Wilton Brands invested in its distribution operations, allowing it to scale up with acquisitions and seasonal demand. By Tim O’Connor

Wilton Brands is a metrics-driven company, especially when it comes to its distribution operations and supply chain. The craft goods distributor has extensive data on every product and container that comes through its four Chicago-area distribution centers and tracks the daily performance of everyone working on its conveyor lines. Wilton knows each employee’s picking rate and uses that information to best position them to keep boxes flowing and ensure shipments reach retailers on time.
    All that data enables Wilton to reward its employees with a pay-for-performance system, where the higher performers are paid a higher percentage. “Because we’re able to capture all these metrics for people on an individual basis we’re able to administer these types of programs,” says Tom Gibadlo, senior vice president of distribution operations.

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MillerCoors engages its distributors on multiple levels to streamline its supply chain and benefit its customers.
By Tim O’Connor

Since combining two of the country’s premier beer brands in 2008, MillerCoors has strived to be a customer-centric company. “We’re all about having customers and consumers view us as their first choice,” Chief Integrated Supply Chain Officer Fernando Palacios says. At the same time, MillerCoors wants to be the first choice for its employees, too. Palacios is constantly thinking of ways to better retain, develop and promote the company’s internal talent pool of 7,500 workers. “Our people are the forefront of our company.”


Butterball implements new systems and improves its infrastructure to meet the increasing demands of its customers.
By Janice Hoppe

Butterball is leveraging technology and building its largest regional distribution center to date in the Southeast to meet its customers’ demands. “At Butterball we handle it all,” Director of Logistics Dan DiGrazio says. “Anything post-production our team takes over and ensures the customer gets our classic products at the right place and at the right time.”

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Efficient controls, communication and collaboration play a role in Levi’s Stadium’s operations and during Super Bowl 50.
By Eric Slack

For most people, the Super Bowl is simply an annual event, a reason to gather around the television and celebrate the crowning of a new NFL champion. They take for granted the massive amount of preparation that is required to pull off such a huge undertaking. For the San Francisco 49ers and Levi’s Stadium, however, making sure Super Bowl 50 went off without a hitch took years of work and collaboration.

Close relationships with vendors ensure that American Casino and Entertainment Properties’ casino properties run smoothly.

AmericanCasino2016The Las Vegas Strip has no shortage of eye-popping hotels and other attractions, but the Stratosphere Tower literally tops them all. Standing on the northern end of the famed strip, the 1,149-foot-tall structure is the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States as well as the home to a revolving restaurant and three thrill rides. The tower is the centerpiece of a gaming and hotel complex that includes a 2,427-room hotel, an 80,000-square-foot casino and a 110,000-square-foot retail area.

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