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

Part of a Winning Team

May 19th, 2016

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Yesterday, like nearly every other day during the spring and summer, I watched my son play baseball. I noticed that the boys on a particular team had one of three ways of handling themselves inside the batter’s box. While they each had their own routine of taking a few practice swings, spitting or rubbing dirt on their batting gloves, or knocking the mud off their cleats, what caught my eye was the action once they stepped up to the plate.

 

Swinging Sam…The first kind of kid was the “swing away” type. It didn’t matter what sign he got from the third base coach and it didn’t matter if the pitch was over his head, down the middle, or in the dirt, he was swinging at it. Sam is hungry for a hit at any expense, even striking out! This is the guy who recklessly goes after high pop-ups well outside his area of defense and just might slam into the kid who is calling him off for a shot at the glory. He just might make a play or two during the game, but not after costing outs on both defense and offense…and not in the way you want. Darn it, Sam!

 

The next kid up is the bat-on-shoulder kind of guy. Timid Timmy makes you wonder why he is there. He stands in the box and waits patiently to be walked. He has no intention of swinging the bat, and if the pitcher blows three fastballs past him, well, that’s just plain okay. Timmy will wander his way back to the dugout and dig out that bubblegum in the bottom of his bat bag that he was dreaming of while he had to make his obligatory trip out onto the field. This is the kid with his arms folded or picking daisies in the outfield, letting easy fly balls roll right past him. Timid Timmy strikes out…again.

 

Finally, there is Calm and Collected Charlie. Charlie stands at the ready, waiting for the coach to give him a sign. He is careful to watch the pitch from the pitcher’s hand to his bat. He paces himself and is patient, even with a full count. He understands that a walk is as good as a hit, and outs happen, but he doesn’t let it get him down. Charlie hustles for the ball on defense, but knows when it is more important to cover a base. He tries, he learns, and he keeps his cool. Charlie is successful and the team depends on his attitude to get them through tough games. Charlie is the guy you want for your kid’s buddy, because he makes good decisions and respects the adults around him.

 

HG Logistics, a third party freight broker in Cincinnati, Ohio has a whole bunch of Charlies around. We are consistent and reliable. When they happen, we learn from mistakes, keep our heads up, and keep right on going. We make things right. We make good decisions and respect our customers and leaders. We wait for the right trucks and drivers, not just the easy ones. At HG Logistics, we aren’t looking for the glory or the fame, we are looking for a team win because of a job well done.

 

HG Logistics would like to take care of your freight shipping needs and show you what hard work, dedication, patience and hustle can do to improve your experience with the trucking industry. Give us a call to learn more!

 

You can reach anyone on our team, including

Doug Bierman, General Manager of HG Logistics LLC at:

dbierman@hglogisticsllc.com        or           1-877-5-SHIP HG   or         513-244-3026

New York State, our Thursday Destination

May 12th, 2016

We all know that New York City has plenty of sights to see, and Niagara Falls is already famous, but what about the rest of the state? This Thursday, we will take a look at what other parts of New York have to offer.

The first stop is Canastota, New York. This small town is home to the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Here, you’ll find bronze fist castings of all of the inductees, belts and other items commemorating the sport. Come in early June and celebrate Hall of Fame weekend parades, activities and the induction of new members!

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Howes Cave is home to a couple of interesting sites. For nature lovers, there is Howe Caverns, complete with boat and elevator rides. There are also a bevy of very interesting billboards in the town, dressed with themes such as “Classic Rock” and “You’ll Flip”. These billboards advertise for nearby Secret Caverns, just up the road in Cobleskill. The two cavern sites are said to have quite a rivalry! download (3)  download (1)  NYCOBsecret_flip_360x360 NYCOBsecret_classicrock_620x300

 

 

Romulus is home to a herd of natural white deer. Is is said that they are not albino forms of other deer, nor are they mutated in any way, but they are simply a breed of deer that is white- the Seneca White Deer. They are located within a fenced area, but can be occasionally be spotted from beyond the fence that is supposed to protect them.

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In Sleepy Hollow, you’ll find (not surprisingly) a collection of Headless Horseman sites, including a sculpture, the bridge from which the pumpkin head was thrown at Ichabod Crane, and a monument.

