THOUGHT OF THE DAY

If you tell him it can't be done, he will show you it can.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Happy Holidays from Goalder Transportation 2008

David and I just want to take the time to wish all our customers a wonderful Holiday this year. In the ever changing economy we hope that we can all make it through the tough times and that our businesses can handle all the many changes that we all will probably go through.

Let's all have a positive attitude and help each other through the tough times the best that we can.

We look forward to working with you this year, if you are one of our customers, we look forward to the new customers we will meet in our travels.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

How to Bail Yourself Out

I attended a dinner last night for our Business and Professional Women's Week activities and one of our members passed out this commentary she had received through e-mail from The Kansas City Star. I thought it hit home not only for ourselves but really anyone who is dealing with todays issue and something some people have lost sight of.

Commentary: How to Bail Yourself Out--by Bernie Madden, Guest Columnist

Let's face it, business is tough these days. And, of course, we all know who is to blame: Greedy CEOs and shareholders, Bil Oil, crazy mortgage lending practices, wasteful government spending, lying politicians and negative media are all easy targets for a pointed finger.

But might I suggest that we small-business owners and corporate executives point our fingers in another direction? We need to be reminded of what leaders are called to do, such as:

*Stay calm and positive. Panic is the stage set by irrational performers. Effective leaders step into challenging scenes with calm assuredness. We are going to get through this. Be positive. Know in your heart that things will improve. The more strongly you believe that truth, the more your employees and customers will be encouraged. And the sooner your business will start moving forward. Positive energy is contagious.

*Always keep your eyes up. If you are always looking down to see where your feet are on the path, you lose sight of the destination. Keep your eyes focused on where you want to go and let your peripheral vision take care of safeguarding the steps necessary to get you there.

*Turn outward. Get out of your cocoon. Do things. See and be seen. Promote your business and employees with confidence. In your personal life, do something good at the grass-roots level. There is no better feeling than making a positive difference in the life of an individual in need.

*Always surround your self with good people. Hire people you like, respect and trust. Give the others an opportunity to find position better suited to their personality. Spend more time with colleagues and friends who are enthusiastic and upbeat.

*Show employees love. Pay attention to your employees. Get to know them. Listen to them. If one seems down, offer encouragement. Tell why you hired her or write him a note listing the things he does well. Be clear in stating expections and generous in showing ways to improve performance. Humans respond better to encouragement and opportunity than to criticism and limitations.

*Alwaysbe true to yourself. Your mother was right. It's the same in business. Know what your business means to you, your family, your employees, your customers and your vendors. Be that business you can be proud of. Failing a character test=in business or personal life always leads to disappointing outcomes.

*Get better. Work on continually improving every aspect of your business. Reward your customer's loyalty with better products and services. Your competitors will cut quality or service. Let them. They won't succeed in the long run by cutting prices a little and cutting quality or service a little more. Customers want good, fair value, not cheap price.

*Always do what's right. It isn't what you do in life that matters, it's how you do it. Integrity and virtue win out in the long run.

*Look good, feel good. Being well-groomed and well-dressed is a way of not only showing respect to your customers, but setting a tone for your staff.

*Count your blessings each day. Take a moment daily to focus on the good things about your life and business. What you have is more valuable than what you don't have.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

"I Heard It Through the Grapevine"

Sometimes it is unfortunate how things get started. Remember playing the game at school of starting a topic and each person who heard the story after you would add one thing to the story and by the time the last person heard the story it wasn't anything like it started out and it was so filled with misinformation it was crazy.....well David heard that we had "went out of business".

So to squash the rumor no we haven't "went out of business" we are changing the way we run the business due to the economic times. It is not cost effective to pick up one piece of equipment at a time. The more items the better at one pickup has always been the better way to do it. Also as individuals decide that luxury items are less important than feeding a family or paying bills we will probably have to start hauling other commodities other than exercise equipment until our economy gets over the hump so to speak. We will continue to service our customers we do have as much as possible but it is unrealistic to know that things are changing and we have to change along with the times.

Time will only tell what everyone will be doing.....

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Source of Reference

A couple weeks ago a client contacted us and told us he had read on a discussion forum that someone had wanted information on equipment shipping. It took me a while but I finally located the source. It turned out that we had met Dr. Ellington Darden several years ago at a SuperSlow conference in Indianapolis. His website is drdarden.com. This is his Hit Revolution website on his High Intensity Training Program but under Discussion Form a couple of our clients gave David "high marks" for his work.

It is always nice to know that our clients appreciate the quality of our work.

Occasionally we have also been listed on E-Bay as a shipper also. Thanks to all of you who have recommended us through these mediums. Please let us know if you post about our work on anyother sites.

Friday, September 19, 2008

RATES

Not by the mile, not by the weight, we prefer not palletized over palletized. The more you have the better price we can give you. We do load and drop and also assembly/disassembly. Each job is never the same, surprisingly. We make every attempt to charge our customers they best price we can considering the amount of work each job entails. We prefer each customer contacts us directly for pricing. We continue to try and keep prices reasonable during the ever changing economic times.

