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IT Showcase

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) are delighted to be exhibiting at the upcoming itShowcase on 4th December taking place in Manchester at the AJ Bell Stadium.

The show runs 10am – 2pm and is the ideal place to visit if you are reviewing your software. Register for free here.

If you are reviewing your software, come by and see one of our team who will be able to discuss your needs with you and see how KCS can help you meet and exceed your business goals.

We look forward to seeing you there.

IT Showcase

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) are delighted to be exhibiting at the upcoming itShowcase on 3rd December taking place in Derby at Pride Park Stadium.

The show runs 10am – 2pm and is the ideal place to visit if you are reviewing your software. Register for free here.

If you are reviewing your software, come by and see one of our team who will be able to discuss your needs with you and see how KCS can help you meet and exceed your business goals.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Did you know Web Builder supports click & collect?

As well as ordering for delivery, your customers can easily select the branch they wish to collect from, as well as seeing stock availability from within K8 if you wish to enable this. With flexible calendars, you can determine whether to accept orders for immediate collection, or whether you want to set cut-off times so that you have time to prepare the goods.

Click here to discover more on Web Builder.

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) features in the November edition of the Professional Builders Merchants (PBM). Check out the article on Grant & Stone’s decision to extend its use of K8, with the software said to have particular benefits for timber operations.

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Click here to read more on KCS from PBM online.

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Did you know you can use SPAs to control supplier price support agreements?

Visibility of SPA’s is crucial to maintain accurate margins in any supported business. Easy to set up within K8 and applied to lines within sales orders, SPA’s ensure claims for the value that is being supported by your supplier are tracked and can be claimed simply. As these are applied to sales order lines, you get a true reflection of your margins at the time the order is placed.

To find out more, please contact us.

Kerridge Commercial Systems recently launched an initiative that has seen 40 of its staff being trained as Mental Health First Aiders.

Check out the article, published in Builders’ Merchants News (BMN), from Debbie Clifford, our Global Head of Learning & Development, who explains more.

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MAM Software Group, Inc.

Hungerford, UK, October 21, 2019 – Kerridge Commercial Systems (“KCS”), a market leader in software, services and support solutions for trade, wholesale, manufacturing and distribution customers worldwide, today announced it has completed its acquisition of MAM Software Group, Inc. (NASDAQ Capital Market: MAMS) (“MAM Software” or “MAM”), a leading global provider of on-premise and cloud-based business management solutions for the automotive parts, tire and vertical distribution industries, having satisfied all requirements.

Ian Bendelow, CEO of Kerridge Commercial Systems, said, “KCS offers end-to-end ERP solutions including Supply Chain Management, Financial Management, CRM, Warehouse Management, Plant and Hire Management, Transport Management, Business Intelligence, ePOS and more, specifically for the distribution and manufacturing markets. Bringing MAM into the KCS group will strengthen our presence in the automotive aftermarket sector. We believe our broadened set of complementary solutions will allow us to better serve existing customers of both KCS and MAM over the long-term while also providing a very compelling alternative for new customers.”

Mike Jamieson, CEO of MAM Software, said, “The completion of this combination marks a significant milestone for both MAM Software and KCS. Working in partnership with KCS, will provide MAM with opportunities to more effectively serve its customer base through the deep and broad resources of KCS, which has a strong base of more than 15,000 customers globally. We are confident KCS will be able to enhance MAM’s leadership position in the automotive aftermarket space by leveraging the domain expertise of the KCS organization. We look forward to an exciting new chapter together as part of the KCS group.”

About MAM Software Group, Inc.

MAM Software is a leading global provider of cloud-based business and on-premise management solutions for the auto parts, tire and vertical distribution industries. The company provides a portfolio of innovative software (SaaS and packaged), data (DaaS), and integration (iPaaS) services that enable businesses to intelligently manage core business processes, control costs and generate new profit opportunities. MAM’s integrated platforms provide a wealth of rich functionality including: point-of-sale, inventory, purchasing, reporting, data and e-commerce. Wholesale, retail and installer business across North America, the U.K. and Ireland rely on MAM solutions, backed by dedicated teams of experienced service and support professionals. For further information, please visit www.mamsoftware.com.

About Kerridge Commercial Systems

Kerridge Commercial Systems provides specialist software, services and support to deliver fully integrated trading and business management solutions to distributive trades customers, large and small – wherever they are in the world. With our heritage in distributive trades, our technical experts are thought leaders in trading and management technology, and our innovative and flexible approach ensures our customers partner with us for the long-term. Our mission is simple: to design and deliver high performance, integrated ERP solutions that enable our distributive trade customers to source effectively, stock efficiently, sell profitably and service competitively. For further information, please visit www.kerridgecs.com.

