MPS Group, putting innovation to work with Livegisitcs

About MPS Group

When it comes to managed professional services, there’s one company that puts the latest technologies, quality processes, and innovative management techniques to work for their clients – MPS Group. They offer clients a unique menu of complementary services, all created, coordinated and managed with their client’s needs in mind. By putting innovation to work, they provide clients with the freedom they need to focus on what they do best; growing their core business, while they support the efforts. Their mission is to build customer loyalty and maximize value by empowering the best and brightest people to deliver process excellence and drive sustainability. They have over 400 facilities managed in over 30 states in the U.S. plus Canada and Mexico. Some of the markets they serve include automotive manufacturing, railroad, steel & iron, pharmaceutical, hotels & entertainment, chemical manufacturing, construction, distribution, oil & gas, and more. Their vision is to be a company committed to the success of its employees and customers.

“One of my favorite features is the customer service chat feature. It is fantastic! I love that Livegistics’ customer service team is always available and are so able to quickly help with anything we need” – Wendy Smith, MPS Senior Project Manager in the Environmental Division 

The Solution

Livegistics gets rid of the paperwork, reduces the manpower, and saves time spent on projects.” Says Wendy Smith, Senior Project Manager (Environmental Division) at MPS. Everything is stored digitally and saved as they go. It’s all at your fingertips. Once data is in there, it stays in there. Having the ability to access live data versus having to manually scan paperwork and attach documents – is a huge game changer. With a lot of MPS’ job sites being all over the country, it can be difficult when projects are using paperwork. With Livegistics being a completely paperless platform, they are able to do most of their operations over the phone with the click of a button. “I can see everything and stay on top of any issues, without physically having to be at the site.

Feelings about Livegistics

“I was excited to use Livegistics from the start and I’m still excited whenever I use Livegistics. All of the projects we’ve used and are using Livegistics on have gone very smoothly. I am able to watch trucks cross the scale remotely. It’s nice being able to track who is doing what in real-time from anywhere. It’s very likely I will continue using Livegistics on any project that I can. One of my favorite features is the customer service chat feature. It is fantastic! I love that Livegistics’ customer service team is always available and are so able to quickly help with anything we need.” – Wendy Smith
MPS / Senior Project Manager in the Environmental Division

Challenges Solved:

  • Overall Efficiency
  • Keeping track of project
  • Signing paper manifests in-person
  • Managing multiple projects in different places

Benefits:

  • Real-Time Data
  • Ability to sign manifests 100%digitally/remotely
  • Exceptional Customer Service
  • Easy Implementation


T.K.M.S., one of the largest material hauling company's in Michigan is raving fan of Livegistics!

About T.K.M.S.

T.K.M.S is one of the largest material hauling company’s in Michigan. They have been in business for over 35 years and have a trusted name and reputation. The T.K.M.S fleet consists of 77 aluminum gravel trains and a team of reputable brokers to serve any aggregate commodity needs. They are committed to great service along with safe and professional drivers and on-time deliveries with thanks to Livegistics’ LTS Trucking Software. T.K.M.S has their own 24 hour maintenance department so they can keep their fleet on the road and working for their customers at all times. The dirt delivery & aggregate hauling team serves Genesee, Lapeer, St. Clair, Livingston, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, Wayne & Monroe Counties. They specialize in hauling limestone, crushed concrete, sand, pea stone, and other aggregate commodities. They are able to serve any hauling need, big or small. Make one call, T.K.M.S will haul.

Change is difficult, especially in our industry. After having a room full of paperwork and thousands of tickets piled up on our desks. It was time to make a change and start using Livegistics. LTS Trucking is a GAME CHANGER for dispatchers” – Tony Allen, T.K.M.S. – President

Overview

We use Livegistics for every single job and project. All of our trucking, dispatch, order taking, billing, everything is done using Livegistics.” Says Tony Allen, President of T.K.M.S & Lou’s. Allen discovered Livegistics when speaking with our CEO, Justin Turk, and Turk presented the idea of developing a completely digital construction operations software, now Livegistics. At first, Allen was hesitant of Livegistics. “Change is difficult; especially in our industry.” says Allen. After moving T.K.M.S to Detroit, Livegistics headquarters, and reflecting on the room full of paperwork and thousands of tickets piled up on their desk, they decided it was time to make the change. “We have to do something different,” says Allen. After contacting Turk, they started using Livegistics. “Once we got started using Livegistics, it was awesome. It is a game changer for dispatchers.”

