“Please Provide Your Personal Statement”

January 13th, 2017

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I am in the middle stages of applying to law school. Being an attorney has by no means been a lifelong dream of mine. I did always want to hold a doctorate level degree, but when I realized there was no way I wanted to be a doctor, that idea faded away. In the past few years, however, my personal life, with all of my trials and tribulations, reignited the yearning for that advanced degree. I realized it was time to really go for it when I got my first unassisted victory in court. I thought, “I want to get paid for this!”, and from then on I set myself on a course toward law school. After taking the Law School Admissions Test twice, I am now finally ready to really put my feet to the fire and apply to law schools. I have quickly realized that there is one major difference in these applications and the ones I had to fill out for my undergrad.

Usually, at least back when I went, a college application provided a writing prompt to answer in the written portion of the app. There was a question to answer or a situation on which to comment or give your opinion. This time around, not so much. Law schools just want a “personal statement”. What? A personal statement about what? In a nutshell, they’re saying “Tell us why we should want you”. I get that, but I also loathe self-centeredness and bragging. Kinda makes it difficult to decide where to start.

As I’ve brainstormed and massaged my ideas (which I am still doing), I wondered what kind of personal statement HG Logistics might have. HG Logistics, a third party freight broker located in Cincinnati, Ohio, has been my work-home for a while now, and I love it here. When I think about this place, and what the personal statement might be, it is quite difficult because we are so many things to so many different people. We are a group of employees who make up a kind of second family with one another, a place where we go to work, yes, but also to play a little. Every day is a good time here.

On the other hand, to our carriers, we are a source for income. Our database of tens of thousands of carriers grows every day and many trucking companies rely on us for steady, reliable jobs. For some owner-operators, we keep the food on their table. We also have our in-house drivers who need us to get by. We are their dispatchers who check up on their well-being, make their appointments and help them out when there are problems.

Still, there are our customers, who see us from a whole different perspective. We are the guys they can call at the last minute on the Friday before a holiday to grab a truckload of ice cream that is supposed to be in Chicago by the morning. We are the folks that they can send an email to with a week’s worth of shipments and know that they’ll all be taken care of without question. Our customers know that we will keep tabs on every truck we have on the road. They know that their own personal sales representative with keep them informed of any situations that might arise, even if the “situation” is that everything is running as expected.

So, with all of those facets, how could I possibly write just one personal statement about HG Logistics? How could I write one about myself, knowing myself so much better than  I could ever understand everything this business has to offer? I thought that writing about this would clear things up…I think I made it worse!

Well, wish me luck anyway!

If you are interested in seeing the many amazing sides of HG Logistics, from the fun-loving boss, to the on-task dispatchers or the great rates for our carrier partners, give HG Logistics a call at 513-244-3026, connect through our contact us page,  or check us out on Facebook.

New Year…

January 6th, 2017

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It’s a new year, and no doubt millions of us are hard at work proving to ourselves that *this* is the year that we will finally stick to our resolutions. When I think about making a resolution, I immediately think of the twenty pounds I’ve gained since last January. I also think of my caffeine addiction, my love for unhealthy snacks and bad television. Considering all that, I realize that the resolutions to lose weight, eat healthier or get into shape are all rooted in one place: shame. If I am honest, the weight that I put on is probably because I am becoming happier and more content in life and I’m not stressed out and keeping myself from eating. The can of soda a day is still much less than I used to drink, and the bad television adds up to an hour or two on the weekends. See what I did there? Already making excuses. The reason we break our resolutions is that the ones we usually set aren’t genuine. “I’m going to lose weight” is a resolution I would set because I’m not supposed to be happy about gaining almost two pounds per month in the past year, so I should want to lose it.

Truth is that I really don’t care.

What I do care about is how I feel. I feel slow and lazy. So, how do I translate this into something I might stick to? How about focusing on those feelings? Instead of losing weight, what I really need to focus on is feeling better. I think that this is something that everyone can set as a resolution each year and work towards it in their own way.

