Developing Outstanding Supply Chain Talent and Leadership

By collaborating with universities and colleges, companies can help develop a new stream of supply chain talent that’s ready to take on the present and the future.

Supply Chain Workforce Talent

Blurring the lines between academia and industry has always been the “Holy Grail” for universities that would love nothing more than to have real-time insights into exactly what companies want and need from their supply chain program graduates. This level of collaboration isn’t always easy to attain, but when it does happen the results can be downright magical.

“We can teach students how to innovate and learn, but we also need to know that the projects they’re working on are relevant to the industry,” says Aleks Gollu, a University of California Berkeley lecturer and founder of both PINC and 11sight.  With this in mind, the university’s Sutardja Center of Entrepreneurship and Technology (SCET) aligns with various organizations that help it develop relevant, timely instructional content for the next generation of supply chain professionals

“Students need to be aware of the industry challenges and opportunities, corporate cultures, technology, and everything else that goes into running a successful supply chain,” says Gollu, who adds that the recent spate of pandemic-related supply chain challenges has heightened awareness of its importance in the grander scheme of things. This, in turn, is prompting more companies to think about collaborating with academia to help cultivate new talent.

PINC CEO Matt Yearling sees true value in good alignment between industry and academia. “This is an essential industry, and I think that’s really highlighted the fact that this pandemic has emphasized that we’re in a place now where we’re an essential part of keeping this country afloat,” says Yearling. “However, this also means we need talent to address and add value to the solutions. We have a lot of talented workers in this industry and the focus on supply chain, in general, is just going to increase as time goes on.”

Stoking Innovation and Solving Problems

A sector where automation continues to play a bigger role in getting products from the point of raw material to the end-user, supply chain also leans on academia to prepare students to manage the analytical, communication, and storytelling tools needed to keep supply chains optimized and running smoothly. In absence of this education, supply chain professionals are literally left to “fly by the seat of their pants” and figure it all out themselves. As the pandemic taught us, this hit-or-miss approach to supply chain management literally sets companies up for failure.

“Academia obviously plays a big role not just in the education of our future supply chain leaders,” says Bart De Muynck, Research Vice President—Transportation for Gartner, “but we’ve also never seen so much evolution coming from academia around subjects like advanced analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning. Companies are using these innovations—much of which comes from academia—in their day-to-day operations.”

Gollu says SCET offers various programs, including an engineering leadership program where companies can send their employees for an intensive 6- or 12-week course, which is currently being offered online. SCET also works closely with individual companies, developing problem-solving projects for its students to work on. Last semester, for instance, one GSMA-sponsored course found students imagining a future where 5G was rolled out, bandwidth was higher, and latency was lower.

“We asked them what they would be able to do in that environment, and those conversations produced a lot of great ideas—including the use of augmented reality (AR) goggles in your own living room to view a curated museum,” Gollu recalls. “Another student proposed the remote inspection of power lines using drones, which would help solve an acute problem that western states are dealing with right now.”

Tackling the Next Big Challenge

To companies that want to either start a new collaboration with academia or improve upon an existing relationship, the first step is to simply reach out and ask how you might be able to partner up, what types of projects they’re working on, and how you can get involved with them. Most schools will open these types of collaborations with open arms, knowing that it can only benefit their graduates and the supply chain industry as a whole.

Gollu tells companies to be prepared to explain the value of working in supply chain and the critical role it plays for all product-oriented companies. Understand that while supply chain, logistics, and transportation may not be the “sexiest” career choices on a student’s menu, they do provide great entry-level opportunities, the chance to move up through an organization, and a career where no two days are ever going to be the same.

To work well, Gollu says these alliances should be focused on a similar goal: solving the world’s supply chain problems. “In the U.S., companies spend $1.6 trillion a year on supply chain management, but there are still a lot of real problems where the rubber meets the road, both figuratively and literally,” says Gollu, who sees the pandemic as a great opportunity to reset and reassess supply chains and the people who run them. “By collaborating with academia, companies gain assurances that the new guard of the supply chain will be well prepared to tackle what’s coming next.”

