Fortna Announces the Next Major Release of its Warehouse Execution Software Platform: FortnaWES™ 2019 R1 featuring Expanded Flexibility for E-Commerce

READING, PA (January 9, 2019) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, announced today the next generation release of its warehouse execution software platform, FortnaWES™ 2019 R1. Fortna has provided intelligent warehouse control capabilities for over 20 years, providing Clients with an industry-leading, flexible and agnostic approach to solution design.  This release builds on that strong foundation and further extends systems flexibility and controls capability into fulfillment execution, managing work and equipment capacity and optimizing picking, sorting and packing.

Enhanced flexibility and functionality to optimize e-commerce includes waveless order management, dynamic task optimization and order grouping, smart cart picking, pallet picking, and container management as well as label, exception and material flow management.

“Our mission is to make the distribution center a strategic advantage for our Clients while maximizing their return on investment,” says Shankar Shanmugasundaram, Fortna Vice President, Product R&D. “This is accomplished by our world-class WES that serves as the enabler for our material handling systems and WMS agnostic business model.  FortnaWES™ powers a new breed of omni-channel distribution focusing on growth, flexibility, efficiency, responsiveness and agility for fulfillment centers.”

FortnaWES™ was built to serve the needs of dynamic, high-volume, multi-channel and automated distribution operations. Science-based algorithms are the foundation for solving complex multi-variable problems in key optimization areas like order grouping, continuous picking and sortation assignments in this release.  FortnaWES™ helps reduce the fulfillment execution cycle time within the distribution center and improve service levels.

“Fortna’s scalable, modular and configurable approach to WES allows companies to select and deploy the solutions needed today plus have the flexibility to add functions as business needs evolve,” continues Shanmugasundaram. “FortnaWES™ further optimizes workflow, labor, and equipment across a wide variety of legacy systems and automated solutions and enables our Clients to Run Agile Fulfillment™.”

About Fortna Inc.
For over 70 years, Fortna® has partnered with the world’s top brands to transform their distribution operations into a competitive advantage.  Fortna helps Clients make and keep bold promises to their customers – fast, accurate and cost-effective fulfillment consistently at every touchpoint, across every channel.  Our expertise spans distribution strategy, distribution center operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution systems. We built our firm on a promise – we develop a solid business case for change and hold ourselves accountable for results.  For more, visit www.fortna.com.

Media Contact: Patti Satterfield, VP Global Marketing & Business Development
pattisatterfield@fortna.com

Fortna Announces the Successful Integration of FortnaWES™ to Robotic Solutions that Provide Flexible, Scalable Options for Distribution Operations

READING, PA (December 11, 2018) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, today announced that 2018 has been a year of successful initiatives to integrate flexible, scalable autonomous robotic solutions with the world-class FortnaWES™ warehouse execution system, allowing faster implementation times for distribution Clients.

In an on-going commitment to innovation, the Fortna R&D team has successfully integrated robotic solutions with FortnaWES™ to deliver exceptional flexibility, agility and responsiveness to enable complex, high-volume distribution centers in today’s omnichannel environment. Demand for Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) has grown exponentially in recent years as realized benefits include reduced labor costs, increased worker productivity and increased safety when handling heavy loads. Fortna has been on the forefront of solution development with a hardware-agnostic approach that enables its Clients to implement the most appropriate technology for their unique business requirements regardless of supplier.

“This year, Fortna’s continuous innovation efforts focused on integrating industry-leading robotic technology with science-backed work flow software algorithms to drive impactful business results for our Clients,” says Shankar Shanmugasundaram, Fortna Vice President, Product R&D. “Various types of robotic solutions, integrated with FortnaWES™, reduce implementation time for distribution Clients who must respond quickly to labor challenges, market demands and rapidly evolving customer fulfillment requirements.”

One recent goods-to-person solution for a large specialty retailer uses bots to efficiently move large, heavy totes to packing stations, reducing the labor requirements. Another solution implemented for a large industrial distributor automated pallet movement from receiving to storage which resulted in a 30% increase in productivity, as well as 5-10% labor savings and safety improvements.

For more information about compelling business case justified applications for bots Fortna’s resource library includes articles like, “7 Truths about the Business Case for Collaborative Picking Robots” and “Bots Will Transform Your Distribution Operations – But It’s Probably Not the Way You Think.”