The Solution

We can do things digitally and on the fly now with Livegistics. Everything was done with paperwork before. All of the dispatches were done by hand and with very little computer work but now it’s all populated,” says Allen. Livegistics 100% digital trucking software allows T.K.M.S to have an automated dispatching service and more efficiency with tracking their trucks on mobile device and by web from anytime & anywhere. “It makes the interaction between the dispatcher and driver ten times easier. Dispatchers get truck information instantly and digitally instead of waiting for information to be relayed by paperwork and radio. Instead of trying to manage jobs and projects with one big piece of paper and trying to add everything up, Livegistics does it for us; without any paperwork. Every time a truck dumps material, enters in the tonnages, it’s all added together and inputed into the system instantly.”

Challenges Solved:

  • No more piles of paperwork
  • No more lost paperwork
  • Streamlined billing process
  • Communication between dispatch and drivers
  • Easier to manage truck loads

Benefits:

  • Exceptional Customer Service
  • 100% Digital Automated SoftwareEasy Implementation
  • Easy to use
  • Easier communication

“I can pull up dispatch anywhere. By Phone, iPad, Laptop; all around. When a customer calls and asks how many loads they’ve done, I can tell them how many loads have been dropped, how many are loaded, and more without having to spend over 25 minutes asking each driver by radio.” Tony Allen T.K.M.S – President


Black tech entrepreneurs get $1 million boost from Pharrell Williams

CNN — 

Entrepreneur Justin Turk knew his start-up was special, but a $1 million prize from Grammy award-winning singer and producer Pharrell Williams came as a shock.

On Tuesday, Williams announced the winners of his Black Ambition prize competition – and Turk and his business partner, Andre Davis, are in the national spotlight.

Williams’ non-profit was founded in December to help Black and Latino business owners close the wealth gap through entrepreneurship.

Turk and Davis, co-founders of Livegistics, took home the top prize of $1 million. The Detroit-based entrepreneurs run a cloud-based material management software company, which eliminates paperwork in heavy civil construction and demolition. The company also provides data and metrics that construction experts can use for efficiency.

Livegistics is also helping the environment through the elimination of tons of paper each year and helps local communities accelerate the elimination of blight in urban cities and neighborhoods.

“We knew we had something special, but you don’t go in thinking you will walk away with $1 million. But when it happens you are like, ‘Wow, we just won $1 million,’” Turk said.

But the 40-year-old said he never knew joy and pain could co-exist simultaneously.

Success can be bittersweet

On the day he learned his tech start-up won the grand prize, his father-in-law died before he could share the news.

“All in 24 hours, it was the greatest and worst moments tied together forever. There we were with the our biggest business success to date along with the worst day of our lives all in 24 hours,” Turk said. “It is weird. Sometimes I feel guilty for being so happy about what’s going on, but I know he would have been excited.”

Turk, who co-founded the business three years ago with Davis, said that hours after he learned about winning he watched a team of health care professionals try to revive his wife’s father, whom he admired. He was a veteran who loved architecture. And they shared the same passion for construction.

Instead of hosting a celebration party for friends and family, Turk said he will bury his father-in-law in a private ceremony Saturday.

“He would have been enamored with what’s going on. If he would have been able to see all of this, it would have just blown him away,” Turk said. “He would walk around the city of Detroit and look at buildings on his own. This would have just made his decade.”

More like brothers

Turk’s and Davis’ friendship goes back decades. The two met in elementary school when they were 5 years old, Davis said. Then, they were college roommates at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Davis, the chief financial officer, said it was never a goal to become business partners but it made sense.

“He’s been in just about every special moment in my life,” Davis said. “Not only are we solving the single most significant reason construction companies go out of business (cash flow), we’re doing so in a manner that creates less work and makes the lives of our customers easier to manage.”

