WTDC Newsletter – November 6th, 2023
Open – Veterans Day – November 10
Closed – Thanksgiving – November 23
Open – Black Friday – November 24
Closed – Christmas Day – December 25
Closed – New Year’s Day – January 1
I know this company newsletter is a little longer than normal, so please bear with us, we’ve been busy! Thank you to our amazing staff for putting our customers first while improving their community.
Sean Gazitua, President & CEO
Air Cargo Americas
WTDC attended 2023 Air Cargo Americas tradeshow hosted by World Trade Center Miami last week. This annual event is a great way for our logistics industry to discuss the latest trends in supply chain and air cargo.
Pictured are WTDC with our friends at Magaya Corporation, GLT Logistics, and FIU College of Engineering and Computing, which houses the logistics program.
PortMiami reveals 8 new cruise ships for ’23-’24 season
The cruise lineup at PortMiami has been announced for the 2023-2024 season featuring 8 new cruise ships from Royal Caribbean, Carnival, and Norwegian among others.
This year, the cruise industry is to reach a projected $12.5 billion in revenue.
Magaya Dimensioner at WTDC
WTDC is committed to improving our processes through technology. Recently we implemented the Magaya Dimensioner in our warehouse. Like a parcel dimensioner but larger in scale, it weighs, measures, and takes photos of cargo. This data is seamlessly integrated into our WMS, thereby improving accuracy and productivity.
WTDC at the MIA Runway 5K
On Saturday, October 21st, WTDC Sales and Marketing Manager Sean Powers and Office Manager Daniel Fajardo ran the MIA Runway 5K! People familiar with Miami International Airport (MIA) will know the route as the runways closest to NW 36th St. by the cargo hangars. Proceeds from Miami Runway 5K support Breast Cancer Research and Awareness.
Veterans Stand Down
On November 2nd, Deacon Ralph L. Gazitua led the opening invocation for Veterans Stand Down at the County Fairgrounds.
This Miami-Dade County event was part of a nationwide program to support at-risk Veterans. Veterans could receive food, clothing, career and legal assistance at the event as well referrals to other essential services. God Bless our Veterans!
Pictured above, left to right: Marcos De Rosa, Military Advisory Board of Miami-Dade County, Vice Chairman Anthony Rodriguez, Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners – District 10, Deacon Ralph L. Gazitua, WTDC Chairman, Kevin Marino Cabrera, Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners – District 6, and Jose “Pepe” Diaz, Mayor of Sweetwater, Florida.
Thanksgiving Food Drive
We are now accepting food and monetary donations for WTDC’s 5th annual Thanksgiving Drive benefiting Lotus House Women’s Shelter. Lotus House is the largest Women’s shelter in the country, dedicated to improving the lives of women, youth and children experiencing homelessness through sanctuary, support, education, and other resources. Please help us in supporting this cause!
Spirituality in the Workplace
On Saturday, November 4th, WTDC visited the Shiva Vishnu Temple of South Florida as part of our Spirituality in the Workplace Initiative. After a private tour of the Hindu temple including a special puja (prayer) for WTDC, we sat together for prasad mandir – a lunch open to anyone in the community.
Thank you to our host MC and our colleague Dr. Erik Larson, Chair & Associate Professor of Florida International University’s (FIU) Religious Studies Program, for coordinating our visit. WTDC has an alliance with FIU Religious studies for this initiative.
Each quarter, WTDC staff visits a place of worship not to convert or espouse any one faith or doctrine but to educate and inspire WTDC employees to better themselves through faith of any kind whether it be Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, or other. For each place of worship WTDC visits, we donate $1000 for their hospitality.
Places of worship visited by WTDC Spirituality in the Workplace:
• Apostolic Worship Word Center (Evangelical Christian)
• Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church (Roman Catholic)
• Shiva Vishnu Temple of South Florida (Hindu)
• St. Dominic Catholic Church (Roman Catholic)
• St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church
• Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church
• Vous Church (Non-denominational Christian)
In 2024, WTDC plans to visit a mosque and a synagogue to broaden our understanding of their culture and traditions.
Health and Wellness
On Friday, October 27th, Yoga instructor Andrea De La Madriz led a sound meditation session for WTDC staff and tenants.
The goal of WTDC’s Health and Wellness Program is to encourage all employees to adopt a healthy lifestyle, which promotes improved mental and physical wellness.
Halloween – Mario Party
On October 31st, WTDC hosted their annual Halloween Party for employees and tenants. This year, the theme was Super Mario Brothers.
Food was serviced by Shorty’s Barbecue, and a costume contest followed.
3rd Place: William Ghersi (TNA Associates)
2nd Place: Stephanie Reynoso
1st Place: Allan Mojica (FEGA Xpress)
Thank you to WTDC Transportation Manager Castell Chavez and her committee for organizing this year!