UPS to Help Birkenstock Shorten Order Time, Increase U.S. Product Offering

first_imgBirkenstock Footprint Sandals Inc., the 100 percent employee-owned company and U.S. importer and distributor of Birkenstock footwear from Germany, will shorten special-order handling time by weeks and increase its product offering in U.S. retail stores through an agreement with UPS Supply Chain Solutions.A new distribution program developed by UPS will manage special orders to the U.S. fulfilled by Birkenstock manufacturing centers in Germany. Special orders that once took months to ship to the U.S. now will take days.“UPS Supply Chain Solutions will help us bring additional new styles, colors and sizes of Birkenstock footwear to American consumers much faster than we have been able to do in the past,” said Birkenstock Chief Operating Officer Gene Kunde.Under the agreement, implemented this month, UPS Supply Chain Solutions will provide a dedicated team utilizing UPS’s full portfolio of services including air, ocean, customs brokerage and small package. The solutions allow shipments to go directly to retail outlets. This alleviates interim handling and repackaging steps typical of the retail distribution process. UPS also will deliver retailer orders for the Spring 2004 season beginning this fall.“While our main goal is to satisfy our customers, there also are significant operational benefits to this new distribution arrangement,” Kunde said. “The UPS program takes pressure off our U.S. warehouses and gives our retailers more options for consumers.”Birkenstock, the first company to introduce the U.S. market to the Euro-comfort shoe category in 1967, realized 20 percent growth in fiscal 2002, exceeding the industry average of six percent. The agreement with UPS Supply Chain Solutions will enable Birkenstock to keep pace with rapid growth while increasing its ability to respond to its retailers and consumer needs.last_img read more

New FDA job to focus on food safety strategy

first_img Von Eschenbach commented that Acheson’s experience and scientific expertise will help the FDA keep pace with the “rapid transformation of the food safety system due to advances in production technology, rapid methods of distribution, and the globalization of food sources.” In his new job, Acheson will work with the FDA product centers and its Office of Regulatory Affairs to coordinate the agency’s food safety and defense assignments and commitments, officials said. May 1 FDA news releasehttp://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2007/NEW01622.html Von Eschenbach said Acheson will advise him on “strategic and substantive food safety and food defense matters,” an FDA news release states. One of Acheson’s first jobs will be to develop an “agency-wide, visionary strategy for food safety and defense.” In a comment he qualified as highly speculative, Hedberg added, “Dr. Acheson is certainly developing the credentials of someone who might be chosen to lead such an agency.” Craig Hedberg, a foodborne disease expert at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health in Minneapolis, said the FDA action suggests that the agency is focusing more attention on food protection. David Acheson, MD, will be assigned to the new job, said FDA Commissioner Andrew C. von Eschenbach. Acheson is chief medical officer and director of the Office of Food Defense, Communication and Emergency Response at the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN). At CFSAN, Acheson has had the lead role in emergency response and in communication with industry, states, and consumers. Acheson will assume his new position immediately. He will report to Dr. Murray Lumpkin, deputy commissioner for international and special programs, who reports to von Eschenbach, according to FDA officials.center_img May 1, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced the creation of a new assistant commissioner position to provide guidance on food safety and defense strategies. In 2006, Acheson often served as a spokesman for the FDA during the investigation of a widespread Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak related to bagged fresh spinach and similar outbreaks linked to lettuce served by taco restaurant chains. Faye Feldstein, who has been Acheson’s deputy director at CFSAN, will now serve as acting director of the CFSAN Office of Food Defense, according to an FDA spokesman. “The strategy will identify and characterize changes in the global food safety and defense system, and identify current and future challenges and opportunities,” the FDA said. “It will also name potential barriers, gaps, and most critical needs in a food safety and defense system. The strategy will serve as the framework in helping the agency prioritize and address food safety and defense challenges.” “It seems to be elevating the importance of food protection (both food safety and food defense) within the FDA,” he told CIDRAP News by e-mail. “By pulling this position out of CFSAN and putting it up at an assistant commissioner level, it establishes it as a priority concern of the commissioner.” The move also establishes Acheson as “a key national leader for food protection,” he added. See also: Hedberg, who is an associate professor of environmental and occupational health, also commented, “I think this is certainly a response to the recent [foodborne disease] outbreaks and the congressional attention they are getting. I think Dr. Acheson has done a good job in public appearances, and if talk continues to develop about the need for a single food safety agency, this move could lead to an administration attempt to coordinate food safety through FDA.” (The FDA shares food safety responsibilities with the US Department of Agriculture; the USDA generally regulates meat and poultry, and the FDA oversees other foods.)last_img read more

