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'The truck comes first' Owner/Operator of the Year George Sutherland built his business by running it like a business

(By James Menzies. Originally published by Truck News on November 20, 2014. Re-published with permission)

That George Sutherland even bothered to show up for work on the second day of his new career, given the disastrous nature of his first day on the job, is a surprise. That was 20 years ago. He’s been showing up every day since then and piling up the safety awards and accolades along the way.

He has a new one to his name. Sutherland has been named the 2014 Truck News Owner/Operator of the Year, for his industry advocacy, safe driving, willingness to help others and his business acumen. Sutherland had an interest in big trucks since childhood and decided in 1994 to obtain his A/Z licence. He went to a driving school and after about 40 hours behind the wheel, passed his driving test and was ready to embark on his new career. He applied for a job and the owner handed Sutherland the keys to a tractor hooked to a tridem trailer.

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Tagged with: Goodyear, Castrol, George Sutherland, OTA Road Knights, Community, Bison Transport, Culture, Safety, Road Stories, Wellness, NAL Healthy Trucker, Truck News, Mack Trucks, TCA Weightloss Showdown

Rethinking Retail – The challenges of shipping retail display fixtures cross-border

Shipping retail display fixtures cross-border may not be top of mind when thinking about the retail landscape in North America, but it is big business and it is rapidly changing. 

Consolidation is all around us, as large retailers gobble up small retailers, and in some cases small retailers are acquiring large retailers. Mix into that the growing online retailing, and the emergence of ‘Omni-channel shopping’, and it’s clear that we need to look at cross-border retail logistics with a fresh set of eyes. Brick and mortar stores positioned in key markets remain a fundamental piece of a successful retailer strategy, and the displays and fixtures inside those stores must be relevant and appealing to capture the eye and interest of today's savvy shopper.

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Tagged with: Business, U.S., Logistics, Trucking, Bison Transport, Cross-border Display Fixtures, Canada, Transportation, LTL, Truckload, Less than load, Shipping, Retail

Becoming a 'Military Friendly Employer'

 

Bison Transport has been working with several agencies that strive to assist with the transition of military members to civilian life through meaningful employment. As a result of our increased involvement with the military, Bison has increased its support of military initiatives and associations such as Canada Company, Wreaths Across Canada, the PPCLI Memorial Baton Relay and the Candlelight Service of Remembrance held at the Field of Honour in Winnipeg’s Brookside Cemetery. For many years Bison has been actively involved with Canada’s Lord Strathcona Horseman RH, Canada’s only mounted regiment. During this process, Bison has also earned the status of a ‘ Military Friendly Employer’.

 

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Tagged with: Military, PPCLI Memorial Baton Relay, PPCLI, Canada Company, Wreaths Across Canada, Community, Bison Transport, Canada, Transportation, Armed Forces, Canadian Forces, Canada's Lord Strathcona Horseman RH, Military Friendly Employer

'Soldier for a Day’: A once in a lifetime experience for a civilian

 

I can’t believe it has been a year since I had the privilege of joining members of the Canadian Forces at the base in Petawawa, ON. I was invited to experience being a ‘Soldier for a Day’ by the good people of Canada Company , a non-profit organization that invests in developing relationships with the business community to increase employment opportunities for Military members transitioning to civilian life. The ‘Soldier for a Day’ program demonstrates the wide array of skills Military members have and how they can transition to their next career. Bison welcomes retiring Military because their skill sets meet our business needs. Growing our relationship with Canada Company and the Military allows us to highlight why Bison Transport is a great option for their next career.
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Tagged with: Military, PPCLI, Canada Company, Petawawa, Civilian, Community, Trucking, Technician, Canada, Transportation, Canadian Forces, Solider

Reflection and Remembrance

 

November is a natural time for reflection and remembrance in Canada. Over the next couple of posts we will highlight some of the activities that Bison engages in to support our Canadian Armed Forces.

As a ‘military friendly employer’ Bison was honored to support the PPCLI (Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry) Memorial Baton Relay this past summer. PPCLI celebrated their 100th Anniversary with the relay which started on August 8th in Edmonton, AB and concluded on September 21st in Ottawa, ON.

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Tagged with: Military, PPCLI, Community, Canada, Armed Forces, Remembrance, Memorial

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