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Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) is pleased to announce the acquisition of EDP, a company listed on The London Stock Exchange. EDP supplies sales analytics & CRM and ERP software, such as Vecta and Quantum, to merchants and other distributors. The K8 ERP solution, developed by KCS, is widely used in similar markets, where the company has over 40 years of experience and is a recognised thought leader in trading and management technology. Clearly the acquisition is a good fit for both businesses.

During the past eight years KCS has grown rapidly, both organically and through the acquisition of a number of businesses, to extend its geographical reach, add product capability and extend into adjacent vertical markets. The company now serves over 10,000 customers across Europe, South Africa and the United States.

By integrating the EDP business with KCS, all customers will be offered a more extensive product suite. KCS will also offer the Vecta CRM/BI product to its wider global customer base as a stand-alone product, as well as integrating it as a module within some of the KCS products. KCS will continue to service and support customers using EDP’s Quantum, Merchant, Charisma, Esprit and The Business Programme products. Over time, KCS will offer alternative products (such as its core K8 ERP system) to EDP customers, as potential longer-term solutions.

Commenting on the acquisition, Ian Bendelow, Chief Executive Officer of KCS said, “The acquisition of EDP is a great opportunity to accelerate our strategy. It brings us greater presence in the UK and an increased platform for growth in our traditional markets. EDP is a high quality business with customer offerings that are highly complementary to KCS. We welcome EDP employees to the group and look forward to working with them.”

Sir Michael Heller, Non-Executive Chairman of EDP said, “The EDP and KCS businesses have been good competitors for many years, addressing the needs of customers in the same vertical markets. Accordingly the EDP directors believe that KCS’ activities provide a strong fit with those of EDP and that KCS is an appropriate partner to continue the development of the EDP business. The additional resources that KCS will bring will mean that it is well positioned and resourced to support EDP and the future growth of the EDP business.”

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Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200

We are delighted to announce that Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) has been ranked No. 37 in The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200, a league table that ranks the top 200 of Britain’s mid-market private companies in order of fastest growing overseas sales.

The league table is produced by Fast Track, the Oxford firm that researches and ranks Britain’s top performing private companies. When surveying the companies, Fast Track also found that the US is the most popular country for overseas sales, with 118 of the 200 companies citing it as a major market. It is also the top choice for future growth, with more than half the firms (107) planning to expand there.

Fast Track also believed the league table shows the resilience of Britain’s mid-market exporters. Despite the uncertainty created by the on-going Brexit negotiations, their combined international sales have grown by an average of 62% a year over the last two years to a total of £10.1bn, the highest growth rate measured in the survey since 2013.

The Sunday Times reported that it was another sign of confidence that 60 of the listed companies had chosen to acquire overseas businesses to help accelerate their growth – up from 46 last year. The six strategic acquisitions KCS made recently in Europe, the US and South Africa were obviously instrumental in our international sales reaching £24m in 2017.

The full league table was published as an eight-page supplement with the business section of The Sunday Times on 10 June, both in print and in the digital edition and on: www.fasttrack.co.uk/company_profile/kerridge-commercial-systems/

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Carrol Boyes

“With its user-friendly point of sale interface, we were able to implement the KCS Retail solution into all stores allowing for seamless in-store processes, with accurate live reporting back to head-office.”

Carrol Boyes

Carrol Boyes is the founder, creator and CEO of Carrol Boyes Retail (Pty) Ltd in Cape Town. Her high-end deftly crafted and coveted product range of upmarket home and lifestyle products is associated with inimitable and unique design that exudes style and finesse and are available throughout South Africa and in over 30 other countries around the world.

Establishing a strategic partnership with KCS in 2009, Carrol Boyes opted to implement the KCS Retail solution to her existing store base at the time, which comprised of a centralised head-office and 9 stores.

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Spec-Cast Wear Parts

“K8 offers all the functionality we need, accommodating our complex business processes. K8 offers a fully integrated non-modular ERP solution that will enable us to grow our business.”

Aimee Mason, Managing Director, Spec-Cast Wear Parts

Spec-Cast Wear Parts has nearly tripled in size since 2015, therefore they required a system that could better manage their operations and financials. K8 provides the support for further growth of the business with a system that will offer the controls and efficiencies required.

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Facts about online based learning

Online based learning (e-Learning) is fast becoming a thriving industry in educational technology, with the number of companies using online learning, increasing every day.

e-Learning is designed to solve the challenges of traditional classroom-based training – delivering quality product / service training courses over the internet, bringing the classroom to you, at a time that best suits you, whether you want to improve your knowledge, develop or enhance a skill set or help train new starters.

To find out more, read the full blog post.

AGP

January 2018 - Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS), a market-leading global provider of software solutions to the retail, wholesale, merchant and distribution markets, has reached an agreement to acquire AGP, based in Veghel, the Netherlands.

UK headquartered KCS already provides software to 14,000 customers worldwide, offering end to end ERP solutions including Supply Chain Management, Quote to Cash, Financial Management, CRM, Warehouse Management, Transport Management, Business Intelligence, ePOS and more, specifically for the wholesaler, distributor, retailer and merchant sectors. The acquisition supports the company’s strategy of continued growth and follows five other acquisitions during the last 24 months, including 2 in the USA, 2 in South Africa and 1 in the UK.

Like Kerridge Commercial Systems, AGP has been delivering wholesale ERP Solutions for more than 40 years, as well as solutions for hire, projects and the installation industry. The company’s suite of products makes them a leader in the Wholesale ERP market in the Netherlands.

AGP will continue to maintain and support its existing solutions, including Trade, Rent, Projects and Installware. In time they will introduce new benefits to their customers from the KCS portfolio such as advanced e-commerce and Cloud services, along with an optional upgrade path to the established suite of KCS services and products. To further support existing customers of its K8 ERP system, KCS will look at integrating some of the solutions from the AGP suite.

Ian Bendelow, KCS Group CEO, said, “As a key strategic acquisition in the Benelux, this further strengthens our presence on the European continent, and expands our service capabilities and product offerings. As we further our platform for growth, AGP affirms and aligns with our on-going business strategy of focusing on the needs of merchants, wholesalers, retailers and distributors.

Our customers will benefit from an even stronger Netherlands based team to support our customers’ needs.

The KCS Group will continue to build organically with its industry focused solutions and customer focused service, constantly attracting more customers and helping existing customers to succeed and grow. We will add further strategic acquisitions to enhance our geographical presence and capability for our growing customers.

Michiel Bakker, Director of Operations - KCS Benelux added: ‘Combining the two companies strengthens our offering of ERP Solutions and Cloud Services in the same verticals, allowing us to grow even further in the Benelux. The ERP solutions complement each other and they secure a place in the market from niche customers to large global enterprises.’

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Trading Depot

“Turnover has doubled in the seven months since K8 was implemented and, although I can’t put that all down to K8, there’s no way we could have managed the current level of business using the old system.”

