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

READING, PA (August 20, 2020) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, is proud to be named a 2020 Great Supply Chain Partner by SupplyChainBrain for the eleventh consecutive year.

“We wish to thank our Clients for their continued partnership and are proud to be named to this honor once again in 2020,” said Art Kostaras, Chief Revenue Officer of Fortna. “Being named a Great Supply Chain Partner is particularly significant because it validates the increased efficiency, productivity and overall value our clients receive from our transformative distribution strategy, operations design and implementation work.”

“No one can deny the unique challenges that businesses and their customers are facing today,” noted Robert Bowman of SupplyChainBrain.  “That’s why agility and adaptability have come to the fore this year, as companies struggle to keep pace with change. And it’s why we’ve given this year’s edition of the 100 Great Supply Chain Partners the additional title “Meeting the Need for Speed.”

The complete listing of the 100 Great Supply Chain Partners appears in the August 2020 issue of SupplyChainBrain magazine and on supplychainbrain.com.

About Fortna
For over 70 years, Fortna has partnered with the world’s top brands to transform their distribution operations into a competitive advantage. Fortna helps clients make and keep bold promises to their customers – fast, accurate and cost-effective fulfillment consistently at every touchpoint, across every channel. Fortna’s expertise spans distribution strategy, distribution center operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution software systems. We built our firm on a promise – we develop a solid business case for change and hold ourselves accountable for results. For more, visit www.fortna.com.

Media Contact: Cheryl Falk, SVP Global Marketing Communications & Business Development
cherylfalk@fortna.com

 

Fortna Client and Associate Named as 2020 DC Velocity Rainmakers

Doug Romain of American Sugar Refining and Dr. Kevin Gue of Fortna join List of Rainmaker Honorees

READING, PA (August 11, 2020) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, proudly announces that Client, Doug Romain, American Sugar Refining Inc. and Fortna Associate, Dr. Kevin Gue, have both been named as a recipient of the 2020 prestigious DC Velocity Rainmakers list.  Highlighted in their July issue, the two supply chain professionals were selected as each are “united by a common goal of advancing the logistics and supply chain management profession.”

Doug Romain, Sr. Vice President Global Supply Chain at American Sugar Refining (ASR), has been a catalyst in transforming the organization’s worldwide supply chain.  Doug leads multiple operational initiatives that leverage new technologies and standardized processes to support best practices and drive improved service levels and reduced costs across six countries.  With recent skyrocketing demand for ASR’s essential products such as Domino Sugar, Doug partnered with Fortna to design and implement a new distribution infrastructure that supports increased capacity, throughput and growth while reducing order fill time.

Kevin Gue, Senior Director of Research and Development at Fortna, leads development of models and algorithms to support the design and control of distribution processes including warehousing, order fulfillment, material handling, and the company’s premier FortnaWES™.  Having received his Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology and prior to joining Fortna, he spent 25 years as a professor of industrial engineering, most recently holding the Duthie Chair for Engineering Logistics at the University of Louisville.  Kevin received the respected Technical Innovation in Industrial Engineering Award, along with Dr. Russ Meller, Fortna Vice President, Solution Design and Research & Development, for his research on aisle designs for unit-load warehouses and is co-inventor of GridSequence, a material handling system patented in 2015.

Congratulations to Doug Romain, Dr. Kevin Gue and all the DC Velocity Rainmakers!

About Fortna
For over 70 years, Fortna has partnered with the world’s top brands to transform their distribution operations into a competitive advantage. Fortna helps clients make and keep bold promises to their customers – fast, accurate and cost-effective fulfillment consistently at every touchpoint, across every channel. Fortna’s expertise spans distribution strategy, distribution center operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution software systems. We built our firm on a promise – we develop a solid business case for change and hold ourselves accountable for results. For more, visit www.fortna.com.

Media Contact: Cheryl Falk, SVP Global Marketing Communications & Business Development
cherylfalk@fortna.com

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.

Since 2017, Fortna has donated, on behalf of its associates, to multiple global disaster relief and humanitarian efforts carried out by charitable organizations.  These include support of The Red Cross in several countries, Mercy Corps, Doctors Without Borders, Gift of the Givers, Direct Relief, The Salvation Army, Rainforest Trust, and Habitat for Humanity Vietnam. Additionally, Fortna continues to support the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) through donations to its disaster relief efforts.

