Liberty logistics company recognized for big growth

You wouldn’t know it in passing, but a Liberty firm tucked into the Seaport business park is making a big impact in the world of transportation logistics and has repeatedly been recognized as one of the fastest-growing businesses in the Kansas City metro area.

The Logistics Store at 26 Westwoods Drive specializes in helping businesses with their supply chain and freight operations by delivering complete, full-service solutions rather than focusing on nut-and-bolt minutiae that can slow down efficiency.

A Liberty resident and William Jewell graduate, founder and CEO of The Logistics Store Marti Gooch said he launched his business in 2009 during the recession when many businesses were scaling back.

“It was a tough time overall to start a business and to establish credit,” Gooch said. “It became a good time for us, to expand the philosophy we work to build on here.”

Last summer, it became evident that the risk payed off, as Kansas City business magazine Ingram’s named The Logistics Store the No. 1 fastest-growing business in the Kansas City region based on revenue increases. In 2009, The Logistics Store had a gross revenue of $201,184. In 2012, that figure increased to $7,141,810 — a growth of about 3,450 percent. Most of the company’s clients are domestic, with the majority located in the Midwest.

The recognition didn’t stop there. Inc. 500 magazine also ranked the business No. 102 out of 500 in the nation as one of the fastest growing privately held companies.

“Liberty has been an excellent community to be in as far as business is concerned,” Gooch said.

The business has also been recognized for its growth by the Clay County Economic Development Council, he said.

“For us, it is validation that we’re doing things right,” said Gooch.

In 2009 the company had 10 employees and has added two more since.

“We’ve seen nice personnel growth with people who have heard about our business and wanted to be part of it,” Gooch said. “We haven’t advertised at all. We haven’t had to.”

Gooch said his company stands apart from the average transportation logistic business because of its consultative approach with its clients and focus on technology, including cloud-based computing.

“We have assembled a model here that has all of the components for a more expansive growth prospect,” Gooch said. “Logistics has grown double digits for years, overall as a category. Businesses have become more receptive to businesses like ours.”