Fortna names Russell Meller as vice president, research and development

New role supports development of tools and processes to drive efficient service delivery and innovation.
By Modern Materials Handling Staff
September 18, 2013 - MMH Editorial

Russell Meller has been named vice president, research and development at Fortna, the global professional services firm that helps companies make distribution a competitive advantage. This newly created position will lead the development of tools and processes to drive efficient service delivery and more innovative solutions for clients.

Meller’s hire supports Fortna’s continued commitment to leadership in warehouse design methodology and engineering excellence. Meller will manage Fortna’s significant investment and continuous improvement in proprietary tools, such as FortnaDCmodeler®, FortnaDCconceptor™, FortnaDCdesigner®, and FortnaDCestimator™, that accelerate the design of distribution center operations. Fortna’s industry leading tools, methods and services provide an integrated solution that allows them to guarantee results on large distribution center transformation projects.

Prior to joining Fortna, Meller served as a faculty member in the engineering colleges at Auburn University, Virginia Tech and most recently, the University of Arkansas, where he held the Hefley Professorship in Logistics and Entrepreneurship. Notably, Meller led CELDi, the Center for Excellence in Logistics and Distribution, the largest applied research consortium in the U.S., comprised of six
universities and 25 commercial and government organizations.

“I am very excited to join the Fortna team. I believe that Fortna is in the best position to improve the science of warehouse design,” said Meller. “I look forward to working with the Fortna team to continue to drive innovation and results for clients.”

“Russ brings to Fortna deep industry knowledge and vision,” said John White, president of Fortna. “He is a great addition to our leadership team and will help us continue to improve the way we develop industry leading solutions that provide our clients competitive advantage.”



Subscribe to Logistics Management magazine

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your
entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Recent Entries

The Port of Oakland has undertaken a series of measures in recent years to attract more import volume.

The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported this week that U.S. trade with its North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico increased 8.2 percent from September 2013 to September 2014 at $102.2 billion.

NS said that the D&H lines it plans to acquire connect with the NS network at Sunbury, Pa. and Binghamton, N.Y. and give NS single-line routes from Chicago and the southeast U.S. to Albany, N.Y., which is in close proximity to NS’ Mechanicville, N.Y.-based intermodal terminal.

This follows a 1.6 cent decrease last week, which was preceded by a 5.4 gain the week before and stands as the first increase going back to the week of June 23, when the weekly average headed up 3.7 cents to $3.919 per gallon.

BNSF said that its 2015 capital expenditures will be allocated towards various areas of its business, including maintenance and expansion of the railroad to meet the expected demand for freight rail service, with 2015 representing the third straight year BNSF has invested a record annual capital expenditures investment.

Article Topics

News · Fortna · All topics

About the Author

Josh Bond, Associate Editor
Josh Bond is an associate editor to Modern. Josh was formerly Modern’s lift truck columnist and contributing editor, has a degree in Journalism from Keene State College and has studied business management at Franklin Pierce. Contact Josh Bond

Comments

Post a comment
Commenting is not available in this channel entry.