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Well Deserved Recognition For An Awesome Burris Driver!

Yolanda Banks Burris LogisticsLast week, our Atlanta team received some wonderful feedback about one of our Atlanta based drivers, Yolanda Banks.   Jasmine, HR manager for Burris Atlanta shares,

“Today, I received a call from a gentlemen regarding our driver Yolanda.  He volunteers for Mission House, Inc. and picks up expired food from our customer. During his trips to our customers stores, he often runs into Yolanda.  He wanted to let us know how great of a team member she is for Burris Logistics.  He said Yolanda is always smiling, very professional, and hard at work taking care of her customer.  He concluded by saying that in all of his years working for a Fortune 500 company and traveling the world, he has never met a team member as amazing as Yolanda.”

Yolanda started with Burris Logistics as a driver in December of 2013.  You can typically find her on the road between our Atlanta warehouse and our customers stores in Jacksonville, Florida. She has held a CDL for a little over 7 years and has driven over 300,000 miles.  Yolanda also holds an Associates of Art in Accounting from the University of Phoenix.

One other little interesting fact about Yolanda:  From 2011 until 2013, Yolanda worked as a volunteer teacher for a local organization.

Burris is fortunate to have outstanding customer-focused team members like Yolanda on our team. Thank you for all you do!

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Summer Fun at Burris!

Our locations have been busy this summer and we are only halfway through the season! Here are a few fun photos that our team members have sent in about what they have been up to lately!

Rocky Hill Team Members Starts His Own Business!

On Tuesday, June 24th, Rocky Hill said goodbye and good luck to one of its Supervisors, John Gomez.  John had been with Rocky Hill since the beginning and worked his way up from a Checker to a Supervisor.

Through perseverance and guidance, John was gradually able to buy himself a home and successfully start his own business on the side.  His side business has grown and he has decided to make it a full time career.  While we are very sad to see him go, we are so happy he is able to start a new business of his very own.  It was a bittersweet day that we celebrated with speeches and cake!

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Burris Federalsburg Supports Local Lions Club!

The Burris Logistics Federalsburg team helped to sponsor the Federalsburg Maryland Lion’s Club 3rd Annual Duck Derby Festival held on June 28th.  Burris Federalsburg was one of many local sponsors for the family fun festival held each year to raise money that the Lion’s Club uses to help the community.  The Duck Derby Festival is a very popular all day event that sells over 5,000 rubber ducks and then races them down the Marshyhope Creek!

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Burris Logistics Team Members Love Their Summer Rides!

Here is a quick picture sent in of our Payroll Specialist, Liz Snead! “Mild mannered Payroll Specialist by day…Motorcycle Angel by night!”

Are you a Burris Team Member that likes to ride your bike into work? Snap a good photo and share it with us on our Facebook page – www.facebook.com/burrislogistics

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New Castle Transportation Team Keeps Their Drivers Hydrated in the Heat!

When it gets over 90* in New Castle the Transportation Department likes to make sure their drivers stay hydrated.

Iced down coolers with bottled water and Gatorade are available for the drivers who are either departing or returning from a long hot day.

Left to Right – Dispatcher Mike Alloway, Driver Brian Young, Dispatcher Rey Robinson, and Driver William Watson, both driver just returning from delivering to The Fresh Market in the Outer Banks NC.  A bag lunch will be sent out on Thursday Night for the drivers to celebrate the 4th of July Holiday.

Thanks for your hard work and dedication fellas . . . . remember, you are the face of Burris when seeing our Customers every day. – Burris New Castle Transportation Team

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Making Marketing Meetings Fun!
Our Marketing Department is hard at work developing some great upcoming marketing ideas! Here is a quick photo that our good friend and partner, Maria Miranda of Miranda Creative, snapped with our very own Maggie Owens, head of Marketing for Burris Logistics while they brainstormed ideas earlier this month.
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Independence Day Celebrations at Our Locations!
Like many in the Logistics business, many of our Burris team members happily worked over the long holiday weekend to make sure our customers were serviced and stocked.  Just because we have to work on holidays, doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate and enjoy the day! Many locations held BBQ for the warehouse and office team members.
Here are some photos from Burris Orlando, Elkton, Rocky Hill, and Jacksonville.

