INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, March 24, 2010) – Batteries Plus, the nation’s largest all-battery retailer, has improved efficiency, accuracy and cycle time for purchase order processing by integrating a new supplier management solution with real-time reporting developed by Indiana-based Blue Horseshoe.

Prior to implementing Blue Horseshoe’s Vendor Portal, Batteries Plus manually managed its purchase order-to-payment process. This made it difficult for the company to work with vendors to place and manage purchase orders, ensure timely and accurate documentation to U.S. Customs to meet the requirements of new regulations in 2010 and track metrics of their other vendors during the purchase process.
Blue Horseshoe Vice President Kevin Paul said there were a number of cases where critical updates were missed by Batteries Plus due to the manual forms of communication used between the company’s corporate offices in Hartland, Wis., and vendors in China. This forced Batteries Plus to pay additional shipping costs to replenish inventory.
Vendor Portal provides global visibility to the health of a supplier network, a real-time dashboard and reporting on individual supplier performance, enabling companies to identify their top suppliers. Vendor Portal provides information that companies can leverage in negotiating supplier contracts, integrates seamlessly into a new or existing enterprise system and provides a live, automated global view of a company’s supply chain.
“The system works by integrating suppliers directly into a company’s systems, eliminating the need to implement costly Electronic Data Interchange solutions,” Paul said. “Vendor Portal sets up rules on vendors, establishes an integrated and automated approach to measuring supplier performance and closes the loop on the complete order lifecycle.”
In February, Batteries Plus went live with Vendor Portal and immediately began to experience improvements from the automated process that now manages work flow. “Advanced shipping notices are now automatically sent to Batteries Plus warehousing operations, allowing them to receive and store products more efficiently. That was a major obstacle the company faced and now has been overcome with Vendor Portal.”
Within the next six months, Batteries Plus will be rolling out Blue Horseshoe’s Vendor Portal to all of its domestic suppliers and expanding the solution by implementing a new quality control step in the company’s overall work flow.
“Blue Horseshoe was able to quickly understand our supply chain business and proposed its Vendor Portal system as a solution to significant challenges we were experiencing,” said Daniel Dugan, IT director of Application Services, of Batteries Plus. “Our efficiencies in shipping, receiving, warehouse and tracking our international orders has improved with Blue Horseshoe’s solution and we look forward to our next steps with Blue Horseshoe to further enhance our operations.”
Headquartered in Hartland, Wis., Batteries Plus offers more than 40,000 types of batteries and battery-related services from more than 400 retail stores in 43 states and Puerto Rico. The company opened a single store in 1988 in Green Bay, Wis., and today sells more than 50 million batteries a year.
Blue Horseshoe is a privately held solution services firm that has been providing expert consulting and packaged software solutions to Fortune 500 and mid-market businesses throughout the world since 1983. Based in North America, Blue Horseshoe assesses business needs and applies world-class business applications to improve profitability and increase efficiency.
ABOUT BLUE HORSESHOE
Blue Horseshoe is a privately held solution services firm that has been providing expert consulting and packaged software solutions to Fortune 500 and mid-market businesses throughout the world since 1983. Based in North America, Blue Horseshoe assesses business needs and applies world-class business applications to improve profitability and increase efficiency. For more about Blue Horseshoe, visit www.bhsolutions.com.
ABOUT BATTERIES PLUS
Batteries Plus is the nation’s largest and fastest growing battery retailer, selling more than 50 million batteries per year. Batteries Plus, designated by Inc. Magazine as the nation’s fastest growing specialty retailer and ranked as the No. 1 Battery Franchise by both Entrepreneur Magazine and D&B AllBusiness.com, has more than 400 locations in 43 states and Puerto Rico. Batteries Plus has the widest selection of batteries and battery-related products and offers unmatched service to consumers, businesses and government entities at the national and local levels. Batteries Plus stores also feature Tech Centers equipped to design, assemble, rebuild, and test custom battery packs. Batteries Plus continues its reign as the undisputed battery retailing leader in the expanding $24 billion dollar battery category. To learn more about our exciting franchise opportunities and joining the battery franchise leader please visit www.batteriesplus.com for more information.