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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.

“Over the last 6 months Choice has been aggressively hiring the best supply-chain professionals in the business,” said Michael Katz, CEO of Choice Logistics. “I felt this was newsworthy because these hires dramatically enhance our capabilities and are leading directly to new business opportunities.”

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Blue Sky Named to Inbound Logistics Top 100

Blue Sky Technologies was recently added to the list of Top 100 Logistics IT Companies for 2009 by the editors and publishers of Inbound Logistics. This is the third consecutive year that Blue Sky Technologies has been included on this list.


“Solutions providers such as Blue Sky Technologies empower logistics and supply chain management, continuing to offer innovative and practical solutions in the face of demand volatility. 2009 continues to be a year where every opportunity and efficiency must be seized and Blue Sky consistently provides the kinds of technology solutions business logistics managers need to successfully manage their global enterprises. As shippers, carriers, and 3PLs increase their use of logistics IT, Blue Sky is flexible and responsive, anticipating customers’ evolving needs. That’s why Inbound Logistics editors have recognized Blue Sky as one of 2009’s Top 100 Logistics IT Providers.”


“We are honored to have been selected for the fourth time by the editors of Inbound Logistics,” said Steve Hensley, president of Blue Sky Technologies. “This puts us within a select group of technology peers who no doubt share our objective of providing value to the supply chain by way of superior service and innovative technology.”


ClearOrbit Changes Name to TAKE Supply Chain

ClearOrbit has formally changed its name to TAKE Supply Chain. This change reflects the company’s continued expansion and transition into a single, global division under TAKE Solutions, Inc., which acquired ClearOrbit in 2007.

TAKE Supply Chain has also significantly expanded its product portfolio of applications that help gain visibility, velocity and control for better management of today’s complex, global supply chains.

“We chose this time to implement a global re-branding so we could represent a single, collective voice to customers and partners around the world. Combining the strength of TAKE Solutions’ global brand identity with our enhanced product portfolio positions us for continued rapid growth across the supply chain applications market,” said John Reece, TAKE Supply Chain president.


Hanson Upgrades Hartford Facility

Hanson Logistics recently announced that they will invest $2 million to expand and upgrade its cold storage and logistics facility in Hartford.


“The blueberry industry, especially Michigan growers, has always been a very important aspect of our business,” said Andrew Janson, Hanson president. “Our investment in the Hartford campus is the result of our ongoing discussions with our customers on how we can best serve their future needs.”


The company did not say if new jobs would be added as a result of the project.


Mack Truck Names new VP

Ron Huibers has been named Senior Vice-President, International Operations at Mack Truck Incorporated.


Navistar Hybrid Helps Kraft Go Green

Kraft Foods has added a diesel-electric hybrid delivery truck to its DiGiorno Pizza line. The energy-saving system in this delivery truck is expected to offer the company as much as a 30 percent fuel saving versus a traditional diesel-powered truck. This truck also features RouteMax, a self-powered, extended-route cold plate refrigeration system offered exclusively through Navistar.


Robocom Enters Inbound Logistic's Top 100

Robocom Systems International has been selected by Inbound Logistics to the Top 100 List of Logistics IT Providers.


“We are pleased to have been recognized by Inbound Logistics as one of the Top 100 Logistics IT Providers for 2009. Over the past twelve months we have made many enhancements to our solutions including the integration of our Labor Management System and Voice Picking Solutions. This award from Inbound Logistics confirms that our work in delivering solutions with rapid ROI (Return on Investment) and operational excellence has been recognized,” said Fred Radcliffe, President of Robocom.



Access America Promotes Eichelberger to VP

Chad Eichelberger has been promoted to VP at Access America Transport.


“Since joining Access America Transport in 2005, Chad has risen through the ranks through dogged determination and positive persistence. He has helped catapult Access America into one of the premier third party logistics companies in the country,” said Ted Alling, President of Access America.


Soucy Appointed Vice President Supply Chain

Baker Hughes announced today that Arthur L. Soucy will be appointed Vice President Supply Chain. In this position, he will report to Martin Craighead, soon-to-be Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

“Art brings to Baker Hughes over 27 years of experience in virtually every supply chain role from procurement to manufacturing,” said Martin Craighead. “We expect to benefit from his insight and experience as we execute our strategic plans to advance our capabilities in supply chain management to become a world class leader.”



Blue Sky Technologies named "Cool Vendor"

Blue Sky Technologies has announced that it has been included in the list of “Cool Vendors” in the Gartner Group report on Cool Vendors in Supply Chain Management for 2009.


“We’re pleased to have been evaluated by The Gartner Group for this great honor,” said Steve Hensley, president of Blue Sky Technologies. “With the broad number of service providers in the technology arena these days, to have been included in this group is rewarding to our company and its employees for the hard work and initiative we have taken over the years to develop leading-edge technology products in the supply chain arena, in particular, our work in providing visibility through a variety of dashboards and other management tools. We look forward to continuing this tradition into 2010 and beyond.”