Darren House, General Manager, Trading Depot

Trading Depot, the online trading sister company to Grant & Stone, offers more than 48,000 product lines to a loyal and growing customer base who maintain its ‘excellent’ rating on Trustpilot, the online review community. The company supplies plumbing and electrical products, sanitaryware, flooring, PVC windows and doors, some heavyside materials such as paving and more than 30,000 tools.

“We’re seeing huge growth,” said Trading Depot General Manager Darren House. “While around 70% of our customers are homeowners, the remaining 30% are tradesmen who are happier shopping in an online environment today than they were 10 years ago. Although we don’t offer trade accounts, we offer a choice to builders who are looking for a keener price and are happy to wait a day or two for their delivery. We also offer a click and collect service from our warehouse. I like to think there’s a traditional merchant feel about the business as we offer great customer service including technical support over the phone at pre-purchase stage.”

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Solomons Fashion & Décor

“Selecting a new retail system has been a priority for a long time and after considering various options, we’re happy to be implementing the KCS retail solution in our stores.”

Estelle Nell, systems project manager, Solomons Fashion and Décor

Solomons Fashion and Décor is the ultimate fashion and décor destination, offering a range of top quality local and imported fashion & décor labels, which promise to brand your world for less. Solomons’ legacy has been around since the early 1890’s and has since grown into a multi branch retailer with 5 other multi brand stores located in and around Pretoria and Johannesburg.

Estelle Nell, the systems project manager said “Due to Solomons’ growth, the need for a centralized head-office system became critical, as the stores were decentralized, making stock visibility and global reporting a huge challenge. A business of this size and nature needs to be able to manage stock effectively, have visibility of best performers and non-performers, and we need to be able to stock intelligently, based on the needs of our customers. Debtor’s management with revolving credit was a key requirement for us, as we have a base of loyal customers.”

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Cape Garden Centre

“We knew we had to make the transition and the perfect time arrived when we opened our newest branch in Somerset West, where we first implemented the KCS Retail solution.”

Christelle Smal, Retail Manager, Cape Garden Centre

Cape Garden Centre opened in 1996 and has evolved into the largest garden centre in the Western Cape. With 4 branches in Joostenbergvlakte, Stellenbosch , Somerset West and Vredendal, Cape Garden Centre carry a wide selection of plants, pots, pavers, water features, garden furniture and other garden décor for the whole family all year round. Cape Garden Centre did not have a sales and stock management system in place and with their growing business, the need for centralised control became more urgent.

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Rene Mariane

“I am very happy with the KCS Retail solution. It has given me the tools I needed to operate my business efficiently and has supported me in opening my Menlyn store within a few short months of implementing the system.”

Irena Staneva, Owner, Rene Mariane

Rene Mariane, an exclusive woman’s fashion label, chose to implement the KCS Retail solution as part of their plans to grow their business within the South African market.

The European based brand opened its first store in in Morningside Sandton in 2009. Irena Staneva, owner of Rene Mariane, contacted KCS for a solution, as she had plans to grow her business, but the current system she was using could not support her overall requirements. Irena commented “I need a system that will give me control over my stock, the ability to accept customer orders, lay byes, a loyalty programme, and good reporting.”

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Pet Masters

“We are very happy with the choice we made regarding KCS as we now have one supplier with the necessary skills and knowledge for both our retail stores and our payroll and that’s not very common. We look forward to a long-standing relationship far into the future.”

Roelof Coertse, Financial Director, Pet Masters

Pet Masters implemented the Kerridge CS (KCS) Retail solution in 2013 and have been happy with the system and level of service received ever since!

Pet Masters, the largest pet retailer in Southern Africa, are synonymous with the supply of a variety of top end pet products, expert advice, toys, and livestock. Their head-office with on premise bird park is based in Boksburg. Customers can enjoy a quick bite to eat at their Blue Crane Tea garden while admiring a wide variety of birds.

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Luminance

When Luminance, a South African luxury multi-brand fashion chain, were in the market for a new retail management solution to support their stores in Hyde Park, Nelson Mandela Square Sandton and Menlyn Park Mall Pretoria, they opted for Kerridge CS (KCS) Retail.

Emelda Mashamaite, Warehouse Manager, said: “Our previous system was not user-friendly. We had difficulty sourcing information, promotions were not easy to set up as we had to manually change an item’s selling price, you would then need to change it back manually once the promotion had ended. Customer history was not readily available from the POS screen, we would need to go into the back-office to get a customer’s historic information. Reports were also not easily accessible and cumbersome to generate.”

Luminance, Hyde Park implemented the Retail solution by KCS in April 2015 and they have not looked back since. Having now implemented the solution across all stores, Emelda expressed: “We now have a retail system that encompasses both POS and back office in one. Access to information has drastically improved. Reports are easy to run and promotions are easily set up and managed by date range. We can add various promotions by group of products or select items and don’t have to change pricing manually anymore. We can access customer information from the POS screen whilst the customer is standing in the store.”

“Everything we do with the retail solution offered by KCS, is much simpler and easier for our staff to access.”

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Lakeview

December 2017 - Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS), a market-leading global provider of software solutions to the retail, wholesale, merchant and distribution markets, has reached an agreement to acquire Lakeview Computers (Lakeview), Dartford, UK.

UK headquartered KCS already provides software to 14,700 customers worldwide, offering end to end ERP solutions including Supply Chain Management, Financial Management, CRM, Warehouse Management, Transport Management, Business Intelligence, ePOS, and more, specifically for the distribution and manufacturing markets. The acquisition supports the company’s strategy of continued growth and follows three other acquisitions during the last 18 months including one in USA and two in South Africa.

The Lakeview business is seen as complementary to KCS’s current product portfolio and market positioning. On completion of this acquisition, the KCS operation will provide solutions to over 14,950 customers and in excess of 190,000 users.

The acquisition has been welcomed by Lakeview and their products will continue to be maintained and supported. KCS will look to investigate opportunities for the Lakeview solutions leveraging off KCS’s existing infrastructure and product portfolio. While with all ERP solutions there will be a set of common functionality, Lakeview’s products are clearly focused on the SME market whilst K8 (the KCS product) offers scalability and covers a wider set of verticals within manufacturing and distribution.

Speaking about the acquisition, Ian Bendelow, CEO of KCS commented “This is a key acquisition for us. It immediately gives us a greater presence in the UK market and an increased platform for growth in our traditional markets. Fundamentally both Lakeview and KCS offer customers value via functionally rich solutions and continuous development that is highly responsive to our customers evolving needs. Lakeview and KCS are a great match.”

Lakeview will operate as an independent business unit of KCS with a new brand to emphasize the synergy with KCS. The entire Lakeview staff will be working alongside the KCS team to ensure the success of the Lakeview/KCS integration.

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Why You Need an ERP Solution for Your Retail Store

In the retail industry today, it is not only your products, but your service, that keep customers coming back. Customer retention is an important part of any business strategy. Why not improve what you have to offer with a robust solution for your business?

To find out more, read the full blog post.

Tips for E-Commerce this Festive Season

The festive season is just around the corner. Follow some of the tips below to make sure your business gets the most out of the festive season.

To find out more, read the full blog post.