My new year’s resolution is to feel better. What does that mean? To begin, I thought about what doesn’t feel good about my life. I have very high stress, I don’t sleep well and I have low energy. I don’t like the way my extra weight feels, so I need to address that as well. I find then, that what I am going to do is bite the bullet and join the ranks of so many people who decide to join a gym in January. I’m not doing this from a place of shame. I’m doing it from a place of wanting to improve myself in a number of ways since studies show that exercise reduces stress, improves sleep and energy and will undoubtedly help my body take a shape that I am more satisfied with.

Another person might have trouble with negative people in their lives. These people might say “you need to …” or “why can’t you…”, constantly bringing shame. For this person, feeling better in the new year might not be a resolution of being more attentive to the needs of others or taking on more of a load at work, it might mean coming from a place other than shame to focus on something better. Their resolution might be to cut out the negative people in their life.

Setting the goal of doing things to make ourselves feel better might be the easy way out since if we find ourselves failing in one place, we can refocus on something else, but isn’t the point of a resolution to better our lives? We don’t make resolutions to create a new source for shame.

HG Logistics, a third party freight broker based in Cincinnati, Ohio, is a great way to start to feel better at work. We are here to help you reduce stress and save time. Being partnered with a business you can trust is a quick and easy fix to feeling better in the new year and all year long, because HG Logistics does not have a reputation for giving up after the first week in January. Resolve to feel better like I am, resolve to partner with HG Logistics this year!

Contact us for your shipping needs, to begin moving freight for us, or for employment at 513-244-3026, and have an amazing 2017!

Cincinnati – A Lot to Brag About

December 22nd, 2016

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As you may or may not know, HG Logistics, a third party freight broker, is located just on the outside edge of downtown Cincinnati. Cincinnati is a good sized city, and just like so  many others, history shows that we have had our ups and downs. Recently, however, I have noticed that the city has been in the news quite a bit lately, and for some really great reasons. With the New Year just over a week away, I thought that I had better write this blog post before it is too late to enjoy one of the reasons Cincinnati is finally getting recognized as a great place.

US News and World Report listed Cincinnati as one of the best places to live in the United States. Our ranking is comfortable inside the top half of the top 100 places to live, resting at number 37. Employment opportunity, quality of life, desirability and value were all reasons that the Queen City earned her spot.

Forbes listed Cincinnati-Middletown the top place for new grads nationwide. Affordable housing and a young demographic, as well as employment opportunities and available entertainment options rounded out the many reasons that grads might just want to call Cincy home.

Travel and Leisure listed Cincinnati as one of the top travel destinations for 2017. Not only does Cincinnati boast both professional baseball and football teams, as well as smaller hockey and soccer franchises, we offer so much more, according to Travel and Leisure. A nationally recognized zoo and botanical garden, museum center, opportunities for performing arts, the Underground Railroad Museum, concert venues and more offer travelers a premium destination. Also mentioned are the redevelopment of the Over The Rhine neighborhood and the new Cincinnati Bell Connector railcar, which opened this fall.

The kudos don’t stop there, Techinsurance listed Cincinnati as a top city for tech entrepreneurs, scoring highest marks in their best places to raise a family and being budget friendly, having a comeback story and best destination for foodies categories.

Many folks who haven’t spend any time here in southwest Ohio may not believe it, but Cincinnati is really great. I am a transplant and it did admittedly take me a while to really warm up, but I have and I embrace and love this great city. There really is something for everyone, from ice cream to BBQ, alt music to homegrown bluegrass, professional sports to community leagues ranging from soccer to football to kickball, everyone can find something to love about Cincinnati.

If you are interested in being part of a great place in a great city, please reach out to us here at HG Logistics. We are always looking for new talent in our sales department. Please contact us anytime at 513-244-3026 or via or contact page.