“Recently, due to incredible associate support during Fortna’s 2020 COVID-19 Charitable Match Challenge, the company was able to make a substantial donation to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund while encouraging and supporting associates as they gave back in their own communities,” said Fortna’s Wellness Coordinator Carol Nielsen. “We will continue to support natural and man-made disaster and crisis relief efforts around the world as the need arises,” she added.

Fortna also offers its associates the opportunity to take paid time off annually to volunteer for charitable organizations and aid their communities in ways that are meaningful to them while nurturing the company’s altruistic culture.

For more information: https://covid19responsefund.org/en/

About Fortna
For over 70 years, Fortna has partnered with the world’s top brands to transform their distribution operations into a competitive advantage. Fortna helps clients make and keep bold promises to their customers – fast, accurate and cost-effective fulfillment consistently at every touchpoint, across every channel. Fortna’s expertise spans distribution strategy, distribution center operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution software systems. We built our firm on a promise – we develop a solid business case for change and hold ourselves accountable for results. For more, visit www.fortna.com.

Media Contact: Cheryl Falk, SVP Global Marketing Communications & Business Development
cherylfalk@fortna.com

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.

The Assessment, developed to embolden business continuity, guides organizations through various approaches and best fit technologies for near- and long-term improvement. Recommendations may include a retrofit of an existing facility, a micro-fulfillment solution or a fully automated order fulfillment engine designed to deliver fast and accurate order fulfillment, reduce dependence on labor and improve operational performance – all while addressing today’s requirements for health and safety for all.

“The new normal of distribution has accelerated customers’ expectations for rapid online order fulfillment,” said Andrew Breckenridge, Fortna’s Executive Vice President. “This eCommerce technology assessment delivers flexible and scalable solutions to help companies meet their customers’ demand for an efficient and seamless eCommerce experience,” he continued.

For more information, please visit www.fortna.com/assessment.

About Fortna
For over 70 years, Fortna has partnered with the world’s top brands to transform their distribution operations into a competitive advantage. Fortna helps clients make and keep bold promises to their customers – fast, accurate and cost-effective fulfillment consistently at every touchpoint, across every channel. Fortna’s expertise spans distribution strategy, distribution center operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution software systems. We built our firm on a promise – we develop a solid business case for change and hold ourselves accountable for results.

Media Contact: Cheryl Falk, SVP Global Marketing Communications & Business Development
cherylfalk@fortna.com

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.

Robert McKeel joins Fortna from General Electric, where he was most recently President and CEO,

GE, Automation and Controls. During his 25+ year tenure with GE, Robert managed billion-dollar P&Ls across various business units driving unprecedented results across the globe. McKeel holds an MBA from James Madison University, a Master of Computer Science degree from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University.

 “Robert brings exceptional leadership, experience and passion for delivering results to the Fortna executive team,” said Hank Boye, Office of the President at Fortna.  “His proven ability to create a shared vision across all organizational levels and simultaneously prioritize operations with overall fiscal health will be key to accelerating Fortna’s growth in the coming years.  We are delighted to welcome him to the company.”

“I am excited to join Fortna, a global leader in designing and implementing distribution operations optimized with world-class automation and intelligent software,” stated Robert McKeel. “I am excited by the geometric growth of this industry and the vast opportunity for Fortna to transform the future of distribution for our clients.”

About Fortna
For over 70 years, Fortna has partnered with the world’s top brands to transform their distribution operations into a competitive advantage. Fortna helps clients make and keep bold promises to their customers – fast, accurate and cost-effective fulfillment consistently at every touchpoint, across every channel. Fortna’s expertise spans distribution strategy, distribution center operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution software systems. We built our firm on a promise – we develop a solid business case for change and hold ourselves accountable for results. For more, visit www.fortna.com.

Media Contact: Cheryl Falk, SVP Global Marketing Communications & Business Development
cherylfalk@fortna.com

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.

“We are excited about the addition of Fortna to our portfolio of global partners. Each partner is unique and brings something different to the client and we look forward to the ability to bring AutoStore to new areas and markets. As a global company and with increased growth around the world, it is increasingly important that we work with a variety of integrators who can meet the various needs of our clients,” shared Karl Johan Lier, CEO and President of AutoStore.

