Welcome to ConnectShip Community News: June 2019 Edition

It’s been another busy quarter at ConnectShip. In this edition, we are excited to unveil our new ConnectShip+ partner program and a new carrier component, and introduce you to our Summer interns and new employees!

Industry Events

Pitney Bowes Retail Revolution
In April, ConnectShip’s Jim Clifford and Miranda Gerken had the opportunity to represent ConnectShip in a three day digital commerce thought leadership event, Retail (R)Evolution, hosted by our partner Pitney Bowes. The event enabled a look at the world of logistics through the lens of technology . Our ConnectShip team was able to participate in this experience, which was centered around leveraging cutting edge applications like robotics, 3D Printing, and AI, to help retailers evolve and counter rising labor / logistics costs.

Partner News

Training Opportunities


Register for our upcoming training classes – Introduction to Toolkit!
The ConnectShip onsite and online Introduction to Toolkit training courses are designed for technical personnel who will be involved in integrating, administering, or maintaining a ConnectShip Toolkit system.

Introduction to Toolkit
Onsite (Tulsa, OK)- September 17 - 20
Online - November 12-14

View the course schedule and register to attend ConnectShip training today.


New Deliv Carrier Available!

ConnectShip is continuing to satisfy delivery needs in a consumer driven market by partnering with the last-mile solution provider Deliv. This innovative crowd-sourced carrier provides same-day shipping to more than 4,000 retailers and businesses in 35 markets.

REACH Industry Webinars

Want to catch up on our REACH Webinar series? All of our past REACH Webinars are available to view at your convenience in our video library. To be notified of upcoming webinars, be sure to subscribe to our mailing list.

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The Latest on Blogistics

Check out what’s new on Blogistics - ConnectShip’s industry blog!

Crowd-Sourced Delivery Solving the Last Mile Problem
Today’s suppliers are facing an ongoing challenge that is only rising with customer expectations of delivery – The Last Mile Problem. The last mile refers the final leg of delivery as a shipment leaves the local warehouse or distribution center and ends up safely in the customer’s hands.

Sustainability in the Supply Chain
In the age of zero waste, it is more crucial than ever that companies focus on sustainability in order to retain current customers and attract new ones. Unfortunately, cutting out plastic straws and recycling in the office are no longer going to meet customer expectations. Customers are now expecting a company’s entire supply chain to not only to be eco-friendly, but to explain exactly how they are sustainable as well.

What’s Trending in the Trends
With a nod to Punxsutawney Phil – and Bill Murray, for that matter – I consulted some of my trusted supply chain industry sources to see what they predicted would be of significance in 2019. I wanted to see if there were any predictions that emerged across multiple sources or any crossover that would help me identify the trends I wanted to follow throughout the year. I wanted to see who could really say, “I told you so” next January.

The Global Parcel Tsunami – Staying Ahead of the Wave
In a panel discussion earlier this quarter, industry experts weighed in on global parcel shipping trends and gave focused advice on how to surf the tsunami wave and avoid being crushed beneath it. The short answer to stay afloat? Technology.

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New on ConnectShip.com

ProPack Case Study
When ProPack noticed process inefficiencies while shipping with multiple carriers, they began their search for one system that could be customized with business rules, automate decision making, eliminate process waste, and allow for expansion for future business. After comparing alternatives, they chose CMS GlobalSoft’s WorldLink and CMS’s partner, ConnectShip.


Employee Spotlight
Help us Welcome our New Team Members!
Kirk Horton

Kirk Horton has joined our ConnectShip software engineering department. Prior to joining ConnectShip, Kirk has worked as a software engineer in the pre-employment industry and in the mortgage industry. He holds bachelor's degrees in both computer science and mathematics. Kirk enjoys reading about and engaging in the latest trends in video games, software development, and TV series.








Nick Isely

We are excited to have Nick Isely on our ConnectShip software engineering team. Nick, a Seattle native, graduated college with his bachelor's degree and a triple major in Computer Science, Math, and Physics. He is new to the Tulsa area, having spent most of his adult life in Kansas and a brief time in North Dakota. Nick enjoys traveling and taking road trips. Most of the time he can be found at the gym or spending time with his dogs. He enjoys the occasional bowling league and has even won a few bowling tournaments. Nick is an active member in his church and there he is able to share one of his talents - playing the trumpet.

Our 2019 Summer Interns!

Jody Landis

Jody Landis attends Penn State University where she will be graduating with a degree in Supply Chain Information Systems in May of 2020. She is also pursuing minors in two areas of great interest – International Business and Entrepreneurship & Innovation. On campus, Jody is dedicated to her THON organization and waitresses at her favorite restaurant, India Pavilion. Jody is living in Atlanta, Georgia for the summer where she has joined ConnectShip as a Marketing Intern through her position with UPS in Global Customer Solutions. In her free time, Jody loves to spend her time exploring the outdoors, traveling, playing her Ukulele, and creating crochet tops.






Tyler Bruce

Tyler Bruce is a Computer Science major at Oklahoma State University with an anticipated graduation date of May 2020. Tyler has earned an Associate’s Degree in Computer Science from Tulsa Community College. In his free time, Tyler enjoys working with computers, playing video games, and fishing at his dad’s pond. He also enjoys hanging out with his family, especially his nieces.



Zachary Coon

Zach Coon is a senior at Baylor University studying computer and electrical engineering, with a minor in computer science. He has a scheduled graduation date of May 2020. Zach is from a small town in Texas. When he is not studying for school you can usually find him on an Xbox, a golf course, his ranch, or a lake fishing with his dad and brother.



ConnectShip Cares

ConnectShip volunteers recently took a trip to our community food bank of Eastern Oklahoma and spent the afternoon helping fight hunger in Tulsa and our surrounding communities!










Salsa de Mayo


Our annual Salsa De Mayo event was a spicy success, despite the tornadoes that were hitting much of Oklahoma at the time. The team gathered for yummy Mexican food and a heated salsa competition. Our United Way committee held an employee vacation day raffle with proceeds benefitting the United Way.


Happy Retirement!

In May we celebrated Mike Doyle and his 25 years of service at ConnectShip. Throughout his career, Mike held a variety of positions from Customer Support Technician to Application Development Manager to Project and Product Management. Mike was the Architect and Lead Developer for the ChainLink Shipping, End of Day, and Customer Service applications and also the Project Leader and Lead Developer for the XML Processor.

He was a member of the ConnectShip team that developed a patented method for validating RFID tag data. In his most recent role, he was the manager of a team of Requirements Analysts, Mike was also the head of the world class ConnectShip Support and QA teams.

Although we will miss seeing Mike around the office, we are excited to see where his retirement will take him. He is looking forward to spending time outdoors with his wife, 3 children and 10 grandchildren.