A Week With Summit

02/01/2022

Over the last week the Summit team has been busy. Last Wednesday we were able to attend another wonderful night at CastleBranch. The burrito bowls paired perfectly with Edward Teach beer. The team even got a little competitive over Bingo and won! Our administrative specialist now has an official TekMountain yeti for the office. Friday […]

Meeting Our Neighbors

01/13/2022

On January 12th we had the great pleasure of attending a Meet and Greet with our new neighbors, CastleBranch.

Van Report: Tight holiday capacity led to surges in rates

01/07/2022

Dean Croke  on  January 4, 2022, 1:14 pm. From: DAT.com The latest data from the American Trucking Associations (ATA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index recorded the fourth straight month of gains following last November’s 1.3% m/m increase. Compared with November 2020, the index was up 2.5% y/y, which was the largest year-over-year gain since May of last year. “In November, […]

Party, Ugly Sweaters and Gifts, OH DEER!

12/29/2021

Summit Logistics Group knows how to celebrate the holiday and celebrate each other. Check out a few of the amazing pictures taken of our team, by our team. Thursday, December 16, our Team hit the town in our best formal wear to celebrate out goal breaking team who not only exceeded personal goals but smashed […]

Back to Back Champions

12/15/2021

Our team member, Nicholas Sander, and his softball team won the city championship! Blackburn Brothers Seafood sponsors this group who have been playing baseball since they were kids. They all stuck together and are now two time champions. We love seeing our Summit Logistics Group team succeeding both in the office and on the field. […]

Touchdown!

12/09/2021

If you are looking for a Touchdown, Summit Logistics Group is the team you need backing your business! During the busiest time of the year our jerseys are bringing us inspiration and the competitive edge to meet the challenges of the shipping industry during the holiday season. We are running the extra yard and earning the extra points to make sure our customers and carriers have a great season.

Carolina Connector Opens in Rocky Mount, Edgecombe County

10/25/2021

CCX positioned to reach 5 million within 120-mile radius. THE CAROLINA CONNECTOR INTERMODAL TERMINAL IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS. As a better, faster, and more cost effective way for suppliers to reach consumers, the Carolina Connecter is moving goods throughout North Carolina and the Eastern United States. CCX is providing valuable supply chain routes while bringing jobs […]

‘We’re going to see a lot of bare shelves’: Retail preps for a holiday beset by supply chain pain

10/06/2021

Bottlenecks from factories to cargo ships mean fewer goods on shelves and fewer discounts for the season. Written by: Ben Unglesbee, Senior Reporter, Retail Dive Before gifts can make it under holiday trees this year, they are going to have to pass through one of the largest-scale traffic jams modern supply chains have ever experienced. […]

Supply Chain Disruption Briefing

08/11/2022

Supply chain pressures are at “historically high levels”, but they have fallen for the third month in a row. This is a great resource for market updates and a quick read.  https://mailchi.mp/aitworldwide.com/august-9-2022-supply-chain-disruption-briefing-577483?e=21c773c439

Family

08/10/2022

Families. There’s lots of reasons to work at a place, but the ones that you come home to every day are the driving factor for most of us. At Summit Logistics we’ve had a bit of a baby-boom recently and we couldn’t be more excited! We understand that as a company we not only impact the lives of […]

It’s a Beautiful Sound!!!

08/09/2022

When the bell rings everyone in the room claps twice and says “WOOOO!!!”  In honor of North Carolina’s own Nature Boy Ric Flair.  Tyler Edwards ran a load for a new customer today and you could hear the pride.  Great job Tyler!!!

Contract Truckload Rates Are Likely Dropping

08/08/2022

“The spread between spot and contract rates has averaged around record low levels (~-74 cents a mile) since early May. That said, the rate differential is too large to sustain for long. Some level of rate decrease will occur if demand-side conditions remain at or below current levels. Judging from history, it would appear a […]

Food Truck Friday with Paella Fusion

08/05/2022

Food Truck Friday is back at Summit Logistics Group! What better way to kick off the weekend than some Latin Street Food! They have so much skill that they bring to each authentic item on their menu, there’s a reason we schedule them every chance we get. 

SLG Volleyball is Heating Up When the Sun Goes Down

08/05/2022

Summit Logistics Group was back out on the court last night at Capt’n Bill’s. Week 2 of the season is in the books and we are climbing up the standings, some things are just more fun when the sun goes down! 

Feeding the 1 in 5 Children in New Hanover County that Struggle with Hunger

08/04/2022

Today Summit Logistics Group dropped off our first food donation to NourishNC. For 12 years, NourishNC’s mission has been to feed the 1 in 5 children in New Hanover County who struggle with hunger.  Head to https://nourishnc.org/ to find out more about supporting this fantastic cause! 

