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:

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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/ 

 


Company Culture Starts at the Ground Level with Livegistics

Livegistics founder, Justin Turk, is a third-generation entrepreneur in the construction industry. But instead of jumping right into construction like his family, he took a different path. Justin went to college to become a software developer, then got his Master’s in civil engineering and construction management. With the partnership of his education and familial ties to construction, the foundation for Livegistics was created naturally.

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At the core of the Livegistics software is a deep understanding of their client's business. Their platform is designed to bring the construction industry into the world of technology through real-time data and predictive software that helps to reduce waste and work more efficiently on a project. The data they provide enables their customers to make more insightful decisions for tomorrow and allows contractors and construction companies as a whole to be more proactive than reactive.

“The data is so important in real-time fashion because the work in construction has already been done weeks before you know if you’ve made money or not and if you were compliant or not. We help our clients focus on the unknown and see things they may not have — because that’s so much of what the construction industry is: unknown,” says Justin.

Livegistics is focused on significant impacts through their software — to support the environment and local communities, help businesses make better decisions financially, and reduce carbon emissions and reduce waste. And after their $6M seed fundraise, they’re just getting started.

 

Building a Culture with Community in Mind

When it comes down to it, the product and the community go hand-in-hand and the company culture impacts that. The Livegistics team is made up of people who are passionate about the work they do and their impact on the environment.

“We see our team members as more than a Customer Service Rep, more than a Developer — we go beyond title. We know they have hobbies and interests that can benefit the Livegistics mission and want to nurture those for the individual, but also for our company,” says Justin. “We have a team member who has expertise in urban gardening, so we asked them to teach us and figure out how to incorporate urban gardening in our messaging as well. We have another team member who is passionate about recycling and sustainability. I know these skills are valuable to our team and our work.”

The Livegistics software, in combination with community help and buy-in, cleans up neighborhoods and builds a healthier and more sustainable tomorrow.

“We’re helping communities live better,” says Justin. “Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the amount of illegal dumping has sky-rocketed and the amount of waste in landfills is at an all-time high. We work with 26 landfills across the country to ensure they are compliant and aid in the fight to keep our environment and our communities clean. We’re also seeing tire disposal challenges in urban areas.”

Livegistics Team

Nurturing the Livegistics Company Culture

Livegistics faces the same challenges any remote company does with a team separated by screens. Leadership may ask that everyone have their camera on for a certain meeting, but there’s trust that has been built by bringing the right people onboard.

“You don’t know it’s working until it’s working,” says Justin. “My team is strong, determined, and relentless in the pursuit of excellence, and my leadership team and I do whatever we can to nurture that.”

Things like regularly celebrating wins, announcing an Employee of the Month, and ensuring every single individual knows they are part of the Livegistics journey, are just a few examples of this thriving work culture.

Justin also believes that every voice matters, regardless of title or years of experience. Supporting his team is very important to him. He knows that creating a safe space for people to voice ideas, opinions, and even what’s going on in their personal lives only makes for more engaged employees — and successful ones.

Although Justin loves to see these values come through in his employees, he knows it’s important to be an example for them as well. He’s a mentor for other community startups, a football coach, and more. He says, “I want people to learn things that help them grow individually, spread their wings, and do what they want. It’s why I regularly give advice and ideas, connect with people, and share knowledge.”

Building the Livegistics Team

When it comes to building the Livegistics team, interest or experience in construction aren’t at the forefront as one may think.

Livegistics looks for talent who are skilled in tech, but they also put a lot of weight on people who have leadership skills. Through the interview process, the team seeks to find out how a candidate feels about responsibility and ownership — with minimal focus on construction. “We can teach people about construction and we do. I want to know if someone is willing to speak up and is relentless in the pursuit of excellence among other things,” says Justin.

For those members of the team who work face-to-face with the customer, the expectation is to bring the most exciting version of you every day. Justin knows the customer is the most important piece of the puzzle and how his team interacts with them is top of mind. “It’s important to think outside yourself, communicate thoroughly, and follow through on any promises you make.”

Working at Livegistics not only means an exciting product and great company culture. It also means unlimited PTO, a fun workplace, and a real environmental impact.