About Fortna Inc.
For over 70 years, Fortna® has partnered with the world’s top brands to transform their distribution operations into a competitive advantage.  Fortna helps Clients make and keep bold promises to their customers – fast, accurate and cost-effective fulfillment consistently at every touchpoint, across every channel.  Our expertise spans distribution strategy, distribution center operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution systems. We built our firm on a promise – we develop a solid business case for change and hold ourselves accountable for results.  For more, visit www.fortna.com.

Media Contact: Patti Satterfield, VP Global Marketing & Business Development
pattisatterfield@fortna.com

Fortna UK Director Shares Why UK/Europe is Now Ready for Fortna’s Unique Business Model

Fortna UK Director, David Bingham, sat down with Logistics Business magazine to discuss how Fortna’s business model is uniquely designed to serve the needs of its distribution and logistics clients and the reasons why UK/Europe is now ready for it. Read the full article here.

Fortna and Hytrol Celebrate 60 Years of Partnership

In 1958 Fortna and Hytrol began a partnership that has spanned six decades.  Over the years the two companies have grown exponentially to become leading firms in the distribution design, implementation and materials handling space, and serving as trusted supply chain business partners with leading global firms.

At Hytrol’s 2018 Convention Fortna received the 60-year partnership award, recognized with a standing ovation from the 250 companies in attendance.  Other highlights of the Convention included tours of Hytrol’s expanded production facility and research and development center as well as in-depth workshops on Hytrol products and new material handling technology.

Fortna, Sr. Director, Supplier Relations, Glen Guernsey, accepted the award from Chuck Waddle, Hytrol VP of Business Development and David Peacock, Hytrol President.

SupplyChainBrain Recognizes Fortna as a Great Supply Chain Partner for Ninth Consecutive Year

READING, PA (October 16, 2018) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, is proud to be named a 2018 list of 100 Great Supply Chain Partners by SupplyChainBrain for the ninth consecutive year.

SupplyChainBrain received hundreds of nominations during their six-month online poll. “This year’s field of nominees was competitive and inspiring – coming from all sectors of supply chain management,” said Brad Berger, Publisher, SupplyChainBrain.

Nominations for Fortna included statements such as:

  • “Fortna has been our integrator for our last few DC projects and has been a good partner along the way. We are currently wrapping up another successful project with them this year!”
  • “Fortna continues to deliver projects on time and on budget. They have been our supply chain partner for the past 16 years and have completed many new DC projects as well as retrofits. They are a top-notch company!”
  • “Fortna takes the time to understand our business strategy, organization, and challenges at a granular level. The team has deep and broad industry expertise which builds trust.”

“We wish to thank our Clients for taking the time to nominate Fortna. We are honored to add this to our growing list of awards,” said John A. White III, president and CEO of Fortna. “The SupplyChainBrain award is especially meaningful because it is based solely on nominations from Clients for whom Fortna’s operations design and implementation work made a significant impact on their company’s efficiency, customer service and overall supply chain performance.”

The complete listing of the 100 Great Supply Chain Partners appears in the October 2018 issue of SupplyChainBrain magazine and on supplychainbrain.com.

About Fortna Inc.
For over 70 years, Fortna® has partnered with the world’s top brands to transform their distribution operations into a competitive advantage. Fortna helps Clients make and keep bold promises to their customers – fast, accurate and cost-effective fulfillment consistently at every touchpoint, across every channel. Our expertise spans distribution strategy, distribution center operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution systems. We built our firm on a promise – we develop a solid business case for change and hold ourselves accountable for results. www.fortna.com

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. www.supplychainbrain.com

 

Media Contact: Patti Satterfield, VP Global Marketing & Business Development
pattisatterfield@fortna.com

Independent Study Finds Fortna Clients are Competitively Stronger

READING, PA (October 10, 2018) – Independent competitive research firm, wRatings Corporation recently completed a report stating companies that partner with and implement Fortna designed solutions over the past twelve years are competitively stronger than their direct industry peers in terms of pricing power, sales revenue per employee and customer advantages.

Based on a year-over-year analysis, the Fortna Client Group has built superior customer strength over Non-Fortna Clients an average of 9.7% and as much as 12% higher over the past twelve years. This strength allows Fortna Clients to maintain high service levels while shortening order cycle times, thus contributing to long-term relationships and sustainability with their customers.

“For industries that are heavily reliant on distribution, time is critical,” said Gary Williams, CEO and founder of wRatings. “Fortna Clients have the ability to better make and deliver on promises than industry peers. In today’s service-oriented environment, fulfilment speed improvements and shortened order cycle times can be the edge that allows companies to grow and survive.”

