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GS1 adds more supply chain muscle

BY CSA STAFF

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. — GS1 US has appointed two supply chain veterans to its industry engagement team. Melanie Nuce has been named VP of apparel and general merchandise and Michael Pheney has been named VP of healthcare.

GS1 US, a member of GS1, is an information standards organization that brings industry communities together to solve supply-chain problems through the adoption and implementation of GS1 standards. More than 200,000 businesses in 25 industries rely on GS1 US for trading-partner collaboration and for maximizing the cost effectiveness, speed, visibility, security and sustainability of their business processes. They achieve these benefits through solutions based on GS1 global unique numbering and identification systems, barcodes, Electronic Product Code-based RFID, data synchronization and electronic information exchange. GS1 US also manages the United Nations Standard Products and Services Code.

"Melanie and Michael make an impressive addition to the team of talent, dedicated to driving industry collaboration in vertical markets," said Siobhan O’Bara, SVP, industry engagement, GS1 US. "Melanie’s strong retail and technology background combined with Michael’s healthcare supply chain experience will provide the leadership that our industries require to help them adopt GS1 Standards and meet the needs of their businesses."

Nuce will be responsible for leading the industry engagement strategy to drive broader adoption of GS1 standards and GS1 US solutions for the apparel and general merchandise industries. In her role, she will help guide the GS1 US apparel and general merchandise initiative by working with industry stakeholders to identify business needs and by developing standards-based approaches to address them. The goal of the initiative is to support industry-wide adoption and use of GS1 Standards to help companies achieve source to store supply chain visibility, ensuring that the right product is at the right place at the right time.

Prior to joining GS1 US, she was the director of retail industry marketing at GXS, where she monitored and measured industry trends to define the strategy for both the retail and consumer products verticals. She focused on prospect, customer and internal education, as well as positioning and go-to-market plans.

Nuce is active in the ongoing development of global standards and is a frequent speaker at educational seminars and industry tradeshows. She has presented at the National Retail Federation’s Big Show, the Council for Supply Chain Management Professionals’ Annual Global Conference and American Hardware Manufacturers Association’s Hardlines Technology Forum. She earned her bachelor’s degree in professional studies from Bethany University.

Pheney will be responsible for driving the adoption and implementation of GS1 standards to improve patient safety and supply chain performance in the healthcare industry. He will also be responsible for engaging various stakeholders to understand their collective objectives and offering strategic guidance of the use of standards and technology to improve business and clinical processes. Pheney will lead GS1 Healthcare US, an industry-driven initiative that is driving forward open, global standards to help healthcare companies improve the accuracy, speed and efficiency of the supply chain and care delivery.

Prior to joining GS1 US, he was director of global supply chain operations at Covidien, where he was responsible for customer service, global distribution, transportation, trade compliance and replenishment planning. At Covidien, Pheney was recognized for numerous achievements including reducing department spend by more than $1 million each year while improving service levels. He also implemented the Operational Excellence program in which he identified $8 million in cost savings and numerous service improvement opportunities. Before working at Covidien, Pheney was director of business process controls at Tyco-Mallinckrodt Inc. His responsibilities included leading large scale supply chain projects and ensuring that cross-functional business processes were aligned and implemented to meet organizational goals. He earned a master’s degree in business administration and bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting from St. Louis University.

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Ikea plugs-in Maryland’s largest rooftop solar energy system

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Perryville, Md. — Ikea said Tuesday it has plugged-in the solar energy system installed at its distribution center in Perryville, Md.

The 768,972-sq.-ft. PV array consists of a 2,674.9-kW system, built with 18,576 panels, and is the state’s largest rooftop array.

The Ikea distribution center will produce approximately 3,397,178 kWh of clean electricity annually, the equivalent of reducing 2,397 tons of carbon dioxide, eliminating the emissions of 499 cars or powering 359 homes yearly.

The installation represents the Swedish furniture retailer’s 36th completed solar project in the United States, with three more locations underway, making the eventual U.S. solar presence of Ikea nearly 90% of its U.S. locations with a total generation of 38 MW.

Ikea owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems atop its buildings — as opposed to a solar lease or power purchase agreement — and globally has allocated $1.8 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2015.

Consistent with the company’s goal of being energy independent by 2020, Ikea has installed more than 250,000 solar panels on buildings across the world and owns/operates approximately 110 wind turbines in Europe.

For the development, design and installation of the Perryville DC’s customized solar power system, Ikea contracted with Inovateus Solar.

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True Value CEO to retire in May

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Chicago — True Value Hardware said Tuesday that its president and CEO Lyle Heidemann will retire from the company after eight years at the helm, effective May 31.

The hardware cooperative has named John Hartmann to succeed Heidemann as president and CEO. Hartmann previously served as CEO of New Zealand hardware cooperative Mitre 10. He also spent nearly a decade at Home Depot and HD Supply in a variety of roles, finishing his tenure as CO of the electrical and plumbing/HVAC divisions.

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