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Global Trade Magazine Calls for Nominations for Annual Women in Logistics Feature

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Global Trade Magazine Calls for Nominations for Annual Women in Logistics Feature

April 12, 2024 – Global Trade Magazine, a premier publication focused on international trade and logistics, is excited to announce the call for nominations for our distinguished annual feature, “Women in Logistics”. This special feature will be highlighted in our upcoming Spring Issue, celebrating the invaluable contributions and achievements of women in the logistics and supply chain sectors.

We are seeking nominations for women who have made significant impacts in the logistics industry, whether they are innovators, leaders, or rising stars. Nominees should exemplify dedication, innovation, and influence in their respective areas and demonstrate a commitment to excellence in logistics.

Eligibility Criteria:

– Nominee must be a woman currently active in the logistics or supply chain industry.

– Demonstrates exceptional leadership, innovation, or contribution to the logistics sector.

Nomination Process:

– Nominations can be submitted by colleagues, peers, or even self-nominations.

How to Nominate:

– Visit our nomination page here: Women In Logistics Nomination Form

– Fill out the nomination form with all required details about the nominee.

Deadline for Nominations:

– All nominations must be received by May 02, 2024.

We look forward to discovering and recognizing the powerful contributions of women in logistics through your nominations. The selected nominees will be featured in the 2024 Spring Issue of Global Trade Magazine, sharing their stories and insights with our global audience.

For more information, please visit or contact our editor at



Flexcon to Showcase its Extensive Range of Innovative Supply Chain Solutions at ProMat 2023

Visit Booth #S1822 to Tap Into Over 50 Years of Expertise in Supply Chain Optimization

Flexcon, an industry leader that has been optimizing supply chains  with its material handling solutions for over 50 years, will be showcasing its latest innovations in Booth #S1822  at ProMat, March 20-23, 2023 in Chicago, IL. Visitors to the Flexcon booth will find dozens of styles of plastic  containers, bulk boxes, pallets and accessories that solve a range of challenges faced by manufacturers,  distributors, consultants, dealers and logistics companies. 

“Over 80% of the automation displayed at the show requires containers to operate and the container used has a significant impact on the whole system,” notes Ken Beckerman, Flexcon president and CMO. “At Flexcon,  our experienced team understands that with the right container, automation can operate optimally at higher  speeds and with fewer errors.” 

Utilizing advanced technologies in plastics and coated treated tempered hardboard, Flexcon designs a wide  variety of products with these materials that will be on display at their booth including: 

  • Products used in carousels, vertical lifts, ASRS and Autostore Systems.  
  • A full line of Autostore accessories including cladding/walls, dividers and clear panels. A low-cost line of plastic warehouse bins that ship flat, assemble easily and are the lowest cost plastic  bin on the market. 

“We currently serve more than 30% of ProMat’s exhibitors with the most efficient and cost-effective  products,” says Beckerman. Virtually any attendee will find it beneficial to visit us at this year’s show where  we can work together on a plan to address their challenges and upcoming projects.”

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Gather AI Launches Dashboard Inventory Actions at ProMat to Help Customers More Efficiently Resolve Inventory Discrepancies

Founded in 2018, Pittsburgh-based Gather AI is now the first established company using drones to automate inventory monitoring processes for warehouse operators to decrease inventory costs, improve productivity and boost revenue.


With Gather AI’s solution, inventory drones can fly through a warehouse, photograph pallet locations, then compare the bar codes, text and images with the warehouse management system (WMS).
The Gather AI solution dashboard helps warehouse teams find and fix inventory exceptions. They can review a list of exceptions on their dashboard, scroll through each one, view the picture of the pallet location and determine what needs to happen next, including fixing the information in their WMS. All of this can be done at their desk instead of walking through their warehouse. The new inventory actions function allows teams to categorize specific actions to be taken and filter those to create their ‘to-do’ list.


Inventory actions help teams improve their productivity and track what’s been corrected so they know when an exception has been resolved. Gather AI’s product is deployed in warehouses across third-party logistics, retail distribution, manufacturing, food & beverage and health & beauty.


