July 13, 2012 // Franchising.com // RIVERVIEW, Fla. – BlueGrace Logistics, the nation's most progressive logistics, transportation and technology provider, has proven to be a strong leader in the $600 billion shipping industry, starting off 2012 with eight new franchise locations open and operating and nine more in the pipeline. The franchise industry is a major contributor to the U.S. economy, and BlueGrace logistics stands in a strong spot showing no signs of slowing down as the company continues developing and expanding nationally.
BlueGrace Logistics has experienced steady growth since its 2007 inception, doubling its system-wide revenues every year. The company started offering franchise opportunities in early 2011, opening 12 locations in the U.S. by the end of the year. After entering 2012 with a strong footprint and a thirst for further growth, the company expects to see 25-30 total locations operating by the end of the year. The company now partners with nearly 4,000 carriers covering several modes of transportation including expedited, flatbed, truckload, last mile and less than truckload, providing a variety of cost-effective options for clients.
“The shipping industry has proven to be recession proof – businesses need to move items no matter what the economic situation,” said Bobby Harris, CEO & President of BlueGrace Logistics. “Our team’s exceptional customer support and service, coupled with our simple and cost-effective shipping solutions will continue to contribute to our growth.”
BlueGrace attributes much of its growth and success to its internal team and corporate culture. The company has experienced steady internal expansion and high employee retention. Harris has a distinctive recruitment process, hiring people that will contribute to the personality and morale of the company and creating a reputation as the place to work whether your expertise is sales, customer support, marketing, development logistics, or communications.
A strong indicator of BlueGrace Logistics’ engaging corporate culture is its involvement in supporting UFC, one of the fastest growing sports today. The company has a number of customers from all over the nation who are fanatics, as well as franchisees and employees who enjoy the sport. The company has sponsored more than 25 fighters, including Carlos Condit, interim welterweight champion, who BlueGrace has signed a long term sponsorship deal with.
“Getting involved in the UFC and supporting these fighters allows us to connect in another way with some of our customers and employees who enjoy the sport,” Harris said. “The fighters have the same integrity and passion that we do as well as a determination to succeed, which is something we recognize and are eager to support.”
In addition to the growth of the company, Harris has been selected as a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 Florida awards. This prestigious honor recognizes men and women who create the products, services and jobs that help our economy and communities grow.
BlueGrace Logistics offers best-in-class freight and logistics services to businesses throughout the United States using leading edge technology that simplifies the shipping process, allowing customers to focus on their core competencies. BlueGrace has relationships with more than 4,000 transportation companies throughout the United States, and offers services to businesses of all sectors and sizes.
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Founded in 2007, BlueGrace Logistics offers complete, customized transportation management solutions to customers throughout the United States. Based in Riverview, Fla. with satellite offices in Salt Lake City and Chicago, the company has increased sales by more than 400 percent since 2009. It also launched a franchise program in early 2011 as part of its strategic growth plan. The company offers best -in-class freight services and support, including:
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