Accel-KKR Completes Carve-Out Acquisition of Shipper TMS

Acquisition Marks Second AKKR Investment in Supply Chain Software Space in Two Months After PINC, A Leader in Yard Management Software Solutions

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Menlo Park, CA & Union City, CA – September 15, 2020Accel-KKR, a leading technology-focused investment firm, today announced that it has closed on a carve-out acquisition of the Shipper TMS portion of the Supply Chain Optimization (SCO) software business portfolio owned by Wabtec Corporation. The Shipper TMS business provides cloud-based multi-modal shipment management applications to customers in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Industrial shippers, carriers, logistics providers, and bulk terminal operators know the Shipper TMS business by two leading product brands, ShipperConnect and ShipXpress.

This is a strategic acquisition to Accel-KKR’s platform investment in PINC, a Gartner “Best of Breed” digital yard management software solution leader. Accel-KKR completed a significant growth equity investment in PINC on June 16, 2020. Multi-modal TMS and analytics solutions such as those offered by this Shipper TMS business is one of several growth strategies in support of PINC’s goal to expand its digital yard management and transportation management solutions to help clients optimize complex supply chains.

Shippers, such as those moving bulk commodities in the energy, mining, agricultural, metals and chemical verticals, turn to multi-modal shipments (e.g. rail and truck) due to the reliability, cost efficiency and sustainability afforded by the mix of modality as opposed to a single form of transportation. Among its key capabilities, Shipper TMS provides yard management, shipment visibility, rate management and bulk inventory management that allow for an accurate and timely flow of information to all parties from origin to the final destination.

The combined businesses will serve as a foundation for a Supply Chain Execution (SCE) platform focused on comprehensive transportation management software solutions for shippers. The platform will prioritize offerings that serve the origin and termination points in the supply chain with a specific focus on rail, truck, and terminal yard management. Combined with real-time visibility, electronic documentation, analytics, billing, rating and carrier management functionalities, the platform is well positioned to solve multiple transportation challenges in the supply chain industry.

About PINC:
PINC provides scalable software, hardware, and services that enable companies to identify, locate, and orchestrate inventory throughout the supply chain predictably and cost-effectively. The company’s cloud-based real-time tracking platform, powered by an Internet of Things (IoT) sensor network that includes passive RFID, GPS, computer vision, cellular, and other sensors, provides actionable insights and connected expert guidance that allow organizations to optimize their supply chain execution. Visit PINC at www.pinc.com.

About Accel-KKR:
Accel-KKR is a technology-focused investment firm with over $9 billion in capital commitments. The firm focuses on software and IT-enabled businesses, well-positioned for top-line and bottom-line growth. At the core of Accel-KKR’s investment strategy is a commitment to developing strong partnerships with the management teams of its portfolio companies and a focus on building value alongside management by leveraging the significant resources available through the Accel-KKR network. Accel-KKR focuses on middle-market companies and provides a broad range of capital solutions including buyout capital, minority-growth investments, and credit alternatives. Accel-KKR also invests across a wide range of transaction types including private company recapitalizations, divisional carve-outs and going-private transactions. Accel-KKR is headquartered in Menlo Park with additional offices in Atlanta and London. Visit accel-kkr.com to learn more.

Media Contact:

For PINC:

Rafael Granato, Vice President of Marketing
PINC
+1 (510) 474-7509
press@pinc.com

For Accel-KKR:

Todd Fogarty
Kekst CNC
+1 (212) 521-4854
todd.fogarty@kekstcnc.com

PINC and project44 partner to deliver the next generation of yard automation and predictability

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The world’s number one enterprise yard management system and the leader in supply chain visibility combine forces to provide highly efficient automation and real-time visibility to manage in-transit and on-site shipments.

UNION CITY, Calif. – Aug. 25, 2020 — PINC, the number one digital yard™ management solution provider, today announced a partnership with project44®, the global leader in supply chain visibility for shippers and logistics service providers.

The new partnership aims to empower industry-leading shippers and carriers with end to end real-time shipment visibility and yard management automation capabilities for an enhanced supply chain experience.

