Fortna Opens Office in Toronto, Canada

Reading, PA – August 29, 2016 – Fortna®, the distribution experts®, continues its global expansion with the opening of its first Canadian office, in Toronto. Established to support growth opportunities in Canada, the new Toronto location follows the opening of offices in both London and Santiago earlier this year.

Fortna’s growth is driven by the need for companies to invest in their distribution operations to meet growing consumer demands for greater value and convenience. Fortna’s comprehensive model manages all phases of a project – from strategy and design to implementation and support – to ensure long-term success and taking total project and financial accountability for budget, timeline, go live, adoption and support.

“Fortna brings a unique business model to the market where we guarantee the results of large distribution transformation projects,” said Andrew Breckenridge, executive vice president. “We look forward to expanding our relationships with Canadian companies and partnering with them to create a competitive advantage through their distribution operations.”

About Fortna Inc.

For over 70 years, Fortna has partnered with the world’s top brands – companies like Mr. Price, J.Crew and Pick n Pay – 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.

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

Two Fortna Clients Selected as 2016 DC Velocity Rainmakers

Two of Fortna’s clients have been selected by DC Velocity for their 2016 Rainmakers list, as individuals who “have a common goal of advancing the logistics and supply chain management profession.” This year, nine supply chain professionals were selected and are highlighted in the July issue.

Mike Fernstrom is recognized for his work managing both distribution and logistics operations during his tenure at Petco. Mike is also recognized as the principle architect of the “picking sled,” which is a horizontal picking cart that Petco uses, allowing pickers to cluster pick up to six stores at once, improving productivity by over 18%.

John Salt is recognized for being instrumental in upgrading the logistics and transportation functions at Canadian Tire, and for deploying upgraded technology within the distribution centers to improve quality and productivity. His current focus is developing an online fulfillment network to support growth in the e-commerce channel.

Fortna is proud that our clients’ accomplishments have been recognized by DC Velocity.  Congratulations to Mike and John, and all the DC Velocity Rainmakers.

SupplyChainBrain Recognizes Fortna as a Great Supply Chain Partner For Seventh Consecutive Year

READING, PA (August 10, 2016) – Fortna®, the distribution experts®, has been named a 2016 Great Supply Chain Partner by SupplyChainBrain for the seventh consecutive year.  This award is based solely on nominations from clients of service providers whose solutions made a significant impact on their company’s efficiency, customer service and overall supply chain performance.

SupplyChainBrain received nominations for hundreds of solutions providers in every aspect of supply chain management during their six-month on-line poll.  Nominations for Fortna included statements such as:

  • We have used them repeatedly for large game changing initiatives.
  • Fortna has always exceeded my expectations.
  • High quality professional service….a true business partner in every sense of the word!

“Because nominations for this award come directly from our clients, this honor has special significance to Fortna,” said Andrew Breckenridge, executive vice president at Fortna. “This award is a testament to our deep distribution expertise and our approach to delivering a complete solution that helps clients transform their distribution operations into a competitive advantage.”

The complete listing of the 100 Great Supply Chain Partners will appear in the July/August 2016 issue of SupplyChainBrain magazine and on the website.  This award is one of several that Fortna has received this year.  Others include the Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100 award for Great Supply Chain Projects, the Manhattan Associates Partner Performance Club MVP, and three Pros to Know awards to Fortna associates.

About Fortna Inc.

For over 70 years, Fortna has partnered with the world’s top brands – companies like Advance Auto Parts, The Vitamin Shoppe 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.

About SupplyChainBrain

SupplyChainBrain, the world’s most comprehensive supply chain management information resource, is accessed year round through a wide range of ever evolving multi-media formats by hundreds of thousands of senior level industry executives. In addition to addressing the fundamental principles of supply-chain management, SupplyChainBrain identifies emerging trends, technologies and best practices, forward thinking ideas and cutting-edge solutions and continues to write and report about these as they evolve and mature.

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

 

 

Fortna Continues Global Expansion with New Office in Santiago, Chile

READING, PA (May 20, 2016) – Fortna® announced today the opening of a new office in Santiago, Chile, expanding its operations in South America to serve a growing customer base. This follows the opening of a London office earlier this year, and strengthens the company’s global presence in North America, Mexico, Latin America, Europe and South Africa.

Fortna’s growth in North America and abroad is driven by the need for companies to invest in their distribution operations to meet growing consumer demands for greater value and convenience.  Fortna’s comprehensive model manages all phases of a project – from strategy and design to implementation and support to ensure long-term success – taking total project and financial accountability for budget, timeline, go live, adoption and support.

“Fortna’s global growth has been fueled by our unique business approach that guarantees results on large-scale distribution projects,” said Andrew Breckenridge, executive vice president. “We are excited to expand our presence in the South American market and bring our business model to leading companies in the region, partnering with them to create a competitive advantage through their distribution operations.”

About Fortna Inc.

For 70 years, Fortna has partnered with the world’s top brands – companies like O’Reilly, ASICS, Pick n Pay 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.   www.fortna.com

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

 

Fortna Promotes Marc Austin to Group Vice President, Sales

READING, PA (April 20, 2016) – Fortna®, the distribution experts®, announces the promotion of Marc Austin to group vice president, sales.  Austin is an innovative supply chain strategist who helps companies transform their distribution operations into a competitive advantage. He has spent the last five years developing the South African market for Fortna, and building strong partnerships with some of continent’s best-known brands, such as Pick n Pay, PEP, Edcon, and Mr Price.

