AutoStore Announces Newest Distribution Partner, Fortna Inc.

(AutoStore®, Nedre Vats, Norway / February 24, 2020) – AutoStore is proud to announce their partnership with a new global distribution partner, Fortna Inc., a leading global automation, engineering services and software company. Fortna offers transformational services including distribution strategy, distribution center operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution software systems. Through this new partnership, AutoStore and Fortna will continue to build  their global presence by offering additional solutions to a growing client base.

“We are excited about the addition of Fortna to our portfolio of global partners. Each partner is unique and brings something different to the client and we look forward to the ability to bring AutoStore to new areas and markets. As a global company and with increased growth around the world, it is increasingly important that we work with a variety of integrators who can meet the various needs of our clients,” shared Karl Johan Lier, CEO and President of AutoStore.

“Fortna clients have utilized this advanced technology to achieve distribution business goals as part of an overall Fortna-designed solution,” said Andrew Breckenridge, Fortna, Executive Vice President, Sales. “We are looking forward to continuing to offer AutoStore as another option to be considered when designing solutions to meet our clients’ operational needs.”

 Fortna joins AutoStore’s growing list of distributors who sell, design, install and service AutoStore around the globe.

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. Fortna’s expertise spans distribution strategy, distribution center operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution software systems. We build 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 AutoStore
AutoStore, founded in 1996, is a robot technology company that invented and continues to pioneer Cube Storage Automation; the densest storage solution in existence. Our focus is to marry software and hardware with human abilities to create the future of warehousing. The modular, high-density, automated storage and retrieval system makes AutoStore a perfect fit for large distribution centers and efficient in-store order fulfillment. The company is global with over 400 installations in 30 countries in a wide range of industries. All sales are distributed, designed, installed and serviced by a network of qualified system integrators we call partners. Our corporate headquarters is in Nedre Vats, Norway, with offices in France, Germany, Norway, Japan, Poland, the UK and US. For more information, visit autostoresystem.com.

Dr. Russell D. Meller, Fortna, Vice President Solution Design and Research and Development, Elected to National Academy of Engineering

READING, PA (February 11, 2020) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, a leading global automation, engineering and software company, today announces Dr. Russell D. Meller, Fortna, Vice President, Solution Design and Research and Development, has been elected a member of The National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Dr. Meller was chosen in recognition of his distinguished contributions to engineering, specifically his large-scale distribution design and operations methodology.

Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions in the area of engineering research, practice or education. Dr. Meller joins an international field of new members and will be inducted at the official ceremony held during the NAE annual meeting in Washington, DC on October 4, 2020.

About Fortna
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. Fortna’s expertise spans distribution strategy, distribution center operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution software 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: Cheryl Falk, SVP Global Marketing Communications & Business Development
cherylfalk@fortna.com

Fortna® Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of its Award-Winning Overall Well-Being Program

Achieves 80% associate participation rate

READING, PA (February 5, 2020) – This year, Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, celebrates the 10th anniversary of its Overall Well-Being Program that encourages and supports all dimensions of total wellness.  It offers a variety of healthy lifestyle enhancing opportunities, benefits, initiatives, and educational experiences designed to meet the diverse needs of our global family of associates. Twice named a Capital BlueCross Worksite Wellness Award Winner, the program’s success is demonstrated by recently achieving an extraordinary 80% participation rate, well over the average for corporate wellness programs.

“The overall well-being of each associate globally, and of their family members, is a top priority at Fortna,” said Carol Nielsen, Fortna’s Wellness Coordinator.  “The company has consistently stayed ahead of emerging trends in corporate wellness, employing a holistic approach to wellness long before it became popular to do so.”

Fortna’s Overall Well-Being Program allows associates the flexibility to customize their own paths to healthy lifestyles in ways that are meaningful to them such as:

  • Reimbursement for fitness and wellness classes, equipment, gym memberships, flu shots, etc.
  • Paid time off for associates to volunteer in their communities.
  • Multiple well-being initiatives and fitness campaigns during the year.
  • Additional paid time off to qualifying “Road Warrior” business travelers to support work-life balance.
  • Education and communication programs for associate safety and emergency preparedness both at home and when traveling for business.

About Fortna
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. Fortna’s expertise spans distribution strategy, distribution center operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution software 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: Cheryl Falk, SVP Global Marketing Communications & Business Development
cherylfalk@fortna.com

Cheryl Falk Joins Fortna as Senior Vice President, Global Marketing Communications and Business Development

READING, PA (January 29, 2020) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, a leading global automation, engineering services and software company, announced today that Cheryl Falk has joined the organization as Senior Vice President, Global Marketing Communications (MarCom) and Business Development. In this role, Falk will lead the company’s MarCom and Business Development teams and efforts to globally promote the brand, grow market share, strengthen client relationships and provide strategic insights to support the expansion of the Fortna business.

Prior to joining Fortna, Cheryl held various global and regional marketing communications positions at Dematic, an intralogistics company that designs, builds and supports intelligent automation solutions for manufacturing, warehouse and distribution environments. During her tenure, Falk designed, developed and delivered strategic MarCom programs for business solutions and services that enhanced brand equity, extended market share and improved the customer experience to support the company’s growth.

