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Celebrating Our Team Member’s Success – Tamika Rudolph from Burris Jacksonville

Our Burris PRW Plus Jacksonville team would like to highlight the success of one of the future leaders in their Burris family. Tamika Rudolph who has been with the Jacksonville facility for seven years just completed her AS degree in Paralegal Studies from Florida State College at Jacksonville on Sunday May, 5th. It is nice to see that our team members carry on the “Make it Happen” spirit in all they do! Way to go Tamika!

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Congratulations Tamika!

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Burris Success Story – Evelyn Marks from Burris Elkton

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By: Sarah Lauzen

I first met Evelyn at our HPWP (High Performance Work Place) Conference in the end of February. Even though we were in different groups, we ended up sitting across the table from one another at the final dinner. From our very short conversation, I could tell that she was an extremely motivated supervisor who goes out of her way to help others. During that dinner, I happened to mention to Evelyn that I have always wanted to learn how to operate a pallet jack.  She immediately encouraged me to come up to Elkton and get certified! (Which I did (smile)) She helped take my “talk” and put it into action.  After visiting with Evelyn and her team one night this month, I am quite certain that one of her greatest talents is turning talk into action.

While I was on site, I was able to witness Evelyn in her element. As a PM receiving manager of a mostly all guy team, Evelyn does not skip a beat. She has that unique ability to connect with team members on all levels.  She is a mentor, friend and respected leader of her team.  Her manager, Bill Morrow, mentioned that Evelyn would make a great candidate for our Burris Success Story series, and after hearing about her Burris journey, I whole-heartily agreed.

Bill was kind enough to writeup a short piece about Evelyn’s success at Burris Elkton:

I would like to share the success story of Evelyn’s efforts and performance with all of Burris. I actually cannot say enough good things about her as a person and as a leader.  She has stepped up in what is essentially a very harsh and male dominated environment and held her own, gaining respect as a detailed manager of processes and as a caring leader of people.  She is truly the strength of the night receiving operation and one of the top leaders in the Elkton Distribution Center.  She has an amazing level of energy and drive (better than having the energizer bunny working with us (smile)) to get things done and do right by the company and by each associate she leads and each individual she comes in contact with.  She is best known for consistently going above and beyond all expectations and to her utter commitment to taking those around her and the operation to the next level of success.   

She joined the Burris team in June of 2010 as a Receiving Clerk where she quickly mastered every aspect of the receiving office establishing herself as the go-to-person for all related issues.  During this time she not only performed her duties and responsibilities to the utmost, she also created a comprehensive set of SOP’s around everything she learned which served as a foundation to many of the successes surrounding the efficient operation of the receiving office.

In Feb 2012 she was promoted to the Receiving Office Lead where she continued to build on her dedicated efforts of stabilizing the office operation around her ability to fully grasp, document and pass on the day-to-day needs and requirements of the operation.

In May of 2012 she was promoted to a Receiving Supervisor where she fully engaged her embedded talent to take charge of and lead people and operations.  Here she, once again, quickly mastered every aspect of her responsibilities to include taking care of the associates establishing herself as the go-to-leader for not only operational needs but just as important the needs of the associates.   It did not take long at all for not only her associates to embrace her as a leader that they knew they could trust to do the right thing by them and the company but also by others throughout the operation that tracked her down for her guidance and assistance.    

Outside of the workplace she is a graduate of Delaware County Community College where she majored in Architecture, is a volunteer member for the Spayed Club of Sharron Hill, PA and is an avid reader. 

Evelyn is truly a leader who exemplifies the characteristics and core values that the Burris culture is built on.  She is indisputably a very dedicated respectful dependable and trustworthy leader that continues to play a pivotal role in the success of the department, the company and her fellow team members.  She is truly a very valued asset to her team members and to the company.

Thanks

Bill Morrow

One aspect that I really admire about Evelyn is her ability and desire to chip in to help out on different warehouse tasks throughout the night.  Even though it is not a requirement for her position, she is trained and certified on most of the equipment. She said to me, “Hey, if I have to manage others that operate pallet jacks, forklifts etc., I need to know how to do it myself.” She often pitches in to help the lumpers wrap pallets and encourages her team to speak up if they want to be crossed trained in any position.

Thank you for your dedication to your team and to Burris, Evelyn!

Evelyn

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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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