Finally, Lake George, New York is home to Magic Forest, a fairy tale theme park. This town, with the park, is home to the world’s tallest Uncle Sam, among many other larger than life characters.

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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

Thursday Road Trip….Indiana

May 5th, 2016

With a recent Indiana primary victory, news that Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee for president this November came after Cruz and Kasich withdrawals. With the attention of the nation on Indiana, it seems fitting that we should venture there to see what interesting roadside attractions the state has to offer.

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Bruceville is home to a man named John Ivers. This thrill seeker has built two of his own backyard roller coasters. imagesStop in the area and take a look at Blue Flash and Blue 2.

 

 

 

 

Cannelton is home to an interesting religious creation. It is home to the world’s largest Celtic Cross carved from one rock. Carved into a single boulder, measuring over 20 feet tall. This site is also a part of Blue Heron Vineyards, so stop by for a drink as well!

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Mooresville, Indiana is home to gravity hill. You’ll think you’re about to roll downhill, but hold on while your car rolls UP! This area is also known for paranormal activity.

Kokomo is also home to a few interesting sites, such as the world’s largest sycamore stump, a giant praying mantis statue, and a dedication to the first trip by car.

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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

 

NFL Draft and Bouncing Back

April 29th, 2016

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The NFL draft began yesterday. The draft is a decades-old tradition where the country’s top football prospects emerge from their college careers and move on to playing for money, at the professional level. As usual, the draft this year has not been without drama. Let’s be honest these guys are kids when they start college, some as young as seventeen years old. NCAA, Division One schools expect them to balance school and sports- but there is more to it than that. These still young and impressionable men have one more thing within that balance- life. Life is not just about what mom and dad say anymore. It’s about making the right friends, becoming your own person, deciding your path in life and deciding how you’ll get there. College, or at least that age, is where most of us “find ourselves” as young adults. College athletes have the added pressure of not just performing academically and socially, but in their chosen arena of sport as well. Coaches demand extended hours of practice, specific eating and sleeping patterns, and a certain level of conduct at all times.

Conduct…of course it is important to behave oneself and to follow the rules. This is true in life, school and work. What happens when a young man breaks a rule? Well, if he is a college athlete and a top prospect in the NFL draft, chances are if there is evidence, it will end up in social media. The same thing happened to Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps. He had amazing success at his sport and was defamed by photos of indiscretions while in college…the “finding himself” years. The point is, it isn’t just football. So this year, we have guys up for the draft and all of their dirty laundry comes to the surface. Some of it is years upon years old. Photos of drug and alcohol use, allegations of bending or breaking rules to pay rent, fighting, none of it is “right”, but should it have an impact on someone’s entire future?

I’m not going to argue either side of that question. What I am going to do is ask- what’s next? This year is  Laremy Tunsil- with a photo smoking marijuana and screenshots of a conversation asking his coach for rent money, and later, the player himself admitting to the latter. Last year there was  Jameis Winston, accused of sexual assault. Right, wrong, guilty or innocent, in cases like these, there is one thing that NFL programs are counting on: the player will overcome his troubles and bounce back.

As Vince Lombardi said “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get back up”. So, did they get back up? Will they persevere and move on to have a successful career and make their names positive after these scandals? Only time will tell…

HG Logistics, a third party freight broker in Cincinnati, Ohio,  is not a college kid with dreams of the NFL. We do have something in common with these kids, though. Sometimes issues arise. We have a flat tire, we misquote a lane…we are human. Luckily, we don’t have the bigtime issues of drugs or assault, but we also understand that missing an appointment is a big deal to our customers, so it is a big deal to us. So what do we do when we get knocked down? We get up! We make it right. HG Logistics is proud to be transparent with our customers. We communicate any and all issues and make sure that everyone is happy in the end. Sometimes problems are unavoidable, but keeping our head in the game and making sure we are doing the right thing, on and off the road are what make HG a great top prospect for your team!

If you have shipping needs, or want to learn more about what makes the HG Logistics team great, give Doug Bierman, our General Manager, a call!

513-244-3026   or   877-574-4744