Entries by Mary Curtis

Webinar: The Insider’s Guide to Emerging Technologies for Your Distribution Center

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
2:00 p.m. ET

There’s a wave of new technologies – from robots to wearables to autonomous vehicles to drones to software – that can deliver real competitive advantage in your distribution operations.  You don’t want to be left behind, but you may not want to be on the bleeding edge, either. How do you decide when and where to invest?

This webinar will discuss an insider’s view of the latest technologies for inside your Distribution Center.  You’ll learn which technologies are being piloted, which are having success and moving towards becoming mainstream, and what’s on the horizon. Our experts will help you make sense of it all by showing you where the hype ends and reality begins.

SupplyChainBrain Recognizes Fortna as a Great Supply Chain Partner

Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, is proud to be named a 2017 Great Supply Chain Partner by SupplyChainBrain for the eighth consecutive year. SupplyChainBrain received hundreds of nominations during their six-month online poll. Nominations for Fortna included statements such as:

  • “Fortna has developed lasting relationships at all levels of the organization
    from frontline employees to the executive team.”
  • “We have trusted them for over 60 projects, including double-digit DC designs,
    and continue to be pleased with their results.”
  • “Fortna has been a great steward of our money by continuing to drive down costs.”
  • This award is one of several that Fortna received this year, including the Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100 award, the Manhattan Associates Partner Performance Club MVP and two Pros to Know awards to Fortna associates – Seth Conrad and Brad Anderson. This award is especially meaningful because it is based solely on nominations from clients for whom Fortna’s work made a significant impact on their company’s efficiency, customer service and overall supply chain performance.

    Fortna Announces Organizational Changes to Better Serve Clients and Drive Innovation

    Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, announced today two changes that will drive innovation and improve customer service.

    Nikko Pianetto has been promoted to the role of Executive Vice President. In this role, he will lead the global services organization that manages all of Fortna’s service offerings that are involved in turning a companies’ distribution operations into a competitive advantage.

    Previously, Pianetto led the global software development team responsible for FortnaWCS™ and FortnaWES™ – Warehouse Control and Warehouse Execution Systems – the sophisticated warehouse systems that power high performance distribution operations, like the kind needed for eCommerce. In addition, Nikko also played an integral role in opening an innovation hub in Hanoi, Vietnam to continue to advance Fortna’s capabilities in design, analytics and software.

    Will King has been promoted to Pianetto’s former role as GVP, Integrated Technology Solutions. In this role he will continue to build out the Engineering and Implementation Services critical to delivering quality solutions to Fortna clients. He will also lead the expansion of Fortna’s Client Lifetime Protection services, an essential part of keeping today’s “always on” distribution operations performing at peak. This includes helping clients with a comprehensive support strategy that goes beyond a number to call when there are issues. It also includes taking a long-term view and creating a roadmap to ensure operations will perform in the future, meet the ROI that was promised, and stay current with business and technical changes.

    Fortna Named to Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100 for “Great Supply Chain Project”

    Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, has been named to the 2017 Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100 (SDCE 100) list for an eighth consecutive year. The SDCE 100 list highlights supply chain projects that have produced measurable gains and return on investment for companies, through increased efficiency.

    Fortna was selected for its project that helped an industrial parts supplier enable faster fulfillment, reduce costs, add capacity, and handle new business requirements. The results included:

    • Cut order processing time from three days to less than one
    • 99.82 percent order accuracy
    • 30 percent improvement in productivity
    • Doubled network capacity

    “We’re honored to be named to this year’s SDCE 100 list,” said John White, president and CEO at Fortna. “This a testament to the positive business results achieved by this project, which has allowed our client to ship twice the volume of orders while handling a wider variety of order profiles, additional SKUs and new business requirements.”

    Fortna Opens New Office in Midtown Atlanta

    Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, announced today the opening of a new office in Midtown Atlanta.

    Fortna has grown significantly over the last few years as companies look for help to improve their distribution operations to meet ever-growing customer and consumer demands. That, coupled with a desire to have an office in a more urban location, prompted the move. The new office is located in the heart of Atlanta’s technology hub in Midtown and will help Fortna attract top talent from leading universities and technology labs in the area.

    “This location provides a great environment for our associates and supports easier access for both domestic and international client and team meetings,” said John A. White III, president and CEO of Fortna. “Atlanta, based on location and airport, is a professional services hub and one of the nation’s best cities for skilled and diverse technical talent. This new office will help us attract great people who, in turn, will help us execute on our commitment to innovation and service excellence.”

    The new office will be located at Two Midtown Plaza – 1349 W Peachtree St. NW, Suite 1010, Atlanta, GA 30309. The new office replaces the current Alpharetta office, which will close at the end of June.