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.

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.

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%. 

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. 

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. 

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.”

This wireless accessories supplier evolves its business platform to meet the changing needs of its customers. The world of wireless accessories has exploded over the past few years, and Xentris Wireless has successfully ridden the wave with its clients, including retailers such as Best Buy and providers such as Verizon. The company began with a products solution focus when it was founded in 2003 but has continued to evolve its business model to meet those same clients’ needs. 

Rather than defining how its audience interacts with its products, this girls’-clothing designer is letting customers make the decisions. At a time when retailers are struggling to find their place with consumers, one 121-year-old clothing designer has decided to let its customers lead the way. What makes its decision even more interesting is that its target audience still plays with dolls. 

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