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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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Datawright rebrands to become Kerridge Commercial Systems

3 April, 2018 – Kerridge Commercial Systems, provider of integrated software solutions for manufacturing, field service and distribution, announced today that Datawright has been rebranded as Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS).

Over the last four decades of steady growth and diversification, KCS has acquired several companies each coming with a different name, which has become somewhat complex to navigate. Based on much research and discussion KCS has decided to reduce the complexity of their brand by renaming Datawright.

“We are very excited to make this announcement,” explained Kevin Stalker, Software Director. “As we continue to grow as a group, it makes sense to have our people and products under one brand name. The Kerridge Commercial Systems brand reflects our commitment to remain at the forefront of technology for our manufacturing, field service and distribution customers globally. We will continue to focus on innovating and delivering market-leading ERP solutions – only now we are reflecting this with a strong, unified company name.”

UK headquartered KCS already provides software to 15,000 customers worldwide, offering end to end ERP solutions including Supply Chain Management, Financial Management, CRM, Warehouse Management, Business Intelligence, ePOS, and more, specifically for the distribution, manufacturing and field service markets. The rebrand supports the company’s strategy of continued growth and follows five acquisitions during the last 24 months in the UK, USA, South Africa and the Netherlands.

The rebrand does not involve any changes to existing products. KCS believes that providing all of their services under one powerful brand will make them a stronger partner to their customers, enabling them to provide even more value to their own customers.

“The rebrand will have minimal effect on our customers. It’s very much 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.” Kevin Stalker, Software Director.

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 product offering globally, and are counting on the continued support of their customers.


About Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS)

KCS provides advanced, fully integrated business systems, installation and support services for the manufacturing, field service and distributive markets. The company has over 40 years of extensive knowledge and experience of working with manufacturers, field service engineers and distributors across many sectors. The company’s class leading solutions are functionally rich and highly flexible.

The KCS product solution set has a track record of delivering wide ranging benefits including greater operational efficiency and cost savings, resource and asset utilisation, together with real-time information for management decision making.

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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Tadhg O'Connor Ltd

“We wanted a system that allows some flexibility over what level of discount can be given so we can manage our margin better and increase profitability.”

Eoin O’Connor, Managing Director, Tadhg O’Connor Ltd

Limerick based Tadhg O’Connor Ltd, one of the larger stores in the Topline group, is about to implement a new ERP system provided by Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS). The family owned business operates two builders’ merchant branches and a furniture store.

Business is split 50/50 between trade and retail customers and there are more than 600 trade account customers.

Managing Director, Eoin O’Connor said, “We’re successful because our staff offer excellent service and our customers know they can rely on us having the right stock delivered in a timely fashion in perfect condition and at good value.”

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Nordstrom Timber

“When K8 goes live across the business we’ll be able to use the Works Order module to relay information and orders more efficiently as well as making sure we’re earning a profit on every job.”

David Nordstrom, General Manager, Nordstrom Timber

Nordstrom Timber is the largest independent timber merchant in the City of Sunderland. Established in 1953 by Herman Nordstrom, the company has grown steadily since then through the leadership of Herman’s son, Alan, and more recently Alan’s son and daughter, David and Lynne.

The company supplies both trade and retail customers from a large site in Hendon. A vast range of timber including C24 grade carcassing, dressed timbers, sheet materials, skirtings and mouldings is stored in one of two warehouses alongside the trade counter, a hardware showroom and a complete showhouse displaying kitchens and bedrooms, doors, windows and staircases. A second warehouse accommodates a joiner shop for the production of bespoke joinery and a machine shop where original interiors for heritage projects can be matched. Recently the company supplied all the interior joinery, including the hardwood paneling, used in the restoration of Sunderland’s Roker Pier Lighthouse.

“We’re most proud of our staff,” said General Manager, David Nordstrom. “Most of them have been with us for several decades and have great knowledge and expertise of our trade. We’re determined to stay on top of what we do and our customers know they can rely on us for good service and good quality materials that are responsibly sourced.”

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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.”

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Newbury College

A lunch was held last week to celebrate the long-term relationship between Hungerford-based Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) and Newbury College.

