Lynn C. Fritz is the new member of the Logistics Hall of Fame
- US entrepreneur is inducted into the international Logistics Hall of Fame as the founder of logistics for humanitarian organisations.
- TRATON Logistics Leader of the Year Award 2021 goes to Prof. Dr. Michael Feindt, founder of the software company Blue Yonder.
Ismaning near Munich, October 1, 2021 The decision on the new member of the Logistics Hall of Fame has been made: Lynn C. Fritz is inducted into the international Logistics Hall of Fame. Born in San Francisco in 1942, the US American is considered the founder of logistics for humanitarian organisations. In order to help those affected faster and better in a crisis, he founded the Fritz Institute named after him in 2001 with his own funds, had software developed for non-governmental organisations that could be used free of charge, and established contacts with the leaders of numerous aid organisations in order to implement new concepts and institutionalised learning.
"Lynn C. Fritz has provided proof of how logistical strategies work for fast and effective disaster relief - a topic that is more topical than ever due to climate change. With his induction into the Logistics Hall of Fame, the international jury recognises his efforts to consistently support effective frontline humanitarian operations with strong competencies and a systematic approach in the background. The main pillars are effective processes, professionally trained logistics staff and the use of IT. Numerous initiatives in the field of humanitarian logistics are based on the far-sighted pioneering work of Lynn C. Fritz," said Anita Würmser, Executive Chairperson of the Logistics Hall of Fame jury, explaining the decision of the expert jury, which includes 70 well-known personalities from business, science, politics and the media in 13 nations.
Experts in the field of logistics for humanitarian organisations highlight several of Fritz's achievements. 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 organisations 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. Experts from the Institute had spent around 3,000 hours interviewing Red Cross and Red Crescent staff to develop the software. The reason: Fritz had recognised that methods and tools from business cannot be transferred one-to-one to the supply chains of aid organisations. The entrepreneur also pushed for initiatives to systematically train logistics personnel and evaluate humanitarian missions with the help of key figures. Fritz also founded the first association for humanitarian aid workers in the USA and established a consortium of companies that provide logistics experts and donate money when needed.
Lynn C. Fritz will be officially inducted into the Logistics Hall of Fame at a gala reception on November 25, 2021 in the Erich Klausener Hall of the BMVI in Berlin.
Prof. Dr. Michael Feindt is TRATON Logistics Leader of the Year 2021
The TRATON Logistics Leader of the Year Award will also be presented at the reception. This year the award goes to Prof. Dr. 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 recognised 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 completely. The manufacturer of trucks and buses TRATON SE has sponsored the TRATON Logistics Leader of the Year Award since 2020.
With the TRATON Logistics Leader of the Year Award, the organisation honours those who set the pace and create the future of logistics. Entrepreneurs and managers from the transport and logistics sector are honoured who have been particularly successful in promoting their companies or who have set a trend-setting impulse. The focus is on topicality and the benefit for the company as well as innovative strength, sustainability and entrepreneurial change. The award is presented by the Logistics Hall of Fame and donated by TRATON SE.
The decisive factor for acceptance as a member of the Logistics Hall of Fame, on the other hand, is that an achievement is not only beneficial to an individual company, but has significantly and permanently advanced logistics beyond the boundaries of one's own organisation or has become an industry standard. So far, 37 logisticians have made it into the international Logistics Hall of Fame.
The Logistics Hall of Fame can be accessed free of charge at any time at www.logisticshalloffame.net and offers information and pictures about the logistics milestones and their makers.
Further information on Lynn C. Fritz and Prof. Dr. Michael Feindt
The Logistics Hall of Fame was founded in 2003 and honours leading figures who have made outstanding efforts to promote the further development of logistics and supply chain management. This eternal pantheon is also designed to remind future generations of the achievements of these individuals in the service of logistics. The aim of the Logistics Hall of Fame is to act as a worldwide platform to publicise the performance capability of logistics and its importance for society. The Logistics Hall of Fame is a non-profit initiative supported by the world of politics, associations, the logistics industry and logistics science. The patron is Andreas Scheuer, Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) in Germany.
Supporters of the Logistics Hall of Fame:
Arbeitsgemeinschaft Logistik-Initiativen Deutschlands
Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur (BMVI)
Bundesverband Güterkraftverkehr Logistik und Entsorgung (BGL)
Bundesverband Materialwirtschaft, Einkauf und Logistik (BME)
Bundesverband Paket und Expresslogistik (BIEK)
Bundesverband Spedition und Logistik (DSLV)
Bundesverband Wirtschaft Verkehr und Logistik (BWVL)
Bundesvereinigung Logistik (BVL)
Deutsches Verkehrsforum (DVF)
Duisburger Hafen (duisport)
GARBE Industrial Real Estate
impact media projects
International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA)
International Road Transport Union (IRU)
LTG - Landauer Transportgesellschaft Doll
TGW Logistics Group
TRATON GROUP (Stifter)
Verband der Automobilindustrie (VDA)
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