New Breed Logistics (now XPO Supply Chain) operated more than 70 dedicated client distribution and repair centers across North America and Asia. Frequently, prospective clients would visit these facilities to see operational examples of the company’s innovative supply chain solutions. New Breed asked, how can we improve the appearance of these facilities, which were always in a state of evolution.
The solution went beyond window dressing. I developed large format prints and artwork that served multiple purposes: Art highlighted the clients’ connections with the Fortune 500 brands they serve. Client staff who worked on site were continually reminded of New Breed’s dedication to their brand values. And, the artwork encouraged New Breed employees to see themselves as extensions of those marquee brands.
To develop this long-running program that was installed in more than half of all New Breed facilities, as well as adopted by headquarters staff of some of the brands served, I provided graphic design and art direction, writing, photography, and production and fulfillment services. In some cases, projects involving these large scale banners and framed art for 100,000 square foot-plus facilities went from concept to installation in one week.
New Breed Logistics (now XPO Supply Chain) called me with an urgent request: Could a photographer and I get to New Jersey on short notice to capture video of an unusual event?
New Breed provides manufacturing support for Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopters and had arranged for one to land at their facility outside Philadelphia, where employees and families could tour the aircraft and see the product of their hard work. The head of the Chinook program for the US Army would be at the controls, tour the facility and offer a few words to the assembled employees.
I quickly lined up a local shooter whose primary work is shooting sidelines footage for the NFL Network, then got on a plane to New Jersey. After landing I had an afternoon to scout locations and develop a preliminary shot list. With one photographer working the event, I planned to supplement his footage with stills that I would capture throughout the day.
Run-and-gun was the order of the day. From touchdown to liftoff later that day we were in constant motion, shooting Army, Boeing and New Breed staff, interviewing employees, and looking for opportunities for b-roll that would tell the story of an unusual day at the facility.
Back in North Carolina, I received the second part of the assignment: Create a show that focuses attention on employee’s involvement in the manufacturing of the Chinook. Those employees would be the primary audience.
A day long edit and a few revisions later, this was the final product.