Bike to Work Day, 2015

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Bike to Work Day, 2015 May 04, 2015 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Proclamations Governor Wolf Proclamation — Bike to Work Day, 2015 by Governor Tom Wolflast_img

Legendary Oakland Raiders owner, SU alumnus Davis passes away at age 82

first_imgAl Davis, member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, owner of the Oakland Raiders and a 1950 graduate of Syracuse University, died Saturday. He was 82. The Raiders said he died at his home in Oakland, Calif. The cause of death was not immediately disclosed. Before Davis made his legacy in helping shape pro football as the outspoken owner of the Raiders, he played junior varsity football, basketball and baseball at SU while pursuing an English degree. Throughout the years, Davis was a quiet supporter of Syracuse football. He donated money for new locker facilities for SU athletes, according to a 1992 article in The Post-Standard. ‘We have lost a Syracuse legend and pioneer with the passing of Al Davis. We are all deeply saddened,’ SU Athletics Director Daryl Gross said in a statement. ‘His impact on the NFL is unmatched and was obvious. His standard for excellence has been copied by many. We will miss his communication with us and his love for Syracuse. We will memorialize his legacy, as he will never be forgotten in the Syracuse community.’ Davis’ passion for football was evident at Syracuse when he went to varsity practices and spent every Saturday at the top of Hendricks Hill watching the team play in Archbold Stadium. Davis took notes on each play the Orangemen ran and then compared them to head coach Ben Schwartzwalder’s after the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text It served as an introduction to coaching in football for Davis, who would go on to coach at a variety of college programs and professional franchises before finally landing in Oakland as the head coach and general manager of the Raiders in 1963. In 48 years as a coach, general manager and owner of the Raiders, Davis led the franchise to 28 winnings seasons and three Super Bowls in the 1970s and 1980s. He built the Raiders into a winner, stressing his famous mottos ‘Commitment to Excellence’ and ‘Just win, baby!’ ‘The Oakland Raiders are deeply saddened by the passing of Al Davis,’ the team said in a statement Saturday. ‘Al Davis was unique — a maverick, a giant among giants, a true legend among legends, the brightest star among stars, a hero, a mentor, a friend.’ In addition to leading the Raiders to success, Davis served as the commissioner of the American Football League in 1966 and played a key role in the NFL-AFL merger. He aggressively pursued NFL players to jump to the AFL, which helped the leagues combine in 1970 to form the modern-day NFL. ‘Al Davis’s passion for football and his influence on the game were extraordinary. He defined the Raiders and contributed to pro football at every level,’ NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. ‘The respect he commanded was evident in the way that people listened carefully every time he spoke. He is a true legend of the game whose impact and legacy will forever be part of the NFL.’ After graduating from SU, Davis landed his first coaching job as the offensive line coach at Adelphi College in 1950. Davis would later work as an assistant coach for the Baltimore Colts and as the offensive line coach at The Citadel for two seasons and at Southern California for three seasons. In 1960, Davis returned to professional football, this time as offensive end coach for the Los Angeles Chargers, a new AFL franchise. After three seasons with the Chargers, Davis became the youngest head coach and general manager in professional football when the Raiders hired him at age 33. It was the start of a legendary career as the leader of the Raiders that culminated in Davis’ induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992. Though Davis will be largely known as the face of the Raiders, he will be remembered as a classmate and friend by those who attended SU with him. Gordon Hensley, a 1951 SU graduate who played football, was good friends with Davis during their college years. Hensley knew Davis before his rise to fame as a fearless owner, and he saw a different side of him. ‘As tough as he seemed on the outside, which I think was on purpose, he was just a very nice individual on the inside, very charitable and very caring,’ Hensley said Sunday. ‘So I think that was Al as far as I’m concerned.’ [email protected] Published on October 9, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: [email protected] Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

FC ‘Željezničar’ defeated FC ‘Travnik’ with 2:0

first_imgFootball players of Željezničar defeated Travnik in their first match of spring part of BiH Premier League and now Željezničar is five points away from FC Sarajevo.First half- time ended without goals, while in the 52nd minute football player of Travnik gave auto-goal, and Željezničar took lead with 1:0.In 55th minute Bogičević scored second goal for Željezničar for the final result of 2:0.With this victory, Željezničar strengthen its leading position with 38 points, while Travnik is 15th with 14 points and it will struggle to remain in BiH Premier League.last_img read more