“Cheryl brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our leadership team and we are looking forward to her driving our marketing and business development efforts to new heights,” said Andrew Breckenridge, Executive Vice President at Fortna.  “Cheryl’s ability to connect with clients will be a valuable asset to our team as we commit to accelerate our growth year over year. We are thrilled to welcome Cheryl to the company.”

“I am excited to join Fortna, a company with a profound reputation for being a leader in global automation, intelligent software and engineering services,” stated Falk. “I am looking forward to leveraging my vast experience and capabilities to develop initiatives that will continue to drive growth across the globe and ensure exemplary client satisfaction.”

About Fortna
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. Fortna’s expertise spans distribution strategy, distribution center operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution software 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 Acquisition of Pierau Planung

READING, PA – January 21, 2020 – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, a leading global automation, engineering services and software company, today announced that it has acquired Pierau Unternehmensberatung GmbH (“Pierau Planung”), a European-based, market leader in supply chain and logistics design, consulting, and project management. Pierau Planung’s management team will join Fortna following the transaction and continue serving its European region. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

By acquiring Pierau Planung, Fortna will further build upon its European presence and gain greater capacity across its footprint to better service its growing client base internationally. Fortna will leverage Pierau Planung’s deep industry expertise, robust client base, and outstanding team of seasoned supply chain and logistics experts to further accelerate its overall growth strategy. The combined entity will unlock exciting new opportunities for clients of both companies to enhance and innovate their distribution operations.

Based in Hamburg, Germany and founded in 1961, Pierau Planung provides industry-leading supply chain consulting services to a range of global clients as they seek transformation within their warehouse automation and optimization roadmaps. Pierau Planung provides unique solutions to a variety of end-markets, including: e-commerce, retail, food & beverage, and industrial distribution.

“We are excited to announce our new partnership with Arne, Björn, and the talented team at Pierau Planung, and look forward to adding their highly complementary services, expertise, and strong European presence to the Fortna global platform,” said Marc Austin, Managing Director, Fortna EMEA. “Pierau shares the same core values of commitment to world-class customer service, innovation excellence, and best-of-breed, supplier-agnostic solutions, making them the ideal cultural and strategic fit to join the Fortna family.”

“Over the last 60 years, Pierau Planung has played a critical role in the development of transformative automation and logistics solutions, serving as a trusted partner to many important businesses across Germany and broader Europe. We are fully confident this industry leading service will continue under Fortna’s ownership,” said Arne Pierau, Managing Director at Pierau Planung.

“We are thrilled to partner with Fortna, an established leader in the distribution and logistics market, and look forward to providing our clients with a comprehensive suite of tailored solutions, while leveraging the broader service offering, proprietary software tools, and scale of the Fortna organization,” said Björn Brunkow, Managing Director at Pierau Planung.  “Most importantly, for our trusted clients, our commitment to service, our team, and our supplier-agnostic approach will remain consistent under Fortna’s ownership.”

PricewaterhouseCoopers acted as financial advisor and Kirkland & Ellis acted as legal advisor to 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. Fortna’s expertise spans distribution strategy, distribution center operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution software 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 Pierau Planung
Founded in 1961 and located in Hamburg, Germany, Pierau Planung are market leaders in logistics planning, consulting, and project management. Pierau Planung has delivered almost 2,000 logistics projects for clients serving across a wide range of product and distribution channels. As experts in intralogistics, Pierau Planung has the ability to oversee logistics projects over the course of their entire life-cycle: from short-term supplemental support, through to full project delivery teams covering data analysis, scope and design onto procurement, vendor management, construction, and commissioning. For more information, please visit www.pierau-planung.de.

Contacts:
Fortna Inc.
Patti Satterfield
VP Global Marketing & Business Development
pattisatterfield@fortna.com

Pierau Unternehmensberatung GmbH
Nicole Morganti
Marketing Management
n.morganti@pierau-planung.de

Matthew S. Harrison Joins Fortna as Chief Financial Officer

Harrison brings 25+ years of finance, accounting and leadership experience

READING, PA (January 14, 2020) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, a leading global automation, engineering services and software company, announced today that Matthew S. Harrison has joined as Chief Financial Officer, succeeding Barry Malamud who is retiring.  Matt will manage Fortna’s full scope of domestic and global financial operations and become a key member of Fortna’s senior executive team responsible for driving sustainable, strategic revenue and profit growth.

Prior to joining Fortna, Matt was executive vice president and CFO at Summit Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE: SMLP), a provider of crude oil and natural gas gathering and processing services, where he managed over 20X EBITDA growth attributable to a combination of acquisitions and organic expansion. His 25 years of experience also includes executive financial leadership roles at firms including Hiland Partners, LP (Nasdaq: HLND), Wachovia Capital Markets and Price Waterhouse. He earned a CPA from the State of Georgia, a BS in Accounting from the University of Tennessee and an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.

