Fortna Client Named as 2019 DC Velocity Rainmaker

Fortna client, Derek Hornsby of Giant Eagle has been named to the 2019 Rainmakers list by DC Velocity magazine. 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.”

Derek Hornsby is EVP and Chief Supply Chain Officer at Giant Eagle, operating more than 400 retail supermarket locations and headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA. He leads the team responsible for planning and executing all supply chain activities, including supply chain strategy, distribution, omnichannel fulfillment and logistics.  He is committed to identifying efficiencies and investing in supply chain capabilities to support the company’s growth and dedication to ensuring customer satisfaction.  Derek previously worked at Ulta Beauty where he worked with Fortna for several years to enable dramatic expansion in their supply chain capabilities.

Fortna congratulates Derek on this honor!

Fortna Continues Tradition of Charitable Donations and Giving Back to the Local and Global Community

READING, PA (June 19, 2019) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, continues to focus on altruism as an important part of the company’s culture. Since 2017, Fortna has donated, on behalf of its associates, to multiple North American and global disaster relief and humanitarian efforts carried out by charitable organizations including, but not limited to, The American Red Cross, The British Red Cross, The Canadian Red Cross, Red Cross Broward County, American Red Cross-Hawaii, Red Cross-Guatemala, Pennsylvania Tri-County Red Cross, Mercy Corps, Doctors without Borders, Gift of the Givers, Direct Relief, The Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity Vietnam. Additionally, Fortna served as a bronze level sponsor of the American Logistics Aid Network from November of 2017 to November of 2018 and continues to support ALAN in its disaster relief efforts.

“The company has supported disaster relief efforts during natural and man-made disasters and crises in multiple areas of the U.S. including Hawaii and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and globally in areas such as Mexico, Colombia, The UK, Venezuela, South Africa, British Columbia, Guatemala, Indonesia, Mozambique and Vietnam,” said Fortna’s Wellness Coordinator Carol Nielsen. “We will continue to support disaster and crisis relief efforts around the world as the need arises,” she added.

Fortna also offers its associates globally the opportunity to take paid time off annually to volunteer for charitable organizations of their choosing in an effort to support their desire to “give back” to their communities in ways that are meaningful to them while nurturing the company’s altruistic culture.

Since 2017, associates who have participated in the program have volunteered individually or in groups for Habitat for Humanity, The Salvation Army, Samaritan’s Purse and Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child, Yearup, Global Aid Network, International Disaster Emergency Service, The Mid-Atlantic Air Museum, Dress for Success, Wreaths Across America, and PAC- a Colombian nonprofit emergency medical flight team serving vulnerable populations in outlying areas. Associates have also volunteered at various food banks, animal shelters, events for underprivileged children, job fairs for the underprivileged, retreats for inner city children, charity sponsored sporting events to benefit specific groups in need, and other charitable events in their communities globally

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

Fortna UK’s Michael Marienfeld named a Mentor by the Prestigious Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge

READING, PA (May 20, 2019) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, today announced that Michael Marienfeld, Director, Europe, has been named a “Launchpad Mentor” by the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Cambridge Judge Launchpad mentors are assigned to individual students and offer continuous 1:1 practical support throughout the year of the Diploma or the two years of the Masters. They are experienced entrepreneurs who aim to support students to develop their ideas into real businesses, or to find ways of efficiently scaling their existing businesses.

Michael has over 25 years of supply chain and consulting experience ranging from business strategy projects, inventory optimisation and operations design to forecasting. He also has designed, developed and implemented warehouses ranging from small manual operations to fully automated solutions around the world, including India, South Africa, Russia, the United Kingdom and many EU countries for retailers, wholesalers and manufacturing companies.

As a director at Fortna, Michael engages at a senior level to define and direct Clients’ supply chain strategies and help to develop their infrastructure requirements. He holds a BA (Hons) in European Business Administration from Middlesex University, a Diplom-Betriebswirt from ESB, Reutlingen, Germany and an MSc in Logistics and Transportation from Cranfield University.

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

Fortna Announces Investment from Thomas H. Lee Partners to Accelerate Growth

READING, PA – March 27, 2019 – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, a leading global automation, engineering services and software company, announced today that it has entered into a recapitalization agreement with funds affiliated with Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P. (“THL”). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed and the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions.

Founded in 1946, Fortna provides distribution strategy, operations design and implementation, material handling automation and warehouse execution software systems. Today, Fortna helps the world’s most recognized brands enhance their distribution operations through innovative solutions that result in reduced operating costs, higher throughput, and improved service. With a global footprint across North America, Europe, Latin America, and South Africa, Fortna has over 200 clients globally.

Propelled by the continued growth of eCommerce and increased demand for advanced warehouse automation infrastructure, Fortna sought a strategic and financial partner to invest in the Company’s substantial future growth prospects, including the potential for M&A and continued geographic expansion. As a partner, THL will strive to enhance Fortna’s capabilities and offerings by contributing deep industry expertise and bringing both financial and operational resources to bear, thereby accelerating Fortna’s overall growth strategy.

