Logistics companies set to participate in friendly competition highlighting supply chain and logistics industry
Friday, June 6, 2014, will be a day like no other in Hampton Roads as several logistics companies in the region compete for the prize as being named the 2014 Hampton Roads LOGISTXGAMES champion.
This competition, titled 2014 Hampton Roads LOGISTXGAMES is a healthy competition between prominent companies who are involved in the movement of goods between source and consumer, and paths all along the way.
The Ace Import Redistribution Center Suffolk, Va., a 336,000 sq. ft. facility in the CenterPoint Intermodal Center on Route 58 is home to the first-ever 2014 Hampton Roads LOGISTXGAMES.
“We are thrilled to be leading this inaugural effort. Our event executive committee has meeting for more than six months and we are thrilled that the games are just about to begin!” said CBRE |Hampton Roads Senior Vice President and LOGISTXGAMES sponsor co-chair Lang Williams. “The games are fun, but it’s not just fun and games. There’s a serious purpose – and that is to publicize the importance of the logistics industry to our region.”
How do the games work?
There are five events in the 2014 competition. They are each designed to test the teamwork, talent, efficiency and speed of each competing company. The games mirror the types of environments which logistics professionals work within, but they are presented with a “twist.” Those games are:
- Pallet Puzzle Sprint – Three-person teams each take 36 different-sized corrugated boxes from floor locations, assemble them and stack them on a pallet. The team with the quickest time wins.
- Pallet Jack Relay – Three-person teams participate in a timed pallet jack relay race through an obstacle course while keeping the boxes on the pallet.
- Pick/Pack Hurdle – Three-person teams move boxes from the pallet to a warehouse racking system while memorizing positioning and SKUs in a timed race.
- Box Put –Teams will have packed one box with fragile bottled liquid items, in the Pallet Puzzle Sprint event, utilizing selected packaging material from various options. During the Box Put event one team member will then throw the box for distance and accuracy without breaking the contents.
An objective group of volunteers will serve as judges for the competition. The winning company will receive the “Golden Pallet” award.
Why Hold the LOGISTXGAMES?
First held in 2007 in Louisville, Ky., the games were created as a means for participating companies to build employee pride, foster teamwork principles and reinforce safety standards.
Scott Flanders, Ace Import Redistribution Center Manager and 2014 Hampton Roads LOGISTXGAMES organizer, said, “When I was exposed to the Games, they looked exciting and seemed like a great opportunity for us in the logistics operations industry to get their employees away from work and involved in something that’s a lot of fun.” He added, “We’ve been planning the Games for about six months and I can absolutely attest to the fact that this is proven to be a great way to build morale and develop a sense of camaraderie among the contestants and the participating companies. In addition, there is a great opportunity to tie in the games with promoting workforce development and raising money to help fund scholarships in distribution and logistics with the Paul D. Camp Community College.”
Logistics operations also drive the economy and support consumer demand. As a result, distribution operations are highly sought after assets to a community. “Hampton Roads’ existing logistics industry is composed of a strong, dynamic and reliable workforce,” said Kevin Hughes, Suffolk, Virginia Director of Economic Development, and a member of the planning team for the 2014 Hampton Roads LOGISTXGAMES. “This event represents a great opportunity to highlight the workforce that makes Virginia, Hampton Roads, and Suffolk a major and growing force in the logistics industry.”
Russell Young, Vice President of Economic Development at the Virginia Port Authority agreed, “The Port is a sponsor of the games because we support the recognition of the logistics profession and professional. But the key element of logistics involves competition…We compete for jobs, for business investment and for workers. This friendly competition elevates the professionals. This is one way to foster that friendly competition in an economic sector where all Hampton Roads municipalities are particularly strong.”
Other sponsors of the 2014 Hampton LOGISTXGAMES are:
- CenterPoint Properties
- Virginia Port Authority
- Expeditors International
- City of Suffolk
- CBRE | Hampton Roads
- Remedy Staffing
- Virginia Economic Development Partnership
Teams playing, as of April 15, 2014, include:
- Massimo Zanetti Beverage
- California Cartage
- Expeditors International
- Massimo Zanetti
How Will the Games Support Scholarships?
One key differentiating factor with the 2014 Hampton Roads LOGISTXGAMES, as compared to other games, is the provision of scholarships to future logistics professionals. (CBRE has organized 25 games in various cities to date). In fact, all net proceeds from this endeavor will benefit Paul D. Camp Community College Foundation. PDCCC has a wide array of credit and non-credit training opportunities for those wishing to enter the logistics area. And through net proceeds from the event, opportunities for Career & Technical Education program scholarships will be underwritten.
“We’re elated with this partnership! Despite the fact that a community college education is an affordable option for many, tuition rates still cause education to be out of reach for them,” says Felicia Blow, Executive Director of the Paul D. camp Community College Foundation. Through the proceeds from this event, I’m certain that even more adult learners who want to change their lives in the growing field of logistics will get an opportunity to go to school. This is truly a wonderful program.”
For more information about the 2014 Hampton Roads LOGISTXGAMES, call Felicia Blow, APR at 757.569.6791 or Deb Thaxton at 757.228.1860. You may also visit http://www.pdc.edu/logistxhr/.
About Ace Hardware
For 90 years, Ace Hardware has been known as the place with the helpful hardware folks in thousands of neighborhoods across America, providing customers with a more personal kind of helpful. In 2013, Ace ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Home Improvement Retail Stores, Seven Years in a Row” according to J.D. Power. With more than 4,850 hardware stores locally owned and operated across the globe, Ace is the largest hardware cooperative in the industry. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., Ace and its subsidiaries currently operate 14 distribution centers in the U.S. and also have distribution capabilities in Shanghai, China; Panama City, Panama; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Its retailers’ stores are located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and approximately 60 countries. For more information on Ace, visit www.acehardware.com.
About CBRE – Hampton Roads
CBRE |Hampton Roads is an affiliate office of CBRE Inc. serving the Hampton Roads region. The firm assists real estate owners, investors and occupiers by offering strategic advice and execution for property leasing and sales; property, facilities and project management; corporate services; debt and equity financing; and valuation and appraisal. In 2013, the Hampton Roads offices completed over $1.2 billion in sales and leasing transactions. For more information about the Norfolk or Newport News offices, visit our websites, www.cbre.com/norfolk or www.cbre.com/newportnews.