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Plantensive Recognized in SupplyChainBrain’s Great Supply Chain Partners Annual List

August 1, 2019 – Nashville, TN – Plantensive, a supply chain and retail planning consulting provider, announces that they have been named Great Supply Chain Partner by SupplyChainBrain. This is the first client-nominated award for the newly merged firm, the product of Vaco Supply Chain Solutions and MEBC Global.

“For seventeen years running, SupplyChainBrain has published our much-anticipated list of 100 Great Supply Chain Partners— a select group of companies whose customers recognize them for providing outstanding solutions and services. Our six-month online poll of supply chain professionals requires a qualified response, asking them to nominate vendors and service providers whose solutions have made a significant impact on their company’s efficiency, customer service and overall supply chain performance.”

This year’s field of nominees was competitive and inspiring – coming from all sectors of supply chain management.” said Brad Berger, Publisher, SupplyChainBrain.

“We are thrilled to make this list of Great Supply Chain Partners! Being a newly combined firm, this reinstates our company’s hard work and perseverance through this merger.” said Grant Lock, Managing Partner of Plantensive. “Our vision at Plantensive is that we create clients for life by delivering excellence through our relationships and solutions. Being a client-nominated award reinforces that our commitment to client relationships results in better outcomes for all.”

About Plantensive

Plantensive, A Vaco Company, is a supply chain and retail planning solutions provider to many of the fortune 500 and mid-market companies across the CPG, distribution, manufacturing, and retail industries. We provide end to end supply chain solutions and proven tools to accelerate value. We build, implement and optimize dynamic, reliable supply chain solutions aligned with your business strategy so you can meet demand efficiently and build network resiliency to adapt to business challenges, new regulations and potential disruptions. From building strategy to implementing it, we’ve got you covered. Plantensive’s global supply chain services meet you wherever you are in your journey – from your suppliers to your customers. For more information on Plantensive, visit us at

Plantensive is Proud Sponsor of JDA ICON

Dallas, TX – JDA ICON takes places in Dallas at the Gaylord Texan. JDA ICON, the Intelligent Supply Chain Conference, takes the best of JDA FOCUS – the leading conference for savvy supply chain and retail executives – and uplevels it with an infusion of the latest thinking and innovation to help digitally transform your company to increase competitiveness and positively impact the bottom line. ICON is THE place to learn how to use these new technologies to raise your game from JDA, its partners and your peers.

Similar to the JDA ICON name change, we are now the newly branded, Plantensive! The combined powers of Vaco and MEBC represent 40+ offices across the globe, 800+ employees, 4,300 consultants and over $500M in revenue. We’re both exceptionally proud of the quality of our united organizations, of our consultants, and of our services. You can expect the new firm, now branded under the name Plantensive, to maintain the same focus, the same high-quality service, and the same dedication to client partnership that you have come to know. 

Make your JDA ICON conference investment worthwhile by setting up a pre-scheduled meeting with us to learn more about Plantensive’s capabilities and how we can help with your supply chain initiatives.

Vaco Supply Chain Solutions and MEBC Global Join Forces to Better Serve Retail and Manufacturing Industries

December 10, 2018 – Nashville, TN – Vaco, a global talent & solutions firm, announces the acquisition of MEBC Global by its Supply Chain Solutions practice through an agreement set to close on December 31, 2018. Vaco Supply Chain Solutions is a leading provider of consulting services and solutions to the retail and Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) manufacturing industries. MEBC Global is an award-winning consulting firm that specializes in innovative approaches to difficult supply chain process and technology challenges.

These two entities, who will be combining forces under the name Plantensive, will provide a greater depth of consulting talent, an expanded solution set and a continued dedication to quality and client partnership for the supply chain industry.

The new entity will retain all existing leadership and team members and will be managed collectively by Vaco’s Will Mrotek along with MEBC’s Mark Brown and Grant Lock. The Plantensive name and brand will officially launch on April 1, 2019.

