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Resume for Don R. for Supply Chain / Logistics / Transportation & Warehousing in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Occupation: Supply Chain / Logistics Industry: Transportation & Warehousing
Country: United States City: Chattanooga
State: Tennessee ZIP: 37343

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Haverton Crossing • Hixson, TN


Supply Chain / Distribution / Logistics Leader

Consumer Packaged Goods • Food & Beverage • Third Party Logistics

Accomplished logistics / supply chain strategist and tactical leader of enterprisewide initiatives

that help stabilize company operations and produce sustainable, profitable growth.

Expertise in building competitive supply chains for large organizations using viable management strategies, operational models, decisionmaking techniques, and information technology. Effective and wholly accountable; welldocumented track record for outstanding performance in a variety of fast track environments. Strong leader and communicator able to liaise between departments to ensure % customer satisfaction. Outstanding team player. Helped successfully navigate two companies through Chapter bankruptcy while acting as the primary contact for vendors/unsecured creditors. 

Core Competencies: Warehousing & Distribution, Turnarounds/Change Management, Operational Streamlining/ Restructuring, Process Improvements, Cost Reduction, Negotiations, Purchasing, Staff Hiring & Training, Team Leadership, Collaborative Planning, Forecasting & Replenishment, Supplier Relations & Strategic Sourcing, Inventory Management, Distribution Network Optimization, Transportation Systems, Performance Measurement, Budgeting 

Professional Experience & Accomplishments

WURZBURG, INC. – Memphis, TN   to Present

Wholesale distributor of packaging materials and equipment


Recruited to rationalize and consolidate distribution network and improve overall supply chain effectiveness.  Closed underperforming branches and expanded branches to reduce cost and improve customer service.  Generated $MM annual cost savings.  Direct/oversee all warehousing, transportation, logistics and replenishment across all company warehouses.

Select Contributions:

· Completed consolidation on time and under budget with a very aggressive timetable.

· Increased warehouse productivity by % in first months through training, process improvement and better management.

· Negotiated favorable LTL contract to replace company drivers, reducing freight cost/order by %.   


Wholesale nursery with national distribution, annual sales of $M, and a seasonal range of to employees.

VP Planning & Supply Chain 

Built a distribution organization and created a competitive advantage for the company through supply chain expertise. Directed/oversaw Corporate Planning, Corporate Purchasing, and Distribution departments, leading crossfunctional teams in reducing costs through implementing process improvements. Directly manage people, with responsibility for + people overall.

Select contributions:

  • Reduced annual expenses by $M in assembly and dock operations by applying lean principles to eliminate waste, reducing number of product touches, reducing assembly travel time, and improving dock checking process through intensive training which reduced credits/claims.
  • Reduced distribution costs by $M over two years by consolidating Distribution operations to take advantage of scale, optimizing routing to reduce “empty” miles, sharing resources between sites for greater efficiency, and renegotiating fleet leases to lower costs.
  • Increased carrier capacity by % through comprehensive lane bid project soliciting bids for all freight lanes.  Opened up bidding to carriers Hines had not previously done business with, and standardized accessorial charges across all carriers. 
  • Effectively managed vendor relationships with + suppliers during company’s Chapter reorganization.

    Manage distribution operations including a fleet of tractors and trailers across seven sites shipping , loads per year with a $M operating budget. 

    Select contributions:

  • Conducted comprehensive carrier lane bid project which increased capacity and resulted in $.M cost savings in vs. prior year.
  • Created a Centralized Dispatch team to more effectively utilize assets between sites, resulting in $K savings in the first three months.
  • Implemented web based load tracking, providing greater visibility and improving customer service.
  • Reduced annual operating expenses by $K through negotiating existing third party logistics contracts.

    WISE FOODS, U.S. East Coast   to

    Large regional snack food company with employees and an annual sales volume of $M.

    Director Branch Sales & Operations Carlstadt, NJ  

    Recruited to increase profitability and efficiency in a route sales distribution network and within company branches creating a collective annual sales volume of $M.

    Select contributions:

  • Led a project selling underperforming branches to a third party distributor. Reduced truck fleet by % through increasing effectiveness in route/vehicle/manpower utilization and developing improved routing. Reduced annual costs by $M.
  • Managed all sales and operations at remaining five companyowned branches.
  • Took over a failed distributor whose warehouse was destroyed by fire and set up a new company branch within two days.
  • Director Branch OperationsKennesaw, GA  

    Directed operations of warehouses and route vehicles. Oversaw inventory, fleet, facilities, and a $M operating budget.

  • Eliminated warehouse headcount by improving productivity, resulting in an annual savings of $K.
  • Reduced route truck fleet by % through improved routing.

    + year old confections manufacturer with annual sales of $M and employees.

    Director DSD Logistics, Fleet, Facilities, Inventory Management  

    Designed, implemented and led operations of the Direct Store Delivery DSD business unit. Managed all logistics functions warehousing, transportation, fleet, inventory, routing and customer service and handheld information systems for the DSD business unit.  Analyzed new market opportunities and developed expansion plans.

  • Designed and started up new markets, growing first year DSD business from $M to $M in four years.
  • Created/implemented a new delivery and merchandising system to better utilize fixed assets resulting in a % increase in operating profit.
  • Developed and implemented improved routing to increase stores per route and reduce expenses by $K annually.
  • Evolved inventory management processes to improve inventory accuracy to a less than .% variance.
  • Senior Manager Logistics Planning – Chattanooga, TN  

    Charged with developing the DSD distribution network in pilot markets for eventual national roll out. Rolledout SAP to the DSD markets. Developed SAP inventory management manual. 

    Manager National Warehousing – Chattanooga, TN  

    Managed all warehousing operations including two plant warehouses, two third party distribution centers, and one company run distribution center. Serviced a $M sales volume on an annual budget of $.M.

  • Reduced expenses by % vs. budget and by % over prior year in FY . Identified, documented and implemented best practices at all DC’s, improving GMP audit scores, reducing lost time accidents, and improving efficiency.
  • Reduced annual operating expenses by $K by initiating planttocustomer direct shipments from Chattanooga plant $K and renegotiating third party storage, handling and shuttle contract in Chattanooga $K.
  • Managed SAP warehouse management and RF scanning implementation.


    Large national snack food manufacturer company; $B in sales ; + employees.

    Manager DSD DeploymentElmhurst, IL 

    Managed all company distribution centers in the deployment of all finished goods inventory from the point of manufacture through a distribution network consisting of eight shipping departments and distribution centers. Led significant distribution projects and managed the distribution planning group.

  • Increased case fill rate by .% in from .
  • Identified and helped implement sourcing changes that resulted in a million dollar freight savings annually.
  • Rapidly promoted through Keebler from positions as Distribution Center Manager Indianapolis, Special Projects ManagerDistribution OperationsDistribution Center Manager Miami, Assistant Distribution Center Manager Nashville


    BA, Economics – Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

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