Two Fortna Clients Named 2017 DC Velocity Rainmakers

Two of Fortna’s clients, Hobey Strawn of TTI Inc. and Jack Samson of L.L.Bean, have been named 2017 Rainmakers by DC Velocity. Highlighted in their July issue, eight supply chain professionals were selected because each are “united by a common goal of advancing the logistics and supply chain management profession.”

Hobey Strawn is vice president of operations for the Americas at TTI Inc. He is responsible for the company’s distribution operations and logistics functions, including all activities related to receiving, inventory management, order fulfillment, shipping, transportation/freight, and trade compliance.

Jack Samson serves as vice president fulfillment, returns, manufacturing, and logistics at L.L.Bean. He’s currently the project lead for a team that’s focused on strengthening the company’s omnichannel retailing strategy and practices, which includes a redesigned distribution center and the installation of a new WMS.

Congratulations to Hobey and Jack, and all the DC Velocity Rainmakers.

SupplyChainBrain Recognizes Fortna as a Great Supply Chain Partner

READING, PA (July 11, 2017) – 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.

    “We are very grateful to all our clients who took the time to nominate us for this significant supply chain award,” said John A. White III, president and CEO of Fortna. “Being honored in this way validates our work helping companies optimize their distribution operations and implementing solutions that drive a competitive advantage.”

    “For 15 years running, SupplyChainBrain has published our much-anticipated list of 100 Great Supply Chain Partners – a select group of companies whose customers recognize them for providing outstanding solutions and services. This year’s field of nominees was abundant and very strong, hailing from all aspects of supply chain management,” said Brad Berger, publisher of SupplyChainBrain.

    The complete listing of the 100 Great Supply Chain Partners will appear in the July/August 2017 issue of SupplyChainBrain magazine and on the website.

    About Fortna Inc.
    For over 70 years, Fortna has partnered with the world’s top brands – companies like O’Reilly, ASICS, Pick n Pay and Totto – helping them improve their distribution operations and transform their businesses. Companies with complex distribution operations trust Fortna to help them meet customer promises and competitive challenges profitably. We are a professional services firm built on a promise – we develop a solid business case for change and hold ourselves accountable to those results. Our expertise spans supply chain strategy, distribution center operations, material handling, supply chain systems, organizational excellence, and warehouse control software. For more information, visit www.fortna.com.

    Media Contact: Kate Baar, Director, Marketing, katebaar@fortna.com

    Fortna Announces Organizational Changes to Better Serve Clients and Drive Innovation

    READING, PA (July 5, 2017) – 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.

    “Nikko and Will are innovative thought leaders who know how to build strong teams”, said John White, president and CEO of Fortna. “With their leadership, we will continue to help companies transition to new distribution models to support today’s more diverse and fast-paced business environment.”

    About Fortna Inc.
    For over 70 years, Fortna has partnered with the world’s top brands – companies like O’Reilly, ASICS, Pick n Pay and Totto – helping them improve their distribution operations and transform their businesses. Companies with complex distribution operations trust Fortna to help them meet customer promises and competitive challenges profitably. We are a professional services firm built on a promise – we develop a solid business case for change and hold ourselves accountable to those results. Our expertise spans supply chain strategy, distribution center operations, material handling, supply chain systems, organizational excellence, and warehouse control software. For more information, visit www.fortna.com.

    Media Contact: Kate Baar, Director, Marketing, katebaar@fortna.com

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

    READING, PA (June 22, 2017) – 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.”

    “Our goal with 2017’s Top 100 is to shine the spotlight on successful and innovative transformation projects that deliver bottom-line value to small, medium and large enterprises across the supply chain,” says Ronnie Garrett, editor of Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “The selected projects can serve as a roadmap for supply chain executives looking for new opportunities to drive improvement in their own operations. We congratulate all of our winners for a job well done!”

    The complete listing of the 2017 award winners is available at www.SDCExec.com and appears in the June 2017 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine.

    About Fortna Inc.