Intergrity Software rebranded to Kerridge Commercial Systems.

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS), a specialist software provider of integrated ERP software solutions, focused on servicing the distributive and retail trades, announced today that Integrity Software have been renamed Kerridge Commercial Systems.

KCS believes that providing that all their services under one powerful brand will make them a stronger partner to their customers, enabling them to provide even more value to their customers.

KCS assures that the rebrand does not involve any changes to Integrity’s existing products. The rebrand enhancement is a reflection of KCS’s commitment to being a strategic partner to their customers. They are committed to continuing to provide innovative solutions to support their customers.

The rebrand brings about a few operational changes. KCS, South Africa have launched a new responsive website – www.kerridgecs.co.za. The new site combines KCS and Integrity Software product offering. KCS, SA have also moved offices, both in Johannesburg and in Cape Town.

Johannesburg Office:

Culross on Main, Building 4, 34 Culross Road, Bryanston, Johannesburg, 2191.

Cape Town Office:

First Floor, Moonstone Building, 25 Quantum Street, Technopark, Stellenbosch, 7600.

“The rebrand will have minimal effect on our customers. It’s business as usual. We will, of course, continue to develop our products and execute projects with the same level of excellence and professionalism our customers have come to expect. Going forward our strategy, values and vision remain unchanged. With one company name, KCS commitment to remain at the forefront of technology for the distributive and retail trades. Our mission is to help our customers source, stock, sell and service competitively, while we continue to focus on innovating and delivering market-leading ERP solutions built for the distributive and trades – only now we are reflecting this with a strong, unified company name”, Des Nangle, Managing Director for KCS.

As the company transitions to the name KCS, they would like to thank their loyal customers for their continued support. This is an exciting evolution for the company. KCS look forward to growing their offering in the African market and are counting on the continued support of their customers.

For more information on Kerridge Commercial Systems, visit www.kerridgecs.co.za or contact marketing@k8.co.za

Pupkewitz MegaBuild

"MegaBuild has been a long-standing customer. It is good to see clients prosper with the solutions Kerridge Commercial Systems offers."

Danie Du Toit, Financial Director, MegaBuild

Pupkewitz MegaBuild have gone live with K8 Web Builder a powerful, integrated e-commerce solution. Web Builder integrates into Pupkewitz MegaBuild’s existing K8 ERP system, enabling them to trade 24/7.

Pupkewitz MegaBuild are one of Southern Africa’s largest building and hardware supply operations and have been a leading supplier of building goods since 1946. The addition of an e-commerce website adds a lot of value to the business. The online selling capabilities enables customers to place orders at any time of the day or night, making Pupkewitz MegaBuild more accessible to their customers.

Danie Du Toit, Financial Director at MegaBuild said: “We are currently still in a final proof of concept stage with only limited customers having access to our website. We look forward to the official launch, when all customers can benefit from our e-commerce service offering.”

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Kaizen Motor Spares Distribution

"The K8 roadmap presented to us, by Kerridge Commercial Systems, cemented our decision. We realised that an ERP change in our business is not a small one, and that our preferred ERP supplier must still be around in the next 20 years."

Gonnie Nadasen, General Manager, Kaizen Motor Spares Distributors

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) are pleased to announce that Kaizen MSD have decided to partner with KCS to rollout K8 throughout all their branches in South Africa. Kaizen Motor Spares Distributors, established in 2007, have grown into one of the largest automotive aftermarket distributors in South Africa with branches in Johannesburg, Durban, Nelspruit, Cape Town and Polokwane.

Kaizen MSD realised the need for a comprehensive, fully integrated system, Kerridge Commercial Systems. K8 will be replacing their legacy system. Kaizen MSD felt they had outgrown the system as it lacked multi branch stock management, financial controls, margin management and support in general. Furthermore, their legacy system did not cater for product descriptions, nor did it have a product file per branch.

Kaizen MSD will find immediate value in the alternatives associated with K8 once it is implemented. Such benefits include but are not limited to; back to back processes for buy-outs and strong financials for a multi branch business as well as the centralised controls needed.

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Ark Trading

"We are the first traders to provide customers with this service from the convenience of their vehicles. Clients can remain in their vehicles while material is brought to them and loaded into their vehicles."

Levi Strauss, Director of Purchasing, Ark Trading

Ark Trading has been a Kerridge Commercial Systems customer since 2015. K8 replaced an outdated POS “Sales Assist” and manual back office process. Paul Koster, new Managing Director of Ark Trading, focused the relaunch of Ark Trading to position the company to provide the best possible service to all building contractors. As part of the relaunch, Ark Trading launched its ‘Drive Thru’ for all hardware and building customers in June 2017.

Powered by K8 technology, Ark Trading are able to have a mobile work station using a wireless network to service their customers in their yard. The ‘transit service’ concept was complete with a printer, allowing customers to receive a full service and sales transaction from the convenience of their vehicle.

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eCommerce Webinar

Did you know there has been a 91% growth in the use of mobile devices over the past two years throughout the entire b2b purchasing process?

And this is only going to continue to grow.

View our eCommerce webinar page for more information, and register on GoToWebinar for our free Webinar to hear eCommerce expert, Charlotte Graham-Cumming, share her extensive experience in creating and implementing eCommerce strategies on Thursday 14th September at 4pm.

Register for the eCommerce Webinar

eCommerce with your customers

Did you know that in 2016, mobile devices such as smartphones overtook PCs as the most popular device for surfing the net, and more search is carried out on smartphones than on any other device? We all vastly underestimate how much time we spend on our mobile devices (phones and tablets), sometimes by as much as 30%. In 2017, mobiles will be used to consume more content than televisions.

To find out more, read the full blog post.

Promotions

The promotion engine enables buy one, get one free offers amongst many others, and enables promotions to be applied to purchase orders. This ensures that you can now benefit from promotions that are offered by your suppliers.

Find out more about our sales order processing software.

Howdens Joinery

“In terms of technical scalability K8 is ready to go from 1 depot to 600+. It can be used just as effectively by small businesses as by large operations like ours.”

Clive Cockburn, CIO, Howdens Joinery Co.

A company that operates 642+ branches and manages 450,000 trade accounts clearly needs robust software to ensure sales are processed efficiently and inventory is managed visibly and accurately. Ten years ago Howdens Joinery chose K8, an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) solution developed by Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) to replace its ageing legacy system. Since then the relationship between the two companies has evolved into a strong partnership that has seen the KCS team working closely with Howdens to help them achieve their business objectives and regular reviews to plan future strategic developments.

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Interstate + Lakeland Lumber Corp of Greenwich, CT is delighted to be partnering with Dancik International to deliver their replacement ERP solution with the award winning software, K8.

Interstate + Lakeland Lumber Corp

CARY, NC - Dancik International, a Kerridge Commerical Systems Company, announced today that Interstate + Lakeland Lumber Corp of Greenwich, CT selected K8 as the integrated business solution to replace their current ERP.