Over the last 15 years, KCS has provided IT equipment to the college, supported careers events and welcomed students on work placements. CEO of Kerridge Commercial Systems, Ian Bendelow, and College Principal and CEO, Dr Anne Murdoch, attended the lunch along with other members of college staff and KCS employees.

Ian Bendelow said, “As a leading software provider we recognise the great variety and quality of career opportunities our industry offers to students of IT. This is why we are delighted to support the college’s IT curriculum.”

Several students have been employed by KCS following the completion of their IT course at Newbury College. Ex-student, Polly Theobald, who also attended the lunch, now works at KCS as a trainee software engineer.

Mr Bendelow added, “Our links with the community are very important to us and we’re in the process of strengthening existing relationships – as well as developing new ones - with local schools and other educational establishments. We’re in the unique position of being able to provide very relevant support to students considering a future in the world of IT, and I want KCS to have the opportunity to encourage as many of them as possible.”

KCS develops, provides and supports fully integrated trading and business management software solutions for distributive companies such as merchants, wholesalers and retailers.

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What are Advanced Web Services?

It doesn’t seem all that long ago when K8 was the primary software platform that Kerridge Commercial Systems’ (KCS) customers used to run their businesses. For the most part, there were rather fewer third party software products to consider; the need for their integration was more the exception than the rule. But as we now know, the internet, ecommerce solutions and mobile technologies would change that position significantly, with opportunity and benefit potential on a scale that could have barely been imagined a few years back.

To find out more, read the full blog post.

Wm Coulthard

One of the North East’s longest-established firms has invested in K8 Manufacturing ERP software from Kerridge Commercial Systems.

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) are pleased to announce that Wm Coulthard & Co have decided to partner with them to rollout K8 Manufacturing throughout their business.

Wm Coulthard, founded in 1888, provides extensive engineering and manufacturing excellence in a wide range of products. The business has grown consistently during the last 50 years and now have enviable experience in supplying thousands of bespoke lubrication and lube oil systems in every type of environment around the world.

An important element of Wm Coulthard’s ERP search was a software system to fit not only their requirements of today, but also their future as they grow. A key requirement for the company was a full manufacturing suite to provide full visibility of their manufacturing processes. Wm Coulthard also wanted a user-friendly system that would allow them total control over their manufacturing profit margins.

The lubrication systems that Wm Coulthard design are universally heralded for their reliability, high quality and longevity; the company wanted an ERP system to match. After reviewing several systems, Wm Coulthard decided that the comprehensive integrated functionality offered by K8 Manufacturing would be a platform for the future.

The K8 system will bring wide-ranging benefits and help to ensure Wm Coulthard’s projected growth.


About WM Coulthard & Co

Founded in 1888 Wm Coulthard design and manufacture bespoke industrial lubrication systems for a wide variety of customers. The company is underpinned by an ethos of continual improvement and quality.

Based in the North of England, the company operates from a recently purpose built manufacturing facility in Carlisle, Cumbria (occupied since January 2011); with a second manufacturing site opened during 2013 in Cramlington, Northumberland.

To find out more about Wm Coulthard & Co visit their website: http://wmcoulthard.com/

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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What is a Digital Strategy and how do you create one?

You know that we now live in an increasingly digital world. For businesses, initially this meant having a website, then moving into e-commerce, and more recently, having a social media presence. However, the most forward-thinking businesses have now moved beyond these elements and are busy adopting their digital strategy.

To find out more, read the full blog post.

Longwater

"The KCS offering had a great reputation and was regarded as the market leader by other merchant business owners we questioned."

Colin Clark, Finance Director, Longwater Construction Supplies Ltd

Longwater Construction Supplies Ltd and Longwater (South East) Ltd have decided to use K8, the ERP system developed by Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS). The Longwater companies are based in Norwich and Essex and serve all types of customer from DIY enthusiasts to major groundworking companies.