Contact:
Kerridge Commercial Systems

Todd Fogarty
Kekst CNC
+1 212 521 4854
todd.fogarty@kekstcnc.com

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Did you know you can easily design your own Workplaces?

A comprehensive suite of workplaces are available as standard within K8, all of which allow you to both see and manage what is going on in your business easily. Behind this summarised information is easy access straight to the details you need, making sure you are always on top of things.

But did you know that you can easily build your own? Simple to use tools within K8, let you construct personalised views of data for groups and for individual users, giving you the data you need, where you need it, for your business.

To find out more, please contact us.

Supplier Engagement Award

“We try to support all BMF initiatives because we believe that working in close partnership with the Federation benefits all its members – and in turn the whole industry. We were particularly honoured at the commendation in this category as it was the first time a service partner has been nominated for the award.”

Paula Hayter, New Business Sales Director

The Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) team was thrilled to be ‘Highly Commended’ by the Builders’ Merchants Federation (BMF) in the Supplier Engagement category at the recent BMF Awards. Just eight companies were shortlisted from over 300 BMF supplier and service members!

The BMF said the shortlisted companies were those that actively sought to gain the greatest value from their BMF membership during the preceding 12 months. And, were those that had successfully integrated their membership of the BMF within their sales and marketing strategies, lending support through attendance at meetings and events and by various forms of sponsorship.

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Collinson

“Right from the outset I believed K8 software was by far superior to anyone else’s.”

Stewart Wilson, Operations Director, Collinson

Scotland’s leading independent tile distributor, Collinson Ceramics, is to implement K8, the fully integrated, business management software solution, developed by Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS).

Stewart said that from when he first started talking to the KCS team, he found them to be highly professional and very open and honest. “Since the first demonstration, I’ve been very impressed with every aspect of the KCS operation. Now we’re in the implementation process, I can see the project manager and his team are a really well organised and committed bunch of people. And as far as the software is concerned, in my opinion there’s no question that K8 is the market leader.”

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Mental Health First Aiders

It is great to see that an additional 12 employees have now qualified as Mental Health First Aiders (MHFA). We now have 29 volunteers qualified at KCS UK & Ireland and have a plan to train more.

Mental health issues are a normal part of life. We all have a personal responsibility to look after our own wellbeing as well as the mental health of those who we work with and care for. The business understands the importance of this, and therefore we have partnered with Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England in order to increase mental health awareness and skills across the business.

Our aim is to support employees by giving them the facts about mental health and the practical skills to support wellbeing, as we work towards building a healthier and more productive workplace, free from stigma.

Libby Koehn

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) announced today that Libby Koehn has been appointed Chief Product Officer (CPO). Koehn’s extensive experience in all areas of software development and her drive for shaping product growth and vision will serve the customer base well as she focuses on the go-forward product strategy.

Koehn is an entrepreneurial leader with over 20 years experience in executive-level roles leading enterprise software product management, strategy, marketing and development at a variety of UK and USA based software companies. Koehn comes to KCS from her most recent role as Chief Product Officer at Brady PLC. Before that, she was the Vice President of Product for Sage’s Enterprise software solutions. As a forward thinking software Product Leader, she has established an impressive track record of managing product design, technical innovation and delivery of large, multi-dimensional, multi-million dollar initiatives that leverage cloud innovation, big data, IoT, machine learning, aritifical intellegence and more. Her expertise includes understanding and working with complex IT concepts and systems and the commercial drivers essential to creating breakthrough omnichannel (enterprise, web, mobile) B2B offerings. Her strong execution-focused approach is a welcomed addition to the KCS group and products.

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Support FAQs

Our Support FAQs handbook is now available. This guide is designed to help you understand your support service.

To find out more, please visit the customer portal support.kerridgecs.com or contact us.

MAM Software

Blue Bell, PA and Hungerford, UK, September 3, 2019 – MAM Software Group, Inc. (NASDAQ Capital Market: MAMS) (“MAM Software” or “MAM”), a leading global provider of on-premise and cloud-based business management solutions for the automotive parts, tire and vertical distribution industries, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement under which it will be acquired by Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS), which provides software, services and support to deliver fully integrated trading and business management solutions to trade, wholesale, manufacturing and distribution customers across the world, in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $154.2 million. Under the terms of the agreement, MAM stockholders will receive $12.12 per share in cash for each common share of MAM, which represents a 14% premium over the closing price on August 30, 2019 and a 38% premium over the prior 90-day average of $8.80 per share.

