Fortna Continues Global Expansion with New Office in Santiago, Chile

READING, PA (May 20, 2016) – Fortna® announced today the opening of a new office in Santiago, Chile, expanding its operations in South America to serve a growing customer base. This follows the opening of a London office earlier this year, and strengthens the company’s global presence in North America, Mexico, Latin America, Europe and South Africa.

Fortna’s growth in North America and abroad is driven by the need for companies to invest in their distribution operations to meet growing consumer demands for greater value and convenience.  Fortna’s comprehensive model manages all phases of a project – from strategy and design to implementation and support to ensure long-term success – taking total project and financial accountability for budget, timeline, go live, adoption and support.

“Fortna’s global growth has been fueled by our unique business approach that guarantees results on large-scale distribution projects,” said Andrew Breckenridge, executive vice president. “We are excited to expand our presence in the South American market and bring our business model to leading companies in the region, partnering with them to create a competitive advantage through their distribution operations.”

About Fortna Inc.

For 70 years, Fortna has partnered with the world’s top brands – companies like O’Reilly, ASICS, Pick n Pay 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.   www.fortna.com

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

 

Fortna Promotes Marc Austin to Group Vice President, Sales

READING, PA (April 20, 2016) – Fortna®, the distribution experts®, announces the promotion of Marc Austin to group vice president, sales.  Austin is an innovative supply chain strategist who helps companies transform their distribution operations into a competitive advantage. He has spent the last five years developing the South African market for Fortna, and building strong partnerships with some of continent’s best-known brands, such as Pick n Pay, PEP, Edcon, and Mr Price.

Moving forward, Austin will continue to support the development of the South African market and the broader EMEA region, with a strong focus on Europe. Austin’s promotion coincides with the opening of Fortna’s first European office in London, where companies are showing significant interest in Fortna’s unique business model of guaranteeing results on large distribution projects.

“Marc is a proven leader with a long track record of driving results with high-growth companies,” said Andrew Breckenridge, executive vice president. “We look forward to Marc’s continued leadership of Fortna’s expansion in the EMEA region.”

“It is exciting to be a part of Fortna’s growth and to get to work with the world’s largest brands to transform their distribution operations,” said Austin.  “I look forward to applying our experience to the unique challenges of the European market.”

About Fortna Inc.

For over 60 years, Fortna has partnered with the world’s top brands – companies like O’Reilly, ASICS, Pick n Pay 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.

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

Fortna to Showcase Solutions, Presentations at MODEX 2016

READING, PA (March 8, 2016) – Fortna®, the distribution experts®, announces that the company will be exhibiting in booth #2615 at MODEX 2016 to be held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, April 4-7. Fortna representatives will be available to answer questions and discuss the company’s innovative, business-case-driven distribution supply chain solutions.

Fortna will also be presenting these educational seminars:

Lessons Learned from Designing Omnichannel DC’s

Monday, April 4, 2016
3:45 – 4:30 pm
Location: Theater D
Presented by: Jason Denmon, Retail Industry Leader and Mike Dunn, Group VP

Emerging Issues in Logistics and Distribution
(Supply Chain Education Summit)

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
11 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Room B212
Presented by: Russ Meller, VP R&D

The DC of the Future: Disruptive Technologies and Justifiable Solutions

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
12:00 – 12:45 pm
Location: Theater C
Presented by: Nikko Pianetto, Group VP, Integrated Technology Solutions and Rob Dold, Retail Industry Leader

About Fortna Inc.
For over 60 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.   www.fortna.com

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

Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine Names Three Fortna Associates as “2016 Pros to Know”

READING, PA (February 19, 2016) – Fortna®, the distribution experts®,  announced today that three associates have been named as Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine’s “Pros to Know.”  They include:

  • Jason Denmon, Retail Industry Leader
  • Juan Recondo, Vice President, Sales
  • Patti Satterfield, Vice President, Marketing & Business Development

“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 Ronnie Garrett, editor of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.

Now in its 16th year, the Supply & Demand Chain Executive “Pros to Know” awards recognize both the practitioners and provider ends of the supply chain. These Fortna associates won in the “provider” category which includes individuals from software firms, service providers, consultancies or academia who helped their supply chain clients or the supply chain community prepare to meet industry challenges.

“We commend recipients for their achievements. Their accomplishments offer a roadmap for other leaders looking to leverage the supply chain for competitive advantage,” said Garrett.

The full list of the “2016 Pros to Know” will be available in the March 2016 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine and online at www.SDCExec.com.

About Fortna Inc.

For over 60 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.   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.

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

Manhattan Associates Recognizes Fortna as a Top Partner for Eighth Consecutive Year

READING, PA (January 19, 2016) – Fortna®, the distribution experts®, was recently named by Manhattan Associates to their prestigious Partner Performance Club for an eighth consecutive year.  The award recognizes partners for their contributions to customer engagements in the previous year.  Fortna was one of six companies to receive the honor.

“Manhattan’s partners play a critical role in our ability to provide world-class supply chain solutions,” said Jeff Cashman, senior vice president, business development, Manhattan Associates. “Their technology, insight and expertise, coupled with our comprehensive product suite, gives our customers a competitive advantage and ensures that they can deliver on omni-channel expectations without sacrificing profitability.”