    For over 70 years, Fortna has partnered with the world’s top brands – companies like O’Reilly, ASICS, Pick n Pay and Totto – helping them improve their distribution operations and transform their businesses. Companies with complex distribution operations trust Fortna to help them meet customer promises and competitive challenges profitably. We are a professional services firm built on a promise – we develop a solid business case for change and hold ourselves accountable to those results. Our expertise spans supply chain strategy, distribution center operations, material handling, supply chain systems, organizational excellence, and warehouse control software. For more information, visit www.fortna.com.

    Media Contact: Kate Baar, Director, Marketing, katebaar@fortna.com

    Fortna Opens New Office in Midtown Atlanta

    READING, PA (June 15, 2017) – 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.

    About Fortna Inc.
    For over 70 years, Fortna has partnered with the world’s top brands – companies like O’Reilly, ASICS, Pick n Pay and Totto – helping them improve their distribution operations and transform their businesses. Companies with complex distribution operations trust Fortna to help them meet customer promises and competitive challenges profitably. We are a professional services firm built on a promise – we develop a solid business case for change and hold ourselves accountable to those results. Our expertise spans supply chain strategy, distribution center operations, material handling, supply chain systems, organizational excellence, and warehouse control software. For more information, visit www.fortna.com.

    Media Contact:  Kate Baar, Director, Marketing, katebaar@fortna.com

    Fortna Opens Development Hub in Hanoi, Vietnam

    READING, PA (March 23, 2017) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, announces the opening of a software development hub in Hanoi, Vietnam.

    Distribution operations have become more complex and sophisticated due to the rise of eCommerce and the requirements for fast order processing and omni-channel solutions.  Warehouse software plays an increasingly important role in the performance of these highly dynamic distribution operations.  New advanced software platforms combine real-time computing with advanced analytics to optimize flow, speed, productivity and flexibility in distribution center operations.

    The new Vietnam office expands Fortna’s global software development team to further accelerate the development of future releases of FortnaWCS™ and FortnaWES™ software. Fortna’s software solutions integrate, control and automate material handling equipment in distribution operations to optimize fulfillment flow, speed and resource utilization in real-time.  These solutions provide the simulation and command center services to enable flexibility and responsiveness to change, both today and through “bolt-on” capabilities in the future, to support Fortna’s Client needs.

    “Vietnam is becoming recognized as an innovation hub and is well-known for excellence in software development,” said Nikko Pianetto, Group Vice President. “Our Vietnam team will extend and complement our global design, analytics and software personnel. These advanced software capabilities, combined with our strategy, design, implementation and support expertise, are what enable Fortna to deliver comprehensive and innovative distribution solutions that support the world’s largest brands and the most complex distribution environments.”

    “Fortna’s unique business model, where we guarantee the results of large distribution transformation projects, is dependent on having world-class software at its foundation,” said John A. White III, President and CEO of Fortna. “This enables our Clients to make and keep bold promises to better serve their customers, and make distribution a competitive advantage.”

     

    About Fortna Inc.

    For over 70 years, Fortna has partnered with the world’s top brands – companies like O’Reilly, ASICS, Pick n Pay and Totto – helping them improve their distribution operations and transform their businesses. Companies with complex distribution operations trust Fortna to help them meet customer promises and competitive challenges profitably. We are a professional services firm built on a promise – we develop a solid business case for change and hold ourselves accountable to those results. Our expertise spans supply chain strategy, distribution center operations, material handling, supply chain systems, organizational excellence, and warehouse control software.   www.fortna.com

     

    Media Contact:  Kate Baar, Director, Marketing, katebaar@fortna.com

    Fortna Promotes Jerry Hedrick to Vice President of Human Resources

    READING, PA (March 17, 2017) – As part of its dedication to ongoing associate development and talent leadership, Fortna, The Distribution Experts®, has promoted Jerry Hedrick to the position of Vice President of Human Resources.

    At the core of Fortna’s success is its people – the community of associates across the globe who help our clients turn their distribution operations into a competitive advantage. Jerry will drive strategic leadership and operational excellence in all areas of human resources.