 

Our Charitable Giving

December 22nd, 2016

As mentioned in a prior post, HG Logistics, a third party freight broker out of Cincinnati and our parent company, Hill and Griffith participated in our annual charitable giving drive. This year we were honored to be able to donate over 60 toys to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and several large boxes of food along with twenty turkeys and hams to the Freestore Foodbank in Cincinnati. Being able to have a positive impact on those in need during the holiday season has truly warmed our hearts. We wish you nothing but the best these holidays and for the New Year. Be careful out there!

    

Winter is Here

December 9th, 2016

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It is cold outside and Cincinnati saw a nice taste of winter today when many folks woke up to a white, snowy dusting this morning. Getting ready for work here at HG Logistics, a third party freight broker in Cincinnati, Ohio had an extra task, as my car was covered in a dusting of frost and show. Yuck! As I ventured out wearing my pajama pants and flip flops in the frigid air to warm up my car, I realized that one of those remote starters would make a great gift for me! My mind continued to churn away, and I wondered what other useful winter gadgets might be out there, and what will be the best winter purchases for me this year? I have done a little research and put together some interesting and useful tools to help get through the upcoming frigid months.

First, I thought about warming up my car. Next time, I might have to scrape off ice or snow. Which ice scraper will be the best?

 

Priced at around $15 at Menard’s and other hardware stores, the top pick of many is the Hopkins 80037 Subzero 60″ Quick Lock Pivoting Snowbroom. This long handled choice has a great reach and includes a broom for snow, scraper for ice and frost and even a squeegee.

 

 

At just $10, the Ice Master Multi Blade Ice Scraper offers multiple blades that are made from brass, which is tougher than plastic but soft enough that it won’t scratch your windshield.

If you hate scraping as much as I do, perhaps you should consider a windshield cover. I am much more likely to want to put one of these on in the evening rather than to want to go into the arctic air to scrape off my car. An added benefit is that many of these are dual use and can help keep your interior cool and protected from the sun in summer months.

 

For just under $25, you can purchase the Snow-OFF Car Windshield Snow Cover and Sun Shade Protector. This windshield protector covers the entire windshield as well as wiper blades to keep frost and snow from slowing you down. Unlike many, it does not attach with magnets that can scratch your car, rather, it attaches to your wheels. Flaps also close into your doors, which keeps it from being stolen (your neighbors will want one, for sure!) and to help keep doors from freezing shut.

 

 

On the emergency side of things, you never know when you might get stuck in the snow. Be prepared with one or more of these items out on the market…

Priced around $10-$15, a foldable snow shovel might be just what you need to get out of a drift.

 

 

For around $20, you can grab yourself a pair of easy-install snow chains for those 2PC Simple Truck Car Snow Chain Tire Chain Anti-skid Belt Easy Installationharder-to-get-out-of situations!

 

 

 

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This is a Shur Trax Auto Traction Grabber. For about $70, you fill it with water (12 gallons = 100lbs) for extra weight. Stored in the trunk of your car, it adds weight to your rear axle for greater traction. You might be able to get around purchasing this item buy purchasing a large bag of softener salt or dog food for the same effect.

Hopefully we can dodge any major snowfall this winter, but if not, maybe you’ll use one of these items to help you get through! If you like working with folks who can offer you a variety of solutions for whatever the seasons throw at you, give HG Logistics a call. We would love to hear from you.

Talk to Doug, our General Manager, at 513-244-3026 or email us via the contact link on our page!

Helping Hands

December 2nd, 2016

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Every year here at HG Logistics, a third party freight broker based in Cincinnati, Ohio and our parent company Hill and Griffith, we like to give back during the holidays. Although we are not a large company by any means, one thing we do have that is big is our heart. During the holidays, Sarah, our Human Resources person emails out to gain an idea of what organizations we would like to aid. While we wish we could help everyone, we usually narrow it down to one or two.

foodbaknThis year, we are proud to have selected to take food donations for the Freestore Foodbank here in Cincinnati. The Freestore Foodbank is a wonderful organization that feeds thousands in the Cincinnati area. Part of this organization is Cincinnati Cooks Catering, a full-service catering service that funnels their proceeds right back into the charity. So, if you are still looking to book a meal for your upcoming holiday party, check them out. You can learn more about the Freestore Foodbank at www.freestorefoodbank.org .