Distribution centers, warehouses, and manufacturing plants are looking to improve gate velocity, optimize driver turnaround times, and reduce costs while becoming Shippers-of-Choice. project44’s shipment and ETA data in concert with PINC Yard Management System‘s real-time asset and load data will accelerate the check-in process and provide customers with actionable dynamic load scheduling visibility. Organizations will also gain real-time insights into critical yard asset and load lifecycle transitions through project44’s Advanced Visibility Platform™.

At the enterprise level, the data exchange between PINC and project44 will enable shippers to improve shipment velocity, enhance sustainability, reduce accessorial charges, and manage carrier contracts and transportation budgets more effectively.

“PINC enables enterprises to find and assign trailer assets and associated loads automatically through their life cycle, and optimize their movement between gates, yard, and docks,” said Matt Yearling, CEO of PINC. “Combining project44’s advanced visibility and predictive tracking and ETAs with our yard orchestration engine will enhance the shippers’ ability to meet on time in full (OTIF) requirements, maximize the productivity of warehouse labor and assets, achieve real-time visibility to available inventory, compete on providing an enhanced customer experience, while significantly reduce costs.”

“As businesses face the increasing demand for faster delivery, our partnership is here to fix the existing supply chain gaps, whether shipment is in transit, in the yard, or in the warehouse,” said Jett McCandless, CEO and Founder of project44. “With project44’s robust API integration capabilities and real-time ETA tracking, we are excited to drive additional value to mutual customers. By having real-time insights into inbound load ETA and shipment details, all players within the transportation ecosystem can increase operational efficiencies and exceed their customers’ expectations.”

On September 3rd, Matt Yearling and Jett McCandless will join Gartner’s VP, Bart De Muynck, and other thought leaders and industry experts on the panel discussion entitled “Re-evaluating The Supply Chain:  Transportation Execution Driven By Innovation in Uncertain Times”. The online event is hosted by UC Berkeley’s Sutardja Center For Entrepreneurship and Technology and will be moderated by Dr. Aleks Gollu. For more information, please visit: https://innox.berkeley.edu/event/9-3-re-evaluating-supply-chain/

About PINC:

PINC provides scalable software, hardware, and services that enable companies to identify, locate, and orchestrate inventory throughout the supply chain predictably and cost-effectively. The company’s cloud-based real-time tracking platform, powered by an Internet of Things (IoT) sensor network that includes passive RFID, GPS, computer vision, cellular, and other sensors, provides actionable insights and connected expert guidance that allow organizations to optimize their supply chain execution. Visit PINC at www.pinc.com.

About project44:

project44 is the world’s leading advanced visibility platform for shippers and logistics service providers. project44 connects, automates, and provides visibility into key transportation processes to accelerate insights and shorten the time it takes to turn those insights into actions. Leveraging the power of the project44 cloud-based platform, organizations increase operational efficiencies, reduce costs, improve shipping performance, and deliver an exceptional Amazon-like experience to their customers. Connected to thousands of carriers worldwide and having comprehensive coverage for all ELD and telematics devices on the market, project44 supports all transportation modes and shipping types, including Air, Parcel, Final-Mile, Less-than-Truckload, Volume Less-than-Truckload, Groupage, Truckload, Rail, Intermodal, and Ocean. project44 has placed second, behind only Amazon, on FreightWaves’ 2020 Freight Tech 25, a list of the most innovative companies across the freight industry, and received the 2020 SAP® Pinnacle Award as the Cloud Partner Integration of the Year. To learn more, visit https://www.project44.com/.

Media Contact:
Rafael Granato, Vice President of Marketing, PINC
press@pinc.com

Mariya Barnes, Director of Communications, project44
mbarnes@project44.com

Re-Evaluating The Supply Chain: Transportation Execution Driven By Innovation In Uncertain Times.

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As markets demand not only efficiency but agility and adaptability from supply chains in our current reality, supply chain executives have been heavily investing in automated execution and real-time visibility technologies to continue moving inventory and delivering on customer expectations.

The Logistics Industry in the U.S. represents approximately 10% of the GDP or close to 2 trillion dollars. However, data shows that the most significant activity comes from trucking. Trucking moves 71% of all the freight in America, and nearly 6% of all the full-time jobs in the country are in the trucking industry.