“We are excited to partner with THL, whose operating resources, extensive automation expertise and relationships will accelerate our next chapter of growth. This investment will create new opportunities for our associates and clients alike as Fortna provides solutions that deliver exceptional flexibility, agility and responsiveness to enable high-volume distribution centers,” said John A. White III, President and CEO of Fortna. “We look forward to working with THL as we continue executing on our mission to be the world leader in partnering with our clients to optimize their complex distribution operations.”

“We are thrilled about the opportunity to work with the talented Fortna team,” said Jim Carlisle, Managing Director at THL. “Fortna has earned an impressive reputation as a leading provider of automation solutions to the warehouse and distribution end market, which is driven by its continued focus on technology innovation, leading engineering talent, and reliable, on-time delivery of advanced automation equipment and software to its clients. We are excited to invest in this outstanding organization and look forward to supporting Fortna’s continued growth.”

Citi acted as financial advisor and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP acted as legal advisor to Fortna. Kirkland & Ellis LLP acted as legal advisor and PricewaterhouseCoopers acted as accounting advisor to THL.

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. For more, visit www.fortna.com.

About Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P.
Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P. (“THL”) is a premier private equity firm investing in growth companies headquartered in North America. THL focuses its investment activity across four industry sectors: Business & Financial Services, Consumer & Retail, Healthcare and Media, Information Services & Technology. Since its founding in 1974, THL has raised more than $25 billion of equity capital, invested in over 140 companies and completed more than 360 add-on acquisitions representing an aggregate enterprise value at acquisition of over $200 billion. With dedicated sector and operating teams, THL brings deep domain expertise and resources to build great companies by helping to accelerate growth, improve operations and drive long-term sustainable value in partnership with management.

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

Three Fortna Associates Named “2019 Pros to Know” by Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine

READING, PA (February 27, 2019) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, today announced that three associates have been named to Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine’s prestigious 2019 Pros to Know listing. These associates were selected for their supply chain proficiency, experience and for leading recent initiatives with clients who dramatically improved their operations and achieved financial goals. This is the ninth consecutive year that Fortna associates have received this prestigious award.

The associates include:

  • Roger Counihan – Vice President, Sales
  • Will King – Group Vice President, Integrated Technology Solutions
  • Tom Tiede – Vice President, Contracts, Pricing & Supply

The Pros to Know Awards recognize supply chain executives, and manufacturing and non-manufacturing enterprises, that are leading initiatives to help prepare their companies’ supply chains for the significant challenges of today’s business climate.

“We are very proud that three Fortna associates were nominated and selected for this award,” said John A. White III, Fortna President and CEO. “This honor recognizes our associates’ industry expertise and dedication to delivering competitive advantage for our clients,” he continued.

“Our Pros to Know listing showcases the leaders and innovators shaping the profession and making substantial impact on their companies,” says John Yuva, editor for Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “This year’s recipients embody a commitment to transformative supply chain tools and processes.”

Supply & Demand Chain Executive received more than 500 entries for the 2019 Pros to Know Awards.

The full list of 2019 Pros to Know will be available at www.SDCExec.com and in the March 2019 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.  For more, visit www.fortna.com.

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

FortnaWES™ 2019 R1 Achieves Certified Integration with SAP® Applications

READING, PA (January 30, 2019) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, announces its FortnaWES™ 2019 R1 has achieved certified integration with SAP® Applications. Fortna’s solution delivers deep operations functionality combined with flexible and agnostic integration to a variety of automation and robotic technologies. This single platform extends warehouse systems and controls capability into fulfillment execution, manages work and equipment capacity and optimizes picking, sorting and packing.

FortnaWES™ 2019 R1 allows companies to deploy SAP Warehouse Management modules for inbound and inventory management processes and leverage Fortna’s innovative fulfillment execution and automation platform. The certified integration of FortnaWES™ 2019 R1 allows companies to supplement and leverage a powerful enterprise stack with feature-rich software, delivering a lower total cost of ownership. This combination provides operational solutions needed to support omnichannel operations today plus has the flexibility to add capabilities as business needs evolve. FortnaWES™ helps reduce the fulfillment execution cycle time within the DC and improves service levels.

“We are delighted to announce the successful achievement of SAP certification for our FortnaWES™ 2019 R1 solution,” said Shankar Shanmugasundaram, Fortna Vice President, Product R&D. “The certified integration of FortnaWES™ to SAP applications delivers a solid return on investment for our Clients and enables their ability to scale and evolve warehouse fulfillment operations in today’s competitive e-Commerce driven world. Fortna is dedicated to continuing our history of providing intelligent warehouse control capabilities for over 20 years. Certified integration of FortnaWES™ 2019 R1 with SAP Warehouse Management solutions optimizes workflow, labor, and equipment across a wide variety of 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. FortnaWES™ is a trademark of Fortna Inc. SAP® and SAP® products and services mentioned herein, as well as their respective logos, are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP SE (or an SAP affiliate company) in Germany and other countries. See http://www.sap.com/corporate-en/legal/copyright/index.epx for additional trademark information and notices. All other product and service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

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™ 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.