In 2022, Gather AI raised a $10M Series A, found 25,000 lost pallets for customers and scanned 8X more pallets than they did in 2021. Additionally, according to customer data, their solution is 15x faster than traditional cycle-counting processes.
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Green Cubes at PROMAT – Lithium-ion Technology for Material Handling Applications

We are looking forward to seeing you at PROMAT next week!

Be sure to visit our booth S1761 to check out our Lithium SAFEFlex Battery & Charger solutions for electric material handling equipment. Our Director of Marketing, Dr. Robin Sarah Schneider will be on-hand to answer any questions you might have.

We are proud to be Doosan Industrial Vehicle America Corp.’s preferred supplier of Lithium-ion solutions, and our products will be installed in its electric forklifts in our booth, and at Doosan’s booth S3559.

Robin will be presenting two on-floor seminars where she will review how state-of-the art technology Lithium-ion is used today. By using customer case studies, she will present the real-world benefits in safety, efficiency, and total cost of ownership for enterprise customers large and small. These case studies will highlight the benefits achieved using Lithium-ion batteries paired with high efficiency chargers and demonstrate best practices implemented to achieve these benefits.

Here is when and where she will present:

Date: Monday, March 20, 2023

Time: 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM

Location: Theater A


Date: Thursday, March 23, 2023

Time: 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: Theater H

Green Cubes is a founding member of MHI’s Advanced Energy Council, and Robin will be participating in an on-floor seminar along with representatives from OneCharge and Ethium on integrated lithium batteries in electric material handling equipment and will review the different types, standards and benefits of this technology. Here is when and where they will present:

Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Time: 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM

Location: Theater G

Time: 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM

Location: Theater A

Travel safely and enjoy the show!


Tompkins Robotics New PickPal Product Series Expands Robotic Solutions Portfolio

Tompkins Robotics is expanding its robotic solution offerings and will be introducing its new PickPal product series which is a line of pick assist (PA) autonomous mobile robots (AMR) at ProMat.

Attendees of ProMat can see a demonstration of this system in the Tompkins Robotics ProMat Booth N7140 from the 20th-24th.  There are currently two models in the PickPal series, the standard PickPal which can carry 60 kg of orders, and the PickPal+ which handles up to 100kg of orders. There are additional models coming soon to carry more orders, have higher capacity, and apply pick assist technology to case picking. This robotic technology follows Tompkins Robotics core design elements of producing adaptive, flexible, and scalable solutions.

PickPal provides a quickly implemented and low operating cost robotic technology that can be inserted into existing operations doing order fulfillment in a scalable RaaS model. The RaaS model has minimal implementation costs and a low cost of ownership while driving significant labor savings and capacity improvement. PickPal will drive capacity, cost, and workforce improvements in operations that are struggling with meeting fulfillment demands.  PickPal integrates with other technologies to improve efficiency in existing automated systems as well.  Mike Futch, President & CEO of Tompkins Robotics, explains how the PickPal solution is positioned and benefits the supply chain market.  Tompkins Robotics PickPal series provides a new solution with more flexible contracts, lower monthly cost, and minimal risk to help 3PL, e-commerce and other fulfillment customers handle the growing problems that traditional, large-scale solutions cannot easily address.  PickPals ability to handle the rising number of SKUs, increases in each picking, and faster delivery demands make it a terrific solution for customers to address their fulfillment problems.

Tompkins Robotics continues to develop technologies and new applications that evolve the picking and sortation process helping increase the capacity and utilization of their customers distribution and fulfillment centers.  Tompkins Robotics will be demonstrating their new PickPal solution at ProMat, Booth N7140, as well as in the Tompkins Robotics Lab in Orlando, FL.  For additional information or to arrange a demonstration of the Induction Lift please visit   Media are invited to meet with Tompkins Robotics representatives during the product launch press conference at Booth N7140 on Tuesday, March 21st at 1:30 PM.  Contact Lauren Fiochetta at for more information.

