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Kerridge Commercial Systems Ltd acquire RNH Solutions

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS), a global distributor of business solutions for the distributive trades, is pleased to announce the acquisition of RNH Solutions.

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Your business relies on customer data and records. So, ask yourself. What happens to your livelihood if disaster hits and you lose valuable data? Would you be able to recover your operation quickly? Data failures may sound like distant events that will never happen. But their effects are real and have proved devastating for many businesses.

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NMBS 2021

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) to demonstrate how its solutions can improve efficiency for merchants by digitising essential business processes with the latest version of K8.

Kerridge Commercial Systems will be appearing at the 2021 NMBS Trade Exhibition, held at the CBS Arena (formally Ricoh Arena) in Coventry on 8 & 9 September 2021.

Visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about the latest version of K8, and discover how processes can be digitised to deliver great customer service with a range of integrated apps and ecommerce solutions.

From digital proof of delivery, to digital receipt management and to remote order entry for the sales team, the innovative ERP application is designed to help builders’ merchants streamline and improve their day-to-day operations, managing core processes with ease.

Builders merchants can open up new channels to market with K8’s integrated, easy-to-use, sophisticated ecommerce solutions. Making selling to both trade and consumers online simple, whether that be through K8’s WebPro or through Amazon with the K8 Amazon Connector. Businesses can trade anywhere, any time, on any web-enabled device and online orders can be received directly and seamlessly into K8 for easy onward processing.

Paula Hayter, New Business Sales Director said “We are delighted to be back at the NMBS Trade Exhibition this year. It presents the ideal opportunity for us to meet customers and suppliers face to face. It allows us to discuss the latest version of K8 and how it can help merchants and suppliers streamline operations, deliver digital strategies and compete better in the connected world.”

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Kerridge Commercial Systems Ltd (KCS) is pleased to announce that it has concluded an agreement with BSS, part of the Travis Perkins group, to implement its flagship K8 business solution across the entire BSS estate.

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Reeds of Wantage

Independent decorators’ merchant Reeds of Wantage has been using K8 Trader for almost three years. During this time, the software has supported an almost doubling in turnover and helped the business trade through the coronavirus pandemic - something that wouldn’t otherwise have been possible. The company is now looking forward to reaping the benefits of ecommerce as it transitions to a digital future.

To find out more, read the full case study.

Reduce your risk: 5 reasons your software needs to stay updated

From reducing risk to identifying new initiatives that will save you time and money, your business is constantly moving forwards – but are you taking the right steps to ensure your ERP solution keeps pace? Look after your system, and it will look after your business. Here are our 5 reasons why you simply can’t afford to run an outdated software solution.

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Fenton Packaging

Fenton Packaging, a national packaging stockist and distributor, is reaping the benefits of up-to-date, accurate insights into its sales activity after renewing its focus on Vecta over the past 12 months. The business intelligence (BI) tool is now benefiting every area of the organisation, saving considerable amounts of time and eliminating manual data input processes.

To find out more, read the full case study.

Using your ERP to stock more efficiently

Effective and controlled stock management lies at the heart of any successful distributive trade business. After all, the difference between having too much stock and too little can prove financially, logistically and reputationally damaging for a company – so taking steps to prevent this happening makes sound business sense.

Having an ERP solution in place that’s specifically designed for the distributive trades is critical. After all, you need software that understands the way in which you operate, and offers the functionality you need to stock more efficiently and effectively.

To find out more, read the full blog post.


Independent Builders Merchant Group (IBMG) needed an ERP solution that would allow it to consolidate across a network of 39 branches, but crucially allow its businesses to operate independently.

With four customer-facing brands under its umbrella – Chandlers, Parker Building Supplies, Fairalls and Stamco Timber – finding a platform that would deliver both consistency and growth was essential.

The group found its ideal solution in K8.

To find out more, read the full case study.

Devant Designs

“It was the breadth of functionality offered by K8 Trader that made it appealing.”

