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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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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.


$350M logistics center coming to Linden

The North American subsidiary of an Australian company received entitlement approvals for a $350 million logistics center in Linden. Goodman Birtcher, a unit of Goodman Group, will redevelop a 143-acre site in the city into more than 2.8 million square feet over five distribution warehouses.






Sunstone appoints new Quality Assurance Manager

Sunstone Circuits has recently named Dennis Hammer as Quality Assurance Manager. In this position, Mr. Hammer will play a vital role in the management of product quality, continuous improvement and process analysis. Hammer has 30 years of experience in Printed Circuit Board and the manufacturing process.





New Penske Logistics Facility in Coldwater, MI Creates 70 Jobs

Penske Logistics was recently awarded additional business with Ford Motor has opened a new warehousing and cross-dock facility in Coldwater, Michigan, adding 70 new jobs to the area. The facility began operations on June 2nd.


C R England opens terminal, adds 10 LNG trucks to fleets

Refrigerated carrier C R England celebrated the opening of a new terminal at 2250 South Riverside Avenue in Colton CA on June 11, 2014. Announced at the event was the addition of 10 new LNG (liquefied natural gas) trucks to the company’s Southern California fleets. In 2011, C R England introduced 15-liter LNG tractors into its fleet.


TTI acquires connector distributor based in New York

TTI Inc. of Fort Worth today announced the acquisition of Astrex Electronics, a privately held connector distribution specialist headquartered in Plainview, New York .Astrex will operate independently of the TTI organization until  system integration is complete.


Dart Appraisal Names Quality Assurance Manager & Account Exec

Dart Appraisal  announced the addition of Timothy Laden as the first Quality Assurance Manager for the company, and David Vinson as National Account Executive for the Southwest U.S. region. Dart is a leader in innovative solutions in the appraisal management industry.


eBay taps former IBM exec to lead eBay Enterprise

eBay has aquired former IBM executive Craig Hayman to lead its eBay Enterprise business. Hayman spent 15 years with IBM. Hayman will report to eBay chief John Donahoe, who cited Hayman’s technology experience as a major strength as he leads the Enterprise team.


EPIC Aviation Announces V.P of Governmental Fueling & Logistics

 EPIC Aviation  is proud to announce Colonel Steven D. Kephart will be assuming, effective September 1, 2014, Vice President of Governmental Fueling and Logistics. Colonel Kephart will be retiring from his final appointment as Director of Customer Operations, DLA Energy,Kephart is a graduate of the National War College, Fort McNair, Washington, DC.


Advance Auto Parts to relocate CEO to Raleigh, bring 600 jobs

Advance Auto Parts will relocate its CEO and other executives to Raleigh, generating an expected 600 jobs by 2017. The North Carolina Economic Investment Committee unanimously voted to award $17.4 million in Job Development Investment Grants to Advance Auto Parts to bring 600 jobs to Wake County.


Keurig GMCR has Georgia on their mind

The maker of the Keurig single-cup coffee system said Thursday it plans to build its new cold-brewed beverage maker line at a plant in Douglas County Georgia which will create about 550 jobs.  Keurig was offered and is eligible for tax credits for creating jobs as well as a sales and use tax exemption for machinery. The jobs tax credits could be worth up to $4.8 million over five years.


LLamasoft growth spurt includes 35 hires in 2014

The LLamasoft growth streak continues, hiring 35 since January of this year and spiking growth in downtown Ann Arbor and around the world. LLamasoft has expanded its sales and marketing teams to better brand itself as well as worked to make its logistics software more accessible to customers.


KR Karu Receives "Pros to Know" Award

Sparta Systems, Inc. recently announced that Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine has named industry solution director KR Karu a recipient of its 2014 “Pros to Know” award.

“Supply Chain is increasingly recognized as a strategic differentiator for leading small, medium and large enterprises, and Supply Chain leaders have become crucial to the success of the enterprise in meeting the challenges of what truthfully has been called a turbulent economy,” said Barry Hochfelder, editor of Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “Our Pros to Know listing highlights many of these outstanding executives and their accomplishments, and it offers a roadmap for other leaders looking to leverage Supply Chain for competitive advantage.


Roadrunner Acquires Rich Logistics

Roadrunner Transportation Systems has acquired Rich Logistics. In addition, Roadrunner acquired Everett Transportation Inc and certain assets of Keith Everett (collectively, “Everett”).

Mark DiBlasi, president and chief executive officer of Roadrunner, said, “The acquisition of Rich Logistics provides an excellent opportunity to expand our truckload offering and broadens our access to freight going into and coming out of Mexico. Rich Logistics’ superior service standards and strong reputation will allow us to strengthen its existing customer relationships as well as cultivate new relationships. Both Rich Logistics’ and Everett’s management teams will stay in place to help achieve the growth opportunities that we collectively envision.”


Kane Is Able Expands Fleet with Natural Gas-Powered Trucks

Third-party logistics provider Kane Is Able, Inc. announced today that it is expanding its transportation fleet with seven compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered trucks manufactured by Volvo Trucks. The commitment to fuel-efficient CNG-powered trucks is an important part of KANE’s sustainability initiative to reduce costs and minimize its carbon footprint.


Peach State To Help Major Cosmetics Company 

Younique Products has selected Peach State Integrated Technologies to develop the product flow, processes and layout/design for its new Distribution Center in Lehi, Utah. Peach State will work directly with the Younique team to develop a 5-year strategy for the facility that optimizes the current fulfillment process while also providing pre-determined expansion points for incremental growth as volumes continue to increase.