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Supply Chain 

The supply chain sector is increasingly adapting and deploying technology to better understand the unknown. Big data provides a wealth of information and historical precedent to benchmark and optimize current and future events. Modeling and design software similarly affords users the latitude to engineer and plan for potentialities before they happen.

But sometimes high-tech simulation doesn’t go far enough. Recently, UK automobile technology supplier Delphi Automotive completed the first coast-to-coast U.S. test run of a driverless vehicle between San Francisco and New York. The 3,400-mile journey passed through 15 cities and took nine days to complete.


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Brian Kelly Joins Vestrics Executive Team

Vestrics, the leader in predictive analytics for human capital, announced today the appointment of Brian Kelly as President. 


Ex-Apple manager fined and imprisoned for kickback scheme

Former Apple Global Supply Manager Paul Devine — who ran afoul of the law in 2010 for selling details of upcoming Apple products to Asian manufacturers — has been sentenced to one year in prison and fined $4.5 million for his role in the conspiracy.


Goodwill Industries adds retail operations VP

Goodwill Industries of Kansas Inc. has added Angela Bascue as its vice president of retail operations. With Goodwill, Bascue will oversee the organization’s retail arm, which includes 18 locations across Kansas and an online store.


Omnitracs Promotes Kevin Haugh 

Omnitracs, LLC, a leading provider of fleet management solutions to transportation and logistics companies, announced the appointment of veteran software technology executive Kevin Haugh as vice president and general manager of its Roadnet Technologies division


Key Service Management Challenges

Decisiv, Inc., the leading provider of Service Relationship Management (SRM) solutions for commercial assets, announced that a highly satisfied group of fleet and service provider management personnel attended its 5th annual Maintenance Summit. 


Wagner Logistics Opening 6th Location for Customer

Wagner Logistics continues to expand its Midwest presence. Within one month, Wagner went from being asked to take control of warehouse operations for a current customer to going live in a brand new facility in Omaha, Nebraska.


BrandShop Names Reuben Hendell as Chief Executive Officer

Reuben Hendell joined BrandShop as chief executive officer for the company on November 17, 2014.  Hendell will also serve on BrandShop’s Board of Directors.


Logistics company plans big Austin expansion with new hires

Total Quality Logistics, a freight brokerage company based in Ohio, plans to significantly expand its Austin operations during the next few years, according to Kerry Byrne, the company’s executive vice president.


Pentair cutting up to 60 jobs in Delavan

Pentair Inc. has warned state of Wisconsin officials that it intends to discontinue the production of a product line at its plant in Delavan, resulting in the permanent loss of up to 51 to 60 jobs.


Golden State Foods Opens 'Green' Distribution Center

Golden State Foods is a global quick-service restaurant supplier. They have opened a new 158,000-square-foot Chicago distribution center. It’s 40 percent more energy efficient than comparable buildings and certified for its environmental efficiency and sustainability.


Rush Trucking Announces New Interim CEO

Gregory Humes recently joined Rush Trucking, a freight transportation concern based in Wayne, Mich., as interim chief executive officer. Humes is a 30-year logistics and supply chain veteran.


APICS Welcomes Peter Bolstorff as Executive Director of APICS 

APICS has named Peter Bolstorff as the new executive director of APICS Supply Chain Council. In his new position Bolstorff will oversee supply chain research, frameworks, improvement technologies, training and a few others.


Ingalls Vice President Named Among Leading Business Women

Lori Harper, Vice President of Ingalls Shipbuilding division has been named one of Mississippi’s 50 Leading Business Women by The Mississippi Business Journal. The 50 women are the most influential and powerful business women in Mississippi.


Plug Power supplies Golden State Foods distribution center

Plug Power has announced that it has supplied Golden State Foods with 39 of its GenDrive fuel cells. The Golden State Foods distribution center will serve more than 460 McDonal’s restaurants. 


Parker Names Robert Malone AS V.P & President

Effective December 1,2014 Roberto Malone will replace Peter Popoff as President and Vice President of Parker Hannifin. Malone has 15 years experience in the filration industry and joined Parker in 2013. 


Larson Tool & Stamping Company Appoints Bob Soares 

Larson Tool & Stamping has names Bob Soares as new Quality Assurance Manager, taking place of Manual Resendes. Soares has been with Larson Tool & Stamping from 1999-2002 and just recently rejoined the team and has over 15 years of Quality Management experience. 


Tractor Supply Company coming to Manning

Tractor Supply Company has announced yet another store opening in Manning, South Carolina. TSC signed a 15-year lease in Manning and opening is set for late March, most Tractor Supply stores have anywhere from 12-17 full and part-team members.


New Mannington Mills plant will bring 200 jobs to Georgia

Vinyl maker Mannington Mills has plans to expand to Madison,GA and add 200 jobs over the next four years. The New Jersey based company will build a 550,000 square foot facility in Madison. 


Sporlan Will Consolidate Operations

Parker Hannifin Corporation’s Sporlan divison has decided to consolidate operations at its 1699 W. Main St into the larger facility at 215 Lange Drive in Washington. The consolidation plan allows for reductions in capital expenditures and ongoing operating efficiencies. 


Transplace names sales director for Mexico

Transplace has named Sonney Jones as sales director of the Mexico divison. Jones will have the task of providing cross-border and intra-Mexico logistics services.