“Matt’s years of experience in financial controls and procedures will help drive continued growth at Fortna,” said Jerry Hedrick, Vice President, Global Human Resources at Fortna.  “We’re looking forward to leveraging his knowledge of financial strategies in order to meet our key growth objectives in 2020 and beyond. We also want to thank Barry for his significant contributions to Fortna. We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

“I’m excited to join the group of results-driven, skilled professionals at Fortna,” said Mr. Harrison.  “I look forward to being a part of the team that delivers a business case focus to optimize clients’ global supply chains.”

About Fortna
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. Fortna’s expertise spans distribution strategy, distribution center operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution software 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 Next Major Release of its Warehouse Execution Software Platform: FortnaWES™ 2020 R1

Increases labor productivity and unit throughput with dynamic and continuous picking algorithms

READING, PA (January 6, 2020) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, announced today the next generation release of its warehouse execution software platform, FortnaWES™ 2020 R1.  Continuing its tradition of providing clients with a scalable, modular and flexible approach to solution design, this new release optimizes advanced algorithms for dynamic picking and further supports labor-enhancing technologies such as AS/RS, Goods to Person and Autonomous Mobile Robots.

New order fulfillment functionality includes enhanced capability on the picking side to perform dynamic and continuous picking using carts for each picking and mobile picking from reserve. There is new e-commerce packing functionality to support continuous flow and optimize the packing processes.  Additionally, Fortna’s Command Center™ WES management console features a next generation UI for increased supervisory visibility into highly automated systems with advanced dashboards and controls.

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 issues in key optimization areas like order grouping, waveless picking and dynamic task assignments.

“This version builds on previous releases that enabled Fortna’s material handling systems and WMS agnostic business model,” says Shankar Shanmugasundaram, Fortna Vice President, Product R&D. “FortnaWES™ 2020 R1 extends systems flexibility and functionality to optimize e-commerce fulfillment technologies while helping our clients balance order fulfillment speed and accuracy demands with the challenges of a sparse labor market.”

FortnaWES™ helps reduce the fulfillment execution cycle time within the distribution center and improve service levels.  It allows our clients to Run Agile Fulfillment™ by selecting and deploying the solutions needed today plus have the flexibility to add functions as business needs evolve.

About Fortna
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. Fortna’s expertise spans distribution strategy, distribution center operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution software 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

Kirk Nelson Joins Fortna as Vice President, Sales Operations

Nelson’s 20+ years of sales operations experience will drive continued growth at Fortna

READING, PA (September 23, 2019) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, a leading global automation, engineering services and software company, announced today that Kirk Nelson has joined as Vice President, Sales Operations. In this role, Kirk will manage the strategic and tactical aspects of Fortna’s sales operations process and tools including managing account planning and pipeline forecasting, measuring and guiding the effectiveness of the sales organization using Business Intelligence (BI) tools and driving accountability on overall sales growth strategies.

Prior to joining Fortna, Kirk led the creation of a new Sales Operations/Enablement team at healthcare software provider, Modernizing Medicine. His 20+ years of experience also includes large-scale sales functional transformations involving technology, structure and business process implementation such as CRM, marketing automation and sales methodology at firms including Equifax and Georgia Pacific.

“Kirk brings a great understanding of sales and market analytics and we look forward to his guidance to drive continued growth here at Fortna,” said Andrew Breckenridge, Executive Vice President at Fortna. “We’re excited to leverage his experience with metrics and analysis to proactively identify and assess global opportunities that add value and enable Fortna to meet and exceed key growth objectives.”

“I’m looking forward to help continue the growth trajectory here at Fortna by working with a skilled and passionate team,” said Kirk. “The professionals here are dedicated to successfully optimizing supply chains and live by a business principle that their Clients’ interests always come first.”

About Fortna
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. Fortna’s expertise spans distribution strategy, distribution center operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution software 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 New Executive Thought Leadership Series

Aimed at offering busy supply chain executives quick insights on key topics and challenges.

READING, PA (September 10, 2019) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, announces a new thought leadership series named “Executive Conversations” to help supply chain executives gain a quick perspective on essential issues that impact today’s challenging distribution industry. To be published in the coming weeks at http://www.fortna.com/library, the series features veteran supply chain leaders who share their real-world experience with readers on today’s hottest topics.

“Distribution at a Pivot Point” is the initial installment in the series that runs for the next three weeks. The quick-read topics will include:

  • Addressing the Labor Problem – Scarce labor, higher wages, high turnover…now what?
  • Building the Business Case for Automation – What is the ROI?
  • Choosing the Right Automation Technology for Your Business – Real-world advice

“Today more than ever before, supply chain executives are struggling to meet customer requirements for faster fulfillment without impacting profits,” said Patti Satterfield, Vice President, Global Marketing & Business Development at Fortna. “Fortna’s new Executive Conversation Series goes beyond theory to address real issues and offer practical, implementable actions in a concise format,” she continued.

Future editions of this series will cover the evolving role of warehouse systems and the impact of a new industry trend towards micro-fulfillment.

About Fortna
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. Fortna’s expertise spans distribution strategy, distribution center operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution software 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

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

READING, PA (August 1, 2019) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, is proud to be named a 2019 Great Supply Chain Partner by SupplyChainBrain for the tenth 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.

“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 August 2019 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. Fortna’s expertise spans distribution strategy, distribution center operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution software 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