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HONOR FOODS’ NEW WEBSITE LAUNCHES ONLINE SEARCH AND ORDERING SYSTEM

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The leader in foodservice redistribution launches a new website with product search and online ordering functionality.

Honor Foods, a division of Burris Logistics and one of the largest and most trusted foodservice redistribution companies in the mid Atlantic, is happy to announce the roll out of their new product search and online ordering website. The new website was created to provide an online portal for Honor Foods’ customers to view inventory and order products. The new online search and ordering portal can be found on honorfoods.com and allows customers to find products based on vendor name, category, product number or keyword and order directly from the website.

The Honor Foods website was launched in two phases. Phase I was launched in December 2012 and features a new design and more information about the Honor Foods brand. Phase II, the product search and online ordering phase, was rolled out over the past month. The new search and ordering features on the Honor Foods website will help modernize all transactions. Customers can now quickly search for a product and see results from the extensive product database instantly on the new website. The site also contains product specifications and other important information for Honor Foods’ 6,000+ products.

All orders can now be processed through the Honor Foods website to allow for streamlined transactions. Once an online ordering account is created, customers can view their last 10 order tickets automatically to help them build future orders faster. The categorized database and online ordering portal makes finding a product and ordering it fast, easy and efficient.

Honor Foods’ new site was built by web developers at AB+C in Wilmington, Delaware in partnership with Drexel Management.  Honor Foods’ Dave Pomroy, Computer Programmer, also worked on developing the site along with the Honor Foods leadership team: Lisa Kriger (Marketing), Rory Kileen (Sales), Rick D’Egidio (Purchasing), Wendy Singer (Analyst), and Joe Windfelder (Director of IT).

To begin ordering online today, customers can speak with their inside or outside sales representatives to create a private online business account. Once a customer has an account they can order instantly. If you are a customer and would like additional training on the website’s key features, contact Honor Foods to set up a walk-through today: 800-462-2890 or visit http://www.honorfoods.com/Contact.

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About Honor Foods

Honor Foods was founded in 1949 as a redistributor of center-of-the-plate foods based in Philadelphia, PA. The company has since grown into the region’s premier provider of grocery, frozen and dairy products, representing more than 275 brand-name food suppliers and carrying more than 2,500 items in stock. In addition, their exclusive house brands — Colony Lane, Valley Fresh, St. Honorine and Misty Harbor — have a well-earned reputation for top quality and value at a very competitive price. Honor Foods also offers superior customer service, customized reporting and distribution channel troubleshooting.  In 2007, Burris Logistics acquired Honor Foods. Even though the Logistics business is different, Burris works with many of the same vendors and now both companies are able to leverage their existing relationships, strengthen strategic partnerships, and improve purchasing positions. In 2009 Honor and Burris Logistics added a new specialty dairy division by joining N. Winer and Son, of Springfield Massachusetts to the Burris family, thus adding a second located to Honor Foods’ facilities and helping the company better serve the east coast.

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Burris Logistics Included on IARW’s Lists of the Top 25 Largest PRW Locations!

In the beginning of this month, the IARW (International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses) published its annual lists of the top 25 Public Refrigerated Warehouses with the greatest capacity of space.  The first list includes the top 25 for North America and the second looks at the top 25 Global rankings of all of the active members of the IARW.

This year we are happy to report that Burris Logistics ranks #9 in North America and #13 in the world on IARW’s lists!

Burris Logistics has over 63,679,576 cubic feet of refrigerated warehousing space spread out along the East Coast!

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Burris Team Member Success Story: Mike Dameron from Burris Lyndhurst!

This month we would like to recognize Mike Dameron, Operations Manager for our Burris Lyndhurst, VA location! Mike has been a valued team member for over 16 years and has performed just about every warehouse task there is at this facility. We asked Mike to share his Burris story with us.  Thank you Mike for all that you do for Team Burris!

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The first position I held at Burris, was a lumper.  I started out loading and unloading floor loaded trucks.

My reasoning for joining Burris was pretty simple, I needed a job.  I was 23 years old and had just got out of the Air Force. A few of my friends were working here at Burris at the time and Burris was among one of the many places I had put applications in.  With the help of my friends, well, Burris was the first to call.  So, I took the job and started here at Burris.

How I learned about warehouse operations was through working my way through the variety of jobs there is in daily operations.  After working as a lumper, I moved over to running the de-slat machine, taking slats out of pallets of chicken when they came out of the blast freezer.  There is where I began to learn how to operate the Hi-Lifts.  Once I learned how to operate the hi-lift, not being that good at it at that time, I was moved down on the dock as a lift operator, pulling out bound loads and putting away inbounds. While working on the docks, I learned a variety of other tasks, such as operating the loaders and learning the different ways to load trailers.  I learned how to operate the cherry picker, split sheet and even ventured outside the warehouse to learn who to run the yard jockey.  After several years, I was offered a job on second shift as a supervisor.  I found supervision to be very challenging at first, but quickly found my groove with the way I needed to do things and it became very good for me.  I enjoyed the days for the most part and I really enjoyed the people that worked for me  . The next move I made, was into inventory, as the inventory manager.  We had normally run one person in inventory, but with the change in our business,  we had decided to expand and actually start up an inventory control department.  We had some real challenges in the warehouse at the time, and it was a challenge I was ready to take on.

