Birkenstock 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.
9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU tomorrow will monitor the House Financial Services Committee mark-up of the Financial CHOICE Act (H.R. 10), slated for 10 a.m. Eastern, and will make credit unions aware of any legislative updates to the bill affecting the industry.The CHOICE Act contains numerous NAFCU-sought measures, including Durbin interchange amendment repeal and other Dodd-Frank Act reforms. Two separate hearings were held on the bill last week; one which often cited the Dodd-Frank’s impact on the current regulatory environment and credit unions.NAFCU encourages credit unions to reach out to their members of Congress and seek support for repealing the Dodd-Frank Act’s Durbin amendment through NAFCU’s Grassroots Action Center.In hearings this week:The Senate Banking Committee on Thursday will examine the reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program. Slated for 10 a.m. Eastern, the hearing includes witnesses from the Association for State Floodplain Managers and others. continue reading »
THE 7th Annual Trophy Stall Doubles Championships showcased a grand closure one week ago during the Guyana Lawn Tennis Association’s (GLTA) 2017 Annual Awards Ceremony.According to past president of the GLTA, Grace McLennon, It was a fitting environment to display the most attractive trophies for the tournament to date.Players were awarded from four categories which featured 32 matches played over the span of one month.These were Men’s Doubles, Ladies Doubles, Mixed Doubles and Mens Over-45 Doubles.The tournament which started early December was once again delayed because of bad weather and a shortage of tennis facilities.But this did not dampen the spirits of the players who passionately completed their matches at the Le Ressouvenir Tennis Club.Trophies were handed over by Trophy Stall representative, Eshwar Bharrat.The GLTA intends to bring this tournament forward in 2018 to escape the inclement weather that usually plagues the smooth scheduling of matches during the tournament.Men’s Doubles: Winners Phillip Squires/Joseph DeJonge, Runners up Heimraj Resaul and Jordon Beaton. Women’s Doubles: Winners Afruica Gentle/Cristy Campbell, Runners up Shelly Ramdyhan/Fiona Bushell. Mixed Doubles: Winner Shelly Ramdyhan/Phillip Squires, Runners Up Afruica Gentle/Devon Gonsalves. Men’s 45 and over: Winner Godfrey Lowden and Anthony Ameerally, Runners up Dr. Steve Surujbally and Robin Singh.
Alessondra Parra symbolizes the collective struggles of the Syracuse tennis team playing at home compared to on the road.Parra, SU’s former No. 1 singles player who is now slotted at the No. 2 position, is 5-2 in singles play in the friendly confines of the Drumlins Tennis Center. Compare that to an unimpressive 1-3 on the road.‘Whenever I play an away match — or even home match for that matter — but particularly an away match,’ Parra said, ‘I have to do things better.’Though Syracuse has impressed in home matches this season, it struggles on the road. The Orange is 7-0 at Drumlins but just 2-2 elsewhere.As a team, the Orange has won 19 consecutive matches at Drumlins. However, SU coach Luke Jensen knows for his team to achieve its goal of winning the Big East tournament, the Orange must learn to win on the road.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘There really isn’t a change of mindset,’ Jensen said of preparing for road matches. ‘It’s a change of scenery. It’s so much easier when you can roll out of bed, and you’re a bicycle ride away from where you’re competing.’The Big East tournament takes place in South Bend, Ind., nearly 600 miles from SU.The junior Parra recognizes her team needs to improve on the road. She believes the team must not let all the complications of a road match get in the way of the team’s goal: returning to Syracuse with a victory.And that starts with her individual preparation.‘I have to plan ahead,’ she said. ‘I have to get everything in line, so that I know that I’m ready to walk onto the court and win.’The Orange clearly did not have everything in line on Jan. 29 when it lost to Maryland 0-7. SU also struggled on Feb. 20 when it fell to Boston 1-6.Parra was adamant those matches were lost due to tactical and executional inefficiencies. She said SU would have lost regardless of location.Jensen disagreed and said the two results would have been different if the Orange played at home.‘It definitely would’ve been different,’ Jensen said. ‘No doubt about it. The road is the problem. We’ve got to go out there and (win away matches).’Jensen’s squad knows it has only a little time to solve this problem. Syracuse begins an eight-game road trip on March 15, when it takes on Southern California. It will also face formidable opponents in San Diego State and William & Mary.For junior Emily Harman, the road stretch is crucial. Excluding Thursday’s home match against Cornell and an April 22 bout with Connecticut, these eight matches will be SU’s last before the Big East tournament.‘Whether we win or lose, it’s definitely going to build our confidence going into the tournament,’ Harman said. ‘It’ll give us really good experience and set us up for what we will see at the tournament.’For Jensen, the trip will be telling. If the Orange can string together some wins away from home, Jensen believes his team has a legitimate chance of winning the Big East tournament.This road trip will be the last of a series of challenges Jensen scheduled for his team. It will push the team toward peaking for the Big East tournament, one of Jensen’s goals.Earlier in the season, SU played a doubleheader. The weekend after, the Orange played matches in three consecutive days.‘It’s all designed (for the players) to be challenged before the big matches really start,’ Jensen said. ‘Before the Big East tournament and the NCAA tournament.’Even if it is physically prepared, the Orange won’t be at its finest if it isn’t in the right mindset.Harman knows if the team wants to make a run at the title, it must be confident playing away from home. As of Wednesday, Jensen’s squad has 50 days until the tournament begins to gain that confidence.‘Tennis is all about confidence,’ Harman said. ‘You have to have it. And if you don’t have it, you might as well walk off the court.’[email protected] Published on March 8, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1 Comments Facebook Twitter Google+