Servigistics, the leading strategic service management solution provider, announced that Juniper Networks earned a Service Award at Field Service 2007 for its implementation and deployment of Servigistics’ Strategic Service Management Solution. “We are pleased to be recognized for our commitment to customer care because we have always maintained an intense focus on serving our customers to ensure that they derive strategic business value from their networks,” said Steve Blaz, vice president, Global Service Operations, Juniper Networks.
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Radiant Logistics, a domestic and international logistics services company, announced its wholly owned subsidiary Airgroup Corporation (“Airgroup”) made further gains in the growth of its North American operations opening new offices in Memphis, Tennessee. Matt Carpenter will lead Airgroup-MEM servicing a diversified base of domestic and international customers. “We are happy to be part of the Radiant/Airgroup family and know that with its advanced technology we will provide our customers seamless service to meet their current and future needs,” said Carpenter.
i2 POS Demand Sensing, from i2 Technologies, is designed to help consumer goods companies embrace a demand-driven approach to replenishment with a goal of reducing out-of-stocks and driving excess inventory out of the supply chain, ultimately leading to superior customer satisfaction. Developed by Blue Agave Software, i2 POS Demand Sensing can help consumer goods organizations improve their performance through the real-time identification and resolution of potential problems and developing issues before they adversely impact the business. “Stock-outs, excess inventory, forecast variances and related replenishment issues at the store-shelf level represent the most significant challenges facing consumer goods manufacturers and their retail partners,” said Steve Estrada, i2 senior vice president, Consumer Industries.
DHL, the world’s leading express delivery and logistics company, was determined to be the winner of the Great Package Race for 2007. Conducted by Georgia Institute of Technology’s Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering’s supply chain program, DHL was the only transportation provider to successfully deliver all five of the packages shipped, and was the first to three of the destinations, including: Tikrit, Iraq; Apia, Samoa; and Yangon, Myanmar. Of each of the three major carriers, DHL, FedEx, and UPS, DHL was the only participating carrier that confirmed its ability to ship to all five locations. “We are not surprised to see that DHL’s global leadership was clearly demonstrated through this independent test,” said Lindsey Birley, executive vice president for international products and services, DHL Express.
i2 Technologies announced that it has acquired Blue Agave Software, Inc., a provider of software application solutions designed to help consumer goods suppliers understand, predict and respond to daily consumer demand for every item at the store level. “Stock-outs, excess inventory, forecast variances and related replenishment issues at the store shelf-level continue to represent the most significant challenges facing Consumer Goods manufacturers and their retail partners,” said i2 Chief Executive Officer and President Michael McGrath.
i2 Technologies announced that Costco Wholesale Corporation (“Costco”) selected the i2 FreightMatrix solution in the first quarter of 2007. The company will implement solutions from i2 in order to achieve higher levels of performance while driving down transportation and distribution costs across their transportation network. “i2 served as a strategic advisor throughout this process, demonstrating its solution capabilities and the benefits of improving our transportation operations with the use of FreightMatrix,” said John Thelan, SVP Depot Operations, Costco Wholesale. “Our transportation network is large, and our business rules are complex. We needed a partner with expertise in delivering savings and real business value in our type of environment. We feel the i2 implementation will help us deliver our merchandise at a reduced cost and with a high degree of reliability.”
Navis, the proven leader in mission-critical solutions that provide asset visibility, control and optimization within the global supply chain, announced that Inbound Logistics magazine ranked Navis one of the “Top 100 Logistics IT Provider for 2007”. This is the second consecutive year the magazine’s editorial staff selected Navis as a technology solution leader from among more than 500 candidates. Today, Navis is the leading supplier of maritime terminal operating systems (TOS) and has adapted its core technologies to adjacent markets. “It is an honor to receive this award twice in a row from Inbound Logistics magazine,” said John Dillon, CEO of Navis.
General Cable has promoted Mark A. Thackeray to senior vice president of North American operations and a member of the company’s Leadership Team. Thackeray, formerly vice president of supply chain, is replacing Larry E. Fast who plans to retire in June. Since joining General Cable in 2001, Thackeray has served several roles, including vice president of advanced manufacturing engineering, vice president of manufacturing for the firm’s communications and assembly plants and vice president of supply chain.
Goodyear Tire & Rubber has named Kevin Olifiers its new vice president of supply chain for North American Tire unit, replacing outgoing vice president Patrick Hurley. Olifiers was most recently director of supply chain and logistics for SVP Worldwide, parent of Singer sewing machines. Prior to joining SVP Worldwide, Olifiers worked at Eastman Kodak in a variety of management positions in logistics and supply chain, including several international assignments. Goodyear says Olifiers will report to Richard Kramer, president of NAT and Chris Clark, Goodyear’s senior vice president for global sourcing.
National Conference on Operations & Fulfillment (NCOF); April 29-May 2, 2007; Renaissance Hotel & Convention Center, Schaumburg, IL; Take away methods and best practices to: service customers and exceed expectations, get the most from your workforce, boost efficiencies, raise productivity, streamline operations, manage costs, resolve operating challenges, and deliver goods and customer service better, faster, and more cost-effectively. Use SOURCE CODE OF5 when registering. Visit ncof.com for complete conference and registration information.