“Fortna clients have utilized this advanced technology to achieve distribution business goals as part of an overall Fortna-designed solution,” said Andrew Breckenridge, Fortna, Executive Vice President, Sales. “We are looking forward to continuing to offer AutoStore as another option to be considered when designing solutions to meet our clients’ operational needs.”

 Fortna joins AutoStore’s growing list of distributors who sell, design, install and service AutoStore around the globe.

About Fortna, Inc.
For over 70 years, Fortna has partnered with the world’s top brands to transform their distribution operations into a competitive advantage. Fortna helps clients make and keep bold promises to their customers – fast, accurate and cost-effective fulfillment consistently at every touchpoint, across every channel. Fortna’s expertise spans distribution strategy, distribution center operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution software systems. We build our firm on a promise – we develop a solid business case for change and hold ourselves accountable for results. For more, visit www.fortna.com.

About AutoStore
AutoStore, founded in 1996, is a robot technology company that invented and continues to pioneer Cube Storage Automation; the densest storage solution in existence. Our focus is to marry software and hardware with human abilities to create the future of warehousing. The modular, high-density, automated storage and retrieval system makes AutoStore a perfect fit for large distribution centers and efficient in-store order fulfillment. The company is global with over 400 installations in 30 countries in a wide range of industries. All sales are distributed, designed, installed and serviced by a network of qualified system integrators we call partners. Our corporate headquarters is in Nedre Vats, Norway, with offices in France, Germany, Norway, Japan, Poland, the UK and US. For more information, visit autostoresystem.com.

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.

Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions in the area of engineering research, practice or education. Dr. Meller joins an international field of new members and will be inducted at the official ceremony held during the NAE annual meeting in Washington, DC on October 4, 2020.

About Fortna
For over 70 years, Fortna has partnered with the world’s top brands to transform their distribution operations into a competitive advantage. Fortna helps clients make and keep bold promises to their customers – fast, accurate and cost-effective fulfillment consistently at every touchpoint, across every channel. Fortna’s expertise spans distribution strategy, distribution center operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution software systems. We built our firm on a promise – we develop a solid business case for change and hold ourselves accountable for results. For more, visit www.fortna.com.

Media Contact: Cheryl Falk, SVP Global Marketing Communications & Business Development
cherylfalk@fortna.com

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.

“The overall well-being of each associate globally, and of their family members, is a top priority at Fortna,” said Carol Nielsen, Fortna’s Wellness Coordinator.  “The company has consistently stayed ahead of emerging trends in corporate wellness, employing a holistic approach to wellness long before it became popular to do so.”

Fortna’s Overall Well-Being Program allows associates the flexibility to customize their own paths to healthy lifestyles in ways that are meaningful to them such as:

  • Reimbursement for fitness and wellness classes, equipment, gym memberships, flu shots, etc.
  • Paid time off for associates to volunteer in their communities.
  • Multiple well-being initiatives and fitness campaigns during the year.
  • Additional paid time off to qualifying “Road Warrior” business travelers to support work-life balance.
  • Education and communication programs for associate safety and emergency preparedness both at home and when traveling for business.

About Fortna
For over 70 years, Fortna has partnered with the world’s top brands to transform their distribution operations into a competitive advantage. Fortna helps Clients make and keep bold promises to their customers – fast, accurate and cost-effective fulfillment consistently at every touchpoint, across every channel. Fortna’s expertise spans distribution strategy, distribution center operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution software systems. We built our firm on a promise – we develop a solid business case for change and hold ourselves accountable for results. For more, visit www.fortna.com.

Media Contact: Cheryl Falk, SVP Global Marketing Communications & Business Development
cherylfalk@fortna.com

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.

By acquiring Pierau Planung, Fortna will further build upon its European presence and gain greater capacity across its footprint to better service its growing client base internationally. Fortna will leverage Pierau Planung’s deep industry expertise, robust client base, and outstanding team of seasoned supply chain and logistics experts to further accelerate its overall growth strategy. The combined entity will unlock exciting new opportunities for clients of both companies to enhance and innovate their distribution operations.

Based in Hamburg, Germany and founded in 1961, Pierau Planung provides industry-leading supply chain consulting services to a range of global clients as they seek transformation within their warehouse automation and optimization roadmaps. Pierau Planung provides unique solutions to a variety of end-markets, including: e-commerce, retail, food & beverage, and industrial distribution.

