Alex Wakefield

CEO

Hello Folks,  It’s great to see so many new talented team members joining us. Welcome to all! 

We are entering summer in very interesting times. The economy is coming back very strong. COVID restrictions are disappearing all over the place, and we find ourselves incredibly busy with rapid growth on the horizon, just as it’s starting to warm up 😊 I’ll take it! There are definitely worse problems to have than lots of work to do in the summer. Let’s work hard and play hard for the next couple of months…two things that Longbow excels at!

Thank you all for your hard work and dedication, and I look forward to seeing everyone soon!

Alex

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Employee Spotlight

John Azemi
Solutions Manager

I was born in a small mountain village in Albania; my family immigrated to America in 1967. In the 1960s, Eastern Europe was not the land of opportunity, so my parents packed up two suitcases and their two boys and came to America.  It was a bit of a struggle, but only struggles that I have been told about. My father worked two years without a day off to save enough money to buy his own small restaurant in Aurora, Il. As the chef and partner in the business, he built a loyal following of customers for 25 years. I grew up in the restaurant business but was always looking for a way out.  I finally did, in 1998.  I have two wonderful children Fetim and Emine. They both are in the medical field and have had to overcome very interesting professional hurdles in the last 14 months. I am married to my wife Sebeat for thirty-plus years.  I was the suburban boy who drove 45 mins one way just to talk to her for 15 mins and eventually won the city girl's heart. 

Fun Tidbits about John:

  • My first new car payment, including insurance, was $115 a month.

  • I received my MBA in the Spring of 2014. I had two finals and a successful go-live (Cranbury, NJ "with Sasha") for that last semester. My brain hurts just thinking about it. Very interesting side story: in one week, Sasha and I ran into people from our home countries in Cranbury, NJ.  I wonder what were the odds of that happening? 

  • I am a big Chicago Sports fan and my best fan moment was when I met and shook the hand of the Late Great Walter Payton.

  • I just started working out again.  Hot Yoga, the best low-impact workout for someone with old sports injuries.

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Birthdays and Anniversaries


       Happy Anniversary!

May
June
10 Years - Sasha Cartashiov
4 Years - Jean Nouzeilles 
2 Years - Hamidul Islam
14 Years - Connor Brady
10 Years - Reehan Shaikh 
5 Years - Priyanka Kashyap
4 Years - Abdul Shohatti 
4 Years - Garrett Shaw 
3 Years - Michael Cloutier 
3 Years - Reginald Clayton
2 Years - Samantha Baran

 

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     Happy Birthday!

May
June
May 3 - Andrew Fazio
May 5 - John Underwood 
May 9 - Tony Young
June 5 - Hamidul Islam
June 17 - Reginald Clayton 
June 18 - Carl Champagne
June 20 - Alex Wakefield 
June 23 - Kelly Walter

 

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New Longbow Team Members

 

Gary Douglas
Senior Business Analyst
Joined: April 26, 2021

"Venture into the unknown
to create reality daily" 

 

Ashley Pyzik
Business Analyst
Joined: May 25, 2021

"A foolish consistency is the
hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little
statesmen and philosphers, and diviners
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Paul Kelly
Business Analyst
Joined: May 25, 2021

"Some people want it to happen,
some wish it would happen,
others make it happen"

- Michael Jordan


Ryan Hay
Business Analyst
Joined: May 24, 2021

"Life is what happens
to you while you're
busy making other plans" 

- John Lennon

 

Siddhant Nagpal
Product Marketing Manager
Joined: June 7, 2021

"Hopefully what you are
looking for is worth more than
what you are missing out on." 

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ReNu Medical ( A wholly owned subsidiary of Arjo)

ReNu Medical is a medical device reprocess/sterilization company focusing on green sterilization practices that do not utilize chemicals or harm the environment. For their Rebus project, ReNu will store non-standard SAP B1 data elements for serialization, track and trace, and FDA audit reporting. ReNu can process and create over 30,000 new serials in a single day, and each reprocessed medical device has to be tracked and has a limit on how many times it can be sterilized/reprocessed. Over time, ReNu hopes to leverage Rebus to perform rapid queries on sterilization eligibility to improve their operational processes. Shout out to Kelly Walter for making this happen.

