Oh my Back! Time to Re-engineer!
Well, I turned 50…to those 20 and 30-year-olds out there, I’m an old guy. When you are in your twenties and thirties, 50 years old seems ancient…I know I thought so when I was that age. Those in your forties are trying not to think about it – I understand…I did the same thing.
Well my back blew out on Wednesday night and I have come to learn that it is my sacroiliac joint, thank you Mr. Chiropractor! I played tennis at 6 am that morning and then 9 holes of golf at 6 pm. All was good until about 9:30 pm then boom – boom – boom out goes the back. I could not leave bed for 3 days, yet I was so uncomfortable I could not sleep – weird, but true. I listened to a lot of Pink Floyd and took some pain medication…drove my wife crazy! She was a great nurse as I turned from a man to a boy – thank you, Patty!
Bottom line is that at 50, I have to re-engineer not what I do, but how I do it. I need to eat better, stretch more, maybe drink less, and just re-evaluate how I am doing things. I have changed, my body has changed so my process must change in order to stay healthy. At Trans-Border we understand that as we hit 20 years old, we need to re-engineer not what we do, but how we do it.
What does that mean to you? That means that over the next 6 to 9 months you will start to see some changes in how and when information is delivered to you. As a company, we are investing a tremendous amount of money into our Information Technology side of our business. We have already launched our new website at www.tbgfs.com. We are changing our online track and trace functionality – this should be up and running in the next 3 to 4 months. It has a new fresh look and many more features to assist you in your need for data, documents, and information. We are going full-scale EDI with truckers, air carriers & ocean lines. What does that mean? That means you will be receiving many, many more status updates in “real time” as we are getting fully integrated with all carriers. As soon as the action occurs with a carrier (truck, air or ocean ) – bang — a status message will get sent right to your inbox – real time. We are looking to move from having this on 10% of our business to up to 75 to 80% of our business by year’s end. This change is a necessity as we understand the need to re-engineer and make things quicker, faster and more efficient.
In life, as we age we may not get quicker, faster and more efficient, but at Trans-Border we do! Our investment back into our IT infrastructure combined with the great people we have working are what will allow us to keep getting better. Our back is strong, our minds our strong and our commitment is strong to you, your customers and your business. Enjoy the summer! And don’t forget to stretch!
Cheers (with lime flavored seltzer) & take care
In Memoriam – Bobbi Jean Northup
It is with much sadness that we pass on the news that Bobbi Jean Northup passed away on July, 3rd after a battle with cancer. Bobbi founded and was the Director of our Trade Finance Department before her retirement in 2015. Bobbi was the 7th employee of Trans-Border, starting in 1997 and for those of you who had the privilege to work with her, you soon realized her intelligence, dedication, kindness, and passion for getting things done the right way. Bobbi was instrumental to our growth and was inducted into the Trans-Border Hall of Fame in 2016. We will miss you, Bobbi.
Jeans for Charity – Walk 4 Hospice
“I wanted to take the time to thank you for the very generous donation that Trans-Border Global Freight Systems made, in our name, to this year’s Walk for Hospice. Your donation along with others helped us in raising $600 as a team and overall the walk raised over $180,000 for patient and family care. Pat Sprietzer was overwhelmed with the turn out and your generosity. Matt, Jacks and myself had a wonderful morning walking for such an important cause with a women that has done so much for the organization. Again, Thank you very much for your generosity and support of our community organizations.” – Christina Norris & Family.