Bobs TruckBob’s Discount Furniture believes in continuously improving its inbound logistics operations.
By Jim Harris, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

Bob’s Discount Furniture continues to improve and grow its operations to meet its changing logistical needs.

“For our retail environment, a major demand of our supply chain is to effectively collaborate with our [third-party logistics providers] 3PLs and our suppliers,” Vice President of Inbound Logistics Greg Brinkman says. “We have factories around the world shipping to us with extremely long lead times and very poor on-time shipping performance. Furniture retail is a make-to-order business where everyday replenishment goods take four months to receive.”

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Southeastern Grocers is adapting its supply chain to become more agile and responsive to its customers’ demands.

By Bianca Herron

Southeastern Grocers (SEG) aims to become the preferred neighborhood grocer for the communities it serves. As the fifth-largest conventional supermarket in the United States, the Jacksonville, Fla.-based company is making an impact by providing locally, relevant products at a great value through its four distinct banners: BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie grocery stores.

BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie are well-known and well-respected regional brands with deep heritages, talented and loyal associates, and strong commitments to providing the best possible quality and value to SEG’s customers.

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Topicz prides itself on being the go-to wholesale distributor of convenience store goods and in developing partnerships through its success. 

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers

As Topicz moves up five spots this year to No. 16 on Convenience Store News magazine’s list of the top 25 largest convenience store distributors in the country, it’s no wonder companies such as PepsiCo are making the switch. “We pride ourselves on service,” Executive Vice President Adam Greenberg says. “Our sales reps and drivers provide service to the highest standards and cater to our customers’ everyday needs.”

The Topicz family founded Cincinnati-based Topicz in 1926 and operated it for the next 50 years until it was sold in 1976. A couple years later, management decided to liquidate its holdings and sold the company to Marvin Schwartz, company president and Greenberg’s grandfather, in 1983.

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The Tile Shop opens new stores and plans for future growth.

By Kat Zeman

With more than 4,000 products from around the globe, Plymouth, Minn.-based The Tile Shop has something for everyone. The company is a specialty national retailer of manufactured and natural stone tiles, setting and maintenance materials and related accessories.

It operates 133 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and plans to open five more stores by the end of the year. Its long-term goal is operate more than 400 stores. “We have invested significant resources to develop our proprietary brands and product sources and believe that we are a leading retailer of stone and ceramic tiles, accessories and related materials in the United States,” says Joyce Maruniak, senior vice president of supply chain, transportation and manufacturing operations. “We source from roughly 200 vendors in 18 countries.”

The Tile Shop’s products include an assortment of natural stone tiles such as those made of marble, granite, quartz, sandstone, travertine, slate and onyx. In addition, the company sells ceramic, porcelain, glass, cement, wood-looking and metal tiles. The majority of its tile products are sold under the proprietary Rush River and Fired Earth brand names. 

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Video Gaming Technologies hits the jackpot when it comes to perfecting its supply chain.

By Chris Kelsch

When Jerry Hale, vice president of supply chain for Video Game Technologies (VGT) started with the company in 2006, it was already on a fast track for growth. But now, more than a decade later, VGT has continued its ascent and has since been sold to Aristocrat Leisure Ltd., an Australian-based public company.

“VGT was very successful when I started,” Hale says. “And since that time we have optimized and standardized our methods within the supply chain to ensure continued success.”

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