Women in Logistics
A recent trend shows that more women are getting interested in positions in the logistics side of the food industry. As a result, Women in Logistics started playing an essential role in the supply chain by applying their natural talent to mentorship and continuous improvement.
At Burris Logistics, our women Team Members know for a fact that understanding our partners is the key to successful operations. From running daily warehouse operations, making sure that products are getting delivered from point A to point B on time, or managing sales accounts – the mission of the Burris Logistics’ women is to Make It Happen in the most efficient way possible.
It is an honor to feature three women who have different roles at Burris Logistics. Alicia Bowers is the General Manager of the Burris’s Lakeland and Lakeland Annex, FL locations, Dionne Baylis is the Operations Manager at the New Castle, DE location, and Megan Caruso is a Senior Account Executive at Burris Logistics. All three women are known for their service excellence and easygoing personalities, which makes those who work with them receive the WOW Service Burris Logistics is well known for. Megan, Alicia, and Dionne make everyone they work with, whether they are customers or Team Members, feel like they are dealing with truly knowledgeable professionals in their field of expertise. Here’s what each one of them identifies as when it comes to being a woman in logistics:
Megan Caruso is Burris Logistics’ Senior Account Executive and is involved with the direct-to-consumer programs. More specifically, Megan’s position is involved with the ONEBURRIS Business Development Team. She is responsible for finding new business, growing existing business throughout the network, and managing new and existing relationships. To the question, “How does it feel to be a woman in logistics?” she responds:
“Traditionally, if I were on a call with my Team or with customers – most of the time, I would be the only woman or one of a couple of women present. This was especially true when you look at the operational or supply chain roles; you would see mostly men. In recent years, this started changing, and I started seeing a lot more women in operational roles, especially among our direct-to-consumer customers where there are several women in CEO/Founder, and other senior positions. Being primarily involved in sales, I cannot say that I am directly a part of operations, but I have enough knowledge to facilitate the conversation with these individuals and help problem solve. More often than not, it had been a male-dominated industry, but I am glad to see that things are changing.”
Alicia Bowers is the General Manager at Burris Logistics Lakeland and Lakeland Annex, FL warehouses. She is involved with pretty much everything when it comes to the warehouse operations and her Team: from “opening the front door and all in between to putting a seal on a trailer.” To the question, “How does it feel to be a woman in logistics?” she comments:
“Actually, I never really thought about it until now. As a woman, I’ve always had to work faster, harder, and multitask: all at one time. That is the generation I grew up in just thought that was the way it was. But looking back from this point today, women in logistics have come a long way to put their footprint out there for everyone to see.”
Dionne Baylis is the Operations Manager at the Burris Logistics warehouse in New Castle, DE. She is responsible for the e-commerce operations running smoothly and helping the warehouse Team members understand the business, support along the way, and help them grow in a professional sense. To the question, “How does it feel to be a woman in logistics?” she states:
“Being in the industry for over 20 years, I have seen a lot of growth in regards to women. When I first started in warehousing, the looks and comments I would get throwing cases of water were quite interesting. As the years have passed, you see more and more women joining the industry and proving it’s not about your gender, but more about your work ethic.”
Dionne, Alicia, Megan, and other strong and dedicated women in Burris Logistics are what make the logistics industry so unique. Women, as well as men at Burris Logistics, play an essential role in being true ambassadors for the culture-driven and successful company Burris Logistics is today.
About Burris Logistics
Established in 1925, Burris Logistics operates an expanding network of temperature-controlled warehousing and distribution centers from Maine to Florida and as far west as Oklahoma. This fifth-generation, family-owned enterprise provides leading-edge logistics, transportation, and supply chain solutions, coast to coast, through our Brands: Burris Logistics (Direct-to-consumer fulfillment, distribution, warehousing, Honor Foods (a redistributor of frozen, refrigerated, and dry foodservice products), and Trinity Logistics (a global freight solutions provider). For more information about our trend-setting logistics and deep-rooted values® please visit www.burrislogistics.com.