“Partnering with Manhattan Associates enables us to provide outstanding service for our shared clients,” said Patti Satterfield, vice president at Fortna.  “Our deep distribution expertise and our 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 (MVP) 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 clients.

About Manhattan Associates

Manhattan Associates makes commerce-ready supply chains that bring all points of commerce together so you’re ready to sell and ready to execute. Across the store, through your network or from your fulfillment center, we design, build and deliver market-leading solutions that support both top-line growth and bottom-line profitability. By converging front-end sales with back-end supply chain execution, our software, platform technology and unmatched experience help our customers get commerce ready—and ready to reap the rewards of the omni-channel marketplace. For more information, please visit www.manh.com.

About Fortna Inc.

For over 60 years, Fortna has partnered with the world’s top brands – companies like ASICS, Carter’s 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, please visit www.fortna.com.

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

Fortna Client Clicks Achieves Cost Savings, Service and Productivity Improvements

Clicks is South Africa’s largest retail pharmacy and health and beauty chain with more than 450 store locations and more than 18% share of the retail pharmacy market. The company maintains thousands of SKUs in its stores throughout the year, though a constant stream of new product launches combined with frequent promotions and high SKU seasonality means that the company’s SKU base changes frequently throughout the year.

The distribution centers themselves were running out of space to handle the growing number of SKUs and volume, which would require either extending the size of existing facility or building an additional facility. Clicks needed a way to drive service improvements across the organization especially to stores, reduce transportation costs and increase productivity without making significant capital investments.

Fortna helped Clicks achieve the desired results by conducting an in-depth analysis of the company’s SKU velocities, storage capacity, order profiles and operational processes. The storage media was re-designed to accommodate the current number of SKUs and handle significant volume growth. The DC was re-slotted according to SKU velocity and store category layout which helped to eliminate unnecessary travel and improve productivity in the DC as well as increase efficiency of restocking shelves in the store. Finally, a slotting tool was recommended to maintain optimal slotting into the future as the company grows and adds new products over time.

As a result Clicks was able to delay building an additional facility by up to 2 years, saving the company R24 million in capital expense. The changes also gave them breathing room and additional capacity for future growth while they design the next evolution of their distribution network.

Read the case study for more information.

 

 

Fortna Drives Talent Leadership with New VP of Human Resources and Will Implement Solutions from SuccessFactors, an SAP Company

READING, PA (Sept 24, 2015) – To support its commitment to talent leadership, Fortna, The Distribution Experts™, announced the hiring of Gary C. McKinney as vice president of human resources. The company also announced it will implement SAP® SuccessFactors® HCM Suite to drive alignment and productivity.

Gary McKinney will drive strategic leadership and operational excellence in all areas of human resources. A business leader and human capital expert with global experience, Gary joined Fortna from Clearlake Capital and Valerus LP, where he managed all aspects of the human resources value chain.

“Gary’s human resources leadership, and experience with high-growth companies, will be a great asset as we continue to grow in a fiercely competitive market. Attracting and developing the best talent goes hand-in-hand with our commitment to service excellence,” said John A. White III, president and CEO of Fortna. “As we continue to be an employer of choice in our market, Gary will make a tremendous contribution to our recruiting, training and development, and recognition and rewards programs.”

At the core of Fortna’s success is its people – the community of associates across the globe who help our clients turn their distribution operations into a competitive advantage. To give Fortna associates access to a single, global, on-demand system for all their people management needs, Fortna also announced it will implement SAP SuccessFactors solutions, which will include easy access to Fortna’s custom training curriculum.

“Fortna is clearly the place to work in our industry,” stated Gary McKinney. “Our HR strategy is focused on having the right associates, in the right place, and at the right time. SAP SuccessFactors solutions will help us with our end-to-end talent management process – from recruitment to performance management to career planning – and will help Fortna continue to be the place to work in our industry.”

“Leading companies like Fortna are investing in the success of their employees, understanding how important attracting and developing great people is for their business,” said Mike Ettling, president of SAP SuccessFactors. “We’re pleased that Fortna has chosen SAP SuccessFactors solutions for its HR transformation. Fortna clearly recognizes the importance of a single, global, complete solution set that delivers a modern and easy-to-use experience, is mobile and brings a robust solution for collaboration – all things that matter to employees and HR alike.”

About Fortna Inc.

