Batteries Plus Selects HighJump Warehouse Management System

National Battery and Light Bulb Retailer Cites Flexibility as a Key Ingredient for Business Growth and DC Efficiency.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--HighJump Software, a global provider of supply chain management software, today announced that Batteries Plus has implemented the HighJump warehouse management system (WMS) in its new national distribution center in Glendale, Wis. Based near Milwaukee in Hartland, Wis., Batteries Plus is the nation's largest and fastest growing battery and light bulb franchise retailer.

“We knew the HighJump adaptability tools would make it easy for our team to fully leverage all aspects of this powerful system.”

Through its national chain of franchise stores, which are found in every state except Hawaii, Batteries Plus serves over seven million customers annually. Until recently, the company used a third party logistics provider (3PL) to manage its entire distribution operation. To support its rapid growth the company moved into a state-of-the-art distribution center in Glendale, Wis. in May 2011. The process included a lengthy search for a WMS that would provide the flexibility and performance Batteries Plus needs - now and in the future. The company’s in-house IT team evaluated a number of different solutions before selecting HighJump Software as a partner.

“Our biggest challenge was to find a best-of-breed WMS that allowed us to tailor the system to fit our unique processes and high growth business conditions,” said Michael Lehman, CIO at Batteries Plus. “We knew the HighJump adaptability tools would make it easy for our team to fully leverage all aspects of this powerful system.”

Batteries Plus has experienced exceptional growth over the past 12 months. The company added 57 stores in 2011 and expects to add another 58 by the end of 2012. After only a few months using the HighJump warehouse management system in its new distribution center, the company has reported a 33 percent increase in overall distribution volume capacity. Also, federal regulations demand a set of special labeling requirements for lithium batteries, which must accompany the product from the factory to retail store shelves. The HighJump WMS platform was built with such requirements in mind, so the new system was adapted quickly and easily by the Batteries Plus IT team.

In addition, Batteries Plus has already integrated several new pieces of functionality into its WMS with the HighJump App Station - a value added resource that further extends the flexibility of the HighJump WMS. “We’ve been impressed with the HighJump App Station,” said Victor Lecato, WMS System Analyst at Batteries Plus. “We’ve already implemented several new feature sets, including quick-view and the archiving/purging package. It only took 20 minutes to download and implement each of them. This is clearly the future of WMS.”

“The combined impact of Batteries Plus’ new DC and the HighJump WMS are a great case study in supply chain optimization,” said Russell Fleischer, CEO of HighJump Software. “I think many other companies can identify with Batteries Plus’ need for speed and flexibility. Their story perfectly illustrates the immediate performance gains that smart companies experience when they merge a modern distribution model with adaptable supply chain management software.”

About Batteries Plus

Batteries Plus is the nation’s first, largest and fastest growing battery and light bulb franchise. Batteries Plus, designated by Franchise Times as the nation’s 5th fastest growing franchise in terms of unit growth, and ranked as the #1 Retail Battery Franchise by both Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 and D&B AllBusiness.com, has over 480 locations in 46 states and Puerto Rico. Batteries Plus is owned by Roark Capital Group, an Atlanta-based private equity firm. Roark's current franchise portfolio includes companies such as: Carvel Ice Cream, Cinnabon, Schlotzsky's, Moe's Southwest Grill, Seattle's Best Coffee International, McAlister's Deli, FastSigns, Arby’s, Primrose Schools, Wingstop, Pet Valu and Auntie Anne’s. With access to more than 40,000 types of batteries, light bulbs and accessories, Batteries Plus has the widest selection of battery and light bulb products available and offers unmatched service to consumers, businesses and government entities at the national and local levels. Batteries Plus stores are equipped to design, assemble, rebuild, and test custom battery packs. Batteries Plus continues its reign as the undisputed leader in the expanding $30.7 billion U.S. battery replacement market, estimated to reach $34.6 billion by 2014 and in the growing light bulb replacement market estimated to be at $14 billion. To learn more about our exciting franchise opportunities please visit www.batteriesplus.com/franchising for more information.

About HighJump Software Inc.

HighJump Software is a global provider of supply chain management software that streamlines the flow of inventory and information from supplier to store shelf. More than 4,500 customers worldwide have transformed their supply chains using HighJump Software. HighJump Software solutions for distribution and logistics, direct store delivery, trading partner connectivity, mobility and manufacturing include: warehouse management systems, transportation management systems, route accounting systems, manufacturing execution, mobile sales, ERP data collection and the TrueCommerce™ EDI Solutions Platform. Functionally rich and highly adaptable HighJump Software solutions support growing and evolving businesses in distribution, food and beverage, 3PL, retail, healthcare and consumer goods industries.

HighJump is a trademark of HighJump Software Inc. Other names and trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.

Media Contact:

HighJump Software Inc.
Katie Wolfe, 952-563-5297
katie.wolfe@highjump.com

 

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