When companies want superior supply chain management services and best-in-class technology, they turn to BlueGrace®. Why? Our progressive approach to transportation management helps customers of all sizes drive savings and simplicity into their supply chains.
But that's only part of the story, because your success doesn't depend on shipments and deliveries alone. To thrive, it needs dependable relationships between customers, carriers, and logistics experts.
BlueGrace Logistics is a national franchise system with almost 200 locations across the country. We're a business-to-business sales and consultation business; our franchisees are involved in helping small, medium and enterprise businesses find far more efficient or advanced shipping solutions. Based in Tampa, Florida, we have grown from a small system to one of the largest and most respected logistics franchises in the country.
According to the American Trucking Association, freight transportation is a $600 billion a year industry. Within this enormous industry, the fastest-growing segment is third-party logistics — companies that provide shipping and freight solutions to clients, which makes it much easier for clients to manage supply chains and allows them to serve their customers without having their own fleets of trucks and warehouses.
Our franchisees help businesses better manage their shipping by providing high-level IT tools, crafting custom shipping solutions, finding better rates or faster providers, helping with carrier advocacy, or even helping a customer outsource its entire logistics department. Our customers spend millions of dollars on shipping, and we can often help them craft a logistics solution that is far superior to what they can do on their own, even with an experienced logistics coordinator.
Why Our Franchise?
Freight background or not, BlueGrace Logistics offers robust and substantial support and training.
We develop relationships with franchisees, starting with their initial training, that last for years. After a franchisee's grand opening, we continue contact in various ways. Our training and support program includes:
Two weeks of initial webinar training
One week of initial on-site training
Biweekly franchise calls with the support team
Monthly owner conference calls
Regionalized "power group" sessions with executives
Our support also includes freight operations support, IT support, pricing help for large customers, and an enterprise development sales team to help you close large accounts.
A third-party logistics company researches the market, builds relationships, and uses technology to create custom logistics solutions for a customer. In the example above, a BlueGrace Logistics franchisee might be able to introduce carriers that offer new services and may not be on the radar screen of the company's logistics manager. We might be able to reduce price, significantly shorten shipping time, integrate tracking with a CRM system, or provide carrier advocacy so the customer doesn't have to deal with warehouse staff.
As big carriers have gotten more specialized and reduced their regional sales forces, it has become much more difficult for end customers to get the best prices and custom solutions for shipping needs. 3PL companies like BlueGrace Logistics offer a much-needed and valuable service.