Dene Evans, Partner, Devant Designs

Devant Designs, a family-run tile supplier based in Hereford, is expecting to benefit from considerable time savings across its business with the implementation of K8 Trader. The 35-year-oldcompany identified that the manual processes it previously relied upon were no longer sustainable, so went in search of ERP software with sector-specific functionality to automate its core business functions.

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Contributing to a circular economy with ERP software

The past 12 months have proved just how essential it is for businesses to prepare for disruption. One term you might have encountered recently is ‘circular economy’ - and it’s considered one of the core ways in which companies can build resilience, while enhancing their environmental credentials.

But what exactly is a circular economy? And how can ERP software help businesses like yours prepare for a more sustainable future?

To find out more, read the full blog post.

Cloud based software to future proof your business

The need for flexible, forward-thinking ERP software has never been greater for businesses. Companies have had to adapt to changing circumstances over the past year - and in many cases, their ERP solution has been integral to making this happen.

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) provides software that has helped companies trade in different, smarter ways. There are several key features of its ERP solutions that have made this possible, by equipping users with the functionality they need to future-proof their operations.

To find out more, read the full blog post.

Digital revolution

Since we first started to computerise processes almost 30 years ago, the digital revolution has grown to transform almost every aspect of business – and even whole industries.

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Laptops for Kids

Laptops for Kids is a charitable organisation that facilitates the distribution of used digital devices to enable children from disadvantaged backgrounds to participate in remote learning. Giving them access to the technology they need, free of charge, means they can complete homework tasks that would otherwise not be possible without a computer.

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Sales Rep Portal

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) has extended its online trading offering with the launch of K8 Sales Rep Portal, a quick-to-deploy, web-based product that allows field sales teams to take orders while working away from the office. The site can be accessed from anywhere with a suitable internet connection and can be used on smartphone and tablet devices.

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Eyre & Elliston

Independent electrical wholesale distributor Eyre & Elliston first adopted our software in 1998. The company has gone from strength to strength and upgraded over the years to operating with K8, our flagship solution for electrical wholesale, across its entire branch network. It’s the complete business solution that has become embedded in the company’s operations, and will continue to do so.

To find out more, read the full case study.

The rise of digitalisation

All the discussion around digitalisation of the electrotechnical sector, but what does it really mean for your business? If you think digitalisation only means a fully-functioning ecommerce website that will take months to develop, will soak up your team’s time – if indeed you have digital in-house expertise – and your cash too, not so.

Digitalisation is a much broader term that is as much about using digital systems to improve processes and automate your business, minimising paperwork and giving you and your team the freedom to concentrate on developing your existing customers and finding new ones.

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Oswestry Kitchens & Bathrooms

Oswestry Kitchens & Bathrooms has selected K8 Trader to position the company for success as it prepares to open in the coming weeks. The start-up favoured the feature-rich ERP software from Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) over other solutions specifically designed for its industry due to the wide range of functionality it offered.

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Tim Bennett

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) has appointed Tim Bennett as its Partner Alliances Manager, where he will be responsible for accelerating relationships with key partners across the KCS group.

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Rovic Tiles

Rovic Tiles, a major distributor of quality ceramic and porcelain tiles, has enlisted K8 Trader to support its continued expansion. The business will replace its existing business management software with the cloud-based ERP solution from Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) in the coming weeks, which it hopes will bring tangible benefits across the business.

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Move for Mind

At Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) our people are at the very heart of our business and we recognise 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. As a Leadership Team in the UK business, we continuously work towards ensuring we do the best for our people. Being in a pandemic and now in a third national lockdown, supporting our people has never been more important.

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EH Smith Architectural Clay Products

“We worked in partnership with KCS to develop a solution whereby we had a mass amendment ability within the projects module. We can now identify a project, select the changes that need to be made and use that application to bring up all those orders and associated lines.”

James Cave, Senior Business Analyst, EH Smith

Ensuring customers can deliver great service with maximum efficiency is at the heart of the partnership Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) offers to its customers. This means providing the tools they need to source effectively, stock efficiently, sell profitably and service competitively in their respective markets.

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Grant & Stone

Independent merchant Grant & Stone has always considered itself to be ahead of the curve when it comes to technology. There was no better time to go digital than in 2020, a year in which businesses faced both challenges and opportunities. Those with an online presence fared better than most.