Burris Harrington Helps Businesses in Need

Our Harrington team is excited to help the UDairy Creamery again this year, allowing them to store their ice cream in our freezer during the week of the Delaware State Fair. UD travels to the fair in their “Moo Mobile”, but it’s not big enough to store the large amounts of ice cream they sell to the many fair goers.  In appreciation of our hospitality, and the extra effort put in by our team members, UDairy’s Moo Mobile visits our facility each year to allow all of our team members to get a few scoops of their DELICIOUS ice cream. Perfect on these hot summer days!

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Burris Harrington to the rescue! In July, we received a distress call from a Sergeant of the Dover Air Force Base. It turns out their refrigerated box truck was having mechanical issues just in time to possibly spoil their “Wings and Things” celebration the next day. Of course we couldn’t let our Airmen miss out on their celebration, so in true Burris fashion, we made it happen! Our driver, Raj Dookran, was heading home from New Jersey so he happily made a pit stop at the base to drop off a trailer for the weekend. Raj was able to snag a photo with the group! It is truly an honor to give back to our servicemen and women.

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Burris Atlanta Partnered with United Way of Greater Atlanta to Volunteer at Sheltering Arms

On Friday, ten of our outstanding Atlanta team members volunteered at Sheltering Arms, a nonprofit childcare and early education center in Atlanta. They donated books and art supplies, and brought in ice cream for an ice cream party! The Burris team (made up of warehouse, transportation, maintenance, and HR team members) enjoyed their special time with the 30+ kids!

 

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HONOR FOODS CELEBRATES 65 YEARS!

Honor Foods (a Division of Burris Logistics) was founded on July 8, 1949 by Milton Singer and Hannah Kricheff.  From 1949 until 1984 the company leased warehouse space at 530 N. Beach Street, also known as Philadelphia Cold Storage. On October 11, 1983 Honor Foods broke ground (photo) for their current N. 5th Street location, spending an estimated $4.7 M for the office, warehouse and distribution center.

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The facility began operations in 1984. Burris Logistics acquired Honor in 2007.

Honor began as a Warehousing Distribution Center for “Institutional” Frozen Foods selling to the wholesalers/distributors that serviced restaurants, hotels, colleges and other institutions. Honor provided wholesalers with easy access to manufacturer’s product without them having to worry about meeting order minimums meet order lead times and carry excessive inventory. They could get exactly what they needed from Honor and typically, sooner than they would get product from manufacturers. It was a relatively new business model and its success spawned a number of competitors. Over time, Honor grew to become the region’s premier provider of grocery, frozen and dairy products offering more than 275 and carrying more than 2,500 items in stock. It differentiates itself from its many competitors through its strong reputation for service within the northeast and mid-Atlantic regions.

Happy Anniversary Honor Foods and here’s to another 65 years of profitable growth!

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Burris Elkton’s Driver of the Year – Lamont Clarke

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Meet Lamont Clarke, Burris Elkton’s 2013 Driver of the Year!  Lamont’s positive attitude, willingness to help, and infectious smile light up the transportation department!

The qualifications for winning this honor are a combination of good attendance, no violations or accidents, positive personality, customer service, and overall helpfulness. I spoke with Cheryl Krygier, Burris Elkton’s Transportation Manager, about why Lamont was chosen for the 2013 Driver of the Year. She said that along with meeting all the other qualifications, “Lamont consistently embodies the “I am Burris” motto.  He continually offers to do whatever is needed and goes above and beyond without complaint and with a smile.”

