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Founders Brewing Co. selects HighJump Brewer’s Edge WMS

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Press Release

Highly recognized craft brewery to benefit from track and trace capabilities of best-of-breed warehousing solution

Jason Heystek

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (October 26, 2016) — HighJump, a global provider of supply chain network solutions, announced today that Founders Brewing Co. has selected the HighJump™ Brewer’s Edge warehouse management solution (WMS). Founders Brewing Co., based in Grand Rapids, Mich., is a top-rated craft brewery that prides itself on making complex, flavorful ales.

Sustainable growth spanning over the past 10 years led the company to seek a WMS to replace its paper-based processes and streamline operations in its 190,000 square-foot distribution center. After evaluating several WMS solution providers, Founders Brewing Co. selected to partner with HighJump because of its dedicated focus on the craft brewing industry and its seamless integration with Orchestrated Beer built on SAP Business One.

HighJump Brewer’s Edge WMS is a specialized configuration of the HighJump AccellosOne WMS, specifically designed to provide a template-based implementation for craft breweries.

Implementing the HighJump Brewer’s Edge WMS will provide Founders Brewing Co. an extra layer of track and trace capabilities for non-batch inventory items, such as glass. In addition to achieving real-time inventory control and increased efficiency, the craft brewery is also looking forward to utilizing the solution’s keg tracking abilities to gain control of its currently unmanaged keg operations.

“With projections of shipping close to 380,000 barrels of beer this year, it was time to streamline our operations to support our continued annual growth,” said Jason Heystek, vice president of planning, packaging, inventory and logistics at Founders Brewing Co. “We’re thrilled to implement robust warehousing technology that maximizes asset tracking and provides a clear snapshot of inventory while increasing customer satisfaction and product quality.”

“HighJump Brewer’s Edge delivers a functionality-rich, cloud-based solution built to address the needs of the craft brewing industry,” said Ross Elliott, chief strategy officer and executive vice president, HighJump. “With our unique technology suite, Founders Brewing Co. will be able to capitalize on this booming growth and stay above industry standards for future compliance requirements.”

About Founders Brewing Company

Established in 1997 by two craft beer enthusiasts—Dave Engbers and Mike Stevens—with day jobs and a dream, Founders Brewing Co. brews complex, in-your-face ales, with huge aromatics and tons of flavor. Founders ranks among the top 20 largest craft breweries in the U.S. and is one of the fastest growing. The brewery has received numerous awards from the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival and RateBeer and BeerAdvocate users often rate its beers among the best in the world. Located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, Founders is a proud member of the Michigan Brewers Guild. For more information, visit foundersbrewing.com or follow Founders on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.