ColumbiaTech picColumbia Tech focuses on exceeding customer expectations.
By Alan Dorich, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

Some firms are weighed down by a complex structure, but Columbia Tech thrives by keeping things simple. “The organization is kept relatively lean and without a lot of steps,” Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Scott Johnson says.

This has given Johnson the freedom to respond quickly to market changes in the supply chain. “The whole company is really built around flexibility and being able to move faster and more efficiently than the next guy,” he says.

Harley Davidson picHarley-Davidson prepares for the next generation of motorcycle riders.  

By Kat Zeman, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

One of the world’s most well-known motorcycle manufacturers, Harley-Davidson has launched an aggressive 10-year campaign to attract more riders to the sport and create brand awareness. 

Celebrating its 115th anniversary this year, the Milwaukee-based motorcycle maker will focus on building the next generation of Harley-Davidson motorcycle riders and increasing its international sales through the launch of innovative new products. This includes 100 new high-impact motorcycles and highly targeted and engaging marketing campaigns. 

American Woodmark picAmerican Woodmark is known for keeping its promises to clients.
By Alan Dorich, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

For American Woodmark Corp., it takes more than wood to build quality cabinets. It also takes a culture that is focused on customer experience. “Our people take a lot of pride in what they do,” Chairman and CEO Cary Dunston declares. “It makes all the difference in the world.”

Based in Winchester, Va., American Woodmark sells more than 500 cabinet styles to the remodeling and new home construction markets under its American Woodmark, Shenandoah Cabinetry, Timberlake Cabinetry, Waypoint Living Spaces, Professional Cabinet Solutions, Villa Bath and a number of house brand names. Dunston explains that a dentist started the firm in the 1950s, providing furniture for dentists’ offices.

Sierra Nevada picSierra Nevada Corp.’s supply chain must remain innovative and responsive to keep pace with the company’s advanced developments.
By Staci Davidson, Managing Editor at Knighthouse Media

Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC), Dreams, Innovates and Inspires and one would be hard pressed to find a corporate statement that is truer. As a global leader in advanced engineering technologies, SNC serves the space systems, commercial solutions, and national security and defense markets. Innovation is key in all the company does, and that includes its supply chain. Without a strong and innovative supply chain, SNC could not soar as high as it does. 

“Many supply chains are designed with a strict set of controls and processes to drive efficiency and control,” Vice President of Procurement Ed Mills explains. “Our supply chain has to maintain controls, but we don’t stop there. We are encouraged to look beyond the control aspect at emerging trends in the market regarding how we adapt to market changes. For example, is there a different model or update that we should be thinking about? We are not constrained to do it only one way and keep it that way – we keep our supply chain evergreen.”

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