Levin Furniture deploys RedPrairie’s fleet management solution
Atlanta — RedPrairie Corp., a global supply chain and retail technology provider, announced that Levin Furniture has gone live with RedPrairie’s fleet management solution for complete route and load planning across its home-delivery operations.
The system will run in tandem with RedPrairie’s warehouse management solution, which Levin implemented at its distribution center in Smithton, Pa.,over two years ago.
“A productive history, and a great ongoing relationship with RedPrairie played a big part in our decision to bring more of their technology online with our organization,” said Levin’s Ward Dingmann, VP operations. “Fleet Management has a great deal of functionality that other competitors we looked at were not able to match, including planning for the kind of demountable boxes we use with our vehicles. Meeting those unique requirements was something no other vendor could match.”
Specifically, the fleet management system will plan and optimize both loads and routes for Levin’s entire fleet, with the goal of significantly reducing cost of delivery. The company expects both the fleet and warehouse management solutions together to bring new synergies to Levin’s business, enabling enhanced efficiency across the entire organization.
Hershey CEO gets new gig at Del Monte
SAN FRANCISCO — Del Monte Foods Co. announced that it has appointed David West as its new CEO, effective Aug. 15. West will also join the company’s board of directors in June.
West joins Del Monte from The Hershey Company where he is currently president and CEO. He will replace Neil Harrison, Del Monte’s interim-CEO, who will remain on the board of directors. Harrison was appointed as Del Monte’s interim CEO after the company was acquired by an investor group led by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., Vestar Capital Partners and Centerview Capital. The acquisition was completed on March 8.
rior to his CEO role, he held various leadership positions at Hershey including COO, CFO, chief customer officer and SVP strategy and business development. Earlier in his career, he served as SVP and CFO at Nabisco Biscuit and Snacks Group.
"I’m honored to join Del Monte at such an exciting time. I have admired Del Monte’s transformation into a multi-billion diversified branded pet and consumer products company. I’m looking forward to working with Del Monte’s management team to continue the company’s tradition of providing high quality products that consumers know and trust, while further accelerating the growth of its well-established portfolio of brands," said West.
Fascinating Read: ‘Force of Nature’
With a subtitle of “The Unlikely Story of Wal Mart’s Green Revolution,” this book, by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Edward Humes, is a must-read for anyone who remains doubtful that going green can actually be profitable.