“This all-cash transaction provides MAM Software’s stockholders with a premium over the pre-announcement market price of their shares, and we believe it will allow our team to increase our focus on long-term success that will benefit customers, employees and partners. Together with KCS, we can offer a broader portfolio of solutions to our customers globally,” said Mike Jamieson, MAM Software CEO.

“We have long believed that a partnership between MAM Software and KCS would create a range of significant strategic opportunities,” said Ian Bendelow, CEO of Kerridge Commercial Systems. “MAM has significant traction in the automotive aftermarket sector that augments our solution offering, and this combination also will expand our U.S. market presence. We look forward to joining with the MAM team as we invest further in the business to accelerate MAM Software’s growth and bring greater value to its customer base.”

Following an extensive review of strategic alternatives and a thorough process, MAM’s Board of Directors have unanimously approved the proposed transaction. Following the execution of the merger agreement, stockholders of MAM representing more than 50% of MAM’s outstanding shares delivered a written consent approving the transaction and no other approval of MAM’s Board of Directors or stockholders is required to complete the transaction. The transaction, which is expected to close in or prior to the fourth quarter of 2019, is subject to certain customary closing conditions. A copy of the definitive agreement will be made available at MAM’s website at www.mamsoftware.com.

Mirus Capital Advisors and Sullivan & Worcester LLP are serving as MAM’s financial and legal advisors, respectively, for this transaction. Kirkland & Ellis LLP is serving as KCS's legal advisor.

About MAM Software Group, Inc.

MAM Software is a leading global provider of cloud-based business and on-premise management solutions for the auto parts, tire and vertical distribution industries. The company provides a portfolio of innovative software (SaaS and packaged), data (DaaS), and integration (iPaaS) services that enable businesses to intelligently manage core business processes, control costs and generate new profit opportunities. MAM's integrated platforms provide a wealth of rich functionality including: point-of-sale, inventory, purchasing, reporting, data and e-commerce. Wholesale, retail and installer business across North America, the U.K. and Ireland rely on MAM solutions, backed by dedicated teams of experienced service and support professionals. For further information, please visit www.mamsoftware.com.

About Kerridge Commercial Systems

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) provides specialist software, services and support to deliver fully integrated trading and business management solutions to distributive trades customers, large and small – wherever they are in the world. With our heritage in distributive trades, our technical experts are thought leaders in trading and management technology, and our innovative and flexible approach ensures our customers partner with us for the long-term. Our mission is simple: to design and deliver high performance, integrated ERP solutions that enable our distributive trade customers to source effectively, stock efficiently, sell profitably and service competitively. For further information, please visit www.kerridgecs.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This communication contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, that are based on beliefs and assumptions of MAM’s management and on information currently available to MAM’s management and that are intended to be covered by the “safe harbor” created by those sections. Forward-looking statements include information concerning MAM’s possible or assumed future results of operations, business strategies, financing plans, competitive position, industry environment, potential growth opportunities, potential market opportunities, the successful closing of this transaction, effects of the transaction, operations as a private company and the location of its headquarters and the effects of competition. Forward-looking statements consist of all statements that are not historical facts and can be identified by terms such as “accelerates,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “could,” “seeks,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “may,” “plans,” “potential,” “predicts,” “projects,” “should,” “will,” “would” or similar expressions and the negatives of those terms. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, as a result of various factors including, without limitation, (1) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the merger agreement; (2) the possibility that the consummation of the proposed acquisition described in this communication does not occur or is delayed, either due to the failure of closing conditions or other reasons; (3) the risk that the proposed acquisition disrupts current plans and operations or increases operating costs and the potential difficulties in customer loss and employee retention as a result of the announcement and consummation of such acquisition; (4) the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against MAM, KCS or others following announcement of the merger agreement and transactions contemplated therein; and (5) those risks and uncertainties described in the Risk Factors and in Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations sections of MAM’s most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K and MAM’s subsequently filed Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. MAM urges you to consider those risks and uncertainties in evaluating its forward-looking statements. Given these uncertainties, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. MAM does not undertake any obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by law.

Additional Information and Where to Find It

In connection with the proposed merger, MAM intends to file relevant materials with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including a preliminary information statement on Schedule 14C. Following the filing of the definitive information statement with the SEC, the Company will mail the definitive information statement to all MAM stockholders. You may obtain copies of all documents filed by MAM with the SEC regarding this transaction, free of charge, at the SEC’s website, www.sec.gov or from MAM’s website at www.mamsoftware.com.