Sheeler Joins H.R. Ewell

Randy K. Sheeler has joined H.R. Ewell Inc, East Earl PA, as vice-president of operations.


Harte-Hanks and FreightCo form Alliance

Two industry leaders, Harte-Hanks and FreightCo Logistics, have formed an alliance for global supply chain management.


Pilgrim's Pride Closes Dalton Plant

Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation plans to close its chicken processing plant in Dalton GA within 60 days and consolidate production at the company’s processing facility in Chattanooga TN. These actions are aimed at improving the company’s capacity utilization and reducing its costs.


Hershey Selects Optiant for Supply Chain Optimization

Optiant has recently announced that The Hershey Company has selected and implemented Optiant’s full PowerChain inventory and supply chain optimization suite.

“Optiant is proud to work with industry leaders as we deliver multi-echelon inventory optimization and supply chain network design solutions,” said Fred Lizza, President and CEO of Optiant. “We respect Hershey’s leadership in the consumer products industry and welcome them to our user community. We look forward to a long and collaborative relationship.”


ADS Recognized for Safety Performance Excellence

Aon Risk Services Area has recognized excellence in safety performance from the flatbed trucking division of ADS Logistics.

“We are proud to recognize Area Transportation as one of the safest trucking fleets in the U.S., and congratulate them for being the first firm to earn the SafeFleet Certification Award,” commented David W. J. Mitchell, director of risk control and safety for Aon Risk Services.

“ADS has always made safety a priority, for our drivers and for others with whom we share the road. This certification is recognition of the hard work, dedication to safety and professionalism of all our drivers, dispatchers and support staff,” said Kevin Mullen, director of safety for ADS Logistics. “We know that customers are looking at safety as an important aspect of carrier performance, so it is more important than ever to rededicate ourselves to safe, professional operations.”


John Ficker Joins ShipXpress Inc

John Ficker has recently joined the ShipXpress Inc as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing based in the Chicago area. John is the former President & CEO of The National Industrial Transportation League (“NITL”) and also served as President of the American Society of Transportation and Logistics (“AST&L”). Prior to that, John spent 20 years as a senior transportation executive for several companies including Weyerhaeuser.

ShipXpress President and CEO, Charith Perera said “We are thrilled to have John at ShipXpress to promote the adoption of ShipXpress collaborative solutions among shippers, rail carriers, and rail asset leasing companies and drive efficiencies across the supply chain.”


Nordic Opens Wilmington DC

Nordic Cold Storage has announced the opening of its new frozen distribution and import/export center in Wilmington, NC. This facility will create 50 new jobs and provide frozen distribution services for U.S. and international companies.

“The Wilmington Distribution Center expands our network and provides customers with needed capacity near the port. This is our sixth North Carolina facility, and we believe the state is good place to do business,” said Don Schoenl, Nordic’s chief executive officer.



Reb Nicholson joins Designmaster

Designmaster, a dining furniture specialist, has recently welcomed Reb Nicholson as vice president of sales and marketing. Nicholson began his career with Levitz Furniture in 1972 and has held management positions with B. Bugatch Home Furnishings, The Lane Co., Stoneville Furniture, L. Powell and Co., Magnussen Home and Chromcraft Revington.

“I am pleased and encouraged to have Reb with us,” said Corwin, President of Designmaster. “He has such a positive attitude. He is innovative and has unique ideas to help Designmaster move forward even in this tough economy.”


Facebook for the Supply Chain

Inovis has introduced a Facebook-style social network web site that solves the problems of updating and accessing contact information and company profiles. Now, when a supply chain manager finds a problem in a purchase order or shipment, they can go online and quickly pinpoint the right person at the supplier, third-party logistics provider (3PL) or contract manufacturer who can help resolve the issue before it causes delays in the supply chain.


“Social networking gives individuals a direct link to one another, to stay in touch and receive updates about activities and changes in each others’ lives,” explains Inovis’ chief technology officer Erik Huddleston. “We’re applying the same concept to business communities so that retailers, manufacturers, suppliers and vendors can better understand each others’ roles and responsibilities, and stay updated on changes in staffing, projects, or products.”



Burton Joins Worldwide Logistics

Furniture industry veteran Brent Burton has joined Worldwide Logistics as Business Development/National Accounts Manager. Burton was previously VP of Business Development with Salem Logistics as well as a nine year member with the American Home Furnishings Alliance. While with the AHFA, he held the positions of VP of Transportation and Logistics, Executive Director/Finance Division and Executive Director/Suppliers Division.


SAF-Holland moving plant to Texas

SAF-Holland will be moving fifth wheel manufacturing operations from its plant in Monroe, NC, to the company’s facility in Wylie, TX. The Wylie facility provides enough unutilized capacity to absorb all of Monroe’s current volume. The Monroe plant will remain operational until the consolidation process is complete. Manufacturing consolidation is set for June 1, 2009.