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Here’s our monthly roundup of some of the charitable works and donations by companies in the
material handling and logistics space.
b Employees of data capture and supply chain
analytics specialist Barcoding Inc. joined staffers
from Zebra Technologies’ Texas office for an
annual charity day hosted by Front Gate Tickets.
At the event, volunteers served and packaged food
for a total of 13,303 meals at the Central Texas
Foodbank in Austin.
b Eden Prairie, Minn.-based third-party logistics
giant C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. contributed
$1,030,000 in 2018 to nonprofit organizations in
North America, Europe, and Asia. Approximately
$350,000 of the grants, which were made through
the C.H. Robinson Foundation, went to nonprofits
in the company’s headquarters state of Minnesota
to support causes like educational success for
at-risk youth, hunger prevention, and affordable
b Transportation industry financial services firm
eCapital LLC donated 100 Razor scooters to The
Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots Foundation on behalf
of its trucking clientele. Participants in the firm’s
JoyRide program hand-delivered the scooters to
a Toys for Tots facility on Nov. 15, underlining
the Las Vegas-based company’s commitment to
b Lowell, Ark.-based supply chain solutions
provider J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc.
and Dallas-based logistics technology vendor
Omnitracs LLC participated in Wreaths Across
America, an annual event in which volunteers
place wreaths on the graves of veterans at participating cemeteries. Omnitracs pledged $25,000
toward the purchase of 2,500 wreaths and supported its employees who volunteered their time on
“Wreaths Across America Day.” More than 2,000
J.B. Hunt employees also participated in the event,
including 42 drivers who transported the wreaths
from Harrington, Maine, to their final destinations
using 16 military-themed semi tractors.
b Boston-based supply chain consulting firm
Maine Pointe raised $60,000 for charity at its annual company meeting in November. Beneficiaries
included the humanitarian medical care organization Doctors Without Borders ($40,000), Stand
Up to Cancer ($10,000), and the Harry Chapin
Food Bank in Southwest Florida ($10,000).
Logistics gives back
Industrial property developer Prologis Inc. is addressing
a logistics labor shortage by going straight to the source
of tomorrow’s work force—the high school classroom.
The company is partnering with the Miami-Dade County
Public Schools (M-DCPS) to launch a new program that
will provide mentorship, skills training, and internships
for high school students interested in pursuing careers in
logistics, distribution, and transportation.
The move is an expansion of a similar program launched
in Southern California last fall, San Francisco-based
Prologis said. Construction of the Florida Prologis Trade
and Logistics Lab was scheduled to begin this month, with
the first students expected to enroll in August 2019.
The latest Prologis Trade and Logistics Lab will be housed
at Miami Springs Senior High School and will reach more
than 300 students enrolled in the district’s five high school
trade and logistics programs, the firm said. Throughout the
four-year program, students will have access to a state-of-the-art instructional lab, an industry-focused curriculum
designed with input from Prologis, and experiential learning opportunities such as career exploration days. Students
will also receive career guidance from industry executives
and be matched in trade internships after their junior year.
“With demand for skilled labor in logistics, transportation, and fulfillment on the rise, job training programs
that foster high-quality, rewarding career pathways have
never been more important,” Prologis’s chief legal officer,
Edward S. Nekritz, said in a release. “Connecting with
organizations like Miami-Dade County Public Schools
allows us to build a pipeline of talented workers for the
future, in addition to enhancing local economies and delivering superior customer service.”
Prologis begins building “pipeline
of logistics talent”