May 7-10, 2007; WasteExpo; Atlanta; Conference: May 7-9; Exhibits: May 8-10; WasteExpo is North America’s largest solid waste and recycling trade show, serving both the private and public sectors. With more than 515 exhibitors, 37 conference sessions and networking opportunities, you’re bound to find the solutions and knowledge necessary to run your business or department more efficiently and effectively.
DHL, one of the leading global express delivery and logistics company, recently announced the opening of a new facility in White River Junction, VT which will significantly expand DHL’s presence in the Upper Valley region. “DHL continues to expand and upgrade facilities throughout the country to ensure a superior customer experience,” said John Cameron, Executive Vice President of Operations, for DHL.“DHL’s expansion in Vermont enhances our level of service for customers, and ensures we meet the growing needs of DHL customers shipping to and from the region.”
George E. Powell Jr., whose leadership turned an Overland Park trucking company into one of the biggest in the country, died today. He was 80.Powell headed Yellow Freight System Inc. for nearly 40 years, becoming president of the company in 1957. He retired as chairman of the parent company Yellow Corp. in 1996.After making acquisitions, Yellow has since become known as YRC Worldwide Inc., a global transportation company and the biggest U.S. trucking firm. “It’s fair to say YRC Worldwide would not exist if it hadn’t been for Mr. Powell,” said Bill Zollars, YRC’s chairman and chief executive. “It was under his leadership that the company took off and began to expand.”
RedPrairie Corporation announced that Publix Super Markets will implement its BlueCube Workforce Optimization suite. The system will provide state-of-the-art scheduling technology in all Publix Super Markets stores, at approximately 900 locations. The solution includes innovative features that leverage the full BlueCube Workforce Optimization suite, including: time and attendance, business forecasting, labor demand planning, automated optimized scheduling, associate self service, dashboards with configurable alerts and computer based training.
HK Systems has announced that Bob Woodruff, ABC newsman and author, will be the keynote speaker for its 22nd annual Material Handling and Logistics Conference. The 2007 Material Handling and Logistics Conference, sponsored by HK Systems, takes place September 16-19 in Park City, Utah. The event offers more than 60 educational sessions addressing executive strategies, enabling technologies (RFID), logistics software and controls, distribution and fulfillment methodologies, end user profiles, maintenance practices, and hands-on demonstrations.
Alorica Inc. has joined forces with HP and opened a new logistics facility in La Vergne, creating more than 75 jobs. The facility, opened through the efforts of Andy Lee, chief executive officer of the Chino, CA-based customer service management company, continues to expand since its Nov, 20, 2006 opening and will employ more than 160 by the end of the year. The Alorica, Inc La Vergne team lead by Joo Shin, Alorica vice president, and Mark Yang, site director, works daily to increase production, which further creates the need for expansion of its work force, stated the company.
A new Master of Supply Chain Management (MSCM) program will be offered by the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan beginning January 2008. “No other top-ranked business school currently offers a supply chain concentration, let alone a comprehensive one-year MSCM degree,” said program director Ravi Anupindi, associate professor of operations management at the Ross School. “The program is highly selective and designed to prepare students to assume a leadership role in the rapidly changing field of supply chain management.
CAPE Systems Group, a leading provider of software technology for packaging design, RFID asset tracking, pallet optimization, inventory and warehouse management, supply chain execution and order fulfillment, announced that on April 19, 2007 it hosted a tour of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals at its Supply Chain Solutions, RFID and Test Center located at its corporate headquarters in South Plainfield, New Jersey. Attendees took part in hands-on demonstrations, with audience participation, using conveyor, carousel, carts and flow racks to compare the usage, accuracy and thru-put of Paper Picking, Carousel Picking, RF Picking, RF Supported Pick-to-cart, and Pick-to-Light, as well as CAPE’s mobile dashboard products for the supply chain. Also on show will be CAPE’s RFID Print & Apply product for compliance RFID tagging, its unique 3D RFID Tag Locator Visualization Tool, various RFID Readers, Printers and Labeling and CAPE’s 3D Case and Pallet Building Optimization Tools.
ValueCentric, LLC®, the leading provider of on-demand data management and performance analytics to the pharmaceutical industry, announced the appointment of Dr. Larry Lapide to its board of directors. Dr. Lapide, Director, Demand Management at the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (CTL), is an industry-acclaimed supply chain expert and will bring strategic insights in the area of supply chain management, forecasting and demand planning to ValueCentric. In making the announcement, Dave Janca, ValueCentric’s Founder & CEO, commented, “Dr. Lapide brings more than twenty-five years of extraordinary experience in areas such as supply chain management, high tech management, consulting, and market analysis and strategy. His vast supply chain management and research expertise will provide strategic insight to our management team as we continue to expand our ValueTrak® product and how our customers use and benefit from the application.”
Deltek, a leading provider of enterprise management software for project-focused organizations, has named Gregory Sybersma as the company’s new Vice President of Channel Sales and Alliances. Most recently, Sybersma was a director of Global Partner Sales at BearingPoint, where he was responsible for the strategy and execution of BearingPoint’s Partner Sales Program worldwide. Previously, Sybersma worked as a business development director at Kana Communications and as a senior consultant at Deloitte & Touche Consulting Group. “With years of experience developing business and sales channels at leading technology and consulting companies, Gregory Sybersma brings strong business development skills to Deltek,” said Carolyn Parent, EVP of Worldwide Sales at Deltek.