Interstate + Lakeland Lumber Corp are a full-service building materials and custom millwork supplier that has been dedicated to servicing the finest builders and contractors throughout Westchester, NY, and Fairfield, CT since 1922. With eight locations they are the premier supplier of lumber, engineered wood, millwork, tooling, and all of your exterior and interior trim needs.

“K8 has real pedigree, heritage and leading-edge functionality coupled with a clear and comprehensive product roadmap that demonstrates a long-term commitment to our industry in North America,” stated Gary Schneidman, CFO of Interstate + Lakeland Lumber. “Dancik has great leadership, vision, culture and outstanding people which combined to form an important part of our selection process and we believe we have found a long-term partner who will support us to fulfill our business strategy and goals for the future.”

“Dancik is proud to be associated with Interstate + Lakeland Lumber Corp” commented Alan Cross, Executive Vice President North America. “Their attention to detail, deep domain knowledge and passion for the industry was evident from our first meeting, and we are excited to be working together to deliver success with K8 across their business.”

For more information on Interstate + Lakeland Lumber Corp visit, www.interstatelumber.com.
For more information on Dancik International visit, www.dancik.com.


About Dancik International

Dancik International provides integrated software solutions focused on servicing the building materials, lumber, floor coverings, home décor, electrical and plumbing distribution, wholesale and retail markets. Immersed in software delivery for over 35 years, their technical experts are thought leaders in business management solutions, and their innovative and flexible approach ensures long-term customer engagement. Dancik focuses on providing world class solutions for lumber, flooring, tile, plumbing, HVAC and building materials verticals. The Dancik team has one clear mission: to design and deliver high performance, integrated ERP solutions that enable dealer and distribution customers to source effectively, stock efficiently, sell profitably and service competitively. Dancik is part of the Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) Group of companies. To learn more, visit www.dancik.com

Business intelligence at your fingertips

Chris Hirst

Chris Hirst, head of pre-sales at Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS), explains how using a computer system with a fully integrated business intelligence (BI) module can provide you with clear insights into every aspect of your business, help you spot trends and support you in making crucial business decisions.

To find out more, read the full blog post.

Reporting Dashboards

With our solutions you gain instant access to performance measures such as sales versus targets, aged debt profile, inventory on-hand, orders taken, supplier performance and many others, you can be sure that you stay connected to the business at all times. Reporting Dashboards provide your business with the ability to tailor and create your own KPI’s and reports that can be delivered to your users, on their Desktop, Smartphone or Tablet.

Find out more about our business intelligence solutions.

The benefits of ERP systems with integrated financials

Sanjay Fatania, Financial Implementation Manager at Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS), explains how using a computer system with fully integrated financials delivers greater efficiency, visibility and faster decision making to your business.

There’s plenty of uncertainty in the current economic climate and every business owner or financial manager wants constant, fast access to the most up to date and accurate financial information. Using a computer system that combines a trading system with fully integrated financials means up to the minute sales figures, debtor position, cash, stock values, etc., will always be immediately available for informed analysis.

To find out more, read the full blog post.

Is it time to get on-line?

Tony Pey, Head of Sales Engineering at Kerridge Commercial Systems, explains the benefits of using eCommerce.

You may have heard that introducing eCommerce is one of the most profitable changes you can make to your business. And, that your new ‘virtual’ branch will soon be generating valuable incremental sales, increasing your turnover and delivering a 24/7 service to your customers.

To find out more, read the full blog post.

E.H. Smith

“Our decision to go with K8 was based upon many factors and in particular its ability to manage rebates, inventory and margins.”

John Cave, Technical Sales Director, EH Smith Builders Merchants

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) is delighted to announce that, after a rigorous selection process, EH Smith Builders Merchants has chosen KCS as its ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems provider.

An experienced team, under the leadership of John Cave (Technical Sales Director) has spent 12 months evaluating a wide range of options and speaking to their buying group peers. John says “Our decision to go with K8 was based upon many factors and in particular its ability to manage rebates, inventory and margins. Furthermore, the strength and depth of knowledge of our sector within the KCS team was unrivalled.”

This investment in ERP systems represents one of the biggest single investments made by the Company. A significant level of cost within this investment has been allocated to the training of EH Smith’s very experienced work force.

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IJK Timber

"We liked K8 because of its ability to deal with timber lengths and widths and the fact it had an integrated financial package."

Graham Knox, Managing Director, I.J.K Timber Group

I.J.K Timber Group, a timber company operating from two sites in Northern Ireland, is about to implement K8 software from Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS). The Belfast and Dungannon based company imports and distributes softwood and hardwood as well as constructional and decorative panel products.

Trading as Irvin & Sellers, Keizer Venesta and Northern Hardwood in the Irish market, the team completed a management buy-out in May 2004 from their previous owners - who bought the companies from Meyer International in 1991. Today they supply kitchen manufacturers, joinery works, builders’ merchants, shop fitters, furniture manufacturers and builders.

The I.J.K team decided to upgrade to K8 because their existing, ageing system lacked the functionality they needed for stock management and reporting. “Our existing system was causing us to do too many workarounds in order to get the management information we needed to make better decisions,” said Managing Director, Graham Knox. “We liked K8 because of its ability to deal with timber lengths and widths and the fact it had an integrated financial package. We’ll also be using the CRM, warehouse management and delivery scheduling functions within K8 and are looking forward to working with the KCS team to integrate our hardwood tally devices into the system.”

Graham believes once K8 is in place he’ll be able to enhance customer service levels through the simplified sales order process which will deliver a shorter lead time between receipt of orders and deliveries. “Some of K8’s features will be new to us as a business, such as automated order confirmations and automated purchase forecasting. And, because we’ll be able to access product information much faster and be able to streamline and simplify many of our existing processes, I’m confident we’ll soon see efficiencies.”

Graham said he’s been impressed with the KCS team who are very knowledgeable about the timber industry. “They were really interested in understanding how we like to do business and I’m looking forward to a smooth transition to the new system.”

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Konnect17

"One of the key messages for our customers to take away was that in challenging trading environments, they can rely on K8 and the Kerridge Commercial Systems team to support their businesses..."

Andrew Wilkinson, European Sales Director, Kerridge Commercial Systems

Konnect17 – a two-day customer conference held recently for users of K8 software, was the best-attended Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) customer conference yet, with 30% more merchants present than at last year’s event.

The 200 delegates learnt that 34,000 man-days had been invested by the company in developing the latest version of K8, with a focus on producing solutions such as apps that make it easier for their customers to engage with them. The software’s enhanced business intelligence modules are now making it easier for companies to measure real time performance against targets, and the latest responsive version of K8 Web Builder is providing merchants with an online trading platform that delivers a superb experience to meet the expectations of today’s customers.

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CARY, NC – May 2017 – Dancik, a Kerridge Commercial Systems Company, provider of integrated software solutions focused on servicing the building materials, lumber, floor coverings, electrical and plumbing distribution, wholesale and retail markets, announced today that Premier Tile purchased a 35 user SaaS license for Navigator, DNav-BI, DNav-Online, and DNav-EDI.

