"Cool Vendors in Supply Chain Services, 2013" Report From Gartner, Inc. Featured in FORTE Newsletter

Gartner Report Recognizes Companies That Provide Emerging Delivery Models and Services

May 17, 2013, 09:45 ET from FORTE

MASON, Ohio, May 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- FORTE, the design-build pioneer of the supply chain distribution sector, is pleased to provide a copy of the "Cool Vendors in Supply Chain Services, 2013"* report from Gartner, Inc., the world's leading information technology research and advisory company. A complimentary copy of the report is available within FORTE's newsletter publication. Please visit the FORTE website at www.forte-industries.com/about/news.

According to the Gartner report, "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."

This is where FORTE's next generation WCS 2.0 Smart Warehouse Suite™ is capable of far more than the efficient management of controls systems, material handling equipment and mechanical systems that comprise the automated distribution center. It is a lean and agile platform with comprehensive functionality to fill the gaps between conventional WMS and WCS capabilities. FORTE's WCS 2.0 Smart Warehouse Suite is completely and cost-effectively configurable to the user's needs, eliminating expensive and tedious WMS customization, integration services and further software investment.

"Our WCS 2.0 provides managers with holistic operational awareness, along with a new way of harnessing information to more insightfully and effectively manage the DC in both the immediate and longer terms," said Tom Rentschler, FORTE's vice president, sales and marketing.

One of the key findings of the Cool Vendors in Supply Chain Services, 2013 report from Gartner was:

  • 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.

"This is just the type of multi-channel, direct-to-consumer environment that FORTE's WCS 2.0 Smart Warehouse Suite is designed to handle," added Rentschler.

FORTE is one of only four companies to be named to this year's list. According to the Gartner report, "These Cool Vendors illustrate the emerging delivery models and services in supply chain management."

Those who visit www.forte-industries.com/about/news will be able to both review the report from Gartner and also learn more about FORTE's next generation WCS 2.0 Smart Warehouse Suite.


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* Analyst(s): Michael Dominy, C. Dwight Klappich, Steven Steutermann, Greg Aimi; April 26, 2013


FORTE (www.forte-industries.com) is a leading distribution consulting/engineering, design/build and software technology firm, focused on driving high-performance distribution operations for many of the world's fastest-growing brands.