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A message from the CEO

Living in Texas, the Dog Days of Summer have always been tough. That mid-summer lull — after the 4th, before back-to-school, when temperatures here are a few past the triple digit mark — is usually a time of getting one’s ducks in a row.  Preparing a family for back-to-school, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas is no small feat. When you work in the supply chain, it also means a time of preparing your business for these same events. That is, usually. 

 

This year, the Dog Days are extra tough. Thanks to the pandemic, families don’t know what type of fall and winter they’re going to have. Will kids be going back to school or will they be continuing their educations in the privacy of their homes? How much shopping will they actually want to, or be able to do in brick-and-mortar stores for the holidays? Whether you’re a parent planning your fall calendar or a supply chain professional planning your inbound shipments, these questions are top of mind. 

 

So what can you do now? When the pressure and heat are (literally) on, the days are starting to run together, and clear answers are nowhere to be found? 

 

For me, it’s always been creating goals, taking steps, and ultimately measuring progress — no matter how small. If quarantining has taught me anything, it’s that the small things matter, because it’s the small things I miss the most — like real people in the baseball stands on TV and giving a good friend a hug. 

 

One glitch in the system fixed may not seem like a big deal, but it counts. Small improvements in efficiency and productivity, when executed day-in and day-out and applied at scale have changed entire industries. And now is no time to forget that. 

 

So now, at a time in the year when you’re likely feeling the fatigue of the heat, the year, and undoubtedly the pandemic, I challenge you to find areas — no matter how small — in your work and in your life to create consistency, and certainty. You may have a lot of unknown in front of you, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t things you can control.

 

At Traverse Systems, we’ve purpose-built our software to pinpoint supply chain opportunities for improvement that pay dividends well into the future. If only it were as simple for our personal lives. 

 

Wishing you the best,

Gregory Holder,
Traverse Systems
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Traverse will be attending the Fall RVCF Conference and we hope to see you there!

November 8 - 11, 2020

Scottsdale, Arizona

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WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING
 
 
Getting up and running with Traverse was a seamless process. With Traverse, we have true visibility into our entire operation. Traverse’s tools allow us to bring together warehouse managers, directors, salespeople, and EDI departments from all the companies we work with, large and small. Traverse is absolutely a game changer. I can’t recommend them enough.
 

Marty Hahn,

Director of Vendor Relations,

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