Premier Tile is a leading distributor of tile, stone, LVP/LVT, brick and related accessories. With locations in Kansas City, Omaha and St. Louis, they serve flooring retailers throughout the Midwest.

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Empire Pipe & Supply

June 2017 — Houston — Over the weekend, Empire Pipe & Supply completed their successful implementation and went live with an on-premise Mincron distribution management software solution. Thanks to the dedicated team at Mincron, and the effort put in by everyone at Empire Pipe & Supply, the implementation was turned around in just five months.

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Supply House Times

June 2017 — Houston, Texas — The May issue of Supply House Times featured the Premier 150, the publication’s annual ranking of distributors with the largest sales volume in the plumbing; pipe, valves & fittings; and HVAC/R markets.

Rankings are determined by the sales volume each company reports from the previous year. While individual companies’ volumes are kept confidential, Supply House Times released several overall statistics gathered from the survey:

  • More than half of the distributors among the Premier 150 reported a sales volume ranging from $50 million to $199 million

  • Plumbing distributors on the list reported $12.8 billion in total sales

  • The HVAC/R distributors realized $13 billion in sales

  • Distributors in the PVF market, which has struggled in recent years, had the highest total, with $15.1 billion in sales

  • There is bullish optimism among distributors in all three market segments, with 92% expecting sales gains in 2017

Mincron, a Kerridge Commercial Systems Company, congratulates all the deserving distributors included among the Premier 150, and we particularly applaud the achievements of our customers that were recognized:

  • #2 — HD Supply (Waterworks Division)

  • #3 — Watsco

  • #6 — Hajoca (LCR/M operations)

  • #10 — MORSCO (Fortiline operations)

  • #15 — Groupe Deschenes

  • #22 — Dakota Supply Group

  • #39 — N.B. Handy Co.

  • #46 — Plumb Supply Co.

  • #63 — Plumbing Distributors Inc.

  • #70 — Central Supply Co.

  • #85 — Blackman Supply Co.

  • #109 — Acme Refrigeration of Baton Rouge

  • #116 — Hinkle Metals & Supply Co.

  • #149 — Columbia Specialty Co.

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As the report’s introduction noted, “The companies on the list are successful for many reasons — including a willingness to adapt to industry changes being one of them.”

The introduction also shared a comment from Mincron customer Michael Taylor, President of Long Beach, Calif.-based Columbia Specialty, who described the improvement in that state’s business conditions: “The California economy is gaining momentum into 2017, which includes increasing activity in commercial and industrial construction.”

Learn more about Mincron and our business management solutions!


About Mincron and Kerridge Commercial Systems

Mincron, a KCS Group company, provides innovative business management solutions that are flexible, scalable and fully integrated. Our customers range from multi-national publically traded companies to single-location family owned businesses. Typically, customers achieve ROI on their investment within just a few years. U.K.-based Kerridge Commercial Systems designs and delivers high-performance, integrated ERP solutions that enable distributive trade customers to source, stock, sell and service more competitively. With four decades of experience, they are thought leaders in trading and management technology.

Press Contact:
Mary Jo Martin
Marketing Manager
mjmartin@mincron.com
281-999-7010 x3010

Engineering Services Electrical (ESE) have signed an agreement to become Datawright’s newest customer. The company have chosen the K8 Field Service solution to support growth plans for their energy management, property and facilities business.

Established in August 1992, ESE work with a range of public/private sector business and domestic end users across Northern Ireland. The company provide a comprehensive range of essential facility services including, Building Services, Plumbing and Mechanical and Electrical Installation and Testing, Pest Control, Waste Management, Landscaping and Consumables.

ESE chose K8 Field Service for its range of functionality. Key to their decision was precise control over all field service processes. ESE also required a fully integrated field service mobile app and comprehensive back office functions to streamline processes such as call logging. Their K8 system will go-live with 7 full users and 25 mobile app users.

ESE have recently won a substantial 7-year service contract for two large Housing Associations in Northern Ireland. This will be a partnership contract with Bayview Contracts.

Bayview Contracts are an existing Datawright customer using K8 Field Service. ESE had previously been evaluating software options for a long period; the new housing contract win meant that they needed a solution that would fit both their current requirements, and their future requirements, as they grow.

Darren Johnson, Director at ESE said: “We have a very good working relationship with Bayview Contracts and we were impressed with the way they utilised the K8 Field Service system to manage their operations. We were confident that K8 Field Service would provide the future-proof flexibility for expansion that we were looking for.”

For more information about Engineering Services Electrical, please visit their website.


About Datawright

Datawright provide advanced business management systems, installation and support services to manufacturing and field service customers, large and small. Datawright have been immersed in the manufacturing and field service markets for over 35 years and have developed class leading, functionally rich and highly flexible ERP systems: K8 Manufacturing and K8 Field Service.

Datawright is a Kerridge Commercial Systems company - a group of companies specialising in providing leading, market-specific, business management solutions across the world.

Elta Automotive

“I know we made the right decision when we chose K8. We gained so much more functionality and now we work faster and much more efficiently.”

Stuart Poole, Product Analyst, Elta Automotive

Stuart recommended K8 to his managing director because, as well as being a system that was fast and easy to use, he liked how Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) was a ‘one product’ company, committed to developing its core K8 solution. He was also reassured by KCS’s automotive heritage and how several large companies in the industry were already using it successfully.

Read the full story here.

Markovitz

"A big part of the decision to go with K8 was how effectively it manages rebates, which at the moment we have to track manually."

Mike Davies-Key, Commercial Manager, Markovitz Builders’ and Plumbers’ Merchants

K8 software goes live at Markovitz Builders’ and Plumbers’ Merchants this summer. The company had been about to sign with another ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) provider when a fellow merchant suggested they look at K8.

Read the full story here.

Houston, Texas — It took less than three months for A-H Distributors to implement the Mincron warehouse management solution at their new 150,000-square-foot Distribution Center in New Brunswick, N.J. Project Manager Rene Jones described the process as “very simple” and added that the staff got confident with using it during their preliminary training sessions.

The location is ideal — near major roadways that provide easy access to the DC’s five shipping bays for inbound and outbound trucks. Currently A-H Distributors holds about 7,000 SKUs of plumbing, heating, electrical, PVF, drainage and specialty products in its inventory.

Jones, who has 20 years of experience improving warehouse operations as the founder and President of Total Logistics Solutions.

“Part of my expertise is process flow,” he noted. “The Mincron automated system will be very advantageous to A-H Distributors. Everything in that environment revolves around efficiency and accuracy, and this will help them maximize both.”

The Mincron StockSmart Warehouse Management System allows distributors to maintain a 99.9% inventory accuracy level while increasing the speed with which staff can receive, pick and ship product.

“Our solution automates warehouse workloads, minimizes disruptions and errors, and enables management to react and respond quickly to customers’ special needs,” said Mincron Director of Operations Jonathan Lindle. “It also helps distributors capitalize on their use of available space, equipment and personnel.”

Jones agreed. “This system allowed A-H to install higher shelving, which gives them a greater capacity for inventory,” he said. “And it works hand-in-hand with their turret material handling machines, which allows staff to dramatically increase their efficiency.”

