Reprinted from DIVERSITY EDGE MAGAZINE, Spring, 2006

Ann Drake Named by Diversity Edge as one of “Ten Outstanding Women Business Owners”

Special thanks to the following corporations & organizations which assisted in recognizing this years 10 Outstanding Women Business Owners:

The Home Depot, Turner Broadcasting, Capital One, Altria Group, Verizon,
Pepsico, WBENC, and the Georgia Women’s Business Council

DSC Logistics
Ann Drake, Chief Executive Officer

“Be ready for anything!” characterizes the business environment for DSC Logistics which specializes in managing change and information in the supply chain. This was also a characteristic that attracted Ann Drake to the industry. “I was attracted to supply chain management due to its dynamic nature and the endless opportunity that it provides.”

DSC Logistics is a leading supply chain management company with a nationwide network consisting of 24 locations. The company focuses on supply chain solutions and capabilities that are adaptable, versatile and based on changing customer needs.

Drake’s interest in logistics and supply chain management increased after she received her MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University. “I saw the tobacco and consumer packaged goods customers’ operations evolving, and believed manufacturers and distributors would have an increased need for consistent logistics and supply chain services from a national/international perspective.”

Today, Drake counts as her customers companies such as Philip Morris, Kellogg, The J.M. Smucker Company, Georgia-Pacific, Kimberly-Clark and a host of others.

DSC Logistics just celebrated its 45th anniversary in 2005. Drake recognizes the importance of networking as a key success driver. DSC is a member of many different business and professional organizations including the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC) and the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) just to name a few. “All of these organizations provide valuable networking opportunities and educational sessions,” says Drake.

To new logistics companies just starting out, Drake cautions that “the third party logistics provider market is very competitive.” In addition to having the right plan and capabilities, Drake also emphasizes that new businesses should “develop a unique value proposition that will provide a competitive advantage.”
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