I prefer written quotes over verbal, I love paper trails. Unfortunately our timeframe can be long 6-8 weeks typically. Explaining that if you purchase one piece in New York and want it delivered in Arizona it may take us awhile to get it to you or you might get lucky and get it right away. Traveling all over the 48 states is tough for one guy...But you will be happy you hired us, hopefully. :-)

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

LIFE OF A TRUCK DRIVER FAMILY

Over the years I have been asked the same question, time and time again. "Don't you get tired of David being on the road so much?" Well it hasn't always been easy. It takes a special person to be able to handle the alone time, decision making, and running a family without your spouse at home on a normal 9/5 schedule. I sometimes use the analogy I felt like a military spouse. Long periods of away time, although he doesn't dodge bullets, he has to dodge other drivers on the road, long hours, etc. truck driving is considered one of the most dangerous occupations in the country.

Our now grown children and myself had to sacrifice many things, but I think it actually helped mold both two wonderful now successful young people and made me a better person. Sometimes we forget also that it wasn't just the family at home that had the rough times, David sacrificed just as much if not more than we have. Also this is our business, how we make our living and what put two children through college and the roof over our head. We cherish the time we do have together and hold it close. We also like to remind people although we don't work in a traditional office setting, and have normal working hours, we expect the same respect you would give to anyone you would do business with. It isn't as easy as it looks, and its definitely not a job for everyone.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

E-mail from Dr. Ken Leistner

I received an e-mail today from Dr. Ken and he asked that I share his experience with others. He is not a "blogger" so asked that I add to our new site...

Cindy--I've been involved in the lifting sports for 49 years and had the pleasure of working for both Nautilus and Hammer Strength. The first eight pieces of Hammer equipment were designed in my living room by Gary Jones, who assisted me with the birth of puppies while staying here, perhaps the highlight of his New York experience! At Nautilus, I worked in the factory, prototype shop, and as the driver of our only tractor trailer. Thus I know equipment and I know long haul trucking. Dave's recent delivery of some vintage Nautilus pieces to our Long Island facility was a reminder that there are true professionals that do a professional job that deserve respect and repeat business! Man, Dave can drive as well as anyone I've seen in the profession and having dealt with manufacturers who run their own rigs, who come close to the level of care the two of you demonstrated in preserving the integrity of the equipment. Not a scratch, not a blemish on these remanufactured ancient pieces which will enhance their value and enjoyment when in use. I can't thank you enough. Without a doubt, you will remain my carrier of choice. Signed Dr. Ken Leistner, Valley Stream, NY (yeah "that" Dr. Ken)......

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Goalder Transportation New Blog

Our company has been asked if we had a website, and we thought this would be the next best thing and also help give a little bit of background into what our business has provided over the years. So our first entry will be to give a little history on our company....

David & Cindy Goalder are owners of Goalder Transportation in Sedalia, MO. Our journey to go out on our own started in 1995 in Arleta, CA. David provides more than 30+ years expertise in the transportation field. He started his journey in the furniture moving business as a "youngster" and worked for several of the major moving companies around the Los Angeles, CA area. North American, Atlas, Mayflower, and Graebel Van Lines just to name a few. After more years than he cares to remember "lumping" furniture, he decided to move on to "general freight" from produce to drywall he has moved just about everything there is to haul in this industry. After years of working for someone else, we decided in 1995 to "do our own thing". We have hauled for several exercise equipment manufacturers and somehow fell into almost exclusively hauling equipment. We have transported from a wide variety of manufacturers and dealers: Flex, Icarian, Paramount, Muscle Dynamics, Streamline, Promaxima, Nautilus, Medx, Hammer Strength, and the list goes on..... We have delivered to all states, except Alaska (we did have a client who wanted us to take some equipment to the frozen tundra, but we passed) and Hawaii (believe me we would if we could). David's knowledge of equipment is vast, he has been called a "professional" in what he does. And don't tell him it can't be done, because he will pretty much prove you wrong....

Cindy wears the hat of Office Manager. With almost 30 years of experience in business and office related skills; 17 years of which her experience was in civil service with the State of California from clerical/secretarial, management services, public affairs, and accounting for the Employment Development, State Lands Commission, Dept. of Transportation and the Museum of Science and Industry) now the Science Center.

Our goal is to provide personal service to each customer we have. Our air-ride 2007 Great Dane trailer, blanket wrapped services, we hope will help make your experience a good one with us and hopefully continue as a returning customer.

We welcome comments to our blog so that we can better serve all our customers.

GOALDER TRANSPORTATION
"Quality in Equipment Relocation" since 1995
2500 Kay Ave
Sedalia, MO 65301
(660) 829-4241 FAX (660) 829-4239
David Cell (660) 460-0133 Cindy Cell (660) 460-0134
E-Mail goaldertransportation@hotmail.com