 

cincinnatichildrensHG Logistics LLC and Hill and Griffith are also proud to be collecting toy donations for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Many area families have children who are receiving services and/or treatment at Cincinnati Children’s and this is a way for us to extend our best wished to those families. This contribution is near and dear to the HG Logistics family, as we currently have an employee with a son who is receiving top-quality care at Cincinnati Children’s. If you are interested in donating toys, recommended contact informtation is: Anna Kuertz at anna.kuertz@cchmc.org or 513-535-8760.

Drop off locations include

Main Campus
3333 Burnet Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45229

Liberty Campus
7777 Yankee Road
Liberty Township, OH 45044

Or shop online at:

StarLight Foundation
www.starlight.org
Items are delivered free of
charge to Cincinnati Children’s

If your office doesn’t already, please consider a tradition of holiday  charitable giving for your organization this year. It is a wonderful opportunity to give to those in need within our community and to say thank you for the services that we receive and take for granted.

 

November 18th, 2016

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When I was about four, I started helping my grandma prepare Thanksgiving dinners. Our family had a large turnout for Thanksgiving back then, usually around 60 people. A small group of us would gather on the Wednesday evening before to break up bread for stuffing, cut fruit for the weird jello salad that my family loved to have, bake pies and bread and decorate for the next day. I usually ended up spending the night on the couch just outside my grandparents’ bedroom, excited to see my extended family the following day.

We had an incident on Thanksgiving in 1996. I was sixteen and was only  a few months in to being a licensed driver. This would come into play in a way I would have never expected. As we had for years before, our small group gathered on Wednesday evening to prepare for the big day. This year would be especially large, and instead of the usual two turkeys, Grandpa was determined that we would have three this year. With limited oven space (as theirs as well as the generous neighbor’s would already be taken), one turkey would go into an electric roasting pan. With limited counter space, it was decided that the front port was a suitable spot for the roaster. With alarms set for 4:00 a.m., we tucked ourselves in to bed (or couch) and went to sleep.

In the middle of the night-it had to be around 2 a.m., there was a crash on the front porch. Everyone jumped up. We rushed out to see that not one, not two, but three cats had managed to tip the roaster off the porch table and were happily devouring our Thanksgiving turkey. Grandma cried. Grandpa yelled and stomped. I was of the mind that we had two turkeys now instead of three and that would just have to do. The grandparents did not agree. I had a license and no real responsibilities. Meijer was open 24 hours. I was tasked with going out at the tender age of 16 and finding a fresh-not frozen -because that would take days too long- turkey. I went to Meijer, the only store open in the wee hours of Thanksgiving morning. I took the easy route and asked a manager to point me to the fresh turkeys. He laughed. I cried. He then decided to help. Several phone calls later, there was a turkey on hold for me at a different location. Over an hour away. We didn’t have cell phones, internet or GPS, so I had to just make the choice to go and figure it out on the way. I called my mom from a payphone and told her I was driving “to town” and would be longer than expected.

By 7:00 Thanksgiving morning there was a turkey back in the electric roaster. By the time it was needed, there was a turkey. No one knew that I had gone so far. No one knew that I had driven on the interstate for the first time that frigid morning. None of the guests knew of our disaster. Thanksgiving went off without a hitch.

I think about that time quite a bit, especially around the holidays since my grandparents have passed on. Here at HG Logistics, a third party freight broker in Cincinnati, Ohio, we take a similar attitude. If you end up with a “third turkey” situation, we’ll be there to go the extra mile to get you back on track. We have many first time customers who come to us in a jam, left with a load on their hands, often on holidays or weekends. Those first time customers are long-term customers because of the can-do attitude and easy accessibility they get from HG Logistics. Your shipment will find its way without a hitch when you use the pros here at HG Logistics.

