SANTA FE SPRINGS, California – Weber Distribution, a leading third party logistics and supply chain management provider, announced that it has signed a multi-year contract with The Vitamin Shoppe (NYSE: VSI), a leading specialty retailer and direct marketer of nutritional products, to warehouse and distribute many of their top volume items throughout the Western United States.
Weber currently handles weekly shipments of vitamins and nutritional supplements to replenish approximately 100 Vitamin Shoppe stores located throughout the entire Western region including Hawaii. Weber is performing a high volume pick and pack operation, which is extremely time sensitive on adherence to expiration dates. The entire process is radio frequency based in order to provide real time access to the latest fulfillment activities and reporting through Weber’s web portal.
At its 303,000 square foot food-grade facility in Fontana, California, Weber receives product directly from many of the 700 Vitamin Shoppe vendors. Vitamin Shoppe’s product lines include vitamins, minerals, nutritional supplements, herbs, sports nutrition formulas, homeopathic remedies, green living products, as well as health and beauty aids.
“We selected Weber because of their prominent position as a regional distribution and fulfillment provider in the Western United States,” said Rich Tannenbaum, vice president supply chain for The Vitamin Shoppe. “They have ample capacity to handle The Vitamin Shoppe’s current and future business requirements as the company grows and expands, and they have a highly experienced management team who is familiar with The Vitamin Shoppe operations and our pick and pack requirements. Weber offers a technology platform to give us the visibility we need to run our supply chain.”
In addition to distribution and inventory control services, Weber has equipped the facility with a customized quality control room where personnel from Vitamin Shoppe can perform quality processes and sampling of products to ensure all shipments meet Vitamin Shoppe’s high standards.
According to Bill Butler, Weber’s president and CEO, communication between VSI and Weber was excellent during the implementation process and many levels of relationships have been developed throughout the entire supply chain. “The Vitamin Shoppe’s supply chain team and senior management are very impressive and we have enjoyed the working relationship. We are also thrilled to support Vitamin Shoppe’s on-going business expansion,” said Butler. “Vitamin Shoppe fits perfectly into our specialty retail focus. We are excited to not only meet, but exceed their distribution expectations in the coming months and years.”
About Vitamin Shoppe Industries, Inc.
Vitamin Shoppe (NYSE: VSI) is a leading specialty retailer and direct marketer of nutritional products based in North Bergen, New Jersey. The company sells vitamins, minerals, nutritional supplements, herbs, sports nutrition formulas, homeopathic remedies, green living products, and health and beauty aids to customers located primarily in the United States. The company carries national brand products as well as exclusive products under the Vitamin Shoppe, BodyTech, MD Select, and VS Basics proprietary brands. The Vitamin Shoppe conducts business through more than 450 company-owned retail stores, national mail order catalogs, and websites, www.VitaminShoppe.com, and www.EcoShoppe.com and has a social community site at www.VSconnect.com.
About Weber Distribution
Weber Distribution has evolved into a nationwide provider of logistics solutions. Weber’s expertise includes non-asset freight management, temperature sensitive asset-based LTL and TL services, dedicated and shared warehousing, distribution, cross-docking/pool distribution, transloading, network optimization modeling and analysis, retail compliance, order fulfillment, material handling, supply chain management, real estate development, and personnel staffing. Weber specializes in providing its clients with unique innovative logistics solutions primarily to these vertical markets:
- Food & Beverage/CPG
- Chemical/Specialty Products
Weber serves many well-known and respected companies such as Walmart, Target, Safeway, General Mills, Hershey, Nestlé, Spectrum Brands, California Innovations, Scholastic Books, and PPG Industries. As a result of its on-going innovation, experience and dedication, Weber has been the recipient of numerous industry awards, including:
- 100 Great Supply Chain Partners
- Inbound Logistics’ Top 100 3PLs
- Logistics Management’s Top 50 3PLs
- The Los Angeles Business Journal’s Top 100 Privately-Held Companies
- Food Logistics Magazine’s Top 70 3PLs
- Food Logistics Magazine’s FL100 listing of the top technology solution and service providers to the food industry.