About Tompkins Robotics

Tompkins Robotics focuses on robotic automation of distribution and fulfillment operations. Beginning over five years ago with our robotic sortation solution, tSort, we have continued to develop innovative solutions to provide our customers unmatched flexibility and capacity throughout their supply chain processes.  We have added solutions upstream, like our Pick Assist AMR, PickPal, as well as downstream, with the only automated takeaway unit from a unit sorter robot, xChange. Our warehouse execution systems, tWES, links all these technologies and provides a broad solution set for our customers. Tompkins Robotics continues to evolve and enhance our customers operations with solutions that maximize modularity, floorspace, flexibility, and speed of implementation and our RaaS financing option allows for customers to see an even faster ROI to make them more successful in todays dynamic marketplace.


Siemens Creates New Vertical Market Dedicated to Intralogistics in the U.S.

The Intralogistics segment will provide a holistic, systematic approach for materials handling.

Siemens recently announced the formation of the new Intralogistics vertical that brings best-in-class material handling thought leadership, hardware automation, software and service solutions to customers in the United States. Siemens is leveraging its broad technology to address the market needs for digital transformation, cybersecurity, safety and sustainability. This new group will operate both as a vertical industry group and a horizontal business operation. It will reside within the Siemens Digital Industries — Motion Control business and functions in tandem with the organization’s existing additive manufacturing, aerospace, automotive, food-and-beverage, and other industry verticals.

Joel Thomas is the head of the Intralogistics vertical. Besides management of the group, Thomas will also work closely with trade associations who serve the intralogistics industry and will foster programs at Siemens to educate the next generation of engineers, programmers, software developers and plant operations personnel who will manage the warehouses of the future.  

This new group will serve machine builders and end-customers alike. For example, using the Siemens TIA Portal, a warehouse facility or postal clearing house will be able to integrate all its motion control hardware, software systems and communications protocols, internal and external, as needed. Additionally, Siemens digital twin and simulation technologies allow a warehouse or manufacturing operation to test all the “what ifs” before taking action on a material handling challenge.


Further, notes Joel Thomas, “The goal for all companies should be smart manufacturing and automated material flow, which is adaptable to changing market and technology conditions. This is especially challenging in older brownfield operations, where the legacy equipment might not handle the needs of the company, tomorrow or even today.”  

Predictive analytics and predictive maintenance will also be among the key drivers for the Siemens Intralogistics business, as it strives to offer users the needed system components to maximize productivity and to gather the data needed to monitor and maintain the operation. The biggest challenge for this new group, according to Thomas, is to identify and bring the necessary skills and solutions to the resident knowledge base for each customer. He notes this varies considerably based upon each company’s size and onboard skill sets. 

Thomas also comments how sustainability, which involves energy consumption and the ability to anticipate what equipment and software will be needed in the future to keep the plant running at maximum efficiency, will be a critical factor in the service package provided to customers. 

Lastly, with use of this digital-to-real world technology, the Intralogistics business will help companies achieve a more productive eco-system and, with various Siemens solutions and services, a homogenous environment in the future-proofing of their operations.

Siemens Digital Industries (DI) is an innovation leader in automation and digitalization. Closely collaborating with partners and customers, DI drives the digital transformation in the process and discrete industries. With its Digital Enterprise portfolio, DI provides companies of all sizes with an end-to-end set of products, solutions and services to integrate and digitalize the entire value chain. Optimized for the specific needs of each industry, DI’s unique portfolio supports customers to achieve greater productivity and flexibility. DI is constantly adding innovations to its portfolio to integrate cutting-edge future technologies. Siemens Digital Industries has its global headquarters in Nuremberg, Germany, and has around 75,000 employees internationally.

Siemens Corporation is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a technology company focused on industry, infrastructure, transport, and healthcare. From more resource-efficient factories, resilient supply chains, and smarter buildings and grids, to cleaner and more comfortable transportation as well as advanced healthcare, the company creates technology with purpose adding real value for customers. By combining the real and the digital worlds, Siemens empowers its customers to transform their industries and markets, helping them to transform the everyday for billions of people. Siemens also owns a majority stake in the publicly listed company Siemens Healthineers, a globally leading medical technology provider shaping the future of healthcare. In addition, Siemens holds a minority stake in Siemens Energy, a global leader in the transmission and generation of electrical power. In fiscal 2022, which ended on September 30, 2022, Siemens Group USA generated revenue of $18.6 billion and employs approximately 45,000 people serving customers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.