Employee Spotlight – Nicholas Sander

08/03/2022

Congratulations to Nick Sander, Summit Logistics Group’s Employee of the Month for July 2022!!!

Transportation Pricing Declines Again in July

08/03/2022

Supply chain data released Tuesday showed further cooling in transportation markets. A 7.4-point jump in available transportation capacity (69.1) drove pricing lower in the month. This was the fastest growth rate for capacity since April 2019.  If you haven’t revisited shipping rates recently you may be paying too much. Summit Logistics Group wants to be part of your […]

All Hail the Queen!!!

08/02/2022

Kristen Marchant has been with Summit Logistics Group for One Year!!! Her title is Customer Support Team Lead but she does so many different things for SLG that the title does not incorporate, and is a mainstay at most of our events. We are very lucky to have you, all hail the queen!!! 

Making a Difference in our Community

08/01/2022

There is no limit to what a few people can achieve. Over the weekend, Summit Logistics Group partnered with Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity to assist in the dream of home ownership. Originating in 1976, Habitat for Humanity has improved living conditions for over 39 million people. Pretty great way to spend a Saturday. 

A Wilmington, NC Tradition

07/29/2022

Beach Volleyball at Capt’n Bill’s Volleyball Facility is a local tradition here in Wilmington, NC, and Summit Logistics Group is playing in the 6-person league for the first time.  The group left it all out on the court yesterday, putting on a clinic of sets, digs, spikes and pulling out a couple wins in the […]

Excitement is in the air!

07/15/2022

There’s an energy in our office at Summit Logistics Group right now.  Our newest Account Executives are finishing their first week with us and learning from the best of the best!!!  We train face to face and are never too busy to answer questions, explain processes and walk through what they are soon to be […]

We have the BEST neighbors!!!

07/14/2022

We have the BEST neighbors! As if theme nights, food and beverages every other Wednesday wasn’t enough, CastleBranch just introduced this rec area! Foosball, Air Hockey, Ping Pong and even Skee Ball!!! We are blessed to be a part of such a great event that keeps getting better! 

Our Newest Group of Account Executives

07/11/2022

eastside. Food Truck Friday!

07/08/2022

Employee Spotlight – Vincent Hagedorn

07/07/2022

Trucking Industry Trends

07/06/2022

https://www.dat.com/trendlines This is a fantastic resource for industry trends updated weekly. National spot rates for both dry vans and flatbeds are still on the decline. Reefer rates are holding steady in large part due to produce season. Summit Logistics Group wants to be a part of your shipping team. Rates are constantly changing, let us […]

Happy 4th of July!

07/01/2022

Who doesn’t love a hotdog eating contest in the rain!?! Summit Logistics Group celebrated the fourth a little bit early and Mother Nature had other ideas. Cody McPherson edged out James Wallace by one hotdog to win our inaugural competition! 

Back to Back to Back Division Champs

06/28/2022

Nick Sander has done it again, B.B.S (Blackburn Brothers Seafood) has won the Wilmington Softball Association Division Championship for the third time in a row!!! If the team name sounds familiar, it’s because since the last championship two Blackburn Brothers have joined the Summit Logistics Group team, congratulations to Justin and Julian Blackburn. Great job […]

A Potential Economic Recession and the Supply Chain Bullwhip are Colliding

06/23/2022

“A full 77% of U.S. container imports come from industries that have reported massive supply gluts (retail, electronics, furniture, clothing, and appliances).  The national spot index 7-day rolling average dropped from $2.07/mile on June 1 to $1.96/mile on June 20th.  The weekly average of container spot rates from China to the U.S. West Coast has […]

US Shippers face another round of re-evaluating their trucking strategy

06/20/2022

For the first time in over a year spot rates in the US trucking market have dropped below the level of contract prices, according to transport management and logistics provider Transplace, acquired by Uber Freight last year. Traditionally 5% to 10% of the market is in spot rates, but in January some shippers sourced as […]

Do you have a plan B?

