Junonia1 ThumbWhen Anne Kelly returned from going to school in London in the early ’90s, she noticed a couple of trends: the plus-sized female demographic had increased, and more people were beginning to understand the importance of activity at every size. She also noticed there was no clothing to support either of these trends, so she started researching the apparel industry. 

2checkout2 ThumbAlan Homewood started 2Checkout.com in his house in 1999. In 2001, he added his first employee, and by the end of that year, he and his staff of five moved into their first office. By the end of 2002, they were in their second office, and by 2003, the company had expanded across the entire building. 

Mars1 ThumbMars Retail Group (MRG) recently underwent a significant transformation. Three years ago, the Nevada-based organization became responsible for managing the licensing division of Mars, Inc., a privately held company that generates more than $30 billion in annual revenue and employs roughly 70,000 individuals.

Cosentino1 ThumbValue isn’t a one-way street heading straight to cost savings, especially in the grocery industry. Value also includes customer service, quality, and freshness. These are the tenets upon which Cosentino’s Food Stores was developed 61 years ago when Dante Cosentino bought a local market. A famous ecclesiastical Kansas City artist, Dante’s skill set was in painting, but his expertise was in taking care of people, which has been passed down from generation to generation.

Workngear2 ThumbWhen a retail company switches ownership, there’s an array of situations that might occur. In terms of both internal operations and what the customers see, it’s possible that little may change. But this isn’t always the case, and it wasn’t for Work ’n Gear.

Kettle3 ThumbThis all-natural food maker is going the extra mile in health and wellness by offering its own brand of gluten-free soups. For years, Jerry Shafir made gluten-free soups for his daughter, who suffers from celiac disease. Shafir, the president of Boston-based soup maker Kettle Cuisine, didn’t give much thought to the specialty soups until his daughter, now away at college, called.

Casestack1 ThumbThis logistics outsourcing company uses a collaborative approach and a proprietary technological platform to bring efficiency to its customers. Although CaseStack started its logistics operations in 1999 without a legacy system to get it going, according to CEO Dan Sanker, building from scratch was the best way to begin. CaseStack is a logistics outsourcing company that works with middle-market CPG companies that sell product to retailers such as Walmart, Target, Costco, and Walgreens. CaseStack handles its clients’ transportation and warehousing, but, more importantly, it’s built a technology platform that gives its clients 100% visibility and reporting for the products CaseStack handles.

Gsc1 ThumbWith strong IT capabilities, a perfect locale, and a collaborative approach to working with its clients, this logistics company sets itself apart. From the technology it uses and the collaborative approach it takes when working with     its clients to its location within the Port of Oakland, GSC Logistics differentiates itself from most in the transportation and logistics industry. But before getting into the details, perhaps what speaks best for GSC is the percentage of imports the company handles at the Port of Oakland: 15%. 

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