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CIT Named 2022 Top Tech Startup by Food Logistics, Supply & Demand Chain Executive

Award spotlights top software and technology startups in the supply chain and logistics space

Food Logistics, the only publication exclusively covering the movement of product through the global cold food supply chain, and Supply & Demand Chain Executivethe only publication covering the entire global supply chain, selected Consolidated Intermodal Technologies (CIT) as a 2022 Top Tech Startup, which spotlights top software and technology startups in the supply chain and logistics space.

We are honored that Food Logistics and Supply & Demand Chain Executive have recognized the value CIT’s solutions deliver to our customers and to supply chain fluidity in general,” said Tom Martucci, Chief Technology Officer at CIT. “This recognition provides tremendous validation of our vision, which is to consistently deliver new competitive advantages to our customers through advanced asset management data, analytics and innovative solutions.” 

This year’s winners play in a variety of different market sectors, however AI-powered automation and real-time transportation visibility make up a majority of the winners (35% and 33%, respectively).

“From seed funding rounds to launching new solutions, many of today’s tech startups are poised to disrupt the supply chain space. They’re introducing new innovations, improving user experiences and striving for that safer, smarter, more efficient supply chain,” says Marina Mayer, editor-in-chief of Food Logistics and Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “The future of the supply chain industry is directly impacted by the development of these new technologies, and I’m very excited to see what’s next for these winners.” 

Three of the overall winners have been selected to present on Manifest’s Innovation Stage, scheduled for Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2023, and a number of the other winners will be featured in the Education Program.

Recipients of this year’s award will also be profiled on and SDCExec.comGo to to view the full list of Top Tech Startup winners.

About CIT

CIT is an innovative and proprietary asset optimization technology platform. Developed by supply chain technology experts, the CIT platform is scalable and configurable to meet the diverse supply chain needs of equipment providers, motor carriers, railroad operators, IMC’s, and terminal operators across the U.S.  CIT’s platform and product portfolio are designed to enhance efficiency, elevate productivity, increase visibility, improve workflows and processes while lowering expenses and eliminating time-consuming redundancies.

About Food Logistics

Food Logistics reaches more than 26,000 supply chain executives in the global food and beverage industries, including executives in the food sector (growers, producers, manufacturers, wholesalers and grocers) and the logistics section (transportation, warehousing, distribution, software and technology) who share a mutual interest in the operations and business aspects of the global cold food supply chain. Food Logistics and sister publication Supply & Demand Chain Executive are also home to L.I.N.K. and L.I.N.K.

About Supply & Demand Chain Executive

Supply & Demand Chain Executive is the only supply chain publication covering the entire global supply chain, focusing on trucking, warehousing, packaging, procurement, risk management, professional development and moreSupply & Demand Chain Executive and sister publication Food Logistics are also home to L.I.N.K.


Copper Prices Traditionally a Barometer for the Global Economy are Expected to Soar Next Year

Copper Prices Traditionally a Barometer for the Global Economy are Expected to Soar Next Year

Copper traditionally seen as a leading indicator of economic health has unsurprisingly had a rough year. But analysts expect a resurgence in 2023, even as the global outlook remains highly uncertain.

Some of Wall Street’s biggest banks in recent weeks have suggested a combination of short-term supply tightness and long-term energy transition-related demand will push the red metal north from here.

The downward pressure in 2022 stemmed in part from persistent market expectations for a surplus inflection in the metal market, driven by anticipation of sluggish demand amid slowing global growth and an acceleration of mining activity, Goldman Sachs strategists said in a note last week.

However, this has not come to fruition, and Goldman highlighted that the cathode market has remained in a “clear deficit (GS estimate 210kt versus 131kt previously), with global visible stocks falling to their lowest level in 14 years,” metals strategist Nick Snowdown said.

“Equally important, the surplus we previously expected for 2023 (169kt surplus) has also now disappeared in our latest balance iteration (GSe 178kt deficit),” he added.

The metal — used in many sectors — has also endured a tough 2022 due to tighter U.S. monetary policy, the energy crisis arising from Russia’s war in Ukraine and China’s combination of strict Covid-19 lockdowns and a weak property market. LME copper prices peaked at over $10,600/t in March this year.