For over 60 years, Fortna has partnered with the world’s top brands – companies like Mr. Price, L.L.Bean 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.www.fortna.com

 

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

FortnaDCoptimizers™ Take the Science of Distribution to New Levels

READING, PA (September 10, 2015) – Fortna, the distribution experts®, announces the FortnaDCoptimizers™, a set of multi-dimensional models of key distribution design decisions that quickly identify the best alternative among a continuum of choices.  Fortna clients have complex distribution operations that require custom solutions for their unique product mix, order profiles, and service requirements.  Designing the optimal distribution centers for these companies requires answering hundreds of interconnected and cascading questions.   The FortnaDCoptimizers™ are models that accelerate and automate the work of analyzing and designing these custom operations so that they maximize the return on investment.  They go beyond single-dimension “rules of thumb” guidelines and currently include:

  • Cross-Dock Strategies Optimizer™ – Analyzes customer data and operational practices to identify products that could flow through the distribution center without needing to be received, put away, picked and repacked. Uses multi-dimensional models to project the impact on space and labor and the associated savings.
  • Extra-Touch Fulfillment Engine Optimizer™ – Evaluates picking and downstream extra-touch methodologies to optimize system design. Considers the interrelationships between workers to identify tipping points where traditional systems “break.”
  • Pick Module Configuration Optimizer™ – Balances productivity and investment for the optimized pick module with the best business case. Based on thousands of client profiles and tailored by the relevant cost of workers through multi-dimensional mathematical models.
  • Unit Sortation Engineering Optimizer™ – Configures the unit sorter so that it meets throughput requirements with the smallest investment in capital and labor costs. Uses mathematical models that capture worker interaction and the utilization of sorter trays in virtual configurations.

A Fortna client saved $1.3M when Fortna used its Pick Module Configuration OptimizerTM model to estimate the productivity, cost and labor impacts of implementing one, two, or three pick modules in a their new distribution center.  The client was planning to invest in three pick modules, but the optimizer data showed that two pick modules were sufficient and the optimal solution for its requirements.

“The FortnaDCoptimizers™ are models that represent the next chapter in Fortna’s quest to bring the benefits of distribution science to our clients,” said Russ Meller, vice president of research and development at Fortna.  “These optimizers allow us to quickly hone in on the ‘sweet spot’ of the solution so we can use our extensive experience to fine-tune the attributes that a mathematical model cannot consider.”

For more information, contact info@fortna.com.

About Fortna Inc.

For over 60 years, Fortna has partnered with the world’s top brands – companies like ASICS, O’Reilly Auto Parts and MSC Industrial – 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

 

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

 

John A. White III Promoted to CEO and President of Fortna

READING, PA (July 20, 2015) – Fortna, the distribution experts™, announces the promotion of John A. White III to Chief Executive Officer and President.  Fortna has thrived under White’s tenure as President, quadrupling revenue, expanding globally into EMEA, Mexico and Latin America, and growing its client base to serve many of the world’s largest brands. White led the company to make significant infrastructure investments that formed the platform for this significant growth, including investments in systems, methodologies and research and development activities to drive innovation.

Former CEO, Peter Counihan will retain his position as Chairman of the Board.  In this role he’ll focus on key client and associate interactions, while continuing to shift the day-to-day operations to White. Counihan purchased Fortna in 1988 and transformed the company from a material handling equipment integrator to the only professional services and engineering firm that takes a comprehensive and integrated approach to solving distribution challenges, and guaranteeing the results of the business case for change.

“Under John’s leadership, Fortna has grown stronger in every way,” said Counihan.  “We are stronger financially and have a great management team. We have raised the level of professionalism of the company. And yet we have been able to retain the culture that is at the core of our success – one that puts our clients’ interests first.”

“Fortna has great opportunities ahead. We’ll keep marching forward on the strategic path we’ve chosen, focused on client service and being an accountable partner for delivering their business case for change, serving new geographies and continuing to provide distribution operations thought leadership,” said White.  “Look for even more changes as we continue to strive for more innovative ways to help our clients turn their distribution operations into a competitive advantage.”

About Fortna Inc.

For over 60 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.

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

 

Fortna Celebrates One-Year Anniversary in Mexico

Growing client list includes Coppel, Devlyn, Dunosusa and others

READING, PA (May 21, 2015) – Fortna, The Distribution Experts™, celebrates the one-year anniversary of its entry into the Mexico market.  Fortna’s commitment to guaranteeing results on large distribution projects has won favor in the market.  Just twelve months after its May, 2014 launch, Fortna is serving a growing client base of companies in Mexico that includes Coppel, Devlyn, Dunosusa and others.

“Our experience with Fortna has been very good. They have helped us understand how it is possible to overcome barriers so that the project we had in mind three years ago, became feasible for our business,” said Maribel Hernández, manager of operations at Devlyn. “Fortna helped us align all the stakeholders that would be impacted by the project (real estate, production, logistics, and retail stores within others). Not only was the project on time and within budget, the business case we built together allowed us to make the best decisions for our company.”

“We want to make our processes more efficient to achieve significant savings in personnel and to make life easier for our associates,” said Roberto Alcaraz, continuous improvement and re-engineering manager at Coppel. “Fortna brings ample experience to the table and is helping us make this a reality in a sustainable way, while assuming a great part of the risk associated with these projects.”

To celebrate the anniversary, Fortna held a “Trends in Mexican Distribution” networking event on May 14 that had over 45 attendees discussing topics ranging from omni-channel distribution to increasing fulfillment speed.  In addition to a panel discussion, Russ Meller, vice president of research and development at Fortna, gave a speech on The Physical Internet, a vision for a more sustainable logistics system.