Contact:

MAM Software

Brian H. Callahan
Chief Financial Officer
610-336-9045 ext. 240

Kerridge Commercial Systems

Todd Fogarty
Kekst CNC
212 521 4854
todd.fogarty@kekstcnc.com

Kerridge CS features in Builders Merchants Journal

Kerridge CS features in the August edition of the Builders Merchants Journal (BMJ). Check out the articles on Grant & Stone and JT Dove.

Grant & Stone take K8 to new timber brand

Family-run mixed merchant group extend the use of the K8 ERP solution to its new timber merchant operation.

JT Dove brings K8 on board

Builders' merchant, JT Dove Ltd has made a significant investment in a new ERP system to improve efficiencies and allow for the next phase of growth.

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Neil Abraham

Neil Abraham has joined Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) as Director of Cloud Operations. The position is a new role at KCS, created as part of the company’s continuous investment in their K-Cloud team and cloud-based product service solutions.

The vast majority of customers now choose to consume their mission critical KCS software on a SaaS basis (Software as a Service) delivered from K-Cloud.

Neil and his team will be responsible for the design, provision and support of the whole cloud infrastructure at KCS, including the global management of KCS data centres and relationships with third party vendors/partners. Neil said, “I’ll also be focusing on the methodology that goes into delivering our cloud offerings, to ensure KCS delivers a top quality service in the most efficient way. I want to simplify the process of working with us for our customers, and to deliver a world class cloud service that KCS and our customers have total confidence in and to support their business critical IT systems and processes.”

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Don't be restrained by your ERP

Tony Pey, Head of Product Marketing at Kerridge Commercial Systems, examines how the role of an ERP system is changing. It’s still the engine that drives a business - but today merchants need to choose even more wisely to ensure their system not only delivers the functionality they need now and in the future, but that it can also co-exist in the new technology landscape.

To find out more, read the full blog post.

Advanced Columnar reports can be exported to spreadsheets.

K8 users can export Advanced Columnar reports to a spreadsheet, with formatting preserved. The spreadsheets may also be built on the server rather than connecting to the client directly, meaning that tasks may be configured within the system agent to produce spreadsheets ready for deployment elsewhere (e.g. automatically emailed as attachments via background tasks in the agent to nominated recipients). A user may use any spreadsheet viewer that supports office open xml format to view these spreadsheets.

To find out more, please contact us.

Olympic Fixings

“Previously the only way we sold was through direct selling from the rep, so Vecta has facilitated a more multi-channel approach.”

Paul Gordon, Managing Director, Olympic Fixings

Vecta, the on-line sales analytics and CRM solution, has enabled Paul Gordon, managing director of Olympic Fixings, to spend more time managing and directing his business - rather than chasing data!

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Don't be restrained by your ERP!

ERP solutions have expanded over the years to encapsulate many core business functions including sales, finance, procurement, manufacturing, logistics and marketing. Due diligence on your part is therefore required to understand the breadth of available standard functionality that’s offered – not only for your current business needs but also to support your growth ambitions in the future. Study any potential partner’s roadmap – it may not be relevant to you now but it will give you a good indication of where you may be able to take your business in the future. Avoid bespoke elements to a solution unless absolutely necessary, as these can restrict your options for upgrades and moving your platform forwards in the future. Be mindful too that you will be partnering for the long term so a good cultural fit between you and your ERP provider is essential.

Click here to read the rest of the article online at Timber Trader UK.

Full article: Don't be restrained by your ERP!

The BMF has announced the finalists for its 2019 Supplier Engagement Award. Eight companies, Crystal, Encon Insulation, Ibstock, JCB, Kerridge Commercial Systems, Knauf, Marsh Industries and Velux have been shortlisted for the Award from over 300 BMF supplier and service members.

The eight companies have actively sought to gain the greatest value from their membership during the last 12 months. They have successfully integrated membership of the BMF within their sales and marketing strategies and supported the BMF through attendance at meetings and events, and through various forms of event sponsorship.

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It is great to see that our MD James Mitchell has taken the lead with the Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) team. He and 8 other KCS UK & Ireland employees are now qualified Mental Health First Aiders (MHFA).

Mental health issues are a normal part of life. We all have a personal responsibility to look after our own wellbeing as well as the mental health of those who we work with and care for. The business understands the importance of this, and therefore we have partnered with Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England in order to increase mental health awareness and skills across the business.

Our aim will be to support employees by giving them the facts about mental health and the practical skills to support wellbeing, as we work towards building a healthier and more productive workplace, free from stigma.

Knowledge Base

Our Knowledge Base is available to all K8 users of support.kerridgecs.com.

