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Prysmian Group leverages its expertise in global sourcing while continuing to lead in innovation and growth.
By Janice Hoppe

Prysmian Group has developed a strong global presence as a leader in the energy and telecom cable industry by aligning its organization and managing its supply chain risk. “The change in the organization over the past four years has been dramatic,” Vice President of Procurement Brian Schulties says. “We continue to think more globally and must be in a position to leverage our global footprint.”

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Meredith Corporation is reducing expenses for the company’s multiple business units with strategic sourcing.
By Russ Gager

For Meredith Corporation – a publisher of more than 100 consumer magazines and special interest publications, associated websites, broadcast television stations and brand licensing efforts – strategic sourcing is the key to reducing expenses and delivering value. That responsibility was given to Vice President of Strategic Sourcing, Newsstand and Production Operations Chuck Howell seven years after his arrival by Chairman and CEO Steve Lacy.

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MEGlobal America’s supply chain strengths help it provide critical chemicals for manufacturers around the world.
By Chris Petersen

As a world leader in the production of monoethylene glycol (MEG) and diethylene glycol (DEG), MEGlobal provides some of the most crucial chemical building blocks for materials ranging from polyester fibers to antifreeze and other industrial applications. With so many manufacturing operations around the world depending on MEG and DEG to keep their production running smoothly, a strong supply chain is critical for MEGlobal.

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As an industry leader in growing plants, Costa Farms improves supply chain efficiencies to meet retailer demands.
By Stephanie Crets

With more than 1,500 plant varieties grown for indoor and outdoor use, Costa Farms is the second-largest plant grower in the United States. The company was formed in 1961 when founder Jose Costa Sr. purchased 30 acres of land in Miami to grow tomatoes and calamondin citrus before delving into the world of houseplants. Now in its third generation of family ownership, Costa Farms is innovating and introducing new houseplants into the market such as the canela tree and Cecilia Aglaonema.

People are always looking for ways to save time, save money, and improve the environment when it comes to their commutes to work. Troy, Mich.-based vRide provides a less costly option with a ridesharing platform that connects people with similar routes, Purchasing and Supply Chain Manager Jerry Glynn says.

Although it may not be easy to get people to give up use of their cars, “We do that by explaining the benefits of the program, from a standpoint of not only personal savings, [but also] by not having the wear and tear on your personal vehicle,” he says. “[There’s] also the benefits to the environment where we’re reducing the carbon emissions and pollution.”

Co-owner Don Lucchesi likens US 1 Logistics to a three-legged stool. There’s the agents who dispatch shipments, the owner-operators who drive the trucks and US 1 Logistics itself. “If you take any one of those legs away you’re going to fall over,” Lucchesi says.

US 1 Logistics specializes in handling all the back-office functions that tie together its nationwide transportation network and independent agents and owner-operators, which allows its independent truck and sales agents, and owner-operators to focus on providing shippers with safe, reliable and cost competitive transportation and logistics services. “We’re in the transportation business but we’re also in the small business business,” Lucchesi says.

Doug Kahn faced a series of challenges 16 months ago when he arrived at Tintri as vice president of global operations and support. A veteran of larger technology companies, Kahn knew immediately that drastic changes had to be made to the supply chain operation if it was going to support a growing company.

“Our supply chain was too fragile,” Kahn recalls. And so he made significant changes almost immediately, which included moving to Tier 1 contract manufacturers and material suppliers. He also made sure the company had a dual-source supply chain.

Tintri is a leading producer of virtual machine (VM)-aware storage (VAS) for virtualization and cloud environments. The company was founded in 2008 and brought its first product to market in 2011. 

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