Moving forward, Austin will continue to support the development of the South African market and the broader EMEA region, with a strong focus on Europe. Austin’s promotion coincides with the opening of Fortna’s first European office in London, where companies are showing significant interest in Fortna’s unique business model of guaranteeing results on large distribution projects.

“Marc is a proven leader with a long track record of driving results with high-growth companies,” said Andrew Breckenridge, executive vice president. “We look forward to Marc’s continued leadership of Fortna’s expansion in the EMEA region.”

“It is exciting to be a part of Fortna’s growth and to get to work with the world’s largest brands to transform their distribution operations,” said Austin.  “I look forward to applying our experience to the unique challenges of the European market.”

About Fortna Inc.

For over 60 years, Fortna has partnered with the world’s top brands – companies like O’Reilly, ASICS, Pick n Pay 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.

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

Fortna to Showcase Solutions, Presentations at MODEX 2016

READING, PA (March 8, 2016) – Fortna®, the distribution experts®, announces that the company will be exhibiting in booth #2615 at MODEX 2016 to be held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, April 4-7. Fortna representatives will be available to answer questions and discuss the company’s innovative, business-case-driven distribution supply chain solutions.

Fortna will also be presenting these educational seminars:

Lessons Learned from Designing Omnichannel DC’s

Monday, April 4, 2016
3:45 – 4:30 pm
Location: Theater D
Presented by: Jason Denmon, Retail Industry Leader and Mike Dunn, Group VP

Emerging Issues in Logistics and Distribution
(Supply Chain Education Summit)

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
11 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Room B212
Presented by: Russ Meller, VP R&D

The DC of the Future: Disruptive Technologies and Justifiable Solutions

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
12:00 – 12:45 pm
Location: Theater C
Presented by: Nikko Pianetto, Group VP, Integrated Technology Solutions and Rob Dold, Retail Industry Leader

About Fortna Inc.
For over 60 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 Three Fortna Associates as “2016 Pros to Know”

READING, PA (February 19, 2016) – Fortna®, the distribution experts®,  announced today that three associates have been named as Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine’s “Pros to Know.”  They include:

  • Jason Denmon, Retail Industry Leader
  • Juan Recondo, Vice President, Sales
  • Patti Satterfield, Vice President, Marketing & Business Development

“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.

Now in its 16th year, the Supply & Demand Chain Executive “Pros to Know” awards recognize both the practitioners and provider ends of the supply chain. These Fortna associates won in the “provider” category which includes individuals from software firms, service providers, consultancies or academia who helped their supply chain clients or the supply chain community prepare to meet industry challenges.

“We commend recipients for their achievements. Their accomplishments offer a roadmap for other leaders looking to leverage the supply chain for competitive advantage,” said Garrett.

The full list of the “2016 Pros to Know” will be available in the March 2016 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine and online at www.SDCExec.com.

About Fortna Inc.

For over 60 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

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.

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

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

READING, PA (January 19, 2016) – Fortna®, the distribution experts®, was recently named by Manhattan Associates to their prestigious Partner Performance Club for an eighth consecutive year.  The award recognizes partners for their contributions to customer engagements in the previous year.  Fortna was one of six companies to receive the honor.

“Manhattan’s partners play a critical role in our ability to provide world-class supply chain solutions,” said Jeff Cashman, senior vice president, business development, Manhattan Associates. “Their technology, insight and expertise, coupled with our comprehensive product suite, gives our customers a competitive advantage and ensures that they can deliver on omni-channel expectations without sacrificing profitability.”

“Partnering with Manhattan Associates enables us to provide outstanding service for our shared clients,” said Patti Satterfield, 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 clients.

About Manhattan Associates

Manhattan Associates makes commerce-ready supply chains that bring all points of commerce together so you’re ready to sell and ready to execute. Across the store, through your network or from your fulfillment center, we design, build and deliver market-leading solutions that support both top-line growth and bottom-line profitability. By converging front-end sales with back-end supply chain execution, our software, platform technology and unmatched experience help our customers get commerce ready—and ready to reap the rewards of the omni-channel marketplace. For more information, please visit www.manh.com.

About Fortna Inc.

For over 60 years, Fortna has partnered with the world’s top brands – companies like ASICS, Carter’s 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, please visit www.fortna.com.

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

Fortna Client Clicks Achieves Cost Savings, Service and Productivity Improvements

Clicks is South Africa’s largest retail pharmacy and health and beauty chain with more than 450 store locations and more than 18% share of the retail pharmacy market. The company maintains thousands of SKUs in its stores throughout the year, though a constant stream of new product launches combined with frequent promotions and high SKU seasonality means that the company’s SKU base changes frequently throughout the year.

The distribution centers themselves were running out of space to handle the growing number of SKUs and volume, which would require either extending the size of existing facility or building an additional facility. Clicks needed a way to drive service improvements across the organization especially to stores, reduce transportation costs and increase productivity without making significant capital investments.

Fortna helped Clicks achieve the desired results by conducting an in-depth analysis of the company’s SKU velocities, storage capacity, order profiles and operational processes. The storage media was re-designed to accommodate the current number of SKUs and handle significant volume growth. The DC was re-slotted according to SKU velocity and store category layout which helped to eliminate unnecessary travel and improve productivity in the DC as well as increase efficiency of restocking shelves in the store. Finally, a slotting tool was recommended to maintain optimal slotting into the future as the company grows and adds new products over time.

As a result Clicks was able to delay building an additional facility by up to 2 years, saving the company R24 million in capital expense. The changes also gave them breathing room and additional capacity for future growth while they design the next evolution of their distribution network.

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