In a recent episode of "Standing Out," Trey Griggs brought Zach Webber, President of A.N. Webber Logistics, into the limelight. Nestled in the small town of Kankakee, Illinois, A.N. Webber Logistics stands out not only for its impressive legacy but for its unique family-led business model that merges industry-leading transportation with a personal touch.
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A.N. Webber Logistics, established in 1947, has been a fixture in the region, evolving through the decades. In the beginning of his conversation with Trey, Zach vividly recounts his journey within the company, from washing trucks at the age of 12 to learning the ropes across various roles. The family legacy becomes apparent, emphasizing hard work, reliability, and a commitment to customers.
A fascinating anecdote emerges as Zach shares a story about the longest-tenured customer relationship that originated from a poker game. Zach's grandfather, a flatbed enthusiast, made a wager during a poker game that led to a long-lasting partnership with a customer seeking dry van services. The tale unfolds with a mix of humor and strategic thinking, showcasing the family's adaptability and commitment to clients. While A.N. Webber has grown immensely since then, what remain’s true is the family-first mindset–and at A.N. Webber, clients are family.
The conversation then shifts to Zach's stint at CH Robinson in Las Vegas. He elaborates on the valuable lessons learned during his five-year tenure, praising the company's world-class training program. Zach emphasizes the importance of transparency, reliability, and technology in the logistics sector, traits he aimed to integrate upon his return to A.N. Webber Logistics.
The discussion pivots to A.N. Webber Logistics' expansion into brokerage in 2005. Zach sheds light on the company's growth and how his experience at CH Robinson influenced the integration of advanced practices and a customer-centric approach. The family-led logistics firm doesn't merely operate as a service provider but as a vital part of the community, actively engaging with local initiatives and organizations.
The conversation concludes with a discussion on A.N. Webber Logistics' unique setup, where the company shares premises with multiple shippers. Zach emphasizes the advantages of being on-site, allowing for seamless communication and collaboration with shippers on a daily basis. By embracing this organization model, A.N. Webber maintains a unique adaptability in a dynamic transportation environment, ensuring that they’re always ready to put the best foot forward for their shippers.
As the episode wraps up, Trey mentions the recent launch of A.N. Webber Logistics' new website. Collaborating with Beta Consulting Group and the Robinson Agency, the company aims to convey its message with clarity and consistency. This fresh online presence signifies a strategic move towards a more impactful and engaging digital identity. While nobody can predict the future of the freight industry, the conversation makes one point certain: at A.N. Webber, the future is bright.
In essence, the interview paints a picture of A.N. Webber Logistics as more than just a logistics company. It emerges as a living legacy, deeply rooted in family values, community engagement, and a commitment to providing top-notch transportation services. By pairing heartland values with industry-leading experience, Zach Webber is ready to drive A.N. Webber in a bold direction.
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