Not all traditions are long-standing. Take this column, for instance. Although DC VELOCITY is just now wrapping up its third year of publication, we've already established a tradition of using this space each November to give thanks to the folks in our profession who make the world a better place.
In the past, for example, we've told the story of a DC manager in New Hampshire who works throughout the year to solicit donations of school supplies for financially strapped public schools in the Granite State. We've reported on the tireless efforts of companies like Roadway Express in support of Christina's Smile, a program that makes dental care available to impoverished, inner-city children. We've written about TNT's never-ending support of the fight against world hunger. The list goes on and on.
This year's story, of course, is the truly heartening response from the logistics community to the disaster caused by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Carriers, 3PLs, consulting firms, trade associations and other companies both large and small rushed to help soften the blow dealt to citizens of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. (See also NewsWorthy, page 13.)
It would take hundreds of pages for us to list all the companies that came to the victims' aid. Instead, we'll concentrate here on the efforts of one major logistics services company (and its employees) as an example of the compassion exhibited by those in this great profession. That company is FedEx (and its many divisions). Consider the following:
To the folks at FedEx, and to the logistics folks all over the country who stand ready to give back both in times of crisis and in the course of everyday life, we offer you our sincere thanks.