A turret might best be described as a forklift on steroids.

“In a typical warehouse environment with forklifts, drivers are always on the lookout for the aisle and shelf they need,” noted Jones. “They also have to stop, turn and raise the forklift each time they handle a product. All of that adds more time to the process.

“A wire guidance system in the floor that is tied into the A-H warehouse management solution runs the turret at the new DC. Product is scanned as it is received, and then the system does the rest until it is in their customers’ hands. When the driver locks an order into the system, a wire literally guides the equipment to the exact location. As it gets closer, the lift starts rising so it is in the perfect position to automatically and accurately handle the product.”

Because the DC is new, A-H Distributors has no baseline with which to measure its ROI. But Jones is confident that the Mincron system will pay for itself quickly.

“It generates reports that calculate productivity levels for every warehouse activity,” Jones said. “Being able to analyze that data and make any necessary adjustments is an incredibly valuable tool. And the system won’t let the driver pick the wrong item or amount needed. That type of accuracy saves distributors significant time and money in the warehouse.”

As Lindle described, “Mincron’s warehouse solution is designed to be extraordinarily comprehensive and yet be highly flexible. It works equally well with small branch warehouses and massive distribution centers like A-H. And it effectively drives the processes of strictly structured environments as well as it does for those that are rapidly changing and unpredictable.”


About Mincron and Kerridge Commercial Systems

Mincron, a KCS Group company, provides innovative business management solutions that are flexible, scalable and fully integrated. Mincron offers both the SmartDistributor and K8 software solutions, which can be hosted on premise or in the cloud. Our customers range from multi-national publically traded companies to single-location family owned businesses. Typically, customers achieve ROI on their investment within just a few years.

U.K.-based Kerridge Commercial Systems designs and delivers high-performance, integrated ERP solutions that enable distributive trade customers to source, stock, sell and service more competitively. With four decades of experience, they are thought leaders in trading and management technology. Learn more by visiting our website, www.mincron.com.

Press Contact:
Mary Jo Martin
Marketing Manager
mjmartin@mincron.com
281-999-7010 x3010

HOUSTON, Texas — TWC Distributors has signed an agreement to become Mincron’s newest customer. They have chosen our SmartDistributor ERP solution, and plan to be “live” in 2017. TWC is based in Sarasota, Fla., and last year moved into a new headquarters designed by President Tim Milligan. The company operates 10 locations across Florida and Georgia.

Founded in 1989 as an agricultural irrigation distributor, TWC soon expanded to take advantage of the rapidly growing landscape irrigation and supplies market. Since then, they’ve continued to expand their product lines to meet their customers’ changing needs. Their offering now ranges from pumps and filters to septic systems, pond supplies, outdoor lighting and holiday decorative lighting.

According to TWC Technology Manager Tim Millligan Jr., TWC likes the strength of the IBM Power System. He added that they are looking forward “to gaining efficiency, more accurate inventory tracking, and improving their bottom line.”

Milligan, who served as the Project Leader for the search of a new ERP system, stated “the decision was unanimous among the entire team to select Mincron.” He is excited to get started with the implementation, and went on to note several other reasons for choosing the Mincron solution:

  • Smart Distributor is very user friendly, which was a big factor.

  • Everything that the software has to offer fits their needs as a distributor.

  • Their employees will become more productive, and be able to perform their jobs even better.

  • The 30-year reputation that Mincron has built.

"We are looking forward to doing a lot with Mincron,” Milligan shared. “We plan to implement a cycle-counting system, go as paperless as we can, and implement a bar-code system. We are also excited to increase our profit margins because we will be able to easily see where we are currently weak on our price plans.”

He added, “I have to say that Mincron has been very easy to work with and have been very professional in everything that has transpired thus far. I’m excited to get started with the implementation!"


About Mincron

Mincron, a KCS Group company, provides innovative business management solutions that are flexible, scalable and fully integrated. Mincron offers both the SmartDistributor and K8 software solutions, which can be hosted on premises or in the cloud. Our customers range from multi-national publically traded companies to single-location family owned businesses. Typically, customers achieve ROI on their investment within just a few years.

U.K.-based Kerridge Commercial Systems designs and delivers high-performance, integrated ERP solutions that enable distributive trade customers to source, stock, sell and service more competitively. With four decades of experience, they are thought leaders in trading and management technology. Learn more by visiting our website, www.mincron.com.

Press Contact:
Mary Jo Martin
Mincron Software Systems
mjmartin@mincron.com
281-999-7010 x3010

Blackman Plumbing Supply Inc.

HOUSTON — Blackman Plumbing Supply Inc., a Mincron customer since 1988, recently upgraded and went live on version 12.1 of their core ERP system along with version 2.0 of their StockSmart automated warehouse management system. Blackman is planning to implement several more of our business solutions in the near future.

Headquartered in Bayport, N.Y., where they operate a 250,000-square-foot Distribution Center, Blackman Plumbing Supply has 22 fully stocked branches and showrooms in New York and New Jersey that serve the greater NYC metropolitan area. The company distributes plumbing, industrial, waterworks, tools, HVAC and outdoor living products and supplies. In 2016, Blackman entered the Florida market with a 9,000-square-foot showroom in West Palm Beach that features plumbing, tile, lighting and stone.

Blackman’s history dates back to 1921 when Sam Blackman opened a small plumbing supply company in Brooklyn. Among the company’s key historical highlights:

  • Opened their first branch in 1940 in Flushing, N.Y.

  • Entered the HVAC market in 1995.

  • Named Robert Mannheimer the President, CEO and Chairman in 2012 following the death of Richard Blackman, son of the founder.

  • Signed an historic contract in 2014 making Blackman one of the only stocking distributors of the three major plumbing lines — Kohler, American Standard and Toto.

To learn more about Blackman, visit www.blackman.com.

Mincron’s comprehensive ERP solutions give distributors the strategic tools and competitive edge they need to drive growth and improve margins. This functionality maximizes efficiency, reduces costs, increases sales, enhances service — and, ultimately, achieves greater profitability.

The StockSmart warehouse management system facilitates accurate and swift order picking and shipping, while maintaining 99.9% inventory accuracy. It is designed to work equally well with small branch warehouses as well as massive distribution centers. The system automates warehouse workloads, minimizes disruptions, and enables managers to react and respond quickly to meet customers’ special needs. It also guides distributors to make the best use of available space, equipment and personnel.


About Mincron and Kerridge Commercial Systems

Mincron, a KCS Group company, provides innovative business management solutions that are flexible, scalable and fully integrated. Mincron offers both the SmartDistributor and K8 software solutions, which can be hosted on premise or in the cloud. Our customers range from multi-national publically traded companies to single-location family owned businesses. Typically, customers achieve ROI on their investment within just a few years.

U.K.-based Kerridge Commercial Systems designs and delivers high-performance, integrated ERP solutions that enable distributive trade customers to source, stock, sell and service more competitively. With four decades of experience, they are thought leaders in trading and management technology. Learn more by visiting our website, www.mincron.com.