    “Jerry’s experience building and leading high-performance teams, and his deep experience in continuous improvement, will be a great asset as we continue to grow in a competitive market,” said John A. White III, President and CEO of Fortna. “Jerry will help us attract, develop, and recognize our people so we can continue with our commitment to innovation and service excellence.”

    “Finding the best talent and providing incredible development opportunities are key to living up to our internal brand promise of Passion-Promise-People,” stated Jerry Hedrick, VP of Human Resources. “My focus is to continue to make Fortna an employer of choice, where people are deeply engaged and have energy and passion for their work.”

     

    About Fortna Inc.
    For over 70 years, Fortna has partnered with the world’s top brands – companies like O’Reilly, ASICS, Pick n Pay and Totto – helping them improve their distribution operations and transform their businesses. Companies with complex distribution operations trust Fortna to help them meet customer promises and competitive challenges profitably. We are a professional services firm built on a promise – we develop a solid business case for change and hold ourselves accountable to those results. Our expertise spans supply chain strategy, distribution center operations, material handling, supply chain systems, organizational excellence, and warehouse control software.   www.fortna.com
    Media Contact:  Kate Baar, Director, Marketing, katebaar@fortna.com

    Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine Names Two Fortna Associates as “2017 Pros to Know”

    READING, PA (February 27, 2017) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, announced today that two associates have been named as Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine’s “Pros to Know.”  They include:

    • Seth Conrad, Senior Director, Professional Services
    • Brad Anderson, Senior Director, Performance Improvement

    The Pros to Know is a listing of exceptional corporate executives at manufacturing and non-manufacturing enterprises who are leading initiatives to help prepare their companies’ supply chains for the significant challenges in the year ahead,” says Ronnie Garrett, editor of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.

    The Supply & Demand Chain Executive “Pros to Know” award recognizes both the practitioners and provider ends of the supply chain. These Fortna associates won in the “provider” category which includes individuals from software firms and service providers, consultancies or academia, who helped their supply chain clients or the supply chain community at large prepare to meet these challenges.

    “We are pleased to see our associates, like Brad and Seth, make this list year after year for their innovative work on behalf of clients,” says Fortna President and CEO, John A. White III, “It’s a reflection of the culture of innovation that Fortna has built over the last 70 years.”

    The full list of “2017 Pros to Know” will be available at www.SDCExec.com and in the March 2017 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine.

     

    About Supply & Demand Chain Executive

    Supply & Demand Chain Executive is the executive’s user manual for successful supply and demand chain transformation, utilizing hard-hitting analysis, viewpoints and unbiased case studies to steer executives and supply management professionals through the complicated, yet critical, world of supply and demand chain enablement to gain competitive advantage. Visit us on the web at www.SDCExec.com.

     

    About Fortna Inc.

    For over 70 years, Fortna has partnered with the world’s top brands – companies like O’Reilly, ASICS, Pick n Pay and Totto – helping them improve their distribution operations and transform their businesses. Companies with complex distribution operations trust Fortna to help them meet customer promises and competitive challenges profitably. We are a professional services firm built on a promise – we develop a solid business case for change and hold ourselves accountable to those results. Our expertise spans supply chain strategy, distribution center operations, material handling, supply chain systems, organizational excellence, and warehouse control software.   www.fortna.com

    Media Contact:  Kate Baar, Director, Marketing, katebaar@fortna.com

    Fortna Hires Operations Research Expert, Dima Nazzal, PhD

    READING, PA (February 22 , 2017) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, announces the hiring of operations research expert, Dima Nazzal, Ph.D.  Nazzal comes to Fortna from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she was a faculty member focused on the application of operations research, modeling and designing complex material flow systems in manufacturing and distribution.

    Nazzal will lead Fortna’s Research & Development (R&D) modeling group that applies the science of distribution operations design with innovative and differentiated approaches to optimize our Client’s fulfillment operations.  Fortna’s R&D modeling group is also instrumental in the development of next-generation algorithms that support Fortna’s industry-leading Warehouse Execution System (WES) software solutions to optimize the flow and efficiency of our Client’s distribution centers.

