HighJump Software, CIBER to Streamline Distribution for Major Brands

Offering includes supply chain execution solution for wine and spirits distributor

Offering includes supply chain execution solution for wine and spirits distributor

Eden Prairie, MN, and Greenwood Village, CO — November 16, 2004 — HighJump Software, a 3M company, and CIBER announced today that Major Brands Inc., Missouri's highest-volume distributor of premium spirits, wine and beer, has selected CIBER to implement HighJump's supply chain execution (SCE) solution.

HighJump's SCE solution, along with CIBER's implementation expertise, is expected to enable Major Brands to direct and optimize supply chain work activities, improve inbound and outbound shipment processing, and introduce more sophisticated picking techniques to Major Brands' warehouse operations.

Major Brands sells and distributes consumer beverage alcohol through multiple distribution channels, including grocery stores, restaurants, bars and a variety of retail outlets. To optimize all shipping and receiving activities in its high-volume warehouse, Major Brands needed an advanced and highly adaptable supply chain execution solution.

Major Brands said it selected the HighJump solution because it will allow the company to quickly and cost-effectively accommodate changes in customer requirements, seasonal variations in volume and shipments of all sizes.

"The suppliers we serve need to know their products are on the shelves as quickly as possible," said Patrick Quinn, vice president of Administration, Major Brands. "HighJump's software and CIBER's implementation expertise in the wine and spirits industry — which we know first hand from a previous project in our St. Louis-based facility — will meet our complex distribution needs. With this combination, we will have the infrastructure necessary to keep pace with high-volume replenishments driven by our continued growth."

"The HighJump suite of supply chain execution solutions offers value to companies like Major Brands," said Paul Robson, vice president of Supply Chain, CIBER. "In addition to warehouse management system functionality and flexibility, wine and spirits distributors need to be able to control, track and gain visibility to the delivery and pick-up process throughout the supply chain. HighJump offers this full range of capabilities."