 

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Aritizia

Aritzia is a high-end women's fashion boutique headquartered in Canada, with stores throughout Canada and the US. Aritizia is in the process of upgrading their Vancouver, BC warehouse instance of Blue Yonder as well as migrating it to the cloud. In addition, Aritzia will be adding a mezzanine to the facility along with some automation and a WCS. Longbow has been contracted to help them port their customs to the upgraded version, consult on the mezzanine WCS to WMS integration, and then begin consulting work to design another large warehouse in Toronto. The engagement should continue to build over the next 18 months as they grow their warehouse footprint and upgrade their technology. Special thanks to Kelly Walter for making this happen. 

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Registration is Open for NOW 2021: Rebus User Conference

Registration for our First Annual Rebus User Conference is OPEN. Share the details with your favorite customers and prospects that NOW 2021 will be celebrating our supply chain heroes and their tireless commitment to excellence. NOW 2021 is our opportunity to give back to them with awesome entertainment, insightful and thought-provoking content, and inspiring conversations.

More on NOW 2021

 

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Our Shoutout from Camcode!

Posted on April 1, 2021, by Shelly Stazzone on Camcode.com, Shelly shares the 25 Best Warehouse Optimization Software Tools, and our Rebus Intelligent Labor (previously known as Rebus Labor) is number 8 on the list!

The solutions listed are some of the best on the market today, representing highly scalable, easy-to-integrate platforms that improve warehouse performance. Regardless of the global pandemic, Rebus continues to grow, making an impact on the market, and it is thanks to our teams here at Longbow that make this possible. 

Check out the full article to see what other softwares are the industry's favorites. 

 

Full Article

 

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Full Interview with Kathy Ireland

Alex's Interview for Rebus on Worldwide Business with Kathy Ireland is now up and on our website. Alex shares that, unlike other visibility solutions that focus on more readily available data from trucks and rail, The Rebus Platform focuses on the heart of the supply chain – the warehouse. By connecting disparate systems across the distribution network, logistics professionals have unparalleled access to view and manage their warehouse like never before.

 

Watch Full Video

 

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Longbow and AutoScheduler.Ai Webinar Recap

Our CEO Alex Wakefield, Joined Keith Moore, Chief Product Officer at AutoScheduler.Ai, as they shared what every supply chain executive needs to know: how leading companies are leveraging software across their warehousing campus for a competitive advantage. Watch the full webinar to learn more! 

 

Full Webinar

 

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New Content and Resources

Don't let the pandemic fool you, we have been busy. Check out some of the new press and content releases. 

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INFOGRAPHIC | More Companies Investing in Warehouse Visibility

After surveying supply chain and warehousing executives about their use of warehouse visibility technology and research found that most agree that such systems can improve performance in the warehouse and across the broader organization. Nearly 300 C-suite executives, vice presidents, directors, and managers from across the United States responded to the survey, officials said. More than half said they are seeing between a 5% to 10% increase in efficiency from their warehouse visibility technologies, and a quarter said they’re seeing between a 10% and 15% efficiency gain.

 

View Infographic

 

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CASE STUDY | Kraft Heinz Rebus Implementation

After surveying supply chain and warehousing executives about their use of warehouse visibility technology and research found that most agree that such systems can improve performance in the warehouse and across the broader organization. Nearly 300 C-suite executives, vice presidents, directors, and managers from across the United States responded to the survey, officials said. More than half said they are seeing between a 5% to 10% increase in efficiency from their warehouse visibility technologies, and a quarter said they’re seeing between a 10% and 15% efficiency gain.

 

View Case Study

 

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PODCAST | Supply Chain visibility - New Research Initiatives for the Trucking Industry

In the complex and fast world of warehousing, relatively small changes can have far-reaching effects. Small changes in the warehouse tracked in real-time can generate more revenue, increase customer satisfaction, and optimize labor productivity. The benefits of having warehouse visibility are growing, and the sooner companies have access to this technology, the better the results. On the Logistics Matters podcast with DC Velocity, Alex talks about the growing need for warehouse visibility and why most organizations expect too little from their service providers.

Check out the full podcast for more information and don't forget to share it with some of your favorite prospects or clients. 

 

Listen to Podcast

 

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