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Burris Team Member Success Story – Herman Littleton

It’s time for another Burris Team Member Success Story! Meet Herman Littleton.

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Over the past 12 years, Herman has worked in many areas of the company.  Since starting as an Order Selector at our Harrington warehouse in 2002,  Herman has continually gained responsibility, moving on to other positions within the company such as Supervisor, Receiving Manager, and Lead Shipping Supervisor.  Most recently, Herman accepted the position of Safety and Sanitation Manager at our Harrington facility after longtime team member, Bill Adkins retired from the position after 37 years.

Herman has worked at four Burris locations (Harrington, Federalsburg, Atlanta, and New Castle) and has also been a key player in several of our start-ups (Rocky Hill, Elkton, Honor Foods, and Atlanta).  His versatility,  knowledge, and “get it done” attitude have made Herman a go-to Burris team member for years.

In the midst of what seems like constant relocation, Herman has managed to raise a family with his wife and 5 children.  He enjoys spending time with his family, including hiking, traveling, and anything outdoors.  He is also a die-hard Saints fan…. Who Dat! 😉

Burris’ continuous success is thanks to our dedicated and dependable team members, like Herman, who are always willing to go above and beyond for our customers and fellow team members.  Thank you for all you do, Herman!

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Burris Elkton’s Vicky Alexander Named RefrigiWear’s Warehouse Persons of the Year

Each year, RefrigiWear recognizes the outstanding men and women who work in our industry by holding their “International Warehouseman of the Year” Awards.  We have been very fortunate to be well represented by some of our talented team members over the years such as Gil Ayon (2012 winner) from Elkton and Issac Alamo (2013 winner) from Rocky Hill.  This year, we are well represented once again!

Vicky Alexnander of Burris Elkton Refrigiwear's warehousemen of the year

Vicky Alexander, a checker from Burris Elkton, has been announced as one of the 24 winners of 2014!

Don Byerly from RefrigiWear shares, “We had almost 300 nominations this year.  We select 24 winners, based on performance. These nominations are “the best of the best”, so it is a challenge. However, the exceptional performers do usually shine through.”

Below is the letter of recommendation submitted by Vicky’s team:

We would like to nominate Victoria Alexander of our Elkton AM Shipping Department, for the RefrigiWear Warehouseman of the Year award. Vicky is a lead checker for our Quality Control Team at Burris.

As a leader, Vicky meets with her staff of checkers at the start of shift and asks for their input on how they will meet productivity goals and objectives for the day. Whenever there are special projects that need to be addressed and handled, Vicky is the first person to volunteer. She has excellent communication skills and enjoys working with all of our teams within the warehouse.
With regard to her productivity, Vicky and her team have checked 17,142,195 cases so far this year and they have excelled at a 99.97% quality standard.

Vicky is extremely resourceful, and whether she is checking cases or observing dock flow, Vicky will inform all warehouse management of any potential roadblocks that may impact the productivity for the day. Also, our auditors rely heavily on Vicky for her in-depth knowledge. She is extremely versatile with all of our commodities in the warehouse and is also a great trainer to all of our new team members.

For all of the reasons listed above, please consider her for the award.

Thank you,
Elkton Burris Logistics Shipping Team

Don also went on to say, “It is one if my favorite things, every year, to read the success stories of what I believe to be our country’s greatest resource….The American Worker.”  We couldn’t agree more Don!

Congratulations to Vicky and thank you to RefrigiWear!

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Burris Logistics Takes Advantage of Industry Opportunities

It has been a busy Fall for the supply chain and retail food distribution industries!  Burris is thankful for the many opportunities to connect with experts from across the country on everything from fresh produce distribution challenges to the best ways to recruit top supply chain industry talent.

Here is a quick highlight of two beneficial conferences Burris participated in this fall.

PMA – Fresh Summit

Over 18,000 attendees gathered in New Orleans on October 17-20 to participate in the produce industry’s largest annual event – PMA Fresh Summit.  Three attendees from Burris Logistics were able to connect with customers and vendors while participating as exhibitors.  Burris is a PMA Gold Circle sponsor and John Haggety of Burris serves as a member of PMA’s membership committee.  In 2014 Fresh Summit will return to Anaheim home of Fresh Summit 2012 as the event alternates each year between Anaheim and an eastern location.  Below is Burris Logistics, Account Executive, Megan Fusco have fun posing with the Jolly Green Giant.

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For more information on PMA and Fresh Summit:

http://www.pma.com

http://www.freshsummit.com

CSCMP – Global Conference

Seven Burris team members joined over 3,000 supply chain leaders from several industries and companies throughout the globe who attended CSCMP’s 50th Global Conference in Denver October 20 – 23.  The Burris team participated in several educational opportunities, as were exhibitors during Student Recruiting Day and in the Supply Chain Exchange program.  The keynote speaker was former Mexican President, Felipe Calderón.  We look forward to CSCMP Global 2014 which will be held in San Antonio.

