Boise Paper Short-term agreements with third-party distribution centers allow Boise Paper to react quickly to changes in customers or railroad access.

By Tim O’Connor

The short lead times required by today’s market and competition from overseas mean that paper maker Boise Paper must create efficiency wherever possible. That is why the company is so heavily reliant on one of the nation’s most cost-effective and consistent means of transporting products: box cars and trains.

Batory Foods

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Batory Foods extends its safety focus to its new facility.

By Alan Dorich

When people eat, they like to assume that their food was safeguarded all the way to their plate. “Batory Foods invests in ensuring that level of food safety,” Chief Operating Officer Fred Dingraudo says. “Food safety is really important to us,” he says. “Emerging regulations are requiring this level of food safety in order to be relevant in the future.”

Ariens CoAriens Co. has transitioned into a hub-and-spoke network to optimize distribution and serve its customers most efficiently.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers

Now in its 84th year and fourth-generation of leadership, Ariens Co. is considered a leader in durable and high-performance snow throwers and commercial-grade zero turn mowers. To ensure it continues to get its products in the hands of consumers, the company revamped its distribution model to a hub-and-spoke network. “We have to be in a true hub and spoke because we have to keep our product closer to our customers,” says James Merwin, vice president of supply chain. “The industry is getting to the point where they expect it fast and they expect the product close.”

 MCDONALDSLogistics partnerships and tracking technologies allow McDonald’s to take the burden off its franchisees and assure reliable supply.

By Tim O’Connor

Customers may have long wanted to enjoy an Egg McMuffin at lunch, but it wasn’t until April 2015 that McDonald’s began seriously considering ending the tyranny of the 10:30 a.m. breakfast menu cutoff. When the company announced to cheers that it would begin around-the-clock service of its most popular breakfast items later in 2015, the company’s supply chain team had to figure out how to make the sudden expansion of its menu possible.

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JM SwankJM Swank strives to become the leading national food ingredient distributor by investing in historically undernourished areas of the company.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers

JM Swank is focusing on optimizing its supply chain network and transforming areas of the company that had been underinvested, after being acquired this summer by Platinum Equity, from ConAgra Foods. The new ownership is making investments in the company with the goal of becoming the leading national, full-line food ingredient distributor. 

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Adient leverages its strengths as a former division of Johnson Controls to serve its automotive customers.

By Chris Petersen

After decades of being part of one of the world’s largest and most successful automotive interiors manufacturers, the company that is now known as Adient is getting the opportunity to make its own name in the automotive industry, and Executive Vice President Byron Foster says the company is making the most of that opportunity. “We’re back and committed to investing and growing the business again,” Foster says.

East Coast

East Coast Warehouse & Distribution is one of the leading logistics companies for the food and beverage industry because of its commitment to excellence and continuous improvement.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers

East Coast Warehouse & Distribution Corp. has become a leader in temperature-controlled logistics over the past 60 years because of its ability to offer end-to-end solutions. “More than 90 percent of the products that flow through us are imported or exported from countries in Europe, South America and Asia,” CEO Jamie Overley says. “We have the capacity to take delivery of our customers’ containers from whatever country, offload it from the ship, take it to our warehouse, repackage and deliver it anywhere in the United States.”

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