Spinnaker Strengthens Its Core Supply Chain Planning and Logistics Services

Spinnaker today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Plan4Demand.

Plan4Demand provides consulting services for planning solutions that incorporate supply chain process enhancements, performance acceleration programs that help empower planners, technology implementation and optimization services to drive visibility and velocity. Spinnaker offers a comprehensive service/solution mix from supply chain planning to logistics services. Together, Spinnaker and Plan4Demand will provide a breadth and depth of innovative supply chain solutions that help companies remain competitive in their market space. The transaction is expected to close in mid-December 2013.  
“Spinnaker is moving aggressively to provide a full array of supply chain services with a deep bench of experienced industry talent that utilizes a “state of the art” and proven holistic solution approach to better serve our clients,” said Robert Benson, Founder and Managing Principal of Spinnaker. “The synergies between Spinnaker and Plan4Demand further strengthen our integrated business planning capabilities.  We will continue to look for companies that will help us to enhance our ability to impact and improve are customers supply chain performance.”
Spinnaker’s acquisition of Plan4Demand will help the company solidify and enhance their current JDA practice and add SAP APO/SCM capabilities. Also, the merger brings new supply chain planning talent/organizational development capabilities that have truly helped customers rationalize their organizational gaps and develop a pragmatic program to increase planning acumen in the long term beyond a specific project initiative. Additionally, the acquisition includes a strategic staffing group called Pros2plan which helps customers across the enterprise address staffing needs and provides them ability the flex up and down as required based on budget.
Lisa Kustra, Founder and current CEO of Plan4Demand, will be joining the Spinnaker management team as the new Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “I am very excited to be a part of a larger team that is focused on planning excellence within the supply chain,” said Ms. Kustra. “This merger will truly benefit our clients, employees and partners in many ways. It is the next step in our evolution as a tenured and proven services provider in the market space. Culturally, both firms embody the same values and similar approaches to building client trust through consistently delivering on what we promised.  We have more fire power to take on bigger and more complex solutions than ever before. I am anxious to get started.”
The acquisition of Plan4Demand enables Spinnaker to bolster its planning practice and expand its technology footprint. Spinnaker specializes in innovation, design, system implementation, upgrades, migrations and enhancements, as well as returns logistics management and logistics services. Additionally, the company provides planning fitness assessment roadmaps, system optimization, analytics and centers of excellence development, while keeping a keen eye toward the next wave of technology.   
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