Entrepreneur Connects Children’s Health to Workforce Productivity
HICKORY, NC (November 14, 2013) – Leading logistics publication Transport Topics features commentary from Transportation Insight Founder and Chairman Paul Thompson in its current issue, underscoring the importance of encouraging America’s children and workforce alike to establish and maintain a healthy lifestyle. As founder or co-founder of seven highly successful companies in the transportation and logistics industry, including the global third-party logistics (3PL) provider, Thompson says a key component of thriving companies is a healthy, productive workforce.
“Many companies are increasingly taking bold steps to support healthy lifestyles—from encouraging employees to eat a healthy diet and include physical activity in their daily routines to providing outlets for associates to improve their spiritual and emotional health,” says Thompson, an avid runner in his own right. “To encourage personal continuous improvement in our organization, we partner with dedicated wellness coaches who help our associates develop their own fitness programs, improve their eating habits and regularly monitor their health.”
Thompson was invited to share his perspective on wellness with the 25,000 paid subscribers of the weekly Transport Topics, comprised largely of the carrier community, following a fitness-related event sponsored by Transportation Insight in Washington, DC. The event honored the President’s Council on Fitness Sports and Nutrition and celebrated the announcement of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP). The PYFP encourages young people to start a personal continuous improvement journey early in life and aligns with a belief in the importance of a healthy and physically active lifestyle.
“Young people who learn early in their lives to look for ways to challenge themselves by participating in wellness programs like the PYFP will not only be healthier, they also are likely to be more successful in their careers and entrepreneurial endeavors,” says Thompson. “By extension, a healthier workforce will lead to more successful companies — and a more successful America.”
Research shows that children who practice good health early in life maintain higher school attendance rates, are better able to learn, exhibit higher self-esteem and have a lower risk of developing chronic diseases. Similarly in the logistics industry, truck drivers who find ways to increase physical activity and improve their diet not only improve their personal health and productivity, but also indirectly improve safety on American highways.
“Our company believes the goal of healthier youth today provides the foundation for a better-prepared and more productive adult workforce tomorrow, with corresponding benefits to the corporate bottom line,” says Thompson.
In large part, Transportation Insight attributes its sustained growth – and resulting six consecutive appearances on the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest growing privately held companies – to its culture of continuous improvement for its associates, clients and vendors alike.
“The most important benefit of personal continuous improvement programs to the companies that implement them is the alignment of common values to create similar mindsets across companies to create long-term value,” says Thompson. “That continuous improvement mindset is at the core of our success.”
About Transportation Insight, LLC
Transportation Insight is a global lead logistics provider with more than $1.6 billion in supply chain spend under management. For over a decade, the 3PL has partnered with hundreds of manufacturers, distributors and retailers to achieve significant cost savings, reduce cycle times and improve customer satisfaction rates by providing customized supply chain solutions. Transportation Insight offers a Co-managed Logistics™ form of 3PL, carrier sourcing, freight bill audit and payment services, state-of-the-art transportation management system (TMS) applications, and business intelligence. Its logistics services include domestic transportation, supply chain analytics, international transportation, warehouse sourcing, LEAN consulting and supply chain sourcing of indirect materials. For more about Transportation Insight, visit www.transportationinsight.com.
About Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson founded Transportation Insight in 1999, creating a full-service, client-focused company providing custom-tailored supply chain solutions. Having founded or co-founded seven companies in the transportation and logistics industry, Thompson has more than 25 years of executive experience in transportation and logistics including business strategy, operations, optimization modeling, supply chain consulting and yield management. An honor graduate of the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering, Thompson also serves on the board of directors for several non-profit organizations including the Appalachian State University Department for Entrepreneurial Studies, Samaritan’s Feet and Young Life.