BDP International, Inc.

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Richard J. Bolte Jr.
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Location: Philadelphia, PA
Founded: 1972
Industry: Logistics solutions/supply chain

BDP International, Inc.

Richard J. Bolte Jr.
Chairman and CEO

When Richard J. Bolte Jr.’s father founded BDP International, Inc. in 1966, it was just him, a typewriter and an entrepreneurial drive. Today, the company operates freight logistics centers in 20 cities throughout North America and has a network of wholly owned subsidiaries, joint ventures and strategic partnerships in 140 countries. Worldwide, BDP International serves more than 4,000 customers, including Johnson & Johnson, Heineken USA and Revlon. Some of these relationships date back as much as 35 years — a successful track record built through BDP’s pioneering role in using technology in the global logistics industry. This is an important aspect of BDP’s strategy today as well, as the industry has changed dramatically through the impact of digitization and technological advances. By investing in new technology, BDP continues to succeed.

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When it comes to leadership and focusing on execution, Bolte says “our mission is simple: full employee engagement.” As a family business, Bolte says the company has a keen understanding of how to treat people, which in turn has led to high retention rates. “If you take a look at our employee base, you can see that we have a tremendous amount of very loyal employees who have been with us 30, 35 and 40 years,” says Bolte. “For us, that is a keystone for building major customer relationships: you start within.”