Cadre Technologies announced that the next generation of flexible warehouse logistics features Cadence Rules Manager. This easy-to-use tool is so intuitive that system users don’t need special technical training to setup and maintain the rules. “The software does all of the work. Once the system is configured to remember what your company’s needs are, the action will be done in the same manner every time, freeing up your employees to service customers, not computers,” states Joe Caston, chief executive officer for Cadre Technologies.
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Order Logistics, Inc. has entered into a Joint Marketing Agreement with Factory Systems, LLC. Both companies will now be able to market full supply chain services all the way back to statistical process control in the factory environment. Managing Director of Factory Systems, John Flynt states, “We are pleased to partner with Order Logistics on marketing joint products and strategies that complete the full cycle of the supply chain including our focus on the factory floor. This will enable our client base to access some of the supply chain tools Order Logistics provides to their manufacturing client base. The value to our joint existing and future clients will be tremendous.”
DIRECTV, Inc., the nation’s leading satellite television service provider, recently opened the doors to its new Denver Operations hub. The new facility will be the nerve center for DIRECTV’s sales and service support operations. John Suranyi, president of DIRECTV Sales and Service says that, “Our newly expanded operations center will be at the core of everything we do in support of our customers nationwide, from the provision of equipment to installation, follow-up service and customer contact.”
Advance Auto Parts Inc., a retailer of automotive aftermarket parts, has announced Elwyn G. Murray III as executive vice president, merchandising, supply chain and technology. Murray joined the company in April 2005 and had previously served as executive vice president, administration. Dave Mueller has resigned as executive vice president, merchandising and marketing, a position in which he had held since November 2004.
Whirlpool Corp. has chosen Schneider Logistics Inc., an international lead logistics provider and part of the Schneider National enterprise, to provide port transloading, warehousing and distribution services near the Port of Savannah, Ga. The partnership will involve the movement of over 380,000 appliances each year. Christopher Easter, vice president and general manager for Schneider Logistics announced that “With the new delivery route through Savannah, Whirlpool can now remove a step from its distribution chain, resulting in shorter cycle times, improved flexibility and a more efficient overall supply chain.”
Radiant Logistics, a domestic and international freight forwarding and logistics services company based in the US, has launched a new logistics services offering for the automotive industry. Radiant’s chairman and CEO, Bohn Crain, stated that “Acquiring these assets represents a unique opportunity for us as we launch a new service offering focused on the automotive vertical. Based upon (1) our familiarity with the industry and its business requirements, (2) the expansive network available to us through Airgroup and (3) our ability to service this business through our affiliated minority business enterprise, we feel we are well positioned to create some real value for customers. It is now up to us to win the business in the automotive space.”
The Hinckley Co. has announced that James P. McManus will become its president and chief executive officer. McManus graduated from Yale University and Harvard Business School. He previously worked in corporate finance with Lehman Brothers and for McKinsey & Co., an international management consulting firm. Ralph Willard, Hinckley’s chairman of the board announced in a recent statement that “ The Hinckley Company is proud of its growth and in the past few years has developed a very strong management team. Under the energetic new leadership headed by Jim McManus, the company has a bright future consistent with its distinguished heritage. We very much look forward to Jim taking the helm and maintaining the positioning of excellence Hinckley so much enjoys.”
Hitachi Koki USA, Ltd., (Hitachi Power Tools) has made new appointments to its c-level management structure. Hiro Yumoto was named chief executive officer of North American business and Steve Karaga was appointed as the company’s chief operating officer of the power tool division in North America. Since 1997, Yumoto had served as general manager for Hitachi Power Tools in Canada. Karaga previously served as executive VP/Director since 1996.
DHL, the world’s leading express and logistics company, has commenced its new five billion yen (US$41 million) expanded facility at the Kansai International Airport. The DHL Kansai International Airport Gateway is the largest facility operated by an international express company at the airport. The event was directed by Scott Price, CEO, DHL Express – Asia Pacific, and Atsushi Murayama, President of Kansai International Airport Co. Ltd, as well as senior executives from both of the companies.
G&K Services, Inc. recently revealed a new strategic agreement with Dockers San Francisco. Under the agreement, G&K will now represent Dockers apparel as part of its direct sale and rental apparel offering for the uniform industry. G&K will market and sell Dockers apparel as part of its uniform direct sale offering to large national customers. The company also said that over the coming year, G&K will expand the offering of Dockers apparel to its direct sale catalog and rental customers.
Menlo Worldwide, a global provider of logistic services, recently announced it has expanded in North Carolina by opening a distribution and logistics facility in Duplin County, which will create 30 new jobs. The thirty new jobs will encompass a variety of logistics and distribution services, such as receiving, inventory control, shipping, order fulfillment, crating and packing, warehouse management and customer service. “Menlo Worldwide’s decision to expand in North Carolina reflects our commitment to build a business-friendly environment that encourages companies to grow and expand,” said Gov. Mike Easley in a press release.
Business infrastructure software provider Software AG recently confirmed the successful acquisition of business integration and optimization software company webMethods for USD 546 million in what can only be described as one of the largest pure software deals in the history of the European IT industry. “This merger is a partnership for growth that fully capitalizes on the unique and complementary strengths of each company,” said David Mitchell, president and CEO, webMethods, Inc. According to both companies, the new merger is set to create a new global leader in business infrastructure software with over 4,000 enterprise customers worldwide making it one of the largest independent players in the Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Business Process Management (BPM) markets.
Sloan Valve Company, manufacturer of water-efficient commercial plumbing systems, has appointed Steven Rodgers as the company’s vice president, supply chain operations.