A fleet of nine trucks in Norwich and two in Essex deliver materials throughout East Anglia. The companies have further plans for growth both geographically and byproduct. Finance Director, Colin Clark, believes the customer service delivered by a very experienced sales team is what sets them apart from the competition. He said,."Our highlevels of service extend to our yard staff and delivery drivers who all regularly receive praise for their reliability, helpfulness and overall dedication to customer needs."

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F30

"I’m also looking forward to using the K8 CRM system and being able to share and store more information effectively."

Rob Pearce, Director, F30

F30 was founded in 2012 as a supplier of specialist building products such as structural waterproofing systems and brickwork and formwork ancillaries to the bricklaying and civil engineering sectors.

An accounts package at ‘breaking point’ was the driver for F30 Building Products Ltd (F30) to upgrade to K8 software from Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) .“The program had served us well,” explained F30 Managing Director, Rob Pearce, “But it was starting to slow down and wasn’t capable of managing the volumes of data we are entering as the business grows.”

“We pride ourselves on unrivalled customer service and expert, unbiased technical advice,” he said. Based in Bristol, the company set up a second depot in Plymouth in 2016 and has already opened a second warehouse there to expand the stock profile to meet local demand. Mr Pearce said he has plans to open further branches with locations still to be confirmed.

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Alan Cross, Executive Vice President North America, features on the cover of the CIO Applications ERP special.

“K8 has the real pedigree, heritage, and leading-edge functionality coupled with a clear and comprehensive product roadmap that demonstrates a long-term commitment to the industry.”

Gary Schneidman, CFO, Interstate + Lakeland Lumber

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) is the headliner in the latest edition of CIO Applications magazine. Alan Cross, KCS Executive Vice President North America, features on the cover of the Enterprise Resource Planning special edition, which offers in-depth coverage of our market-leading ERP solution.

The cover story praises the North American rollout of the KCS brand, which began in 2015 with the acquisition of Dancik International, closely followed by the acquisition of Mincron in 2016. Looking back over the early successes of the North American expansion, CIO Applications concludes that KCS has stayed true to the client-centric philosophy behind the four decades of growth since the company's origins in 1976. Throughout the article, Alan Cross shares insights into the futuristic approach that has placed KCS in the spotlight.

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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.

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Dancik and Mincron rebrand to become Kerridge Commercial Systems

Still the same great solutions, services and support

CARY, NC – September 14, 2017 – Kerridge Commercial Systems, 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 Dancik International and Mincron have been rebranded as Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS).

“We are very excited to make this announcement,” explained Alan Cross KCS Executive Vice President North America, “although it’s very much business as usual with no impact on our customers. As we continue to grow in North America, it makes sense to have our people and products under one brand name. The Kerridge Commercial Systems brand reflects our commitment to remain at the forefront of technology for the distributive trades globally. Our mission is to help our customers source, stock, sell and service competitively. We continue to focus on innovating and delivering market-leading ERP solutions built for the distributive trades – only now we are reflecting this with a strong, unified company name.”

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TBS Building Supplies

“We’ll soon upgrade to Web Builder’s new responsive version as we know that many of our customers are accessing our site on their smartphones. This upgrade will also allow us to offer online account payment.”

Nick Porter, IT Manager, TBS Building Supplies

For the last 10 years Nick Porter has been involved with looking after IT at TBS, a two branch merchant business in Northamptonshire. Nick and his seven strong team are also responsible for managing all the IT systems across the House of Goodness group – the company that owns TBS and operates a variety of other businesses including health food wholesaling, farming, timber importing and worktop manufacturing.

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CRM Project Control Centre

Our Project Control Centre enables you to create projects and to track opportunities, from the initial contact right through to the order and beyond. Projects may be raised for prospective clients or for existing customer opportunities.

You can raise quotations for each project phase, agree pricing terms, and monitor the likelihood of success through regular project status updates. Upon successful conclusion, you can then convert quotations to sales orders and establish a call–off schedule for deliveries. Our software allows you to monitor all costs and invoices to control project profitability, including performance against your original estimates. You can update the project with relevant detail such as project status, start, milestone and end dates, attributes, etc - and use all of these for reporting on progress. You can also add multiple contact details, including those of third parties and other influencers.

