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President's Message

By Rob Doyle, President

Rob DoyleFrom all of us here at The Shippers Group, we wish our customers and vendor partners a very happy and safe holiday season.

This holiday season is unlike any other, but it is our hope that even amid the difficulties this pandemic has brought, you are still able to share moments of peace and joy with your loved ones as we get creative and find ways to be together during the holidays.

As we navigate our way through what we hope will be the end of the COVID-19 crisis, we look to the new year with confidence and vigor that better days are ahead for our communities. Your continued partnership is important to us and very much appreciated, and we look forward to working with you in 2021 and beyond.


Have a safe and happy holiday!



The Shippers Group Mourns the Loss of Friend and Leader, Ken Johnson

By Robin Siekerman, Vice President Marketing & Customer Solutions

Ken Johnson

On October 14, 2020, Ken Johnson Owner and CEO of The Shippers Group died suddenly of unexpected complications following a short illness. The news shocked and saddened The Shippers Group family, friends and industry colleagues.

Ken was a great leader, loyal friend and nothing was more important to Ken than his family and the families of every Shippers Group associate. He genuinely enjoyed getting to know about the families of TSG associates, and he based important decisions about how to run the company on the impact those decisions would have on TSG associates and their families.

Ken placed full trust and confidence in The Shippers Group’s leadership team to be innovative and find solutions. Ken always provided support and encouragement. Optimistic and assured, Ken had a clear vision for the future of company. He relied on the ideas and insights of the leadership team to help achieve the goals set forth, and his faith in the abilities of our team is what will continue to fuel us in the days ahead.


"Ken was a larger than life figure, dynamic leader, and a good friend that will be missed tremendously as we move forward. We always felt a great sense of pride to have him as our CEO and we will fervently continue to honor his legacy by continuing our diligent growth because of him and for him." 

- Rob Doyle, President of The Shippers Group


Ken Johnson’s career in the Third-Party Warehousing industry spans several decades. Having started as a warehouseman and advanced to Owner and CEO, Ken was relatable and an inspiring leader. Prior to becoming Owner and CEO of The Shippers Group, Ken Johnson spent most of his career in Operations with the company formerly Shippers Warehouse. Ken joined Shippers Warehouse in 1980 and was an Operations Manager before becoming General Manager. In 1986 Ken left Shippers Warehouse, but he continued working in third-party warehousing during which time he gained a broader insight into the supply chain industry. Ken managed several multi-client and contract facilities before returning to Shippers Warehouse in 1996. Upon his return, Ken served as COO and President/CEO before becoming Majority Owner with partner Graham Swank in 2008. Under Ken’s leadership, the company has expanded from a regional warehousing company based in Texas to a leading national 3PL company with 15 locations in six states. 

Ken also enjoyed giving back to the industry. Among the many organizations he supported throughout his career, Ken proudly served on the Board of Directors for the International Warehouse and Logistics Association (IWLA) as well as the Texas Warehouse Association (TWA).


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Striving for Continuous Improvement: We're Building a Lean Culture at TSG

The Shippers Group has assembled an Operational Excellence team to lead cultural transformation by training Lean Concepts aligned with our Core Values of Integrity, Innovation, Excellence, and Safety. Meet the team below!


Alex Whitely, Industrial Engineer

Alex Whitely Industrial EngineerAlex joined The Shippers Group a few months ago to enhance productivity, maximize throughput, and ensure workplace safety—and that is exactly what she’s done. Alex is Six Sigma Green Belt certified and has led Lean Six Sigma projects, which made her the perfect candidate to lead our Operational Excellence team, as her current work already aligned with the OpEx team purpose. Based out of Dallas, Alex has been working with a new packaging customer account, to increase efficiency by leading lean projects and making sure both the supervisors and the team are involved.


Al Siekerman, Director of Process Excellence

AlanS_Photo copyBased out of Atlanta, Al has been driving operational excellence efforts for over the past year at The Shippers Group. Al is an expert at increasing productivity and process improvement, while also optimizing space and labor. He has helped reduce the case pick footprint and improve case pick productivity. Through his process improvement efforts, our site has already moved up 10 spots on the list of providers for our customer. Most recently, Al led a building layout and reorganization to ensure a successful start-up for one of our expanding customers.


Susie Bodnar, Lean Supply Chain Consultant and Trainer

Susie Bodnar, Lean Supply Chain Consultant and TrainerAs a Lean Supply Chain Consultant and Trainer, Susie was brought on as a consultant to help get this program off the ground. Susie has worked in supply chain her entire career and has consulted on many projects where she has focused on value-added processes. As she has seen through her previous work, Lean Culture really takes off when all team members understand what waste is, so a key component of her consultant work with us was to coach leaders on standard work and adoption of Lean and Six Sigma principles and behaviors. Susie did an excellent job at helping us train and inspire transformation within and will remain on behind the scenes as a coach to our OpEx team.





2020: A Year of Growth for The Shippers Group

Houston 3While COVID-19 brought many uncertainties to our world and supply chain this year, The Shippers Group persevered through our hardest challenge yet-to-date and experienced growth throughout the unprecedented circumstances.

In 2020 alone, The Shippers Group was awarded dozens of new contracts from both new customers and several existing customers looking to expand with us. Within this number were three new distribution centers that The Shippers Group opened.

With now 15 locations and 6.3 million square feet of multi-client and dedicated 3PL warehouse space, The Shippers Group continues to stay poised for growth. As we prepare for 2021, an additional location in the Dallas area is underway for a customer expansion. 





The Shippers Group Named Unilever DC of the Year

Wilmer associates with Unilever award

The Shippers Group’s Wilmer facility has been awarded Ambient DC of the Year from its customer Unilever. The Wilmer team’s commitment to service and operational excellence merits the award. 

Rob Doyle, President of The Shippers Group commended the Wilmer team: “This award means a lot to us here at TSG. Wilmer GM Rick Brazelton and his team work very hard to make sure we meet Unilever’s expectations and this recognition indeed means a lot to them and to our whole organization.” 

Congratulations to our Wilmer team whose success abounds from their can-do attitude and commitment to excellence, one of TSG’s core values! 





What Led TSG Orlando to Receive Praise From Other DCs?

Orlando Facility

Opening a new 3PL distribution center requires thorough planning and project management. Add complexities of a global pandemic, and gearing up for start-up is no easy task. Critical to the success of any operation is finding the right people to create an effective and dedicated team.

In March, The Shippers Group opened its first distribution center in Florida. The Orlando center is a dedicated facility serving Orlando and mid-Florida delivering to large format stores such as Publix and Walmart. The seven day a week operation employs 36 associates who are focused on serving the customer’s hub-and-spoke distribution network in the region. 






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The Shippers Group is a leading national third-party logistics company headquartered in Dallas, Texas with distribution facilities in Texas, Georgia, California, Illinois, Florida, and Virginia totaling 15 locations and over 6.3 million square feet of space. In addition to warehousing and transportation services, the company provides contract packaging and e-commerce fulfillment to the food, consumer goods and automotive industries. The Shippers Group was founded in 1901 and today employs over 1400 associates nationwide.


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