Rockpoint Logistics is very excited to announce the promotion of Jake Putzler to Senior Director, Information Technology.
Mr. Putzler has 13 years experience in the field of information technology with a technical background in systems administration, data analysis and EDI. He has spent the last seven years at Rockpoint/Kaplan operating in the IT department as well as leading development of the current Warehouse Management System.
His specialties include Red Prairie warehouse management system and database development and management. Chief Executive Officer – Mark Pell remarked, “Jake has been doing outstanding work in our IT organization. We see his work as a critical part of our business success and providing us with a strategic differentiator in the logistic market place.”
Mr. Putzler looks forward to continuing his work leading Rockpoint Logistics’ IT organization and contributing toward his goal of maintaining the “Best in Class” WMS.
6 Financial Fundamentals to Keep Your Business Sound
Rockpoint Logistics is pleased to announce its most recent whitepaper. The subject is a very timely one, financial stability for your business.
The author Patrick Sullivan - Vice President of Finance for Rockpoint Logistics has an extensive background with more than 25 years of financial experience, including working in both the public and private sector. In the newly released paper, Mr. Sullivan reveals 6 key areas that are critical in creating and maintaining the financial administrative function for any business organization.
What makes this paper invaluable is the fact that it applies to all businesses. “I tried to write the paper so the information is pertinent to the success of any type of business” stated Mr. Sullivan, “whether it be a fortune 500 company or a start-up or an organization going into a merger or divestiture.”
The whitepaper touches on the accounting system, working capital, staffing and much more. For more information visit the Rockpoint Logistics website – www.rockpointlogistics.com. A hard copy of the paper can be requested or downloaded directly from www.rockpointlogistics.com/information-center.
Rockpoint Logistics is very excited to welcome TrueToniqs to the family of companies they serve. As a logistics partner, Rockpoint will manage the on-line fulfillment and retail distribution of the TrueToniqs all-natural beverage product line.
“We are ecstatic about finding Rockpoint as our fulfillment center” says Scott Ohlgren, owner of TrueToniqs. “There are a lot of options out there for companies of our size, but Rockpoint has proven to save us money in warehousing, shipping, and accuracy. Our costs have gone down, and our productivity has gone up. Excellent news in this current economy. We look forward to growing and having them as a solid strategic partner.”
“We are glad to have TrueToniqs as a new client. We feel that we can bring significant value to them by managing their warehousing and transportation functions” says Jim Reid, Rockpoint’s VP of Sales & Marketing. “Our goal is to continually drive their costs down and aid them in accessing new markets. They are a natural fit to our operation and they taste good as well!"
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Rockpoint Logistics is excited to be at this year's BookExpo 2012 and is looking forward to meeting with current customers as well as talking with BookExpo attendees about their logistic, warehousing and shipping needs.
Attending the expo is company CEO - Mark Pell, Marketing & Sales VP - Jim Reid, and National Account Manager - Gil De LaPaz.
Not only will Mark, Jim and Gil be attending the event and talking with attendees stopping by our Booth 3559 but they are also holding private one-on-one Meet & Greets. If you would like to talk with any member of our team please sign up for the Meet & Greet now.
At Rockpoint, your bottom line is our bottom line.
Rockpoint Logistics is very excited to announce Gilberto (Gil) De La Paz as National Sales Manager.
Mr. De La Paz has an extensive background in transportation and logistics sales.
His experience includes working with companies such as, Saia, Watkins, FedEx and others. Vice President Sales & Marketing - Jim Reid commented, "Gil’s extensive knowledge of the transportation and logistics industry will be invaluable to our clients as we seek to continually improve our services and increase customer satisfaction."
Mr. De La Paz is looking forward to meeting Rockpoint Logistic's current clients and introducing prospective clients to our services.
Rockpoint Logistics has been implementing a program for the past two years that is designed to improve company performance in almost all aspects of the business. The results? Management is very pleased.
Mark Pell (CEO) stated, “In an effort to consistently improve performance for our customers, Rockpoint Logistics has been utilizing a program designed to expand employee knowledge in every step of our operation. We feel this creates an entrepreneurial atmosphere where everyone feels ownership in our company. This in turn creates a feeling of empowerment to increase productivity and improve performance. The bottom line translates into a more dynamic system for our customers”.
The program, which is entitled “Continuous Improvement Program” or CIP is intended for the management team at Rockpoint Logistics to participate in the day to day operations of the facility.
The program requires all management employees to be involved in a training program where they experience the job functions of the logistics operations team. Prior to the start of their training, each employee must be certified before performing any job on the operations floor. Once they have passed the training, they will be encouraged to spend 5% of their time assisting on the floor.
Once engaged in the program, each employee will be asked to fill out a monthly form describing the experience and what was learned. “This is where we see the increase in understanding take place”, said Jennifer Smith (Sr. Manager – Human Resources). “As we document our experiences we begin to see the big picture and understand how our decisions can affect other areas of the company”
Ms. Smith went on to explain, “By working on the operations floor, the team will learn how management decisions impact the core operations of the business. This knowledge improves the effectiveness of the management team as they lead the operations of the business”.
The major areas that are being impacted include quality control, customer satisfaction, cost control, expense reduction and production efficiency. However, this program is also having a very positive impact in other areas, including employee morale and job satisfaction. Communication among departments and a general understanding of the role other departments play within the company has also increased.
Rockpoint Logistics feels the program has helped to improve process understanding, increase teamwork, improve employee recognition, improve process design and generate an overall improvement in the company’s efficiency and effectiveness. Company CEO – Mr. Pell added, “Through this program our employees have a higher level of accountability to each other and we are seeing improved results in collaboration and simplification”.
“We’re very happy with the results”, Mr. Pell concluded.
June 21, 2011 was a very exciting day for Rockpoint Logistics; we had achieved 3 years without a lost time accident. Due to the diligence and safety consciousness of our employees, we have not had a lost time accident since June 21, 2008.
Our Safety Committee has implemented several processes in order to help this happen, such as “Safety Suggestion” forms that allow anyone to recommend changes to our work environment that will make it a safer workplace and safety inspections to ensure we are following our safety guidelines. Order fulfillment is a fast paced process and we are very proud of this achievement. We are looking forward to keeping our streak going.
On January 7, 2011, Lion Equity Partners announced that it has acquired Kaplan Logistics, a division of Kaplan, Inc., a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company. The business, which will be renamed Rockpoint Logistics, is a leading provider of outsourced logistics services to corporations across a variety of industries.
All employees at Rockpoint Logistics are very excited to start this new venture as a stand-alone business. During this transition, we will continue to provide the services, solutions and support to our clients that they have come to expect from us. During the next few months, we will redefine our business with the launch of our new company name and brand.
Chief Executive Officer
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