Should China’s relaxation of its zero-Covid restrictions advance further toward a reopening of the economy, restocking is likely to play out, Goldman believes.

“If China were to return its copper stock to consumption ratio to pre-2020 levels, that would imply as much as a 500kt boost to physical demand,” Snowdown said.

Three-month copper futureson the London Metal Exchange traded at $8,543 on Monday morning in Europe, after posting their strongest month since April 2021 in November on hopes for a demand boost if China eased its zero-Covid policies.

Goldman last week hiked its 12-month forecast to $11,000/t from $9,000/t and upgraded its average price forecast to $9,750/t for 2023 and $12,000/t in 2024.

Bank of America commodity strategists believe copper could rally to $12,000/t in the second quarter of 2023, given the right set of circumstances. Such a scenario would require a pivot by the U.S. Federal Reserve toward less aggressive monetary policy tightening, limiting upside in the U.S. dollar, and for demand to remain supported as the planned energy transition accelerates.

“Notwithstanding the macro headwinds, physical markets have remained tight, highlighting the lack of spare copper units available at present,” Commodity Strategist Michael Widmer said in Bank of America’s 2023 metals outlook report.

Widmer also noted that global copper demand has proven resilient, rising on an annual basis year-to-date as purchases outside China run at record levels.

While macroeconomic headwinds will likely persist into 2023, Widmer said offtake should remain positive when modeled on global GDP growth.

“Taking this a step further … China’s grid spending has offset weakness in the wider economy: indeed, building out the electricity infrastructure has completely offset weakness in the housing market,” Widmer said, adding that the key question going forward was whether this is a one-off or the beginnings of a structural trend.

He also noted that the correlation between global copper demand and industrial production growth has broken down over the past year and a half.

“In our view, this confirms to some extent that green spending has already supported global copper demand and physical markets,” Widmer said.

Bank of America’s collated data on demand growth rates from sectors linked to net-zero policies indicated an expansion in copper consumption of 4.5% year-on-year out to 2030. By contrast, potential demand growth has been 2.1% over the past two decades, Widmer noted.

Consensus more cautious

Although taking a more cautious view to reflect softer market sentiment as a result of the expected global economic downturn, strategists at Fitch Ratings last week suggested any hit to copper will be offset by “supportive short- and medium-term supply-demand drivers.”

“We expect a moderate increase in global primary copper consumption of about 2% in 2023, similar to 2022. Mine supply will grow by around 4% in 2023, although disruptions may affect that,” they said in a research note.

“A tightly balanced market and minimal global copper stocks (less than two weeks’ consumption) will sustain prices in 2023. Copper’s longer-term prospects are supported by demand from the energy transition.”

Fitch maintained a spot copper price assumption of $8,000/t for 2023, sliding to $7,500/t in 2024 and 2025.

However, other institutions retain a more bearish view, at least in the short term. BNP Paribas in its 2023 outlook forecast a three-month copper price of $6,800/t in the first quarter of next year, falling to $6,465/t in the second, but recovering to $8,250/t by the end of 2024.

“We expect a fall in European manufacturing activity to add to the impact of slowing Chinese and U.S. activity,” the French lender said.

“Rising mine supply and accelerating output of Chinese refined copper are expected to push the market into a sizeable surplus in 2023, easing LME spread tightness and weighing on prices.”

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Port of Savannah to Grow Capacity by 60 Percent

Georgia Ports will grow capacity by 60% to accommodate increased demand in container trade. The enhancements will bring the Port of Savannah’s annual capacity from 6 million twenty-foot equivalent container units to 9.5 million TEUs by 2025.

“Our expansion is being matched by incredible growth in both warehouse space and logistics workforce,” Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch said. “The public and private investment that we’re seeing, as well as the number of people being drawn to the business, make Savannah the hottest market in the country for transportation and logistics.”

The Savannah market added 6.5 million square feet of industrial space in 2021, for a total of 84 million, according to Colliers
International. Savannah led the nation in terms of net absorption of overall inventory, so the vacancy rate remained at only 0.76%
at the end of the first quarter of calendar year 2022. Another 18 million square feet are under construction, lifting the market beyond 100 million square feet. From July through December 2021, companies invested $10 billion in new and expanding business infrastructure across the state.