06/20/2022

During the Reuters Supply Chain Execution 2022 June 1st and 2nd in Chicago, one of the main topics discussed involved resiliency. Dow Chief Supply Chain Officer Greg Jozwiak “It’s about how fast you can recover and convert learnings from past events into your playbook. We will have disruptions. We don’t know what the next ones […]

The Fight to end Alzheimer’s Disease

06/17/2022

An estimated 6.5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s Disease and we have a chance to make an impact. Summit Logistics Group is fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Association, and taking part in the Wilmington, NC Walk To End Alzheimer’s. Our Goal is to reach $2000 in donations for this cause.  Now for the fun part…WHEN we reach […]

The Ocean Shipping Reform Act

06/16/2022

https://www.logisticsmgmt.com/article/u.s._house_passes_the_ocean_shipping_reform_act_with_biden_set_to_sign_it_i “During the pandemic, ocean carriers increased their prices by as much as 1,000%,” he said. “And, too often, these ocean carriers are refusing to take American exports back to Asia, leaving with empty containers instead. That’s costing farmers and ranchers—and our economy—a lot of money. This bill will make progress reducing costs for families and […]

Employee Spotlight – Trish Fusselman

06/07/2022

Our employees are what makes Summit Logistics Group an incredible place to work!

Power Hour Champion!

06/06/2022

Sales is equal parts motivation and determination, but at Summit Logistics Group we try to find the fun in everything we do. Our people just do not like losing, and competitions bring out the best in us.  Our “Power Hour” program involves a fast and furious hour on the phones specifically intended for prospecting customers. To add […]

It’s Always A Beautiful Day For Tacos

05/27/2022

When a taco truck comes by the office a little rain doesn’t keep us away. If you ever see Paella Fusion on the road follow them and buy all of the tacos. Summit Logistics Group, we can get you a truck for any of your shipping needs, even food trucks!

Pulling Back The Curtain

05/25/2022

Today Megan Mullins from the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce stopped by the office to see what makes Summit Logistics Group a special place to work.  We are proud to tell our story and even prouder to be members of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, “the local champion of a balanced and thriving economy in southeastern […]

Work/Life Balance

05/24/2022

Work/Life Balance is something that Summit Logistics Group takes very seriously.  The experiences we have outside of the office make us better employees, and anytime we can impact our community it is time well spent.  In addition to his role of Account Executive with Summit Logistics Group, Anes Bekric coaches both boys’ and girls’ soccer.  […]

And Down the Stretch they Come!

05/23/2022

Contests can be a great way to motivate employees, but at Summit Logistics Group we do contests a little differently! This past weekend Anes Bekric, Justin Blackburn, Daniel Fountain and Nathan Ball got to experience the Preakness firsthand. Flying by private plane and enjoying all the festivities and some beautiful weather, this was definitely one to remember! Congratulations to our winners, you deserve it!

A Leap of Faith

05/16/2022

Starting a new career can be one of the biggest decisions a person makes in their lifetime. We believe in our company, but also understand that there are many companies that are currently hiring. Today, we welcomed SIX new Account Executives to the Summit Logistics Group family. We are excited to have Cody McPherson, Brandon Bradley, Sean Jenkins, Bryan Teague, Steffen […]

What’s a Ric Flair?

05/13/2022

What’s a Ric Flair? The Nature Boy’s signature sound, a big loud WOOOO!!! Being based in North Carolina we honor one of the all-time greats each time we get a new customer. Two claps and a Ric Flair, that’s the Summit Logistics Group way!!! Great job to Julian Blackburn!

Linehaul-only spot rates are dropping

05/09/2022

“From April 30 to May 6th, trucking linehaul-only spot rates (7-day moving average) dropped $0.09, from $2.17 to $2.08, making it one of the largest weekly drops since linehaul rates net fuel peaked on January 14, 2022.  This per day drop was one of the largest one-week drops in the index and at a pace […]

Communication is what separates Summit Logistics Group from our competition

05/09/2022

Through state of the market updates, team collaboration and working the phones we make sure each step of the shipping process is handled efficiently. From the moment your driver does their pre-load truck inspection to an emailed proof of delivery we’re with you every step of the way. “We believe that getting YOUR product to […]

Employee Spotlight – Dani Bennett

05/06/2022

Our employees are what makes Summit Logistics Group an incredible place to work!

Cinco de Mayo

05/05/2022

Summit Celebrated Cinco de Mayo in the garden with our friends from CastleBranch. There was food from Islands Fresh Mex, cervezas from our sister company Edward Teach Brewery, music, games and the weather was perfect. Thanks to CastleBranch for being such great neighbors!!!

Growers (and trucks) migrate south for the winter

12/13/2021

Dean Croke  on  December 8, 2021, 2:46 pm Leading vegetable producer, Church Brothers Farms, supply the market with salads year round. To make all of this happen, they operate in Salinas and the San Juan Valley of California for the spring and summer season and in Yuma, Arizona, and California’s Imperial Valley for the winter season from November to April.  […]

Jersey Thursday!

