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HighJump Software Review

 

HighJump Software was founded in 1983. The company's original name was Data Collection Systems. They specialized in bar-code systems for collecting shop floor data. Data Collection System’s name was changed to HighJump Software in 1999. In 2006, HighJump acquired two transportation software vendors: Pinnacle Concepts and Global Beverage Group.

Battery Ventures, a venture capital and private equity firm, acquired HighJump in 2008 from 3M Corporation. Revenues are believed to exceed $100M.

Vertical Markets

HighJump’s customer base includes more than 1,500 customers. For the most part, their customers are small to large companies in Aerospace, Automotive, Consumer Goods, High Tech, Retail, and Food & Beverage industries.

Supply Chain Software Products

HighJump’s niche market is systems for SCM execution. Their products include:

  • Warehouse Management Systems
  • Transportation Management Systems
  • Manufacturing Execution Systems
  • Labor Management

SCM Features

Software Architecture and Cross Application Solutions—HighJump’s cross application products include IT implementation tools and supply chain system configuration options. Key features include:

  • Supply Chain Event Management
  • Supplier Portal for Both Internal and Supplier Use
  • HighJump Page Editor Setups Web Pages and Workflows for Online Reporting
  • HighJump Advantage Architect Configures Warehouse Processes

Sales and Operation Planning—Not Supported

Demand Management—Not Supported

Supply Management—Not Supported

Warehouse Management—Yard Management features include:

  • Checking Trailer Arrivals and Departures
  • Tracking Yard Locations
  • Providing Visibility to Trailer Locations and the Trailer Content
  • Scheduling Trailer Movements to a Door or Yard Location
  • Scheduling Trainer Appointments

Inbound Processing – The receiving process accepts ASNs, vendor POs, and undocumented receipts. Pallet and carton auto-identifications are matched to the supplier’s ASN and a receipt is auto generated. User configured put-a-way algorithms direct goods to a storage location based on bin utilization and product handling characteristics.

Outbound Processing – Picking and packing products for shipping includes the following pick types: Batch, Wave, Zone, Bulk, Order and Progressive. Planning optimizes staging locations, dock doors and drop ship sequences. Proof of Delivery tracking is available through HighJump’s TMS solution.

Cross Docking – Opportunistic and planned cross docks are supported.

Value Added Services – User defined value added services such as kitting and labeling are supported.

Storage – Slotting features support warehouse layout and product placement strategies.

Transportation Management:

Planning – Features include:

  • Shipment Planning and Consolidation
  • Multi-Drop Route and Zone Scheduling
  • Load Optimization
  • Carrier Rate Management

Dispatch – The dispatcher creates shipments, assigns carriers to routes, produces shipment documents and generates EDI transactions. Shipment tracking is provided throughout the shipment lifecycle.

Freight Charges and Settlements – Supports automated freight audits, payments and cost allocation.

Fleet Management – Not Supported

Supplier Relationship Management – Not Supported

Customer Relationship Management – Not Supported

Supply Chain Software Strengths and Weaknesses

HighJump’s strengths are in WMS and TMS. Their WMS product is a best in class supply chain software product. With the exception of fleet management, the TMS product supports the critical transportation requirements of most organizations. Both WMS and TMS should be considered for any SCM initiative.

HighJump is exclusively a SCM execution system vendor. If a fully integrated SCM solution is high on your requirements, HighJump will be at a disadvantage, when competing against vendors who have SCM planning features.

HighJump’s Software Architecture does not support the robust features and functionality of the other supply chain software vendor solutions, such as Platform as a Service (PaaS) framework, complex application integration services, enterprise process flows and a rich ecosystem of pre-integrated third party products.

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