“Georgia’s growing manufacturing, distribution and retail sectors will mean additional cargo through the Port of Savannah, driving the need for increased container handling capacity,” said GPA Board Chairman Joel Wooten. “Higher demand for our services is the reason we have expedited major expansions at the Port of Savannah.”

GPA’s Peak Capacity Project has added 900,000 TEUs of annual container yard capacity to Garden City Terminal as of April 13. Another 300,000 TEUs of capacity are expected to come online by July. Separately, the Garden City Terminal West project will add a total of 1 million TEUs of annual capacity, with the first phase coming online in 2023.

The Port of Savannah moved a record 5.6 million TEUs in Calendar Year 2021, growing volumes by nearly a million TEUs, or 20%, compared to 2020. The unprecedented level of trade crossing GPA’s docks has continued into the current year. Added capacity and adjustments to operations, including popup container yards, have restored fluidity for commerce. Now, Lynch said, GPA is building
to ensure Savannah’s ability to grow new business for decades to come. He noted the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project is now complete, deepening the river channel to allow 16,000+ TEU vessels to take on heavier loads and transit the river with greater scheduling flexibility.

Also aimed at serving larger vessels, GPA is super-sizing Berth 1 at Garden City Terminal. By the spring of 2023, the expanded berth will allow Savannah to simultaneously serve four 16,000-TEU vessels as well as three additional ships. The renovations will add an estimated 1.5 million TEUs per year of berth capacity


Women in Logistics 2022: These 10 Leaders Are Reshaping an Industry That Relies on Agility & Flexibility

For agility and flexibility in today’s complex supply chain environments, you need diverse, collaborative professionals who can make critical decisions and implement new technologies that streamline operations—all the way from development to fulfillment.
One underrepresented group that can help with this challenge is
women. The gender comprises 41% of the supply chain workforce on average in Gartner’s 2021 “Women in Supply Chain Survey.

“All told, 73% of responding supply chain organizations, the
highest proportion ever, have a diversity, equity and inclusion goal
related to attracting, developing, retaining and advancing women,”
states the survey’s introduction. “The number of women that held
leadership roles also increased in 2021.”

The report broke it down the percentage of women year-overyear (YoY) thusly:

First-line managers and supervisors: 33% (2% increase YoY)
Senior managers: 29% (4% increase YoY)
Directors: 26% (3% increase YoY)
Vice presidents and senior directors: 23% (2% increase YoY)
CSCOs, SVPs, EVPs, and CPOs: 15% (2% decrease YoY)

The report includes possible reasons for the increases, including diversity measures introduced by businesses paying off and the public eye and shareholder scrutiny being fixed on corporate actions
and commitments amid unrest of racial justice and inequality.

However, Gartner cautions, “it is important to know that despite
improvements in representation when compared to 2020, there is
one trend that has remained since this survey was launched in 2016:
as the corporate ladder advances, the proportion of women leaders
declines. Women only make up 23% of VP-level positions in the
average supply chain organization, and apart from consumer sector
supply chains, that number continues to decline as we look at specific industry segments.”

Further, Gartner reports that 54% of survey respondents claimed
that retaining midcareer women is an increasing challenge, and 10%
advised that it is a significant challenge. “We find that lack of career
opportunities is the top reason that midcareer women have left the
organization across all supply chain industries, including supply
chain solution providers,” states Gartner.

Given the improving but still challenging state of women in
supply chain leadership, it is critical that
Global Trade’s Women
in Logistics for 2022 recognizes just some who are helping reshape
the industry.

Kristy KnichelCEO and owner Knichel Logistics, Pittsburgh, PA

Twenty-four years ago, Kristy Knichel was 19 when she left the pizza joint she was managing to join her father William’s business. In 2007, she became president of Knichel Logistics, and today she owns and runs the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council-certified company that aims to become a $250 million concern in the next three to five years.

“My mission now revolves around being an advocate for other women within transportation while continuing to grow my business in this fast-paced and ever-changing industry,”
she said in the July/August 2020 issue of
Pittsburgh Magazine. The
Women in Trucking Association, which bestowed its inaugural Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award to her, has named Knichel Logistics a top womanowned business and top place for women to work multiple times. (The company has also made
Global Trade’s annual list of America’s Top 3PLs several times.)

