As the largest owner of hair salons in North America, Regis Corp. already has some substantial advantages over its competition. According to Vice President of Logistics Bruce McMahon, one of those is how the company’s size benefits its supply chain operations. Whereas smaller salon chains and independents have to handle their purchasing individually, Regis Corp.’s size in the marketplace makes it easy for the company to supply all of its salons directly and through a single order.

As the Latino population in the United States continues to skyrocket, Northgate Gonzalez Markets grows alongside it. Beginning in 1980, as a single family owned and operated store in Anaheim, Calif., the company now boasts 36 locations – some as large as 50,000 square feet – in three counties in Southern California.

Northgate Gonzalez Markets’ story of family ownership and dedication to community even caught the eye of Michelle Obama. The first lady spoke at the site of one of Northgate’s newest locations in Inglewood, Calif., after the company earned the first loan given by the California Fresh Works Fund, which finances grocery businesses willing to open in regions typically known as “underserved.”

Intermec Technologies Corp. describes itself as a “workflow performance company.” What does that mean? With its tools and technology, Intermec works to help its customers realize the full potential of their people, helping to give them a competitive advantage in their markets. Intermec demonstrates its leadership in this field by its vast capabilities, but also by its customer base – in the last 40 years, Intermec has served 70 percent of Fortune 1000 companies. And to continue serving them and keeping them competitive, Intermec continues to enhance and hone its capabilities and expertise, adding value to its already comprehensive offering.

It can be difficult for a U.S.-based company to improve parts quality and on-time performance from far-flung locations such as India and China, but that is the challenge being met by the Flow Control Division (FCD) of Flowserve. “It used to be if you had a factory in the U.S., most of their supply chain would be in the U.S.,” recalls Bob Bruning, vice president of supply chain for the Flow Control Division. “Now, 30 to 40 percent of the parts and components are from low-cost regions. That extends the supply chain, makes it more risky and takes some time to develop suppliers to meet our stringent quality controls. And due to the risk with lead times and on-time delivery with an extended supply chain, you sometimes have to increase the amount of inventory you’re holding.”

When publishers have overstocked copies of books in their warehouses, these unsold tomes do not spend the rest of their lives gathering dust. Instead, they are often sent to American Book Co., which distributes them to sellers that give them a second life, President Pat O’Connor says.

Chairman Dean Winegardner founded the Knoxville, Tenn.-based firm in 1997. Initially, he operated the business out of his car and sold bibles at flea markets. “From that, he turned it into the business that it is today,” O’Connor says.

GSC Logistics boasts 23 years of success operating out of the Port of Oakland, Calif. However, the operation’s business skyrocketed at the turn of the century when two of its co-founders, Andy Garcia and Scott Taylor, fully embraced the dawn of the Internet Era at its inception.

“We determined in 1999 that with the advent of the Internet, information was becoming more and more important,” Taylor says. “Public warehousing was on its downside, and we realized that the Internet was an important opportunity to get involved in. It was the turning point of our business.”

Although CaseStack started its logistics operations in 1999 without a legacy system to get it going, according to CEO Dan Sanker, building from scratch was the best way to begin.

When a company doubles or even triples its size in one year, it is impressive enough, but more than 800% growth? Although it sounds impossible, that is what SXC Health Solutions did in the past year through a series of business wins and one gigantic acquisition.

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