Fortna and its Associates Contribute to Global COVID-19 Relief Support

READING, PA (June 30, 2020) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, has a long history of supporting the well-being of our global communities through corporate charitable efforts.  Guided by this spirit of giving, the company recently contributed to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund as the end-result of an associate-driven effort to support various charitable endeavors focused on battling this worldwide health crisis.

Fortna Offers New Strategic Service for Companies to Assess eCommerce Fulfillment Technologies

New service identifies scalable and flexible technologies to support and accelerate the digital supply chain, reduce dependence on labor and ensure business continuity.

READING, PA (June 11, 2020) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, has launched a new eCommerce Fulfillment Technology Assessment offering in response to an unprecedented rise in eCommerce channel sales and rapid order profile changes.  Companies must realign distribution strategy and assess the optimal plan forward to eliminate bottlenecks and fulfill a higher percentage of eCom orders with more speed and accuracy.

Mary Elliott Joins Fortna Inc. as New Chief Product & Technology Officer

Brings 20 years of technology development to drive next generation software R&D

READING, PA (March 30, 2020) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, a leading global automation, engineering services and software company, announces today that Mary Elliott has joined the organization as Chief Product & Technology Officer.  In this role, Mary will be responsible for leading the vision, strategy and execution of all aspects of the design, development, and implementation of Fortna software products and technologies. With a mission to position our clients to best serve their customers, Mary will apply laser focus on fast, accurate and cost-effective solutions, specifically enhancing the Fortna warehouse execution software system.

Fortna Inc. Appoints Robert McKeel as New Chief Executive Officer

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 Announces Newest Distribution Partner, Fortna Inc.

(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.

Dr. Russell D. Meller, Fortna, Vice President Solution Design and Research and Development, Elected to National Academy of Engineering

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.

Fortna® Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of its Award-Winning Overall Well-Being Program

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.

Cheryl Falk Joins Fortna as Senior Vice President, Global Marketing Communications and Business Development

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.

Fortna Announces Acquisition of Pierau Planung

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.

Matthew S. Harrison Joins Fortna as Chief Financial Officer

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.

Fortna Announces the Next Major Release of its Warehouse Execution Software Platform: FortnaWES™ 2020 R1

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.

Kirk Nelson Joins Fortna as Vice President, Sales Operations

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.

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.

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.