As of April 25, Synergy Freight Solutions merged with Knichel Logistics to become Knichel LogisticsDetroit Branch. All Synergy employees were retained, including owner and CEO Natasha Erickson, who joined the Knichel leadership team as executive vice president of Business Development. “This relationship will provide additional resources and services to Synergy Freight Solutions customers,” reads a company release, “while also providing Knichel Logistics leadership with another female logistics
entrepreneur’s expertise.”

Gretchen Seth: Senior Vice President Logistics Plus of Erie, PA

A key leader at the transportation, warehousing, fulfillment, global logistics, business intelligence, technology and supply chain solutions company, Seth has more than 40 years of industry experience. That she spearheads business development, implements programs for some of the company’s largest clients and provides international logistics expertise to the freight forwarding division are enough to put her on this list.

What sends Seth over the top is her charitable work, which includes helping launch a  fundraising campaign in March for refugees of Ukraine, where Logistics Plus had 50 employees. As of April, nearly $600,000 had been collected, and she even traveled to Poland to help distribute the aid.

During the height of the pandemic, Seth helped create the LP Medical division that leveraged the company’s overseas resources to source, import, warehouse and deliver more than 2 million pieces of personal protection equipment for hospitals, government organizations and companies in dire need.

Robyn McAllister Meyer: Vice President, Parcel Solutions Transportation Insight of Atlanta, GA

Recognized as a 2021 Supply & Demand Chain Executive Women in Supply Chain, Meyer is known for encouraging women within the industry to take charge and make their own path without worrying about negative reactions or stereotypes. Their inspiration can be her nearly 20-year career of deploying innovative strategies in small package logistics.

Certified in International Trade Compliance, Meyer has worked with logistics, supply chain and fulfillment leaders to solve supply chain challenges for e-commerce companies, retailers, distributors and manufacturers. Her expertise in customer experience, client retention, compliance, risk mitigation, B2B platforms, data security, parcel logistics program management, strategic planning and executive alignment has helped shippers achieve significant cost savings, reduce cycle times, and improve
customer satisfaction rates.

Meyer has also focused on identifying and mentoring individuals who demonstrate leadership qualities, many of whom have risen to VP level or above in various organizations. Like Seth, Meyer has leveraged her industry knowledge to assist those fleeing Ukraine.

Lily Shen CEO & President Transfix of New York, NY

As the leader of the freight transportation company that links shippers with carriers, Shen has driven significant company milestones in waste reduction, empty miles driven and workforce diversity at all levels.

She and her team recently released their inaugural Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance report that shows 43% of senior executive roles are held by women as are 40% of its board seats. Prior to joining Transfix, Shen held numerous senior leadership positions at such companies as eBay, Wealthfront and IDEO, and she served as an advisor to leading global platforms including WeChat, Coupang and Mercari.

During her first year, Transfix’s growth quadrupled and the enterprise customer base increased fivefold. With clients that now include Unilever, Staples and Target, Transfix posted record revenues in 2021 and was positioned to become the first female-led digital freight brokerage to go public via specialpurpose acquisition company in Q2 2022.

Renee Krug CEO Transflo of Tampa, FL

Only announced as the new CEO on April 19, Krug came to Transfl —a Pegasus TransTech mobile, telematics, and business process automation provider to the transportation industry—from GlobalTranz, where she had also served as the 3PL’s chief executive.

She also brings Transflo experience from the carrier side, having previously filled leadership roles at Swift Transportation, America’s largest full truckload carrier, as well as the shipping side from her
days at Honeywell. Krug was presented with a 2018 Distinguished Women in Logistics Award from the nonprofit Women in Trucking. Her arrival at Transflo allowed previous CEO Frank Adelman to become chairman of the board, and he could not be happier about
his successor, praising her “deep sector expertise” and “track record of innovation and executing strategic initiatives.”

Karin Stevens Executive Vice President and Chief of Marketing and Product Overhaul of Austin, TX

Hired as the first full-time employee before Overhaul officially launched in 2016, Stevens’ executive leadership during the early days helped propel the software-based, supply-chain visibility and security solution company to hyper-growth mode now. Part of an initial team of only 15 people, Stevens helped secure the company’s first Fortune 50 customer and coordinated the onboarding of 20+ distribution sites.

