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Visible Supply Chain Management (Visible) Recognized as National Finalist in EY “Entrepreneur of the Year” Awards

Visible Supply Chain Management (Visible) Recognized as National Finalist in EY “Entrepreneur of the Year” Awards

Visible is the only Utah-based company to earn a spot on the list

Salt Lake City (Nov. 25, 2019)Visible Supply Chain Management, an industry leader in shipping and fulfillment services for supply chain management, today announced its inclusion as a national finalist in the exclusive Ernst and Young (EY) Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. Only 44 companies made the list across the U.S.

Visible is the only Utah-based organization to reach the national level of this elite award series for 2019. Other awards won by Visible during the year include the Utah Business “CEO of the Year,” Utah Business’ “CXO of the Year,” Utah Business “Fast 50,” MountainWest Capital Network “Top Revenue” and regional Ernst and Young (EY) Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner.

“Our team at Visible is committed to the long-term success of our customers, because we can only succeed as our customers are able to build their businesses,” said Casey Adams, president of Visible. “This achievement indicates we’re doing the right things, and we have every intention of continuing to help our customers win.”

After growing at a 72 percent five-year CAGR, Visible also recently announced its move into additional headquarters space located near the Salt Lake City Airport. The new office space more than doubles the company’s overall Salt Lake presence and reflects its rapid growth.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®


Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs, attracting disruptive global business leaders to find innovative approaches to accelerate growth. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

About Visible Supply Chain Management (Visible)
Since 1992, Visible Supply Chain Management has provided customized solutions for B2B and B2C organizations. With comprehensive services in e-commerce, direct sales, direct response and omnichannel, Visible can design effective strategies for clients that include transportation, logistics, brokerage, fulfillment and even custom packaging solutions.

Media Contact:
Shannon Michael, SnappConner PR
801.806.0150
[email protected]

If your supply chain is broken, nothing lets you know quite like Q4

Your New Year’s resolution might be to switch third-party logistics providers. But how?

By Visible Supply Chain Management · November 22, 2019

For many businesses, the fourth quarter is vital. It’s when 50% of their volume happens. This, together with compressed timeframes, make it the ultimate test of any supply chain. It’s when many realize their third-party logistics provider isn’t working for them. For instance, there is nothing more frustrating than correctly fulfilling over 100,000 orders on time, the week before Christmas, only to have those pallets left sitting on the loading dock because the mail carrier isn’t prepared to pick up that many deliveries.

However, the inability to keep up during spikes and seasonal surges is often just one of the indicators that a switch is needed. Upwardly spiraling costs of everything from packaging to shipping; increasing complexity of fulfillment needs; changes in order volumes; less than transparent billing practices and package tracking; incompatible provider technology; a lack of round-the-clock dedicated support and, of course, flat-out service failures, are all valid reasons for a company to make a move to greener pastures. Especially when you factor in the upside of getting it right for your customers and your bottom line.

First and foremost, don’t leave yourself exposed.
The timing of a transition of this magnitude needs to be carefully planned. It should coincide with a traditionally slow period of operations, when mistakes will be less likely to turn into catastrophes. Another way to transition is to test the waters with a new product line, or when entering a new market. However, in severe service failure cases, where the operation is in peril, an immediate change is warranted.

A seamless transition requires clearly defining processes to uphold service levels, control costs, and maintain speed-to-market expectations. The right 3PL will help you assemble a transition team of key players, from across all departments, to ensure everything goes smoothly. Then they will help implement the transition plan, monitor progress and budgets, provide ongoing communication, manage customer expectations and implement contingency plans as needed. Above all, make sure you know who you are switching to, before ending a contract with your current 3PL.

Do your research.
No matter how well laid your plans, switching 3PLs isn’t easy. Supply chains are complex, with many moving parts—each part affecting all the others. Look for a partner that can see your big picture and has a thorough understanding of all the small ones that make it. Yes, a “partner”, not a vendor, or you’ll probably end up searching again soon.