“It was an exciting event with great discussions around the issues that challenge local business leaders,” said Juan Arroyo, vice president of sales for Mexico at Fortna.  “We look forward to applying our experience with companies across the globe to the unique challenges of this market.”

About Fortna Inc.

For over 60 years, Fortna has partnered with the world’s top brands – companies like Mr. Price, J.Crew 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

 

3D Painting to be Created Live at ProMat 2015 at Fortna Booth #4573

READING, PA (March 23, 2015) – Fortna, the Distribution Experts™, will feature the live rendering of a 3D painting at Booth #4573 at ProMat 2015, March 23-26 at McCormick Place in Chicago.  Fortna commissioned We Talk Chalk to create the 9’ x 15’ artwork that depicts a distribution center under the exhibit hall floor.

Attendees can watch the artist work and have their picture taken hovering over this unique artwork, brought to life by street artist Lyndsey Morel.

Members of the media are invited to a special “Sneak Peak” before the exhibit hall opens on Tuesday, from 9:00 – 10:00 am.

About We Talk Chalk

We Talk Chalk is a full-service creative agency that offers unique 3D Street Painting and Chalk Art solutions for enterprises in all corners of the world. Led by Melanie Stimmell—the only woman to ever hold the prestigious title of “maestra madonnara” in Italy and Germany—our studio artists and international collaborators design striking pieces to effectively transform any venue. We are of the opinion that every surface is a potential canvas and that every story can be expressed visually.

About Fortna Inc.

For over 60 years, Fortna has partnered with the world’s top brands – companies like O’Reilly Auto Parts, MSC Industrial and ASICS – 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

Fortna Hires John Mertz as Chief Financial Officer

READING, PA – Fortna, the distribution experts™, announces the hiring of John Mertz as Chief Financial Officer.  Mertz will be a key member of Fortna’s senior executive team and will focus on leading the full scope of financial management both domestically and internationally.

Mertz brings to Fortna more than 35 years of experience in finance and operations, specifically in the roles of Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer.  During his career, he has successfully driven sustainable, strategic growth of revenues and profits, leveraging strong operational and financial skills.  He has traveled and conducted business extensively throughout the Americas, EMEA, and APAC.

Prior to joining Fortna, Mertz worked for FLSmidth, a $3 billion supplier to the cement and minerals industries, where he held a number of executive management positions including Controller, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and most recently, Sr. Vice President of Global Operations.

“I am excited to be part of the Fortna team,” said Mertz.  “I am impressed by Fortna’s dedication to solid strategic growth and its commitment to excellence in innovation and in driving results for its clients.”

“John has a proven track record of deep financial experience and excellence in operations management of a fast growing enterprise,” said Peter Counihan, Chairman and CEO of Fortna.  “We’re looking forward to leveraging his skills and to strengthening the strategic capabilities of our executive team.”

About Fortna Inc.

For over 60 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.

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

 

Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine Names Three Fortna Associates as “2015 Pros to Know”

READING, PA (February 25, 2015) – Fortna announced today that three associates have been named as Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine’s “Pros to Know.”  They include:

  • Marc Austin, Managing Director, EMEA
  • Russ Meller, Vice President R&D
  • John A. White III, President

These Fortna associates were selected for leading supply chain initiatives that help prepare their clients for the significant challenges of today’s business climate.  This year, Supply & Demand Chain Executive received over 300 nominations.

“This honor highlights the many thought-leaders who are helping to shape the Supply Chain industry and advance Supply Chain as a respected discipline in the enterprise,” said Barry Hochfelder, editor of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.   “Their efforts in developing the tools, processes and knowledge base necessary for Supply Chain transformation, and in promoting new approaches to supply chain enablement, have earned them a place on this year’s Pros listing.”

“We are honored that three of Fortna’s associates were recognized for helping our clients increase the competitive advantage of their distribution operations,” said Peter Counihan, Chairman and CEO of Fortna. “This award recognizes our Associates who continue to place our Clients’ interests first with shared-risk solutions for complex supply chain challenges with innovative solutions.” The full list of the “2015 Pros to Know” will be available in the March 2015 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine and online at www.SDCExec.com.

About Fortna Inc.

For over 60 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.   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. www.SDCExec.com

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

 

Manhattan Associates Recognizes Fortna as a Top Partner for Seventh Consecutive Year

READING, PA (February 19, 2015) – Fortna, the distribution experts, was recently named by Manhattan Associates to their prestigious Partner Performance Club for the seventh consecutive year.  The award recognizes partners for their contributions to customer engagements in the previous year.  Fortna was one of five companies to receive the honor.

“Manhattan’s partners play a critical role in our ability to provide world-class supply chain solutions,” said Jeff Cashman, senior vice president, business development, Manhattan Associates. “Their technology, insight and expertise, coupled with our comprehensive product suite, gives our customers a competitive advantage and ensures that they can deliver on omni-channel expectations without sacrificing profitability.”

“It is a great honor to be named to the Manhattan Associates Partner Performance Club,” said Andrew Breckenridge, Executive Vice President at Fortna.  “Our deep knowledge and our focus on driving competitive advantage for our clients help bring the benefits of the Manhattan Associates’ suite to life.”