That translates into an $800B industry moving about 25 million trailers and containers and delivering close to a billion loads in any given year.

With billions of moving parts, and impacted by the convergence of a global pandemic and economic downturn, the trucking industry is in the process of shaking off these negative impacts with the help of innovative technologies.

In this roundtable, we will have innovators and industry veterans discussing the following questions:

  • How has the role of the supply-chain evolved in the current pandemic?
  • What are the key transportation and trucking challenges?
  • How is the industry innovating, how should the industry innovate?
  • How can academia and industry be better partners?
  • What business benefits should organizations expect from their investments in innovation?
  • What lies ahead?

Panelists will include stakeholders from various segments, including

The session will be moderated by Aleks Gollu who is a SCET lecturer and Industry Fellow at UC Berkeley and founder of PINC.


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PINC named Top Supply Chain Projects for 2020 by Supply & Demand Chain Executive

TOP 100 SDCE Yard Management Solution

Union City, CA – July 29th, 2020 –  Supply & Demand Chain Executive, the executive’s user manual for successful supply and demand chain transformation, has selected PINC, the leader in digital yard™ solutions, as a recipient of an SDCE 100 Award for 2020.

The SDCE 100 spotlights successful and innovative projects that deliver bottom-line value to small, medium and large enterprises across the range of supply chain functions. These projects can serve as a map for supply chain executives looking for new opportunities to drive improvement in their own operations. These initiatives also show how supply chain solution and service providers help their customers and clients achieve supply chain excellence and prepare their supply chains for success.

Since its founding in 2004, PINC has been a pioneer in providing real-time visibility and workflow orchestration to yard operations across distribution centers and manufacturing plants worldwide. PINC’s platform is currently utilized by an array of Fortune 1000 enterprises and gives companies a cost-effective way to move inventory faster and optimize their supply chain.

“Innovation is essential in driving the supply chain industry forward, and thanks to these valuable partnerships, companies of all sizes are able to achieve success in projects that matter,” says Marina Mayer, editor for Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “From business intelligence systems and supply and demand planning to inventory reduction and procurement solutions, the SDCE 100 offers proof-of-concept that with the right planning and execution, anything is possible.”

“We are very grateful for this award during one of the most challenging years of this century,” said Rafael Granato, Vice President of Marketing at PINC. “Given the uncertainties and increased customer expectations placed upon trailer yards, we are playing a more vital role at the termination points of transportation networks, by expediting shipments and reducing transportation costs.”

About PINC:

PINC provides scalable software, hardware, and services that enable companies to identify, locate, and orchestrate inventory throughout the supply chain predictably and cost-effectively. The company’s cloud-based real-time tracking platform, powered by an Internet of Things (IoT) sensor network that includes passive RFID, GPS, computer vision, cellular, and other sensors, provides actionable insights and connected expert guidance that allow organizations to optimize their supply chain execution. Visit PINC at www.pinc.com. 

About Supply & Demand Chain Executive:

Supply & Demand Chain Executive is the executive’s user manual for successful supply and demand chain transformation, utilizing hard-hitting analysis, viewpoints and unbiased case studies to steer executives and supply management professionals through the complicated, yet critical, world of supply and demand chain enablement to gain competitive advantage. Visit us at www.SDCExec.com.

KEARNEY & CSCMP: 6 Technologies Driving Logistics and Supply Chain Forward in 2020

New insights from Kearney and CSCMP show how technology is helping the logistics industry work smarter, better, and faster in today’s challenging business environment.

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In 2019, organizations around the world were dealing with trade wars, electronics component shortages, labor crunches, and geopolitical issues like Brexit. By early-2020, the entire world’s attention shifted over to fighting a global pandemic and coping with the steep toll it took on human life, livelihoods, businesses, and industries.

In response, the logistics industry has spent the past few months dealing with crises. Now, it’s carving out a path forward in a VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity) world, where new challenges continue to surface daily.

Some signs are optimistic, according to Kearney and CSCMP’s 31st Annual Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) State of Logistics Report. For example, e-commerce continues to boom, amplified by the online shopping of those sheltering at home. Some carriers maintained profits despite declining volumes in 2019, suggesting a commitment to pricing discipline that may help them survive the bigger drops of 2020.

