Fortna® Announces New Executive Thought Leadership Series

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.

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

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 Named as 2019 DC Velocity Rainmaker

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.”

Thomas H. Lee Partners Announces the Acquisition of AutoStore

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.

For more information read the press release or recent media coverage in Modern Materials Handling.

Fortna Continues Tradition of Charitable Donations and Giving Back to the Local and Global Community

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.

Fortna UK’s Michael Marienfeld named a Mentor by the Prestigious Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge

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.

Fortna Announces Investment from Thomas H. Lee Partners to Accelerate Growth

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.

Three Fortna Associates Named “2019 Pros to Know” by Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine

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.

FortnaWES™ 2019 R1 Achieves Certified Integration with SAP® Applications

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.

Fortna Announces the Next Major Release of its Warehouse Execution Software Platform: FortnaWES™ 2019 R1 featuring Expanded Flexibility for E-Commerce

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.

Fortna Announces the Successful Integration of FortnaWES™ to Robotic Solutions that Provide Flexible, Scalable Options for Distribution Operations

READING, PA (December 11, 2018) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, today announced that 2018 has been a year of successful initiatives to integrate flexible, scalable autonomous robotic solutions with the world-class FortnaWES™ warehouse execution system, allowing faster implementation times for distribution Clients.

Fortna UK Director Shares Why UK/Europe is Now Ready for Fortna’s Unique Business Model

Fortna UK Director, David Bingham, sat down with Logistics Business magazine to discuss how Fortna’s business model is uniquely designed to serve the needs of its distribution and logistics clients and the reasons why UK/Europe is now ready for it. Read the full article here.

Fortna and Hytrol Celebrate 60 Years of Partnership

In 1958 Fortna and Hytrol began a partnership that has spanned six decades.  Over the years the two companies have grown exponentially to become leading firms in the distribution design, implementation and materials handling space, and serving as trusted supply chain business partners with leading global firms.

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

READING, PA (October 16, 2018) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, is proud to be named a 2018 list of 100 Great Supply Chain Partners by SupplyChainBrain for the ninth 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.

Independent Study Finds Fortna Clients are Competitively Stronger

READING, PA (October 10, 2018) – Independent competitive research firm, wRatings Corporation recently completed a report stating companies that partner with and implement Fortna designed solutions over the past twelve years are competitively stronger than their direct industry peers in terms of pricing power, sales revenue per employee and customer advantages.

Fortna® Hires Dr. Hector Carlo to Lead Science Team for FortnaWES™

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.

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.”

Fortna Announces a New Release of its Warehouse Execution Software Platform: FortnaWES™ Enables Distribution Operations to Run Agile Fulfillment™

Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, announced today a new release of its warehouse execution software platform, FortnaWES™. Fortna has provided intelligent warehouse control capabilities for over 20 years through its FortnaWCS™ product.  Like its predecessor, this new release remains MHS and WMS agnostic and further optimizes workflow, labor, and equipment across a wide variety of legacy systems and automated solutions.

Fortna President John White Presents on “21st Century DC Design” to Future Supply Chain Leaders of CELDI

Fortna President and CEO John White presented to future supply chain leaders at the Center for Excellence in Logistics and Distribution (CELDI) Spring IAB Meeting and Research Symposium. Held at Virginia Tech, students, faculty and industry leaders from across the US gathered to discuss innovations in logistics and distribution as part of program led by the University of Arkansas Industrial Engineering Department. CELDI is an applied research and education consortium consisting of several major research universities and member organizations from commercial, military and government sectors. For more, click here.

Fortna President and CEO Shares Why Now is the Best Time to be in the Industry

Fortna President and CEO, John A. White III, sat down with Supply Chain Today magazine to discuss how Fortna’s business model is uniquely designed to serve the needs of its distribution and logistics clients and the reasons why it really is the best time to be in the industry. Read the full article here.

Fortna Congratulates Mr Price on HighJump Innovation Award

Fortna congratulates Mr Price on HighJump Innovation Award for its compelling transformation story, moving five divisions to one automated facility in under four months. Read the full press release. For more on this story, read this article.

Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine Names Three Fortna Associates as “2018 Pros to Know”

Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, announced today that three associates have been named as Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine’s “Pros to Know.”  They include:

  • Tray Anderson, Vice President, Strategy
  • Chris Davis, Senior Director, Professional Services
  • John Giangrande, Director, Sales

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 John Yuva, editor of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.

The Supply & Demand Chain Executive “Pros to Know” award recognizes both the practitioners and provider ends of the supply chain. These Fortna associates won in the “provider” category which includes individuals from software firms and service providers, consultancies or academia, who helped their supply chain clients or the supply chain community at large prepare to meet these challenges.

Fortna Becomes Bronze Sponsor of the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN)

Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, has become a bronze sponsor of the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN). Fortna’s sponsorship will provide ongoing support for ALAN’s disaster relief efforts. ALAN comprises hundreds of supply-chain businesses who stand poised to respond in the event of disasters, and locate and move goods from suppliers to affected communities rapidly and efficiently.

“This has been a particularly tragic year with regards to global natural disasters, many in areas where we have associates or associates’ families,” said John A. White III, president and CEO of Fortna. “We are happy to support ALAN’s great work at bringing a rapid and coordinated effort to reestablishing a reliable supply chain to areas in the grip of disasters.”

Tessco and Fortna Celebrate 25-Year Partnership, Upgrade to FortnaWCS™

Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, and Tessco (NASDAQ: TESS) announce the celebration of their 25-year partnership and the recent upgrade of warehouse control software in their Maryland distribution center.  Fortna and Tessco have had a mutually beneficial relationship that spans distribution projects such as the installation of material handling equipment, multiple performance and systems upgrades, and the implementation of a new Warehouse Management System.

As Tessco continues to grow their retail channel, they face growing expectations for speedy delivery of product to consumers. This latest project to upgrade to the current release of FortnaWCS™ enables Tessco to meet the need for faster fulfillment and increased flexibility to reprioritize orders on the fly. The upgraded system also enables associates to put more focus on process improvements that can drive competitive advantage, rather than on system maintenance activities.

Fortna and LLamasoft Announce Partnership

Fortna® and LLamasoft announce a partnership around LLamasoft’s supply chain optimization platform including its flagship product, Supply Chain Guru. Fortna, a global distribution consulting and engineering firm, uses LLamasoft, a global leader in supply chain optimization software and solutions, as the core technology for its strategy engagements for clients.

In today’s on-demand economy, companies need to make tough choices across the entire value chain – suppliers, customers, and service providers, like 3PLs and carriers. Fortna uses LLamasoft software to model and analyze a client’s supply chain network to help them better understand the trade-offs when choosing the optimal configuration. Fortna then continues to help clients with the next phases – designing, implementing and supporting distribution operations – to ensure their transformed distribution operations are creating a competitive advantage.

“An undeniable shift has occurred where convenience and speed are tablestakes,” said Andrew Breckenridge, executive vice president of Fortna. “In partnering with LLamasoft, we will enhance our ability to help clients across the globe not just survive, but thrive in this new economy.”

SupplyChainBrain Recognizes Fortna as a Great Supply Chain Partner For Seventh Consecutive Year

Fortna®, the distribution experts®, has been named a 2016 Great Supply Chain Partner by SupplyChainBrain for the seventh 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.