Highlights:

  • Over 600 articles available
  • Available 24/7, 365 days of the year
  • Aid to self-serve

Our experts have been adding helpful information and ‘how to…’ style articles, and there's more on the way. You will notice the option to “Search Knowledge Articles for Help”. Just type in a few key words, click 'Go', and the relevant articles will be available.

To find out more, please visit the customer portal support.kerridgecs.com or contact us.

Multi stage despatch

Controls are now available to control this process. These allow for items that have been picked to a container (e.g. box or pallet) to be tracked on a pre-configured journey via multiple stages/waypoints through the warehouse and onto the truck. This process can be managed using hand held devices.

To find out more, please contact us.

Grant & Stone Timber Merchants

“Since implementing K8 we now have the accuracy and transparency we were looking for. Booking in and out is now so much better controlled and being a cloud based solution means we have the security of a complete disaster recovery service. Using the OMR (Order Margin Review) in particular is helping us to be more profitable.”

David Oliver, IT Manager Grant & Stone

Grant & Stone was set up in 1987. 50% of the family owned business’s turnover is made up from its builders’ merchants operation, with the remainder from the supply of plumbing and electrical materials. There are 29 branches in total, the newest being Grant & Stone’s first timber merchant, which opened last year in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.

Building Sales Manager, Alan Kent, said, “We’re known for our service being second to none. That’s because we treat our customers as customers, not numbers and that’s where we benefit. Also our product knowledge is very, very good.”

Results

  • Accuracy and transparency across all business processes
  • Data security through cloud based disaster recovery service
  • Clear view of stock position through integrated PI
  • Integrated financial accounting means everything is in one place
  • Manufacturing functionality has enhanced profits in the mill
  • Possibility to inter-operate with apps in the future

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JT Dove

“After a detailed review of the ERP market, I have confidence that this is the right System for JT Dove and that there is no other product with such a depth of advanced functionality for builders merchants.”

Steve Robinson, Managing Director, JT Dove

Leading Builders’ Merchant, JT Dove Ltd, has made a significant investment in a new ERP system to improve efficiencies and allow for the next phase of growth.

The new chosen ERP system, Kerridge Commercial Systems’ (KCS) K8, will be used across all of JT Doves 19 locations by around 190 users throughout the group, across the branches and in head office. The system will allow for better customer service through better support of the team and their daily activities.

K8 is a fully integrated system that comprises financial accounting as well as a suite of apps designed to digitally transform delivery, showroom and warehouse management tasks. These are accessed through the KCS Digital Services gateway that enables users to access, and proactively use, data from their version of K8 on an iOS or Android device.

At JT Dove there will be 60 drivers using the K8 ePOD app that will enable them to access and manage a branch generated electronic manifest with signature capture. KCS’s latest generation digital services will also be used to support their digital web development.

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KRM

“We have Vecta open on our desktops all day and every day. I think we sometimes forget how dependent we are on it. Without Vecta we would feel like we’d had our right arm cut off!”

Rachel Carter, Business Development Manager, KRM Building Supplies Ltd

KRM is an independent, family run builders’ merchant serving Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. The Ilkeston based company supplies a wide range of building products including timber and landscaping materials.

There are 28 staff employed at KRM and customers range from local builders and ground workers to DIY enthusiasts. The experienced team at KRM also offers a brick matching service and materials quantity estimating.

Vecta combines world-class integrated sales analysis with CRM using up-to-date transactional data from a company’s ERP system alongside contact history, diary and more. A fully mobile, browser-based solution, Vecta is accessible 24/7 from desktop, tablet or smartphone.

Results

  • Granular sales analysis provided for the KRM team
  • Lost quotes monitored and analysed in depth
  • Effective diary and call management with link to Outlook
  • System tailored to suit KRM’s needs
  • Sales team able to review performance and customer status
  • Opportunities and issues highlighted via alerts

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Marcrist

“My Director immediately said it was just what we had been looking for - it ticked all the boxes for us.”

Simon Johnson, IT Manager, Marcrist

Marcrist International Limited specialises in the production of diamond-based products for cutting and drilling. The company, seen as a technology leader in its field with its premium quality products, distributes to professional users through merchants and distributors.

Results

  • Smooth implementation of combined sales analysis and CRM solution
  • Browser based customer and sales data always accessible via user dashboards
  • Sales representatives able to generate their own bespoke reports
  • No more re-keying of information into ERP system
  • Gap analysis identifies further sales opportunities
  • Total management visibility of team diaries and performance

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Konnect Conference 2019

The Kerridge CS (KCS) solution portfolio continues to grow

Over 150 of our customers travelled an estimated 60,000 miles between them to attend the Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) customer conference. A statistic, according to UK and Ireland Managing Director, James Mitchell, that demonstrated the enthusiasm K8 users have for learning and updating themselves on current versions and options in the KCS software portfolio.

