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SCI’s three-year ‘roadmap’ will bring savings and new talent to its operations.

By Alan Dorich

It is always a difficult time when a family loses a loved one. Service Corporation International (SCI) strives to make it easier. “We try to take some of the administrative load off of our locations so they can do what they do best, serve the families,” Sr. Managing Director of Procurement and Supply Chain Rone Luczynski says.

Based in Houston, SCI is North America’s largest provider of funeral and cemetery services. The company has spent the last seven years focused on streamlining and making its supply chain more efficient, Luczynski says. 

In 2013, SCI completed a five-year plan that allowed it to significantly cut costs and expenses,. In 2016, the company started its journey on a three-year “roadmap” to improve purchasing for its more than 2,000 funeral homes and cemeteries in 45 states, eight Canadian provinces, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

SCI carried over some areas of focus from the five-year plan into its current one, Luczynski notes. “The first five years were about people, process and technology,” he recalls, noting that the company’s focus on people never ends.

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GTT Communications launches a new networking service with highly scalable bandwidth and low latency connectivity.

By Kat Zeman

As global demand for bandwidth grows, networking providers are scattering to upgrade the capacity of their existing cables and investing billions of dollars in newer and faster systems. 

According to data from TeleGeography’s Global Bandwidth Research Service, the demand for international bandwidth will have increased 13-fold between 2016 and 2023. McLean, Va.-based GTT Communications Inc. has already responded to this trend.

A leading global cloud networking provider to multinational clients, GTT recently launched a new product: Optical Transport services. “It provides highly scalable bandwidth and low latency connectivity,” says Michael Montreuil, director of supply chain and logistics for GTT. “Our data transmission is very fast.”

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ValuePoint Solutions understands the importance of building relationships with customers to meet their needs and expectations.

By Bianca Herron

ValuePoint Solutions was founded to address a market need for an independent indirect material service provider not owned or affiliated with a manufacturer or distributor of the goods being managed. Nearly 20 years later, the Saginaw, Mich.-based company demonstrates the capabilities of providing MRO/Indirect Material integrator services to a variety of industries that include manufacturing, education, municipalities, healthcare, etc.

“As an integrator we provide four primary indirect/MRO services that include storeroom [crib]/warehouse management, inventory management, procurement and consulting in these key areas,” Business Development Manger Spence Webb says. “Our solutions range from complete all-inclusive offerings to individual services tailored to a client’s needs.”

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adm works to understand client needs so it can deliver marketing campaigns that build client brands and add value to their businesses.

By Eric Slack

From its North American headquarters in Stamford, Conn., adm is embarking on an exciting journey. Its roots stretch back to 1992 when it was part of the company, Polyconcept. In 2015, the management team of adm acquired the business from Polyconcept with the goal of building on a stable business platform and a global infrastructure to continue the development of its capabilities to better serve clients as a standalone business.

Today, it is one of the largest independent marketing services businesses in the world. Its team of process experts consult, reengineer and execute global supply chain solutions that deliver competitive advantage and cost optimization. The company has over 300 people and 21 offices in 17 countries, allowing the company to deliver local activation of global strategies for brands across the world.

“The company is headquartered in the U.K., and the U.S. team is a wholly owned subsidiary,” Vice President of Sourcing and Supply Chain Alyssa Young says. “We are truly global and continually drive greater global synergies across our business to execute global campaigns at a regional and local level.”

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Stratus has a competitive edge thanks to changes in its Logistics and Services.

By Alan Dorich

Since Stratus Technologies’ start 36 years ago, many competitors have entered and exited its market, but the Maynard, Mass.-based company has become a leader in its business. “We’ve truly been able to stand the test of time,” Vice President of Services, Supply Chain and Chief Quality Officer Dave Harrington says. “That speaks volumes about our people, products and processes.”

The ability to rely on those is essential since Stratus provides software and hardware platforms that ensure that infrastructures – ranging from enterprise services to clouds – are always operating. Customers worldwide depend on Stratus to protect their most valuable business critical apps., Harrington adds.

These include clients in industrial automation, financial services and telecommunications. “We also have a significant presence in healthcare, public safety, government and transportation,” he states.

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Tellabs' recent restructuring spurred the company to reexamine its entire supply chain philosophy.

By Jim Harris

Tellabs in the past few years has seen significant changes to its operations. Established in 1975, the company grew over the course of the next three decades to become a global leader in telecommunications. In 2013, a private equity firm acquired Tellabs, which at the time was a publicly traded company.

The following year, Tellabs╒ enterprise and telecommunications portfolios ╨ two of the company╒s key portfolios ╨╩were spun off into a new company under the legacy name. 

This change brought with it opportunities as well as significant challenges for its supply chain operations. "We are operating like a startup, but we╒re a company that was encumbered by in disparate legacy systems," says Dave Cunningham, director of global marketing for the Dallas.-headquartered company.

swissportBuilding its procurement business from nothing gives Swissport an opportunity to implement new practices and tools. By Tim O’Connor

Making a fundamental change at a large corporation is often a lumbering process. A vision is the starting point, detailed strategies must be developed, pitches made and approvals granted by multiple layers of oversight. Change is a fragile endeavor and leadership can mothball the whole process at a moment’s notice.
    But for Swissport, a leading provider of ground and cargo services for the aviation industry, it was because of its leadership that change could happen. When Marianna Zangrillo joined the company’s procurement team in 2015, procurement had no place at the decision making table.  

mattsMatthews Automation maintains an edge on its competition in the marketplace and looks for ways to grow. By Alan Dorich

When a company’s clients include e-tailers, it has to ensure it is staying on top of technological advances. Matthews Automation Solutions has been successful in that goal, President Paul Jensen says.
    “We continually try to innovate,” he declares. “We try to offer solutions which are a step ahead what others might be offering in the marketplace.”
 

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