the log book is a weekly roundup of human interest stories related to the transportation industry. This week: Loadsmart partners with The Home Depot Foundation to support veterans, Ruan helps a community after celebrating its 90th anniversary, and Walmart donates to nonprofits at the grand opening of a new distribution center of e-commerce in Pennsylvania.
Loadsmart, Home Depot Foundation Help Veterans
On-demand freight marketplace Loadsmart partnered this week with its client’s nonprofit arm, The Home Depot Foundation, to give back to veterans at the foundation’s annual event in Asheville, North Carolina.
During the three-day event, Home Depot supply chain partners helped dedicate their time to a number of initiatives, including an outdoor space beautification project Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry’s (ABCCM) Transformation Village, a shelter insurance for homeless women and children. and a transition home for veterans.
Along with that project, volunteers also supported Paws4People by building more than 50 therapy dog beds for children with disabilities and veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Loadsmart executives Jim Nicholson, Senior Vice President of Operations, and Ben Buchanan, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Brokerage Sales, represented the company at the event.
“We are here to support his foundation, which is focused on serving veterans, skilled trades education and disaster relief efforts,” Nicholson said. “As part of the group that attended, we had the privilege this morning to participate in a volunteer event to support ABCCM with their transitional housing to support the many needs of veterans in the region. Our group [also] he spent the morning building beds for the service dogs that the veterans will take home with them. … We are very proud to represent you all here at a great event to support the wonderful mission of The Home Depot Foundation.”
In March 2021, the Chicago-based company announced that it was working with The Home Depot to optimize its flatbed capacity needs. Later that year, Loadsmart reported that it had built a supply-driven Flatbed Messenger platform for The Home Depot to optimize its platform capacity, including matching its carriers with other companies to reduce overall transportation costs.
“We have had the opportunity to connect with some [The Home Depot] senior leaders to date, and all have expressed appreciation for how Loadsmart has supported the growth of their business over the last three years,” Nicholson said in a statement to the company at the event.
“Loadsmart is in the group that represents a top-tier provider in their network, which is the result of growing responsibly and in collaboration with them.”
Since 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has raised more than $500 million for veteran causes, $50 million to train the next generation of qualified dealers, and $6 million for natural disaster response and recovery.
Ruan celebrates 90 years with philanthropic initiative
Ruan Transportation Management Systems earlier this month celebrated its 90th anniversary of providing customers with logistics and supply chain management solutions. The company was founded in 1932 and has grown from one driver, founder John Ruan, to 5,000 team members at 300 locations.
“As we celebrate our 90th anniversary at Rouen, I am truly proud of our history as a family business and the legacy created by our founder and sustained by his son, John Ruan III,” said Ruan CEO Ben McLean. “Our continued success will be made possible by the same courage and determination you have shown to grow and build this company. While our industry has changed a lot in the last 90 years, the honorable job we do, keeping America’s economy moving, hasn’t. And it never will.”
Rouen over the years. (Photo / s: Transport Rouen)
To celebrate the milestone, Ruan launched its “90×90 Acts of Giving” campaign, asking all employees to work together to complete 90 acts of giving before the end of the year. Ruan will also make an undisclosed monetary donation to non-profit organizations where employees choose to volunteer their time.
“When I think about the future of Ruan and the connections to our past, our guiding principles [of safety first, safety focus, exceptional performance, customer satisfaction and continuous improvement] they are an enduring theme,” said Ruan President and COO Dan Van Alstine. “These are not just nice words that we put on the wall. Our team members live for them every day. These are core values that are fundamental to who we are. As we move forward, we will draw on our longstanding legacy and core values to guide us.”
On Wednesday, Walmart hosted the grand opening of its new e-commerce fulfillment center in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, to facilitate the expansion of operations in the company’s Northeast supply chain.
The facility will fulfill Walmart Marketplace orders shipped through Walmart Fulfillment Services, a benefit provided to its third-party online sellers.
“We are excited about the addition of this state-of-the-art fulfillment center and the increased shipping speed it will bring to our customers, especially with the holiday season right around the corner,” said Karisa Sprague, Senior Vice President of Compliance. Network Operations, Walmart US “I’m proud of how our Shippensburg team has come together and is already playing an active role in the local community.”
During the ceremony, the global retailer presented $5,000 in donations to local nonprofits including Katie’s Place, a distribution site for charities, Shippensburg Produce and Outreach (SPO), an organization that brings healthy produce to low-income income, and The Boys & Girls Club of Chambersburg and Shippensburg.
“Since 2008, SPO has worked to help area residents access healthy food and other vital services,” said Karen DeShong, SPO President. “Today, SPO feeds more than 900 families a month with our curbside program and provides on-site delivery to nearly 100 additional residents. Walmart’s grant funding allows us to continue our work to add more lean meat and dairy products to community distributions, to maintain our current partnerships and forge new ones.”
Since 2015, Walmart has donated an average of $14 billion a year to local charities.
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