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Central Florida Roundtable of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMPCFL) to host Inaugural Technology Symposium: Supply Chain Disruptors

On Friday, February 16, 2018 from 7:30am to NOON, at the Marshall Student Center (Ballroom A) on the University of South Florida Tampa Campus, current and future supply chain professionals are invited to a Technology Symposium that will feature experienced presenters on innovations and technology disruptors.

“We all can spend weeks and months digesting trade journals on these fast-changing topics, or invest in one morning to learn the latest, leading edge developments that will define the supply chain industry over the next five years,” shares symposium coordinator and volunteer, Jack Mendell, Technical Advisor and Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt from Saddle Creek Logistics Services. “We have been able to gather a team of presenters for the benefit of students and active industry professionals.”

The Technology Symposium will have two primary subject areas — Block chain: predictable realities of timelines and transformations, and Man Replaced by Machine: implications of automation. Speakers include professionals from Pennsylvania State University, Florida Polytechnic University, IBM, Adams Automation, Dematic and Saddle Creek Logistic Services.

Registration available online at: http://cscmp.org/store/events/registration.aspx?event=CFL180216

Admission to the symposium ranges based on membership to CSCMP— student members: free, Young Professionals: $25, member: $35, non-member: $50. Continental breakfast is included with admission. Marshall Student Center is located at 4103 Cedar Circle, on the USF Tampa Campus, Tampa, Florida 33620.

For more information, contact symposium coordinator, Jack Mendell, PMP, ITIL V3 at 863-668-4422jack.mendell@sclogistics.com or John Gierlach, Manager, Trans Solutions, 863-668-4324,secretary@cscmpcfl.org.

About the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals: CSCMP is the leading global association for supply chain management professionals. For over 50 years, they have been the trusted source for providing access to essential tools and education that members need to enhance careers. With unparalleled networking opportunities, online and on-site professional education, and cutting-edge research, CSCMP is dedicated to members and their companies. CSCMP members represent a wide range of supply chain management careers including consulting, demand planning, finance, logistics and transportation, manufacturing operations, purchasing and procurement, real estate, sales and marketing, technology, third party logistics services, and warehousing. For more information visithttp://cscmp.org/

About the Central Florida Roundtable: The CSCMP Central Florida Roundtable is wholly volunteer driven and focused on providing an opportunity for sharing supply chain best practices, professional development and personal networking in the Central Florida area, ranging from greater Sarasota on the west coast, thru Tampa, Lakeland and Orlando, to Melbourne, Cocoa and Daytona Beach on the east coast. For more information visit www.cscmpcfl.org.

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How Burris Logistics is Driving Team Members to Career Success


According to a recent report by the American Trucking Association, the trucking industry will suffer a shortage of 174,000 drivers by 2024.

As of 2015, that shortage had already grown to 48,000.

That same year Burris Elkton formed a partnership with the Cecil County Community College’s Mid-Atlantic Transportation and Logistics Institute. The goal was to reward dedicated Burris team members with an exciting career path while strengthening the Burris Transportation Group.

In order to participate in the training, team members must be with Burris a minimum of a year with a satisfactory performance evaluation, clean driving record, and a recommendation from their direct manager. Once selected, the team member will attend 96 classroom hours with Cecil County Community College and 204 hours behind the wheel. They’ll also spend 12 weeks working in the Burris yard as a Yard jockey and 12 weeks on the road with a driver trainer.


The program has been a huge success and a win-win for the team members and Burris.  Congratulations to the more than 11 Burris team members who have already successfully completed the program. You’re going places. If you’re a Burris team member in Elkton, and you’re interested in becoming a truck driver, contact your supervisor today.

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Burris Logistics will Match Donations to Bring Relief to the People of Greater Houston

Team Burris, today you have a unique opportunity to make a one time donation that will bring relief to the people of Greater Houston as they struggle to recover from Harvey. 100% of your donation goes to the American Red Cross AND Burris Logistics will match donations up to $20,000!

Please, if you are able, consider clicking the link below to make a donation in any amount – whatever you can spare today. You will need to have your debit or credit card handy. If each Team Member donates $12.50, we can take full advantage of the very generous match offered by Burris Logistics!