Vaco, which currently operates in more than 40 markets and serves clients all across the globe, is excited to expand its supply chain footprint. The acquisition of MEBC Global, based in Reading, PA, reinforces and broadens Vaco’s existing expertise in supply chain optimization and JDA Software implementation.

Plantensive joins several specialty management consulting areas of expertise within the larger Vaco entity, which altogether is expected to post revenue numbers exceeding $500M.

“MEBC is known in the market for their strong methodology and approach to supply chain planning,” said Will Mrotek, Managing Partner and Leader of Vaco’s Supply Chain Solutions practice. “That, combined with their strong cultural alignment to Vaco, makes this merger a fantastic opportunity to drive synergy and efficiency for our customers.”

“MEBC has always placed long term customer success as a priority,” said Mark Brown, CEO of MEBC Global. “By joining forces with Vaco, we can now provide a broader opportunity to partner with our clients and meet their extended needs in today’s artificial intelligence, omni channel world.”

“The addition of MEBC to the Vaco team and the ability to provide a more robust offering of supply chain solutions is very exciting for our ever-growing company,” said Brian Waller, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer for Vaco. “We anticipate much growth in this space and with Plantensive, are poised to exceed the needs of manufacturing and retail clients around the globe with their supply chain and technology initiatives.”

About Vaco and Vaco Supply Chain Solutions
Vaco provides boutique level service with global reach in the areas of executive search, consulting, permanent placement and strategic staffing. Vaco has become a premier talent & solutions firm by attracting, developing and retaining the strongest players in the industry for their entire careers, so they are available to serve clients, candidates and consultants for the duration of theirs. Since its founding in 2002, Vaco has grown to serve more than 40 markets across the globe, 800+ employees, 4,300 consultants and $500M in revenue. Vaco has been named to Inc. magazine’s list of the fastest-growing private companies for the past 12 years and was recently named to Forbes’ 2018 List of America’s Best Recruiting Firms. To learn more, visit

Vaco Supply Chain Solutions is the supply chain consulting arm of Vaco focused on implementations, upgrades and integrations of supply chain, category management and retail planning applications. Vaco’s team of supply chain and technology experts ensures the success of a diverse array of retail and manufacturing clients through an exceptional level of expertise and a principled approach to client partnerships. Arising from a specialized practice within the larger Vaco family of companies, Vaco Supply Chain Solutions was separately incorporated in January 2010. For more information about Vaco Supply Chain Solutions, visit

About MEBC Global
MEBC Global focuses on the critical intersection between business process and enterprise technology that embodies demand driven, end-to end supply chain excellence. The MEBC team are experts at the implementation of advanced planning solutions, enterprise resource planning and transportation management systems that enable client business requirements by leveraging their strategic investments in JDA Software, Manugistics, i2, Oracle, IFS and SAP. For more information, visit

Optimization for the New Reality- Using Cost Drivers to Dynamically Re-Shape Your Supply Chain

Author: Dave Rhodes, Director- Manufacturing and Strategy

Crafting a global supply chain has always been challenging; putting a puzzle together even as the pieces change.  The stakes are high, the rewards substantial, and the risks can threaten the very existence of your company.  Two factors have conspired (no political pun intended) to make this task exponentially more difficult:

  • The scope of change
  • The pace of change

Bemoaning the shift in the economic and political climate is a bit like complaining about the wind blowing.  You can shout yourself hoarse, or you can adjust your sails.   This starts with creating the ability to rapidly account for changing cost and profit drivers, balance tradeoffs, compare multiple options, and develop optimal, fact-based, justifiable action plans.

Whether you are looking to expand your internal planning capabilities or just need assistance developing a strategy to make your way through rapidly evolving cost dynamics, MEBC Strategic Consulting can work with you to chart a clear track through these shifting winds.

If you currently run the JDA planning suite, you may already own the functionality to introduce optimized supply chain planning.   MEBC can help you fully exploit your current license to achieve your goals without incremental capital expenditures on software.  If you have been using legacy Manugistics or i2 software to support your planning processes, it’s time to explore the expanded breadth of the combined platform.  The consolidation of these market leaders has produced an unparalleled set of capabilities. MEBC, and our JDA reseller partner, Plantensive, can evaluate your current licensing and opportunities in the new landscape, then work with you to train your people to leverage this expanded capability.

