Westway Group has been in business for more than 60 years, and its dedication to service has allowed it to become a leading provider of bulk liquid storage and related value-added services. In the past couple years, the company has seen significant growth, which is injecting fresh energy into the operation and driving a focus to ever-increasing levels of quality and service. 

“In the market, we’ve really seen a big demand for our services,” explains Gary Lewis, senior vice president and chief commercial officer. “We are well thought of by our customers, resulting in strong repeat and referral business. Additionally, we have new owners who are willing to fund the growth.”

In fact, Westway is responding to the market demands in some major ways. The company has 15 facilities in North America. Its core business, Lewis says, is to develop tank farms and build tanks accommodating everything from food-grade products to specialty chemicals. Westway is dedicated to creating customized solutions for customers, including services such as blending, filtering, steaming and koshering. It also can build tanks to specific sizes and create customized piping. 

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is building four new ships that are guaranteed to impress by working with new suppliers that provide advanced technology to take passengers to new heights – literally.

The Miami-based company was founded in 1968 and was incorporated in 1985. Royal Caribbean is a global cruise vacation company that owns Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Pullmantur, Azamara Club Cruises, Croisieres de France, and TUI Cruises through a 50 percent joint venture. 

The company has a total of 41 ships, four more are in production and it services 490 destinations across several continents. 

While on board its ships, Royal Caribbean guests are entertained with shows and nightlife, a casino, youth programs, rock climbing and surfing 200 feet above the waves. Shore excursions are also available and each ship offers casual and fine-dining options. 

For organizations looking to enhance supply chain value and better use their enterprise resource planning (ERP) technology, Reveal is the partner of choice. Why? Reveal helps its clients maximize the ROI from their SAP ERP system by educating them on how they can use their existing technology to achieve their business goals. 

Reveal Thought Leader Sean Elliffe explains. “By managing the information, the organization is able to better manage the business,” he says. “The ERP system, as an integrated process environment, makes it possible to manage exceptions rather than everything. This creates the time for management to target further opportunities and continuously realize returns.”

Q Data USA is focused on helping clients to achieve not only their short-term goals, but to ensure that they reach beyond their long-term expectations. A member of The Business Maturity Group (TBMG), Q Data’s expertise is with SAP’s set of new breed modules in the supply chain space. Q Data leverages its Supply Chain Extended Solutions, or ES+, to take clients’ operations to a new level of visibility. 

“We look to provide added value to clients in the supply chain space, and in particular the SAP space,” says Kevin Wilson, Q Data’s ES+ practice lead. “If clients have SAP, we can implement these supply chain extended modules to cover parts of their business that hadn’t been adequately explored before.”

Wilson says his company strives to design valued-added solutions that make significant impacts on clients’ organizations. The extended supply chain solutions work in concert with the clients’ processes to increase agility in the management of their flow of goods and/or services. This additional dexterity helps the client react quickly to dynamic global conditions and make decisions more expeditiously, preparing them to aggressively compete in an ever-changing economic environment.

It’s easy to assume that when a company reduces its size, a reduced supply chain would follow. However, that was not exactly the case for McGraw Hill Financial. Last year, the company sold its education business and underwent a transformation and rebranding campaign. The company’s Senior Director of Global Sourcing Kevin Giblin says the shift has put a greater emphasis on what McGraw Hill Financial does as a services company and how the supply chain aids in this transformation. 

The supply chain’s role at McGraw Hill Financial is a bit unique from the procurement offices you would find at say, an electronics manufacturer that purchases MRO supplies. McGraw Hill Financial certainly has to keep the paper stocked, but because it deals in the exchange of information as the leading provider of credit ratings, benchmarks and analytics in the global capital and commodity markets, the company’s supply chain needs are often intangible. 

As a diversified service provider and one of the largest Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States, Group O is the Swiss army knife of business process outsourcing suppliers. It provides business-to-business marketing, packaging and business analytics services, as well as supply chain management.

Headquartered in the Quad Cities region of Illinois and Iowa, Group O is one of a handful of Corporate Plus members of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). That distinction means that the company has been certified to have the capacity and expertise to handle enterprise-scale programs for large corporate clients.

Group O’s results bear that out: In the past decade, the company has earned top-supplier awards from a number of leading organizations, including a 2012 Supplier of the Year honor from Miller-

Coors. Group O has also been recognized as a top-5 Latino-owned business by the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and as NMSDC’s National Minority Supplier of the Year in 2011.

The road from CVS to CVS Caremark has been a carefully planned one. When Senior Vice President of Logistics Ron Link joined CVS 20 years ago, the company had a regional focus with 1,200 drugstore locations in the Northeast. Today, and after the 2007 merger of CVS and Caremark, the company has evolved into an integrated pharmacy company whose retail division has more than 7,600 stores serviced by 18 distribution centers throughout the United States. Grounded in its purpose to help people on their path to better health, CVS Caremark’s enterprise channels include  its pharmacy benefits management, mail order and specialty pharmacy division, CVS Caremark Pharmacy Services; CVS/pharmacy retail stores; and its retail medical clinic subsidiary, MinuteClinic. 

“When I joined CVS we were a pure retailer, and now we have evolved into a healthcare company with unique integrated assets combining retail pharmacy, PBM and retail medical clinics,” Link says. “It was a strategic path that has led to our becoming a pharmacy innovation company that is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health.” 

Transforming the retail energy sector is what Crius Energy is all about. The young company has built a strong portfolio of energy brands, and it is now striving to be an innovative energy partner for its customers and markets.

Based out of Stamford, Conn., Crius Energy operates in the retail energy and services sector. The company formed in 2012 when Regional Energy Holdings and Public Power merged. Public Power was founded in 2008, serving electricity and gas customers in the Northeast. Regional Energy Holdings started in 2009, forming a diverse portfolio in the retail energy space.

“The retail energy industry is somewhat unique and fairly young,” COO Chaitu Parikh says. “When we merged, we also did a simultaneous IPO.” 


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