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

5 Emerging Technologies Enabling Competitive Advantage for Distribution

Are you struggling to stay on top of the next wave of disruptive distribution technologies?  Let our experts summarize the latest trends and technologies for you.

Learn about the latest in each-picking robotics, co-bots, artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, sensors, drones and droids that are enabling competitive advantage for distribution.

Get an unbiased view of what technologies will be game-changers, which companies to watch, and what’s on the horizon – so you can know how to drive the next wave of transformation in your own distribution operations.

To learn more, watch this Modern Materials Handling webcast recording.

Webcast: Optimizing Inventory in an Omni-Channel World

Omni-channel customer expectations for faster fulfillment and free shipping, coupled with pressure to minimize the high cost of carrying inventory across channels, are driving companies to rethink their networks. Even wholesale distributors and manufacturers can’t escape the need for change as they are being asked to fulfill direct to customer orders.

Has your inventory optimization strategy kept up with these fundamental shifts? Do you have strategies and the tools in place to determine the right mix of SKUs and inventory levels at each location in your network?  Have you determined the most profitable way to replenish stores and fulfill orders while supporting customer service promises and the goals of your business?

Watch this webcast recording to get answers to these questions and more as George Swartz, vice president at Fortna, walks attendees through:

  • The root causes and impacts of high inventory levels
  • The impacts on inventory from omni-channel fulfillment
  • The strategies and enabling technologies that will improve your inventory performance
  • How to profitably plan, deploy and optimize inventory across channels in an omni-channel world

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