Jannine Miller

Getting from A to B

The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Center of Innovation for Logistics (COI) holds its 2015 Logistics Summit at the Georgia World Congress Center March 31 and April 1. Thousands are expected to attend, learn and share new logistics trends and technologies. The themes for this year are e-commerce, intermodal and perishables. I caught up with Jannine Miller, the center’s new director and a member of Georgia Trend’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2011. She’s enthusiastic about next week’s summit, and shared some of the things she’s most looking forward to. Georgia continues to see more intermodal shipping, Miller says, with

Main Street

Main Street USA

It’s hard to find anyone in the South who hasn’t watched — or at least heard of — The Andy Griffith Show. We all know that when somebody says, “That town was just like Mayberry,” they mean it was charming and filled with nice, hardworking folks and safe. While the Georgia Main Street program doesn’t aim to bring back the past, it does aim to bring more charm to our small towns, give our hardworking folks better places to work and make our downtowns safe — and fun — to visit. This year, the spotlight will be on Georgia’s Main

Georgia Museum of Art

Southern Culture

After months of hibernation it feels good to get out and partake in some local culture — whether indoors or out, art is best seen in natural light. A number of new shows happen to feature this writer’s favorite style: abstract painting. Chaos and Metamorphosis pretty much sums up this genre, so it’s fitting that it’s the title of a show of works by Italian artist Piero Lerda. Weaving weird symbols and recurring images into his colorful mixed-media collages, he strikes a tone at once funny and intriguing. His works are on view at the Georgia Museum of Art at


40 Under 40 Nominations Now Open

Each year Georgia Trend honors 40 of the state’s best and brightest under the age of 40. Whether you know someone who’s making a difference on the national stage or is a mover and shaker in his or her corner of the state, if they are under 40 years old as of Oct. 1, 2015, we want to hear about them. The ideal candidate is someone who is successful in his or her profession and is passionate about community service. There are a few cases in which a day job alone is enough of a qualification, but the state is


Capitol Events

The Garden Club of Georgia and the Georgia Water Coalition joined several other environmental groups in Atlanta on Feb. 18, for Capitol Conservation Day. Some 150 gathered at the Capitol after a breakfast briefing on environmental issues at Central Presbyterian Church, across the street from the Statehouse. The current legislative session includes a mixed bag of environmental policy in the works. Senate Bill 101 would clarify and sustain Georgia’s buffer rules for rivers and streams, but some groups are concerned the bill has too many loopholes in its current state. Clarification of Georgia’s buffer rules have been sorely needed for

The 2014 Georgia Logistics Summit

The 2014 Georgia Logistics Summit was held last week at the Georgia World Congress Center, alongside MODEX & Supply Chain and Transportation USA on adjacent levels (photo above). Together the shows bring in more than 20,000 people. Georgia Trend is a media partner for the Summit, which is hosted by the Georgia Department of Economic Development Center of Innovation for Logistics and brought 2,300 attendees this year, another record.

Georgia Logistics Summit

Family business panel, left to right: Vince Eget, Partner, Bennett Thrasher, LLP; Heidi Green, Managing Partner, Perdue Partners, LLC; Michael Golden, Partner, Arnall Golden Gregory, LLP; Rob Adams, Managing Director, EVE Partners, LLC.

One breakout panel hosted by Arnall Golden Gregory discussed consolidation in the logistics industry, and how family businesses will be affected. According to Michael Golden, Partner, Arnall Golden Gregory, LLP, the Association of Corporate Growth predicts that as baby boomers retire, 40 percent of privately held business owners plan to sell their business by 2017.

Rob Adams, Managing Director, EVE Partners, LLC, adds that there are “exciting dynamics” at play: private equity firms have a half a trillion to spend, and while the loan market is still tight it is softening. “Strategic buyers are loaded with capital.” Family businesses in the logistics field were warned not to go for the high bid, and to consider “emotional factors” like preserving the culture of the company and maintaining job stability for long time employees.

Heidi Green, Managing Partner, Perdue Partners, LLC described three large private equity firms that were turned down by one company that wanted to leave its legacy intact. Investment bankers do help close deals and mediate some of the emotion, leaving the seller to run the company and meet profit goals while the deal is made, which can take months.

Georgia Logistics Summit

UPS Sustainability Panel, left to right: Ken Coleman Radio Talk Show Host & Author (Session Moderator), Hanko Keissner Chief Executive Officer, Packsize International, LLC, Arnold Barlow Sustainability Manager, UPS, Scott Wicker Chief Sustainability Officer, UPS, Geoff Bastow,President, Customer Solutions, UPS.

Another panel was presented by UPS and explained their sustainability efforts. Company leaders spoke of reducing the carbon footprint of deliveries by changing packaging and transportation nodes. One pharmaceutical company saw a 40 percent reduction in delivery costs – and carbon emissions – by changing packaging to maintain temperature so that next day delivery was not required, and streamlining delivery to targeted areas to reduce trip times.

LiveNation, testing the UPS sustainability programs with the 20th anniversary concert of Pearl Jam,  applied its no left turn policy, the use of reusable envelopes, and the delivery of equipment by freight instead of truck to reduce its carbon footprint by four times. It was also cost effective and LiveNation has adopted these strategies for other tours.

Stakeholders and shareholders need to know about these efforts, said the panel, which are increasingly tracked by ratings organizations like the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. As for incorporating those efforts into its financial reports, the panel has “mixed emotins about bringing them together,”  says Scott Wicker, Chief Sustainability Officer for UPS. He continues, “Our CFO is not too keen on it,  but those bridges have to connect.”

Speaking to challenges, biofuels are “desperately needed for airlines,” as well as for younger trucking fleets; and drivers and delivery networks must be trained to handle new packaging, the shift to more sustainable transportation nodes and new delivery technologies.

The Summit also featured remarks from Gov. Nathan Deal and Kevin Jones, VP Inbound Transportation,Walmart. Please visit the Center of Innovation for Logistics

Photo Credit: Ben Young