Supply Chain Execution Spells Sweet Success for Farley's & Sathers

Candy company sees gains in inventory visibility, accuracy, expiration management following HighJump solution deployment

Candy company sees gains in inventory visibility, accuracy, expiration management following HighJump solution deployment

Eden Prairie, MN — October 21, 2004 — Confectionary producer Farley's & Sathers Candy Co. has managed its recent explosive growth in part by implementing supply chain execution solutions from HighJump Software, the solution provider announced this week.

The producer of such confections and snacks as JuJyFruits, Wunderbeans and RainBlo, privately held Farley's & Sathers is headquartered in Round Lake, Minn., with an additional packaging and distribution center located in Chattanooga, Tenn., and its manufacturing plant in Des Plaines, Ill. The company is owned by private equity firm Catterton Partners.

Farley's & Sathers has experienced significant growth through acquisition and increased sales of its base brands. After evaluating several SCE vendor offerings to accommodate its growing stable of brands and expanding list of stock-keeping units (SKUs), Farley's & Sathers selected HighJump to provide the software and implementation services required for its facilities in Minnesota, Tennessee and Illinois.

The company implemented HighJump's warehouse management system (WMS) to better manage inventory and help maintain high customer service levels. Through a coordinated effort between HighJump and Farley's and Sathers, accelerated implementations were completed at three separate facilities. The company now utilizes HighJump's warehouse management and management visibility solutions to carry out fulfillment and distribution operations for customers nationwide.

Farley's and Sathers' three facilities are now online and taking advantage of the benefits offered by HighJump's Supply Chain Advantage, which have included significant improvements in inventory visibility and full control over product expiration dates, according to the solution provider. The ability to derive expiration dates from lot codes has increased the company's ability to manage inventory rotation and to maintain high levels of product freshness.

"We've used the HighJump SCE product to support our inventory management and order fulfillment processes," said Kurt Schultz, vice president of operations of Farley's & Sathers. "As a fast-growing business, we rely heavily on efficient fulfillment and distribution to get our product to market on time."

"Farley's & Sathers will be able to leverage Supply Chain Advantage's adaptability to accommodate new and changing process requirements as they arise, keeping total cost of ownership low," said Chris Heim, president of HighJump Software.

HighJump Software is a 3M company.