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Briggs & Stratton achieves the best on-time fill rates because of its proactive, agile supply chain and a team that embeds itself in every part of the business.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers

Tim Wild was introduced to Briggs & Stratton’s small gas engines at just 10 years old when he began mowing his family’s lawn. Today, he is the company’s vice president of global supply chain and confidently fulfills each order with products that are engineered to “last.”

“Right there on the top of the lawnmower was a Briggs & Stratton engine and that lawnmower engine still runs today,” Wild says. “We have the highest-quality products and we have the best on-time order fill percentage, which holds steady at or near 100 percent. Quality, innovation, broad product lines and supply chain agility is our secret sauce.”

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Global aerospace and defense system leader Orbital ATK depends on the efforts of suppliers and other partners.

By Jim Harris

Formed in 2015 after the merger of two companies, Orbital ATK provides high-quality and complex parts assemblies and systems to many of the world’s leading manufacturers of aviation and defense equipment.

The Aerospace Structures Division of the new company had historically relied on its vertical integration capabilities to manufacture their products. With an increase in new business, the division has had to look to its suppliers and others for their expertise in manufacturing and supply chain management.

“No company stands alone,” Vice President of Operations and Supply Chain Management Patrick Russell says. “We rely on our customers, our suppliers and the education sector/academia to help us improve our overall supply chain.”

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Jacuzzi® relies on strategic partnerships with leading suppliers to drive supply chain improvements.

By Chris Petersen

As one of the most recognizable brand names in the world when it comes to hot tubs and bathtubs, the reputation of the Jacuzzi® brand depends on a smooth and efficient supply chain. And, as Vice President of Sourcing and Procurement Ritchie Taylor explains, that means the company places great emphasis on partnering with vendors and suppliers that can meet its needs and work with Jacuzzi to develop the strongest supply chain processes in the industry. Through a number of initiatives and strategies over the last decade or so, Jacuzzi and its partners have accomplished that, but the company continues to look for new ways to improve the speed and flexibility of its supply chain.

The Jacuzzi brand is a global leader in the manufacturing of hot tubs and bathtubs. The company pioneered the J-300 at-home hydromassage pump in the 1940s, utilizing a technology that was derived from an innovative water pump developed by the company’s founders in 1920.

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Unilever’s supply chain transformation in North America helps it seek growth and sustainability at the same time. By Eric Slack

As the modern supply chain has changed for consumer packaged goods companies in recent years, Unilever has been one company pushing boundaries to transform its operations. Unilever sees supply chain as the company’s beating heart, and it is focused on ensuring that its supply chain serves as a competitive advantage.

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Consumer packaging leader WestRock continues to improve its relationships with suppliers as well as customers. By Jim Harris

WestRock’s international footprint, experience and history of innovation have made it a go-to provider of consumer packaging to major manufacturers in a host of industries. Although the company already enjoys a market-dominant position in the products it provides, it wants to be more than just a supplier to its customers.

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