Vanderlande Industries focuses on optimizing its clients’ business by delivering turnkey material-handling systems that actually work. “We are No. 1 in the world of baggage handling that is about 53 percent of our turnover, and the rest is evenly distributed between warehouse, parcel and postal automation, and customer service,” Manager of Continuous Improvement Matt Middlebrook says.

The Marietta, Ga.-based company is a $1 billion leading global supplier of turnkey material-handling systems for airport baggage and the distribution, parcel and postal markets. An OEM and system integrator of all its material-handling solutions, Vanderlande offers engineering, design, installation and operations, as well as maintenance services. 

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In 2005, FLS Transportation changed its main focus from cross-border shipping between Canada and the United States to primarily serving the U.S. domestic market. The decision, spurred by the increase in value of the Canadian dollar – which led to less cross-border business – proved to be a fateful one for the Montreal-based logistics provider.

“It was very tough for us initially,” Principal and President Michael Flinker says. “We went after many of the clients we already had to get their domestic business, but it was like going to the back of the line.”

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Gartner Inc. has released the findings from its 10th annual Supply Chain Top 25. A primary goal of the Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 research initiative is to raise awareness of the supply chain discipline and how it impacts the business.

Analysts announced the findings from this year’s research at Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference 2014 May 20–22 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Ariz., with more than 1,100 senior supply chain executives on-site. 

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Supply chain industry consultant Gina Del Vecchio has spent the past 20 years of her career diversifying her knowledge of supply chains while working for service providers and manufacturers in publicly held and privately owned companies. “Over the past five years, everything has changed,” she says of supply chains. “Customers are looking to access the product and have it delivered in whatever manner they want to have it delivered.”

Del Vecchio began her career with Fritz Cos. Inc., a privately held logistics service provider based in San Francisco that was later acquired by UPS. She later joined the Gymboree Corp., a publicly held chain of specialty retail stores geared towards children, to get a further understanding of how a supply chain operated in a company that made products. “I decided I wanted to deepen my understanding of the total product supply chain and work with a company that developed and manufactured products,” Del Vecchio says. 

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When a truly revolutionary product is introduced, sometimes a major investment is required to capture the new market. Wakefield Canada made the decision in 2010 to invest in production equipment and distribution infrastructure for H2Blu, its diesel exhaust fluid.

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Founded in 1993, Triumph Group has grown by following a strategy based on aggressive acquisition and internal growth. This has allowed the company to take on a leadership role in aerospace design, engineering, manufacturing and maintenance.

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Although Toyota Logistic Services (TLS) isn’t the division responsible for making Toyota vehicles, it still plays a vital role in their end quality. 

As the division handling all finished vehicle shipments to dealerships – whether manufactured in the United States or imported – as well as all U.S. exports, TLS employees are often the last set of eyes representing Toyota to see the car before sending it off to its final destination and user. 

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If you want to know what time it is, ask an atom. Atomic clocks base time on the movement of atoms in various gases and are the most accurate in the world. Supplying the raw materials and components for atomic clocks and GPS devices and delivering them to their destinations is the responsibility of Gerry Leo, Symmetricom vice president of operations and supply chain.

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