CaseStack Encourages Women in Technology

Posted on April 18, 2017

According to the National Center for Women & Information Technology, women hold 26% of professional computing occupations in the 2016 U.S. workforce. The Women in Information Technology Conference focuses on honoring women in technology-related business professions and offers students the opportunity to learn from one another while forming connections that will grow this percentage.

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This two-day event was hosted by the University of Arkansas – Information Technology Research Institute and happened April 11 & 12th, 2017. On April 11th, awards were given to high school students at the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award Dinner; CaseStack was honored to be a Gift Sponsor for the awardees. CaseStack’s own Allison Inman, James Sampson, Nicole Hutchison, and Paul Martin were in attendance to show their support and appreciation of these high school women, who are actively pursuing their computing and technology passions.

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On April 12th, women filled the auditorium, eager to hear the conference speaking sessions, including the Governor’s Address from Governor Asa Hutchinson. Paul Martin, Strategic Initiatives Engineer at CaseStack, was part of a panel discussion on business analytics and big data. Also on the panel were Lisa Morstad, Senior Analytics Advisor for Forecast5 Analytics, and Mihir Kittur, Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer for UGAM. This panel discussion allowed women in attendance a great opportunity to ask industry leaders first-hand any questions they have about the technology workforce.

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Business analytics and virtual reality were the topics of discussion for Paul as he took the stage with Warner Skoch, also a Strategic Initiatives Engineer at CaseStack. Paul noted the challenges business analytics faces and how virtual reality can provide an extremely immersive environment to combat them. He explained how CaseStack utilizes virtual reality through a virtual warehouse tour, which Warner would lead the attendees through later on. After Paul’s presentation, women flooded the hall to view the virtual reality demonstration inside one of CaseStack’s many warehouses. Some were familiar with the world of virtual reality, some were new to it, but all were excited to give this demonstration a try.

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It is clear, the shift in gender inclusion needs to happen to the face of technology. Governor Hutchinson told the conference that numbers are increasing for female students in Arkansas taking computer science programs and he will visit schools in an effort to keep that number rising. Arkansas Future Grants will provide students with up to two years of tuition and fees at a state community or technical college if they’re enrolled in science and technology fields. Paul Martin states, “I’ve witnessed first-hand the value of having diverse perspectives in an organization, and so I was happy to participate in an event geared towards doing just that. The most rewarding moment was seeing young women interacting with the virtual reality equipment and exclaiming things like, “Oh how cool!  I want to do this”. It is my hope that as we proliferate the wonder that is computing to underrepresented segments of our society, we as an industry will start to see more and more diversity in the computing profession.”

 

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CaseStack Conference2017

Posted on March 28, 2017

Sharing new delivery requirements and growth strategies.

The team at CaseStack partnered with Walmart to present a collaborative conference for supply chain professionals wanting to learn about new changes in Walmart’s On Time-In Full requirements. This conference featured a tour of the CaseStack consolidation center, presentations from CaseStack and Walmart professionals, Q & A, virtual reality demonstrations, and much more.

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Miranda update

Posted on March 1, 2017

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CaseStack TS Transition to Miranda TMS

Miranda TMS has been undergoing numerous changes to improve the TMS and fit into CaseStack’s Transportation Services workflows with the intention of making our AR’s and Sales Coordinator’s lives easier when the transition to Miranda from Admin occurs. Some of the changes already completed include:

 

  • Rate quotes from more carriers
  • Automatic tracking of LTL shipments
  • Automatic document retrieval of LTL shipments
  • Default margins per customer with abilities to quickly change them on quotes
  • Improvements to our BOL document
  • International address support with LTL rates available across North America

 

To read more about several of these changes and others, you can view our New Features and Release Notes documentation from our latest release.


The final set of changes are being completed right now which includes an upgraded accounting interface, providing functionality to display carrier & customer invoice data, customer payments, as well as an enhanced Gross Profit report and a new AR Aging report. We are planning on releasing these changes as early as next week. Once this is completed, we will perform final training and begin the transition of pilot members from Admin to Miranda. We look forward to helping you be successful at CaseStack and at moving freight!

Meet CSTS: Megan Potter – Account Representative

Posted on February 1, 2017

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Where is your hometown? 