Press Contact:
Mary Jo Martin
Marketing Manager
mjmartin@mincron.com
281-999-7010 x3010

CARY, NC – Dancik, a Kerridge Commercial Systems Company, provider of integrated software solutions focused on servicing the building materials, lumber, floor coverings, electrical and plumbing distribution, wholesale and retail markets, announced today that HWF Wholesale selected Dancik Navigator (DNav) to support their considerable distribution business.

HWF is the wholesale division of Higgins Wood Floors, a company that has been in business for over 40 years. HWF Wholesale pride themselves on being a fantastic resource for flooring stores, lumberyards, and professional installers and finishers. HWF have two locations, one in Easton, MA and the other in Rochester, NH. They have over 250,000 SF of unfinished and prefinished wood flooring in stock, offer custom manufactured stair treads & millwork, two fully stocked pro shops, and inside & outside sales staff.

HWF’s current ERP is too narrowly focused on installation, but their considerable distribution requires a more robust system. They decided on DNav for a variety of reasons but specifically to support their substantial distribution business.

DNav is a fully integrated business management solution designed specifically for floor covering retailers, manufacturers, and distributors. Sales processing, mobile data access, inventory management, business intelligence, and accounting are easy to use and fully integrated. DNav’s modern architecture and comprehensive industry-specific functionality make it the ERP for flooring companies.

“DNav is the ERP solution for flooring distributors,” commented Alan Cross, Executive Vice President for KCS North America. “DNav is the result of more than 25 years of industry specific research and development making it the best solution to manage HWF’s distribution business.”

March 2017 — HOUSTON, Texas — Industrial Supply magazine selected Mincron to be one of the companies interviewed for a Software Update feature. The article begins on page 24 of the March/April issue, and a section with comments from Mincron’s Director of Operations Jonathan Lindle is on pages 27-28. Lindle shares some great information about Mincron’s robust Vendor Rebates module; our new browser-based dashboard application that allows users greater flexibility; as well as our comprehensive e-commerce solution, WebSmart B2B and B2C.

Mincron also has a new advertisement (shown here) that appears on page 29 of that issue.

To view the March/April Digital Edition of Industrial Supply, please click here.

In related news, we will be attending the Industrial Supply Association Annual Convention April 22-24 in Denver. Mincron will have a booth in the convention hall on Monday, April 24 during “Supplier Day,” during which we’ll also be taking part in the Network Now meetings. And we look forward to meeting many distributors in their booths as we walk the convention floor on Sunday, April 23, for “Distributor Day,” as well as during other networking opportunities.


About Mincron Software Systems

Mincron, a KCS Group company, provides innovative business management solutions designed specifically for hard goods distributors. Our flexible, scalable, fully integrated ERP systems drive productivity and sales, improve service and reduce costs — ultimately boosting profitability. Mincron offers both the SmartDistributor and K8 software solutions, which can be hosted on premise or in the cloud.

Mincron’s 100% implementation success rate builds a strong foundation for the partnerships that we value with our customers, which range from multi-national publically traded companies to single-location family owned businesses.

Press Contact:
Mary Jo Martin
Mincron Software Systems
mjmartin@mincron.com
281-999-7010 x3010

Dancik International, provider of integrated software solutions, focused on servicing the building materials, lumber, floor coverings, home décor, electrical and plumbing distribution, wholesale and retail markets, announced today that Milwaukee Builders Supply, Inc. has successfully launched K8 to support their rapid growth wholesale building materials distribution business.

Milwaukee Builders Supply is a leading wholesale building materials distributor in southeastern Wisconsin. Success and growth have brought about a need for an integrated solution to support streamlined processes and further expansion. Milwaukee Builders Supply has gone live on K8 approximately one year from being introduced to Dancik and K8 during the North American product launch.

The biggest concern for Milwaukee Builders Supply was that day to day sales not be negatively impacted by the go live process. The K8 team worked closely with the Milwaukee Builders Supply team to ensure there were no interruptions during the transition. “My team is quickly learning with the support of the K8 team,” commented John Lambie, President, Milwaukee Builders Supply. “I have no doubt that within a short time we will be fully functional on our own.”

Milwaukee Builders Supply entered into a partnership with Dancik with the same goal in mind and are pleased to be achieving it. “A week after go live we are already able to see how K8 will help our company run more efficiently and have a clear picture of all inventory movement,” said John Lambie.

Alan Cross, KCS Executive Vice President of North America, said, “We are delighted to partner with MBS and support their business management needs. MBS evaluated K8 against many competitors and was confident K8 was the right software for their growing business.”

K8, a fully-integrated software gives your business the ability to maximize control of your inventory and operations and to better serve your customers. The application is ideal for distributors, manufacturers, wholesalers, and large retailers who need quick order entry procedures, tight control over inventory, visibility of operations, and accurate financial tracking.

We take great pleasure in inviting you to Fusion’17, the combined user conference for all Dancik International and Mincron Software Systems customers. Dancik and Mincron are part of the Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) Group of companies. It is an exciting time for us as we continue to grow and look for opportunities to build stronger relationships with our customers.

Fusion’17 will bring together experts from around the world ensuring a varied program full of learning, networking opportunities, and fun. The agenda will include guest speakers, and breakout sessions focused on all areas of your software to make sure you are getting the most from your investment.

Fusion’17 will be held at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, October 15-18, 2017. Fusion’17 is expected to be an engaging and interactive user experience. Experts from Dancik and Mincron will be available throughout the conference to share knowledge and answer questions. There will be lots of fun and networking opportunities as well!

Fusion’17 promises to be a great event for all Dancik and Mincron users! Save the date October 15-18, 2017 for Fusion’17.

Registration information for Fusion’17 and the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel will be available soon.

Dancik International is pleased to announce that Main Street Art (MSA) selected Dancik Navigator (DNav) as the ideal ERP to help facilitate their lofty growth plans.

Headquartered in Alpine, Utah, MSA is a wholesale distributor of high-quality tile. The family-owned business has been operating for 30+ years. They are known as a source for the finest tile available in North America. MSA chose a SaaS deployment for their organization which will serve a current customer count of ten and projected to grow to 20 by early 2018.

The Dancik project management team will be working closely with MSA in the coming months as they work toward a 2017 go live.

Midwest Refrigeration

Members of the Midwest team in Traverse City include (from left) Jimmy Mowry, Ron McPherson, Jay Hallan, John Semeyn Jr. and John Semeyn Sr.

HOUSTON, Texas — Midwest Refrigeration Supply Company, one of Mincron’s newest customers, has successfully gone live on SmartDistributor 12.1.

The family owned HVAC/R wholesaler, founded in 1945, also provides in-house engineering services and rental tools. In addition to headquarters in Traverse City, Mich., the company has two locations in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

John Semeyn Jr., the fourth generation of his family at Midwest Refrigeration, believes the SmartDistributor ERP system will be instrumental in achieving their strategic long-term goals of growth, streamlining inventory and improving productivity, and opening new locations in Northern Michigan.

