End of 2015 Recap! So many accomplishments to celebrate.

We’ve been busy at Burris! So busy in fact that we haven’t blogged since, July! Shame on us 🙂 We’ve made a little New Years Resolution to not let it go that long next time. Before we jump into 2016, lets take a quick look at a few highlights from August – December 2015 at Burris Logistics!


Burris Jacksonville Receives The First Ever “Bob Burris Culture” Award

Congratulations to Burris Jacksonville! Earlier this year they received the “Bob Burris Culture Award”. Our CEO, Donnie Burris, was on hand to present the team with the award.

This is the first ever Bob Burris Culture Award.  Burris Jacksonville has improved their engagement score over the past 4 years – a total of 32 points!! They were the highest scoring facility in Burris….. beating everyone else by 10 points.

The annual award is a recognition of the team’s achievements in working as a family, supporting each other, and making it happen every day for their customers! Facilities can win the award by making significant progress in building team member engagement.  Donnie is challenging everyone to get our engagement scores to 70% overall next year!

Burris Jacksonville Receives the Bob Burris Culture Award


Burris Trucks Participate In Two Local Area Truck Convoy’s For A Good Cause!

Burris Harrington participated in the World’s Largest Truck Convoy to support Special Olympics of Delaware (SODE).  Sidney Jefferson, with 30 years of service to Burris, has participated in this event for many years.  His rig looked awesome heading down the highway!

2015 Worlds Largest Truck Convoy Burris LogisticsOur Rocky Hill team participated in Foodshare’s Convoy for Caring for the 5th year in a row.  Convoy for Caring has been a 13 year tradition with Foodshare.  It is a visual reminder to the challenges that 137,000 Connecticut residents who go hungry struggle with every day.  Dozens of trucks hit the road on September 29th, to take part in a 21 mile drive to Foodshare’s distribution center in Bloomfield, CT, to demonstrate their commitment to fighting hunger in the Greater Hartford area.

Since 2000, food industry companies have donated the equivalent of more than 108 million meals.  Officials from Foodshare said that 73% of the food it distributes comes directly from the companies’ in-kind donations, so every dollar donated, results in three meals.

One of our Professional Drivers, Wayne Albert, does this Convoy year after year, and brings the Driver of the Year with him.  This year Wayne was accompanied by our Driver of the Year Scott Pray, along with two of our Transportation Supervisors, Mike Clark and Josh Smith.

Convoy for caring Burris logistics


Recognizing One Of Our Drivers – Carlos Estrada from our Honor Foods Team!

At an October team meeting, Driver, Carlos Estrada was recognized by his manager, Mark Hunter for his teamwork, excellent customer service skills, and his love for what he does. He has been with Honor Foods since 2001.

On September 4, 2015, while already prepared to take out his assigned route, transportation received a call out from a driver. Quickly the transportation department had to make changes in their dispatching plans. As Carlos was preparing to leave; he was instructed of the change. Carlos did not complain, nor did he refuse the change, he accepted it with open arms. That day Carlos’s new tour of duty was also a more difficult route to complete, which made his day even longer, but he did not hesitate.  He also had a new Honor driver that he was training that day.

What a way to lead by example. In addition to the above acknowledgement, Mark had the pleasure of experiencing Carlos and his positive and solid work ethic; it was while Mark was on his 2nd week at Honor.  Mark did a ride along with Carlos and immediately noticed the refreshing and comforting relationships that Carlos has with every customer. He shows respect and professionalism at every stop. While Mark was out with Carlos, He asked Carlos, what makes you happy? Carlos responded, “Knowing that my customers are happy is what makes me happy.”

Weeks later, Carlos was recognized for his safe driving practices by Ryder’s Safety and Loss Prevention Department.
Of course, WE know how great our team members are, but it sure is nice to get outside recognition!



TWO Of Our Very Own Refrigiwear Warehousemen of the Year 2015!

Watch out now! We have not one but TWO Burris Logistics winners this year! Congratulations to Greg Garland (Elkton) and Delroy Thompson (Rocky Hill) for receiving this great honor.  There were only 24 winners chosen out of hundreds of nominations from US and Canada.

