CSCMP’s 2015 Annual Conference

September 27-30, 2015
San Diego, CA

 

More information here.

Parcel Forum

October 19-21, 2015
Chicago, IL

Packaging Impacted from All Directions: Omni-Channel, DIM, Material Handling & the Customer
Speaker: George Swartz, Fortna
Tuesday, October 20, 10:00 – 10:50 am

In this session, we will explore how omni-channel fulfillment, dimensional (DIM) pricing, material handling and “the customer experience”  are shaping today’s packaging. We will discuss the omni-channel  fulfillment landscape and explore the considerations and decisions that will drive your omni-channel fulfillment strategy. Find out how dimensional  pricing schemes are being implemented by today’s major parcel carriers and how they are influencing our distribution decision-making.

Learning Objectives:

  • The various considerations that evolving packaging solutions can have on your DC operation.
  • The effects of “the  customer experience” on your packaging solutions.
  • The decisions that you must ponder to leverage this ever-changing distribution packaging landscape.

More information here.

Fortna Announces Management Changes to Support Superior Client Service

READING, PA (August 17, 2015) – Fortna, the distribution experts™, announced several staff promotions and new hires in support of the company’s growth and commitment to providing the highest quality professional and engineering services to its clients.

  • John Mertz was promoted from CFO to Executive Vice President, Professional Services Organization. Mertz is a perfect fit for this role with his proven track record of global operations experience and P&L responsibility.  Mertz will lead Fortna’s professional services organization of over 275 associates focused on delivering the distribution strategy, design, implementation and support services that help companies turn their distribution operations into a competitive advantage.
  • Barry Malamud will replace John Mertz as CFO, with responsibility for over thirty associates. A strong financial leader with 25 years of experience, Malamud joins Fortna from Harsco Corporation where he most recently managed the strategic direction of the world-wide Finance function for their Metals & Minerals Division.  In this role, Malamud provided oversight and assistance in redesigning the Division operating model, which included significant cost reductions and administrative process improvements.  Leveraging strong operational and financial skills, Malamud will continue his long history of success in driving sustainable, strategic growth in returns and overall profitability.
  • George Swartz has joined Fortna as Group Vice President, Supply Chain Services. Swartz brings over 30 years of experience in distribution, fulfillment strategy, operations design and management consulting with Accenture, CSC, Capgemini and other specialty consulting firms. Swartz will lead the Supply Chain Services (SCS) Group of over 65 seasoned consultants dedicated to driving distribution innovation and the comprehensive solutions Fortna clients have come to expect.
  • Todd Henry has joined Fortna as Vice President, Engineering. Henry is a proven leader with 22 years of experience in engineering leadership, project execution, and operations management. With a background in automated material handling and engineering, Henry will manage the fifty associates in Fortna’s engineering disciplines that include Applications & Design Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Solutions Development.

“Each of these leaders has the deep experience and will drive the thought leadership and the innovation that Fortna needs to meet growing demand while ensuring great client satisfaction,” said John A. White III, President and CEO of Fortna.  “Our services are in high demand as the world’s top brands turn to Fortna for more innovative ways to help them gain competitive advantage with their distribution operations.”

About Fortna Inc.

For over 60 years, Fortna has partnered with the world’s top brands – companies like O’Reilly Automotive, L.L.Bean, 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.

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

 

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

READING, PA (August 5, 2015) – Fortna, the distribution experts™, has been named a 2015 Great Supply Chain Partner by SupplyChainBrain for the sixth consecutive year.  This award is based solely on nominations from clients of service providers whose solutions made a significant impact on their company’s efficiency, customer service and overall supply chain performance.  SupplyChainBrain received nominations for hundreds of solutions providers in every aspect of supply chain management during their six-month on-line poll.  Nominations for Fortna included statements such as:

  • Exceptional partners. Consistently provided support with every opportunity and challenge.
  • Collaborative partner, that is results oriented.
  • Solutions which have driven the appropriate financial payback.
  • They serve with integrity.

“This honor is especially meaningful because the nominations come directly from our clients,” said John A. White III, President and CEO of Fortna.  “This award validates our model of partnering with our clients to turn their distribution operations into a competitive advantage.”

The complete listing of the 100 Great Supply Chain Partners appears in the July/August 2015 issue of SupplyChainBrain magazine.  This award is one of several that Fortna has received this year.  Others include the Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100 award for Great Supply Chain Projects, the Manhattan Associates Partner Performance Club MVP, and three Pros to Know awards to Fortna associates.

About Fortna Inc.

For over 60 years, Fortna has partnered with the world’s top brands – companies like Advance Auto Parts, The Vitamin Shoppe and Mr. Price – helping them improve their distribution operations and transform their businesses.  Companies with complex distribution operations trust Fortna to help them meet customer promises and competitive challenges profitably. We are a professional services firm built on a promise – we develop a solid business case for change and hold ourselves accountable to those results. Our expertise spans supply chain strategy, distribution center operations, material handling, supply chain systems, organizational excellence, and warehouse control software.

About SupplyChainBrain

SupplyChainBrain, the world’s most comprehensive supply chain management information resource, is accessed year round through a wide range of ever evolving multi-media formats by hundreds of thousands of senior level industry executives. In addition to addressing the fundamental principles of supply-chain management, SupplyChainBrain identifies emerging trends, technologies and best practices, forward thinking ideas and cutting-edge solutions and continues to write and report about these as they evolve and mature.

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