Davis, 41, said he worked at Financial One as an outsourced CFO to clients in the Metro Detroit area. He started and operated his own accounting and financial services practice for 10 years, managing to keep one foot in the non-profit sector to give back. He wants to encourage other Black and minority entrepreneurs looking to start their businesses to take the leap of faith.

“A thought today, backed by effort today, is one step closer to your dream tomorrow. Justin is brilliant. His background is the foundation for what I forsee as a unicorn in the making,” Davis said. “A third generation business owner, minority-owned, who understands all facets of large construction projects at an expert level…who also has a degree in computer science to speak tech geek language! You don’t find a Justin Turk walking around every day.”

Together, the hybrid team beat out nearly 1,700 applicants to win the grand prize. Williams, who announced the initiative in December, congratulated the team on Twitter Tuesday, saying, “We are so inspired by you and can’t wait to see how you change the world.”

Turk and Davis said this win is bigger than them. It’s about opening the door for the next person.

“Winning this competition is bigger than just the prize money,” Turk said. “When we first entered the tech start-up world as two Black entrepreneurs, we had no idea how to navigate in this space.”

Turk said they are not only being taught how to navigate, “but also to dominate in an industry that just recently decided to grant access to people of color.”

The win will break open doors. And Turk has an another goal.

“We don’t just want an invite, we want to create the guest list,” he said.

Reference:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/17/us/black-ambition-pharrell-williams-livegistics/index.html 


Culture & Jobs at Livegistics

Livegistics, Inc., the winner of the inaugural $1 million Black Ambition Pitch Competition, recently closed a $6 million seed round. Dedicated to increasing visibility and leading coordination in the construction industry, with the goal of automating processes and establishing sustainability hubs around the world.

Our 100% cloud-based technology connects all project stakeholders in real-time via a GPS-tracked network of digital information, keeping you and your company moving forward in a paperless society. Real-time material tracking provides valuable load optimization data and transfer productivity on each job site. With our contactless technology, drivers cross the sales in under 12 seconds, drastically reducing CO2 emissions. Our platforms are built to drive productivity and visibility through digital audit trails that are otherwise tracked with thousands of pieces of paper. 

Reference:

https://app.purpose.jobs/companies/livegistics


BLACK TECH FIRM GAINS $6 MILLION IN SEED FUNDING TO EXPAND ITS CONSTRUCTION SOFTWARE PLATFORMS

Livegistics just gained $6 million in seed funding to help the Black-owned technology firm expand its operations and gain new customers.

(Image: iStock / FG Trade) Technician using digital tablet while working in the production line of a factory checking products

The Detroit-based company is a cloud-based material management system that takes all the paper processes in civil engineering and converts them into a digital platform with real-time GPS tracking. Calling itself a global leader in construction operations software, Livegistics says its niche is helping companies erase revenue losses from lost tickets and giving them a competitive edge with data analytics.

“My father and grandfather once owned and operated Michigan’s largest minority-owned asphalt company, so construction is in my DNA,” Turk stated.

“My ambition to achieve and restore system integrity to the industry is still fueled by their legacy.”

The company informed BLACK ENTERPRISE it plans to use $6 million—representing its first round of seed funding—led by Refinery Ventures and BlackOps Ventures to scale up.

Turk says the money will help speed up Livegistics’s ground-breaking technology rollout via a multitiered platform system offering enormous value and efficiency to users.

“We can now pursue contracts with corporations whose daily activities have a substantial influence on both our communities and the environment.”

Turk estimates that the software will give his firm access to a current $12 billion market in its business and the $1.2 trillion new infrastructure law.

He added, “Livegistics will now be able to target heavy civil construction companies with the funding.”

“With current restrictions being implemented, funding has become a critical requirement for us to build and scale our platform in order to meet the large increases in demand that we anticipate.”

He says the firm’s software is available in all 50 states, and it is now identifying significant “building markets” to help boost sales in specific areas nationally.

Revenue wise, Turk says the firm expects to generate $4 million this year, up from $1 million last year. The global company expects to add 20 more employees by late 2022.