As a supply chain leader, you ponder the implications of new tariffs, evolving labor cost structures, omni-channel shipping and fulfillment options, and emerging manufacturing technologies and the cumulative effects on your supply chain.  In your search for solutions you know that there is no appetite for additional capital expenditure on software and the churn of another implementation.  Maybe you just need some help exploring options, crunching the numbers, and developing your optimized strategy without purchasing more software.  The team at MEBC comes from the world of business and can conduct this evaluation as a service based on the data you provide.  We understand the weight of the decisions you are facing, and will work with you to apply the full scope of JDA’s capabilities to craft a supply chain strategy that will carry you through the upcoming storm.

MEBC will be publishing a series of articles, white papers and infographics that explore the swirling winds of change in the global manufacturing, strategic supply chain planning, and functionality within the JDA suite that helps sort through your options. Join us as we dive deeper into these topics over the course of the next few months!

MEBC proud to be working with Perdue Farms

New Client Update – Perdue Farms. MEBC is pleased to announce that they have signed an agreement to partner with Perdue Farms to support them in their multi-year project initiative to transform and enhance their supply chain planning and inventory optimization processes and systems with the end goal of improving fill rates and improving profitability using real-time order promising replacing archaic planning and order fulfillment processes. Perdue Farms has been a long time user of JDA’s Supply Chain Planning & Optimization software products but was due for a major software upgrade and process modernization which will begin this year. The MEBC team will be utilizing our award-winning project tools and methodology called MEBC Toolkit and our highly configurable product called  MEBC Core to ensure that a best practice, yet a flexible supply chain planning solution, is delivered at Purdue. We look forward to introducing another customer to our products and tools to facilitate rapid delivery of project value while driving down the total cost of JDA Software ownership. To learn more contact us at

3 Years in a Row! MEBC Named to SupplyChainBrain – Top 100 Great Partners for 2017

Nominated for the third consecutive year, MEBC is thrilled to be named to SupplyChainBrain’s 100 Great Supply Chain Partners for 2017.  MEBC received numerous client nominations from our customers who value our services and partnership. Brad Berger, SupplyChainBrain’s publisher, says that “For 15 years running, SupplyChainBrain has published our much-anticipated list of 100 Great Supply Chain Partners — a select group of companies whose customers recognize them for providing outstanding solutions and services. Our six-month online poll of supply chain professionals requires a qualified response, asking them to nominate vendors and service providers whose solutions have made a significant impact on their company’s efficiency, customer service and overall supply chain performance. This year’s field of nominees was abundant and very strong, hailing from all aspects of supply chain management. Your company should be proud to be named amongst the 100 Great!” MEBC Inc. will appear in the 2017 July/August issue of SupplyChainBrain magazine as an honored member of this year’s 100 Great Supply Chain Partners. Our internal motto is to ‘partner with our clients for life!’ – so we look forward to adding more new customers to our growing list of 70+ clients that have repeatedly partnered with MEBC over the last 15 years. We are incredibly grateful to our clients who have recognized our team’s efforts and value our partnership. To our clients – WE THANK YOU!






MEBC Team Members Are Live at JDA Focus 2017!

Las Vegas, NV- Our Executives and Consultants are in Las Vegas this week to attend JDA’s annual global conference, Focus 2017. Every year, Focus brings more than 2,000 retail and manufacturing professionals together to network, share best practices, and learn how industry leaders are delivering real results with the help of JDA’s innovative solutions. This year, you can find our team at Kiosk 5A in the Delivery Zone where we will have information on some of our new service offerings like our flexible Cloud and Hosting solutions.

Having successfully moved several of our clients to the Cloud already, we are prepared to guide you through the cloud migration process. We’ve partnered with the largest cloud hosting providers in the world to provide JDA customers with unique alternatives to running JDA in the Cloud. Whether you’re looking to improve your business process planning, drive cost efficiencies, or maximize ROI for the JDA solutions that you currently have, our experienced MEBC team delivers unparalleled expertise!

