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Choice Logistics Hires Global Leaders; Positioned for Growth

Choice Logistics, the leading provider of enterprise-grade supply-chain solutions, today announced the hiring of seven senior leaders from blue-chip corporations. Each strategic hire was for a different position and each resides in a different global market.

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FBI Appoints New VP, Global Supply Chain

Furniture Brands International recently announced that it has hired former Newell Rubbermaid executive Raymond Johnson as its new senior vice president of global supply chain. Prior to joining FBI, Johnson was president of global manufacturing and supply chain for Newell Rubbermaid. In this new role, Raymond will be primarily responsibility for all of FBI’s supply chain functions, including manufacturing, engineering, sourcing procurement and logistics.

“Our ability to effectively source raw materials and deliver finished products on a global scale is a key differentiator between Furniture Brands and many of our smaller competitors,” said FBI CEO Ralph Scozzafava.


DineEquity Forms Purchasing Co-Op

DineEquity, owner of IHOP and Applebee’s, has formed a purchasing co-operative to help its 3,400 company and franchise restaurants save money on food and other items. It is currently projected to deliver 3-5 percent in cost savings to Applebee’s and IHOP restaurant owners over the next several years.

“Expected reductions in food cost and increased supply chain efficiencies made possible by the Co-op will create a significant competitive advantage for our brands and present one of the greatest opportunities for improved franchisee profitability in the coming years,” said Julia Stewart, Chief Executive of DineEquity.



C.H. Robinson Shines in Dismal Economy

C.H. Robinson, like other shipping companies, is feeling the effect of decreasing orders and sales across a range of industries. However, a strong 2008 earnings report caught the attention of some Wall Street analysts.


“We’re more of a service company that doesn’t have a lot of fixed-asset investments because we don’t own the trucks, we don’t own the warehouses,” said Chairman and CEO John Wiehoff. “When volumes adjust rather aggressively like they have in the last few months, for companies that have a lot of capital and fixed-assets investments, it’s much more difficult for them to adjust their business and to adjust their profitability on a short-term basis, where we can react pretty aggressively and modify our relationships and change the way we’re interacting.”


“Shipping is decreasing — we said in our year-end call with our shareholders and analysts that our volumes in December and January were down,” he said. “So we’re clearly not immune from the recession and the things that are happening,” he said.


Volvo Names New Plant Manager

Patrick Collignon has been named plant manager at Volvo Trucks North America, New River Valley Plant, Dublin VA.


Over 1 million Square Feet Leased by Kenco Logistics

Third party logistics provider, Kenco Logistics, leased nearly 1.17 million square feet of Class A industrial space in Groveport, OH. KIRCO constructed the 701,808-square-foot building last year. A 464,207- square-foot expansion of the building will be completed by June. KIRCO’s Michael Guagenti represented the landlord in-house and Jones Lang LaSalle’s Dan Wendorf and Dan McGillicuddy represented Kenco Logistics.


Garda Cash Logistics Appoints New Senior VP

Garda Cash Logistics has appointed Rick Miller to the position of Senior Vice President, Southeast Region. He will have complete operational and P&L responsibility for the Southeast Region with annual revenue of $75 million.


“Rick is a senior executive with an outstanding track record,” said Richard R. Drutman, President of Garda Cash Logistics. “He successfully achieved increased profitability, delivered outstanding customer service and demonstrated the ability to attract and lead high performing teams. His entrepreneurial strengths match perfectly with our culture, organization and strategic mission. He will build upon Tom’s high caliber leadership and success in the important South-east market.”


2009 Annual Convention and Expo Scheduled

The world’s largest refrigerated transportation and logistics event at the 2009 Annual Convention & Expo will take place from March 28 – April 2 at the Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa in Palm Springs, California.


Presstek Appoints New Director of Sales

Presstek, Inc. has appointed Tim Sawyer as Director of Sales for the Asia Pacific Rim. He has previously held executive positions with Xpedx and Eastman Kodak.

“Asia Pacific Rim is a strategic growth opportunity for Presstek, so we are pleased to appoint and dedicate Tim to this region,” said Jeff Jacobson, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Tim’s extensive industry knowledge and the leadership positions he has held while living in and covering this region make him ideally suited to manage this opportunity for us.”

“I am thrilled to be joining Presstek and relocating back to the Asia Pacific Rim area once again,” said Sawyer. “I believe that Presstek’s industry-leading digital offset solutions are the perfect fit for this market, which is demanding fast turnaround, high quality color printing generated in a digital workflow. I look forward to helping the company meet its strategic business goals in this important region of the world.”



BNSF is "New Store Van Carrier of the Year"

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. has selected BNSF Logistics as its 2008 “New Store Van Carrier of the Year.” BNSF Logistics provides capacity and transportation management services in support of Lowe’s new store construction and fixture programs.

“BNSF Logistics has a placed a very high service expectation on the Operations team handling the Lowe’s account. This award indicates the team is succeeding in their efforts,” said Yancey C. Bowen, Regional Vice President for BNSF Logistics. “We appreciate that Lowe’s continues to call upon us for transportation services.”

“Our non-retail transportation area requires service providers who excel in a change-intensive environment,” said Palmer. “BNSF Logistics’ team has worked very effectively with our planning and operations personnel to provide the necessary service level.”


Finn Joins FIBA Technolgies

JOHN FINN has joined FIBA Technologies Inc, Millbury MA, as business development manager.


GT Nexus to Provide Management System for Hellman

GT Nexus announced that is has been selected to provide a global sea freight contract management system for Hellmann Worldwide Logistics.