He was extremely pleased with how Mincron managed the implementation process and the hands-on support provided by the Mincron team. Semeyn added that the transition was the ideal opportunity for the company to make improvements to their data organization and item master list, and create a product labeling and description system that simplifies product searches.

“When I was interviewing software providers, it meant a lot to me that the Mincron sales guys had come from careers in distribution and were recommending a system they had first-hand experience using,” Semeyn said. “They know the needs of a business like ours, and how important it is to have a seamless transition when implementing a new system.

“I can’t emphasize enough the high level of support we received from everyone at Mincron. They followed through and delivered on the promises they made during the sales process. Whenever we called, a person answered the phone. Every time we had questions, our account manager was right there for us. And when we had some turnover in our accounting staff, Mincron even sent one of their trainers to help with our back office and ensure they were comfortable using the system.”

Semeyn also praised the staff at Midwest Refrigeration for their loyalty and efforts during the implementation.

“My biggest fear at the start was having them turn on me and not get on board with learning the new system,” he said. “But they really stepped up to the plate. We included them from the beginning in our meetings with Mincron to map out the implementation. And we spent time doing personal training at each location to increase their comfort level. SmartDistributor is so intuitive and easy to navigate that our staff was able to grasp it quickly and see the value and benefits it would provide us. I am so proud of all of them, and of my Dad — who has really embraced it, even though it took me several years to convince him we needed a new software solution.”

Semeyn said the time, effort and resources involved in the decision-making and implementation process have been well worth it.

“We could see operational improvements after just a few days,” he noted. “And within two weeks, I felt like everyone was already proficient in using the system.

“For wholesalers interested in exploring a new software option, I’d advise them to do their homework and research. Check out the people you’re going to be partnering with and be confident that they are going to follow through on their promises throughout implementation and into the future. The Mincron team was amazing to work with and totally put me at ease. Their on-site support was critical to our success. We couldn’t be more pleased with the process and early results. SmartDistributor was the tool we were missing to help us build our business to the next level.”


About Mincron

Mincron Software Systems, a KCS company, is a leading provider of innovative, powerful software solutions for wholesale distributor, logistics companies and other businesses requiring tightly integrated enterprise software solutions. Mincron serves customers with exceptional care, training and implementation. Over its 34-year history, the company has maintained a 100% implementation success rate. Mincron assists 16,000 active users in over 1,700 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada that distribute $18 billion of durable goods annually.

Press Contact:
Mary Jo Martin
Mincron Software Systems
mjmartin@mincron.com
281-999-7010 x3010

Dancik International is pleased to announce that Exquisite Rugs selected Dancik Navigator (DNav) as the best ERP to address their consignment and inventory needs.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Exquisite Rugs is a wholesale manufacturer/distributor of high-quality Persian rugs. The family owned business opened 80 years ago and spans three generations. They are known for offering some of the world’s finest fabrics and highest quality rugs. With strategically located consigned inventory Exquisite Rugs service all of North America including a few of Dancik’s existing customers such as Stark Carpet. Exquisite Rugs have a strong focus toward online retailers such as Amazon, Overstock.com, and One Kings Lane.

Making the switch from a software system designed specifically for the rug industry, Exquisite Rugs decided to convert to D-Nav because they required a system better suited to address their consignment and inventory needs while offering flexible web services. Exquisite Rugs will be a SaaS customer with ten concurrent users.

The Dancik project management team will be working closely with Exquisite Rugs in the coming months to ensure a successful go-live.

Empire Pipe and Supply

HOUSTON, TEXAS — Empire Pipe & Supply has chosen to partner with Mincron Software Systems, a leader in providing complete ERP software solutions specifically targeted for durable goods wholesale distributors. Empire, a waterworks distributor based in Birmingham, Ala., with a second location in Tallahassee, Fla., will now run its operations on Mincron’s SmartDistributor core distribution management solution.

Mincron extends a warm welcome to all at Empire as they join the Mincron family of customers.

Blended learning

When you invest in new software, you know that your staff will need training to get the best from the system. Most suppliers offer expert trainers who will train your employees at your business premises. Face-to-face training is valuable: your staff are fully engaged in the training, they can question the trainer and get one-to-one support with any difficulties. However it can be hard to organise, especially if you have more than one site. As well as getting the relevant staff together, you have to find an appropriate training room, and arrange other staff to cover for them, which can be disruptive. Given this, it is not surprising that many companies are using an approach called ‘blended learning’ which supplements face-to-face learning with e-learning.

To find out more, read the full blog post.

Datawright wins Software Innovation Solution of the Year Award

Datawright has won the 2017 Software Innovation Solution of the Year Award for an ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) project delivered to long-term customer, Arlington Automotive (NE). The award forms part of the European IT & Software Excellence Awards, now in their 9th year and established to recognise best practice in customer solutions and service excellence.

Datawright’s relationship with automotive parts manufacturer, Arlington, goes back to 1999 when the company first implemented Datawright's manufacturing focused ERP software, K8 Manufacturing.

Arlington, has a target press stroke per minute for their machine presses, and had been capturing this performance data the following day - when it was often too late to have a direct effect on production rates. Real-time performance data during each shift was becoming a crucial requirement and Datawright therefore designed and implemented a solution to link Arlington’s K8 system with two of their presses. Using Wi-Fi automation devices connected to a micro-switch in each press enabled the presses to become ‘Internet-connected things’ with real time performance data, updated every minute, displayed on shop floor and back office dashboard views.

Prior to the implementation of the IoT project, Arlington’s average output was six parts per minute on each machine. Following implementation, productivity has risen to an average of seven parts per minute, representing a 16% gain in productivity.

Garry Luke, Systems Engineer at Arlington said, “Datawright have been really excellent software service providers, explaining requirements we were unaware of, steering us expertly and helpfully, and offering to undertake extra tasks when we were pressed for time. We could scarcely have asked for a better service in any way. I am particularly indebted to the Datawright team who successfully executed the challenge of implementing the task in under four weeks from appointment - a tremendous achievement.”

Andy Gough, General Manager at Datawright said, “We’re proud of our long and proven record of delivering effective IT problem-solving solutions and value to customers. The Arlington IoT project is a great example of this. We designed and delivered this solution and, what made it unique, was the fact it bridged the hardware/infrastructure and software elements of collecting big data, using the Internet of Things and analysing the data collected. It’s fantastic that our work has been recognised by the European IT & Software Excellence Awards and we’re thrilled that we not only won this award against such strong competition, but were also shortlisted in two further award categories. I’d like to extend a big thank you to all my team who’ve worked extremely hard to achieve such great recognition!"


Datawright is a Kerridge Commercial Systems company - a group of companies specialising in providing leading, market-specific, business management solutions across the world. Datawright provides fully integrated systems, installation and support services to all sizes of manufacturing and field service companies. 

Arlington Automotive Case Study

 

Bearing Man Group

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We talked to Campbell Fuller from Bearing Man Group about the nature of their business and their IT partnership with Kerridge Commercial Systems South Africa.