SOURCE: Avanade

Avanade

June 28, 2016 09:00 ET

Avanade to Help Vitamin World® Evolve to a Digital Workplace

Deployment of New Cloud-Based Microsoft Dynamics AX Solution to Optimize Operations and Help Drive Growth

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwired - Jun 28, 2016) - Vitamin World®, a leader in vitamins, nutritional supplements and sports and active nutrition, today announced that it is working with Avanade, the leader in digital and cloud services, business solutions and design-led experiences, to leverage a cloud-based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution that supports future growth with the aid of real-time information and business intelligence. As one of the first deployments of the newest version of Microsoft Dynamics AX solution in North America, it will be implemented in a phased approach over a period of 18 months.

The cloud-based offering will allow Vitamin World to focus on retail best practices and processes through a flexible, reliable and scalable ERP platform. The first phase of the project will bring key foundational business capabilities including finance, product data management, procurement, inventory and more onto one platform and is scheduled to be completed later this summer.

"As we move forward as a company, implementing the right digital workplace solutions give us the ability to increase sales, reduce costs and improve customer experience in a flexible and agile manner," said Venky Govind, CIO, Vitamin World. "By leveraging ERP, cloud savings and data analytics, we are well poised to invest in and enable innovative business solutions. Avanade's experience with Microsoft Dynamics AX solutions paired with its retail and cloud experience as well as hands-on approach highlighted a strong cultural fit between our companies. We are very excited to be working with the Avanade team."

With more than 500 ERP clients worldwide and 1,200 ERP experts, many with the highest levels of Microsoft certification, Avanade is the world's largest Microsoft Dynamics AX partner and a Select Partner in the Microsoft Dynamics Industry Partner Program for Retail.

"The retail industry is at the forefront of adopting digital technologies, and we are excited to support Vitamin World in its mission to transform its workplace," said Jim Olson, Avanade's senior vice president, Northeast Region. "Given Vitamin World's firm and targeted business milestones, the new Microsoft Dynamics AX solution is the ideal platform to rapidly deliver an end-to-end solution. Microsoft's first ever Cloud ERP release allows our team to focus on activating business features and functionality instead of building multiple server environments on premise. With a cloud based solution, we are able to focus our efforts effectively on high-impact areas like change enablement, which makes the transition to the new system as seamless as possible for clients."

About Vitamin World®
At Vitamin World®, we believe that nutrition starts at the source. We travel the world to find the freshest, purest, and potent health ingredients in order to craft the highest quality vitamins and supplements for our customers. And our high quality doesn't just apply to our products; it applies to our people. Our staff of trained and friendly Associates in our more than 360 stores nationwide can help guide you on your journey to becoming your best self. Whether you're a wellness novice or a health enthusiast, Vitamin World® is committed to bringing quality ingredients, products and people, from the source to you. For more information please visit www.vitaminworld.com.

About Avanade
Avanade is the leading provider of innovative digital and cloud services, business solutions and design-led experiences delivered through the power of people and the Microsoft ecosystem. Our professionals combine technology, business and industry expertise to build and deploy solutions to realize results for our clients and their customers. Avanade has 29,000 digitally connected people across 23 countries, bringing clients the best thinking through a collaborative culture that honors diversity and reflects the communities in which we operate. Majority owned by Accenture, Avanade was founded in 2000 by Accenture LLP and Microsoft Corporation. Learn more at www.avanade.com.