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.

Twenty-one of the top 50 supermarket chains in the US run SofTechnics’ in-store applications. With this kind of success, many companies would be comfortable sticking to what they do best, but the Ohio-based provider of integrated retail solutions only sees new possibilities.

In Florida, the Port of Miami is not only a vital part of the infrastructure, but a key contributor to the economy, ac­cord­ing to Kevin Lyns­key, assistant port director for business initiatives.

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