Global leader uniquely qualified to lead Fortna’s next phase of transformational growth
READING, PA (March 16, 2020) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, a leading global automation, engineering services and software company, announces today that Robert McKeel has joined the organization as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. In this role, Robert will be responsible for maximizing operational performance, delivering best-in-class service to Fortna’s global client base and driving business results forward with his unique combination of financial acumen and operational expertise. In addition, he will also continue to grow and transform the Fortna business both organically and through acquisition, with a specific emphasis on the diversification of markets and clients.
(AutoStore®, Nedre Vats, Norway / February 24, 2020) – AutoStore is proud to announce their partnership with a new global distribution partner, Fortna Inc., a leading global automation, engineering services and software company. Fortna offers transformational services including distribution strategy, distribution center operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution software systems. Through this new partnership, AutoStore and Fortna will continue to build their global presence by offering additional solutions to a growing client base.
READING, PA (February 11, 2020) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, a leading global automation, engineering and software company, today announces Dr. Russell D. Meller, Fortna, Vice President, Solution Design and Research and Development, has been elected a member of The National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Dr. Meller was chosen in recognition of his distinguished contributions to engineering, specifically his large-scale distribution design and operations methodology.
Achieves 80% associate participation rate
READING, PA (February 5, 2020) – This year, Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, celebrates the 10th anniversary of its Overall Well-Being Program that encourages and supports all dimensions of total wellness. It offers a variety of healthy lifestyle enhancing opportunities, benefits, initiatives, and educational experiences designed to meet the diverse needs of our global family of associates. Twice named a Capital BlueCross Worksite Wellness Award Winner, the program’s success is demonstrated by recently achieving an extraordinary 80% participation rate, well over the average for corporate wellness programs.
READING, PA (January 29, 2020) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, a leading global automation, engineering services and software company, announced today that Cheryl Falk has joined the organization as Senior Vice President, Global Marketing Communications (MarCom) and Business Development. In this role, Falk will lead the company’s MarCom and Business Development teams and efforts to globally promote the brand, grow market share, strengthen client relationships and provide strategic insights to support the expansion of the Fortna business.
READING, PA – January 21, 2020 – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, a leading global automation, engineering services and software company, today announced that it has acquired Pierau Unternehmensberatung GmbH (“Pierau Planung”), a European-based, market leader in supply chain and logistics design, consulting, and project management. Pierau Planung’s management team will join Fortna following the transaction and continue serving its European region. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Harrison brings 25+ years of finance, accounting and leadership experience
READING, PA (January 14, 2020) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, a leading global automation, engineering services and software company, announced today that Matthew S. Harrison has joined as Chief Financial Officer, succeeding Barry Malamud who is retiring. Matt will manage Fortna’s full scope of domestic and global financial operations and become a key member of Fortna’s senior executive team responsible for driving sustainable, strategic revenue and profit growth.
Increases labor productivity and unit throughput with dynamic and continuous picking algorithms
READING, PA (January 6, 2020) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, announced today the next generation release of its warehouse execution software platform, FortnaWES™ 2020 R1. Continuing its tradition of providing clients with a scalable, modular and flexible approach to solution design, this new release optimizes advanced algorithms for dynamic picking and further supports labor-enhancing technologies such as AS/RS, Goods to Person and Autonomous Mobile Robots.
Nelson’s 20+ years of sales operations experience will drive continued growth at Fortna
READING, PA (September 23, 2019) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, a leading global automation, engineering services and software company, announced today that Kirk Nelson has joined as Vice President, Sales Operations. In this role, Kirk will manage the strategic and tactical aspects of Fortna’s sales operations process and tools including managing account planning and pipeline forecasting, measuring and guiding the effectiveness of the sales organization using Business Intelligence (BI) tools and driving accountability on overall sales growth strategies.
Aimed at offering busy supply chain executives quick insights on key topics and challenges.
READING, PA (September 10, 2019) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, announces a new thought leadership series named “Executive Conversations” to help supply chain executives gain a quick perspective on essential issues that impact today’s challenging distribution industry. To be published in the coming weeks at http://www.fortna.com/library, the series features veteran supply chain leaders who share their real-world experience with readers on today’s hottest topics.
READING, PA (August 1, 2019) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, is proud to be named a 2019 Great Supply Chain Partner by SupplyChainBrain for the tenth consecutive year.
SupplyChainBrain received hundreds of nominations during their six-month online poll. “This year’s field of nominees was competitive and inspiring – coming from all sectors of supply chain management,” said Brad Berger, Publisher, SupplyChainBrain.
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.”
Fortna investor and private equity firm Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P. announced on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, that it had a definitive agreement to acquire AutoStore, a Norwegian-based provider of robotics and software order fulfillment solutions to warehouses and distribution centers around the world.
At Fortna, our Clients’ interests always come first. We are dedicated to providing an unbiased, integrated solution to their business challenges. We always seek the best solution for our Clients’ needs from a broad array of vetted suppliers across the globe.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.