The Manhattan Value Partner (MVP) 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 clients.

About Manhattan Associates

Manhattan Associates makes commerce-ready supply chains that bring all points of commerce together so you’re ready to sell and ready to execute. Across the store, through your network or from your fulfillment center, we design, build and deliver market-leading solutions that support both top-line growth and bottom-line profitability. By converging front-end sales with back-end supply chain execution, our software, platform technology and unmatched experience help our customers get commerce ready—and ready to reap the rewards of the omni-channel marketplace. For more information, please visit www.manh.com.

About Fortna Inc.

For over 60 years, Fortna has partnered with the world’s top brands – companies like ASICS, Carter’s 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. www.fortna.com

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

MSC Industrial Supply Co., Inc. Opens New Customer Fulfillment Center, Designed and Implemented by Fortna

MSC, a leading distributor of Metalworking and MRO supplies, announces the opening of a new, 400,000 square-foot Distribution Center in Columbus, OH. The DC “will allow us to serve our customers, and particularly those in the Midwest, even better,” said Erik Gershwind, President and Chief Executive Officer of MSC. “Manufacturers and businesses across North America count on MSC to deliver metalworking and MRO solutions that are critical to helping them keep their operations up and running and competitive, and we take that responsibility seriously.”

The Distribution Center was designed and implemented by Fortna. “Given the magnitude of this project and its importance to our customer supply chain, we knew that Fortna was the partner that we could count on”, said Doug Jones, EVP Global Supply Chain. “They have the talent, the tools and the commitment to deliver on their promises. We have a long track record of partnering with Fortna to help us drive cost out of our supply chain.”

Read the full press release here.

Russ Meller Recognized as “Physical Internet Pioneer”

Russ Meller, Fortna Vice President of R&D, was named a “Physical Internet Pioneer” at this month’s inaugural International Physical Internet Conference. Meller was honored for being one of the forerunners of the Physical Internet concept, which will transform the way physical objects are moved and stored to improve supply chain efficiency and sustainability. Read the press release here.

Fortna Client Tech Data Featured in Modern Materials Handling Article

Read this Modern Materials Handling article on how Fortna Client, Tech Data, rolled out a WMS, WCS and labor management system across six U.S. distribution centers. With the technology changes, the company’s on-time delivery rate improved to 99.99%. The number of full-time equivalents was also reduced from 1,100 to 500, and throughput improved from 45 pieces per labor hour to 70 pieces per labor hour.

Fortna Names Russell Meller as Vice President, Research & Development

Russell Meller has been named Vice President, Research & Development at Fortna, where he will lead the development of tools and processes to drive efficient service delivery and more innovative solutions for clients. Meller’s hiring supports Fortna’s continued commitment to leadership in warehouse design methodology and engineering excellence. For more information, read the press release here.

Modern Materials Handling Honors Fortna Client MSC with Productivity Achievement Award

Modern Materials Handling has honored MSC Industrial Supply with the 2013 Productivity Award for its project with Fortna that transformed fulfillment operations to meet rapid growth and keep its same-day delivery promise to customers. Read this article from Modern Materials Handling on how MSC was able to improve productivity by 60% and reduce order cycle time by 75%.

Fortna Client ASICS Featured in Modern Materials Handling Article

In this Modern Materials Handling article, read how Fortna’s long-time client ASICS America transformed distribution operations with a new paperless DC for its footwear products. With real-time inventory management and improved efficiencies and communication, ASICS doubled orders processed per day while also increasing inventory accuracy and reducing processing time and labor costs.

Fortna Clients Honored as Rainmakers by DC Velocity

Fortna is pleased to congratulate its clients, selected by DC Velocity for their 2012 Rainmakers list: Jeff Reagan, VP Supply Chain Engineering at MSC Industrial Supply, and Joyce Maruniak, VP Supply Chain Development at Advance Auto Parts.

As in previous years, the selection was based on nominations for individuals who “have a common goal of advancing the logistics and supply chain management profession.”

Jeff Reagan led his team at MSC through a Customer Fulfillment Center optimization that created a paradigm shift within its existing operations and translated to tremendous bottom-line savings for the company and improved customer service.

Joyce Maruniak is responsible for the design and implementation of a new network strategy for Advance Auto Parts that is expected to improve operational costs as well as service levels and shipping accuracy.

Fortna is proud to partner with two of the ten award recipients and pleased to see its clients’ accomplishments recognized and awarded by DC Velocity. Congratulations to all the Rainmakers. Read the press release or the article here.

Three Fortna Associates Named 2012 Pros to Know by Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine

Fortna is proud to announce that three of Fortna’s associates were named 2012 “Pros to Know” by Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine! This award honors supply chain professionals who lead projects that help their clients or the supply chain community at large prepare to meet the significant challenges of today’s business climate. This year, Supply & Demand Chain Executive received over 300 nominations. Read the announcement or the full press release.

