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Echo Global Logistics, Inc., a leading provider of technology-enabled transportation and supply chain management services, announced today the appointment of Cheryl Johnson to the post of Senior Vice President of Talent. Ms. Johnson holds more than 16 years of progressive HR industry experience, which includes several executive-level appointments.

Ms. Johnson previously led talent management for retail chain Ulta Cosmetics. Prior to her time with Ulta, Ms. Johnson served as Divisional Vice President of Strategic Talent Management for Sears Holding Company and also spent time as Vice President of Human Resources for Fossil Inc.

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Monday
Aug062007

Optiant Named To Top 100 Great Supply Chain Partners List

Optiant, the provider of supply chain network design, inventory optimization technology and professional services, has been named to Global Logistics & Supply Chain Strategies’ prestigious 100 Great Supply Chain Partners 2007 list. “This award is a continued recognition of the work, professionalism and dedication of all Optiant employees in insuring the success of our customers. Optiant is committed to meeting the long and short term critical needs of its customers and will continue to deliver strategic and creative solutions that support their unique business processes and objectives,” announced Jonathan Colehower, President and CEO of Optiant.

Thursday
Aug022007

Oracle Edges Out SAP At Logistics Firm

Oracle beat its chief rival, SAP AG, in the race to provide one of North America’s largest logistics firms with comprehensive new business management systems. Schneider National, a Green Bay, Wis.-based transportation and logistics outfit has announced that after a lengthy evaluation process- during which the company looked closely at both Oracle and SAP- it has decided to use Oracle applications and infrastructure software to build a fully integrated transaction and data environment. “This was a real tight horse race,” stated Judy Lemke, Schneider’s executive vice president and chief information officer. “[SAP] showed well. It’s just that Oracle provided a more convincing and compelling set of evidence that they were pretty far ahead in the [transportation management] space with the acquisition of G-Log; they have a compelling case for their middleware; and they certainly provided compelling evidence as to their willingness to partner.”

Thursday
Aug022007

IronPlanet Names Gregory J. Owens As Chairman And CEO

IronPlanet recently named Gregory J. Owens chairman and chief executive officer of the organization. Most recently, Owens served as managing director of Red Zone Capital, a Washington, D.C. Private Equity Group. Prior to that, he was chairman and CEO of Manugistics Group Inc., a leading public supply chain management software company.”Greg is a veteran business leader, and his proven ability to lead top performing teams makes him the perfect choice to take the reins at IronPlanet,” announced Ted Schlein, who serves on the IronPlanet Board of Directors from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB).

Thursday
Aug022007

i2 CEO McGrath Resigns

Supply chain software provider, i2, has announced that CEO Michael McGrath had resigned. The move was not totally unexpected, as McGrath had announced in May that he was going to leave the position by the end of the year. In parallel, i2 has announced that Pallab Chatterjee, executive vice president, Solutions Operations, and chief delivery officer, was appointed interim chief executive officer. McGrath is expected to remain employed as CEO emeritus through October 31, 2007, and will continue to assist the board of directors with the search for a new CEO.

Thursday
Aug022007

Kehe Food Distributors Chooses RedPrairie Supply Chain Suite For Warehouse, Transportation And Labor Efficiencies

RedPrairie Corporation, a leading consumer driven optimization company, has announced that Kehe Food Distributors has purchased RedPrairie’s E2e Supply Chain Suite, including Warehouse, Transportation and Labor Management Solutions. Scott Cousins, CIO for Kehe Food Distributors states, “The RedPrairie solution will solidify Kehe’s position in the industry as a technology and customer service leader.” John Jazwiec, RedPrairie President and CEO says, “By purchasing the entire supply chain suite, Kehe will optimize the functions in each of their supply chain areas, and will synchronize the flow of products and information between them.”
Wednesday
Aug012007

AmeriGas Completes Sale Of AZ Storage Facility

AmeriGas Propane Inc, Valley Forge PA, recently completed sale of its Bumstead liquefied petroleum gas storage terminal located near Phoenix, AZ to Plains LPG Services LP. The 3.5 million barrel facility provides LPG storage for the western part of the United States. According to AmeriGas, as part of the transaction, they have retained the right to store propane for its retail operations under a long-term storage agreement.
Wednesday
Aug012007

