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Echo Global Logistics, Inc., a leading provider of technology-enabled transportation and supply chain management services, announced today the appointment of Cheryl Johnson to the post of Senior Vice President of Talent. Ms. Johnson holds more than 16 years of progressive HR industry experience, which includes several executive-level appointments.

Ms. Johnson previously led talent management for retail chain Ulta Cosmetics. Prior to her time with Ulta, Ms. Johnson served as Divisional Vice President of Strategic Talent Management for Sears Holding Company and also spent time as Vice President of Human Resources for Fossil Inc.

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Golden State Foods acquires Snap Fresh Foods

Golden State Foods, one of the largest diversified food processors and distributors in the United States, has acquired Snap Fresh Foods, a New Zealand-based provider of salad greens, vegetable mixes, dressings and condiments.Golden State will aquire two facilities in New Zealand, those facilities export to China as well as provide for the immediate area.


Roadrunner Transportation to acquire Michigan logistics firm

Acquisition-oriented Roadrunner Transportation Systems Inc. is branching into expedited air cargo with its biggest purchase yet, buying a Michigan logistics company that recently posted annual sales of $265 million.The acquisition is Roadrunner’s largest both in price and in the annual revenue of the acquired company


Page International names new president

Page International, Inc., an international logistics provider based in Savannah, has named Patrick Page as its president and chief operating officer.Page, who joined the company in 1998 and most recently served as its vice president, succeeds his father, Roy Page, as president.


Prototron Appoints Mason QA Manager in Redmond

Kirk Williams, general manager of Prototron Circuits’ Redmond, Washington, facility has announced the appointment of Jackson Mason to the position of quality assurance manager. Mason comes with  a great deal of technical printed circuit experience.


Lineage Logistics acquires two cold storage facilities

Lineage Logistics, a warehousing and logistics company, has acquired two cold storage facilities in Santa Cruz County from Dreisbach Enterprises. With the addition of these two operations, Lineage’s national footprint now comprises more than 550 million cubic feet across 104 facilities in 21 states.


Descartes Systems Acquires Customs Info

Descartes Systems Group has acquired Customs Info LLC, a U.S. provider of trade data content to power global trade management (GTM) systems, for $45.1 million in cash and Descartes’ stock. The move expands Waterloo, Ontario-based Descartes’ presence into the automated global trade management arena.


Intelligrated Appoints New General Director

Intelligrated has announced the appointment of Mario Rodriguez as general director, Mexico.

“Intelligrated invests in top talent to ensure customers receive the best material handling systems, software and support,” said Bob Wilson, vice president, international division. “Rodriguez’s experience supports Intelligrated’s continued growth in the region and commitment to Mexico and Latin America.”


Allegion Appoints New SVP

Allegion recently promoted Chris Muhlenkamp to senior vice president of global operations and integrated supply chain.

“The global integrated supply chain is a critical component to Allegion’s strategy execution; this is an exciting promotion for Chris and the company. Chris’ wealth of knowledge, diverse experience and customer focus are needed to push our strategy forward,” said Dave Petratis, chairman, president and chief executive officer.


Google Expands Shipping Services with Help of Other Shippers

Google built a fleet of small blue and white vans to run its local commerce and delivery service Google Shopping Express in parts of San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles. But as it expands into less densely populated areas, Google is leaning on other shippers.

Google Shopping Express said it will expand its overnight-delivery service in coming months across northern California so that it will stretch from the Oregon border to Fresno, roughly 400 miles to the south.
Google said it is working with “major shipping carriers” to fulfill the orders, which can be placed by 7 pm for delivery the following day.

New Executives Elected to Manufacturing Leadership Board of Governors

The Manufacturing Leadership Community, the global business network for senior industrial executives, today announced the election of Eric Fidoten, Vice President of Supply Chain Strategy and Operations Excellence at Campbell Soup Company, and John D. Gagel, Corporate Manager of Sustainability at Lexmark International Inc., to the Manufacturing Leadership Council’s Board of Governors.

“We are delighted to welcome Eric Fidoten and John Gagel to the Board of Governors,” said David R. Brousell, Global Vice President and Editorial Director of the Manufacturing Leadership Community. “John’s expert insights into the increasingly important issues around manufacturing sustainability and regulation and Eric’s deep understanding of the shifting global supply chain environment and the urgency of operational efficiency will be great assets to the Board in its continued research and exploration of the critical issues facing the manufacturing industry.”


BioScrip Appoints Thomas Pettit As Senior V.P And C.O.O

BioScrip, Inc. announced that Thomas F. Pettit has been appointed as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately, Mr. Pettit will succeed Richard Jenkins.


EXTOL International Names Peter Harper Vice President, Sales

 EXTOL International, a leading provider of e-business integration software and services,announced the addition of Peter Harper as the company’s vice president of sales. In his new role, Harper will lead the sales team in identifying global industry changes to best position the company’s technology solutions.


Syfan Logistics to expand, add 50 jobs

Gainesville-based Syfan Logistics is in expansion mode, planning to hire about 50 people and spend about $2 million more by the end of this year.


Intelligrated Appoints New Senior Sales Mgr for Western Region Ops

Intelligrated, a leading North American-based automated material handling solutions provider, announced the appointment of Carlos Vega as senior sales manager for its western regional operations. In his new role Vega  will lead business development activities and manage the western regional sales team.


Spiracur Appoints Chris Fashek as Its New President and CEO

Spiracur, the developer of the only mechanically powered advanced wound care solution that delivers the proven efficacy of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy, announced the appointment of Chris Fashek as president and chief executive officer. 


Advance Auto Parts Names David Allen Senior V.P of Supply Chain

Advanced Auto Parts has announced  David Allen as Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Management. Allen  will lead the Supply Chain function in its efforts to support Advance’s stores and commercial customers.


Unified Grocers, Inc. Names New VP of Logistics

Unified Grocers, Inc. announced that Vic Versino has joined Unified as Vice President of Logistics. He joins the Company from  Redbox, where he was Vice President of Logistics and Inventory, responsible for streamlining and automating distribution operations. 


Thoma Bravo Buying Sparta Systems From Summit, Altaris Capital

Thoma Bravo agreed to buy quality and compliance management company Sparta Systems Inc . from Summit Partners and Altaris Capital Partners.


SLM Logistics Adds Second Shift And Announces Name Change 

SEL Exchange Inc is pleased to announce that it has added a second shift at its Brampton facility. The Corporation also received shareholder approval for the amendment of its name from Penfold Capital Acquisition IV Corporation to SEL Exchange Inc.


Kroger to Buy Vitacost for $280 Million

Kroger Co., the largest U.S. supermarket chain, agreed to buy online retailer Inc. for $280 million in order to add a new channel for selling nutrition and healthy-living products.