9 11 Memorial Garden Napa CA

9 11 Memorial Garden Napa CA

The vision is being realized. The much-anticipated structure is taking shape, but this is not just an ordinary construction site you will encounter when you visit down-town Napa this9 11 Memorial Garden Napa CA summer. It is the long-awaited 9/11 Memorial Garden. Designed by local artist, Gordon Huether, and landscape architect, Gretchen Stranzl McCann, the Memorial’s purpose is to honor the victims, as well as the survivors of 9/11.

This past June marked a major landmark for construction as four steel beams – wreckage from the World Trade Center – took their places at the center of the Memorial’s sculpture just west of Main Street (beside Napa Creek). Three glass panels in the structure will denote the names of the almost 3,000 people killed in the attacks of September 11, 2001, while a bench-height wall encircling the sculpture will enable people to rest, meditate and reflect. The official dedication ceremony is to be held this September 11th.

trucking 911 beamTo us, this is what being part of a community is all about. We aren’t landscapers or architects, but we know logistics. We have trucks and some great drivers who were privileged to haul those very special steel artifacts from New York to Napa. Biagi Bros is honored to have a part in helping make the vision for this 9/11 Memorial Sculpture and Garden a reality.

 

Biagi BrosIf you are in need of warehousing, logistics, 3PL, supply chain management and/or transportation services or you would like to work with a company that’s progressive, community minded and green conscious, contact us at Biagi Bros.

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Going Green with Transportation at Biagi Bros

Going Green with Transportation at Biagi Bros

The transportation industry and the green environmental movement have traditionally been considered at odds with each other. At Biagi Bros.,  we are working hard to combat the negative perception that the transportation and logistics industry puts the interests of profit above green transportation and environmental responsibility. Because we have had the tremendous good fortune to be able to live and work in the Napa Valley region, viticulture, agriculture, and the environment are always at the forefront of our minds. It would be counter-productive and irresponsible not to do our best to protect the very resource that has prospered and graced all of us with such plenty. You could say that the Napa Valley seems to inspire us to a “green” state of mind.

If there is a greener way to accomplish something, we go out of our way to do it. One of our more recent initiatives relates to our warehouse lighting. We are systematically replacing old metal-halide lights in our warehouses with motion-sensor fluorescents. This new, on-demand lighting carries with it a tri-fold benefit. The fluorescent lighting expends approximately 70% less energy while producing the same, if not a superior, level of illumination. In addition, motion sensors enable energy consumption to be lowered even further because only the areas in the warehouse experiencing activity are being lit. Finally, metal-halide lighting emits a tremendous amount of heat. Because our warehouses are temperature controlled, cooler fluorescent lighting results in far less energy consumption by our air conditioning.

We also began implementing radio frequency tracking for warehouse management in 2010. The system uses bar code scanning technology which increases efficiency in the warehouse with the eco-friendly bonus of eliminating the need for paper.

By far the most exciting green innovation at Biagi Bros has been the acquisition of our

green transporation

Biagi Bros New Greener Machines

“green machines” – the new low emission highway tractors manufactured by Peterbilt.  Taking advantage of the clean air grants by the State of California has helped enable us to replace more than a dozen of our oldest trucks with the new low emission ones.  Along with the environment, our customers are beneficiaries of the new trucks as well because every measure we take to suppress our own costs translates into savings for our customers.

At Biagi Bros, we want to be at the forefront of bringing the latest in green technologies to both our transportation, logistics and warehousing operations.  We may not be able to impact the whole planet, but we want to do the best we can to take care of our corner of it by reducing our carbon footprint in our warehouses and on our nation’s highways.  What are some of the green innovations that your place of work has come up with?  We’re always interested in new ways of going green.

If you are in need of warehousing, logistics, 3PL, supply chain management and/or transportation services or you would like to work with a company that’s progressive and green conscious, contact us at Biagi Bros.

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Biagi Career

The Grass is Greener at Biagi

Like other Biagis that now make up the next generation at Biagi Bros transportation and warehousing, Stacey Biagi spent summer vacations working in the family business. Answering phones, filing paperwork, and helping out in the warehouse, this young lady grew restless to see what life was like beyond a Biagi career. Motivated by a grass-must-be-greener mentality, Stacey says she set out to forge a career for herself with a large manufacturer of medical devices. Starting out in one of their production facilities on the assembly line, Stacey was later promoted to a position as a logistics clerk.

It was at this company where Stacey learned valuable lessons about life as “just another employee” – lessons she would later carry back with her back to Biagi. In fact, Stacey is so passionate about the value of what is learned as someone else’s employee that she has promoted this path for her daughter too. Currently a student of psychology and sociology at the University of Reno, Stacey’s daughter has been encouraged to develop her own career outside of Biagi in order to better appreciate the family business should she decide to come on board down the road.

As with many large companies, corporate life where Stacey was employed was strictly a numbers game – volume, efficiency, output. Employees were often nameless, faceless commodities and hiring was done in response to market fluctuations with little thought as to the future of those same employees. “I know what it’s like to punch a time clock and wonder if I will survive the next round of layoffs”, Stacey confesses. The experience has reinforced for her the value of the family-oriented philosophy we take pride in at Biagi Bros. We have a real relationship with our employees. This atmosphere carries with it a built-in sense of trust and loyalty which is invaluable to us as employers. Some business owners think that a familial atmosphere breeds laxity in their employees, but at Biagi, we disagree. Having experienced the opposite, Stacey can attest to the fact that when an employee is acknowledged on a relational level there are actually far fewer problems.

