United Stationers Inc. (USTR) said that it would cut about 250 jobs or 4% of its workforce in order to adjust its cost structure due to the challenging economic environment. The position eliminations have been specifically identified and are expected to be completed by balance March 31. Both management and non-management employees will be affected by the job cuts.
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Philips Electronics North America is laying off 96 employees at its supply chain solution center in Auburn, WA, according to a notice from Washington State’s Employment Security Department. The staff cuts are effective on March 20, 2009, when the facility will shut down.
Walgreen’s has appointed Bryan Pugh as the drug chain’s new Vice President of format development. He will focus on food items, paper products and other consumables.
Pugh has more than 25 years of experience in food and general merchandise retailing. This includes store and regional operations, buying and merchandise planning, distribution and supply chain, store design and construction and mergers and acquisitions.
He has previously worked for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., where he moved up from an assistant store manager in the Sam’s Club division to vice president of membership marketing.
Ron Stuart was hired as environmental project manager-air quality at the Port of Tacoma. Stuart will manage port-related diesel and greenhouse gas emissions reduction programs, and will also oversee the preparation of Air Quality aspects of environmental impact assessments. Stewart was previously with Simpson Tacoma Kraft Company in Tacoma for 21 years, serving in several positions, including chemist, laboratory supervisor, environmental engineer and environmental compliance auditor.
Lloyd Boyd has joined Greatwide Logistics Services as chief information officer. Boyd will oversee IT operations for each of the company’s four business segments: Dedicated Transport, Truckload Management, Distribution Logistics and Freight Brokerage. Boyd was previously CIO of CEVA Freight Management/Eagle Global Logistics, and he also held executive roles with Koch Industries and Nissan North America.
Pilot Freight Services recently promoted Heinz Lange to vice president of international sales. Lange will now oversee international sales, sales training, and develop a global network of sales directors. “During his tenure with Pilot, Heinz has shown his ability to work closely with both company and franchise stations, and has been integral in closing business with several major national accounts,” said Lou Cortese, President of Pilot Freight Services. “His experience within the industry, and with Pilot, will help him to continue to develop our international business.”
New Breed Logistics, Inc. has inked a deal to fill 400,000 square feet of space to provide logistics services for Avaya, Inc. This will occupy the majority of the space. New Breed officials say the company is close to securing a user for the remaining 100,000 square feet of space at the Citation Drive building. This would give New Breed almost full occupancy of the 2 million square feet it leases in Memphis.
The High Point, N.C.-based logistics company’s facility has about 500,000 square feet of space leased at the site.
The facility located in the Southpoint Distribution Park used to house Carrier Corp.’s operations.
Deacom, Inc. has been named by Food Logistics magazine as one of the top 100 technology solution providers to the food industry.
“In today’s tough economic climate, grocery and foodservice distributors and manufacturers are facing complex distribution challenges and they’re applying more technologies to better manage their supply chains,” says Katherine Doherty, editor-in-chief of Food Logistics.
The DEACOM ERP System is designed to help food manufacturers streamline their business processes to maximize productivity and profitability. DEACOM helps manufacturers establish process controls and access data easily.
UPS has been selected by Merck & Co. Inc. to manage a significant portion of its U.S. distribution of temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals and vaccines, as well as to provide package transportation services.
McDonald’s USA recently promoted Dan Gorsky from Vice President to Senior Vice President of North America Supply Chain Management. Under Gorsky’s lead, McDonald’s Supply Chain Management is responsible for food safety and quality assurance, supply chain sustainability, new product commercialization, risk management and sourcing supply.
“In today’s changing business environment, our talented Supply Chain team continues to give McDonald’s a strategic and competitive advantage,” said Jan Fields, Chief Operating Officer, McDonald’s USA. “I am confident that with Dan’s leadership, working with our suppliers, McDonald’s will continue to provide everyday affordability for our customers, and long-term profitability for our restaurants.”
Office Depot, recently announced that it will close 10 percent of its North American stores in the next three months due to low performance. These closings will include a total of 112 stores and eliminate around 2,200 jobs. Further, the company also plans to close three of its 33 distribution centers and open fewer new stores in 2009.
PLS Logistics recently announced that it will be expanding its transportation logistics resources to include LTL service to support clients who have smaller, more frequent freight requirements. This new service will include both standard and guaranteed LTL service, along with expedited ground and volume shipment moves.
“We are excited about offering an LTL service as we continually enhance the value we provide to existing customers. This also strengthens our position as we expand into new markets,” said Scott Boyer, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at PLS. “PLS has made significant investments in technology, people and processes in support of integrating our LTL service offering into our portfolio of transportation services. We believe the addition of this service will fuel our strong growth initiatives in the logistics and supply chain arena.”
Zenith Global Logistics, a supply chain services provider for the home furnishing industry, recently hired David Ashwell as its new director of sales for North America. Ashwell previously served as director of transportation for Hooker Furniture Corp. based out of Martinsville, Virginia.
Horizon Logistics recently opened a new warehouse in Los Angeles, California to offer integrated inbound and export logistics services to manufacturers and retailers. The distribution center is 176,000 square-feet and located 10 miles from the LA-Long Beach ports.
Hershey recently named Terence L. O’Day as their new Senior Vice President of Global Operations. Prior to joing Hershey, O’Day worked for Mannatech, In,. where he served as their Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
“Terry is an outstanding addition to the company and to our executive team,” West said. “He will lead our continuing efforts to improve the competitiveness of our operations and supply chain. Terry’s leadership experience in a wide range of international manufacturing environments will enable Hershey to develop a flexible, cost-effective supply chain to meet the needs of our global consumers.”
“Hershey is known around the world for high-quality products,” O’Day said. “I look forward to working with the operations group and the Hershey Executive Team as we continue to build an efficient global supply chain that allows Hershey to successfully implement its strategic plan.”
Vocollect, Inc. recently hired Joe Pajer as president of Supply Chain Business. Pajer will manage sales, marketing, product management, engineering, and operations for Vocollect’s Supply Chain Business.
“I am very excited to be joining Vocollect and I look forward to the opportunity to build on its wealth of experience in delivering voice applications to the supply chain industry,” Pajer said. “Vocollect has been very successful in creating significant value in their existing markets. I look forward to helping the team extend that success to new customer segments and new geographies. With one of the most talented teams in the industry, we will develop new applications for voice technology and expand our footprint to new customers across the globe, thereby solidifying and extending Vocollect’s leadership position. Vocollect is well-positioned for success in the years ahead. I’m very excited to work with a great team to drive voice innovation forward.”
Central Freight Lines, Inc received the highest transportation safety award in the United States, the President’s Trophy for 2008. This award was presented to Central Freight Lines by the American Trucking Associations, Inc. Central Freight has received this award a total of fives times in the last 25 years.
Susan Chandler, Executive Director of Safety & Loss Prevention Management Council of ATA, indicated that Central was “… judged most outstanding on the basis of its safety record, programs and community outreach activities.”
The National Private Truck Council (NPTC) Institute’s 2009 Private Fleet Management Institute in is a five-day intensive educational program offering courses on Fleet Finance, Operations, Legal, Regulatory and Safety Compliance, Human Resources, Maintenance and Equipment. This program will take place during the dates of January 17-21, 2009 at the Crowne Plaza in Jacksonville, Florida. For more information and to register please call 703-683-1300 or visit NPTC’s website at www.nptc.org.