Vitacost Increases Throughput with Supply Chain Execution Solution

Vitamin selects HighJump solutions for functionality, cost-effective approach to making business process changes

Vitamin selects HighJump solutions for functionality, cost-effective approach to making business process changes

Eden Prairie, MN — August 9, 2005 — Vitacost, which sells vitamins as well as diet and natural health products through catalogs and over the Internet, recently implemented HighJump's Supply Chain Advantage solutions and said it has achieved measurable operational improvements as a result.

Vitacost implemented HighJump's system in its Boynton Beach, Fla., facility. After evaluating several enterprise resource planning (ERP) warehouse modules, the company said it went with HighJump's solutions due to their breadth of functionality and cost-effective approach to making business process changes. According to Viacost, both are key to supporting the company's rapidly growing volumes and ongoing competitive advantage.

Vitacost said it has seen strong improvements in productivity since implementing Supply Chain Advantage, increasing throughput approximately 33 percent while keeping labor constant. The HighJump system has helped streamline the receiving process for thousands of items arriving daily from more than 200 suppliers.

Additional efficiencies have come in the area of inventory management. The system's track-and-trace functionality empowers Vitacost to account for each item's precise location at each stage of the supply chain, essential to carrying out fast recalls if required.

With its HighJump solutions in place, Vitacost has transformed paper-based operations into an optimized, wireless warehouse environment. The company recently implemented a pick-to-light system that interfaces directly with Supply Chain Advantage to direct picking and replenishment. Vitacost is also planning to roll the HighJump system out to multiple locations in the United States, followed by several facilities abroad.

"We did our due diligence in evaluating ERP warehouse modules, but HighJump's solutions provided a level of functionality and adaptability the others did not," said Wayne Gorsek, CEO of Vitacost. "Vitacost is thrilled to see such immediate improvements with the system. It has allowed us to transform our supply chain operation into a truly forward-thinking entity that will effectively support our growth."