HG Logistics would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. We want our friends, families and business partners to know that we are thankful for them every single day. We also want to be someone that you are thankful for, so give us a call and let us deliver for you!

Contact HG Logistics at 513-244-3026

Thank You Veterans!

November 11th, 2016

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Today is Veterans Day, a day when the United States proudly celebrates and thanks those who write a blank check to serve our country. HG Logistics, a third  party freight broker in Cincinnati, Ohio stands with America today to say THANK YOU. Despite the rift that many feel due to political issues, our veterans are a reason that American citizens can come together and be proud. I have noticed that oftentimes, people don’t quite know how to express their gratitude for our servicemen and women, so I have compiled a list of 20 easy ways that you can thank a vet. Don’t put it off until next year, begin a tradition of thanks today…

  1. Say “Thank you”. We often see veterans wearing hats or jackets showing that they served. If you see one (or more) of these today, simply saying thank you can brighten someone’s day.
  2. Give a donation to a veteran’s organization. Think of donating to the VA, American Legion, AmVets or VFW, the USO, Wounded Warriors Project or Disabled American Veterans.
  3. Visit a local VA and spend time listening to veterans there. Sometimes hearing a story really makes us see things in a new way. Bonus points for taking your children along.
  4. Buy a meal. If you see a veteran when you are out for lunch, coffee, or dinner, discreetly pay for their meal. Sometimes the most gratifying acts are the ones we do anonymously.
  5. Decorate the graves of servicemen or women who have passed away. Remembering to honor those who are gone shows respect and gratitude.
  6. Check in with a family member who is a veteran. Maybe it is someone you haven’t heard from in a while, and maybe it is someone right next door, but showing our family members who served that we appreciate their sacrifice is touching and builds strong bonds.
  7. Volunteer. Sign up today to volunteer for one of many organizations that help veterans. Use your carpentry skills to help modify homes for wounded vets, deliver meals, enlarge family photos for those staying in the VA so they are easier to see, the possibilities are endless.
  8. Ask your office to focus on hiring and recruiting practices that value veterans, or suggest a veteran you know who may be in need of work for a position at your employer.
  9. Put together and send a care package to those currently deployed. Most communities have nearby organizations who will take your items or packages and help to be sure they are shipped properly.
  10. Sign up to adopt a military family for the holidays.
  11. Send a letter. Much like a care package, your words of encouragement (and those from your children as well!) are very meaningful to those who have or are currently serving. Again, organizations abound that can help with getting these to the right places.
  12. Educate your children. Make sure they understand the sacrifices of veterans and their families and encourage them to learn about our military personnel and why Veteran’s Day is important.
  13. Do chores. If you know of a veteran in your neighborhood, stop by and ask if they have anything that you can help them out with. No chores? Offer to make them a meal!
  14. Invite a veteran to Thanksgiving dinner with your family. Many veterans are older and alone. Being with a family can bring happiness and warmth to the heart of a veteran.
  15. Support a veteran-owned business. Veterans are often business owners in nearly any imaginable field, say thank you by supporting their endeavors.
  16. Give up your seat. If you are flying first class and see a veteran on board, offer to trade them seats as a thank you.
  17. Donate to or participate in an Honor Flight. This organization takes veterans to Washington D.C. to visit the memorials dedicated to their service and what they have defended. http://www.honorflight.org/
  18. Attend a Veterans Day event. Take your family or friends to show support.
  19. Help a veteran share their story through the Veterans History Project: http://www.loc.gov/vets/
  20. Remember veterans year-round. While it is nice to take a day to say thank you, it is even better to make it a habit. Thank a veteran (and his or her family) EVERY time you can. Make your donations, visits, care packages, etc. on a regular basis. Monthly or weekly activities will integrate into your routine and seem effortless but will remain appreciated.

