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According to Wikipedia, logistics is “the management of the flow of goods, information and other resources between the point of origin and the point of consumption in order to meet the requirements of consumers.

Logistics involves the integration of information, transportation, inventory, warehousing, material handling, packaging, and occasionally security.”  Sounds kinda dry, doesn’t it? Well, maybe so at first.  But consider how it impacts our lives every day. The food we buy at Kroger, Wal-Mart or Country Mart, the books we buy at Hastings or order online from Amazon, the cars and trucks we drive, our clothes, our furniture, local medical supplies, even the materials used to build our homes, churches and schools, all has to be shipped to this location one way or another.  And likewise, all the products we make here in Dyer County – from the sausage at Sara Lee Foods to the heavy equipment component parts at Caterpillar – must be shipped to the end user by one means or another.  Okay, but is all that really so important? You bet it is.  In a recent survey of corporate CEOs cited by Grubb & Ellis, a global business consulting firm, transportation costs ranked first among the Top 10 Site Selection Criteria in the survey. Logistics infrastructure – things like highways, intermodal terminals, rail lines and Foreign Trade Zones – ranked second. In fact, transportation and logistics ranked higher than labor availability and labor costs, higher than business climate and even higher than taxes and incentives, in order of importance to selecting a site for a company to locate.  Simply put, logistics really matters to business people.  That’s why this year’s Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce “Membership Matters” Luncheon features a leading expert on this critically important topic.  Tim Feemster, Senior Vice President of Global Logistics at Grubb & Ellis Company, will present his compelling worldwide analysis, titled “Trends in Logistics and the Impact on Local Industrial Real Estate,” to local business and community leaders on Monday, August 23, at noon at the Lannom Center for Business Development.  “I’m looking forward to visiting Dyersburg for the first time,” Feemster said recently in a telephone interview. “I met your chamber director Allen Hester at a conference earlier this year, and was interested to hear about the Northwest Tennessee region and the emphasis being placed on improving the transportation network there. I hope my remarks will shed some light on the critical importance of being well-connected to the global supply chain.”  Grubb & Ellis is a full service global real estate company with 127 offices. Their 6,000 professionals in more than 130 company-owned and affiliate offices draw from a unique platform of real estate services, practice groups, and investment products to deliver comprehensive, integrated solutions to real estate owners, tenants and investors. The firm’s transaction, management, consulting and investment services are supported by highly regarded proprietary market research and extensive local expertise. Tim Feemster has been with Grubb & Ellis for almost 4 years, in the logistics business over 35 years, and has worked closely with clients such as Nissan Motors, Hewlett Packard, Frito Lay, Coke, Cisco Systems, Oscar Mayer, General Mills, Nike, Ricoh, and Slimfast.  The annual Membership Matters Luncheon, which will also include an update on Chamber economic development activities, and possible guest appearances by candidates for state and federal offices, is being sponsored by First Citizens National Bank, Dyersburg Electric System, First South Bank, Sara Lee Foods, The Lannom Law Firm, Cable One, Forcum Lannom Contractors, Security Bank, Forcum Lannom Building Materials, Caterpillar, AT&T and Dyersburg Regional Medical Center. Reservations at $15 per person or $250 for Event Sponsorship (including seats for six) are required no later than August 18thand can be made by contacting Ellen Carrington, Membership Director at 731-285-3433, or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Those interested are encouraged to act quickly because the event usually sells out early.