First Flight Solutions Reaches 10 Year Milestone
FIRST FLIGHT SOLUTIONS REACHES 10-YEAR MILESTONE
North Carolina-based business celebrates 10 strong years with a firm vision for the future
Emerald Isle, N.C. (August 22, 2018) — On August 22, 2008, in a small beachside town in North Carolina, a company was launched with a vision of helping businesses save money on shipping.
Two years later, that company, First Flight Solutions, hired its first employee, and in 2011 was acquired as a sister firm by fellow Emerald Isle native, Transportation Impact. Since then, the growth has been rapid and accompanied by many awards: a remarkable five consecutive listings on the Inc. 5000, back-to-back NC Fast 40 and North Carolina Top 100 Private Companies, Eastern NC BBB Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics, Parcel Hot Company, Inc. Magazine Best Workplaces 2017 & 2018.
“It’s been an amazing decade,” said Managing Partner, Doug Starcke. “Thanks to the dedication of our employees, the trust of our clients, and the support of our community, First Flight Solutions has leaped from milestone to milestone.”
The company’s rapid growth is grounded in service offerings that provide its customers with measurable and significant financial benefit. FFS improves shippers’ logistics operations through advanced TMS technology paired with an innovative “cost-based” negotiation strategy. This ensures that customers benefit from low small parcel and LTL rates, accurate invoice auditing, and optimized routing decisions on every shipment.
In 2018, First Flight is projected to generate revenue of $40 million, while saving clients an average of 19.9% on their shipping spend, for a total of $400 million in savings.
From the beginning, FFS has been guided with an unwavering commitment to its core values of work ethic, integrity, professionalism, passion, and perfection, and it has earned a well-deserved reputation as a community steward and sought-after employer. The company’s ethos is founded in a belief that a supportive atmosphere, an emphasis on giving and humanity, and approachable leaders and managers help employees reach their greatest potential.
In early 2017 the company’s philanthropy was formalized as IMPACT1 (Improvements Made by People ACTing as 1), a pledge to provide 1% in goodwill services, 1% of employee time, and 1% of company profit to the community.
Equally important is the outstanding team the owners have orchestrated to help realize their vision for the future. “The leadership that have been hired over the last ten years have helped this company to grow into what it is,” said Kirsten Burt, Freight Pricing Specialist.
And the company’s leadership has always looked long-term. “Right from the beginning, we’ve been in this for the long haul,” said Starcke. “We have a good vision and clear goals for 2025. The future is very bright.”
About First Flight Solutions:
First Flight Solutions is a supply chain spend-management firm headquartered in Emerald Isle, N.C. A 5-time Inc. 5000 honoree, FFS improves our customers’ logistics operations through advanced TMS technology. Paired with our innovative “cost-based” negotiation strategy, this ensures our customers benefit from low small parcel, LTL, and TL rates, accurate invoice auditing, and optimized routing decisions on every shipment. In addition to the Inc. 5000, the company has been honored with back-to-back NC Fast 40 and North Carolina Top 100 Private Companies, Eastern NC BBB Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics, CAI Ovation Award for Corporate Social Responsibility, Parcel Hot Company, back-to-back Inc. Magazine Best Workplace. For more information, visit firstflightsolutions.com.
8921 Crew Drive
Emerald Isle, NC 28594