Kehe Food Distributors Chooses RedPrairie Supply Chain Suite For Warehouse, Transportation And Labor Efficiencies

RedPrairie Corporation, a world leading consumer driven optimization company, recently announced that Kehe Food Distributors has purchased RedPrairie’s E2e(TM) Supply Chain Suite, including Warehouse, Transportation and Labor Management Solutions. The RedPrairie Solutions will replace its custom legacy systems, providing better overall inventory control, labor management, and freight savings.”Even though we have a high degree of automation in our distribution centers, we want improved product visibility and accountability in order to stay at the forefront in our industry. The RedPrairie solution will solidify Kehe’s position in the industry as a technology and customer service leader,” states Scott Cousins, CIO for Kehe Food Distributors.

Wednesday
Aug012007

Routeware Names Two Regional Sales Executives

Beaverton, Ore.-based Routeware recently named Thomas F. Daly and John Stevens regional sales executives of the firm’s Eastern and Western Regions, respectively. Daly has previously overseen sales for Waste Management Inc. and Allied Waste Industries in the New York area. Prior to joining Routeware, Stevens oversaw accounts for Waste Management in the Southwestern United States.

Wednesday
Aug012007

RedTail Solutions Names Jeff Herrmann To Its Board Of Directors

RedTail Solutions, a provider of on-demand electronic trading solutions for EDI and data synchronization, has named Jeff Herrmann to its board of directors. He is the former CEO and chairman of SupplyWorks Inc., as well as founder and CEO of Optimax Systems, Inc. Prior to that, he held senior marketing management positions with NEC Information Systems, Lee Data Corp and MathSoft Inc. “We welcome Jeff as a trusted advisor,” states Patricia Meisner, CEO of RedTail. “He complements the strengths of the existing Board and brings new value, particularly with his extensive experience in supply chain management, business development and VAR channels, as RedTail enters a new phase of growth and channel development.”

Wednesday
Aug012007

Scott Arnold Appointed To COO, MarketTools, Inc.

MarketTools, Inc. has announced that Scott Arnold, former Chief Operating Officer of Borland Software, has joined the company as COO. “Scott’s expertise in accelerating company development and driving operational strategies for Fortune 500 companies aligns perfectly with MarketTools’ current business needs,” states Amal Johnson, CEO of MarketTools. “By centralizing company operations with Scott, MarketTools can better optimize its business performance, scalability and systems infrastructure to enter the next growth phase.”

Monday
Jul302007

Con-Way Appoints Freight President

Trucking and logistics company Con-way Inc. has named John G. Labrie president of its freight division. Labrie most recently served as the senior vice president of strategy and enterprise operations for the company. Con-way Freight is the company’s less-than-truckload division, and the largest of its three operating companies, with annual revenues of over $3 billion.

Monday
Jul302007

Dot Foods Explores Northwest Territory

Dot Foods Inc, the Mt Sterling IL-based redistributor, is getting ready to build a new distribution center in Burley, ID this fall. The company previously serviced distributors in the Northwest through its Modesto, CA distribution center, and this marks its first DC in the area. Situated on 40 acres, the new facility will service Dot clients in Idaho, Utah, Washington, Oregon, and parts of Nevada and Wyoming.
Monday
Jul302007

Mid-West's Top Sourcing And Supply Chain Executives To Convene The 8th Quarterly Best Practices Xchange Symposium

The Best Practices Xchange is scheduled to meet for a one day summit in Chicago which will be attended by a “Who’s Who” of the Midwest’s top Strategic Sourcing, Procurement, and Supply Chain Executives. The upcoming meetings primary focus will be on the challenges posed by Low-Cost Country Sourcing. Chief Procurement Officer and CIO of FMC Technologies, Randy Ellis, will lead a discussion on his organizations’ innovative approach to Low-Cost Country Sourcing.
Monday
Jul302007

