Don Ralph of Staples Awarded Salzberg Medallion for SCM

Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management has awarded Don Ralph, Senior Vice-President of Supply Chain & Logistics at Staples, with the prestigious Salzberg Medallion. Don is being honored for his outstanding contributions in the field of supply chain management. His key accomplishments include the development of new industry-leading infrastructures, spearheading impeccable inventory management, an intricate fulfillment and delivery network, perfect order execution and a highly efficient cost structure.

The Salzberg Medallion has come to be recognized as one of the most prestigious awards in the field of transportation and supply chain management—in part because of the caliber of past honorees and in part because of the program’s rigorous selection process. More information about Don’s achievements and the award are below and in this press release issued by the Whitman School of Management.

Don has been instrumental in helping drive the success of Staples delivery business. The company has built a high-service, low cost fulfillment and delivery network to support service excellence with next-day delivery to 98 percent of the US. Don has spent more than a decade driving the effort to build an industry-leading fulfillment and delivery infrastructure that includes 79 fulfillment centers and 75 fleet delivery cross-docks in the US and Canada (18+ million square feet of infrastructure). He has led the development of both the delivery (B2B) and retail logistics networks and developed a supply chain team that many consider the best in the office products industry.

Additionally, Don and his team have advanced sustainable practices in the supply chain. Staples has focused on many fuel efficiency initiatives within its delivery fleet since 2006. A speed reduction program has saved over five million gallons of fuel and 35,000 tons of CO2 since 2006. Staples has more than 50 all-electric trucks on the road with more being deployed and there are 10 solar sites and 2 fuel cell sites within the network.

About the award: Salzberg Medallions are awarded annually to outstanding practitioners, advocates, academicians or researchers in the field of transportation, distribution and logistics management, and to companies for pioneering ideas and policies that have reshaped the industry. Don joins an esteemed list of previous winners and leading organizations such as M.I.T, PepsiCo, NIKE and CSX Transportation.

Erin Mehagan

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