Fortna Inc. Announces Substantial Client Bottom-Line Improvement from Its Growing Strategy Practice

READING, PA (July 31, 2018) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, today announced that clients of its supply chain strategy practice in the past 18 months have achieved up to 25% operating expense reduction after implementing recommendations that improve service levels and enable growth.  Additionally, clients have reported up to 140% revenue enablement by ensuring their DC operations are not bottlenecks and are actually competitive advantages. Fortna’s strategy practice focuses on helping companies solve complex business issues, managing growth with ever-increasing competition, and identifying and navigating risk while utilizing effective change management techniques.

Additionally, Fortna has assisted clients across several vertical industries in determining where to allocate capital to deliver the strongest return on investment by delivering a proven business case approach. In today’s challenging business environment, companies have increasingly partnered with Fortna before embarking on transformational and complex operations improvement projects to meet the demands of omni-channel fulfillment.

“The Fortna supply chain strategy practice has grown over 300% in the past 18 months because we help our clients navigate the change management process required for omni-channel operations and give them realistic, implementable steps on a roadmap to achieve their goals,” said Tray Anderson, Vice President, Fortna. “Traditionally, many strategy projects become ‘shelf-ware,’ but Fortna goes the extra step to help companies implement new approaches, be it adding a new distribution center, retrofitting materials handling equipment, adding the functionality and flexibility of FortnaWES™, or implementing a new labor performance program.”

Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, offers a wide variety of supply chain services including strategy, distribution center design, materials handling system implementation and warehouse execution systems to help companies navigate the challenges of omni-channel 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® Hires Dr. Hector Carlo to Lead Science Team for FortnaWES™

READING, PA (July 20, 2018) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, announces the hiring of Dr. Hector Carlo to lead its Science Team, responsible for developing all algorithms for its FortnaWES™ warehouse execution software. FortnaWES™ was built to deliver exceptional flexibility, agility and responsiveness to enable complex, high-volume omni-channel distribution operations. It 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.

Dr. Carlo brings with him an impressive research record of developing algorithms to support distribution centers and cross-dock terminal operations for improved efficiency.  He has published over fifty articles in these and related fields since receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

He is also the co-founder of a software development company that provides a school management software package and a fleet management package.  The software was used by the entire Puerto Rico public school system to enroll 390,000+ students for the 2017 school year.

Dr. Carlo joins Fortna from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, where he taught and conducted research in production, distribution and logistics and served as Director of the Lean Logistics Lab.  He was awarded the Industrial Engineering Outstanding Faculty Award multiple times.  He served as a teacher and consultant in Puerto Rico, the mainland United States and Europe.

“We are very happy to have someone with Dr. Carlo’s capabilities and accomplishments join Fortna.  Building on the strong foundation that has been built, he will have an immediate impact on the algorithms we develop for our FortnaWES™ software and provide additional support for continuous innovation as we model distribution operations in the design process,” said Dr. Russ Meller, Vice President, Solution Design and R&D at 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.  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 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!

 

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