Labrie Named President Of Con-way Freight

Con-way Inc. has named John G. Labrie to the position of president, Con-way Freight. Previously, Labrie served as senior vice president of strategy and enterprise operations for the company, a $4.2 billion leader in freight transportation and global logistics based in San Mateo, Calif. “John Labrie has been an exemplary leader throughout his 17-year history with Con-way. His strategic, focused and change-oriented leadership style makes him the ideal executive to leverage our competitive advantages and vigorously take on the marketplace in 2007 and beyond,” announced Douglas W. Stotlar, CEO, Con-way Inc.
Friday
Jul272007

CHEP Tools Reduce Pallet Damage

Produce grower Tanimura & Antle is partnering with pallet and container pooling company CHEP on a new pallet protection tool that reduces pallet and product damage. The Pallet Dawg, developed with input from CHEP engineers by Raymond Corp, discusses challenges with damaged pallets in the supply chain by reducing hard contact with forklifts. Both Pallet Dawg and Blue Guardian are frames with an energy-absorbing bumper that attach to the front of a forklift.
Friday
Jul272007

Chainalytics Named To List Of 100 Great Supply Chain Partners

For the fourth year in a row, Chainalytics LLC, the leading provider of advanced analytical supply chain services, has been named to the list of 100 Great Supply Chain Partners published in the Global Logistics & Supply Chain Strategies magazine. A specific nomination from Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. assisted with Chainalytics earning this honor. Highlighted in the case study entitled Forging a Model Supply Chain, Robert Sager, manager of supply chain research and design, provides insights into how Chainalytics is supporting Cooper to realign its North American distribution network in order to support its service and cost objectives.
Friday
Jul272007

G&K Buys Leef Bros.

G&K Services Inc. announced it would buy Minneapolis-based competitor Leef Bros. Inc., a deal that will add $20 million in revenue for the company. Leef’s territory includes Minnesota, and parts of Wisconsin, North Dakota, and South Dakota. “Leef was founded in 1908 by J.H. “Harry” Leef and was in the third generation of family ownership, according to its Web site. The firm has more than 300 employees and 8,000 customers. Leef has been a long-standing successful competitor in our marketplace with an excellent reputation for providing outstanding customer service,” said stated Marcantonio, G&K Services’ CEO and chairman in a press release. “We welcome Leef’s employees and customers to G&K.”
Friday
Jul272007

Epes Logistics Opens Texas Office

Epes Logistics Services recently opened an office in Laredo, Texas, according to an announcement from the company. The new Laredo facility will serve the border area in the United States and northern Mexico, including San Luis Potosi, Monterrey, and Mexico City. Epes Logistics is based in Greensboro and provides transportation services, including truckload and less-than-truckload shipments, warehousing and freight management.
Thursday
Jul262007

Blue Vector Named To List Of Top 100 Supply And Demand Chain Vendors

Ozburn-Hessey has announced the opening of two new operations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area; one distribution facility and a new international station. OH Logistics now operates four contract warehousing facilities in Dallas, bringing the 3PL’s total distribution space in North Texas to almost one million square feet. This new international station is operated by OH Logistics’ Barthco International division. Juan Aguilar was hired by OH Logistics as general manager to oversee the new operation. Aguilar has over 17 years of experience operating multiple distribution centers in the US and Mexico and has designed and executed solutions for hundreds of clients within the consumer packaged goods, food and grocery, and chemical industries.
Thursday
Jul262007

Arena Cited As Key Differentiator and Competitive Advantage For Third Consecutive Year

Arena Solutions, the leading provider of on-demand product lifecycle management software for manufacturers of all sizes, has announced that Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine has named the company among the top 100 vendors helping lead the way in transforming companies’ supply and demand chains. The has recognized Arena with the prestigious 2007 Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100 Award in its June/July 2007 issue. “Being recognized by Supply & Demand Chain Executive as one of the top 100 vendors helping companies build a 21st century-ready supply chain is an honor,” states Michael Topolovac, chief executive officer of Arena Solutions. “The award underscores the value we provide.”