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Maven Wave Earns Spot on 2019 Best Workplaces in Consulting & Professional Services List

Maven Wave Earns Spot on 2019 Best Workplaces in Consulting & Professional Services List

Google Cloud Premier Partner, Maven Wave confirmed this week its place on the 2019 Best Workplaces in Consulting and Professional Services list compiled by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE. The rankings on the list come from over 39,000 employees evaluated and providing feedback on elements such as leadership relationships, respect, fairness in workplace decisions, and team camaraderie.

Placing 30th on the list for small and medium-sized companies, the Chicago-based company prides itself in its positive culture and identifying the ‘X Factor’ among its employees. Maven also fosters an environment supportive of charity involvement and employs a Community Outreach Program matching employee donations to non-profits and sponsors employee-nominated charitable events.

“At Maven Wave, we always look for the ‘X-factor’ when hiring and then work hard to develop these employees,” said Jeff Lee, Partner & Founder at Maven Wave. “Having ‘X-factor’ means that in addition to technical expertise, an individual brings an element of likeability and charisma to the table. As a natural influencer, everyone wants to be on his or her team. Consulting is a human-to-human business, and X-factor is a cornerstone of our success.”

The digital solutions provider is no stranger to such recognition, however. Back in 2018, the company was named “Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®” and placed on Crain’s Fast 50 for five consecutive years. Additionally, the Maven Wave has been awarded the Google Cloud North America Services Partner of the Year twice.

“Consulting and Professional Services companies operate in some of the most competitive spaces and endure the challenges of unpredictable and rapidly changing markets,” said Michael Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work. “The Best Workplaces on this list have invested in the professional development and personal care of their employees; which have become crucial parts of their value proposition that separate them from the competition in recruiting and retaining talent.”


DB Schenker’s “Direct Express – Australia” Creates Competitive Speed for Global Shippers

Global logistics and transportation provider, DB Schenker, announced that it now offers speedy and reliable air cargo delivery to Australia through its newly launched “Direct Express” service. Specifically created to offer the fastest and most reliable air cargo service to the region, “Direct Express” begins every Monday morning with departure in Chicago with direct 777-300 freighter service.

“We are very excited about our new service down under,” said Chad Heller, DB Schenker’s Chief Commercial Officer in the U.S. “The U.S. is Australia’s third largest trading partner and represents a significant portion of imports to the country. A large portion of these imports include the automotive, pharmaceutical and industrial manufacturing industries, many of which are located in the Midwest. With speed-to-market becoming more and more critical, our new Direct Express – Australia service is well positioned to meet this need,” he added.

The 777-F has its advantages as well as it’s known as the most energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly aircraft. Additionally, its 102 metric ton plus payload provides more opportunities for increased capacity.

Additional benefits of “Direct Express” include cold chain storage operations, guaranteed lift during heavy or peak periods of the year for shippers, and a variety of shipping solutions for heavy and outsized products.

 

Source: DB Schenker

EXECUTIVE GETAWAYS: CHICAGO

The forgotten gem of the Midwest. For those who have been to or are from Chicago, the Windy City holds a special place in their hearts. Chicagoans take great offense at “fly-over city” being applied to the Second City, which is smack-dab in the heart of America. If you are going there for business, do not fret: The heartland metropolis has a wealth to offer that will leave you wanting more, guaranteed.

Where do most executive getaway articles begin? You guessed it, where to lay your executive head. The Chicago Loop (coupled with the rest of downtown) is the second largest business district in the country. Only Midtown Manhattan tops it in terms of scale. Major corporations such as Chase Bank, Exelon, Aon Corp., United Airlines, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and Sidley Austin and Morton Salt are all headquartered in the Loop. So where will you likely be laying your head? The Loop.

By far one of the best business hotels in the Loop is the Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront. Located on the edge of Chicago’s Theatre District, the Wyndham features 357 rooms with all the amenities you could ask for at very reasonable rates despite its first-class status. Another solid choice in the Loop is the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park. Nearly double the size of the Wyndham in terms of rooms (687), this David Rockwell-designed hotel is a stunner aesthetically. If you want to splurge a bit, check out the Fairmont Gold Concierge Level, which includes a private lounge and reception area with sweeping views of Lake Michigan.

If a direct location in the Loop is not a priority and you want to make this business trip one to never forget, the Waldorf Astoria Chicago is your only destination. Located in the swanky Gold Coast neighborhood, and a short distance from the Loop and downtown, the hotel features a top-notch restaurant (Balsan), an indoor lap pool, a world-renowned spa and sleek rooms. There is a plethora of conference space and from an amenities perspective, there is not a single thing missing in this hotel. The Astoria has truly taken business travel to another level with this property.

Now that you’re settled in and presumably exhausted after a long day in meetings, workshops, etc., it’s time to experience that one-of-a-kind Chicago dining that everyone raves about. Narrowing down our suggestions to fit a tight piece such as this is challenging to say the least. With that said, no trip to Chicago is complete without a taste of their infamous deep-dish pizza. New York versus Chicago is in full swing here, and Pequod’s Pizza in Lincoln Park will give any New York pizzeria a serious run for their money. Deep doughy pizza, caramelized crust and an assortment of toppings at Pequod’s might leave you with some calories to burn that next day, but they are entirely worth it.

Taking you from pizza to one of the world’s finest dining establishments, Alinea is the place to take only your most highly regarded colleagues and clients. Oh, and make reservations months ahead of time as this three-Michelin-starred restaurant is always in hot demand. Dishes change based on the season, but the edible balloon and tabletop dessert are present year-round. Another excellent choice for special guests is Maple & Ash. This Gold Coast steakhouse has been churning out creative twists on old, steakhouse classics for years. The wine list is extensive, and you might even see some Chicago celebrities/sports stars as well.

