HIGHJUMP SOFTWARE REVIEW
HighJump Software was founded in 1983. The company's original name was Data Collection Systems and the company 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 in 2007 were $94 million.
HighJump’s customer base includes more than 1,300 corporate customers. For the most part, HighJump Software customers are small to large companies in Aerospace, Automotive, Consumer Goods, High Tech, Retail, and Food & Beverage industries.
HighJump has a positive reputation for strength in SCM execution. Their software modules and products include:
- Warehouse Management Systems
- Transportation Management Systems
- Manufacturing Execution Systems
- Labor Management
SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE FEATURES
SOFTWARE ARCHITECTURE AND CROSS APPLICATION SOLUTIONS
HighJump’s cross software application products include IT implementation tools and supply chain system configuration options. Primary feature sets 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 Architecture Configures Warehouse Processes
SALES AND OPERATION PLANNING
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:
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.
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 RELATION MANAGEMENT
CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT
SUMMARY OF STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES
HighJump’s Software strengths are in WMS and TMS. Their WMS product is a best in class level 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 an SCM execution system vendor. If a fully integrated SCM solution is high on the requirements, HighJump will be at a disadvantage, when competing against vendors who have supply chain management software planning features. HighJump’s software architecture does not support the robust features and functionality of several other software vendor solutions, such as application integration or business process flows.