them such as unity, conservation, and international cooperation and respect. It has been said that this will be a very political opening ceremony. Athletes will each enter the stadium with a seed, which will later be planted in the “Olympic Forest” to celebrate the games and demonstrate conservative efforts.

Finding coverage of the Rio Olympics is not difficult, but finding positive coverage can be. It all depends on what side you are drawn to. It seems as if there is always more negative than positive to be found and discovered in the world.

They say that generating positive vibes attracts positive vibes. I find that to be the case here at HG Logistics. HG is a third party freight broker based in Cincinnati, Ohio. We are often complimented on our positive and friendly attitudes and customer services. What’s the secret? Being positive generates positive outcomes. Looking at the seemingly disastrous Olympics this year through a positive lens can create a shift in what we are looking for. Even with problems and issues, looking for the best solution through a positive lens is going to yield better results than having a negative, “woe is me”, defeatist stance. HG Logistics solves problems every day. and by doing so with a positive outlook, we can assure a great experience for our customers and carriers.

If you would like to work with a company full of positive thinkers, give us a call at 513-244-3026!

 

July 29th, 2016

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Once in a while, as parents, we find ourselves in a place where we have to make a choice: stay at home or (if possible) take the kiddos to work with us. Luckily, here at HG Logistics, a third party freight broker in Cincinnati, Ohio, family is welcome. With just a head’s up notice, bringing in a youngster who is not ill is typically an okay thing to do. While there are designated days for this, sometimes it is an emergency situation. As a parent, it is nice to know that I have the option. As a coworker, however, things can get tricky.

A simple search can turn up article after article about why is it not okay to take your children to work. Instead of focusing on the worry about how to handle the situation, let’s take a look at what can be gained.

In the past, I have had to bring my children to school on snow days. Luckily, there was space for them and they all had assignments and reading to do. Keeping them quiet wasn’t much of a challenge and they got to see what it is that I do. It was good for them to observe an office atmosphere in a way that was not intrusive to other workers, but where they could also feel productive in their own way, even if it wasn’t contributing to the business.

Other times, children can really be a novelty to brighten up the day. Having a fresh face perks people up, and having the energy and youth of a child around can also help bring smiles to faces. It also engages coworkers in a new way. They get to see the family side of one another, and how people interact differently with children of different ages.

As children grow older, they can truly be a help in the office. Whether it is filing, making copies or fetching coffee, kids can do the jobs that are easily done but sometimes get put off. At the same time, there is a mutual benefit, because the young ones are also learning about helping out, team work and how to operate in a professional environment. They can also glean greater lessons from their experience that one day might pop up into their memory in their future professional lives.

Today, for example, the Greek girls came in. Taylor and Jada are pictured above, learning one of life’s dirty lessons: someone has to take out the garbage! While it might seem yucky, sometimes it takes these kinds of experiences to help young people realize the importance of hard work, doing your best at all tasks, and being part of a team that takes pride in their space. The girls also had to exercise their minds, as our General Manager, Doug, had the girls come up with creative HG Logistics logos. They even had a friendly contest for the best business quote. They came up with “The purpose of a business is to create customers who create customers” and “Don’t focus on being busy, focus on being productive”. Not too bad!

Family is important here at HG Logistics, and we value the openness of the office and having the option to bring our kids in, in a pinch. We also value the visits we have with our coworkers’ children. We get to learn more about one another, and instill some insight at the same time.

If family oriented businesses like HG are up your alley, give us a call at 513-244-3026. HG is always in the market for sales agents and we would love to help you with your shipping needs!

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!