 

Reference:

https://www.purpose.jobs/blog/company-culture-starts-at-the-ground-level-livegistics

 


Detroit Black-Owned Tech Company Wins Pharrell Williams $1 Million Black Ambition Prize Competition

Detroit Black-Owned Tech Company Wins Pharrell Williams $1 Million Black Ambition Prize Competition

  • Pharell Williams founded Black Ambition to focus on closing the opportunity and wealth gap through entrepreneurship.
  • Black Ambition provides mentorship and access to capital to high-growth startups founded by Black and Latinx entrepreneurs.
  • $1 Million Prize Winner Livegistics: A cloud-based material management operating system that connects all stakeholders of a construction project in a real-time GPS tracked and mapping network of digital information.

July 13, 2021, Detroit, Mich. - Detroit-based minority-owned tech company, Livegistics, wins Pharrell Williams's "Black Ambition" $1 million prize competition, as announced online Tuesday, July 13. "Black Ambition" provides a pathway to success for Black and Latin entrepreneurs who are launching early-stage tech, design, healthcare, and consumer products and services start-ups. Headquartered in Detroit, Livegistics understands the components needed for a renaissance movement and is committed to providing a product and experience that will revolutionize the construction industry that is ripe for change.

Founded in 2017, minority-owned company Livegistics is quickly becoming the top disruptor in the tech industry. CEO and Co-Founder Justin Turk, with over 20 years of experience in civil engineering and construction management, Justin applied for the Black Ambition program to take advantage of each and every opportunity to grow the business, his intellect, and resources. Livegistics’ groundbreaking technology helps companies replace their paper with technology to bridge the gaps between civil construction, demolition, waste management, and logistics.

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, African-Americans make up less than five percent of the technology industry's workforce in Silicon Valley, and the percentage of African-Americans that occupy executive positions in the industry may be as low as one percent, according to the commission. Independent entrepreneurs reach the same closed-door or minimal access as those already established in the sector. "Winning this competition is bigger than just the prize money", Turk says. "When we first entered the tech start-up world as two Black entrepreneurs, we had no idea how to navigate in this space. Now, we 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 information, skills and tools we are being taught will not only help us thrive in our business, but it will break open doors that we never even knew existed. We don’t just want an invite, we want to create the guest list."

With Livegistics, civil, demolition, and trucking companies can now easily convert paper truck tickets into a real-time continuous flow of information, data, and metrics that allow them to be in better control of cash flow and planning for the future. What would normally take months to audit and reconcile is complete in a matter of seconds using Livegistics.

Customers who use Livegistics see a return on their investment in less than 4 months.

  • Eliminate revenue losses from lost tickets
  • Drastically reduce time and labor associated with ticket reconciliation
  • Manage cost on a real-time basis
  • Data analytics gives a competitive advantage over the competition
  • Large reduction in field errors

The COVD-19 Pandemic saw a surge in demand as the trucking industry single-handedly kept the country moving with the shutdown. "U.S. trucking companies are scrambling to hire more drivers as roaring consumer demand and tight shipping capacity stoke a resurgent freight market. Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings Inc., the largest truckload carrier in North America, is the latest trucking company to raise pay", per The Wall Street Journal. Livegistics software is installed in five Waste Management Landfills across three states, including Auburn Hills, Lenox, and Wayne, Michigan, allowing thousands of customers that cross their scales to use the highly sought out software.

Livegistics plans to invest in the tech industry, increasing the workforce, specifically hiring other Black entrepreneurs, and strategically spending the prize money on sales and marketing to continue to grow and scale the company. The inaugural Black Ambition prize winners were announced online Tuesday, July 13 at 5:30 pm, with earnings ranging from $100,000 to $1 million. The event featured programming, including remarks by Pharrell, a special performance by Tobe Nwigwe, and founder stories.

Justin Turk CEO and Co-Founder:

Justin Turk is committed to leveraging technology against the archaic practices of modern construction. He believes that transparency, accountability and immediate access to information are essential to eective business growth for all parties involved. Before becoming CEO of Livegistics he held a role as Vice President and Chief Estimator at one of the largest heavy civil (Minority-Owned) construction companies in Michigan. With both an educational background in computer science as well as civil engineering/construction management, Justin was instrumental in the establishment and advancement of construction technology use throughout the company.

A member of the Metro-Detroit Black Business Alliance and EY's (Ernst and Young) Entrepreneur Access Network, Mr. Turk is a third-generation entrepreneur in the construction industry. Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather who once built the largest minority-owned asphalt paving company in Michigan, he is committed to making sure that minorities have a sustainable seat at the table as both entrepreneurs in construction and tech. He currently resides in Metro Detroit with his wife and two children.

