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Agforce: Delivering Positive Culture for Employees and Results for the Business

What does it take to rank as a best place to work in Kansas City? We can tell you. Named one of the 45 best places to work in KC by the Kansas City Business Journal (KCBJ), we’re sharing our secret: Make your people your most valuable asset.

A Best Places to Work designation is earned based on employee engagement and satisfaction. To measure, KCBJ administered a survey directly to our employees — a survey that played a large part in our Best Places to Work award. That means our “people first” mantra is more than corporate lip service. Our employees know they are valued, and truly champion us as a best place to work in Kansas City. The Best Places to Work program honors companies with employees who go the extra mile with commitment to long term success that advocate for their organization, just as ours did.

The top word to describe our workplace? Fun! And we are very proud of our family atmosphere. We work hard with the good of our team in mind and have a ball doing it. Any given day you can arrive to find a catered breakfast or lunch being delivered. We also enjoy a good happy hour together here and there. Tons of office events, contests, giveaways and general recognition keep the energy high in our transparent, collaborative and supportive work home. Our leadership team knows how to keep us inspired.

KC BBQ

We don’t stop there. Our appreciation to employees shows in generous compensation, flexible hours and great benefits, like a 6 percent 401(k) match (immediately vested). Listening and open dialogue helped us deliver on the other wish list items were heard: standing desks, dedicated training by role, development opportunities and an employee appreciation event we held at the American Royal barbecue festival.

Put employees first and they will put clients first. It really is that simple. The evidence is in another recent award. We were ranked 10th in the KCBJ Fast 50 List with 92.5% revenue growth from 2015-2017. In that time we have added nearly 50 new employees, starting with 6 in 2015.

Fast50 Awards

Stay the Course into the Future

We plan to never lose sight of who got us here. Our people will remain the top priority. The culture we’ve created, alongside our business processes, will be scalable and sustainable. With a commitment to get better every day, leadership will continue listening to the team. The unique, fun, supportive culture here will help us attract new people that align with our core values. They will support and be supported by our team as we continue to grow. We cannot help but think there are many more awards in our future!

 

 

Agforce Transport Services Joins U.S. EPA SmartWay® Transport Partnership

Leawood, KS — Agforce Transport Services today announced that it joined the SmartWay® Transport Partnership, an innovative collaboration between U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and industry that provides a framework to assess the environmental and energy efficiency of goods movement supply chains.

Agforce Transport Services will contribute to the Partnership’s savings of 215.4 million barrels of oil, $29.7 billion in fuel costs and 103 million tons of air pollutants. This is equivalent to eliminating annual energy use in over 14 million homes. By joining SmartWay Transport Partnership, Agforce Transport Services demonstrates its strong environmental leadership and corporate responsibility.

“As a broker, we are conscious of the carriers we choose to move freight in our network, currently partnering with more than 300 SmartWay carriers. It’s not an easy designation for carriers to achieve, and it speaks to their overall quality and dedication to sustainability. We see this partnership as invaluable to our green efforts and the overall environmental footprint of the freight industry,” said Andy Tuley, Vice President – Business Development.

Developed jointly in early 2003 by EPA and Charter Partners represented by industry stakeholders, environmental groups, American Trucking Associations, and Business for Social Responsibility, this innovative program was launched in 2004. Partners rely upon SmartWay tools and approaches to track and reduce emissions and fuel use from goods movement. The Partnership currently has over 3,000 Partners including shipper, logistics companies, truck, rail, barge, and multimodal carriers.

Agforce offers streamlined and flexible services helping companies dramatically improve their supply chain. We deliver the most effective solution for your business to help you ship your product where it needs to be — when it needs to be there. Together, we can simplify logistics. For more information about Agforce Transport Services, visit agforcets.com or call 844.713.6723.

For information about the SmartWay Transport Partnership visit www.epa.gov/smartway.

Third-Party Logistics – 4 Hassles to Avoid


For any company tasked with providing products or materials to downstream customers, “starting with the end in mind” means implementing a logistics strategy based around end-user demands. In many cases this involves managing an efficient ordering and shipping process that faces the complexities of reducing freight costs, gaining supply chain visibility, managing inventory levels and shipping to various locations – at the same time as accurately tracking orders.

Using a Third-Party Logistics (3PL) company has become an ideal solution to help manage your logistics and shipping needs. However, you may have noticed that each 3PL company has their own method of managing your transportation, communication and services. So how do you know if you have the right solution and partner?

Experts are vocal that companies ensure they select the right 3PL for their line of business. Whether you’ve made the decision to incorporate a third-party logistics provider as part of your logistics strategy or are currently evaluating your current freight transportation and logistics needs, here are four warning signs to ensure you don’t end up with the wrong logistics provider:

 

If you see any of these red flags, consider what’s truly important for your business. If these warning signs sound familiar, it may be time to change your strategy or service. Ensure sure your logistics provider meets the optimal “green flag” criteria. Ensure your provider is:

  1. Reliable and responsive
  2. Able and knowledgeable so they understand your business needs and are willing to collaborate with you
  3. Easy to do business with through streamlined, flexible services
  4. Communicative and accountable, providing clear visibility into the status of your freight without you having to jump through hoops for an answer or update

Agforce Transport Services specializes in simple, customized transportation solutions for our customer’s specific business needs and requirements. We’d love to hear about your needs and find ways to answer the questions surrounding your logistics strategy. Give us a call at 844-713-6723 or email us at inquiry@agforcets.com.

 

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