To find out more, read the full case study.

Iain Davidson

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) customers can expect to see the continued positive improvement and focus on collaboration and customer service, as the company appoints Iain Davidson as its new Professional Services Group (PSG) Director.

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Noel Burke

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) has strengthened its presence in the Irish market with the appointment of Noel Burke as its New Business Sales Executive, responsible for both Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Based in the midlands, Noel brings 16 years of experience in general management roles, as well as area sales and operations, working for companies such as McMahons, Topline and TJ O'Mahony (HPC Group).

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Anthony Cornwall

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) is pleased to announce that Anthony Cornwall has joined the KCS Automotive Division as Account Director Automotive. Anthony brings with him a wealth of automotive experience having spent twelve years with CDK Global (formerly ADP) as a Major Account Manager and more recently as the Director of International Manufacture Relationships successfully managing relationships with a number of premium vehicle manufacturers and dealer groups.

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EH Smith

“Many of our back office functions could be performed from home - we have a VPN that enables people to use the system from anywhere, and the KCS client had no problem handling these access requests.”

James Cave, Senior Business Analyst, EH Smith

Digital solutions have helped many builders’ merchants future-proof their operations and open up new opportunities, including EH Smith. Senior Business Analyst James Cave reflects on how Kerridge Commercial Systems’ (KCS’) K8 software has helped the company grow, adapt, and meet its digital ambitions for the future.

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Kerridge Commercial Systems has been developing innovative software applications for over 40 years, utilising expertise and experience to deliver you a powerful management solution you can trust to achieve your New Year resolutions and take your business forward in 2021.

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Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) is extending its K8 business management software offering with the launch of ePick, a mobile application that ensures the accurate and efficient picking of stock in branch. By automating the picking process, the app gives users the necessary tools for users to deliver the right products to customers, every time.

The app is compatible with KCS' popular K8 business management software and is available on both Android and iOS devices. K8 ePick is capable of processing pick tasks created within the K8 system, replacing the hand-written validation of printed pick notes and subsequent confirmation within K8.

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Ecommerce Division

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) has today announced the formation of a new strategic Ecommerce Division within the group. The company, with operations across the globe, has recently seen a significant focus on ecommerce and digital technologies.

Announcing this key strategic investment, Tom Jackson, Director of Product Management at KCS, commented: "Our customers have looked to us to provide solutions that can help them meet the challenges posed by the recent pandemic, including changes to their business models.

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Kerridge CS and Phocas Software join forces

Industry leading ERP, Retail and Business Management software provider, Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS), and leading analytics software provider, Phocas Software, today signed a global partnership that will enable KCS’ customers to elevate data held in their KCS systems

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Rental resilience

COVID-19 has presented one of the most staggering economic challenges in memory. As markets around the world begin to pick up pace at varying speeds, how can rental businesses across the globe ensure business sustainability? The answer is circular, and here are the 3 things rental businesses need to know now about the concept of a circular economy:

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9 cloud software benefits for rental businesses

Back in January, 2020 was already being hailed as the year the majority of workloads move to the cloud. Fast-forward and flexible working has swiftly become the new norm - and is powered by cloud software. Here's our round-up of the top 9 cloud benefits you and your rental business can't live without in 2020.

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Desi Building Supplies

“K8 Trader will allow us to expand. We are looking to open new premises further down the line... we would eventually like to branch out into roofing and other areas.”

Cliff Bennett, Branch Manager, Desi Building Supplies

New builders’ merchant chooses Kerridge Commercial Systems’ (KCS) business management solution to speed up stock checking and improve efficiencies.

Choosing software for a new business venture means weighing up the features that are most valuable - and for Desi Building Supplies, stock control functionality was an absolute must. The company was established in early 2020 shortly before lockdown took hold, and it soon became evident that automating stock management processes would make a real difference to the business.

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MAM Software

Changes mark the first anniversary of automotive software company's acquisition by Kerridge Commercial Systems

MAM Software has unveiled its new branding, as the company marks one year since being acquired by Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS).