“With our continual growth in our freight volumes, combined with the abolition of the conference line system, we need to deploy a central, global platform to manage our transportation rates,” said Marcus Leaver, Global Seafreight Director at Hellman. “GT Nexus provides us with a market-leading platform that is delivered over the Web. This will allow our Global Network to provide an even greater level of support on global freight rate enquiries.”


“We welcome Hellmann to the GT Nexus customers’ community,” said Wolf Scheder, VP and managing director of GT Nexus Europe GmbH. “We have many years of experience helping customers with large shipping volumes get a clear picture of their transportation rate and agreements. We look forward to helping Hellmann improve their market leadership position through technology innovation.”



Valerie Bonebrake Joins Tompkins Associates

Valerie Bonebrake recently joined Tompkins Associates as the Senior Vice President of Global Supply Chain Services. Prior to joining Tompkins, Bonebrake held executive positions at YRC Worldwide and Ryder.


“We are pleased to add Valerie to our growing team,” says Jim Tompkins, President and CEO. “Her experience and leadership will be a real asset to our clients.”


“Valerie’s strong ability to develop effective business logistics strategies – together with practical and efficient delivery of innovative supply chain solutions – provide important benefits for our client companies, including logistics cost reduction, profitable growth, and high levels of customer satisfaction,” says Gene Tyndall, Executive Vice President of Global Supply Chain Services at Tompkins.



Penske Closes Fort Worth Plant

Penske Logistics is closing down its Fort Worth facility due to a loss of a service contract. However, Kenco Logistics Services will be starting operation at the same plant.

“The facility isn’t shutting down per se, it’s just being transferred over to a new provider,” said Ryerson, director of corporate communications for Penske, “We work with Whirlpool all over the country; this is just one particular facility that is impacted.”


Rob Schmults Joins Smart Destinations

Rob Schmults recently joined Smart Destinations as Chief Marketing Officer. Schmults will lead the company’s overall marketing and overhaul its online presence. He has previously worked with GSI Commerce and McKinsey & Co.

“Rob’s wealth of experience in helping to fast-track consumer and technology businesses is a great match for Smart Destinations,” said Cecilia Dahl, co-founder and president of Smart Destinations. “That background, coupled with his marketing savvy, will help further accelerate the penetration of our Go Card and Explorer Pass products as the preferred way for customers to see the best their vacation destination has to offer for one low price.”



Food Logistics 100 Names Manhattan Associates

Manhattan Associates was named to the annual Food Logistics 100. The magazine’s editorial staff selected the FL100 based on the proven track record and expertise of the nominees in providing food companies with the technology and service to help them meet their business objectives.

“The rising cost of food and fuel has challenged food distributors and retailers to find solutions that reduce costs in order to manage inventory, reduce waste and deliver fresh products with varying shelf lives to stores while keeping prices down for customers,” said Jeff Mitchell, executive vice president, Americas operations, Manhattan Associates. “Our recognition in the Food Logistics 100 is a confirmation that Manhattan solutions are helping food companies work intelligently and effectively in these challenging economic times.”

“Manhattan’s solutions gives Papa John’s better visibility into how much food we need to have in our distribution centers in order to keep our stores stocked, as well as how long it will take to receive new supplies from our distributors,” said Julie Larner, president of PJ Foodservice. “The more commodity costs go up, the more important our supply chain becomes — in the last twelve months, we have been able to reduce inventory by 17% and decrease the amount of warehouse space needed by 33%.”


New Global Supply Chain Organization for Phillips-Van Heusen 

Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation has announced the creation of a new Global Supply Chain organization. This new organization has been created to enable PVH to make more efficient use of internal resources and reduce duplication of activities throughout its wholesale and retail divisions. This will reduce product development cycle times and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of its sourcing operations.

Ms. Constantinides, will hold the title of Chief Operating Officer, Global Supply Chain. She will continue to report to Ken Duane, Vice Chairman, Wholesale.

“We believe the creation of the Global Supply Chain organization will improve all aspects of our supply chain management, thereby increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of our operations and potentially reducing costs and improving profitability,” said Ken Duane. “We are confident that Ellen Constantinides, with her proven track record in this area, is the right person to lead this effort and that the organizational changes putting Marc Schneider and Cheryl Dapolito into new leadership roles will strengthen our wholesale dress furnishings and lifestyle sportswear businesses.”


SNOW Unveiling Helps Reduce CO2 Emissions

International Business Machines Corporation unveiled a consulting tool that allows companies to reduce both costs and carbon dioxide emissions in their supply chains. The offering comes as companies are under pressure to both slash expenses amid a slumping global economy and reduce impact on the environment. Built with IBM-branded software, SNOW, Supply Chain Network Optimization Workbench, helps clients review the number of distribution centers they need and decide whether to do manufacturing themselves or through a third party.

“When you improve the overall efficiency of a system you can almost automatically lower cost, waste, and environmental impact,” Eric Riddleberger, head of IBM’s business strategy consulting practice, said in a statement.


Dan Vache Appointed to Head of Supply Chain

Dan Vache was appointed from former vice president of sales at Sensitech Inc., as head of its new supply chain logistics and technology program. He will lead the association’s effort to deliver education, hands-on tools and direct services to assist companies throughout the fresh produce supply chain in meeting challenges in transportation, cold chain management, information technologies, traceability, facilities management, energy efficiency, packing and packaging needs, and related areas.


2009 Annual Convention and Expo

The world’s largest refrigerated transportation and logistics event, the 2009 Annual Convention & Expo, will be taking place from March 28 – April 2 at the Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa in Palm Springs, California, USA.


HK Systems Promotes New CEO

In January, HK Systems promoted Michael L. Gonzales from COO to CEO of automated material handling. John W. Splude will assume the position of executive chairman. He will be responsible for growing HK Production Logistics, which will provide integrated warehousing and order fulfillment management.