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Riversand Hires York Richards as Chief Financial Officer

Riversand Technologies, a worldwide provider of Master Data Management (MDM), Product Information Management (PIM) and Data Quality solutions, today announced the hiring of York Richards as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Richards joins Riversand’s Executive team with over 15 years of experience in the field of software accounting and finance. Having served in similar roles at several technology companies, Mr. Richards will be responsible for overall financial operations and reporting for Riversand.

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Brooks Automation Announces Collaboration Agreement 

Brooks Automation, Inc. BRKS, -1.60% a leading worldwide provider of automated bio-sample storage solutions, and Chart Industries, Inc. GTLS, -0.60% a leading global manufacturer of highly engineered equipment used in the production, storage and end-use of cryogenic gases, announced they have entered into a strategic collaboration agreement to develop and distribute automated cryogenic storage solutions.


Systech International Names Jim Lee VP, Product Management

Systech International, a global leader in brand protection technologies, has appointed Jim Lee vice president of product management. Lee will focus on the development and rapid deployment of Systech’s new and existing supply chain technologies.


Stibo Systems to Optimise Omni-Channel Strategy

UK department store John Lewis has selected Stibo Systems’ award-winning product information management (PIM) solution as a key part of its omni-channel retail strategy.By delivering highly accurate and specific product information, consistently across all of the retailer’s channels, Stibo Systems’ STEP solution will improve the shopping experience for John Lewis’ customers, the company claims.


Allegro Names Rod Fomby as Senior VP of Global Services

Allegro Development Corporation, a leading provider of commodity trading and risk management (CTRM) software, announced today the appointment of Rod Fomby as Senior Vice President of Global Services.


PFS Opens its Newest Facility in Lynden WA

Preferred Freezer Services (PFS), provider of advanced design and engineered temperature-controlled warehouses, is celebrating the opening of its newest facility in Lynden WA. The facility marks the company’s second location in Washington state and 35th in the United States.


Dale Erker Appointed LLamasoft Chief Operating Officer

LLamasoft, the global leader in supply chain design software solutions, announced the appointment of Dale Erker as its new chief operating officer. Erker will oversee operations for LLamasoft’s global team.

Erker brings decades of experience in the technology and supply chain industries to LLamasoft. Prior to joining LLamasoft, Erker served as the Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing at Riversand Technologies. He has also held senior positions at SAP, JDA and IBM. He earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from Kansas State University.


Enterworks Taps Former SAP Executive as Channel Chief 

Business software provider Enterworks plans to jump-start its partner program by hiring Kumar Jandayala as its new vice president of solutions and partner management.Jandayala previously served as director of global solution management and architecture with Hybris and SAP’s customer engagement and commerce group. He brings experience in data and commerce platforms, product and service management, and enterprise architecture.


Havertys Names Nexus Exec to Head Up Supply Shain

Home furnishings retailer Havertys  reported that Gary Niedermeyer, assistant VP, supply chain, will retire at the end of 2015. He will be succeeded by  Abir Thakurta, who will report to Richard D. Gallagher, executive VP, merchandising.


Intelligrated Appoints Dave Schmit as Senior Vice President 

A leading North American-based automated material handling solutions provider, announces the appointment of Dave Schmit to the position of senior vice president, corporate intellectual property. Schmit leads the transition of Intelligrated’s corporate intellectual property practice in-house, responsible for associated legal policies, strategies and processes to protect the company’s innovations and grow its legal footprint.


Sanderson Forms New Communications Team

Ashley Rea and Lorin McAlpin were recently named to the newly created corporate communications department at Sanderson Farms Inc. Rea will serve as communication manager. She will lead Sanderson’s corporate communications department initiatives. She also will work with media organizations and trade associations to identify and execute strategies related to the company’s media relations


Sanderson Farms Announces Promotion

In her role, Nelson will be responsible for the translation of all company correspondence from English into other languages. She also will monitor company linguistic demographics in order to identify and assess Sanderson Farms’ translation and interpretation needs.


Logistics Movers: XPO Appoints Global Chief Accounting Officer

XPO LogisticsInc., which has grown rapidly this year through acquisitions in Europe and the U.S., has appointed Lance Robinson to the newly-created position of global chief accounting officer.  In a filing Thursday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, XPO said Mr. Robinson’s new position will be effective Oct. 1 and he’ll report to the company’s chief financial officer John Hardig.


Wells Fargo Appoints Supply Chain Finance Head

Wells Fargo has announced the new head of the institution’s supply chain finance operations, and the hire comes straight from GE Capital, according to reports. The Wall Street Journal reported, that Wells Fargo has hired Nick Lawrence to lead the supply chain finance’s expansion into Europe. He has been tapped from GE Capital, where he worked as commercial leader of the commercial distribution finance operation of GE Capital Bank, based in London, reports said.


Americold Wins Bid to Build Portland ME Storage Facility

The Maine Port Authority has awarded Americold, provider of temperature-controlled supply chain solutions for the food industry, the bid to build a 150,000-square-foot facility on 6.3 acres of land adjacent to the International Marine Terminal in Portland ME.


Heniff Transportation Acquires Horizon Tank Lines

Heniff Transportation Systems LLC, headquartered in Oak Brook IL, has acquired Horizon Tank Lines, a leading Southeastern bulk chemical hauler. Horizon Tank Lines is headquartered in Durham NC with terminals located in Wilmington NC and Hamlet NC.  


Gordon Food Service Acquires Halperns’ Ops

Gordon Food Service has acquired Halperns’ Steak and Seafood Company, based in Atlanta GA.
Founded in 2005, Halperns’ has quickly grown to become a leading specialty distributor of meats and seafood. The company currently operates four production and distribution facilities, which are in Atlanta, Baltimore MD, Orlando FL, and Fort Lauderdale FL.


Transport Topics Names ABF Logistics in Top Brokerage Firms 

An ArcBest company (ARCB), was recently recognized for the first time by Transport Topics® on the Top Brokerage Firms of 2015 list. ABF Logistics provides third-party logistics services including truckload brokerage, intermodal and ocean transport, warehousing and household moving. The company provides complete supply chain solutions and an exceptional experience that customers seek through a single point of contact


Con-way Freight Expands in Joliet

Con-way Freight, a less-than-truckload (LTL) trucking company and subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (CNW), today announced the grand opening of its newest, state-of-the art service center in Joliet, Illinois. The facility will serve as the local hub from which the company will provide daily commercial freight pickup and delivery services throughout the greater Joliet region, connecting local businesses with their customers throughout the Chicagoland area, Illinois and North America.


UPS in Talks to Buy Coyote Logistics for at Least $1.8 Billion 

Package delivery United Parcel Service Inc (UPS.N) is in talks to buy Chicago-based Coyote Logistics LLC for at least $1.8 billion, a source familiar with negotiations said on Wednesday. According to the source, Coyote is backed by Warburg Pincus, the New York-based private equity firm, which may instead opt for an initial public offering as a way to sell its stake in the transportation logistics services provider.


Logistics Firm Exel to Lay Off 278 Workers

Exel Inc. has announced it will lay off 278 workers at a fulfillment facility at 3425 Morse Crossing. The Westerville-based logistics firm said in a letter filed with the state that the workers have been providing support to Thirty-One Gifts, which plans to in-source their jobs.