“An economic slowdown damaged most sectors of the economy, including logistics,” Kearney points out in its report, which covers the macroeconomic factors affecting logistics, insights from industry leaders, discussion of important trends, detailed analysis of each major logistics sector, and a strategic assessment of the industry.

6 Ways Tech is Making a Difference

In its report, Kearney discusses how the implications of the COVID-19 crisis have reemphasized the value of technology in logistics. Here are six advanced technologies that it says will continue to positively impact the industry for the near term:

1) Artificial intelligence and machine learning: Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are broad categories, which companies across all stages of logistics are already using to make smarter and quicker decisions. AI and ML directly address the data challenge, helping companies turn existing data into better insights and competitive advantage. “Their importance to the industry is why 20 percent of the AI-100 are in logistics,” Kearney points out, noting that companies can use AI and ML to:

  • Anticipate market changes to make better planning decisions
  • Predict high-demand products, so that warehouses can move them to easy-to-access locations
  • Optimize delivery routes based on real-time traffic and weather conditions
  • Recognize damaged goods before they get delivered
  • Automate simple, repetitive back-office tasks to reduce paperwork, improve productivity, and reduce errors

Calling AI and ML “dominant disruptive forces in logistics,” Kearney says the value they bring is clear. “Barriers to entry are lowering, computing power continues to grow, and ever more data is ever more widely available.

2) Robotics and automation: Kearney breaks robotics and automation technologies down into two categories: moving goods and handling goods.

  • Autonomous trucks are likely to develop in stages: first platooning, then driverless platooning, then full-blown autonomous vehicles operating at scale without drivers all the way from loading to delivery. Similar, but lower-impact, effects can be expected in rail, air, and warehouse drones.
  • In warehouses, robotic shelves can move goods to picking stations, picking systems can use robotic arms with sensors to effectively grasp many shapes of objects, and autonomous palletizers can robotically build pallets from units and cases.

Noting that autonomous vehicles still need to make significant headway on safety and regulatory issues, Kearney says stakeholders need to come together to build the vision of a driverless world, which is likely still years away. “Platooning will come first, in three to five years, and fully autonomous vehicles will become a reality in about 10 years,” it concludes. “However, the handling technologies focused on picking, sorting, and palletizing are already in full swing.”

3) Augmented reality and virtual reality: Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) can make processes more efficient, thus improving productivity, especially in warehousing and delivery. The earliest examples have focused on aiding warehouse product picking by displaying instructions on smart glasses for items in the field of vision. Glasses can also provide instructions for employees performing maintenance tasks.

“Eventually they could even help employees find the right pallets when loading or unloading a truck,” Kearney adds. “The approach can reduce lead times, error rates, and job training requirements.” Similar approaches on vehicle windshields could aid delivery people, perhaps even by showing a picture of the package’s intended recipient.

“In the near term, AR and VR will likely remain limited to existing use cases in warehouse product picking and training,” Kearney predicts, “although it will likely expand from early adopters to other competitors in those areas.”

4) 5G and the Industrial Internet of Things: Companies can use the new 5G wireless standards in three key ways:

  • End-to-end visibility. 5G will enable companies to deploy many more devices, creating an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) that can provide real-time data for container-, truck-, and SKU-level tracking.
  • Enhanced routes and schedules. Better tracking will help organizations avoid delays, eliminate unnecessary trips, and optimize routes and schedules in real time.
  • Improved maintenance. The 5G network will support VR and AI technologies to improve on- and off-road maintenance.

“5G networks will soon be ubiquitous,” Kearney predicts. “However, beyond the 5G-powered infrastructure on which copious devices can communicate, achieving full IIoT benefits also requires easily available low-cost devices and the emergence of standards for their communication across the network.”

5) Renewable energy: Logistics companies can benefit from renewables through savings in fuel and power, reducing emissions to meet consumer preferences, and potentially increasing delivery windows through quieter electric fleets. Kearney sees three clear innovation areas within the logistics space:

  • Electric trucks rely on battery innovations that reduce costs and charging times (for example, swappable batteries).
  • Electrified last-mile vehicles may include handcarts, tricycles, or medium-sized vans.