“We are really optimistic about our trajectory matching the current potential because new customer interaction accounts for 92% of our growth, and we have a 97% retention rate.”

Livegistics started after Turk met one of its co-founders, Randy Bailey, while on vacation in the Dominican Republic in 2017. Bailey designed the prototype and now works in the product department.

Turk added that a game-changer for the firm has been Andre Davis, who serves as co-founder, CFO, and is a CPA.

Turk says Davis was instrumental in Livegistics winning the Black Ambition funding and getting the $6 million seed funding.

When it came to creating the company and handling its money, Turk says there was no one else he trusted more than Davis, who he has known since they were both five years old.

“By delivering accountability and transparency across the board, Livegistics is committed to building a company and software that is built on integrity,” Turk says.

 

Reference:

https://www.blackenterprise.com/livegistics-captures-6-million-in-seed-funding-to-expand-its-ground-breaking-construction-technology/


STELLANTIS IS LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD FOR BLACK SUPPLIERS

Stellantis and the National Business League (NBL) today launched the inaugural collective of the National Black Supplier Development Program, a group of 15 Black-owned businesses representing geographic diversity and a range of disciplines and commodities.

(Image: iStock / FG Trade) Technician using digital tablet while working in the production line of a factory checking products

The program also announced the addition of a diverse group of eight corporate partners that will enhance the development and business opportunities for participating companies, according to a press release. Corporate partners include additional auto manufacturers, Tier 1 suppliers, finance, banking and other business service providers. Complete list of companies and corporate partners attached.

These important developments build on a successful pilot in which participating companies either secured or were considered for contracts on some of Stellantis’ most significant marketing projects and vehicle programs, such as the Chrysler Pacifica, Dodge Durango and Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer. The pilot ran from October 2021 to February 2022.

“These are exciting next steps for the Stellantis-National Business League National Black Supplier Development Program on its journey to ensure that all Black business enterprises and suppliers have an equitable and inclusive stake in the global marketplace,” said Mark Stewart, COO, Stellantis, North America.

“The launch of the inaugural collective and addition of outstanding corporate partners ensures the program will be a sustainable source of significant business and development opportunities for Black businesses, entrepreneurs and communities for many years to come.”

(Image: PR Newswire) Stellantis and the National Business League today launched the inaugural collective of the National Black Supplier Development Program. The program also announced the addition of a diverse group of eight corporate partners that will enhance the development and business opportunities for Black-owned companies.

Moving forward, Stellantis will continue to provide resources to NBL to support continued development of the online portal at the heart of the program. Detroit-based Computech Corporation is the program’s website portal developer.

Stellantis and NBL will also continue to create the virtual training tools that comprise the program’s resource marketplace. This marketplace will provide access to capital, mentorship and executive coaching, supplier training and development, bid posting, match-making and much more. During the pilot, the group actively participated in coursework on these topics and also benefited from direct interaction with Stellantis leaders, business experts and Tier 1 suppliers.

The program’s new corporate partners will contribute their expertise to expand on an already rich menu of development tools available through the resource marketplace.

– Stellantis and National Business League launch inaugural collective of the National Black Supplier Development Program.

– Fifteen businesses to participate, representing geographic diversity and a range of disciplines and commodities.

– Program adds eight corporate partners to enhance development and business opportunities for participants.

– Important steps based on a successful pilot in which participating companies either won or were considered for contracts on some of Stellantis’ most significant marketing and vehicle programs.

– At scale, program will create equity for more than 2.9 million Black businesses in future contracting and procurement opportunities.

“Launching the inaugural collective of the Stellantis-National Business League National Black Supplier Development Program is an important milestone moment on the road to leveling the playing field and achieving economic justice for Black communities and millions of Black businesses,” said Dr. Kenneth L. Harris, president and CEO of the NBL.

“The program is expected to realize 20-30 percent of the untapped potential of Black businesses. The goal is to develop sustainable Black businesses that will impact local and global economies, creating jobs through entrepreneurship and growing the number of Black businesses of all sizes.”

At scale, the program will create equity for more than 2.9 million Black businesses in future contracting and procurement opportunities enabling future success.