Click here to watch the highlights video.

Conference delegates included companies that were new to the software as well as those who have been using it for 30 years plus. And, among the delegate companies involved in the distribution of timber and other building materials were those who worked in the more niche industries of fish radar systems and ginger biscuits!

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Nairobi, Kenya

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS), a specialist software provider, is proud to announce that they have officially opened an office in Nairobi, Kenya. KCS is focused on servicing the distributive and retail trades and have software solutions that allows businesses to streamline their processes and operations. These solutions are especially effective in helping businesses manage their stock.

The decision to open an office in Nairobi was made due to KCS already having a significant number of customers in Kenya. This strategic move will therefore further support their existing customer base and grow the business.

Des Nangle, Managing Director of Kerridge Commercial Systems, Africa, said “We are very excited about our investment in to Kenya. An ERP or a proper retail software solution is no longer optional for any SME or larger sized business. The world around us is constantly changing and competition is really tough. As a result, businesses need to maintain a competitive advantage by optimising processes and focusing on their customers. This is what is so great about our ERP and retail solutions; it is cost effective, quick to implement and can really change how a business operates, especially if it involves managing stock.”

KCS already has several Business Partners in Kenya and there are additional opportunities for other local businesses. This supports the Kenyan economy, via FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) and will result in new jobs being created. This initiative further supports and compliments our objective of providing quality service to both existing and new customers.

Trevor Dorasamy will be heading up the new Kenyan office. Dorasamy said “I have been in this industry for many years working closely with customers, matching solutions to individual business needs, resulting in improved performance. I believe that strong relationships are key to successful business journeys and I look forward to that journey with our Kenyan customers.”

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Support for Making Tax Digital for VAT (MTD), which requires the electronic submission of VAT Returns via the HMRC API has been developed within K8. You can prepare your VAT Return within K8 and submit this via the K8 MTD Bridge, which handles all of the communication with HMRC. You’ll have heard a lot from us about MTD recently, but if you still need assistance please don’t hesitate to contact us.

inspHire Limited is pleased to announce its acquisition of the inspHire software business from its reseller Elev8 Australia Pty Ltd.

inspHire has provided its award-winning rental solutions through its local reseller for the last 12 years and now plans to service customers directly. It targets a number of core markets including heavy plant, construction vehicles, powered access equipment, oil and gas equipment, portable toilets, audio visual and medical equipment.

inspHire has been providing its software solutions to the rental industry for a number of years and operates in Europe, North America and Africa, supporting over 1200 companies in 30+ countries. It is part of Kerridge Commercial Systems Group, who provides software to 15,000 customers worldwide, offering end to end ERP solutions including rental, supply chain management, financial management, CRM, warehouse management, transport management, business intelligence and ePOS solutions for the distribution and manufacturing markets.

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Konnect19 - Register here

We are delighted to announce our 2019 customer conference on Wednesday 1st & Thursday 2nd May at The De Vere Cotswold Water Park.

The event will be packed with presentations on the latest innovations with hints and tips on using our products and value-added products, as well as two guest speakers!

There will also be a networking dinner on the evening of Day 1, open to all attendees with plenty of opportunities to socialise and network with peers from your industry.

Soundex and fuzzy logic searching

This enables standard word searches to utilise this search method. For example, typing ‘Brik’ would also return ‘Brick’ , typing ‘Smyth’ would return ‘Smith’, etc. It is possible to set default settings for the search at the system level or for individual searches allowing different searches to behave differently. The settings can be used to select whether the search uses fuzzy logic or soundex, neither or both. There are also settings to determine the “fuzziness” of the search as well as the ordering of the results.

FPS

“Vecta is usually the first thing my team look at in the morning. We all use it on a daily basis and invariably I have it running in the background all the time.”

Graham Knight, Operations Director – South, FPS

How does a leading national wholesale distribution business like FPS use its business systems to stay ahead of the competition?

Vecta for K8 integrated sales analysis and CRM, helps manage customer relationships by uniquely combining world-class sales intelligence with up to date transactional data from a highly sophisticated, wholesale distribution solution. It’s fully mobile, cloud based and accessible 24/7 from desktop, tablet or smartphone.

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Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT

Kerridge CS is pleased to provide MTD compliant software. Here is why K8 is the perfect solution for your business.

To find out more, read the full blog post.

James Mitchell

James Mitchell has joined Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) as Managing Director - UK and Ireland. With a strong background in global business management as well as technical credentials in the software industry, James’ recent roles include senior management positions within CDK, a global supplier of IT solutions for the automotive retail industry.