Upon her return to Biagi Bros about 8 years ago, Stacey went to work in the maintenance department. (She boasts to knowing more about trucks than most of her male friends now!) Her experience in maintenance further reinforced to her the benefit of good employer-employee relationships. Because our employees don’t feel anonymous they are far less likely to see us that way either. Opportunities to rack up overtime with unnecessary costly maintenance, for example, are not exploited because of respect and loyalty. And instead of coming to work with an eye to taking whatever they can get away with, employees go the extra mile for us and we go out of our way to be mindful of their families and futures. It is a win-win situation.

Presently Stacey wears several different hats at Biagi Bros. She works on grant projects and Licensing & Permits, but her new found passion is her role as the Director of Public Relations & Social Media. A newly created position at Biagi Bros, Stacey gets to build relationships with the non-profits the company supports, host employee appreciation BBQs, hand out Christmas gifts to each of the employees, interact with the news media, as well as promote events related to the Biagi-DenBeste race team (NASCAR Busch series). Stacey is also spearheading the new Biagi online corporate store where employees will be able to purchase company and race car paraphernalia.

At Biagi Bros, we think Stacey’s decision to work outside of the family business for a few years has benefited all of us. Whether it’s with our vendors or our employees, Stacey carries at the forefront of her mind the importance of relationship and relationship is what makes the grass so much greener at Biagi.

If you are interested in coming to work for a transportation and logistics company that values their employees, proceed to the Biagi Career Page .

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Barcode Scanning Technology – Time is Money

Time is Money – Barcode Scanning Technology Part 1

The maxim “time is money” is a familiar one to most people that own or manage any type of business. Nowhere is this adage more evident than in the logistics industry. The concept is always top-of-mind at Biagi Bros because it is intrinsic to our ability to deliver excellent customer service. The more efficiency we can bring to the table, the more positive the effect to our clients’ bottom line. To this end, we make it our aim to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in transportation and warehousing technology and employ those things that help us better serve our clients.

In 2010 we implemented our first RF (radio frequency) tracking system for warehouse management. [Many thanks to Blue Horseshoe for implementing Warehousing for AX] The system uses bar-code scanning technology and greatly increases inventory accuracy. Every pallet in the warehouse is equipped with a “license plate” and can be tracked electronically. The system is a vast improvement because it is faster and eliminates human error. It won’t let someone overlook older stock and pick new stock or choose the wrong item by accident. Not to mention the organizational and environmental advantages that come with being paperless! Five warehouses in total are now RF equipped and we have plans to implement the system in more of them.

Barcode and Reader

Another excellent tech innovation at Biagi Bros has been the creation of a customer portal accessed through our website. Instead of customers needing to call and track down inventory reports and order statuses, they can access all of this information in real-time via the customer portal. Customers are able to see their ATP (available-to-promise) inventory, check on the status of their orders, and examine scheduling for optimal order management. It is a win-win situation that saves everyone time and money.
Order Management is another area that has benefited from our technological advances. We implemented Microsoft Dynamics AX, an ERP system which fully integrates all of our freight and warehouse divisions. This has greatly increased our operational efficiency and reporting capabilities, which has enabled us to communicate with customers more quickly and efficiently. We have also expanded our EDI program to meet the needs of our growing client base.

At Biagi Bros, we don’t want to miss any opportunity new technology may afford us to optimize our customers’ supply chain. How we get there may change, but the end point destination is always the same – customer service. Watch for the second instalment of our time-is-money inspired blog. Coming this summer, part 2 will focus on tech innovations in the trucking side of Biagi Bros.

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A Family Business That Keeps On Trucking

Biagi Bros – Trucking, Warehousing and 3PL

The trucking and warehousing operation known as Biagi Bros. started in 1978 when brothers Fred Jr. and Greg Biagi, using their father’s knowledge of LTL shipping, stepped out and purchased their own truck. Little did they know their fledgling company would grow into the enterprise being run today by the next generation. We have become a full service trucking, warehousing and logistics company offering expert 3PL services to clients across North America. There have been many changes since the early days of LTL transportation, but the focus on customer service and a tenacious work ethic have remained consistent.

Because we’re a family-owned and operated business, we tend to treat our clients
like family as well. To give you a glimpse of who we are, we thought we’d take time over the next few months and introduce those of us at the helm of Biagi Bros today. Our “Guru of Geek” is Nick Biagi. Nick has been the Director of Information Technology and Accounts Receivable for over 13 years.

Nick Biagi

His extensive experience in all things technical makes him the brains behind the latest technology that keeps your shipment on time and your inventory secure.

Most recently, Nick’s been rolling out the latest in automated bar-code scanning to two new warehouses in addition to evaluating various trailer tracking solutions.
“We are really doing great things here. We have implemented a tier one Financial
System, Warehouse Management System with full RF (bar-code scanning),
Transportation Management System, GPS Tracking System, and completed dozens of integrations with customers to increase accuracy, increase service, and streamline operations for both us and our customers”, Nick says.

If there are questions about your statements or contracts, Nick is the fellow we turn to. What he does for the company is highly valued, but who he is to the company is irreplaceable. For Nick, this isn’t just a job – a series of duties on a to-do list – this truly is his passion.

While many people think trucking and warehousing is a business about “stuff”- picking up stuff, storing stuff, and getting stuff from “A” to “B” on time, we think it’s so much more than freight. It’s a business about people. According to Nick, “Our employees, customers, and vendors are like family”. Biagi Bros. hires great people and our culture here creates the kind of corporate ethos employees want to remain a part of. We strive to be one of the top paying trucking companies in the business and we attract professionals. Our company is only as successful as our team and we know it. We all take pride in doing our part to accomplish what we could never do if we weren’t working together. We really appreciate and respect one another and we look forward to the exciting things ahead in the trucking and warehousing industry.

Biagi Bros. Corporate HQ
787 Airpark Rd
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 251-9990
info@biagibros.com

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