Sportsman's Warehouse manages rapid growth with supply chain execution solutions

Sportsman's Warehouse, a rapidly growing retailer of outdoor products and recreational equipment, has gone live with supply chain execution solutions from HighJump Software. The retailer, which operates 30 locations across the Midwest and western half of the U.S., now leverages HighJump's applications for warehouse management, wave planning, containerization and management visibility to achieve a higher level of control over its supply chain operations.

With revenue growth exceeding 50% in 2004, Sportsman's Warehouse needed a supply chain execution solution that would meet current requirements and adapt easily and cost-effectively as demands change over time. Sportsman's Warehouse worked with Q4, a supply chain design and implementation firm, to evaluate supply chain execution solution providers, ultimately selecting the HighJump system as the best fit for its flexibility and scalability needs.

HighJump's warehouse management system supports Sportsman's Warehouse's special handling and picking of firearms, ammunition, gun powder and other high-security products. The retailer must adhere to stringent Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) requirements to track information such as serial number, manufacturer and model during receiving and shipping. The HighJump system allows the company to automate this process. The resulting speed and accuracy help ensure timely completion of BATFE audits.

Sportsman's Warehouse also relies on HighJump's containerization solution to overcome the complexity of building outbound shipments comprising items such as optics, ammunition, cleaning supplies, fishing lines and reloading supplies. Instead of manually determining the most efficient way to group hundreds of different line items, the HighJump solution considers key physical features and directs staff to build loads in a precise, efficient manner.

The HighJump-Q4-Sportsman's Warehouse team completed the implementation concurrently with Sportsman's move to a new facility and implementation of an ERP system, all within a four-month period.

“We wanted to maximize the value of our investment in a brand-new facility, and we've definitely accomplished this goal, says Chris Utgaard, chief operating officer at Sportsman's Warehouse. “Productivity jumped the first week we turned the system on.”

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