James’ appointment follows a period of strong growth at KCS, both organic and through acquisition, and will allow CEO Ian Bendelow to focus on the future growth strategy of the KCS group. As managing director of KCS in the UK and Ireland, James will report to Ian Bendelow – alongside the managing directors of the KCS businesses in North America, South Africa and the Netherlands.

James said, “I am delighted to be given the opportunity to lead a company that has such a strong portfolio of products which enable our customers to be market leaders in their industries. KCS’ strong customer partnership and heritage shows the company has been doing the right things over the years. I also value the commitment and backing we have from our investors, our executives’ clear vision as industry leaders for the future and the investments the company makes in innovating global products for the benefit of the entire customer base.”

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Taylor & Sons

“I estimate the system has made the business 50% more efficient than it was before. Invoicing used to take me two or three weeks, now it’s done in less than a day. To me that time saved is priceless.”

Ian Taylor, Taylor & Sons

Ian Taylor’s early career was the perfect education for setting up his own timber merchant business in 2012. Working for a timber importer and processor on the Isle of Dogs he was immersed in the logistics of how timber came in to the UK from Poland, Canada and South America, as well as the machining process. His next job with a timber merchant taught him another aspect of the industry as well as providing valuable product knowledge about sheet and insulation materials.

Before moving into his current premises, Ian ran Taylor & Sons from home and stored his timber in a range of rented farm buildings and at the local cricket club. “In the early days my sons used to help me load up deliveries for the next morning,” he remembered. “In the evenings we could be seen walking the lengths of timber across the pitch as we weren’t allowed to drive the lorry over the grass near the club!”

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Planglow

“I would always recommend K8 LV, as I have always had a very positive experience when using it. The support team is brilliant too and has helped me to support my customers when they want data supplied in a certain format or if I need to create a particularly complicated report. They’re nice people to talk to too – and that counts for a lot!”

Bethen Darby, Director, Planglow

Planglow was an early adopter of K8 LV and started using the software in 2005. Before that the team used a DOS based system for accounting. Director, Bethen Darby, realised she needed a more sophisticated solution that would integrate accounts with sales information and would give her visibility of sales history and available stock. She chose K8 LV because she believed Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) would deliver high quality support and a personal service – a view she still holds to this day and which is now borne out of personal experience.

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The Sunday Times Track 200

We are delighted to announce that Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) has been ranked No. 98 in the Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200.

The league table 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 found leading exporters have quietly secured overseas orders at a record rate almost double that achieved two years ago.

Private mid-market companies grew their international sales by an average of 31% a year for their past two years. Combined profits were £2.3bn, a 77% rise on the 2017 cohort.

This accelerations in sales is in part due to the fall in the pound. Yet it also reflects the strong demand for British goods and services.

Europe is a key market for the majority of the companies (86%) followed by North America (64%) and Asia (37%).

The nine strategic acquisitions KCS made in Europe, the US and South Africa were obviously instrumental in our international sales reaching £30.5m in 2018.

The full league table was published as a ten-page supplement within the business section of The Sunday Times on the 10th February 2019, in print, in the digital edition, and on the Fast Track website:

www.fasttrack.co.uk/company_profile/kerridge-commercial-systems-2/

Reproduced by permission. Copyright The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200

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Making Tax Digital

With changes coming into force relating to the way VAT registered businesses have to file their VAT for periods including and beyond 1st April 2019, Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) has developed a series of software changes within their K8 solution allowing merchants to submit their VAT return directly from their ERP system - in line with these new regulations.

The new ‘Making Tax Digital for VAT’ requirements stipulate that VAT registered businesses with taxable turnover above the VAT registration threshold must keep records in digital form and file their VAT returns using software.

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Primaflow F & P

“We could see K8 was a modern, flexible and robust system that could cope with the demands of our industry.”

David Dunbavand, Programme Director, Primaflow F & P

The UK’s largest plumbing and heating wholesaler, Primaflow F & P, has implemented K8 ERP software across its three regional distribution centres, five regional sales offices and extended trans-shipment network, from which goods are delivered directly to independent merchant customers using the company’s own fleet of vehicles.

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Pete Clegg

Kerridge Commercial Systems, provider of integrated software solutions for manufacturing, wholesale and distribution, have today announced that Electronic Data Processing Limited (EDP) has been rebranded as Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS).

Over four decades of steady growth and diversification, KCS has acquired a number of companies each trading with a different name. With that in mind and after much research and consideration, KCS decided to reduce the complexity of the brand by incorporating each of the new companies within the KCS name, now incorporating and renaming EDP.

