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John Hurst Appointed VP, Contract Logistics at Performance Team

Performance Team has recently hired John Hurst as vice president of contract logistics. His
past experience includes key positions at APL Logistics as well as experience at over 40 operational start-ups. He holds an undergraduate degree in material and logistics management from Michigan State University and an M.B.A. from the Graziadio School of Business at Pepperdine University.


Zebra Promotes Deborah Murphy to VP, Market & Channel Development

Zebra Technologies recently announced the promotion of Deborah Murphy to vice president of market and channel development for Specialty Printing Solutions (SPS).

During Murphy’s 14-year career with Zebra, she has held several marketing roles within SPS, including the formation and development of Zebra’s burgeoning global healthcare business. Murphy will be responsible for developing a global, multi-year SPS market plan that encompasses new vertical markets, channels and applications.

“Debbie’s historical knowledge of the Zebra business, combined with her proven ability to develop strategic, thought-leading marketing programs will help identify and strengthen our market position around the world,” said Mike Terzich, senior vice president, global sales and marketing. “In this new role for the organization, Debbie will also develop a new Independent Software Vendor Program – which will offer an expanded set of applications and solutions for today’s business needs – a critical and growing area of importance for Zebra.”


Cooltrax Enters Contract with Core-Mark

Cooltrax Americas has been awarded a contract by Core-Mark International to supply its cold chain monitoring system across its fleet of refrigerated trailers and 24 of its distribution centers. The company commenced retrofitting the fleet in March 2010 and will be included on all future trailer purchases.


Air Products Names Marsland SVP

Air Products recently named John W. Marsland senior vice president, Supply Chain, and member of the company’s Corporate Executive Committee. He has overall responsibility for Air Products’ Global Engineering, Global Operations, Energy and Materials, and Continuous Improvement organizations. Prior to joining Air Products, Marsland was employed by The Stanley Works and GE, where he held positions in financial planning and analysis, mergers and acquisitions, corporate audit, treasury and global supply chain.


United Stationers Purchases MBS Dev. Inc

United Stationers Inc. recently acquired software provider MBS Dev. Inc. This acquisition is said to add about $10 million in revenue and will have a modestly positive affect on the company’s earnings per share.


Choice Logistics Executive Named in 2010 "Pros to Know" 

Choice Logistics has recently announced that Gary Weiss, executive vice president of global operations, has been included in Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine’s 2010 ‘Pros to Know’ list in the provider category.

The acknowledgement recognizes Weiss as an innovator who has helped clients ‘address the challenges of the recession and prepare for the recovery ahead.’ The magazine’s editorial selection committee reviewed more than 400 submissions for this year’s program.


Heinz Appoints Ostryniec to Chief Supply Chain Officer 

HJ Heinz Company has appointed Bob Ostryniec to the position of chief supply chain officer - a newly created role to drive worldwide initiatives to leverage the company’s global scale, reduce costs, improve gross margins and enhance productivity.

“Bob’s appointment reflects his exceptional performance in optimizing savings and efficiency in the company’s North American supply chain while building best-in-class supply chain processes,” said William Johnson, chairman, president and chief executive.


Matt Ferguson added to Echo Board of Directors

Echo Global Logistics recently added Matt Ferguson, president and CEO of, to its board of directors

“Echo’s rapid growth and success is a testament to their evolved technology solutions,” said Ferguson, who became the ninth member of the board.

Echo Global Logistics expanded last year despite the recession, posting $70.2 million in revenue in the third quarter — an increase of more than 20 percent — while shipment volume increased 45.5 percent. Its net income in the third quarter last year was $1.3 million, compared with $600,000 in the same period in 2008.


Kane Is Able Appoints Two Industry Veterans

Kane Is Able, Inc. has recently named both Dan Nairn and Sean Riley Directors of Customer Solutions for the Pennsylvania-based third-party logistics provider. Both will report to Mike Marlowe, vice president of customer solutions for KANE.     

Dan Nairn has more than two decades experience in product packaging services and sales. He will work with customers on strategies to customize product in the distribution center in order to reduce inventory, reduce packaging costs, and improve service to retailers.

Sean Riley is a logistics industry veteran, most recently with CHEP, a pallet and container pooling company where he held management positions in channel development, sales, and continuous improvement. He will work with companies in the Central Region of the U.S. to execute efficient distribution, transportation, and contract packaging strategies.


Omaha Steaks Now Using Hanson for Invetory Distribution

Hanson Logistics has recently announced that Omaha Steaks is now using them for distribution of inventory to support 21 of its retail stores in the greater Midwest market.

