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!

Fortna Announces a New Release of its Warehouse Execution Software Platform: FortnaWES™ Enables Distribution Operations to Run Agile Fulfillment™

READING, PA (June 12, 2018) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, announced today a new release of its warehouse execution software platform, FortnaWES™. Fortna has provided intelligent warehouse control capabilities for over 20 years through its FortnaWCS™ product.  Like its predecessor, this new release remains MHS and WMS agnostic and further optimizes workflow, labor, and equipment across a wide variety of legacy systems and automated solutions.

FortnaWES™ was built to deliver exceptional flexibility, agility and responsiveness to enable complex, high-volume distribution centers.  As part of an optimal design, Fortna offers a scalable, modular and configurable approach to WES so clients can select and deploy only the solutions that are needed for today’s environment plus have the flexibility to add more services as the business grows and needs change.

“Today’s omnichannel environment demands greater flexibility, responsiveness and speed than ever before. There are more channels and more flow paths that must be optimized in real-time for the greatest efficiency and lowest cost across inventory, labor, workflow and equipment,” says Shankar Shanmugasundaram, Fortna Vice President, Product R&D.  “Pull-driven fulfillment execution maximizes throughput and optimizes these key variables for complex, high-volume, multi-channel, and automated distribution operations.  It helps reduce the fulfillment execution cycle time within the DC and improve service levels. FortnaWES™ is built for these types of dynamic environments.”

FortnaWES™ 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. FortnaWES™ uses the right balance of technology, science-backed algorithms and industry-leading software development methodology to help clients solve challenges through innovation.

“Our clients must respond quickly to dynamic changes in the business with a robust and reliable platform that allows the fastest processing possible with the lowest total cost and the greatest flexibility for future innovation,” continues Shanmugasundaram, “FortnaWES™ enables them 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.

Fortna President John White Presents on “21st Century DC Design” to Future Supply Chain Leaders of CELDI

Fortna President and CEO John White presented to future supply chain leaders at the Center for Excellence in Logistics and Distribution (CELDI) Spring IAB Meeting and Research Symposium. Held at Virginia Tech, students, faculty and industry leaders from across the US gathered to discuss innovations in logistics and distribution as part of program led by the University of Arkansas Industrial Engineering Department. CELDI is an applied research and education consortium consisting of several major research universities and member organizations from commercial, military and government sectors. For more, click here.

Fortna President and CEO Shares Why Now is the Best Time to be in the Industry

Fortna President and CEO, John A. White III, sat down with Supply Chain Today 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 it really is the best time to be in the industry. Read the full article here.

Fortna Congratulates Mr Price on HighJump Innovation Award

Fortna congratulates Mr Price on HighJump Innovation Award for its compelling transformation story, moving five divisions to one automated facility in under four months. Read the full press release. For more on this story, read this article.

Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine Names Three Fortna Associates as “2018 Pros to Know”

READING, PA (February 23, 2018) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, announced today that three associates have been named as Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine’s “Pros to Know.”  They include:

  • Tray Anderson, Vice President, Strategy
  • Chris Davis, Senior Director, Professional Services
  • John Giangrande, Director, Sales

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 John Yuva, 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 Tray, Chris and John, 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 caliber of Fortna’s talent and the culture of innovation the company has built over the last 70 years.”

The full list of “2018 Pros to Know” will be available at www.SDCExec.com and in the March 2018 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine.

 

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 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.

Fortna Recognized as a Top Partner by Manhattan Associates for Tenth Consecutive Year

READING, PA (Jan. 30, 2018) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, was recently named by Manhattan Associates to its prestigious Partner Performance Club. This is the tenth consecutive year that Fortna has been recognized by Manhattan for contributions to customer engagements in the previous year.

“The goal of the Manhattan Value PartnerTM (MVP) program is to develop collaborative partnerships with leading supply chain, inventory, omnichannel and store technology providers to offer a more robust ecosystem to our customers,” said Jeff Cashman, senior vice president, Business Development, Manhattan Associates. “For the last ten years, Fortna has helped Manhattan successfully deliver value to our customers, and we are happy to name them Innovative Partner of the Year.”

“Partnering with Manhattan Associates enables us to provide our shared clients with the tools they need to compete in a global market,” said Patti Satterfield, global vice president at Fortna.  “Our deep distribution expertise and 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 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 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 information, visit www.fortna.com.

Media Contact:  Patti Satterfield, VP Global Marketing & Business Development,

pattisatterfield@fortna.com

Fortna Becomes Bronze Sponsor of the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN)

READING, PA (Nov. 29, 2017) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, has become a bronze sponsor of the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN). Fortna’s sponsorship will provide ongoing support for ALAN’s disaster relief efforts. ALAN comprises hundreds of supply-chain businesses who stand poised to respond in the event of disasters, and locate and move goods from suppliers to affected communities rapidly and efficiently.

