RIVERVIEW, Fla., Sept. 16, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BlueGrace Logistics, the nation's most progressive logistics, transportation and technology provider is continuing to experience hyper-growth in the $440 billion shipping industry. Driven by increasing demand from small to mid-size businesses for third-party shipping providers, the company's growth shows no signs of slowing.
BlueGrace has opened 34 locations since launching its franchise program in 2011 and company development plans call for an additional 32 locations to open through the end of next year. As a sign of the momentum to come, the company recently signed new franchise agreements in Washington, Idaho and California.
"The success our company has seen allows us to release a strong training program, continue developing on our leading-edge technology and add new resources to our platform. Our efforts have already provided tremendous results, and we're looking forward to expanding our business even more as industry demands continues to thrive," said Bobby Harris, President and CEO of BlueGrace Logistics.
Further propelling its growth, the company is launching several new products and initiatives that will benefit both franchisees and customers. For instance, in September, BlueGrace will introduce its latest web-based transportation management system, called BlueShip® 3.0, which streamlines the shipping process for businesses of all sizes. Additionally, BlueGrace was ranked as the number one Transportation & Logistics provider on the 2012 Inc. 500 list with over 7,000 percent growth since 2009.
In addition to innovating new technologies, the company also continually improves its franchise business model. BlueGrace is already implementing a customizable three-tiered franchisee support model and is tailoring that support even more. The company is now providing additional assistance to franchisees with operations, training and marketing. As a result of the more comprehensive technology platforms and franchisee support, BlueGrace will implement an increased franchise fee in January 2014.
From small business to enterprise level accounts, the company's technology and service offerings are unparalleled, making the franchise opportunity even more valuable. Franchise opportunities with BlueGrace Logistics are perfect for entrepreneurs looking for a supportive platform as well as those already engrained in the industry.
BlueGrace has franchise opportunities available in most states (excluding Alaska and Hawaii), and is currently focusing expansion efforts in the following markets: Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC; Memphis, TN; Oklahoma City, OK; San Antonio, TX; Kansas City, MO; San Francisco, CA; Cincinnati, OH; Columbus, OH; Denver, CO; Salt Lake City, UT; Grand Rapids, MI; and Los Angeles, CA. The franchise model provides initial and ongoing training, access to proprietary systems, business consulting and support, access to all of BlueGrace's superior carrier relationships and the opportunity to sell to businesses nationwide without territory restrictions.
About BlueGrace Logistics
Founded in 2009, BlueGrace Logistics offers complete, customized transportation management solutions to customers throughout the United States. Headquartered in Tampa, Fla. with satellite offices in Salt Lake City and Chicago. The company ranked #1 in the Transportation & Logistics industry on the 2012 Inc. 500 list. BlueGrace Logistics launched its franchise program in early 2011 as part of its strategic growth plan and currently has 34 franchisees in 36 franchise locations established across the U.S. The company offers best-in-class shipping and freight services and support including Less Than Truckload (LTL); Truckload Services (TL); International and Domestic Air Freight; Ocean Freight; Logistics & Supply Chain Management; State-of-the-Art Technology (BlueShip® 3.0 TMS); Service Desk Support; and Auditing Services. For more information, visit www.mybluegrace.com.
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