Lamont has been a Burris Driver for 5 years. Here is a quick photo of Lamont (center) with two of Burris Elkton’s Transportation Team and yes, he wears a bow-tie everyday 🙂

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How Burris Atlanta Weathered the Ice Storm With Good Old-fashioned Teamwork!

Last week, the Atlanta area was hit by a crippling ice and snow storm that created difficult conditions for any business, but especially those of us in the transportation and logistics industry.

Luckily, Burris Logistics is no stranger to adapting and overcoming hurdles. Over the years we have weathered numerous unpredictable circumstances with amazing flexibility.  When Atlanta came to a halt, the rest of Burris rose to the occasion once again to help fellow team members and our customer.

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The entrance to Burris Atlanta last week!

As you know, when the weather gets bad, grocery store shelves empty at an alarming rate.  Our job at Burris Logistics is to make sure that the shelves of our customers stay stock, even during the most difficult conditions.  Last week our entire Burris team came together again to prove that we live our mottos of “Get it Right” “Make it Happen and “I am Burris”!

When the roads got icy and traffic came to a standstill, we had up to 25 inbound truckloads that were either very late or didn’t come in at all.  While our customer service team worked hard to get the loads rescheduled, our partner warehouse in New Castle, Delaware started planning how to help.  The New Castle team organized, picked, and shipped out multiple loads to cover six of the stores that were schedule to be sent out by our Atlanta location that day.

Out of our 21 outbound trucks that were schedule to ship out that day, 10 arrived at the stores on time. The other 11 arrived but they were late.  While we strive for on time deliveries this was still quite a feat for our transportation team considering that we had two team members stuck in their cars on the highway for over 22 hours before they were picked up by the National Guard!

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Here is a photo of what the roadways looked like around Atlanta.

While there were numerous Atlanta team members that went above and beyond by staying at work around the clock, one in particular deserves some recognition. Eduardo Quinones one of our Receiving Supervisors came in on Wednesday morning at 1am,  worked until about 9am, went home to sleep for a few hours and was back at 1pm to help receive trucks that trickled in throughout the day and following evening. Even though he was extremely tired he knew he might be one of the only few who could make it in since he lived close to the facility.  He happily volunteered his time to help the rest of the team get caught up.

Lastly, the rest of the extended Burris Family jumped at the opportunity to help their fellow team members from Burris Atlanta.  Many helped from afar, holding conference calls with our customer every few hours throughout the ordeal in order to come up with the best and safest strategies to recover from the storm.  Our Support and IT team members also remained on high alert and stood ready and willing to help the Atlanta team in any way they could.

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Burris IT team member Lauren Thomas hops on a forklift to support Burris Atlanta.

There were also team members from multiple facilities that dropped everything and traveled to Atlanta on a moment’s notice to lend support.  From our IT department in Milford, Delaware, two of our Business Analysts, Lauren Thomas and Gary Walstead, flew in to help receive some of the incoming loads.  From Rocky Hill we had three warehouse team members, Arenzo Washington, Jesus Nieves, and Claudius Wallace, that made the long trek south along with two warehouse team members, Joe Grieff and Luis Silva from Burris New Castle. We also had four Burris Orlando team members Andre Morris, LaRondrick Robertson, Manny Arroyo, and Ramon Santiago that braved the cold weather and came up from the south.

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Longtime Burris IT team member, Gary Walstead lending a helping hand.

The Atlanta Team asked me to express their sincere thank you to these team members and the many others that helped out last week.  Steve Mueller, Burris Atlanta’s Operations Manager said, “We were so impressed with the way these Team Members came in with only one thing on their minds and that was to do whatever was needed to help get us caught up.  The focus and dedication of these team members as well as the Atlanta team members truly defines the part of our culture that “We Are Burris”.

Thank you to our many dedicated Burris team members that truly care for our customers and our team members!

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Duke, a Loader from Burris Atlanta, shares a big smile while helping the rest of the team get caught up!

 

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