Founded in 1984 by Eileen Fisher, the Eileen Fisher Inc. company and clothing line was begun with $350 and a vision of creating simple shapes that could integrate with each other seamlessly. The company’s mission is to inspire simplicity, creativity and delight through effortlessly chic and modern clothing for women. 

“As a socially conscious company, we are a pioneer in eco-fashion design and support global initiatives that empower women and girls,” Vice President of Distribution Khaja Khateeb says. “The brand is known for timeless design, clothes that are simple, modern and always relevant.” 

Eileen Fisher Inc.’s goal as a company is to help women solve their fashion problems through collections of clothing that take the guesswork out of dressing.  Offering comfortable, simple, beautiful and high-quality clothes helps women dress with ease and focus on joyfully living their lives. 

The connotation of the term “blowout” varies based on the industry. In tire care, blowouts are bad, but in hair care, they are good. In fact, they are at the heart of one of the fastest-growing phenomena in the beauty industry: a company named Drybar. 

Instead of having their hair cut, customers can have it shampooed and styled for professional results at Drybar locations nationwide. To provide customers with the Drybar experience at home, Drybar sells customers the same dryers, curling irons, presses and hair care products that they use in their 40-plus shops.

A Canadian intermediate gold producer, Detour Gold owns and operates the Detour Lake mine in northern Ontario. A long-life, large-scale open pit operation, Detour Lake is the second-largest gold-producing mine in Canada with the largest gold reserves. 

“This is a large-scale mine with a long lifespan of 20-plus years,” Supply Chain Superintendent Stuart Gilray says. “It is the largest gold mine in Canada not controlled by a senior producer, located in a mining-friendly jurisdiction and with promising exploration opportunities.”

Open 24 hours a day and 365 days a years, Anytime Fitness is a different kind of fitness center. Anytime Fitness utilizes a franchising approach that offers entrepreneurs a convenient and affordable recurring-revenue business model. Franchisees benefit from a turnkey system that minimizes payroll costs while maximizing security and enjoyment for club members. 

The first Anytime Fitness gym opened in May 2002 in Cambridge, Minn. It has opened an average of 300 new gyms each year for the past eight years. Nearly 3,000 gyms are now open in 50 states and more than 20 countries, making the company the world’s fastest-growing fitness club and largest co-ed fitness franchise.

If you put it on your bed, chances are American Textile Company manufacturers it. The Duquesne, Pa.-based company has for 90 years designed products to improve the quality of sleep, says Rick Waltemire, director of purchasing and global supply chain.

The company makes comforters, pillows and pillow protectors, mattress pads and protectors, sheets and blankets. Brands include AllerEase, designed for asthma and allergy sufferers; Sealy mattress and pillow protectors, and EvenTemp temperature balancing bedding.

One of the company’s latest products is its EvenTemp temperature-balancing bedding collection. Using a patented technology, the products provide comfort as conditions change, cooling as body temperature rises and insulating when body temperature drops, Waltemire says. The company also has an agreement with Sealy, the world’s largest bedding manufacturer, to produce and market mattress and pillow protectors. 

Founded in 1993, The Berry Family of Nurseries has grown into a leading nationwide nursery and logistics network in its industry. Originally owned by a family from Oklahoma, the company was acquired by the private equity firm Insight Equity in 2010. The Berry Family of Nurseries now offers a wide selection of high-quality plants, trees and shrubs to customers around the country.

Headquartered in Irving, Texas, The Berry Family of Nurseries has 7,500 acres at sites in Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, Michigan, Oklahoma and Oregon. These strategic locations allow the company to have a strong, growing footprint.  The company has more than 4,000 employees in its peak season, which is from February to June for harvesting and loading of trucks for shipments. 

When most people think of Microsoft, they certainly think of the world’s largest software company. But they may not be aware of the importance the company has always placed on the building and selling of physical products and bringing them to distribution channels. 

From floppy disks holding the first version of Windows in 1983 to the creation of the mouse, Microsoft has long been creating and distributing software and hardware via various methods.  This has given the company a unique perspective on the connection of the physical supply chain with the software world.

“We’ve always understood the need to manage the physical and digital supply chains in concert,” Supply Chain Industry Manager Peter Vanderminden (recently retired) says. “Another aspect has been securing the digital supply chain, pioneering the creation of serial numbers for software products to be sure they are authorized and legitimate products, protecting against counterfeiting and hacking.”

Headquartered in Minneapolis, Katun Corp. is an alternative supplier of compatible imaging supplies, photoreceptors and parts for the office equipment industry. With more than three decades of experience and more than 6,000 products to choose from, the company processes and ships orders for more than 13,500 dealers and distributors in 138 countries. “No other aftermarket company in the imaging industry can match the depth and breadth of our product offering across many different machine platforms,” the company says.

Katun’s “best-to-market” philosophy means that a product will not be brought to market until the company is sure it meets customers’ performance expectations. “Unlike some other suppliers, who in their rush to be first to market either release a product before it is fully developed or use paying customers as their testing grounds, Katun thoroughly tests every product before it is made available for sale,” the company says.


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