If you or any of your colleagues will be at Focus this year, do not hesitate to stop at our kiosk to meet one of our attending consultants. We would love to share one of our numerous customer success stories and experiences delivering real results with the help of JDA Software Solutions throughout our 15 years in business! We’ll also be posting updates from the MGM Grand Hotel in Vegas on our Linkedin page, so feel free to follow us and stay up-to-date on Focus happenings throughout the week.

MEBC Team Kicks Off 2017 With 12 Go-Lives!

The MEBC Team is celebrating the achievement of 12 project Go-Lives so far in 2017, and we could not be more excited! Many of these customers are new to our portfolio and include manufacturers in the strained yogurt, cleaning cloth, sleepwear/ underwear, American clothing and commercial/ residential roofing industries. Additional clients who benefited from our Team’s guidance and expertise are retailers in the arts and crafts industries. With 12 projects already live in 2017, we are looking forward to even more continued successes throughout the rest of the year. Congratulations to all of our clients and their accomplishments, and all members of the various MEBC Teams who worked diligently from start to finish to complete each of these projects.

MEBC 2016 Year-End Overview

As January is nearing its end for the New Year, we are reflecting on our team’s achievements from 2016. Not only did we receive multiple awards and recognitions throughout the year, but we also saw significant growth in our client portfolio in 2016. All of these achievements serve as a testament to the high level of client-satisfaction that MEBC strives for during every project. The recognitions that our team earned include:

  • One of our leaders being named to Supply and Demand Chain Executive Magazine’s 2016 “Pros to Know” listing, where leaders of the Supply Chain industry were recognized for their innovative approaches to solving some of the biggest client challenges.
  • Two JDA Partner Leadership Awards for our consulting excellence and cloud services at JDA Focus 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Mention from Gartner in their August 2016 Market Guide for the Supply Chain Planning System Integrator Market.
  • A spot on SupplyChainBrain’s “100 Great Supply Chain Partners List” for 2016. This prestigious list of 100 Great Supply Chain Partners highlights companies whose solutions and services have exceeded client expectations, across multiple industries around the world.

In addition to these achievements, we expanded our client portfolio by adding six new customers to our ever-growing list and delivered 33 projects in 10 countries over the course of the year. Our sister company, Plantensive, also experienced significant success in 2016 through their HP & JDA cloud hosting business and, in doing so, acquired two new customers.

We are all proud to have earned such prestigious titles and awards in 2016 and are excited to already see further success from satisfied clients early in 2017. We continuously aim to provide our customers with the highest level of industry-expertise, regardless of titles that we may earn, and will keep going above and beyond to resolve our client’s challenges and needs in the years to come.

MEBC Listed in August 2016 Market Guide from Gartner

The world’s leading information technology research company that delivers insight on technology-related trends, Gartner Inc., has mentioned MEBC in the August 2016 Gartner Report as a third-party provider in the supply chain planning system integrator market. This recent report includes MEBC as a provider to supply chain planning leaders in search of solutions for implementing demand planning, supply planning and S&OP strategies. Published August 15, 2016 the Gartner report provides organizations with a process and criteria to select supply chain service providers, and mentions MEBC and other providers that offer supply chain management application services.

As a JDA Software Alliance Partner, MEBC specializes in JDA’s demand, supply, inventory optimization, and production scheduling technology solutions. MEBC has received five consecutive awards from JDA for Global Innovation, Cloud Excellence, and Specialty Consulting across various industries worldwide. Clients who are seeking consulting system integrators look to the experts at MEBC to identify business process opportunities first, and then begin to design solutions to optimize the return on investment from their technology solutions. MEBC is thrilled to be mentioned in the 2016 Gartner report as a system integrator in the supply chain planning market, and will continue to deliver advanced methods for resolving our client’s greatest challenges.

To find out more about our most recent mention by Gartner in the Market Guide for the Supply Chain Planning System Integrator Market, you can view the entire press release here.

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