 

Andre Davis, CPA CFO and Co-Founder:

Growing up as one of eight children in a single-parent home, Andre Davis grew to value community, hard work, and purpose as he dedicated himself to helping others through financial services. After leaving Ernst & Young LLP, and with a goal of helping startup entrepreneurs, Andre started his own accounting and financial services practice dedicated to helping small businesses thrive. In addition to his practice, Andre has served as auditor, financial consultant, investment advisor, controller, vice president of finance, and CFO throughout his career, working with companies in manufacturing, financial services, construction, non-profit, and many other industries over the past twenty years.

As Co-Founder and CFO of Livegistics, Andre has helped structure, develop and position the organization for accelerated exponential growth. Leveraging his experience, he aspires to see Livegistics realize its potential and pioneer change in the construction industry.

Andre holds a Master’s Degree in Accounting and is a CPA with long-standing memberships with the AICPA and MICPA. He currently resides in Metro Detroit with his wife and five children.

Black Ambition Social Handles:
Instagram: @blackambitionprize
Twitter: @blackambitionpz
Facebook: @blackambitionprize
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/black-ambition
Event Website: https://blackambitionprize.com/demo-day-2021

Company Website: https://livegistics.com
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/livegisticsing
Facebook: @Livegisticsinc
Instagram: @livegisticsinc
Twitter: @livegisticsinc

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Livegistics Spotlight - Welcoming New Hires to Our Team

Terese Ingram

Customer Solutions Specialist

Born in the City of Detroit, Terese is a product of St. Martin DePorres and Farmington High Schools. Her post high school education has been focused on marketing and customer service. Terese has a long track record with providing exceptional customer service with companies such as Quicken Loans and DTE Energy. Several years ago she also served as a Field Engineer for one of Metro Detroit's largest demolition contractors. These experiences give her a very in-depth understanding of how to relate to customers in the construction industry. In a fast paced, production demanding environment, accessibility and solutions must go hand in hand.

"Every time.... No Exceptions..... No excuses. I learned that while working for some of the most successful corporations in the United States and I have applied that to my day to day interactions with customers. You have to have patience with technology. Technology is forever evolving and everyone doesn’t necessarily feel safe. You have to be their step by step guide until they’re comfortable."

~ Terese Ingram

 

 

 

 

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Landfills, Lawsuits and Liabilities. The Livegistics Systems solves the 3 L's for Construction Managers/Owners/Developers

Landfills

The EPA estimates that between 230 million and 530 million tons of construction debris are generated annually in the United States.  Usually, a property owner hires a contractor to dispose of construction and demolition (C&D) debris at an approved landfill.  Most people assume that it is the responsibility of the hired contractor to ensure that the material is disposed of properly.  This is simply not true.  No matter who is performing the work, it is essentially the “Owner’s” responsibility to ensure that this material is disposed of properly.  Landfills require an “Owner’s Representative” to guarantee that the material being delivered to the landfill comes from their site.  On an average project, an “Owner’s Representative” can sign over 500 documents to approve of hauling C&D debris to a landfill.  This process can easily become redundant and tiresome.

Lawsuits

Every year owners are sued for millions of dollars, because the material leaving their site was not disposed of properly.  For this reason, many owners have invested capital in having people managing the waste streams of a project.  This was done as a result of the large payouts being made by owners who were found to be negligent.  Financially, it made more sense to hire people to manage this process then to risk trusting a contractor to do it correctly on their own.  When the work of a contractor is what supremely decides an “owner’s” fate bad things sometime happen (https://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20180318/news/655571/ford-investor-battle-over-wixom-site).  As important as this process is, the time is now to leverage technology at the landfill so that we can reduce lawsuits.

Liabilities

Even with the investment in environmental oversight, a large liability remains.  What happens when the truck leaves the site?  How do I know each truck made it to the landfill that day?  How am I keeping track of each load of material based on each area it was removed from.  With so much liability involved in this process, it is time that owner’s use technology to limit their liability.  It’s time for Livegistics.  The Livegistics LTS Manifest application is accessible at every Waste Management landfill in the United States.  For the owner that wants to avoid lawsuits and limit liabilities; send your C&D debris to a Waste Management Landfill via Livegistics.

How the LTS Manifest App works with Waste Management

We have created a guide that walks an owner through signing manifests digitally using LTS Manifest.