After the company secured $55 million in funding that allowed for expansion across North America and into Asia, Europe and Latin America, she played a pivotal role in securing key hires across Client Management & Operations, Sales, Marketing and Product Marketing.

Her superpowers include being a good listener, supporting employees through modeling and recognizing and nurturing her team members’ unique strengths in intentional and innovative ways,
which explains why Stevens earned the title Captain Marvel in Overhaul’s Superhero Program that matches staff attributes with those of corresponding characters in the DC or Marvel universes.

Jennifer Coulter-Lissman Vice President TOC Logistics International of Indianapolis, IN

With two decades of experience working in international logistics and supply chain management, Coulter-Lissman has spent her past eight years as vice president helping realize TOC’s mission of providing supply chain solutions that are unique to each client. She
helped open new offices in Hamburg, Germany; Monterrey in the state of Nuevo León, Mexico; and El Paso and Laredo, Texas. and Hamburg.

Under her leadership, employee count has grown by 1000%, more than 150 new positions have been filled and performance reviews were restructured to encourage open, engaging conversation between team leaders and staff. Speaking of staff, TOC’s team is now comprised of around 50% women and about 50% minorities.

Coulter-Lissman firmly believes that if the company does well,
employees should also, which explains her championing profit sharing and quarterly bonuses. She’s also known for promoting from within.

Cinzia Atkinson Business Solutions Manager Railinc of Cary, North Carolina

With nearly a decade of supply chain experience and a reputation
as a mentor and company culture builder, Atkinson works in rail
freight solutions company Railinc’s TransmetriQ business unit, where she speaks daily with customers navigating the challenges of moving stuff across the country.

She gleans the perspectives of port officials, shippers, railroads and 3PLs to develop more effective inventory strategies in the face of supply chain bottlenecks. That also has her staying up to date on the latest technology advances so she may be a resource for clients.

Because each has unique challenges, she customizes solutions to fit specific business needs and objectives, relying on an array of TransmetriQ data and intelligence on various platforms. She then leverages customer feedback to further refine her team’s solutions. Atkinson was nominated for Railinc’s 2021 President’s Award, and she was named a 2022 Supply & Demand Chain Executive Pro to Know.

Jo Shepherd Executive Vice President of Supply Chain AkzoNobel of Chicago, Illinois

Headquartered in The Netherlands with about 10,000 employees in more than 80 countries, the former AkzoNobel Surface Chemistry hired Shepherd 38 years ago for a junior-level position in the United Kingdom.

She went on to posts around the world before eventually
landing in the Windy City, where she helps the global company transform being the “only woman in the room,” she is thankful “the pool is getting a little bigger” and actively encourages women to explore career opportunities in supply chain. But she adds this warning: “If you want to be praised and patted on the back, then don’t go into supply chain.

This job requires a thick skin because people generally only come to you when things are going wrong. They don’t tell you about the 95% that’s going well.”

Melissa Runge Logistics Industry Consultant Services Atlanta, GA

In 2021, Spend Management Experts was acquired by Transportation Insight, and Runge was put in charge of building a new small parcel business with eight new account managers. Along with her team, the vice president of Parcel Implementation and Client Services helped propel customer retention rates to 97%, and TI went on to realize one of its highest revenue years ever.

Runge, who left TI in May, has a diverse background working for
Fortune 500 enterprises such as UPS, Georgia Pacific, Kimberly Clark and AGCO. Named one of the 2020 Supply & Demand Chain 
Executive Women in Supply Chain, Runge is a frequent community speaker and industry writer who serves as the board treasurer for
Girl Talk, which inspires middle and high school girls to be confident leaders
customer service, planning, scheduling and logistics functions. “I spend quite a lot of my time mentoring people and developing people; that’s one of my passions,” Shepherd says.

Accustomed to In 2021, Spend Management Experts was acquired by Transportation Insight, and Runge was put in charge of building a new small parcel business through peer-to-peer mentoring, and member of CHIEF, the only private membership network focused on
connecting and supporting women executive leaders