12/02/2021

From now until the Super Bowl we will be doing Jersey Thursday here at Summit Logistics Group. We have such an amazing team that are taking advantage of being able to support their teams while working harder than ever! These Account Executives and Logistic Coordinators work hard to get the best rate to get your […]

Is the Driver Shortage About to Ease as Transport & Logistics Applications Rise?

12/01/2021

Emily Buckley November 30, 2021 We’ve all seen the headlines proclaiming that Christmas will be ruined yet again this year — but this time not because we’re in the middle of a pandemic. The fate of Christmas 2021 apparently lies in the hands of HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) drivers, of which the Road Haulage Association estimates there is […]

New rail connection will expedite shipping container delivery from Wilmington to the Midwest

11/23/2021

The Wilmington Midwest Express rail service will provide a more direct connection between shippers and consumers(NC PORTS)

Industry Trends with DAT Trendlines™

11/15/2021

powered by DAT iQ Thanksgiving comes early for reefer carriers National Spot Rates: Van, Flatbed, Reefer Reefer spot rates increase earlier than usual as fresh turkeys take off ahead of harvest celebrations Nov 1 – 7 – Normally we see demand and spot rates for temperature-controlled equipment increase right up to Thanksgiving, but like everything else […]

Cybercriminals Target Transport And Logistics Industry

11/08/2021

By Lindsey O’Donnell-Welch Cybercriminals are targeting organizations along the supply chain sector with cyberattacks and claiming in underground forums that they have access to networks for companies that operate air, ground and maritime cargo transport. The global supply chain is facing widespread challenges, with the COVID-19 pandemic leading to fluctuations in the availability of goods. At […]

Used truck prices have more than doubled in the last 12-months

11/02/2021

Dean Croke  on  October 26, 2021, 3:44 pm The outlook for used truck prices looks great if you’re a seller. It’s not so good if you are one of the many fleet owners scrambling to add capacity to meet demand.  According to Chris Visser, Sr. Analyst and Product Manager, Commercial Vehicles at J.D. Power:  “Shipping backlogs and […]

Halloween at Summit

10/29/2021

To celebrate the holiday and have a little fun a few members of out team decided to dress up Friday, October 29 for a contest. Our Director, Nate, offered a prize some could not refuse we all got to see the costumes the team could come up with in only a week! Take a look […]

Welcome our newest hires!

10/20/2021

This week we had the pleasure of welcoming SIX new Account Executives to our ever growing company. Here at Summit Logistics Group we are looking for enthusiastic individuals with diverse backgrounds to bring new knowledge and energy to our team. Join us in welcoming these amazing individuals! Anes Bekric Anes brings a high level of […]

Reefer markets staying busy with pumpkins and imported produce

10/18/2021

Dean Croke  on  October 13, 2021, 9:45 am With Halloween just over two weeks away, Midwest retailer Meijer expects to sell more than 500,000 locally grown pumpkins for carving or decorating. More than 95% are expected to arrive at a Meijer store just a day or two after harvest from a nearby pumpkin patch.  “Michigan, Ohio and Illinois rank […]

Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting

09/24/2021

Welcome Summit Logistics Group to Downtown Wilmington!! Check out this video of our latest ribbon cutting for Summit’s beautiful new office at 319 N. 3rd St., Suite 200. Thank you to City of Wilmington, Mayor Bill Saffo and to New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Vice Chair and WDI Board Chair Deb Hays for making […]

Growing Our Company

09/08/2021

Welcome to the Team! Summit Logistics Group is pleased to have new Account Executives joining our record-breaking team. Please join us in congratulating these talented new execs. Alicia Mikat Alicia started her transportation career when she was 18 joining the Army as a truck driver, while transitioning into the civilian world she immediately put her […]

DAT Truckload Volume Index Fell 8% in July as congestion gripped supply chains

09/08/2021

Original Post Date: 08/23/2021 7:54 am PORTLAND, Ore., —Truckload rates hit new highs and freight volumes remained elevated in July but retreated from June’s record levels, as shippers paid a premium for transportation amid pandemic-related supply chain disruptions. The DAT Truckload Volume Index was 222 in July, down 8% compared to June. The Index is […]

August dry van spot prices from DAT Freight & Analytics

09/08/2021

Source and Credit for post and graphic: Jason Miller Wanted to share an update on August dry van spot prices from DAT Freight & Analytics that I’ve seasonally adjusted using the U.S. Census Bureau‘s X-13 software. Plot is for linehaul prices (excluding fuel surcharges). Thoughts: •Seasonally adjusted prices in August were practically unchanged from July and remain down […]