 

Fortna Helps L.L.Bean Improve Inventory Management (Supply Chain Quarterly)

Read about how L.L.Bean improved its inventory management, reduced storage space and avoided the need to build an additional DC. This article from Supply Chain Quarterly talks about how Fortna’s analysis of their distribution network was instrumental in helping the retailer get a better handle on its product lifecycles and improve forecasting. As a result L.L.Bean is able to fulfill customer orders across sales channels with little or no excess inventory.

Faster Time-to-Insight with FortnaDCmodeler Version 3.0

As part of its ongoing investment in efficiency and efforts to drive innovative and justifiable solutions for their clients, Fortna announces DCmodeler Version 3.0. This sophisticated tool quickly analyzes years of item, order, receipt, shipment and inventory data to provide a foundation for projecting future business requirements and growth. For more, read the full press release.

Fortna Global Expansion Continues With LGA Acquisition in South Africa

To meet growing client demand and bring their unique distribution services model to the Sub-Saharan market, Fortna has acquired a controlling interest in South Africa-based LGA Logistics Consultants (Pty) Ltd. Founded in 1986 and based outside Johannesburg, LGA is a professional services firm that assists companies with material handling and distribution projects. Read the press release here.

Fortna Latin America Clients Totto and Arturo Calle Recognized as Entrepreneurs

Fortna Latin America is proud to announce that two clients, Nalsani-Totto and Arturo Calle, have been awarded for their entrepreneurship in Colombia.

Ernst & Young and Dinero magazine awarded Totto’s CEO, Yonatan Bursztyn, as Entrepreneur of the Year in the Master category. Totto manufactures and distributes high-quality leather products and accessories. Upscale fashion apparel firm, Arturo Calle, also received a Lifetime Entrepreneurship award.

Founder and president of Nalsani-Totto, Yonatan Bursztyn, will represent Colombia in the World Entrepreneur of the Year competition, to be held next year in Monte Carlo, Monaco. In being awarded this honor, Mr. Bursztyn was described as a professional whose long personal history includes many successful products and business ideas that grew the company and contributed to economic development in Colombia.

Arturo Calle, winner of the Lifetime Entrepreneurship award, created a unique business model for the Colombian fashion industry as well as for the country’s business environment. This award is the world’s most prestigious honor given to entrepreneurial companies.

Arturo Calle operates distribution centers in Cali and Medellin and distributes their apparel to retailers throughout the country with their own transport fleet.

Fortna congratulates these Clients on their awards! Read the article here.

Fortna White Paper Wins Outstanding Content Award by CICMHE

Fortna is honored to accept the award for Outstanding Material Handling Logistics Content by the College Industry Council on Material Handling Education (CICMHE). Fortna’s educational white paper, “Building a Business Case for your Material Handling System Investment“, was announced today as the winner at the annual MHIA Executive Meeting in Boston.

CICMHE developed the bi-annual Outstanding Material Handling Logistics Content Award to recognize those who have made a strong contribution to the industry. A mix of academic and industry judges evaluate the contributions based on educational value, clarity of presentation, and contribution to the material handling industry.

“We are proud that our thought leadership has been recognized as an outstanding written contribution to the supply chain industry,” said John A. White III, president of Fortna. “We are longtime members of the MHIA and support their ideals for ongoing education to our profession,” he continued.

 

Two Fortna Clients are Selected as 2011 DC Velocity Rainmakers

Fortna is proud to announce that two of our clients have been selected by DC Velocity for their 2011 Rainmaker awards. Each year, DC Velocity accepts nominations for individuals who “have a common goal of advancing the logistics and supply chain management profession.” This year, 15 supply chain professionals were selected and are highlighted in the July issue.

Fortna clients Mike Perkins, VP Fulfillment at L.L.Bean and Donald Walker, SVP Distribution Operations at McKesson Pharmaceuticals were selected by the editorial and advisory team as 2011 Rainmakers. Mike has over 25 years of experience in management, merchandising and distribution and oversees their well-known direct to consumer fulfillment operations. Don Walker has worked at McKesson Pharmaceutical for 23 years and is responsible for their distribution network of over 30 facilities nationwide.
Fortna is proud that our clients’ accomplishments have again been recognized and awarded by DC Velocity for the third year in a row. Congratulations to Mike and Don!

Independent Study Finds Fortna’s Clients Consistently Outperform Their Peers

Independent competitive research firm, wRatings Corporation, recently updated their 2009 report where they tracked companies that partnered with Fortna over the past ten years. As of the 3rd quarter 2010, Fortna clients have maintained their competitive strength by 9.0% and out-performed their direct industry peers in terms of economic profit and customer advantages.

“Fortna is proud that our supply chain solutions have consistently helped our clients weather the economic downturn and prepare for future growth. We are honored to have leading companies choose Fortna as their long-term partner,” stated John A. White, III, President at Fortna. Read the press release here.

Fortna Congratulates Penske Logistics on WERC Certification and Top Rating

Fortna client, Penske Logistics, recently earned certification and top rating of 93.6 percent from the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC) for its operation of Whirlpool Corporation’s regional distribution center in Perris, CA. The certification and rating indicate the facility follows industry best operational practices.

Fortna partnered with Penske and Whirlpool to create and implement a comprehensive Organizational Excellence program. Labor productivity increases and cost reductions have resulted from the program. Read the article here.