My time as inventory control manager was where I became interested in pursuing future opportunities in operations.  I worked closely with the operations manager and general manager and was able to learn a lot about the way things operated.  When I was offered the job as operations manager, I felt I was ready and accepted the job.

My advice for others who may want to pursue a career at Burris is to learn as much as you can.  Take advantage of all opportunities that may come, such as going to help out at other warehouses, taking some of the classes and seminars that Burris offers.  Be a sponge and soak up all the knowledge that is out there and be able to think outside the box.  I had the opportunities, while as inventory manager, to travel to several other warehouses. I have meet a lot a great people and have learned something from all of them.

I am on my 16th year here at Burris, and I am looking forward to many more years.  I am grateful for all the opportunities that have been given to me here at Burris.

Below is Mike on the left with James, one of the warehouse supervisors of Lyndhurst. Thank you Mike!

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Burris Success Story: Steve Tuttle

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It is that time of the month again! Our Burris Success Stories are brief highlights of Burris team members who have risen up through the company by way of hard work, dedication and commitment. This month we highlight Steve Tuttle from our Burris Elkton facility.

We asked Steve to answer 7 quick questions to paint a better picture of his journey from Order Selector to Warehouse Supervisor in a little over 3 years.

1.  What was your first position with Burris?
I started with Burris in March of 2009 as a selector.

2.  Why did you join the Burris team?
I joined Burris initially to drive for them.

3.  How did you learn about and become interested in following a career path in Warehouse Operations?
I developed a good relationship with supervisors on the PM shift.  They encouraged me on numerous occasions to apply for supervisory opportunities because they felt as though I had a plethora of knowledge within warehouse operations.

4.  What did you learn that helped you to grow?  Was there anyone who was a mentor to you?
I had to learn what Leadership was really about, and how there was multiple facets of who makes a true leader and what skills are needed. Bill Morrow, through positive coaching and development, was instrumental in guiding me to this next step in my career with Burris.  

5.  What advice do you have for fellow Burris team members on career opportunities at Burris?
I would have to tell them to gain as much knowledge about Burris from a business perspective as they can.  Also, always look for ways to continue your advancement –  you might not be ready at the time a position opens up, but you can prepare for the next opening.

6.  What do you like about the positions you have held at Burris?
All the positions that I have held at Burris have been challenging in their own way, and this is what I most like about them.

Great work Steve! Thank you for being an important part of the Burris Team!

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Burris Staying Connected to the Industry

Burris has been busy this month!

Burris Attends FMI/GMA 4th Annual Supply Chain Conference

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Earlier this month, Burris Logistics Custom Retail Distribution sponsored and participated in the fourth annual FMI/GMA Joint Supply Chain Conference held at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista.   Brian Haley and John Haggerty were in attendance representing Burris. They were also joined by Mike Bargmann of Collaborative Logistics.  This conference brings retailers, distributors, manufacturers and logistics experts together to collaborate on the latest supply chain innovations, technologies and strategies in the industry.  Attendees enjoyed a rich content agenda kicked off by, Rick Blasgen, President and CEO of CSCMP,  the opening keynote speaker.

Pictured: Brian Haley and John Haggerty of Burris are joined by Rhett Asher and Meredith Bombella of FMI

For more information about this conference visit:
http://www.gmaonline.org/forms/meeting/Microsite/SupplyChain2013

For more information about Burris Custom Retail Distribution visit:
http://www.burrislogistics.com/Solutions/Custom-Retail-Distribution

 

Burris Attends RILA Retail Supply Chain Conference Logistics 2013

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Burris Custom Retail Distribution sponsored and exhibited for the first time at the RILA Supply Chain Conference held at the Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, FL on February 17-20. In attendance from Burris was Donnie Burris, CEO; Mike McGraw, Vice President of Purchasing; Brian Haley, Vice President of Sales; and John Haggerty, Vice President Business Development,  as well as Burris guest Mike Bargmann of Collaborative Logistics. Laura Sen, CEO of BJ’s Wholesale Club was the opening keynote speaker.

Pictured: Brian Haley and Mike Bargmenn are joined by Liz Maxted of Liquidity Services

For more information about RILA and this conference visit:
http://www.rila.org/events/conferences/logistics/Pages/default.aspx

For more information about Burris Custom Retail Distribution visit:
http://www.burrislogistics.com/Solutions/Custom-Retail-Distribution

 

 

 

Twenty Burris Team Members Attend the 49th Annual WFLO Institute

Burris Logistics Team Members at WFLO

 

For the third year in a row, twenty Burris team members enjoyed a four-day industry specific program called WFLO Institute (World Food Logistics Organization).  Attendees enjoyed more  than 40 classes taught by leading experts in the refrigerated warehousing industry.  Over the four days, our team members were cross trained and educated in all areas of public warehousing refrigeration regardless of their job titles. Maggie Owens, Burris Marketing, says, “WFLO is great because it takes you out of your silo mindset, and you come away with a better understanding of all the touch points of the business.”

For more information about WFLO visit:

http://www.gcca.org/institute/wflo-institute-cold-storage-education-training.html

We are looking forward to many more opportunities to connect this Spring!

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