Charleston, AR

What motivates you to wake up each day? 

Coffee.

What did you do before CaseStack? 

I worked at ABF TimeKeeper.

How did you learn about CaseStack? 

I worked with CaseStack through TK and was referred to this position by Brian Castro after I left TK.

What is your position here at CaseStack? 

Account Representative

Can you share any industry insights or advice?

There is always a solution.

What is your favorite thing about CaseStack?

The people. Everyone is so helpful and collaborative.

What has changed about the Transportation business since you started in the industry? 

I have been in the business 3 years, and during that time, not much has changed.

Who do you most aspire to be like? 

My Meme. She raised my sisters and I and put up with us as awful teenagers in her 60’s. She is the best person I know.

What is your favorite quote?

“Try not. Do or do not, there is no try.”- Yoda

Tell us one random fact about yourself. 

I speak Pig Latin fluently.

What is your favorite app – the one that you can’t live without?

Pandora

If you could take a trip anywhere in the world where would it be?

Italy

Your stranded on an island and can only have three things what would they be? 

A fire starter, a tarp, and a machete.

You can only watch one movie for the rest of your life – what is it? 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Favorite genre(s) of music and current favorite song? 

I like all kinds of music. Favorite song: “Die a Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett

If you could be any Superhero/Villain who would it be? Why?

Iron Man. A) He can do it all. B) He has the best theme song.

What is your absolute dream car – the one that you know you will never be able to own but wish you could? 

A flying car like the speeders in Star Wars.

What is your passion in life? 

The pursuit of happiness.

What is your favorite activity outside of work? 

Being with friends and loved ones.

 

 

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Meet CSTS: Felix Justin – Account Representative

Posted on December 8, 2016

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Where is your hometown? 

South Pasadena

What motivates you to wake up each day? 

My alarm clock does a nice job of motivating me to wake up. I have it set to a pretty annoying sound.

What did you do before CaseStack? 

I was a youth minister for about 5 years.

How did you learn about CaseStack? 

My friend told me about CaseStack.

What is your position here at CaseStack? 

Account Representative.

Can you share any industry insights or advice?

Learn from those who have done it before you. I have tried to do my best to model my business after both Professor T (Ryan) and Quinn, they taught me the value of building a wide customer base, now I’m reaping the benefits of that model.

What has changed about the Transportation business since you started in the industry? 

I started in late 2013 the biggest change has been the number of people out there just like me. Above rates, customer loyalty is king now more than ever.

Who do you most aspire to be like? 

  • In the company: Quinn and Ryan T
  • Outside of the company: His name is Rick Mekemson he’s a well-rounded teacher friend of mine, he has a lot of character

Tell us one random fact about yourself. 

There was a faze where I died my hair blue and had blue contacts… it was rough being 13.

What is your favorite app – the one that you can’t live without?

Pandora – been streaming since 2007.

If you could take a trip anywhere in the world where would it be?

Australia

Your stranded on an island and can only have three things what would they be? 

Fresh water, machete, the bible (words to live… and possibly die by).

You can only watch one movie for the rest of your life – what is it? 

Braveheart

Favorite genre(s) of music and current favorite song? 

Indie dance

If you could be any Super hero/Villain who would it be? Why?

Wolverine … strong/ good looking/ good with the ladies/ and forever young..

All-time favorite sports team and/or player?

USC football.

What is your absolute dream car – the one that you know you will never be able to own but wish you could? 

Rolls Royce.

What is your passion in life? 

My family.

What is your favorite activity outside of work? 

Swimming.

 

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Meet CSTS: Joby Olguin – Account Representative

Posted on November 3, 2016

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Where is your hometown? 

Oueretaro, Mexico

What motivates you to wake up each day? 

Self-Improvement

What did you do before CaseStack? 

Owned a local skateboard shop

How did you learn about CaseStack? 

Through a friend

What is your position here at CaseStack? 

Account Representative

Tell us something that makes you an expert in transportation?

“I’m a bilingual representative, which allows me to expand my business into the Hispanic/Latino Market.”

What has changed about the Transportation business since you started in the industry? 

The way CaseStack is making it easier for us to be ahead of the competition by all the new and improved enhancements to our software.

Who do you most aspire to be like? 

Artie Bushong

What is your favorite quote? 