Hanson manages inventory, order mixing, and direct store delivery to Omaha Steaks’ Midwest network of retail outlets. Omaha Steaks is one in a growing number of brands using the Hanson Chicago Consolidation Center, home to the Hanson Velocities Multi-Vendor Consolidation program.


Coyote to Manage Heineken's Outbound Transportation

Coyote Logistics has recently decided to partner with Heineken to manage the outbound transportation of the company’s Holland-brewed beer from its six American distribution centers. Heineken’s improvement to its supply chain has allowed it to move beer made 3,000 miles to shelves in seven days, compared to the 10 weeks it took more than two decades ago.


Schneider Executive Selected for IDG's Top 100 of 2010

Schneider National recently announced that Shaleen Devgun, vice-president of strategy, planning, and architecture, was recently selected as one of IDG’s Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2010. This honor is bestowed annually on 100 leaders from the technology and business sides of companies for exceptional technology leadership, innovative ideas to business challenges, and effective managed IT strategies.


Michael Mauler Named EVP of GameStop

Michael Mauler has been named executive vice president of GameStop International. He was formerly the company’s senior vice president of supply chain and international support.

“Mike’s leadership qualities as senior vice president of supply chain and international support have been instrumental in developing the infrastructure, distribution capabilities and international online sales strategies to support our continued international growth,” said R. Richard Fontaine, executive chairman of GameStop.


Fluensee Announces New Director of Sales

Fluensee recently announced that RFID and technology solutions veteran Craig Kavanaugh has joined its team as Director of Sales. Kavanaugh will lead Fluensee’s direct and channel sales efforts and strategies to expand Fluensee’s reach in key markets and drive top-line growth.

“Craig’s breadth of knowledge and hands-on experience in the RFID market and the industries we serve makes him an outstanding addition to the Fluensee team,” said Tim Harvie, president and chief executive officer of Fluensee. “As companies continue to adopt RFID technology to better track, manage and provide visibility for their high-value and mission-critical assets, Craig’s combined technology and business experience will allow Fluensee to further improve its current solution offerings and add significant value to our customers.”


Wal-Mart Works to Cut Logistics Spending for 2010

Wal-Mart Stores is quickly setting the tone for the shipping industry in 2010 by working to cut even deeper into its transportation and logistics spending. This time, its goal is to increase direct purchasing from suppliers from less than 20 percent to somewhere around 80 percent.

Although Wal-Mart hasn’t discussed how its sourcing plans will affect its transportation choices, such a major shift is certain to affect how it ships and receives goods and who carries them.

More direct purchasing means Wal-Mart and its shipper suppliers can move more fully loaded trailers straight to its distribution centers, bypassing the need to load and unload multiple trucks and move goods through third-party warehouses before they enter Wal-Mart’s system. Some longer shipments could wind up in domestic intermodal containers.


Gene Eubanks Appointed President & CEO of Acsis

Acsis Inc. recently appointed Gene Eubanks as its new president and CEO. He has previously held executive positions with SAP and Oracle and also lists Price Waterhouse, Sequencia, Netfish, and Manugistics among his corporate credentials. He will be utilizing his experience in the supply chain, high-tech, consumer products and chemicals industries to map out a new direction for Acsis.

“I’m looking to transform much of what we have in terms of knowledge and services and codify it into a fortified product roadmap that we can take forward. And, with an open architecture, we can solve customer problems throughout the supply chain and across different business systems,” Eubanks said.


Checkpoint Appoints New Group President, Global Customer Management

Checkpoint Systems, Inc. recently announced the appointment of James Wrigley, Group President, Global Customer Management. Mr. Wrigley previously held a senior executive position with Avery Dennison Corporation’s Retail Information Services business following Avery’s acquisition of Paxar Corporation in 2007.

“James is a perfect fit for Checkpoint,” said Rob van der Merwe, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Checkpoint Systems. “He brings the right background and expertise to help drive our growth agenda.


Domino's Announce New EVP, Supply Chain Operations

Domino’s Pizza recently announced the appointment of John Macksood to Executive Vice President of Supply-Chain Operations. Macksood is a 24-year veteran of Domino’s. He was previously second-in-command of the supply-chain operation.


ATC Technology Corporation

ATC Technology Corporation is headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois. The Company provides comprehensive engineered solutions for logistics and refurbishment services to the consumer electronics industries and the light-, and medium- and heavy-duty vehicle service parts markets.


Thorn Promoted to Petsmart SVP, Supply Chain

PetSmart has recently promoted Bruce Thorn to senior vice president, supply chain. In his role, Thorn will oversee all areas of supply chain including inventory replenishment and planning, supply chain solutions, transportation and the company’s network of distribution centers.

Thorn has previously held roles for LESCO Inc., Gap, Inc., Cintas Corporation and the U.S. Army.