Since its establishment in 1926, the Chain Drug Marketing Association (CDMA) has helped give its members an edge in a highly competitive retail marketplace. Initially founded solely to support the marketing and merchandising efforts of its members, the CDMA today helps them in all aspects of their retail operations, particularly when it comes to stocking their store shelves.
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During the height of the Internet boom in 1999, former database technology consultant Alan Homewood aspired to start his own web-based business, but struggled to develop a specific plan. After extensive research and brainstorming, Homewood identified one of the biggest challenges for online businesses: performing safe, secure and easy financial transactions over the Internet.
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At Harvest Time Bread Company, it’s all about offering the best of both worlds. The company has strategically positioned itself as the bakery that is large enough to handle almost any order but nimble enough to provide a higher level of customized service. Although it has a legacy of more than 25 years behind it, Harvest Time’s present incarnation started taking shape in 2005. The company makes high-quality bakery products for retailers and foodservice companies across the country from its facilities in Woodbridge, NJ and Mount Airy, NC.
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This logistics outsourcing company uses a collaborative approach and a proprietary technological platform to bring efficiency to its customers. Although CaseStack started its logistics operations in 1999 without a legacy system to get it going, according to CEO Dan Sanker, building from scratch was the best way to begin. CaseStack is a logistics outsourcing company that works with middle-market CPG companies that sell product to retailers such as Walmart, Target, Costco, and Walgreens. CaseStack handles its clients’ transportation and warehousing, but, more importantly, it’s built a technology platform that gives its clients 100% visibility and reporting for the products CaseStack handles.
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With strong IT capabilities, a perfect locale, and a collaborative approach to working with its clients, this logistics company sets itself apart. From the technology it uses and the collaborative approach it takes when working with its clients to its location within the Port of Oakland, GSC Logistics differentiates itself from most in the transportation and logistics industry. But before getting into the details, perhaps what speaks best for GSC is the percentage of imports the company handles at the Port of Oakland: 15%.
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To improve its bottom line and its competitive advantage, this 3PL made environmental sustainability a corporate philosophy. The third-party logistics (3PL) industry is a competitive one. With retailers looking to lean their distribution and warehousing processes, these providers must lean up their own processes to remain attractive. Add to the mix industry pressure to prove your company is environmentally conscious, and you’ve got a doubly challenging environment.
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This full-line foodservice, c-store, and grocery store provider finds ways to help its clients manage the industry’s priciest challenges. The rising cost of commodities isn’t a trend that’s expected to reverse at any point in the future. For retailers large and small, finding ways to reduce the impact on consumers is an ongoing challenge, which means they’re looking for strategic partners to help them trim the fat without trimming their bottom line.
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Puzzles aren’t all fun and games, according to this toy manufacturer. Understanding the human mind is difficult. Creating games that keep the human mind entertained is even more of a challenge. But it’s a challenge Andrea Barthello and Bill Ritchie gladly agreed to tackle when they founded ThinkFun/Binary Arts on February 4, 1985. Ritchie, president and CEO, grew up in what he describes as a brilliant environment. His father was a Bell Labs engineer, and his older brother was a Bell Labs computer scientist. “It was a geeky family, and we were surrounded by a community of mathematicians and engineers who shared ideas about puzzles for fun,” he said. “As a little kid, I thought these recreational mathematicians were everywhere in the world.”
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