Plantensive leaders Derek Cesarz and Eric Bachrach named 2020 Pros to Know

2020 Pros to Know

Leading B2B publication releases annual list of supply chain’s top professionals

READING, Pa., March 16, 2020 – Plantensive, Vaco’s supply chain, retail planning and category management division, is pleased to have two supply chain leaders, Derek Cesarz and Eric Bachrach, named as Pros to Know in the 20th annual listing by Supply & Demand Chain Executive.

The Pros to Know Awards recognize supply chain executives, and manufacturing and non-manufacturing enterprises, that are leading initiatives to help prepare their companies’ supply chains for the significant challenges of today’s business climate. This year’s list includes more than 200 individuals from software firms, service providers, consultancies or academia who helped either their supply chain clients or the supply chain community at large prepare to meet these challenges. Supply & Demand Chain Executive received more than 500 entries for the 2020 Pros to Know Awards. Cesarz and Bachrach were both nominated for this year’s list based on their years of experience as innovative leaders in the supply chain industry.

Cesarz has more than 15 years of supply chain planning experience, both operationally and in consulting engagements. He creates long-term partnerships with clients based on a mutual trust that helps solve a wide array of supply chain challenges. Cesarz’s ability to focus, drive and align efforts and expertise across multiple functional areas of the supply chain enables him to unlock value for clients. He also creates trust through long-term client relationships that are reinforced by the delivery of positive results, continued client benefits and value that drives consulting revenue.

Bachrach has dedicated the last 22 years of his career providing retailers, CPG companies and suppliers with the expertise and solutions that link supply chain and category management practices. He develops practical business solutions to provide his clients with the best path forward ensuring the ultimate sales goal: the right product, in the right location, at the right inventory, for the right customer and the right price. Leveraging Bachrach’s experience with the discipline of category management, his team of consultants, merchandise technology partners, and clients have achieved the benefits of better assortments, inventory levels, in-store merchandising, business process strategies, and labor efficiencies.

“The supply chain profession is ever-changing, with transformative technologies and evolutionary best practices driving greater efficiencies and innovations for companies. At the heart of it are supply chain professionals. Supply & Demand Chain Executive congratulates the 2020 Pros to Know recipients who are setting the bar for supply chain excellence,” says John R. Yuva, editor-in-chief for Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “Whether you’re a practitioner or provider, the leaders in the profession are growing each year, with rising standards and thought leadership. Reach out to our 2020 recipients and engage with them, ask questions and seek feedback. The supply chain profession is a community with a commitment to excellence that should not be overlooked.”

“The entire Plantensive team is proud of Derek and Eric’s achievements within our industry, and we look forward to their continued leadership in developing Plantensive’s award-winning services to support our team’s growing list of clients,” said Mark Brown, Plantensive managing partner. “Derek and Eric join a valued group of the Plantensive team recognized with this honor over the course of the award’s history.”

About Supply & Demand Chain Executive
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About Plantensive
Plantensive is part of the Vaco family of companies with $750 million in revenue. Plantensive 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

About Vaco
Vaco provides boutique level service with global reach in the areas of consulting, consultative project resources, executive search, permanent placement and strategic staffing. Areas of expertise include c-suite search, accounting, finance, technology, health care IT, operations, administration and international managed services. Since its founding in 2002, Vaco has grown to serve more than 40 markets across the globe, with 1,200 employees, 5,500 consultants and $750 million in revenue. Vaco has been named to Inc. magazine’s list of the fastest-growing private companies for the past 13 years and was named to Forbes’ 2018 & 2019 lists of America’s Best Recruiting Firms.

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