Logistics Hall of Fame
Lynn Fritz will be inducted into the international Logistics Hall of Fame. Born in San Francisco in 1942, Fritz is the founder of logistics for humanitarian organizations. In order to help those affected faster and better in a crisis, he founded the Fritz Institute in 2001 with his own funds, had software developed for non-governmental organizations that could be used free of charge, and established contacts with the leaders of numerous aid organizations in order to implement new concepts and learning. After selling his logistics company Fritz Companies Inc. to UPS, the Californian used his money to have the free, web-based logistics software HELIOS developed at the Fritz Institute. The tool is available as a free global standard for humanitarian organizations and enables up-to-the minute tracking of food, non-food items, in-kind and cash donations, as well as financial information about goods in the supply chain.
Traton Logistics Leader of the Year Award
The Traton Logistics Leader of the Year Award goes to Michael Feindt, founder of the software company Blue Yonder, for which he now works as a strategic consultant. The scientist is considered an expert in data-driven software development, learning effects through data analysis and the development of new algorithms and tools in big data environments. In 2002, he founded a company to transfer his inventions in the field of predictive analytics from science to business. His idea: predictions in pricing and replenishment can be improved if they are made with the help of artificial intelligence. Retail experts recognized the potential of the NeuroBayes algorithm he developed to automate operational decisions in the processes of retail companies. In 2008, managers from the Otto Group and Feindt founded the software company Blue Yonder. JDA Software bought the company in 2018. In 2020, JDA Software changed its name to Blue Yonder. In 2021, Panasonic acquired the company.
Georgia Ports Authority
Leda Chong was appointed to the Georgia Ports Authority Board of Directors. Chong is senior vice-president for government programs and sales at Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. She previously served as senior vice-president of Asia Pacific for Gulfstream. Chong joined General Dynamics in 2007 as a director of government relations and was appointed staff vice-president of government relations in 2009. Before joining General Dynamics, she served in the U.S. Navy, retiring in the rank of commander. She is a native of Hong Kong and fluent in Chinese. Chong graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, San Diego, with degrees in applied mathematics and French literature.
– October 4, 2021