Only a partner will take the time to get a thorough understanding of your business, and your industry… without that they just become another widget supplier. As with so many things in life, relevant experience counts. A 3PL who has done well with other clients, is not an indication they will excel in your business space. Some focus on direct to consumer companies, others on apparel, others on food and beverage, and so forth. An important part of your research is to discover a 3PL that fits your company’s unique needs. Then go deeper.

Tour their facilities, meet and get to know the account managers, line supervisors, billing staff… everyone who will be touching your product and will be a contact for you. It’s the best way to ensure the chemistry is right. Plus remember, all 3PLs have problems, no matter how good they are, so ask the leading question: How does it handle problems? Because, in the long run, that’s what will make the biggest difference for your business.

Don’t jump out of the frying pan, and into the fire.
If you’re going to go through the trouble of switching, make sure your new 3PL is better for your company going forward. Talk to a provider who asks the right questions before giving you answers, on every area of operation, from factory freight to final delivery.

“How is it done? Why is it done that way? What are the results? Are there efficiencies to be had? What is the end-customer experience like?” Those are the sorts of questions a new partner should be asking. They’re exactly what Visible asks before beginning any new engagement. While we ask through the lens of our experience and expertise—we have no preconceived solutions. We start with a blank slate to be filled according to your needs. Someone coming to you with pre-packaged answers to problems they don’t even understand yet, is a huge red flag.

Then, to confirm all that input, your new 3PL candidate should do a deep dive into the workings of your supply chain. At Visible, we offer free audits for exactly that reason. Often, thanks to our proprietary advanced metrics, we uncover more issues than companies were aware of. The reason why we’re one of the country’s fastest-growing supply chain management companies is our ability to turn reams of supply chain data into actionable insights. We realize we can’t be everything to every company. Our strength is the ability to scale rapidly during periods of unexpected demand peaks, and seasonal spikes. We have some of America’s top specialists in packaging, logistics, fulfilment and shipping, and we’re perfectly comfortable with clients cherry picking from our services.

Look for success in a 3PL.
Visible Supply Chain Management has grown organically through the growth of its clients. Whether it is our team or not, we always recommend you still find a partner that puts the success of its clients first. They’re more likely to go that extra mile for you. Our investments in the technology, tools, facilities and experts required to reimagine supply chains through superior analysis, has led to success for everyone involved. But not just by our definition of it. We’ve been recognized by dozens of organizations with numerous awards, the most recent being Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in Distribution and Manufacturing.

Visible Supply Chain Management Welcomes Three New Executives; Increases Its Total Office Space by 100 Percent

Visible Supply Chain Management Welcomes Three New Executives; Increases Its Total Office Space by 100 Percent

Visible hires a Director of Software Development, Director of Transportation Compliance and Associate Corporate Legal Counsel to support 72% 5-Year CAGR growth

November 13, 2019 10:51 AM Eastern Standard Time

SALT LAKE CITY—(BUSINESS WIRE)Visible Supply Chain Management (www.VisibleSCM.com), an industry leader in shipping and fulfillment services for supply chain management, today announced three new professionals have joined its team; Bryan Brady as Director of Software Development, Dave Collings as Director of Transportation Compliance and Spencer D. Critchett as Associate Corporate Legal Counsel.

Bryan Brady is an expert in web architecture, entity framework and building web applications for enterprise and small business in diverse industries. Before joining Visible as Director of Software Development, Brady served in software engineering roles at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and Intrepid Source LLC—which he founded and led.

Dave Collings has almost 20 years of experience in global trade and dangerous goods transportation compliance. He has served in roles such as Global Trade Compliance Manager (Dangerous Goods) and Sr. Manager of Dangerous Goods Transportation Compliance at Phillips, a leading health technology company.

Spencer D. Critchett most recently served as a business and finance associate at Ballard Spahr LLP, where he managed legal transaction teams, which included experts in intellectual property, tax, environmental and employee benefits. He also acted as both buy and sell-side legal counsel related to merger and acquisition transactions (M&A). Before his role at Ballard Spahr, Critchett served at several law firms including Durham Jones & Pinegar in Salt Lake City, and Gunderson Dettmer Sough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian LLP in Redwood City, California.