Reference:

https://www.blackenterprise.com/stellantis-is-leveling-the-playing-field-for-black-suppliers/


Here's how a Detroit company is changing the logistics game

Logistics is the key to any successful project, from building Little Caesars Arena to building a shed in your backyard. As we celebrate black Business Month, there's a company here in Detroit that's changing the logistics game.  Click to watch:

Reference:

https://www.clickondetroit.com/video/news/2022/08/29/heres-how-a-detroit-company-is-changing-the-logistics-game/

 


National Business League, Stellantis partner to support Black-owned suppliers

The National Business League and the automaker Stellantis announced Tuesday that they are partnering to launch an inaugural program to develop and support Black-owned supplier companies through education, connections and resources.

The goal is to eventually connect these supplier companies with contracts. Under the National Black Supplier Development Program, the partners said they have selected 15 Black-owned supplier businesses for this phase, 60% of which are based in Detroit.

The goal is to eventually connect these supplier companies with contracts. Under the National Black Supplier Development Program, the partners said they have selected 15 Black-owned supplier businesses for this phase, 60% of which are based in Detroit.

 

The program has a major focus on two topics: building a growth plan and understanding financial stability. The program has a new learning management system that will connect the suppliers to companies and other businesses. There also are opportunities for participants to work with Stellantis.

“What we intended to do was first look at what the market is doing — whether there’s opportunity and professional services in the future — as well as looking at opportunities internally as automotive companies — what would we need as we begin to transition ourselves into this mobility space?” said Gregory Hawkins, business resource group and global integration manager at Stellantis. “​​So what we did was select the suppliers that had those capabilities to deliver what not only we need today, but in the future.”

In addition to Stellantis’ support, Comerica Bank, Cummins, DTE Energy, Ford Motor Co., General Motors, Lear, Magna and Toyota are joining the program as corporate partners.

The participating companies are Boulevard Content, ESG International, BSM Logistics, Goss LLC, Greenwood CRE, ConForm Automotive, JMA Global, Rolling Out Media, Livegistics, Revolt Media, Pro-Tech Group, Superior Innovative Solutions, The Harmon Group, Powerhouse Energy 360 and Vehya. These companies provide commodities such as electronic vehicle solar batteries, transportation, insurance, media, cleaning and advertising.

A pilot for this initiative, which Hawkins called Phase One of the program, launched last year with 13 participating businesses.

“In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which obviously had a demonstrative impact on Black business, coupled with the Black racial unrest that led to a global Black Lives Matter movement — that sparked this black racial equity push,” said Harris, “Our goal was to level the playing field and be intentional with a program that would have a significant impact on the disparities that exist in this country.”

The partners are approaching Phase Two of the program with a kickoff event Tuesday at the Stellantis Conner Event Center in Detroit. Its Tier 1 supplier, auto manufacturer, banking and finance partners are expected to be present, where they will network with the new participating businesses.

Harris said the new corporate partners will receive an orientation. “And then we will have the template for them to be able to engage, whether it's in terms of mentorship and coaching, education and training, access to opportunities within their supply chain, etc.,” he said.

Hawkins and Harris have a vision to eventually support over 2.9 million Black-owned businesses nationally. Hawkins said that the partners are building the foundation for the suppliers, so that more businesses will be able to take advantage of the network in the future.

“We realize that everyone that comes behind them will have the luxury of benefiting from all of that content, that capability and that network,” Hawkins said. “So while much of it is now online, any one of those 2.9 million suppliers can go into that platform, understand how to use it, take that same education and development.”