“We are proud that clients who invest in Fortna designed solutions have shown measurable competitive strength over their industry peers,” said John A. White III, president and CEO of Fortna. “In today’s demanding e-commerce environment, our clients rely on robust, flexible and responsive operations to maintain their competitive edge. While overall business performance is impacted, in part, by operations outside Fortna’s areas of focus, best performing companies have chosen Fortna as their partner.”

Other factors analyzed in this report which contribute to overall competitive strength include pricing power and sales per employee of Fortna Clients.  Pricing power of Fortna Clients with their customers has been higher than industry peers every year since 2005. In the last three years, Fortna Clients possess ~2% more pricing power than industry peers.  Further, since 2005, Fortna Clients generate $101,000 more sales per employee than industry peers every year on average.

About Fortna Inc.
For over 70 years, Fortna® has partnered with the world’s top brands to transform their distribution operations into a competitive advantage.  Fortna helps Clients make and keep bold promises to their customers – fast, accurate and cost-effective fulfillment consistently at every touchpoint, across every channel.  Our expertise spans distribution strategy, distribution center operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution systems. We built our firm on a promise – we develop a solid business case for change and hold ourselves accountable for results.  For more, visit www.fortna.com.

About wRatings
wRatings is a privately-owned, independent research firm that analyzes the competitive strength of 2,000+ public companies on a continual basis. The firm utilizes consumer and business panels to rate how well each company meets customer expectations. Since 1999, executive teams, boards, hedge funds and private equity firms use our ratings to help make return on capital decisions. For more information, visit www.wratings.com.

 

Media Contact: Patti Satterfield, VP Global Marketing & Business Development
pattisatterfield@fortna.com

Fortna to Present Webcast on Pull-driven Fulfillment

READING, PA – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, today announced an upcoming webcast to be presented by two leading authorities on warehouse execution systems and pull-driven fulfillment. “Create Agile Distribution Operations with Pull-driven Order Fulfillment” will be presented in conjunction with Modern Materials Handling on October 4, 2018.

Led by Fortna’s Russ Meller, Vice President, Solution Design and Research & Development and Roger Counihan, Vice President, Sales, this webcast will enable attendees to learn how pull-driven order fulfillment offers unprecedented flexibility and delivers lower order cycle times, increased service levels and potential cost savings.

“Pull-driven order fulfillment, enabled by advanced Warehouse Execution Systems, can improve responsiveness, lower order cycle times, increase worker productivity, and require less capital investment,” said Meller. “In this webcast we compare push vs pull-driven fulfillment and demonstrate measurable performance differences between the two operating methods as a case study,” added Counihan.

Highlights of the webcast will include learning the value of and key differences between pull-driven fulfillment and traditional push distribution operations and the role of warehouse execution systems in pull-driven fulfillment.

To register, click here

 

About Fortna Inc.

For over 70 years, Fortna® has partnered with the world’s top brands to transform their distribution operations into a competitive advantage. Fortna helps clients make and keep bold promises to their customers – fast, accurate and cost-effective fulfillment consistently at every touchpoint, across every channel.  Our expertise spans distribution strategy, distribution center operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution systems. We built our firm on a promise – we develop a solid business case for change and hold ourselves accountable for results.  For more, visit www.fortna.com.

 

Media Contact: Patti Satterfield, VP Global Marketing & Business Development
pattisatterfield@fortna.com

Fortna Inc. Announces Substantial Client Bottom-Line Improvement from Its Growing Strategy Practice

READING, PA (July 31, 2018) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, today announced that clients of its supply chain strategy practice in the past 18 months have achieved up to 25% operating expense reduction after implementing recommendations that improve service levels and enable growth.  Additionally, clients have reported up to 140% revenue enablement by ensuring their DC operations are not bottlenecks and are actually competitive advantages. Fortna’s strategy practice focuses on helping companies solve complex business issues, managing growth with ever-increasing competition, and identifying and navigating risk while utilizing effective change management techniques.

Additionally, Fortna has assisted clients across several vertical industries in determining where to allocate capital to deliver the strongest return on investment by delivering a proven business case approach. In today’s challenging business environment, companies have increasingly partnered with Fortna before embarking on transformational and complex operations improvement projects to meet the demands of omni-channel fulfillment.

