Vaco Supply Chain Solutions Announces Successful Project Implementation with H-E-B Grocery

Vaco Supply Chain Solutions Announces Partnership with H-E-B Grocery

For Immediate ReleaseNashville, TN – Vaco, a global talent & solutions firm, announces its successful project completion and implementation launch between its Supply Chain Solutions practice and San Antonio-based H-E-B Grocery. H-E-B, one of the nation’s leading independent food retailers and the largest private employer in Texas, has successfully partnered with Vaco Supply Chain Solutions to deploy a number of modules from JDA Software Inc.’s Retail Planning solution to increase customer service and inventory productivity, maximizing sales and margin potential across its 350+ grocery stores throughout Texas.

H-E-B’s General Merchandise department had inconsistent and manual merchandise planning tools and processes. It was also difficult to ensure the strategic direction aligned with the low-level plans, often resulting in under-optimized inventory.

Vaco’s integrated, automated, phased design and implementation of product planning using JDA Enterprise Planning has given H-E-B visibility to all levels of the plans, ensuring reconciliation from the top-down and bottom-up. This implementation also delivered processes for locking forecasts to measure forecast accuracy, giving H-E-B the tools to optimize their inventory while minimizing risk and increasing profitability.

“Merchandise planning is a complicated process. Plans must be consistent down to the local market and store levels,” said Monica Gutierrez, Project Manager for H-E-B. “We chose to partner with Vaco not only because of their deep expertise with JDA Planning products, but because we knew this partnership would ultimately enable us to make more productive use of our inventory and reduce supply chain risk.”

“Vaco’s Supply Chain team thoroughly enjoyed working with H-E-B to improve their retail planning. Leadership brought a strong vision to the project, and the project team complemented each other well to solve complicated issues during the implementation,” said Dan Luttner, Partner at Vaco. “The end result is a leading-edge solution to serve H-E-B’s business for years to come.”

Find more information about Vaco’s Merchandise Planning solutions here.


About Vaco and Vaco Supply Chain Solutions

Vaco provides boutique level service with global reach in the areas of executive search, consulting, permanent placement, and strategic staffing. Vaco has become a premier talent & solutions firm by attracting, developing and retaining the strongest players in the industry for their entire careers, so they are available to serve clients, candidates and consultants for the duration of theirs. Since its founding in 2002, Vaco has grown to serve more than 40 markets across the globe, 800+ employees, 4,300 consultants and $500M in revenue. Vaco has been named to Inc. magazine’s list of the fastest-growing private companies for the past 12 years and was recently named to Forbes’ 2018 List of America’s Best Recruiting Firms. To learn more, visit

Vaco Supply Chain Solutions is the supply chain consulting arm of Vaco focused on implementations, upgrades, and integrations of supply chain, category management, and retail planning applications. Vaco’s team of supply chain and technology experts ensures the success of a diverse array of retail and manufacturing clients through an exceptional level of expertise and a principled approach to client partnerships. Arising from a specialized practice within the larger Vaco family of companies, Vaco Supply Chain Solutions was separately incorporated in January 2010. For more information about Vaco Supply Chain Solutions, please visit


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