Fortna Congratulates Client Penske Logistics for being Named Whirlpool’s “Supplier of the Year”

Fortna client, Penske Logistics, was recently awarded Whirlpool’s “Supplier of the Year” award based on the success of their labor management program that was piloted in Perris, CA. The announcement was published in the September 2010 issue of DC Velocity in the “Accolades” section:
“Clean Sweep. Whirlpool Corp. has honored Penske Logistics with its Supplier of the Year Award for Warehousing and Third-Party Logistics Services. Penske Logistics, which handles outbound distribution for all Whirlpool products in North America, earned the award by collaborating with the appliance maker to reduce costs, boost labor productivity, and improve inventory accuracy.”

Fortna partnered with Penske and Whirlpool to create and implement a comprehensive Organizational Excellence program. Labor productivity increases and cost reductions resulting from the program have been impressive. Congratulation Penske Logistics!

Fortna Client ASICS Highlighted in CSCMP Supply Chain Quarterly and DC Velocity

Fortna is proud to announce that our long-time supply chain partnership with ASICS is highlighted in the current edition of CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly magazine and its sister publication, DC Velocity.

Through the years, Fortna has assisted ASICS with a variety of projects to address their 20% + annual growth. Supply chain initiatives including operations retrofits, new distribution center design, flow path analysis, materials handling systems design and supply chain software implementation allow ASICS to continue to provide outstanding customer service to their growing base of US clients.

John A. White III Named to ISyE Advisory Board at Georgia Tech

Fortna is proud to announce that our president, John A. White III has been named to the Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering (ISyE) Advisory Board at Georgia Tech for the 2010 – 2014 term. The new board members are: David Bailey (IE 1969), Robert “Bob” Martin (IE 1969), Phillip J. Scott (IE 1969), John A. White III (IE 1992), and Charlene Zalesky (1977). Ed Rogers (IE 1982, MS IL 2002) succeeds outgoing chair Chris Lofgren, who served from 2008 – 2010.

Fortna Client Coleman Opens New DC

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The Coleman Company, Inc. celebrated Friday the official opening of Coleman’s Distribution Center at Midwest Commerce Center which employs 260 in Gardner, Kansas.

“We are pleased to celebrate this formal opening as a significant milestone for our company and a key component of our global business strategy,” says Sam Solomon, Coleman President and CEO. “The Coleman Distribution Center project is driven by the desire to better serve our customers, allowing Coleman to reduce cycle time and deliver increased value to customers and consumers.”

Distribution Center highlights:

  • 1 million square feet;
  • 25 acres under roof (20 football fields);
  • 3,000 truckloads of concrete on the interior;
  • 3,000 truckloads of concrete, exterior;
  • 100 dock doors;
  • trailer parking for 300; and
  • all lighting is operated by motion sensors and the roof is specially painted to reflect light.

The building is accumulating LEED points and working towards becoming LEED certified. LEED is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

The new leased facility is located near a rail head for distribution of Coleman’s imported products under the Coleman and Stearns brands, and near the centroid of Coleman’s outbound customers. At present, the DC employs approximately 160 full-time Coleman employees and a contingent workforce of more than 100.

Fortna’s Supply Chain Design Methodologies Highlighted in Facilities Planning Textbook

Fortna today announced that their methodologies, data and alternative analysis, design tools and business case development techniques are highlighted in a newly published engineering textbook. Facilities Planning – 4th Edition is a foundation text for teaching undergraduate and graduate school engineers how to analyze and design facility operations. Used in dozens of universities across the U.S., Fortna’s design approaches, tools, diagrams and charts are featured as examples for operations analysis and design. Read the press release here.

Fortna Client Avnet Logistics Implements Warehouse Management System

Longtime client, Avnet Logistics, has successfully teamed with Red Prairie and Fortna to implement a new WMS in their Chandler, Arizona distribution center. Teams from Fortna, Red Prairie and Avnet worked together to integrate the new software with a Fortna-designed operations and materials hanlding system. The new systems will help increase the overall efficiency and productivity of this facility. Read the press release here.

Fortna Positions its Management Team for Further Success in the New Decade

Fortna positions for the next decade of success as our executive management team is updated. Peter Counihan moves up from his current twenty year position as President, to Chairman and CEO of Fortna Inc. John A. White III is promoted from Executive Vice President to President.

The Chairman of the Board for the past 17 years of success, Peter Gould, will continue to serve as a Director of Fortna.

Albert Avalos, Executive Vice President, will work closely with Peter Counihan to grow Fortna’s service offerings and expand into Latin America and new geographies. Additionally, Mike Dunn was appointed to the position of Group Vice President of Sales. David Farmer and Mike will jointly manage U.S. and Canadian sales and marketing activities. Read the press release here.

Fortna Associate Named Finalist as Supply Chain Professional of the Year

Fortna is proud to announce that John A. White III, Executive Vice President and Partner, was a finalist for Supply Chain Professional of the Year 2009 at the Metro Atlanta Chamber Supply Chain Leadership Council annual awards luncheon on November 17th.

The Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Supply Chain Leadership Council recognizes supply chain professionals who have made an impact in their profession as well as contributed to the local Atlanta community.

wRatings Study Finds Fortna Clients 15% More Profitable than Peers

Independent competitive research firm, wRatings Corporation recently completed a report stating that companies partnering with Fortna over the past ten years have out-performed their direct industry peers in terms of economic profit and customer advantages.

Based on a year-over-year analysis, the Fortna Customer Group has built superior customer strength over Non-Fortna Customers of 15% and 13.2% on average over the past three and five years respectively. This growth parallels the 2007 expansion of Fortna’s supply chain service offerings. Read the press release for more information.

Burlington Coat Factory Launches Fashionable Supply Chain

Fortna Inc. today announced the successful transformation of Burlington Coat Factory’s supply chain with new systems and enhanced operational processes designed to optimize efficiencies and customer service at their Burlington, NJ site. This effort is part of BCF’s 5-year supply chain strategy.

“Fortna is a true business partner who understands the higher level goals of this supply chain effort,” said Charlie Guardiola, EVP at Burlington. “In today’s retail environment, the right competitive response is fresh fashions moving through our supply chain to every door at the lowest cost while providing outstanding customer service.” For more information, read the press release here.

Fortna Strengthens Executive Team with Supply Chain Veteran

Fortna Inc. today announced the expansion of their management team with the appointment of Michael Dunn as Vice President, Sales. Mike brings over twelve years of supply chain sales and delivery leadership to the position. He will support Fortna’s integrated design and delivery model to meet clients’ business goals including improved customer service levels and decreased operating costs.

In his role at Fortna, Mike will drive sales strategy and execution and be responsible for ongoing executive relationships with key prospects and clients.

Prior to joining Fortna, Mike was a key foundational employee of Manhattan Associates, continually promoting up from delivery positions and ultimately becoming their Vice President of Sales.

“Mike has enhanced supply chain performance for dozens of leading firms in a variety of industries,” said Peter Counihan, president of Fortna. “He is a great fit for our company with his ability to craft integrated solutions to supply chain challenges,” he continued.

“I am proud to be joining a firm that has an impeccable reputation in our industry for positively impacting a company’s bottom line,” said Mike. “I look forward to being a part of the Fortna team and contributing to Fortna’s continued growth.”

Fortna Recognized by PetSmart

In a celebration of the successful opening of their Reno Distribution Center, PetSmart noted that “We could not have achieved the success we had without our partner Fortna”.  It has been over six months since their go-live, and the performance of the DC has well exceeded their expectations.  The celebration was to recognize those who significantly contributed to the success.  Fortna was invited to attend as the sole outside services provider. Peter Counihan, Fortna President, was called up to receive recognition for the entire Fortna team and their extraordinary efforts.

Fortna Client O’Reilly Automotive Highlighted in DC Velocity

Longtime Fortna client, O’Reilly Automotive, based in Springfield, MO, is highlighted in this month’s issue of DC Velocity in an article focusing on the automotive aftermarket industry.  O’Reilly is cited as a leader in this space, particularly now that it has merged with CSK Auto Corp.  “O’Reilly intends to apply its sophistication in operations and inventory management to CSK’s operations, while at the same time taking advantage of its increased size across what will effectively be a national distribution network,” the article states.

Brown Shoe Counters Rising Supply Chain Costs in New Efficiency-Focused West Coast Distribution Center

Fortna Inc. is designing Brown Shoe Company, Inc.’s new west coast distribution center from the ground up to meet very specific supply chain cost and efficiency goals.  The new 350,000 square foot facility will be a fulfillment and distribution center of Brown Shoe’s Famous Footwear division. Famous Footwear is one of the largest chains that sells branded, value-priced footwear for the entire family.   This latest project is a continuation of the successful supply chain partnership between Fortna and Brown Shoe, positioning them for store growth, maximized customer service and continued cost efficiencies.  Read press release here.

Client Big 5 Sporting Goods Credits Distribution Efficiencies in Third Quarter Financials

Fortna client Big 5 Sporting Goods, headquartered in El Segundo, CA, (Nasdaq: BGFV) recently reported their positive third quarter earnings and highlighted substantial savings in their new distribution center.

From their November 1 press release…”Gross profit for the fiscal 2007 third quarter increased to $82.0 million from $77.7 million in the third quarter of the prior year.  The Company’s gross profit margin increased to 35.5% in the fiscal 2007 third quarter from 34.8% in the third quarter of the prior year.  The gross margin improvement was driven by an increase of approximately 30 basis points in product margins and a $1.0 million decrease in distribution center costs resulting from operational efficiencies realized in the Company’s new distribution center.

“Our third quarter performance exceeded the upper end of our earnings guidance and demonstrated the strength of our business model,” said Steven G. Miller, the Company’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “While we continued to face a challenging consumer environment throughout the quarter, with particular headwinds in certain of our markets, our team did a tremendous job of overcoming these challenges and producing solid gains in the bottom line. Our same store sales comped positively and we meaningfully increased product margins during the quarter, while realizing significant distribution center savings from improved operating efficiencies.