“Many people love me; many people hate me- there’s nobody in between. That’s the way I prefer it” – Johnny Thunders

Tell us one random fact about yourself. 

I enjoy playing Chess

What is your favorite app – the one that you can’t live without?

Snapchat

If you could take a trip anywhere in the world where would it be?

Barcelona, Spain

Your stranded on an island and can only have three things what would they be? 

Surfboard, sunglasses and an endless supply of wine

You can only watch one movie for the rest of your life – what is it? 

Pink Floyd – The Wall

Favorite genre(s) of music and current favorite song? 

Anything but Country! Humm current favorite song… 2 Chainz-Dedication

If you could be any Superhero/Villain who would it be? Why?

The Count Chocula – Endless supply of chocolate cereal

All-time favorite sports team and/or player?

Futbol, right? Forca Barca!!!

What is your absolute dream car – the one that you know you will never be able to own but wish you could? 

Craig’s Corvette

What is your passion in life? 

I am a man of many passions

What is your favorite activity outside of work?

Running, Skateboarding, Soccer, Working out, Video games

 

 

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Freight University: Freight Claims

Posted on October 31, 2016

Just in time for Halloween, Professor T takes on a freight-ening topic: Freight Claims. Check out the newest Freight University video!

A “Best Places To Work” Company – 4 Years In A Row

Posted on September 22, 2016

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Each year, CaseStack receives a survey from the Best Companies Group that allows each team member to evaluate the company and share their experience. For the 4th year in a row, our team has agreed that this is one of Arkansas’ Best Places to Work.

Yesterday some folks from our various departments traveled to Little Rock for an awards luncheon hosted by Arkansas Business Journal. We were honored to be in the room among other great companies and know that we were representing all of the great men and women that make CaseStack what it is.

“Our great people make us successful and for the fourth consecutive year our team has made us one of the Best Places to Work… I am proud of the recognition to CaseStack for the hard work it takes to grow and innovate.  You continue to make us better each year.” – Dan Sanker, President and CEO

Read more about CaseStack and what makes us one of the Best Places To Work here.

 

Meet CSTS: Chelsea Thomas, Sales Coordinator

Posted on August 31, 2016

Meet Chelsea Thomas!

 

 

 

 

 

Where is your hometown? 

Gravette, Arkansas

What motivates you to wake up each day? 

Family

What did you do before CaseStack? 

I was an intern for a Walmart supplier

What is your position here at CaseStack? 

Sales Coordinator

Can you share any industry insights or advice?

Learn how to multitask if you don’t already know!

What has changed about the Transportation business since you started in the industry? 

I have only been here for a year so not very much

Who do you most aspire to be like? 

Jesus, but I’m a work in progress

What is your favorite quote? 

“So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” – Marilyn Monroe

Tell us one random fact about yourself. 

I love chocloate

What is your favorite app – the one that you can’t live without?

Facebook

If you could take a trip anywhere in the world where would it be?

Belize

Your stranded on an island and can only have three things what would they be? 

My husband, a knife, and a fishing pole so that we don’t starve to death

You can only watch one movie for the rest of your life – what is it? 

Where the Heart Is

Favorite genre(s) of music and current favorite song? 

Country, but I do not have a favorite song

If you could be any Super hero/Villain who would it be? Why?

Cat Woman, she’s a good mixture of good and bad

All-time favorite sports team and/or player?

Arkansas Razorbacks

What is your absolute dream car – the one that you know you will never be able to own but wish you could? 

I know it’s pretty realistic, but a Jeep is my dream car

What is your passion in life? 

Family

What is your favorite activity outside of work? 

Shopping, hiking, or hanging out with my dog

Meet CSTS: Kyle Mitchell – Account Representative

Posted on July 22, 2016

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Where is your hometown? 

Springdale, AR

What motivates you to wake up each day? 

I always want to learn more and do more. I always want to do better than the day before in some way.

What did you do before CaseStack? 

Before CaseStack I worked for a supplemental insurance company.

How did you learn about CaseStack? 

I learned about CaseStack from a friend who also works with the company.

What is your position here at CaseStack? 

I am an Account Representative

  • Call customers, give them shipping quotes, book shipments, and handle every part of the shipping process so the customer does not have to.
  • I enjoy talking with people, and no day is exactly like the one before. You’re always shipping something new or talking to someone new.