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Internships to start in October 2020

Kerridge Commercial Systems, a leading ERP, Retail and Business Management software provider for Distributors, Wholesalers, Retailers and the Hiring industry, have launched their first intern program in South Africa.

The Kerridge Commercial Systems South Africa internships started in October 2020 and was the company’s first pilot for intern programs. The company took on ten (10) new interns which is an important contribution to the software industry. More and more skilled resources are needed due to the growing demands of businesses, especially as they continue to digitally transform.

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Trading in new ways

From finding new ways to trade, to ensuring safe working, 2020 has accelerated the need for merchants to embrace digital solutions such as e-commerce. We spoke to the Professional Builders Merchant about the shift to online:

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Keep Selling Profitably

Our UK Managing Director, James Mitchell, spoke to Professional Builders Merchant about how integrated e-commerce solutions from Kerridge Commercial Systems enable companies to continue to sell profitably in these challenging times. 

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“We decided the implementation would be overseen by two project managers. For us, this was quite a positive because it allowed people to get on with their normal jobs; more people would have got involved if the implementation was carried out on site.”

John Caswell, Project Manager, Caswellsgroup

Unusual trading conditions have arisen for many businesses over recent months, and for one company, the coronavirus pandemic came just as it planned to move to a new ERP software provider.

Caswellsgroup, a leading supplier of industrial consumables, was due to go live on Kerridge Commercial Systems’ (KCS) K8 solution when lockdown rules were enforced. Still keen to go live with its new 32-user system, Project Manager John Caswell explained that KCS put forward the idea of a remote implementation.

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Kerridge Commercial Systems recently acquired Unit4 Wholesale and are now pleased to announce that Unit4 Wholesale will, moving forward, operate under the Kerridge Commercial Systems (KNW) brand. “We believe that by merging our products and services to one brand and working as one team, that it will enable us to become a stronger and more strategic partner for our customers”.

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July 2020 - Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS), a leading provider of ERP software, services and support solutions for wholesale, distribution, rental and installation customers worldwide, announced today it has acquired Unit4 Wholesale in the Netherlands.

This acquisition is an important strategic acquisition for KCS in the Benelux and a positive development for Unit4 Wholesale. Unit4 Wholesale will continue to maintain and support existing software solutions and introduce the benefits from the KCS portfolio to its customers to support customers even better

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Kerridge Commercial Systems feature in BMN

James Platt, K8 Portfolio Manager at Kerridge Commercial Systems, spoke with BMN on why sound project management is key to a successful outcome.

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April 2020 - Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS), a leading provider of ERP software, services and support solutions for wholesale, distribution, rental and installation customers worldwide, has today announced its acquisition of Infomat.

This is an important strategic acquisition for KCS in Benelux and a positive development for Infomat. The company will continue to maintain and support its existing software solutions and introduce the benefits of the KCS portfolio to better support its customer base.

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“One of the benefits of Vecta is that it’s a great reporting tool for the remotely based field sales team, giving them the visibility they need around customer history and performance.”

Gary Molloy, Business Systems Manager, Trilanco LTD

Trilanco is a Lancashire-based specialist equine, pet and agricultural products wholesaler. The company supplies brands from all over the world and offers more than 20,000 product lines.

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Heather Preu has joined Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) as Chief Executive Officer – North America. With a strong background in executive leadership, Heather’s recent roles include senior management positions within Infor and IBM, both global suppliers of software solutions.

Heather will take full responsibility for all KCS operations in the USA and Canada, including MAM and KCS (previously known as Dancik and Mincron).

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Dear Customer,

As the effects of Coronavirus deepen across our world I wanted to update you on the work we are doing to support our customers around the world.

All our offices are in home working mode. Our Business Continuity plans have been instigated and all services continue to function with remote working. You should see no degradation of service on our support hot lines, including our 24x7 support service. Our R&D teams continue to develop and innovate and our consultants and training department are continuing to successfully help customers with new implementations, system management and upgrades by way of video conferencing tools.

Over the last 2 weeks we have implemented hundreds of VPN solutions to help many customers work from home. We have provided hundreds of hardware devices to help customers work in a mobile way and we have helped many of our customers move to Cloud Solutions for their business critical systems to ensure business continuity. This week we are launching new web-trading software to help customers rapidly implement internet trading solutions and keep trading electronically.

