How focused is your leadership team on what really matters?

Because I am a Christian man and a business leader, there are certain things that I know will always be true and there are other things that I believe as a matter of faith.   Read More

Topics: Future of Logistics, Logistic Leaders, Logistics Teamwork

Reasons for Outsourcing Logistics to a Great 3PL Like Spartan Logistics

The obvious benefit to using a logistics company is that you don't have to do it yourself.  But the benefit really goes deeper than that.  Outsourcing warehousing and fulfillment can have a meaningful impact on your business's growth. 1. Avoid Long-Term Leases Many logistic companies offer flexible pricing.  This means that as you grow-or go through slow periods-they will be able to adapt to your needs and adjust cost accordingly.  Renting your own warehouse space usually requires more of a commitment.  Read More

Talk the Talk

Are you new to the logistics scene? Or have you been on the scene for a while but all those business calls and business talk assault your vocabulary senses? Well worry no more! The verbiage in the logistics industry can be incredibly complex. So many words are thrown around blogs, forums, and websites and can leave you scratching your head. Ever find yourself on a call or on a job and the other person is totally not speaking your language? It might sound something like this:   Read More

Why can't I find warehouse space?

Some days this feels like the best of times for the those who operate logistics companies and who operate industrial real estate, and the worst of times for those looking for a bargain on warehouse space. Despite moderate economic growth, the U.S. industrial market continues to expand. Nationwide, warehouse vacancy decreased to 9.2%-in the first quarter of 2016. This is the lowest it has been in 15 years. In certain markets, it is even lower, sometimes just a few properties. Moreover, the Class A and B space was the first to be absorbed; much of what is currently available is Class C and D- mostly 50-year obsolete properties and shuttered manufacturing plants.  National warehouse and distribution center demand is running from between 225 million and 230 million square feet per year lease, while new supply remains at roughly 165 million square feet. Are you challenged to find high quality warehouse space and service providers where and when you need them?  Spartan Logistics has been planning for this day for 25 years.  Read More

Why I Took my Team into the Woods

HISTORY: Twenty years ago when I was CFO of our company, I started having annual meetings with our whole management team to review performance, goals, and financial results as well as improve communication between team members who had never met. These were about as much fun as a trip to the dentist... Dilbert cartoons notwithstanding. So five years ago when I became president of our company, I resolved to change the tone and content of these meetings to change the culture & expectations of our team. I wanted to spend time training our team to be better leaders. I want them to think like owners and to make decisions in a situation the same way I would make them. I want them to know & understand the core values & mission of our company. To take action & make decisions consistent with those values.  Since that time, the meetings have been a lot more fun... especially because they suddenly contained a lot less of me talking.  Read More

Topics: Goals, Lessons