Again, HG Logistics thanks and honors our veterans every day, and especially today, on Veterans Day. We are proud to live in this great, free nation and thank you for defending our rights and liberties.

Contact the General Manager at HG Logistics, Doug Bierman for more information about our company’s services and opportunities.

Veterans are ALWAYS welcome to apply!

513-244-3026         dbierman@hglogisticsllc.com

 

Please VOTE!

November 4th, 2016

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Any time you bring together a group of people, you are bound to have differences. These can be differences in looks, preferences, cultures, religions, and yes, even political points of view. Here at HG Logistics, a third party freight broker in Cincinnati, Ohio, we usually enjoy our differences. One thing that we all have in common is that we all have an opinion.

In case you have been living under a rock for the past year, I am sure that you are well aware that the United States Presidential election is nearing. On November 8, millions of Americans will cast their votes for President,  issues, and down-ballot races nationwide. In many areas, voters have already made their picks using early and/or absentee voting.  This is a part of the American way of life. Having a say in our government and its officials is one thing that sets the US apart from other countries.

While moving freight is our top priority every single day of the year, we want to take a moment to encourage every single eligible individual to take advantage of his or her democratic rights and vote! Voting is an important part of how and why our nation is as wonderful as it is. Selecting the best individuals to guide our cities, states and country is key in every part of daily lives.

Many people may not think that voting is a big deal, but it is important to realize that those elected officials are the very ones who may be making choices that will directly impact our lives. Looking at our own business, the government makes infrastructure, traffic, and driving laws that directly link to how we ship, where we go and who is driving our trucks. It is important to HG Logistics that all of our business partners, friends and families go out, get educated and take part in this election.

You don’t have to tell us who you voted for, but please let us know that you voted!

If you want to work with a top-quality freight broker who takes the privelages of being an American seriously, please give our General Manager Doug a call at 513-244-3026 or take a look at our “Contacts” page or find us on Facebook!

 

Positive Vibes

October 7th, 2016

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There has been a lot to watch in the news recently, and I don’t just mean the presidential race. With Hurricane Matthew making landfall in the U.S. today, crazy clown people and violence every day, sometimes it is difficult to see the bright side of things. People have numbers of ways to deal with the stress that daily life can cause. Many turn to their faith, exercise, meditation, playing and joking around, sleep, food, the list could go on for days.

I have personally had a difficult year and just when I think things are going to get back on track, another bump in the road pops up  in front of me. Sometimes I whine to myself and think that things aren’t fair. Other times I want to fight like a madman against every force that wants to tear me down. Other times, I want to stay in my pjs, eat ice cream and sleep until it is all over.

Everyone copes differently.  One thing that I believe can help anyone, in any state of mind, going through any struggle is a good support system. Sometimes that can be family, other times it can be friends. Coworkers, sports teammates, and sometimes even strangers can offer the best support and advice. One thing that I have learned in my (almost 3) years here at HG Logistics, a third party freight broker in Cincinnati Ohio, is what happens when coworkers turn into friends and then family. This place is full of crazy, don’t get me wrong. And there are all kind of it around here, both the fun and sometimes not so fun. I think that is part of what makes us work.

I know that there are people at work I can count on, whether I need repairs on my home or car, or I need an ear to bend. I’ve mentioned these kinds of things before. The best part about all of that is, in the end, these people genuinely care about each other. People ask how you’re feeling. If something is obviously wrong, they want to know what it is and how to help. They pray for you.

The benefits of HG Logistics and the caring, concerned mentality extend beyond our own walls. When you call HG, you can be sure that there is someone on the other end of the phone who will bring a positive vibe to your day. Whether they are joking around with you, working to solve an issue, or just making a deal, these people are good people.

HG Logistics cares deeply for the victims of Hurricane Matthew. Our thoughts are with all of those affected and we are sending positive vibes toward the south.

If you are looking to work for or with a great third party freight broker with reliable performance and a positive outlook, please look no further than HG. Contact us at 513-244-3026.