    With the rise of eCommerce and the requirements for same-day order processing, increased customization and omni-channel solutions, distribution operations have become more complex and sophisticated – approaching those of manufacturing operations.  Innovation and scientific excellence are needed.  Nazzal’s background in manufacturing provides her with a unique perspective on optimizing complex material flows, and her most recent project involved modeling and designing high-volume pharmaceutical order fulfillment systems.

    “I could not be more pleased, nor more excited to join the Fortna team,” said Nazzal.  “Fortna’s efforts to help the world’s largest companies transform their distribution operations offer some of the biggest challenges in operations research today.  I am excited to put my skills and background to use in advancing the company’s innovation and expertise. Fortna’s business principles speak to my values and I am excited to be part of its culture.”

    “We welcome Dima to our Fortna R&D team,” said Russ Meller, VP, Solution Design and R&D at Fortna.  “Our unique approaches and designs are based on leading engineering and mathematical analysis.  Dima will join our staff of technical experts applying engineering and science to help the world’s top brands transform their distribution operations into a competitive advantage.”

    Nazzal graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology where she received a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering.

    About Fortna Inc.
    For over 70 years, Fortna has partnered with the world’s top brands – companies like O’Reilly, ASICS, Pick n Pay and Totto – helping them improve their distribution operations and transform their businesses. Companies with complex distribution operations trust Fortna to help them meet customer promises and competitive challenges profitably. We are a professional services firm built on a promise – we develop a solid business case for change and hold ourselves accountable to those results. Our expertise spans supply chain strategy, distribution center operations, material handling, supply chain systems, organizational excellence, and warehouse control software.   www.fortna.com

    Media Contact:  Kate Baar, Director, Marketing, katebaar@fortna.com

     

    Manhattan Associates Recognizes Fortna as a Top Partner for Ninth Consecutive Year

    READING, PA (February 7, 2017) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, was recently named by Manhattan Associates to their prestigious Partner Performance Club.  This is the ninth consecutive year that Fortna has been recognized by Manhattan for contributions to customer engagements in the previous year. Fortna was one of three companies to receive the award for Best Consulting Partner.

    “Manhattan’s strategic partnerships help drive customer growth by acting as extensions of our comprehensive solutions for our customers worldwide,” said Jeff Cashman, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Manhattan Associates. “We are extremely proud of the focus our partners place on providing omni-channel, inventory and supply chain support to our customers.”

    “Partnering with Manhattan Associates enables us to provide outstanding service for our shared clients,” said Patti Satterfield, Global Vice President at Fortna.  “Our deep distribution expertise and our approach to delivering a complete solution, combined with Manhattan Associates’ solutions, help clients transform their distribution operations into a competitive advantage.”

    The Manhattan Value Partner (MVP) Program is an ecosystem of third-party integrators/consultants, complementary software providers and hardware providers, whose combined expertise and products ensure delivery of world-class supply chain solutions to joint customers.

    About Manhattan Associates

    Manhattan Associates is a technology leader in supply chain and omni-channel commerce. We unite information across the enterprise, converging front-end sales with back-end supply chain execution. Our software, platform technology and unmatched experience help drive both top-line growth and bottom-line profitability for our customers.    Manhattan Associates designs, builds and delivers leading edge cloud and on-premises solutions so that across the store, through your network or from your fulfillment center, you are ready to reap the rewards of the omni-channel marketplace. For more information, please visit www.manh.com.

    About Fortna Inc.

    For over 70 years, Fortna has partnered with the world’s top brands – companies like ASICS, Carter’s and Mr Price – helping them improve their distribution operations and transform their businesses. Companies with complex distribution operations trust Fortna to help them meet customer promises and competitive challenges profitably. We are a professional services firm built on a promise – we develop a solid business case for change and hold ourselves accountable to those results. Our expertise spans supply chain strategy, distribution center operations, material handling, supply chain systems, organizational excellence, and warehouse control software. For more information, please visit www.fortna.com.

    Media Contact:  Kate Baar, Director, Marketing, katebaar@fortna.com