Green warehouses reduce carbon footprints through rooftop solar panels, smart motion sensors to reduce illumination requirements, and forklift charging in off-peak hours.

6) Blockchain: Kearney says that while blockchain’s decentralized nature and transparency can improve tracking and reduce inefficiencies in logistics, advocates often overlook the foundation of digitization needed to extract the full potential of the technology. “There are also technical issues,” it points out. For example, a smart contract won’t self-execute without connectivity at the point of delivery to log the fact that the goods were delivered.

Before blockchain can become ubiquitous in the supply chain, Kearney says there are also trust issues to work through. “Making all data in a network transparent to all users can undermine trade secrets. These and other issues surrounding blockchain in logistics are certainly solvable,” it explains. “But it may take years for the solutions—and the changes in a wider ecosystem that they require—to be ready to live up to the hype.”

Stepping up to the Plate

The COVID-19 crisis serves as a reminder of the world’s reliance on logistics to deliver regardless of circumstances. It also accentuates some of the industry’s challenges, especially in meeting increased e-commerce demand from customers. “It highlights the need for modernization and technological advances,” Kearney states.

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PINC Receives Significant Growth Equity Investment From Accel-KKR

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Investment Will Fuel PINC’s Strategy to Become a Global Category Leader in Supply Chain Management Software

Union City, CA – June 16, 2020 – PINC, the leader in digital yard™ solutions, today announced that it has secured a significant growth equity investment from Accel-KKR, a leading technology-focused private equity firm. The investment will fuel PINC’s momentum in becoming a global category leader in supply chain management software through strategic acquisitions and a focused organic growth plan.

Gartner has estimated supply chain management software to be a $17 billion addressable market growing at approximately 10% a year. However, with 66% of logistics budgets spent on moving only 10% of total inventory, the remaining 90% of inventory at rest is not optimized for bottom-line impact and efficiency gains.

Since its founding in 2004, PINC has been a pioneer in providing real-time visibility and workflow orchestration to yard operations across distribution centers and manufacturing plants worldwide – achieving Gartner’s “best of breed” status in this category. PINC’s platform is currently utilized by an array of Fortune 1000 enterprises and gives companies a cost-effective way to move inventory faster and optimize their supply chain.

“As global trade and consumer demands drive more complexity, effective yard management has quickly become pivotal in robust supply chain management practices,” said Matt Yearling, CEO of PINC. “The linkage between transportation and warehousing needs to be more seamless when complexity increases, and strong digital yard management can be a major operational cost driver in improving inventory management, labor costs, asset utilization, sustainability and facility costs. Together with Accel-KKR and its deep domain expertise in supply chain management technology, PINC is well-positioned to become a category leader in a fast-growing field, and ultimately serve the market and our customer base with more innovations and strategic acquisitions. We are tremendously excited about the company’s future with Accel-KKR.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Matt and the PINC team to the Accel-KKR portfolio,” said Park Durrett, Managing Director at Accel-KKR. “Our firm has a strong track record of investing in and building successful supply chain software businesses, and we look forward to doing the same with PINC.”

“While transportation and warehouse management have been the focus of supply chain management tech spend over the last decade, there is now substantial demand for the digitization of the yard,” said Andrew Zbella, Vice President at Accel-KKR. “PINC is truly best in class and poised to solve complex and costly inventory management problems for customers whose businesses could grind to a halt with the smallest hiccup in their supply chain.”

“Indeed, there has not been a more important test of PINC’s capabilities than during this unprecedented time of disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. PINC supported numerous essential Fortune 1000 companies seamlessly despite a massive surge in volume and velocity, ensuring that these organizations have been able to serve their end customers under challenging circumstances,” Accel-KKR’s Durrett added. “PINC perfectly embodies the kind of investment that Accel-KKR seeks: mission-critical software in an enduring industry with compelling growth opportunities led by a strong management team.”