“Most important to us is our customers’ continued success, and professionals like Brady, Collings and Critchett will be instrumental in propelling that success,” said Casey Adams, president of Visible. “Each offers a unique skillset, and we are thrilled to add them to our management team.”

After growing at a 72 percent 5-Year CAGR, Visible announced its recent move into additional headquarters space located near the Salt Lake City Airport. The new office space more than doubles the company’s overall Salt Lake presence and reflects its rapid growth.

About Visible Supply Chain Management (Visible)

Since 1992, Visible Supply Chain Management has provided customized solutions for B2B and B2C organizations. With comprehensive services in e-commerce, direct sales, direct response and omnichannel, Visible can design effective strategies for clients that include transportation, logistics, brokerage, fulfillment and even custom packaging solutions.

Contacts

Media Contact:
Shannon Michael, SnappConner PR
801.806.0150
[email protected]

https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20191113005605/en/Visible-Supply-Chain-Management-Welcomes-New-Executives

Visible Supply Chain Management Named #10 on the MountainWest Capital Network

Visible Supply Chain Management Named #10 on the MountainWest Capital Network

November 7, 2019

Salt Lake City—MountainWest Capital Network (MWCN) awarded Visible Supply Chain Management (Visible) the #10 position on the 2019 MWCN Top 15 Annual Revenue— a list spotlighting companies with the largest dollar amount of revenue growth for the five-year period of 2013 through 2018— at the 25th annual MountainWest Capital Network Utah 100 Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, October 30th2019.

Driven by the company’s rapid growth, Visible has climbed in rank on MWCN’s lists for the past three years. This is the second year in a row that Visible has achieved a spot on the Top 15 Annual Revenue— moving to the #10 spot this year from the #12 spot last year. In 2018, Visible was also awarded the #29 spot on the Utah 100 and the #1 spot on the Mountain Movers— a list of the fastest-growing companies that started with at least $10 million in revenue in 2012 and have grown significantly since then. In 2017, Visible was awarded the #96 spot on the Utah 100.

“Visible is delighted to be recognized by MountainWest Capital Network for the third year in a row— this year in the Top 15 Annual Revenue category and the last two years in the Utah 100 category,” said Casey Adams, Visible’s president. “We are honored to receive these awards in a state like Utah— known for its hard-working business owners, innovators and entrepreneurs, and its ambitious, inventive environment.”

“Most important to us is our customers’ continued success, which has been driving our growth and success,” Adams continued. “Our inclusion in the 2019, 2018 and 2017 MWCN awards validates that effort.”

The MountainWest Capital Network Utah 100 Awards Luncheon is the flagship event that brings together over 1000 business leaders, investors, entrepreneurs and professional service providers at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. It recognizes Utah’s 15 largest revenue growth companies, 100 fastest-growing companies and a select list of newer Emerging Elite companiesRanking for the Top 15 Annual Revenue is based on the highest total dollar growth from last year. Ranking for the Utah 100 is based on a weighted average calculation of percentage and dollar growth. As of 2019, companies are only eligible to be included in one award category. MWCN first considers and selects the Top 15 Annual Revenue category.

“It’s thrilling to see how fast Utah companies are growing, and watching these companies change and mature through the years has been especially rewarding,” said Ryan J. Dent, chairman of the MWCN Utah 100 committee. “In addition to our ranking of the top 100, we also rank the 15 companies with the largest dollar revenue growth, as well as a select group of newer companies on our Emerging Elite list, which helps us recognize exceptional companies in every stage of development.”

About Visible Supply Chain Management (Visible)

Since 1992, Visible Supply Chain Management has provided customized solutions for B2B and B2C organizations. With comprehensive services in e-commerce, direct sales, direct response and omnichannel, Visible can design effective strategies for clients that include transportation, logistics, brokerage, fulfillment and even custom packaging solutions.

About MountainWest Capital Network

MountainWest Capital Network is Utah’s first and largest business networking organization devoted to supporting entrepreneurial success and dedicated to the flow of financial, entrepreneurial and intellectual capital. LIKE us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @MWCN and LinkedIn. www.mwcn.org.

https://www.utahbusiness.com/visible-supply-chain-capital-network/