If you’ve got a more casual night, a bit more upscale than pizza, perhaps with a colleague or someone you do not need to wine and dine, go to Frontera Grill and Topolobampo. A bit of a mouthful, but mouths are filled here with south of the border fare in a casual, festive setting. This is the type of place you are angry at when 11 p.m. rolls around and you’re in full swing but need to wake up for your flight at 6 a.m. Great food, fantastic atmosphere.

If you’re lucky, dining will not be the only thing occupying your free time. Perhaps a nightcap will be in order. Chicago is not only a foodie town but a boozy town. You’ll get a real taste of the speakeasy culture at The Violet Hour, a hip cocktail lounge without a sign, but with a line–always. Once inside, the wait is most definitely worth it. The Sportsman’s Club is another Chicago staple, more informal but interesting, especially in the summer when top chefs from around the city flock to the patio to host cookouts. The food is otherworldly, and $20 will fetch you a hefty plate and one drink.

Finally, what’s to see in this city? Most business trips will yield the equivalent of one full day (a couple half days) or two if you’re lucky. A must, must, must for sightseers is the Art Institute of Chicago. A world-class art museum—and literally one of the oldest in the U.S.—it boasts collections ranging from modern to quite ancient. Don’t be surprised when a Gauguin, Manet or Picasso await you. The iconic lion statue outside is also an obligatory spot for a selfie pic.

Our next recommendation is neighborhoods. As generic as it sounds, Chicago neighborhoods are impressive. You’ve got Chinatown, Greek Town, Little Italy and a range in between. Immigrants from everywhere, similar to New York and Los Angeles, came to Chicago in search of a better life. Their culture arrived with them and is on full display in the Windy City.

To wind it up, the aquarium! You can take in the Shedd Aquarium, located on Chicago’s Museum Campus, where a charming backdrop of the lake welcomes visitors to a dazzling display of penguins, whales, sharks, piranhas, stingrays, dolphins … the list is endless. One of the country’s premier aquariums, this is a great option for burning a morning or afternoon before a flight.

We hope this post has been fruitful, and most of all, entertaining for your next business trip to the wonderful, Windy City!

Dascher Expands Logistics Profile in Korea, US Midwest

Atlanta, GA – International logistics provider Dacsher has expanded its footprint in Korea and the US Midwest.

The company has acquired the remaining 50 percent of MGI & Dachser to create Dachser Korea Inc. with headquarters in the Korean capital of Seoul.

Dascher has maintained a presence in South Korea since 2006 and became the sole shareholder of the joint venture in December 2013.

The new company will also conduct sea freight business in Busan and air freight handling in the company’s most important hub, Incheon. In addition, the logistics provider offers professional consolidation services specifically for air freight pallets at the Dachser warehouse facility on the airport grounds.

The joint venture, MGI & Dachser, has established a strong presence in the Korean market. In the future, Dachser Korea, Inc. will place particular focus on expanding sea freight activities in Busan.

At the same time, Dachser Transport of America Inc. announced the opening of a new office in St. Louis, Missouri, to support the company’s continued expansion in the Midwest.

The new office is conveniently located in the St. Louis Customs Building across from Lambert International Airport. It directly supports customers in southern Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska, and will work in tandem with Dachser’s recently opened new office and warehouse in Chicago.

“The Midwest has become one of Dachser’s biggest growth markets in the US, and we’re focused on enhancing our facilities within the region to continue to best meet the needs of our customers,” said Frank Guenzerodt, president and CEO of Dachser USA. “This focused expansion in the Midwest also benefits other regions in the US, and expands our overall global footprint.”

The combined capability of the newly opened office in St. Louis and warehousing facility in Chicago means the majority of the Midwest is able to be serviced with next day deliveries with over 80 percent of the US population is reachable via trucking transit within two days, the company said.

In addition, the new warehouse integrates with Dachser’s globally-recognized Mikado software system.

07/29/2014

 

BNSF, Ferromex Offer New Chicago-Mexico Intermodal Service

Ft. Worth, TX – BNSF Railway and Mexico’s Ferromex (FXE) are offering a new joint intermodal service between Chicago and Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico.

“Mexico is the United States’ third largest trading partner with a yearly trade of just over $500 billion. This translates into 14,000 trucks crossing between our borders on a daily basis,” said Steve Bobb, BNSF executive vice president and chief marketing officer.

“Our partnership with Ferromex to launch this service from Chicago to Silao means that automakers and manufacturers in the US and Mexico will now have direct access to the advantages of intermodal rail in the Bajio region.”

The joint operation, he said, “offers Mexico’s fast growing manufacturing sector in Bajio a simple way to reduce trucking costs and delays.”

Trains carrying intermodal containers will interchange at El Paso, Texas to and from FXE, Mexico’s largest railroad, which will operate the trains between the border crossing and Silao five days a week.

The new service, said the BNSF, offers advantages en route such as lower cost than over-the-road trucking and faster transit times in comparison to a single truck driver; a centrally located intermodal hub within 100 highway miles of the Bajio’s major manufacturing centers of Leon, Irapuato, Celaya, Salamanca, Queretaro and Aguascalientes; and a dedicated customer support team to track shipments from the in-gate in Mexico to out-gate in the US 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

The service “is better at the border when compared to trucking because there is no cross-border trucking across congested highway bridges. Southbound shipments are moved in-bond (which means shipment documentation is handled at the final destination) to minimize Mexico Customs clearance delays,” the railroad said.

Once the shipments arrive in Silao customers can clear their cargo with the customs broker of their choice through Mexico Customs. Northbound shipments are ‘pre-cleared’ by a customs broker of the customer’s choice with US Customs.

06/12/2014