Having assembled a portfolio of companies with more than three decades of experience in industrial pipes, valves and fittings (PVF) distribution, Shale-Inland delivers products and services to industrial markets around the world. The organization provides specialized and engineered products that are essential to its customers and their operations.

“In my role, I have functional responsibility over all of our branches’ operations around the world,” Senior Vice President of Operations Rick Kerrigan says. “We support and manage everything from warehousing and inventory management, shipping and receiving and quality assurance to health and safety, transportation, purchasing and sourcing.”

More and more people are reading on their iPads and Kindles every day, but companies such as Christian publisher LifeWay will continue to depend on its transportation partnerships. “As the publishing market becomes more digital we are certainly reacting to that, but there’s always going to be a need for physical goods movement in our business,” says Chief Supply Chain Officer Mike Harry. With 180 retail stores across the country and a dedicated customer base made up of the religious faithful, LifeWay continues to find ways to improve its supply chain and make itself a priority for shipping companies.

LifeWay was founded in 1891 with the goal of providing literature to churches. After nearly a century of organic growth, in the last 20 years the company began to rapidly expand by acquiring other retailers, including purchasing Berean Christian Stores in 2014. “We basically doubled the size of the store chain from the mid-‘90s to now,” Harry says.

After more than three decades, Batory Foods Inc. has established a broad reach in the food industry. “We’re a tier one ingredient supplier to manufacturers,” Vice President of Operations and Information Technology Fred Dingraudo says. “If you looked at the markets we’re in, it’s everything from large food to ethnic food to bakeries.”

Based in Des Plaines, Ill., the distributor’s product mix includes sweeteners, proteins, dairy ingredients, oils and shortenings, starches, flours and even cooking wine. Founder Abel Friedman started Batory Foods in 1979 as Chicago Sweeteners. 

“His goal was to provide a single source for the basic food ingredients, [such as] sugar, oats, honey and corn syrup,” Dingraudo explains. Over time, Batory Foods has expanded its offering to include gums, preservatives, soluble fibers and emulsifiers, to name a few. 

Many supply chain specialists only have to get the right amount of product to the right place at the right time. Although that is not as easy as it sounds, it is even harder when only a fixed amount of the product is available. Having to forecast that product amount five years and longer in advance complicates the supply chain even further.

Although this situation might sound like a nightmare for some supply chain specialists, it is the situation Director of Supply Chain Management Tom Sauder faces every day for Andrew Peller Limited’s wines produced from Canadian grapes. Fortunately, the company also blends wines from various regions for some of its products.

When children head off for a school field trip or when paramedics respond to a medical emergency, chances are a bus or ambulance from Allied Specialty Vehicles is involved.

ASV consists of 23 brands in the emergency, commercial and recreation segments of the specialty vehicle industry. Although its oldest company, Fleetwood RV, dates back to the 1950s, ASV itself was not formed until 2011. The company is part of American Industrial Partners, a private equity firm that invests in North American industrial businesses. 

Established in 1893, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) has been serving New York City for more than 120 years. The largest not-for-profit home- and community-based healthcare organization in the country, VNSNY has more than 1,500 nurses and 950 other clinicians as well as over 12,300 home health aides.  Collectively, they serve more than 35,000 patients per day throughout the five boroughs of New York City and Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester Counties. 

With any large organization that has been operating for as long as VNSNY has, there are bound to be areas within the organization that periodically require an upgrade or revitalization. Certain procedures can become routine after years of repetition, even when these procedures are no longer as efficient or effective as they once were. Because VNSNY is a forward-thinking organization, explains Director of Procurement and Contract Management Donald Brown, it started taking steps more than 10 years ago to revamp its entire procurement operation and ensure that this operation was as efficient and effective as it could be for the agency’s thousands of employees and patients. 

Keeping a world-class resort stocked with the finest foods and all the luxuries guests could want is challenge enough as it is. But what about when the resort is floating across the world’s oceans? With ships that can carry as many as 6,318 guests and even more including crew members while offering countless dining and entertainment options, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has had to build a sophisticated supply and logistics network to ensure the satisfaction of every person on board.

Royal Caribbean is one of the world’s premier cruise lines and controls 23.1 percent of the global cruise market, according to CruiseMarketWatch.com. The company’s fleet of 42 ships is home to several of the planet’s largest ships, including the record-holding twins, Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas, which each weigh in at 225,282 tons. Trips can last as long as two months or a weekend, and Royal Caribbean sails to nearly 500 destinations including China, its most recent market.

Some might see gardening as a simple pastime. Retirees are often known to spend a lot of time gardening in their backyards, cultivating tomatoes or pretty flowerbeds. But even if it is just a hobby for some, all the people who are interested in gardening combine to make it quite a big business. In fact, more than 70 percent of U.S. households spend time and money taking care of their garden or lawn, which gives the entire market a value of more than $433.5 billion, according to the National Gardening Association. That shows the market is much more than just tomatoes and retirees. 

L&L Nursery Supply Inc. understands the market’s enormous value, in large part because it has seen so many of the industry’s ups and downs. Established in 1953, L&L started by developing redwood containers for garden centers in Southern California, but since then has grown to become the West Coast’s leading distributor of home and garden products. It is the company’s knowledge of the market and dedication to service that helps L&L grow its customers’ business. 

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