QCS Logistics (formerly Quick Courier Services, Inc.), was founded in 1984 by entrepreneurs, Ronnie and Sheila Burns. During its three and a half decade history, QCS emerged as the largest minority owned same day delivery service in Louisiana; providing reliable and customized logistics services to a host of local businesses, healthcare firms and government entities. During its tenure, the company has provided job opportunities to a diverse workforce, totaling over 4,000 people.
QCS had been selected to the Inc. 5000 list as one of America’s fastest growing companies for four consecutive years. QCS was also recognized as a Top 100 Icon of Industry by ICIC (Initiative for a Competitive Inner City) in 2014. In September, the QCS ownership group finalized a transaction to sell the company and its assets to Dropoff, Inc., an Austin, TX-based national firm and one of the leaders in the same-day delivery industry. Today Dropoff operates in 42 markets across 22 states.
Jason Burns, Sr., former QCS President, will become Dropoff’s Director of Corporate Development and will focus on strategic mergers & acquisitions aimed at expanding the company’s growing service footprint. Warmoth Guillaume, former QCS Chief Operating Officer, will serve as Dropoff’s Regional General Manager with expanding duties in 2021. Ronnie, a 2018 CLDA Hall of Fame 2018 inductee, and Sheila Burns will continue their involvement as consultants to the Dropoff leadership team.
The sale will better position the company to capitalize on the growth of the same-day delivery & custom logistics industry. Jason noted, “All signs point to significant growth for our sector in the next 3-5 years. By joining Dropoff, Inc., our employees will have greater upward mobility opportunities, and we can now serve our customers’ needs on a regional and national basis with improved data analytics reporting from Dropoff’s proprietary technology platform. It gives us a competitive advantage in the local market and provides a platform for national expansion.”
All former QCS employees were retained by Dropoff, Inc. and offered a competitive benefits package, employee-stock options, and a 401k program. Partner Warmoth Guillaume stated, “As we viewed the competitive landscape of our industry, it became clear that this was the best time to exit and that Dropoff, Inc. was the right partner because of its leadership, company culture and progressive solutions to solving our customers delivery needs.”
According to Dropoff, Inc. founder & CEO, Sean Spector, “We are very excited about this acquisition as QCS was not only a growing business but the company’s reputation in the industry and alignment of core values made it very attractive. The leadership team’s experience, coupled with its expertise in healthcare logistics, will be a key part of our future growth.”
Although exiting the courier business, Ronnie and Sheila will continue to oversee their other family-owned enterprises, including Burns Management Group (BMG) and Global Parking Systems (GPS). They have guided the expansion and development of their various businesses and are recognized as two of New Orleans’ premier entrepreneurs and civic leaders. They will continue to support the many civic and charitable organizations that have made a difference in the community, especially as it relates to healthcare, economic development, and youth empowerment.
This year, the company is making a financial contribution to three local charities: Second Harvest Food Bank, Heart N Hands, and Daughters Beyond Incarceration. “It is heartwarming when I look back to how far we’ve come since Ronnie first approached me about starting a courier business,” said Sheila Burns. “I’m especially proud of the QCS legacy in this community and the thousands of families we have positively impacted. This is what entrepreneurship is all about!”
QCS founder Ronnie Burns summed up the sentiment of the ownership team by stating, “As a company, we have been fortunate to have had long-standing, loyal customers that helped us grow and expand our business base, as well as dedicated employees who embraced our corporate values of excellence and service. It was not easy to let go of QCS, but we are confident that Dropoff, Inc. will continue to provide the same level of service and offer even more value to current and future clients in this region.”