Warehouseman of the Year Nomination – Glenn Garland:

I have attached a group photo of our Elkton winner for the 2015 Refrigiwear Warehouseman of the Year Award (Glenn Garland).  Glenn (center holding award) is accompanied by GM Tim Peifley, Refrigiwear’s Doug Palmer and Shipping Manager, Chris Lindgren. Glenn was nominated by Shipping Supervisor Steve Cunrod, who wrote the following excerpt for Glenn’s nomination:

“What makes Glenn stand out as an outstanding team member is that he possesses a distinct analytical view on successful stacking techniques which has been a great asset to our shipping warehouse.  Mr. Garland joined Burris in 2010.  He has been a tremendous contributor and a natural leader within our warehouse among his peers.  Glenn serves on numerous business process improvement committees and also takes the lead to train our new selectors.  He is greatly diverse with regard to being able to perform all warehouse job functions.  Glenn leverages all of his experiences to implement positive changes in our work environment.”

Glenn was presented with the award on Thursday, November 19th in front of his entire warehouse team.   Elkton is proud to have Glenn on our team.  Our previous winners were Gil Ayon and Vicki Alexander.

Glenn Garland Refrigiwear Warehouseman of the year

Warehouseman of the Year Nomination – Delroy Thompson

Delroy Thompson is a trusted partner of all team members in the warehouse.  He has worked in the warehousing environment as a Order Selector for 18 years with the last 7 of those being with Burris Logistics.  During that time he has been able to mentor many different people who he has worked alongside.  His ability to build strong relationships with those he is working with has helped him to develop into his role as in informal leader.  He is seen as someone who will always go the extra step to do the right thing even when someone else may not.  He motivates those who may be having a tough day through his soft spoken voice.  When he is on the floor working he is someone you can count on to have a smile on his face, he uses his positive energy to pick up the pace of everyone around him.  When the afternoon lull sets in Delroy is still working full steam ahead, he uses his relationships with the team to get them to pick up the pace so that the entire team can get home to enjoy time with their families.

Delroy is able to select at a good pace everyday, and work injury free.  He has learned through the years just how important it is to pace yourself.  He hits it out of the park almost everyday, but knows when he needs to slow down and take it easy.  Even at the pace of “taking it easy”  he is still able to perform at 100% or greater.  Not only does he know how to pace himself, he also takes the time to make sure that his job is done accurately.  His work comes to the dock in a well built pallet which allows the quality control staff the ability to review it with no challenges.  When there are specialty passes Delroys name comes to mind because he is able to take the instructions and complete the work right on time.

With the years of experience Delory possesses in the role of selector he brings many tricks of the trade with him  He is always willing to share those with the young up and coming selectors.  He was an instrumental part of the team of selectors who took on the challenge of scanning product as it was selected.  He tried many different straps and positions of his equipment until he found the right fit.  Once he decided on the best way to use the scanner Delroy was able to share that information with his fellow team members.  Many of them are still using the additional strap today for their equipment.  Also when it comes to building a pallet Delroy thinks about it in a strategic method, he is able to do build some of the strongest pallets that others use as examples while in training.  He uses the cases in his pass to build a strong base while following all customer requirements and food safety requirements to develop a well crafted pallet.  His pallets are strong and travel well in the trailers down the road to our customer.
Additional Qualities that make him outstanding: Delroys positive nature is not only felt in the workplace, but also within his family, and his community.  He is a proud father and grandfather who takes the time to invest in the young ones.
Delroy Thompson Refrigiwear Warehouseman of the year


Strong Together: Burris Works Together To Make It Happen

This Stronger Together post was submitted by Tina Hawkins, Operations Manager in Harrington. It’s short and sweet, but very POWERFUL!  Tina sends a Big THANK YOU to Elkton and Federalsburg who came to the rescue recently when Harrington was experiencing heavy volume heading into Thanksgiving. Knowing this is a hectic time of year for all the facilities, the help is extremely meaningful and she passes along gratitude from the entire Harrington team.

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