Find out more about our CRM software.

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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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 3pm.

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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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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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Arlington Automotive

“Before the IoT project, we had 'gut-feelings’ about teams of operatives being more efficient at certain types of operations than others on certain presses, however there was no reliable performance data to substantiate this. The data provided has enabled us to optimise shifts. Following the initial project on just two presses, parts per machine have increased substantially and we have been able to see a 16% gain in productivity.”

Garry Luke, Systems Engineer, Arlington Automotive

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Kerridge Commercial Systems wins Software Innovation Solution of the Year Award

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) 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.

The relationship with automotive parts manufacturer, Arlington, goes back to 1999 when the company first implemented KCS’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 KCS 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, “KCS 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 KCS team who successfully executed the challenge of implementing the task in under four weeks from appointment - a tremendous achievement.”

Kevin Stalker, Software Director for the KCS group’s manufacturing and field service operation 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 the team who’ve worked extremely hard to achieve such great recognition!"


Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) are a group of companies specialising in providing leading, market-specific, business management solutions across the world. The group’s manufacturing and field service operation, now KCS, was previously known as Datawright.

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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.


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.

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.

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.

Read the full story here.

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.

Premier Tile has been utilizing their current ERP system since 2005, but it became clear that their usage had challenged its capabilities. Additionally, there were many instances in which they could not service their customers in the floor covering business as well as they would like because the system was not designed specifically for flooring. Concerns with hardware infrastructure, lack of future scalability and limited hosting options lead them to select a new business management solution.

DNav is a fully integrated enterprise 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 easy choice for flooring companies looking to take their business to the next level.

“Premier Tile chose Dancik for its ERP solution for a number of reasons,” stated Kerry Reiss, Controller at Premier Tile Corporation. “They are the industry leader for floor covering distribution companies, 100% cloud based, and offer customer access immediately. Also, they are scalable, allowing us to not only meet the needs of today but to easily scale to the needs of tomorrow.”

Alan Cross, KCS Executive Vice President of North America, said, “We are delighted to be working with Premier Tile. Our business management solutions are built on over 25 years of industry specific research and development. We are excited to deliver the next generation flooring ERP to support Premier’s growing business.”

Dancik will work in close collaboration with Premier Tile to ensure a successful implementation avoiding downtime and data corruption issues.

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.

Several Empire employees who had previously worked for another of our customers were instrumental in the reason their company chose a Mincron solution. As Director of Operations Jonathan Lindle described, “They were already familiar with the benefits that the SmartDistributor solution provides, namely its streamlined order processing and its leading inventory management and job management capabilities.”

Empire Pipe & Supply is headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., and has a branch location near Tallahassee, Fla. Founded in 1972, the waterworks distributor has built an outstanding reputation among contractors and municipalities in the Southeastern U.S. Among their broad range of products are materials involved for underground utility work, including steel casing; water meters; ductile iron pipe; and valves and hydrants.

“If it matters to you, it matters to us.”

Mincron, a Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) company, provides business solutions designed with mission-critical tools that help distributors improve efficiency, increase sales, enhance service, reduce costs — and ultimately boost profitability. It accomplishes this by managing, monitoring and analyzing every facet of distribution operations, and providing users with immediate accessibility to real time information and data. Distributors typically report achieving ROI within just a few years.

Our outstanding product is supported by a dedicated staff who have a “Service First” philosophy. They are dedicated to ensuring the most seamless transition possible when bringing a customer’s new system online. Mincron’s very experienced team has developed an implementation checklist of best practices that customers are guided through. Our staff is there every step of the way, including conducting real-world style training for users. And throughout our partnership, each customer has a dedicated support team who knows them and their business — and whose response time can be measured in minutes or hours, not days or weeks.

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.

We are incredibly proud to be your business partner!

Click here to view the complete Premier 150 report.

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.”


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.

Engineering Services Electrical (ESE) have signed an agreement to become Kerridge Commercial Systems’ 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 Kerridge Commercial Systems 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kerridge CS ranked in Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200!

We have been ranked as Britain's 37th fastest-growing International Business

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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.