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FTZC leverages 25 years’ experience to grow its specialized foreign-trade zone software, consulting and other offerings. By Russ Gager

Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZs) can reduce or eliminate tariffs on goods manufactured in the United States and keep more U.S. workers employed. For example, furniture companies have received the authority to produce cut-and-sewn kits used in the manufacture of upholstered furniture under FTZ procedures. This authority enables the companies to reduce their customs-related costs to the “free” duty rate that applies to imported cut-and-sewn kits, and use U.S. workers to produce them, rather than outsourcing those operations to the Far East.

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Iron Mountain expands with acquisitions while its supply chain enables growth through sourcing best practices. By Stephanie Crets

As the largest information and storage management company in the world, Iron Mountain serves more than 220,000 customers and organizations in 45 countries across six continents. The company continues to grow both organically and via acquisitions, and the development of a world-class procurement organization has helped to support that growth. Since bringing on Linda Behan as senior vice president of global procurement in 2012, she has established and led global outsourced procurement operation and global category planning, recruited and mentored a world-class procurement team and improved spend under management from 5 percent to 90 percent, among many other accomplishments.

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Cushman & Wakefield wants to be a trusted partner in procurement services for the global commercial real estate market. By Alan Dorich

Mergers can be game-changers for companies by allowing them to approach their business in new ways. Cushman & Wakefield’s recent merger with DTZ gives it the ability to take its procurement services even wider. “Now, we have the scale to serve our clients globally,” Cushman & Wakefield Global Chief Procurement Officer Andrew Cieslak declares.

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The APICS Portland Chapter gives its region’s supply chain pros a leg up through education and certification. By Chris Petersen

The way most companies think about their supply chains has changed dramatically over the last few decades. In the past, supply chain was considered just another element of operations, but today companies like Amazon have demonstrated that supply chain can be a significant competitive advantage, and many companies have put their supply chains under the microscope to find ways they can be improved, streamlined and overhauled into an engine that keeps their operations running smoothly.

In this new environment, it has become more important than ever that companies have supply chain professionals on staff who are knowledgeable, skilled and effective. For more than 50 years, APICS has been helping supply chain professionals achieve the certifications and gain the education they need to be the best at their jobs, and the organization’s Portland, Ore., chapter is leading the way in the Pacific Northwest.

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AIT Worldwide Logistics provides full-service transportation management services for clients’ shipping needs. By Russ Gager

The mark of true leadership is seeing an opportunity and seizing it. That is what motivated AIT Worldwide Logistics President and CEO Vaughn Moore and his team of Executive Vice Presidents Keith Tholan, Ray Fennelly and Joe Kayser when they executed a leveraged buyout of the company from its co-founders in 2012.

“Sometimes, you just have to take advantage of a great opportunity,” Moore says. “There was a threat of an overseas company buying us.” The goal of the buyout was to keep AIT a U.S.-owned company and protect jobs. “I didn’t want to be owned by someone overseas,” Moore explains. “At the time, that was a real threat. We could have lost some jobs to an overseas competitor, and I didn’t want to have to go work for someone else.

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Oracle leads the way in cloud computing as companies recognize the value-added business intelligence and cost-savings of implementing the platform. By Janice Hoppe

As one of the world’s greatest providers of software solutions to integrate and enable global supply chains, Oracle uses its information technology expertise in partnership with GE Digital’s new operation technology platform to offer customers even greater insight into their products and services. “We have been in this market for decades, starting initially with building ERP systems for global manufacturing companies, and in the last couple of decades building best-in-class supply chain management applications,” Global Senior Vice President Rod Johnson says. “Over the last four to five years there has been a shift in the industry overall to the cloud.”

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The Redwood Shores, Calif.-based company offers a comprehensive and fully integrated stack of cloud applications, platform services and engineered systems to more than 420,000 customers – including 100 of the Fortune 100 – in more than 145 countries. “From data center operations to cloud applications, Oracle not only eliminates the complexity that stifles business innovation, but also engineers in speed, reliability, security and manageability,” the company says.

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ValuePoint Material Solutions can help customers improve material programs and better focus on their core competencies.
By Eric Slack

Founded in 1998 in Flint, Mich., ValuePoint Material Solutions came into being based on a market need for an independent indirect material service provider not owned by or affiliated with a distributor. Today, the company has more than 6,000 active distributor and manufacturer relationships in every indirect material category. These relationships range from simple procurement only arrangements all the way to service-oriented commodity management partnerships in support of customers.

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Technology services firm Tribridge assists its clients in choosing the best solutions that support their unique business needs.
By Jim Harris

Companies have no shortage of options when it comes to available technology. However, while there may be a number of products on the market that seem to fit the bill in a broad sense, finding a solution that fits a company’s specific business needs can be challenging. More manufacturers, distributors and retailers are looking to enterprise resource planning (ERP), consumer relationship management (CRM) and cloud-based storage options to help them address the challenges of doing business in today’s economy.

Since 1998, Tribridge has provided visionary leadership and technologies to help make their customers’ operations streamlined through the optimization of supply chain visibility and best-in-class manufacturing and distribution process and procedures. The company’s value add is its years of consulting in functional areas including business and technology, customer engagement, finance and operations, business intelligence and analytics and human capital management.

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