We are determined to be there and help you innovate, automate and evolve to meet the new trading challenges.

If we can help in any way please do not hesitate to contact your personal Account Manager or the support desk.

Yours sincerely,

Ian Bendelow
Kerridge CS Group CEO

Kerridge Commercial Systems

Dear Customer,

In these unprecedented times, we are reaching out to make sure you know that Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) are here to help. We are working hard to make sure we support your business in any way we can and have put in place measures to ensure all our services continue in every way possible.

Many of you will be listed as critical services / key workers that are crucial in the country's supply chain. Keeping your IT system running is our number one priority. For businesses, finding innovative ways of still trading are important, which is why we are here to help you in any way possible. We will continue to reach out to every customer individually to understand what we can do to help.

Over the last few months, we have invested in technology to enable KCS to carry out our business operations remotely and we are pleased to say that this is fully operational and working well. This includes remote working capability for our staff and Microsoft Teams collaboration technology, which enables us to communicate effectively from various non-office locations, and to conduct remote training and assistance for our customers as required.

We are continuing to offer full support services and we will continue to provide our consultancy and training services remotely. Our account management team is here to help you engage with KCS.

We are already providing remote services such as system health checks, report writing, product file health check and remote training to a number of our customers. Our consultancy department is available to help our customers make the transition to remote working and address any urgent changes in their supply chain.

In light of the dramatic change to the way businesses in the UK & IE are operating, we are making available a variety of quick deployment ecommerce solutions to enable you to interact and continue trading with your customers remotely.

KCS is supported by a team of professionals loyal to the business and dedicated to providing a first class service and we will make sure that together we successfully get through this period.

Please feel free to contact me directly or our support team or your Account Manager through the normal channels.

Finally, in these challenging times I wish you, your families and your work colleagues all the best and hope that you remain healthy.

Kind regards,

James Mitchell | Managing Director UK & Ireland

Kerridge Commercial Systems

Kerridge Commercial Systems featured in Food & Drink International magazine.

Food & Drink International spoke with Director Patrick Finigan at Sarnia Foods about the company’s business software requirements and how Kerridge Commercial Systems has provided everything they need. Read the Q&A…

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Kerridge Commercial Systems featured in Transport and Logistics Magazine

Read how K8 has been key to how PPHM has developed since opening, and how K8 is at the heart of how the business operates and services its customers.

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Gresham Power Electronics

“Most importantly the Kerridge Commercial Systems implementation team were very focused on giving us exactly what we wanted in the way the system was configured. Their ongoing support throughout the project gave us confidence we would get a system that was right for us.”

Karen Jay, Director of Operations & Defence Business

Gresham Power chose K8 MFS software to manage their business processes after their incumbent supplier was no longer able to provide support to their 20-year-old system. “The old DOS based system had been updated with a Windows interface which looked quite user friendly but was anything but,” remembered Karen. “It was such a struggle to get to the information we needed quickly and impossible to extract data for reporting. It was also impossible to delete obsolete parts and the system was getting really clogged up as data cleansing was far too time consuming. We did however have plenty of warning that we would need to upgrade so we had time to look at a number of systems.”

Karen said that the ability of a system to calculate ‘actual’ costs was a key requirement as they seldom made the same piece of equipment twice. “Calculations based on standard or average costs just don’t work for us. We also needed to be able to export all of our existing data to any new system because of the very long-term support we provide. We eventually chose K8 MFS because it provided the costing model we needed, and the team reassured us they could successfully extract all our data. The Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) team were also able to train us using our own data. This made it far easier to check the data fields imported were correct, as our users were working with familiar data. Virtually every other provider we looked at only offered on-line training with documentation that didn’t match what you could see on their videos - with dummy data that bore no relevance to our business.”

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Our Sustainability Policy

Together we can make a difference!

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At Kerridge Commercial Systems we firmly believe that we have a responsibility to our employees, customers, investors, and environment to promote and practice sustainability across our solutions and within our business.