Burris Logistics/United Way Hurricane Harvey Relief

Here is a screenshot of the form – so you know what to expect. It is a SECURE form and the United Way is a long time, trusted PARTNER – we are lucky to have them as a vehicle for moving our donations toward the Red Cross effort.

Thank you!


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National Forklift Safety Day – June 13, 2017


In honor of National Forklift Safety Day 2017, I’ve collected some of our Team Members’ favorite tips for working safely on and around forklifts. Each year, too many preventable accidents injure or claim the lives of operators and bystanders.  

Thanks to Richard Burns, Trainer at our Elkton location who took the time to speak to me about the importance of forklift safety, I recorded a bit of our time together if you care to watch. Here are our top ten forklift safety tips.



  1. Carefully complete the inspection checklist before operating equipment.
  2. Forklift Operators are to maintain two bays’ distance from the selectors and vice versa while in motion.
  3. Drive with forks trailing.  NEVER forks first.
  4. Never “bulldoze” or push stacked pallets.
  5. Use Safe speeds and avoid abrupt stops.
  6. Pedestrians always have the right of way. Keep to the right/stay in your lane.
  7. Watch out for blind spots.
  8. Keep alert to floor conditions.
  9. Slow down and sound horn at corners.
  10. Keep the load level stationary when in motion and maintain center of gravity within Forklift Stability Triangle.*

*Almost all counterbalanced powered industrial trucks are supported at three points. This is true even if the vehicle has four wheels. The truck’s steer axle is attached to the truck by a pivot pin in the axle’s center. When this point is connected to the front wheels with imaginary lines, the three-point support forms a triangle called the stability triangle. So long as the center of gravity remains within this stability triangle, the truck is stable and will not tip over.

Do you have something to add to the list? Email tmetts@burrislogistics.com







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Groundbreaking in Mcdonough, Georgia

Through the eyes of the new General Manager, Ronald Kaphers

Ron Kaphers, General Manager

Edited by Trish Metts, Photos Courtesy of the Henry County Development Authority

Tuesday March 14, 2017 was one of our company’s most historical moments with the ground breaking ceremony of the McDonough, Georgia facility. The air was chilly, consumed by a brisk cold wind, but the excitement of the Burris team ignited warmth and energy through the crisp morning.

Donnie Burris, Brian Kyle, Michael Piscitelli, Ronald Kaphers, and Eddie Stone were filled with excitement and joy for this new endeavor in Henry County. The Henry County officials and ARCO teams were among the attendees that shared in the excitement of the groundbreaking ceremony.

The experience of being a part of this magnificent occasion as the new General Manager was one of humility and honor for me as I thanked our father in heaven for this blessed day of life to experience this moment.

As I stood on the grounds of this beautiful land I could clearly see a new vision of direction and motivation for the Burris PRW Plus side of the business. I imagined the growth potential of the McDonough facility and the jobs it would bring to the Henry County area.

McDonough through my eyes will become the new phenomenal in “Wow” service and add new meaning to the McDonough area for value, respect, integrity, highest quality of service and value added services within our new Burris PRW Plus warehouse.

Burris Logistics McDonough, GA Facility

Donnie Burris with Ron Kaphers who has served as Jacksonville’s Operations Manager, will be the General Manager for the new  McDonough, Georgia facility.

The Henry County Development Authority announced on its website March 3, 2017 that construction will soon begin on the 250,000 square foot, public refrigerated warehouse (PRW) with 28,000 pallet positions, and an attached office and noted that 75 local jobs would be created when construction is completed in January of 2018. See the full article here. Representatives were on hand for the ceremony.

“Burris continues to evolve to meet the needs of our current and potential clients,” shares Donnie Burris, CEO of Burris Logistics. “Our expansion into the Greater Atlanta region highlights the growth, popularity and diversification we are experiencing throughout our entire operation. We are selected for our commitment to service, leading-­edge technology and solid core values. We welcome new and expanded relationships.”





Mike Piscitelli, Regional Vice President and Ron Kaphers, General Manager proudly display an image representing the facility that become our newest Public Refrigerated Warehouse in just under a year from now.  The entire team is so excited for the addition to our family!


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