There is never a foot that walks into a Town Shoes Ltd. store that can’t be paired with its perfect match. As the largest branded footwear retailer in Canada, Town Shoes Ltd.’s supply chain ensures its customer service is top-notch and merchandise is always available at any store because of its efficient supply chain.

The Toronto-based company has been providing footwear, handbags and accessories since 1952 under the umbrella of four brands: Town Shoes, The Shoe Co., Shoe Warehouse and Sterling. Its merchandise varies by banner ranging from luxury to affordable. “In Canada, we are the largest branded footwear retailer and that gives us an edge in the marketplace,” Vice President of Planning and Supply Chain Ilona Williams says. “We pride ourselves on offering world-class customer service. It’s one of our key pillars both in the field at the store level and in our support center.”

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For more than 70 years, Aerojet Rocketdyne has conquered some of mankind’s greatest challenges in space, on land and at sea. The company’s products have powered thousands of rocket launches, including the iconic Apollo mission that landed the first humans on the moon. Its space shuttle engines helped successfully launch crew and cargo to low-Earth orbit more than 130 times, an outstanding record of success.

Aerojet Rocketdyne’s propulsion systems have played a vital role in placing commercial, military and government satellites into orbit, and have powered space-probe missions to every planet in the solar system. The Mars Curiosity rover is presently moving around the red planet, performing valuable experiments to determine whether life could have ever existed there – thanks to a power source developed by Aerojet Rocketdyne engineers.

These modern milestones are built on a foundation of propulsion achievements arcing back to the 1940s.  At that time, four colleagues from the California Institute of Technology – Dr. Frank J. Malina, Dr. Martin Summerfield, John W. Parsons, and E. S. Forman – gathered with renowned aerodynamicist Dr. Theodore von Kármán to discuss their shared passion - sending rockets into space. 

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UniTek Global Services knows that for it to meet the needs of the ever-changing technology market, the company itself must evolve. 

“UniTek is short for ‘universal technician’ and though our company has evolved greatly during the past nine years, the concept of the universal technician and our people providing that service remain the foundation of our strategic and balanced growth strategy,” says UniTek Chief Executive Officer Rocky Romanella. “We aspire to always have the best, brightest, most-informed and best-educated people in the industry as we strive to be a fully integrated solutions provider for our customers. In this respect, our supply chain and logistics team and their business partners must continually gather, analyze and provide insight to our organization on ways to deliver service excellence to our customers and drive growth. This requires a thoughtful and balanced approach as we endeavor to be a customer-focused company that provides innovative and profitable solutions to strategic market segments.”

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For Trinity Services Group Inc., maintaining a team environment is the only way to do business, Director of Communica­tions and Marketing Jim O’Connell says. “That’s a key point of pride for us,” he says. “We have unusual challenges that aren’t faced by a typical business.”

Trinity’s work is anything but typical. Based in Oldsmar, Fla., the company provides support services for 400 correctional institutions in the United States, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. President Larry Vaughn founded Trinity in 1990, and initially, it served facilities in Florida and the Southeast.

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For the past 31 years, Telect has provided critical infrastructure to the telecommunications industry. The company has secured its position as an industry leader by providing solutions and adapting to market changes quickly.

The Liberty Lake, Wash.- based company was established in 1982 and is a leading manufacturer of connectivity, power and rack solutions for the global communications industry. Telect has more than 5,000 diversified customers around the world, and an installed base of more than $2 billion. The company is focused on data center, telecom network, enterprise and CATV markets and is standardized with every major carrier.

Telect offers copper, fiber and power distribution equipment, enclosures, racks, power systems and integrated solutions. “This wide product offering gives Telect the distinct advantage of providing a one-stop shop for communication infrastructure needs,” says Barbara Haugen, corporate logistics manager. Telect’s teams mobilize to deliver cost-effective, reliable solutions.

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Any company that reaches its 108th anniversary has to be doing something right – many things, in fact. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement. In fact, it’s safe to say that any company more than a century old has likely mastered the art of continuous improvement. 

Since 1906, the family owned and operated S&S Worldwide has been designing and delivering a variety of activity-based products, such as arts and crafts, games, holiday and party novelties, educational supplies, recreational products and rehab and therapy products. S&S Worldwide’s mission is to make it easy for their customers to play and learn. With recent investments to modernize its supply chain, S&S Worldwide is making even greater strides in that mission. The company has certainly retained those old-school values that seek to make its customers’ lives easier, but today, it’s doing it in a distinctly 21st-century way. 

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When Carl Boni assumed his current role at Spyder Active Sports three years ago, the ski apparel company had reached a critical point. “When I stepped into this role, we had a history of poor delivery,” says Boni, the Boulder, Colo.-based company’s senior director of inbound supply chain. “We’re a cornerstone brand, but our dealers at the time couldn’t rely on us, so our CEO, Tom McGann, made it clear to me that delivery was my No. 1 priority.”

Boni tackled the issue on two fronts: internally and externally. “We had long-standing relationships with several factories, but our communication with them was poor at times; they didn’t know which direction we were heading, and we often revised orders, which created instability within our supply chain,” he says. “We worked really hard to establish more strategic partnerships and open communication with our key factories so they understand our goals and where we’re heading.”

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Settoon Towing strives to deliver first-class marine transportation to customers in the inland waterways of the United States. Founded in 1968, the company says it offers an array of services at favorable rates while providing the safest possible working environments.

Boasting an impressive list of marine services and logistics around the nation, Settoon Towing specializes in liquid cargo transportation for the oil, gas and petrochemical industries. Its offerings include gathering units, bulk units, storage barges, marine services, marine and logistic support.

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