Pete Clegg, Sales Account Manager said of the rebrand: “We have grown from a business with sixty people to an organisation with more than 850 and are now part of a strong global brand. The EDP team have worked within very similar markets to our new KCS colleagues for many years now. It is a great opportunity to combine our industry knowledge and expertise to continue to service our customers old and new with innovative, market leading solutions with a strong unified company name.”

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The Evolution of IT Support

Chris Owen, Chief Support Officer at Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS), explains some of the methods that IT support teams use to solve your technological problems.

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Recognising that MTD comes into force for VAT periods starting on or after 1st April 2019, Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) has a series of changes planned which will enable your business to submit your VAT Return directly from the application suite. A new desktop application will enable you to integrate directly with HMRC via the published API. Once the VAT Return has been completed within K8, it will be made available to the new program for onwards transmission.

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Sarnia Foods

“We wanted to reduce the paper trail involved in our business and the system has allowed us to utilise scanning throughout all our processes and barcode everything as it goods in.”

Patrick Finigan. Director, Sarnia Foods

Sarnia Foods develops and manufactures food products for a variety of brands that, for whatever reason, are unable to take their own ideas forward into manufacturing. This allows their clients to concentrate on sales and marketing while the Sarnia team source packaging and ingredients and manage stock, production, packing and shipping. Through a direct link to some of its clients’ websites, the Sarnia team can take orders directly.

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How to Combat Shopping Cart Abandonment

Shopping cart abandonment can lead to major concerns for online businesses, especially when they experience them in high levels. Considering the fact that at least 50% of all carts are abandoned during the online shopping cycle, it is important that online merchants do everything in their power to ensure that customers continue with their shopping process, and complete the purchase.

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AGP Business Software rebrands as Kerridge Commercial Systems

AGP Business Software, supplier of ERP software for various industries, will continue under the flag of Kerridge Commercial Systems, a supplier of advanced, fully integrated business solutions for companies active in the wholesale, rental, projects and installation industries.

The rebranding is the next step after the acquisition of AGP by Kerridge Commercial Systems in January 2018.

AGP Business Software has been working since 1977 to automate and optimize business processes by means of trade, installation, project and rental software. The company has a branch in Capelle aan den IJssel and the head office is in Veghel. Kerridge Commercial Systems is located in Sliedrecht. After the rebranding, the three locations will officially continue as one company and one team with a portfolio of multiple solutions for the trading and distribution, rental, projects and installation sectors.

Broader portfolio of solutions

The current product portfolio of AGP Business Software will remain prominently available within the market. Danny Scheffers, Unit Manager at AGP Business Software at Capelle aan den IJssel: "Our location in Capelle aan den IJssel will continue to focus on solutions specifically aimed at the installation sector. The service and working method also remain the same. However, the rebranding offers opportunities to provide customers with an even broader portfolio of solutions. In addition, we are in the process of updating our current solutions package to support customers even better. "

Rutger Scherpenhuysen, Sales Manager at AGP Business Software Veghel: "With the acquisition of AGP by Kerridge Commercial Systems, we are part of a strong global organization. We have grown from an organization with sixty people to an organization with more than 850 employees. That meant a rapid acceleration in innovation in technology and IT solutions. We can now anticipate the wishes of customers and the market even faster. Thanks to the expansion of our available expertise and our product portfolio, we are also able to serve customers even better. We look forward to continuing with our team under the name Kerridge Commercial Systems. "

7 Essential ERP supplier support staff questions you should ask

Do you feel valued, secure and all swotted up about your prospective ERP solution? If you still feel like you need to get some answers from your supplier, you’re in luck. Kerridge CS has come up with seven essential questions that you need to get the answers to before you invest in Enterprise Resource Planning software.

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How Can You Achieve Digital Transformation?

Tony Pey, Head of Product Marketing, examines how to really achieve digital transformation, by using IT to change your business’s culture and behavior.

You process sales transactions on your ERP system. You have a website. Your customers can trade with you over the internet. You market your business on various social media platforms.

Does this mean you can sit back and bask in the belief that you have ‘digitally transformed’ your business? Unfortunately not. The briefest of research into this complex subject and its definition will show you that ‘digital transformation’ is all about implementing technology to change the culture and behaviours within a business - rather than just using it to streamline existing processes.

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EDP Limited rebrands to Kerridge Commercial Systems

Combining our industry knowledge and expertise

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Pete Clegg, Sales Account Manager said of the rebrand: “We have grown from a business with sixty people to an organisation with more than 850 and are now part of a strong global brand.”