“The Fortna supply chain strategy practice has grown over 300% in the past 18 months because we help our clients navigate the change management process required for omni-channel operations and give them realistic, implementable steps on a roadmap to achieve their goals,” said Tray Anderson, Vice President, Fortna. “Traditionally, many strategy projects become ‘shelf-ware,’ but Fortna goes the extra step to help companies implement new approaches, be it adding a new distribution center, retrofitting materials handling equipment, adding the functionality and flexibility of FortnaWES™, or implementing a new labor performance program.”

Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, offers a wide variety of supply chain services including strategy, distribution center design, materials handling system implementation and warehouse execution systems to help companies navigate the challenges of omni-channel fulfillment.

About Fortna Inc.

For over 70 years, Fortna® has partnered with the world’s top brands to transform their distribution operations into a competitive advantage.  Fortna helps clients make and keep bold promises to their customers – fast, accurate and cost-effective fulfillment consistently at every touchpoint, across every channel.  Our expertise spans distribution strategy, distribution center operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution systems. We built our firm on a promise – we develop a solid business case for change and hold ourselves accountable for results.  For more, visit www.fortna.com.

 

Media Contact: Patti Satterfield, VP Global Marketing & Business Development
pattisatterfield@fortna.com

Fortna® Hires Dr. Hector Carlo to Lead Science Team for FortnaWES™

READING, PA (July 20, 2018) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, announces the hiring of Dr. Hector Carlo to lead its Science Team, responsible for developing all algorithms for its FortnaWES™ warehouse execution software. FortnaWES™ was built to deliver exceptional flexibility, agility and responsiveness to enable complex, high-volume omni-channel distribution operations. It is built upon existing platform services that combine the best-of-breed integration, technology, real-time controls and system services that Fortna clients rely on.

Dr. Carlo brings with him an impressive research record of developing algorithms to support distribution centers and cross-dock terminal operations for improved efficiency.  He has published over fifty articles in these and related fields since receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

He is also the co-founder of a software development company that provides a school management software package and a fleet management package.  The software was used by the entire Puerto Rico public school system to enroll 390,000+ students for the 2017 school year.

Dr. Carlo joins Fortna from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, where he taught and conducted research in production, distribution and logistics and served as Director of the Lean Logistics Lab.  He was awarded the Industrial Engineering Outstanding Faculty Award multiple times.  He served as a teacher and consultant in Puerto Rico, the mainland United States and Europe.

“We are very happy to have someone with Dr. Carlo’s capabilities and accomplishments join Fortna.  Building on the strong foundation that has been built, he will have an immediate impact on the algorithms we develop for our FortnaWES™ software and provide additional support for continuous innovation as we model distribution operations in the design process,” said Dr. Russ Meller, Vice President, Solution Design and R&D at Fortna.

About Fortna Inc.

For over 70 years, Fortna® has partnered with the world’s top brands to transform their distribution operations into a competitive advantage.  Fortna helps clients make and keep bold promises to their customers – fast, accurate and cost-effective fulfillment consistently at every touchpoint, across every channel.  Our expertise spans distribution strategy, distribution center operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution systems. We built our firm on a promise – we develop a solid business case for change and hold ourselves accountable for results.  For more, visit www.fortna.com

 

Media Contact: Patti Satterfield, VP Global Marketing & Business Development
pattisatterfield@fortna.com

Fortna is Proud to have Two Clients Named as 2018 DC Velocity Rainmakers

Fortna clients, Amy Carovillano of The Container Store and Todd Greener of Advance Auto Parts have been named to the 2018 Rainmakers list 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.”

Amy Carovillano is The Container Store’s Vice President of Logistics and Distribution.  Her 30-year supply chain career has been uniquely served at this one company.  Since her start in 1988 as a store manager, she has progressed in a variety of roles while helping shape the company culture and supporting its growth.   Amy spearheaded the team that grew a small manual warehouse to a 1.1 million square foot automated DC and online fulfillment operation.

Todd Greener is the Senior Vice President of Supply Chain at Advance Auto Parts.  He most recently led a major supply chain transformation that has provided incremental improvements to the operation and a distribution infrastructure that supports growth projections for years to come.  He oversaw strategic planning and execution activities to upgrade process, systems, and automation.  Under Todd’s supply chain leadership, AAP has increased capacity and throughput while reducing order fill time.

Congratulations to Amy and Todd and all the DC Velocity Rainmakers!

 

Media Contact: Patti Satterfield, VP Global Marketing & Business Development
pattisatterfield@fortna.com