FORTE Named "Cool Vendor in Supply Chain Services, 2013" by Gartner, Inc.

One of Only Four in Supply Chain Services

01 May, 2013, 11:15 ET from FORTE

MASON, Ohio, May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- FORTE, the design-build pioneer of the supply chain distribution sector, is pleased to announce it was named to the "Cool Vendors in Supply Chain Services, 2013*" list by Gartner, Inc., the world's leading information technology research and advisory company. FORTE is one of only four companies to be recognized this year.

According to Gartner, "Supply chain service providers are combining software, highly skilled employees and enabling technologies, such as cloud computing and analytics, to deliver capabilities that augment existing supply chain organizations and help them minimize or avoid capital expenditures."

"We are honored to be named by Gartner as a Cool Vendor in Supply Chain Services," said Tom Rentschler, vice president, sales and marketing. "FORTE prides itself on its ability to continually innovate. For example, our WCS 2.0 Smart Warehouse Suite™ helps provide customers with real-time tracking information and the actionable data they need to deliver optimal performance throughout their entire distribution network."

Key findings and recommendations of the Cool Vendors in Supply Chain Services, 2013 report from Gartner include:

  • Directors and vice presidents responsible for high-volume distribution operations need to select a service provider that has engineering and project management expertise before redesigning, building or retrofitting warehouse operations.
  • Optimizing the flow of goods through high-velocity retail and manufacturing distribution operations requires expertise spanning warehouse design, material-handling equipment and warehouse control systems. Traditional supply chain consultants don't have this expertise.
  • Increasing pressure by retailers requiring high service levels, combined with more frequent shipments and smaller quantities, is causing manufacturers to seek unique solutions to address efficiencies while increasing shipment frequency.

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* Analyst(s): Michael Dominy, C. Dwight Klappich, Steven Steutermann, Greg Aimi; 
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