FORTE Named "Cool Vendor in Supply Chain Services, 2013" by Gartner, Inc.

  FORTE Named "Cool Vendor in Supply Chain Services, 2013" by Gartner, Inc.

One of Only Four in Supply Chain Services

PR Newswire

MASON, Ohio, May 1, 2013

MASON, Ohio, May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- FORTE, the design-build pioneer of
the supply chain distribution sector, is pleased to announce it was named to
the "Cool Vendors in Supply Chain Services, 2013*" list by Gartner, Inc., the
world's leading information technology research and advisory company. FORTE is
one of only four companies to be recognized this year.

According to Gartner, "Supply chain service providers are combining software,
highly skilled employees and enabling technologies, such as cloud computing
and analytics, to deliver capabilities that augment existing supply chain
organizations and help them minimize or avoid capital expenditures."

"We are honored to be named by Gartner as a Cool Vendor in Supply Chain
Services," said Tom Rentschler, vice president, sales and marketing. "FORTE
prides itself on its ability to continually innovate. For example, our WCS 2.0
Smart Warehouse Suite™ helps provide customers with real-time tracking
information and the actionable data they need to deliver optimal performance
throughout their entire distribution network."

Key findings and recommendations of the Cool Vendors in Supply Chain Services,
2013 report from Gartner include:

  oDirectors and vice presidents responsible for high-volume distribution
    operations need to select a service provider that has engineering and
    project management expertise before redesigning, building or retrofitting
    warehouse operations.
  oOptimizing the flow of goods through high-velocity retail and
    manufacturing distribution operations requires expertise spanning
    warehouse design, material-handling equipment and warehouse control
    systems. Traditional supply chain consultants don't have this expertise.
  oIncreasing 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.

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research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only
those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist
of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed
as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied,
with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or
fitness for a particular purpose.

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

FORTE ( 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.


Contact: Tom Rentschler,, 513.204.3021
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