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Phillip proudly pumps
his bat trophy in the air.

This weekend, BAT celebrated the past year with our annual Christmas party. But, this year was different- it was the first year we celebrated our team members with an awards ceremony called the Battys.

The highlights were:

  • Stephen Sinclair winning three awards- Biggest Weasel (for weaseling his way out of things), Biggest Brown Nose and Worst Timing.
  • Phillip Kinsey getting three “trophies” for his award, the Phil in the Blank Award.
  • Joe Kier and Steve Barnes winning Funniest in the Office.
  • Maureen Shea winning the award for Biggest Breakfast Bill.
  • Marissa Hough winning the Tree Hugger Award.

The party was held at the Strategic Air and Space Museum in Ashland, Neb. We got to try out a flight simulator and check out the exhibits at the museum. For musical entertainment, Smoke ‘n Guns came all the way from Nashville, Tenn. to perform.

Smoke ‘n Guns performs.

Today is Cyber Monday, and many of us are patiently waiting for break to shop. But, after clicking whatever button completes the purchase, a flurry of activity happens to get the package from the warehouse to the front door.

Here’s a brief video the National Retail Federation shared that goes behind the shipping scenes: Ship the Box

There’s also this neat video The Telgraph posted of Amazon’s warehouse:

Today is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. From roads to an airport to a train station to even a space center, his name is memorialized wherever we go.

JFK had a huge influence on a lot of things during his short life, but one of the highlights was his goal to land a man on the moon by 1970. In July of 1969, his goal was accomplished, thanks to the support from Lyndon Johnson.

Air travel for the President also changed under JFK. His presidency is considered when Air Force One officially entered the jet age. The new Boeing 707, SAM 26000, became a moment in history a year after it entered service- it was the plane that flew Kennedy to Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, and, later that day, was where Johnson took the oath of office. At Johnson’s request, the plane also transported Kennedy’s body back to D.C. The plane last served as Air Force One for Bill Clinton.

Today is Veterans Day. It is the day we honor all who served and sacrificed for our country. A favorite tradition is singing the songs of our Armed Forces.

This video is from the annual Memorial Day Concert allows us all (even those who may have forgotten the words) to sing along:

For information on the history of Veterans Day, visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

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We are pretty good with the whole costume thing, so we have a little contest at BAT. This year, Ann Turner, dressed as a moonshiner, won the contest.

To let you in on the fun, here are our costumes and the costumes of our favorite little ones. Enjoy our parade of costumes!



Cindy as Dorothy
Sandra as a blonde bombshell, Anthony as Mr. Rogers,
Stephen as a black cat, Marissa as the stylish lion,
Phil as Phil in the blank, Katie as an ’80s rocker, and
Ann as a moonshiner

Maureen Shea’s kids,
Karson and Karley,
as Batman and Minnie Mouse
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As we make our final preparations for Halloween tomorrow, it’s always fun to remember some of our favorite past costumes.

Many of us who were teens in the ’90s remember the troubles Donna Martin had in her mermaid costume on “Beverly Hills 90210,” but Katy Wilson lived it. She was once the Little Mermaid for Halloween. She suffered the same problem with the costume’s tail making it hard to walk, but because Katy did not grow up in Beverly Hills, she had another obstacle- ice on the sidewalk! She slipped on every block she visited while trick-or-treating.



Maureen Shea (left) and a friend, about six years ago

Stephen Sinclair would have been sure to come to Katy’s rescue if he actually had super powers. After he was Superman for Halloween when he was preschool age, he spent many days “transforming” into his favorite costume. He did this to provide whatever help was needed, including bringing his grandmother a glass of “freshly squeezed orange juice.”

Some of our favorite costumes are from when we were past trick-or-treating age. There was Jon and Kate (plus eight), the SNL Bears Super Fans, Snooki and JWow, the Operation Game, and even Vanilla Ice.

Who will we be this year? Knowing the creativity involved with our past costumes, you know it will be good…

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As has become the norm, the glitz of lights and Christmas trees are well established in stores even though the shelves aren’t clear of Halloween items yet. Don’t worry, we’ll still have fun next week for Halloween (and, if you’ve seen any of our past costumes, you know we will), but getting the goods across the country for those all too important November and December sales is a top priority.

This is the time of year the freight trains pass by a little more often and trucks are filling the roads. Retailers need their stores and warehouses stocked for the $602.1 billion in sales expected across the country over the next two months, according to the National Retail Federation.

How important are these sales? As you can see from the NRF’s infographic, retailers earn 20-40% of their annual sales during November and December. It is important we help our clients get their products in time to take the maximum advantage of those sales. It’s always better to be prepared (even if it is a month or two ahead of the official season) than behind.

Traffic in Washington, D.C., is usually on the slow side. But, starting Friday, some truckers plan to make it even slower.

The group of truckers, calling themselves “Truckers Ride for the Constitution,” plan to circle the Beltway’s Inner Loop in a convoy with signage asking for “restoration of our Constitution and freedoms under the law.” The group is inviting non-truckers to join them in the three-day protest.

The American Trucking Associations announced on Tuesday that it is not a sponsor or supporter in any way of the protest.

Some reports exaggerated plans of the group. On Facebook, the group said they “do not intend to arrest anyone or blockade DC until Obama is impeached.”

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Every Friday night, Chuck Kizer exchanges his BAT shirt for a thankless one– he officiates high school football. On Saturday, he sits back and enjoys watching the Ohio State Buckeyes. Then, on Sundays, he stays busy keeping up with the Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins and Cincinnati Bengals.

Not everyone at BAT devotes as much of their free time to the sport as Chuck does, but we do have some intense fans.



Katy Wilson shows her team spirit

For example, Liz Wayne blackened her hand and burst a blood vessel while clapping for her favorite player in his first game this year. Tyler, her son, plays quarterback for the Junior Pee Wee Trailblazers.

Nearby college teams have won some of our hearts. Nebraska’s Huskers have two BAT fans, Katy Wilson and Maureen Shea, while the Iowa State Cyclones have Katie Forney cheering for them.

And, of course, there’s a Florida Gators fan. Steve Barnes grew up watching the Gators with his brother, and now continues to do so in his memory.

On the professional level, Peyton Manning (who, by the way, was never able to beat the Gators) has Ashley Jankowski as a fan. She, by default, is a Denver Broncos fan, as is Katy Wilson. Maureen Shea also has thing for quarterbacks, as long as they are playing for the Green Bay Packers. Meanwhile, Anthony Harder has faith every Sunday that his Minnesota Vikings will pull out a win.

Which is your favorite team?


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Chuck and Charlie

We had a problem about a month ago when Charles Elmore joined the BAT Logistics team. He usually is called “Chuck,” but we already had Chuck Kizer on our government team. (As you know from the past couple of posts, this is a familiar problem…)

So, to verbally tell the two apart, we continue to call Kizer “Chuck” and call Elmore “Charlie.” Or “Charles.” Okay, “Chuckles” is another nickname for the new guy. (Something will stick soon, he hopes!)

Charlie was born and raised in Omaha and has a love for art. He also has an uncanny, um, “knowledge” of Celine Dion songs.

Chuck, on the other hand, has been with BAT for about six months and is a huge Ohio State fan. Don’t let his time at BAT fool you- he enjoys sharing his skills to help others succeed.