Two Fortna Clients Named 2017 DC Velocity Rainmakers

Two of Fortna’s clients, Hobey Strawn of TTI Inc. and Jack Samson of L.L.Bean, have been named 2017 Rainmakers 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.”

Hobey Strawn is vice president of operations for the Americas at TTI Inc. He is responsible for the company’s distribution operations and logistics functions, including all activities related to receiving, inventory management, order fulfillment, shipping, transportation/freight, and trade compliance.

Jack Samson serves as vice president fulfillment, returns, manufacturing, and logistics at L.L.Bean. He’s currently the project lead for a team that’s focused on strengthening the company’s omnichannel retailing strategy and practices, which includes a redesigned distribution center and the installation of a new WMS.

Congratulations to Hobey and Jack, and all the DC Velocity Rainmakers.

SupplyChainBrain Recognizes Fortna as a Great Supply Chain Partner

READING, PA (July 11, 2017) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, is proud to be named a 2017 Great Supply Chain Partner by SupplyChainBrain for the eighth consecutive year. SupplyChainBrain received hundreds of nominations during their six-month online poll. Nominations for Fortna included statements such as:

  • “Fortna has developed lasting relationships at all levels of the organization from frontline employees to the executive team.”
  • “We have trusted them for over 60 projects, including double-digit DC designs, and continue to be pleased with their results.”
  • “Fortna has been a great steward of our money by continuing to drive down costs.”

This award is one of several that Fortna received this year, including the Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100 award, the Manhattan Associates Partner Performance Club MVP and two Pros to Know awards to Fortna associates – Seth Conrad and Brad Anderson. This award is especially meaningful because it is based solely on nominations from clients for whom Fortna’s work made a significant impact on their company’s efficiency, customer service and overall supply chain performance.

“We are very grateful to all our clients who took the time to nominate us for this significant supply chain award,” said John A. White III, president and CEO of Fortna. “Being honored in this way validates our work helping companies optimize their distribution operations and implementing solutions that drive a competitive advantage.”

“For 15 years running, SupplyChainBrain has published our much-anticipated list of 100 Great Supply Chain Partners – a select group of companies whose customers recognize them for providing outstanding solutions and services. This year’s field of nominees was abundant and very strong, hailing from all aspects of supply chain management,” said Brad Berger, publisher of SupplyChainBrain.

The complete listing of the 100 Great Supply Chain Partners will appear in the July/August 2017 issue of SupplyChainBrain magazine and on the website.

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 Announces Organizational Changes to Better Serve Clients and Drive Innovation

READING, PA (July 5, 2017) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, announced today two changes that will drive innovation and improve customer service.

Nikko Pianetto has been promoted to the role of Executive Vice President. In this role, he will lead the global services organization that manages all of Fortna’s service offerings that are involved in turning a companies’ distribution operations into a competitive advantage.

Previously, Pianetto led the global software development team responsible for FortnaWCS™ and FortnaWES™ – Warehouse Control and Warehouse Execution Systems – the sophisticated warehouse systems that power high performance distribution operations, like the kind needed for eCommerce. In addition, Nikko also played an integral role in opening an innovation hub in Hanoi, Vietnam to continue to advance Fortna’s capabilities in design, analytics and software.

Will King has been promoted to Pianetto’s former role as GVP, Integrated Technology Solutions. In this role he will continue to build out the Engineering and Implementation Services critical to delivering quality solutions to Fortna clients. He will also lead the expansion of Fortna’s Client Lifetime Protection services, an essential part of keeping today’s “always on” distribution operations performing at peak. This includes helping clients with a comprehensive support strategy that goes beyond a number to call when there are issues. It also includes taking a long-term view and creating a roadmap to ensure operations will perform in the future, meet the ROI that was promised, and stay current with business and technical changes.

“Nikko and Will are innovative thought leaders who know how to build strong teams”, said John White, president and CEO of Fortna. “With their leadership, we will continue to help companies transition to new distribution models to support today’s more diverse and fast-paced business environment.”

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