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Burris Logistics
A Quick Look
Founded: 1925 by John W. Burris and his
father, Edward Burris
Corporate headquarters:
Milford, Delaware
Annual sales: $3 billion
Primary businesses:
1) Custom retail distribution
2) Public refrigerated warehousing
3) Honor Foods - food service redistribution
4) Burris Freight Management
Customers: Food retailers, food service
companies, businesses requiring food
logistics services
Areas served: Primarily East Coast from
Maine to Florida; logistics operations
extend throughout the U.S. and Canada
Logistics operation:
16 facilities
250 tractors
500 refrigerated trailers
Only 12 percent of family businesses
survive to the third generation. Burris
Logistics, now in its ninth decade, is one
of the elite numbers that has made the
cut. Its tagline, "Trend Setting Logistics-
Deep Rooted Values," emphasizes its
resolve to offer the latest innovations in
logistics with the personalized service
that a family business can offer.
Burris Logistics started in 1925 with
John and Edward Burris transporting
tomatoes from the Maryland,
Delaware and Virginia eastern shore to
Philadelphia for two grocery retailers,
and making the return trip with bread
for their Delmarva region stores. Today
the company includes four business
units, 1,600 employees and 16 facilities
along the East Coast.
Burris Logistics operates dedicated
distribution programs for retail clients,

including BJs, Acme and Giant, and offers
public refrigerated warehousing for
vendors and manufacturers. In 2007 the
company acquired Honor Foods, which
buys in truckloads from manufacturers
and moves products to approximately
1,000 small to mid-sized food service
distributors. The newest business,
Burris Freight Management, uses a
combination of the company's own
fleet and carrier relationships to deliver
products for shippers and retailers
throughout the U.S. and Canada.
"Burris Logistics' greatest strength
is being a family business that has a
passion for service excellence", says
Donnie Burris, CEO, a member of the
family's fourth generation. "As we've
grown, we've spent a lot of time talking
about how we can continue to feel and
operate like a family business so that
we can stay close to the customer. We
place a heavy emphasis on knowing the
customer, understanding their needs,
tailoring our services to them," he
said. Burris can make investments in
infrastructure and in talent that will pay
off long term because it doesn't have the
pressure of meeting quarterly financial
expectations.
The company uses technology to
improve both its service to customers
and its internal operations. It has
equipped all of its 500 refrigerated
trailers with sensors for temperature
measurement and location tracking,
and has been using electronic logs
for two years.
"Right now, we're developing a portal
solution, tailored to one of our larger
customers, that will increase visibility
and provide assistance with forecasting
and replenishing of inventory," Burris
says. "It streamlines the entire process
between us, our customer and the

vendors." Burris Logistics uses its own
proprietary warehouse management and
enterprise resource planning systems,
enabling it to adapt to its customers'
software rather than forcing customers to
adapt to its systems.
Burris Logistics has seen major
improvements in its productivity and
efficiency since introducing engineered
labor standards in its warehouses about
12 years ago. Workers benefit since
they can increase their hourly wage
by improving their productivity and
accuracy. "It allows us to pay a premium
to our team members and allows us to
be very efficient in our cost of moving
products through the buildings,"
Burris says.
The company seeks to attract and retain
good drivers by providing competitive pay
and incentive and recognition programs.
One advantage is that its fleets are
decentralized, so drivers can usually
complete their trips within one day.
With members of the sixth generation
of the family ready to move into the
business, Burris Logistics is looking for
ways to maintain its success for another
century. The biggest challenge the
industry faces is changes in the retail
food landscape, typified by Amazon's
purchase of Whole Foods and the entry of
discount grocers like Lidl and Aldi into the
mid-Atlantic and Southeast. "It has us
intentionally creating more diversification
of our own business," Burris says.
"In addition to continuing our growth
in foodservice redistribution, freight
brokerage, perishable e-commerce
fulfillment and custom distribution,
we are increasing our service offering
to vendors and manufacturers by
constructing a $38 million distribution
center in McDonough, Georgia, that will
open in January." ■

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017

President's Letter
Help Wanted
The Value in Orchestrating a Scheduled Transportation Plan
Building Better Supply Chains with Blockchain
Blockchains for Trucking
Truck Platooning
Regulatory Update
Rail Update
Evolution of Logistics: Developing Our Leaders of Tomorrow
Dinner at the Door
Industry Forecast
Retail Trends
Food and Beverage Industry Undergroing Transformation
Not My Tribe: Beyong Millennial Stereotypes
Where Did the Milk Go?! Or, Why You Should Optimize Your Website Before Redesigning It.
Burris Logistics
Vantix Logistics
FSA Members
Membership Application
Index of Advertisers
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Intro
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - cover1
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Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - President's Letter
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Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Help Wanted
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Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - The Value in Orchestrating a Scheduled Transportation Plan
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 22
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 23
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Building Better Supply Chains with Blockchain
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Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Blockchains for Trucking
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 34
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 35
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Truck Platooning
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 37
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Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Regulatory Update
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Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Rail Update
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 46
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Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Evolution of Logistics: Developing Our Leaders of Tomorrow
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Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Dinner at the Door
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Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Industry Forecast
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 76
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Retail Trends
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 78
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Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 80
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Food and Beverage Industry Undergroing Transformation
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Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Not My Tribe: Beyong Millennial Stereotypes
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 92
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - 93
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Where Did the Milk Go?! Or, Why You Should Optimize Your Website Before Redesigning It.
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Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Burris Logistics
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Vantix Logistics
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Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - FSA Members
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Membership Application
Food Shippers of America - Fall/Winter 2017 - Index of Advertisers
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