Reference:

https://www.freep.com/story/money/business/michigan/2022/08/30/stellantis-program-black-owned-auto-suppliers-education-networking/65462291007/ 

 


21st Century, Inc. has been using Livegistics for 3+ years

About 21st Century

For over 20 years, Next Generation Services Group has been tirelessly committed to safety as “the most important aspect in our industry”. The NGSG team is always meeting to discuss their industry’s current safety news, looking forward and exploring new means and methods to provide the most safe and efficient project possible. They are always providing the most experienced level of workmanship the industry has to offer; which is the result of their veteran core group of field personnel and management positions alike. Every project they undertake, from personnel to equipment, they are entirely committed from start to finish. With their belief in long term client relationships, they are committed to being their customer’s solution on every project they undertake. Among demolition companies, 21st Century Salvage, Inc. stands out. Their team consists of experienced demolition specialists who are committed to safety, they have performed hundreds of jobs involving complete and partial structural demolition, selective interior demolition, industrial & commercial strip-outs, and historical renovation. Their clients come from a variety of industries including automotive, educational, healthcare, industrial, and commercial. 21st Century Salvage, Inc. is committed to meeting their clients schedule and budget, while delivering safe, quality work and excellent service. Their goal is to build a long-term relationship with their customers – in fact, 80% of their business represents repeat customers from client referrals.

“Instead of having to go from pen to paper to Excel spreadsheet, Livegistics allows you the freedom and flexibility to manage projects and focus on the job” – Kyle Martin, 21st Century Salvage / Project Manager

The Solution

With so many different types of materials coming in and leaving the job sites – from basic construction debris to hazardous debris like asbestos, there were a lot of materials to track. To have to track all of the materials by pen, paper, and Excel spreadsheets would be impossible to manage along with being time consuming. Livegistics software compartmentalizes and digitizes all of the paperwork that would be done in the office allowing key project stakeholders to stay in the field. With most of the features within the software being automated, users are able to manage and track projects without having to complete any paperwork.

At a glance

Challenges Solved:

  • Tracking scrap
  • Keeping track of projects
  • Helps with organization
  • No need to use Excel Spreadsheets and paper

Benefits:

  • Streamlined Processes 
  • 100% Digital
  • Helping with sustainability
  • Accessible from anywhere

“Anything that makes your job more streamlined, only makes you more professional, and more organized. When you’re more organized, then you can think clearly. When you think clearly, you can make the jobs more profitable and your margins will show that when the job ends” – Kyle Martin, 21st Century Salvage / Project Manager


Renascent clearing the way for the new Indiana University Health Hospital using Livegisics

About Renascent

Renascent means: “Rebirth” and “Rising to New Life.” Renascent , the company, specializes in the demolition and repurposing of old structures, and value creation for communities. With roots thirty years deep, Renascent has grown rapidly. We specialize in the renewal of campuses, hospitals, stadiums/arenas, convention centers, airports, and public works projects, repurposing urban and rural land and buildings, large and small . We offer the essential expertise and safety in structural demolition, selective demolition, abatement services and recycling, as well as consulting, planning, and budgeting support .

Overview

IU Health Excavation Project
The IU Health Project is massive and RENASCENT needed help tracking all of the truckloads. They knew handling paperwork for a project this substantial would be hectic. With LIVEGISTICS being a completely digital software, It made it easy for RENASCENT to track all of their loads, check tickets, log hours, confirm truck counts and make sure billing information is accurate.

“We create around 2,000 new manifests every other week. So we had so many loads between two and 300 loads a day going to the Danville landfill and if we were to use paper manifests on this job with all these loads going, it would be way too hectic. It would slow us down. Using LIVEGISTICS has made our job 50 times more efficient.” Joe Campbell RENASCENT – Project Scheduler

The Solution

LIVEGISTICS eliminated the hardships that come with handling paperwork for RENASCENT. The onboarding process was very quick and easy. “It was so simple. It took maybe two days to get up and running and feel completely comfortable,” says Campbell. “LIVEGISTICS is not like any other software. You have Customer support available at all times to answer any questions or solve any problems for us right there on the fly! LIVEGISTICS is keeping our project on schedule!”

At a Glance 

Challenges Solved:

  • Overall Efficiency
  • Keeping track of project
  • Driver wait times
  • Misplacing Paperwork

Benefits:

  • Exceptional Customer Service
  • 100% Digital Software
  • Easy Implementation
  • Easily access Historic Data

LIVEGISTICS makes accessing data easy! It’s always there when you want to go back. You don’t have to worry about file cabinents full of paper or misplacing paperwork.” Joe Campbell RENASCENT – Project Scheduler