“We are excited to announce our new partnership with Arne, Björn, and the talented team at Pierau Planung, and look forward to adding their highly complementary services, expertise, and strong European presence to the Fortna global platform,” said Marc Austin, Managing Director, Fortna EMEA. “Pierau shares the same core values of commitment to world-class customer service, innovation excellence, and best-of-breed, supplier-agnostic solutions, making them the ideal cultural and strategic fit to join the Fortna family.”

“Over the last 60 years, Pierau Planung has played a critical role in the development of transformative automation and logistics solutions, serving as a trusted partner to many important businesses across Germany and broader Europe. We are fully confident this industry leading service will continue under Fortna’s ownership,” said Arne Pierau, Managing Director at Pierau Planung.

“We are thrilled to partner with Fortna, an established leader in the distribution and logistics market, and look forward to providing our clients with a comprehensive suite of tailored solutions, while leveraging the broader service offering, proprietary software tools, and scale of the Fortna organization,” said Björn Brunkow, Managing Director at Pierau Planung.  “Most importantly, for our trusted clients, our commitment to service, our team, and our supplier-agnostic approach will remain consistent under Fortna’s ownership.”

PricewaterhouseCoopers acted as financial advisor and Kirkland & Ellis acted as legal advisor to Fortna.

About Fortna Inc.
For over 70 years, Fortna has partnered with the world’s top brands to transform their distribution operations into a competitive advantage. Fortna helps clients make and keep bold promises to their customers – fast, accurate and cost-effective fulfillment consistently at every touchpoint, across every channel. Fortna’s expertise spans distribution strategy, distribution center operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution software systems. We built our firm on a promise – we develop a solid business case for change and hold ourselves accountable for results. For more, visit www.fortna.com.

About Pierau Planung
Founded in 1961 and located in Hamburg, Germany, Pierau Planung are market leaders in logistics planning, consulting, and project management. Pierau Planung has delivered almost 2,000 logistics projects for clients serving across a wide range of product and distribution channels. As experts in intralogistics, Pierau Planung has the ability to oversee logistics projects over the course of their entire life-cycle: from short-term supplemental support, through to full project delivery teams covering data analysis, scope and design onto procurement, vendor management, construction, and commissioning. For more information, please visit www.pierau-planung.de.

Contacts:
Fortna Inc.
Patti Satterfield
VP Global Marketing & Business Development
pattisatterfield@fortna.com

Pierau Unternehmensberatung GmbH
Nicole Morganti
Marketing Management
n.morganti@pierau-planung.de

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.

New order fulfillment functionality includes enhanced capability on the picking side to perform dynamic and continuous picking using carts for each picking and mobile picking from reserve. There is new e-commerce packing functionality to support continuous flow and optimize the packing processes.  Additionally, Fortna’s Command Center™ WES management console features a next generation UI for increased supervisory visibility into highly automated systems with advanced dashboards and controls.

FortnaWES™ was built to serve the needs of dynamic, high-volume, multi-channel and automated distribution operations. Science-based algorithms are the foundation for solving complex multi-variable issues in key optimization areas like order grouping, waveless picking and dynamic task assignments.

“This version builds on previous releases that enabled Fortna’s material handling systems and WMS agnostic business model,” says Shankar Shanmugasundaram, Fortna Vice President, Product R&D. “FortnaWES™ 2020 R1 extends systems flexibility and functionality to optimize e-commerce fulfillment technologies while helping our clients balance order fulfillment speed and accuracy demands with the challenges of a sparse labor market.”

FortnaWES™ helps reduce the fulfillment execution cycle time within the distribution center and improve service levels.  It allows our clients to Run Agile Fulfillment™ by selecting and deploying the solutions needed today plus have the flexibility to add functions as business needs evolve.

About Fortna
For over 70 years, Fortna has partnered with the world’s top brands to transform their distribution operations into a competitive advantage. Fortna helps Clients make and keep bold promises to their customers – fast, accurate and cost-effective fulfillment consistently at every touchpoint, across every channel. Fortna’s expertise spans distribution strategy, distribution center operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution software systems. We built our firm on a promise – we develop a solid business case for change and hold ourselves accountable for results. For more, visit www.fortna.com.

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