• Powell Slaughter

Amazon's Bezos named to Logistics Hall of Fame

jeff bezosJeff Bezos
BERLIN – Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com, was inducted into the Logistics Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the German Transport Ministry here on Thursday.

Amazon management from Europe and Germany, accompanied Roy Perticucci, vice president of Amazon Europe customer fulfillment, accepted a membership certificate made of glass and metal on behalf of Bezos.

Bezos is the 33rd member of the logistics pantheon. He was elected in September by an international jury from a total of 17 candidates from eight countries.

Members of the Logistics Hall of Fame include UPS founder James Casey, Fedex founder Frederick Smith, entrepreneur and logistics benefactor Klaus-Michael Kühne as well as the contract logistics pioneers Heinz Fiege and Hugo Fiege or Austrian logistics entrepreneur Heidi Senger-Weiss.

Others posthumously voted into the Hall of Fame include the post office founders of Thurn und Taxis; truck inventor Gottlieb Daimler; Gottfried Schenker as a pioneer of combined transportation; assembly line inventors Henry Ford and Ransom Eli Olds; Eugene Clark, the inventor of the forklift truck; Malcom McLean, father of containerisation; and Japanese Toyota manager Taiichi Ohno, who invented the just in time-concept.

The initiative is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Transport as well as the relevant sector associations, media and companies, including the Port of Duisburg, Gebrüder Weiss, logistics insurer Kravag, intralogistics provider Still, the Federal Central Cooperative for Road Transport and the TimoCom freight exchange.

Powell SlaughterPowell Slaughter | Senior Editor

I'm Powell Slaughter, senior editor at Furniture/Today. I returned to the publication in January 2015 after nine years of writing about furniture retail strategies and best practices at a monthly magazine focusing on home furnishings retail operations. Prior to that, I spent 10 years with F/T covering wood furniture, the last five of those as case goods editor. While I cover occasional, home entertainment and home office here, a major responsibility is expanding our attention to the logistics side of the industry. I hope my articles will encourage a dialogue with retailers, vendors, third-party logistics specialists and carriers. I’d love to hear your ideas, concerns and suggestions for smoother flow of material and goods.

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