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For more information on CSCMP and CSCMP Global:

http://cscmp.org

 http://cscmpconference.org

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An Inspiring Burris Logistics Team Member Success Story – Vlad Navitski

We have a truly inspiring Burris Success Story to share with you this week!

Vlad Navitski and his wife moved to the United States from Belarus in September of 2011.  Vlad had been a student and a teacher at the European Humanities University before it was closed by the Belarus’s authoritarian government.  Anxious start a new life in America away from the unstable political conditions of their home country, Vlad, his wife, and their daughter came to America and established their permanent residency.  A month later in October 2011, Vlad decided to start his career with Burris Logistics and took a position as a selector at our Rocky Hill location.  Fast-forward to today, and Vlad is the newest addition to our IT team working as a Web Developer out of our corporate headquarters in Milford, Delaware.  Read on to hear more of Vlad’s Burris success story!

When were you hired and what was your first position with Burris?

I was hired in October 2011 as a selector.  Used to work AM shift mostly in the freezer. Good old times 🙂

Why or how did you come to join the Burris team?

Well, a month before I was hired, I came to the United States with my family and I wanted to find a job as soon as possible. I didn’t have a particular preferences and a friend of mine knew some guys working at Burris Rocky Hill and suggested that I try that.

What other jobs have you held here at Burris?  How did you learn about and become interested in your career path with the company?

I started as a frozen selector and four months later I was transferred to fresh.  Believe it or not, for me,  that was almost like a promotion!  By the end of that next year, I knew that I wanted to do something else in Burris so I applied for the open position of Shipping/Receiving Clerk.  Honestly, I didn’t know much about what I was going to do, but was very determined to try.  That was a challenging transition for me, but thanks to the great leadership and support of my fellow Rocky Hill Team Members, I soon learned how to do this job properly.

Although, I enjoyed that position, I had another plan.  Working as a clerk, I was able to save some time and energy compared to what I had when I was a selector.  I used this time to begin to studying scripting languages, first JavaScript and then other Web tools like HTML and CSS.  Now, imagine my surprise  in June of 2013, when I saw a posting in the Rocky Hill break room; the Burris IT department was looking for someone who knew JavaScript, HTML and CSS! I couldn’t believe my eyes and applied on the same exact day.  A month later I had an interview in Milford.  After a successful interview, I was offered the position! I moved my family to Milford, Delaware and began my new role as a Web Developer in the Burris IT Department on September the 9th, 2013.

What did you learn that helped you to grow? Was there anyone who was a mentor to you?

The most important thing that has helped me is my diverse background in a variety of positions at Burris.  When I was a clerk, I used a lot of the knowledge I had learned while working as a selector on the floor.   This allowed me to see the greater picture.  Before being a clerk,  I was missing the overall understanding of the company’s business, its challenges and opportunities.  Being a clerk helped me to get the notion of that and it really expanded my horizons as a warehouse professional.

This is why I’m confident that this diverse experience will help me in my new role.  I’m not just doing something personally interesting, I have a lot of experience to contribute in the process of making our operations more efficient and less stressful for people on the floor.

When it comes to particular names, I was always amazed at those Burris Team Members who seemed to know everything about our daily job.   For example, Mike Wingate, Dexter Lee, Glenda Montie, and many others. These people are quite different from each other, but they have something that they share in common – a willingness to take responsibility and to ‘get it done’ no matter what.  The example they set is always inspiring!

What advice do you have for fellow Burris team members on career opportunities at Burris?

I would put it simple – “Do not waste your time”.  If you feel you wanna do something else, just do it! Don’t be afraid to lose something at present, you will gain more in future.  It’s not only about your check, it’s also about your life and the perspectives you have.  I can say for sure from my own experience that we do have opportunities here at Burris and this company really cares about promoting its own employees. If you’re good with what you have – this is awesome, but if you wanna try something different, do not hesitate.

What do you like about the positions you have held at Burris?

This is the easy one:

1) Picking – allowed me to bring enough money for my family. I really liked that!

2) Clerking – gave me an opportunity to spend more time with computers. Good stuff!

3) Web developing – all of the above:)

The most important thing all three of these stages share is working with awesome Burris teammates! You guys are doing a great job every single day!

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The Burris Team is Recruiting Top Supply Chain Industry Talent

Burris is kicking off the fall season with visits to college campuses up and down the East Coast! This week we were well represented at both Penn State and UT Knoxville for their Fall Supply Chain Career Fairs.

With employment and internship opportunities available at many of our 13 locations from Massachusetts to Florida, Burris is a great place for Supply Chain Management and Industrial Engineering majors to gain industry experience and begin a successful career!

Below: Jasmine Viera and Alan Finely from Burris Atlanta are ready to meet the students of UT Knoxville!

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Below: Burris Team Members, Tim Peifley, Maggie Owens and Heather Morrow enjoy engaging with students at Penn State’s Center for Supply Chain Research’s Fall 2013 Supply Chain Career Fair!

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