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Contract Warehousing vs. Public Warehousing

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In third party logistics "public warehousing" and "contract warehousing" are common terms. Do you know the difference between them? Did you know "contract warehousing" is a form of public warehousing? We are starting an educational series of posts today with the basic differences between contract and public warehousing as referenced by most 3PL service providers. There are some key differences that should be considered when looking to store your product.  Read More

Topics: Goals, Lessons, Common 3pl Questions

Family & Teamwork

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Can there be a connection in the workplace? At Spartan, the answer is YES! Being a family owned company, we tend to do things a little bit differently. We've thrown the rulebook out the window by creating a company that not only values our team members but also each and every one of their families as if they were our own. This allows us to stretch our teamwork well beyond our warehouse doors. With heartbreaking news hitting one of our director's families unexpectedly, all Spartan locations, nationwide, banded together to help make a difference. An aggressive goal was set and the result exceeded our expectations. An overwhelming response came from each level of our team, warehouse pickers to directors, all wanting to contribute. With additional help from vendors and customers, we were able to triple our goal. When faced with adversity, our Spartan team rallied together. We are proud to have a group of people united by certain convictions, and we consider each one of them FAMILY!  Read More

Topics: Goals, Teamwork, Family, Giving Back

Why I Took my Team into the Woods

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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