About PINC:
PINC provides scalable software, hardware, and services that enable companies to identify, locate, and orchestrate inventory throughout the supply chain predictably and cost-effectively. The company’s cloud-based real-time tracking platform, powered by an Internet of Things (IoT) sensor network that includes passive RFID, GPS, computer vision, cellular, and other sensors, provides actionable insights and connected expert guidance that allow organizations to optimize their supply chain execution. Visit PINC at www.pinc.com.

About Accel-KKR:
Accel-KKR is a technology-focused investment firm with over $9 billion in capital commitments. The firm focuses on software and IT-enabled businesses, well-positioned for topline and bottom-line growth. At the core of Accel-KKR’s investment strategy is a commitment to developing strong partnerships with the management teams of its portfolio companies and a focus on building value alongside management by leveraging the significant resources available through the Accel-KKR network. Accel-KKR focuses on middle-market companies and provides a broad range of capital solutions including buyout capital, minority-growth investments, and credit alternatives. Accel-KKR also invests across a wide range of transaction types including private company recapitalizations, divisional carve-outs and going-private transactions. Accel-KKR is headquartered in Menlo Park with additional offices in Atlanta and London. Visit accel-kkr.com.

Media Contact:
Rafael Granato
Vice President of Marketing
PINC
+1 (510) 474-7509
press@pinc.com

Todd Fogarty
Kekst CNC
T +1 (212) 521-4854
todd.fogarty@kekstcnc.com

PINC’s Matt Yearling has been recognized as 2020 Supply Chain Pro To Know

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Union City, CA — March 23, 2020 — PINC, the number-one provider of digital yard and digital inventory solutions to the world’s leading brands, announces today that the company’s CEO, Matt Yearling, has been selected by Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine, the executive’s user manual for successful supply and demand chain transformation, as 2020 Pro to Know in the supply chain industry.

The Pros to Know Awards recognize supply chain executives, and manufacturing and non-manufacturing enterprises, that are leading initiatives to help prepare their companies’ supply chains for the significant challenges of today’s business climate. This year’s list includes more than 200 individuals from software firms and service providers, consultancies or academia, who helped their supply chain clients or the supply chain community at large prepare to meet these challenges—and more than 40 Practitioner Pros, who do the same within their own companies. Supply & Demand Chain Executive received more than 500 entries for the 2020 Pros to Know Awards.

“The supply chain profession is ever-changing, with transformative technologies and evolutionary best practices driving greater efficiencies and innovations for companies. At the heart of it, all are supply chain professionals. Supply & Demand Chain Executive congratulates the 2020 Pros to Know recipients who are setting the bar for supply chain excellence,” says John R. Yuva, editor-in-chief for Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “Whether you’re a practitioner or provider, the leaders in the profession are growing each year, with rising standards and thought leadership. Reach out to our 2020 recipients and engage with them, ask questions and seek feedback. The supply chain profession is a community with a commitment to excellence that should not be overlooked.”

“I’m very honored by this recognition. We are living in unprecedented times. Now, more than ever, digital technologies for identifying, locating, and moving inventory are top of mind for supply chain executives as global supply chain disruptions happen faster and more often,” said Matt Yearling, CEO of PINC. “The need for automated operations and increased inventory accuracy across the enterprise and distribution networks are imperative to minimize risk as those unforeseen challenges emerge.”

Check out Supply & Demand Chain Executive’s website at www.sdcexec.com for the full list of all of the 2020 Pros to Know and Practitioner Pros winners.

About PINC

PINC provides scalable software, hardware, and services that enable companies to identify, locate, and orchestrate inventory throughout the supply chain predictably and cost-effectively. The company’s cloud-based real-time tracking platform, powered by aerial inventory robots™ (drones) and an Internet of Things (IoT) sensor network that includes passive RFID, GPS, computer vision, cellular, and other sensors, provides actionable insights and connected expert guidance that allow organizations to optimize their supply chain execution. Visit PINC at www.pinc.com.

About Supply & Demand Chain Executive

Supply & Demand Chain Executive is the executive’s user manual for successful supply and demand chain transformation, utilizing hard-hitting analysis, viewpoints and unbiased case studies to steer executives and supply management professionals through the complicated, yet critical, world of supply and demand chain enablement to gain competitive advantage. Visit us on the web at www.SDCExec.com.