Gary L. Lang
Director of Supply Chain / Warehouse Operations Profile
15+ years’ success in leading logistics, warehousing, and supply chain operations for high-growth organizations
Highly accomplished, resourceful, and goals-oriented professional with a distinguished career profile and demonstrated success in spearheading all aspects of supply chain, warehouse, logistics, and inventory control functions within demanding corporate settings. Expert in ensuring compliance with safety / DOT regulations and company guidelines and leading process improvement initiatives to maximize efficiency and cost savings. Adept at realizing improvements in operational productivity, efficiency, and performance through dynamic analytical, problem-solving, and communication abilities. Talent for developing and leading cross-functional teams, making effective decisions, and quickly revising tactics to achieve goals within aggressive time frames. Skilled in cultivating professional relationships with employees, vendors, customers, and executives while maximizing business opportunities.
Highlights of Expertise
Warehouse Operations Management
Strategic Planning & Implementation
Inventory Control & Maintenance
Process Improvement & Quality Control
Contract Development & Negotiation
Supply Chain Optimization
Cost Reduction & Avoidance
Forecasting & Budget Administration
Vendor Relationship Management
Fleet & Logistics Operations Oversight
XPO Logistics, Eagan, Minnesota
Decreased accident and injury rate by 10% and built an effective safety culture through ensuring compliance with all safety guidelines and training staff on safety procedures.
SERVICE CENTER MANAGER (2017 to 2018)
Provide strategic leadership to all service center employees and held full profit and loss accountability. Worked in close cooperation with sales, safety, and HR functions to fulfill all customer service requirements and achieve organization’s corporate objectives. Coordinated and provided information for both internal and external customers and complied with all government regulations and corporate directives. Defined roles and objectives of reporting team members and motivated to achieve the required performance standards.
Saved more than $660,000 per annum by eliminating third-part courier expenses through opening an in-house driving school.
Promoted a cooperative and harmonious work environment to facilitate positive employee morale, productivity, and continued performance improvement.
Dean Foods, Woodbury, Minnesota
Spearheaded full spectrum logistics operations within a 10-state territory to ensure safe, efficient, and cost-effective DSD delivery of dairy products.
DIVISION LOGISTICS MANAGER (2014 to 2017)
Oversaw all the activities of 230+ employees and drove efforts to continuously increase delivery speed and maintain competitive costs. Maintained required inventory levels, optimized resource utilization, and kept up with innovations in logistics systems and processes to identify and develop opportunities for improvement. Negotiated contracts with third-party warehouse and carrier service providers and built productive relationships with vendors.
Earned performance excellence award for reducing accident and injury rate by 30% and achieving the highest safety improvement metrics within the region.
Reduced driver turnover rate by 55% through designing and implementing employee engagement program and providing advancement opportunities.
Outperformed budget goals and produced stellar results through strategically directing all operations and leading process and performance improvement initiatives.
CoLinx, Crossville, Tennessee
Slashed annual expenditure by $1 million and ensured adherence with SLAs through establishing KPI formulation and evaluation process for outsourced carrier services.
TRANSPORTATION MANAGER (2012 to 2013)
Directed global shipment operations for a diverse client base and negotiated contracts with TL and LTL carrier. Built and cultivated long-lasting relationships with third-party carriers and researched solutions to increase efficiency while implementing safety regulations.
Successfully negotiated a long-awaited contract with Fed-ex through utilizing advanced negotiation skills and competitive business knowledge.
Orchestrated and implemented best-in-class transportation solutions that utilized the best cost option to maximize profitability.
Schwan’s Consumer Brands, Bloomington Minnesota
Avoided fleet management costs of over $1 million by strategically negotiating contracts and implementing vendor management web portal to develop key fleet metrics.
DIRECTOR OF SUPPLY CHAIN INFRASTRUCTURE (2007 to 2012)
Held concurrent responsibility for managing Direct Store Delivery fleet and third party, cold storage, and company facilities. Orchestrated and administered long-term plans and annual budget for facilities and fleet. Served in the team engaged in managing DSD network of 127 warehouses and 700+ trucks. Monitored full cycle infrastructure design, including restructuring, acquiring, and disposing facilities. Conducted on-site audits to optimize the warehousing function in accordance with customer requirements and company policies.
Played a key role in developing the SOPs for the consolidation process and enabled the implementation and completion of the project 12 months ahead of schedule.
Minimized unjustified expenses and complied with corporate and Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) requirements through establishing and managing capital expenditure approval process.
Early Career Experience
Director of Warehouse Operations Schwan’s Home Service, Marshall, Minnesota
Zone Operation Manager Schwan’s Home Service, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Education & Credentials
DOT/ CSA 2010 Certified, CPR Certified, Smith System Trainer, SIM Training, Diversity Training, We Care, AMA Hiring and Firing