“This has been a particularly tragic year with regards to global natural disasters, many in areas where we have associates or associates’ families,” said John A. White III, president and CEO of Fortna. “We are happy to support ALAN’s great work at bringing a rapid and coordinated effort to reestablishing a reliable supply chain to areas in the grip of disasters.”

Founded in 2008, ALAN is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that harnesses the know-how and resources of the supply chain industry to bring relief to people most affected by disasters. The organization assists relief organizations and emergency agencies responding to disasters with support including transport services, staging areas, storage, expert advice and other vital resources.

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 information, visit www.fortna.com.

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

Tessco and Fortna Celebrate 25-Year Partnership, Upgrade to FortnaWCS™

READING, PA (Nov. 1, 2017) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, and Tessco (NASDAQ: TESS) announce the celebration of their 25-year partnership and the recent upgrade of warehouse control software in their Maryland distribution center.  Fortna and Tessco have had a mutually beneficial relationship that spans distribution projects such as the installation of material handling equipment, multiple performance and systems upgrades, and the implementation of a new Warehouse Management System.

As Tessco continues to grow their retail channel, they face growing expectations for speedy delivery of product to consumers. This latest project to upgrade to the current release of FortnaWCS™ enables Tessco to meet the need for faster fulfillment and increased flexibility to reprioritize orders on the fly. The upgraded system also enables associates to put more focus on process improvements that can drive competitive advantage, rather than on system maintenance activities.

“With our extended history, Fortna has come to understand all aspects of our business,” said Doug Rein, SVP of Performance Systems and Operations at Tessco. “This latest upgrade has enabled us to increase the flow of product through the distribution center, while lowering costs and improving uptime. We look forward to continuing our partnership for many years.”

“We are proud to partner with Tessco and to mark yet another milestone in our long-standing relationship,” said John A. White III, president and CEO of Fortna. “We are confident that this upgrade will continue to enhance Tessco’s customer service and furthers our joint continuous goal to create competitive advantage for our clients.”

About Tessco
Tessco (NASDAQ: TESS) is a value-added technology distributor, manufacturer, and solutions provider. Tessco was founded more than 30 years ago with a commitment to deliver industry-leading products, knowledge, solutions, and customer service and supports customers in the public and private sector. Tessco supplies more than 50,000 products from 400 of the industry’s top manufacturers in mobile communications, Wi-Fi, Internet of Things, wireless backhaul, and more. Tessco is a single source for outstanding customer experience, expert knowledge, and complete end-to-end solutions for the wireless industry.

Media Contact: Morgan Haddaway, Public Relations Specialist, haddawaym@tessco.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. For more information, visit www.fortna.com.

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

Fortna and LLamasoft Announce Partnership

READING, Pa. and ANN ARBOR, Mich. (October 3, 2017) – Fortna® and LLamasoft announce a partnership around LLamasoft’s supply chain optimization platform including its flagship product, Supply Chain Guru. Fortna, a global distribution consulting and engineering firm, uses LLamasoft, a global leader in supply chain optimization software and solutions, as the core technology for its strategy engagements for clients.

In today’s on-demand economy, companies need to make tough choices across the entire value chain – suppliers, customers, and service providers, like 3PLs and carriers. Fortna uses LLamasoft software to model and analyze a client’s supply chain network to help them better understand the trade-offs when choosing the optimal configuration. Fortna then continues to help clients with the next phases – designing, implementing and supporting distribution operations – to ensure their transformed distribution operations are creating a competitive advantage.

“An undeniable shift has occurred where convenience and speed are tablestakes,” said Andrew Breckenridge, executive vice president of Fortna. “In partnering with LLamasoft, we will enhance our ability to help clients across the globe not just survive, but thrive in this new economy.”

“Fortna is a valuable addition to our channel partner network,” said Tim Andreae, vice president of Global Alliances for LLamasoft. “Utilizing LLamasoft’s supply chain design software will enhance Fortna’s distribution work with top brands and their complex distribution operations. These clients will be armed with useful data and supply chain scenarios so they can stay agile and remain profitable and competitive.”

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

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

About LLamasoft, Inc.
LLamasoft supply chain design software helps organizations worldwide design and improve their supply chain operations. LLamasoft solutions enable companies across a wide range of industries to model, optimize and simulate their supply chain network, leading to major improvements in cost, service, sustainability and risk mitigation. Headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, LLamasoft is a leader in supply chain excellence and innovation, advancing technology focused on continuous improvement of enterprise supply chains for the world’s largest organizations.

Media Contact: Lisa Hajra, Senior Manager, Public Relations, lisa.hajra@llamasoft.com, 734-418-3117