Can you share any industry insights or advice?

I get as much information as I can to make sure the shipment is correct for the customer

  • The best tip I have about shipping freight is know the product you’re shipping, know your dimensions, weight, class, and there will be less surprises on the back end.
  • I’m here to save my customers money, time, and headache.

Who do you most aspire to be like? 

My grandfather.

What is your favorite quote? 

“After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on – have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear – what remains? Nature remains”.

Tell us one random fact about yourself. 

I can play 5 instruments.

What is your favorite app – the one that you can’t live without?

Pandora.

If you could take a trip anywhere in the world where would it be?

Ireland.

Your stranded on an island and can only have three things what would they be? 

Hammock, book, radio.

You can only watch one movie for the rest of your life – what is it? 

Good Will Hunting.

Favorite genre(s) of music and current favorite song? 

Country, Confessions by Florida Georgia line.

If you could be any Super hero/Villain who would it be? Why?

Thor, I’d have an awesome accent and giant hammer! Enough said.

All-time favorite sports team and/or player?

Wes Malott, Professional bowler.

What is your absolute dream car – the one that you know you will never be able to own but wish you could? 

My dream car is actually a motorcycle: 1942 Indian.

What is your passion in life? 

My passion in life is to make people happy.

What is your favorite activity outside of work? 

On the weekends I like to go to bowling tournaments with friends that I have been bowling leagues and tournaments with since we were kids. We load up the truck and head to Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Texas, or somewhere here in Arkansas to try and win a little money and test our bowling skills. Kyle Bowling

 

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Meet: CaseStack Transportation Services (CSTS)

Posted on May 11, 2016

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CaseStack ships over 1 million shipments per year!  Thousands of those shipments were managed by our very own Transportation Services Department – a lively and fast paced part of the company where our team of over 100 freight experts live!

Between Account Representatives and Sales Coordinators, our customers (and their freight) are in good hands. Every day, our crew is working hard to ensure that loads are properly booked and safely delivered while upholding the high standard of service quality that is the hallmark of our company.

We’ve decided it’s time for you to hear from our team. So, over the coming weeks we’d like introduce you to what makes CaseStack special – our people – by sharing their stories and experiences as freight shipping experts. Be on the lookout for our Meet CSTS blog series!

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Also, if you haven’t heard about some of the other cool stuff we’re doing, like Freight University, then you might want to take a look at these —> Amazing Videos.

 

 


CaseStack is a provider of supply chain management (SCM) services including warehousing, transportation, and supply chain management software (SCMS). It uses a proprietary software as a service platform for its collaborative retailer consolidation programs. Based in Santa Monica, California, CaseStack has been recognized in Food Logistics’ Top 85 3PL Providers, Global Logistics & Supply Chain Strategies 100 Great Supply Chain Partners and Inbound Logistics’ Top 100 3PL Providers. CaseStack has also been recognized as one of the best places to work in its two largest locations for multiple years.

Meet CSTS: John Grefphenreed – Sales Coordinator

Posted on February 8, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Where is your hometown? 

Wichita, by way of Albuquerque.

What motivates you to wake up each day? 

My son.

What did you do before CaseStack? 

Walmart Home Office/Transplace

What is your position here at CaseStack? 

Sales Coordinator

Can you share any industry insights or advice?

Honesty is the key.

What has changed about the Transportation business since you started in the industry? 

Technology.

Who do you most aspire to be like? 

My father.

Tell us one random fact about yourself. 

Team Roper, Poloist, clothes horse

What is your favorite app – the one that you can’t live without?

None. I hate cell phones.

If you could take a trip anywhere in the world where would it be?

The bucket list is closed. Been there, done that.

Your stranded on an island and can only have three things what would they be? 

My son, a container filled with non-perishable food, building knowledge.

Favorite genre(s) of music and current favorite song? 

Country. Too many to list.

What is your absolute dream car – the one that you know you will never be able to own but wish you could? 

Ferrari LaFerrari, have you seen that thing?!

What is your passion in life? 

My son: grooming him to be a well-adjusted man and getting him into a great University.

What is your favorite activity outside of work? 

All of my energy goes into my son outside of work.

 

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