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Kerridge Commercial Systems announces strategic partnership with OrderEase

Learn more about how KCS, a global distributor of business solutions for distributive trades, has announced a partnership with OrderEase.

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Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a strategic partnership with OrderEase, the market-leading Canadian technology solution that seamlessly connects industry supply chains. The objective of this partnership is to directly address today’s consumer demand to combine both the physical and virtual shopping experience, giving customers instant access to a vast product catalog from which to choose.

This alliance will also provide independent retailers with the exciting opportunity to easily offer endless aisles in-store to their customers, enabling them to browse the catalog and order products not in stock for delivery to the store or home – and all from a single integrated business platform. Purchase orders can then be automatically generated and transmitted electronically to the vendor to streamline the supply chain and deliver a great customer experience. With instant access to the extensive OrderEase product catalog, retailers can easily adopt new products and update vendor prices as required.

Development has already commenced on this close integration between K8 Trader, the powerful point-of-sale solution that is used worldwide by over 10,000 customers today, and OrderEase. This fully integrated solution is planned for release during the first quarter of 2022.

This partnership will provide independent retailers in the LBM space access to a proven point-of-sale solution and a vendor and inventory automation solution operating in businesses across North America.

B2B order management workflow

One of the biggest challenges independent dealers are having is managing inventory, including catalogs, pricing, and maintenance in a timely fashion. The other challenge many dealers have is using a POS system much too complex for their business at a significant upfront and ongoing cost. This partnership is positioned to help alleviate both these challenges.

Paul Neff has joined KCS to lead this expansion into Canada and brings with him 25+ years of experience store level and in LBM software. Cathy Doyle has joined OrderEase to lead the implementation and support of this new initiative for both the K8 Trader POS solution and OrderEase vendor automation. She also brings with her over 25 years of experience in store-level and LBM software.

“The reality is, regardless of the industry, independent retailers are falling behind larger corporate retailers who have significantly invested in best-in-class supply chain technologies. They are falling behind in the ability to be responsive to changing customer expectations for how, when, and where they choose to receive products and services,” says Warren Patterson, CEO of OrderEase. “This partnership between OrderEase and KCS is the key for independent retailers to manage the entire B2B order management workflow - from purchase order to invoice.”

“It is a great opportunity for independent retailers to become more efficient and competitive against larger corporate retailers while improving the selling experience to their customers,” adds Heather Preu, CEO of KCS North America. “KCS is very excited about this partnership, and the level of technology, customer support, and service that both teams bring to the table is best-in-class.”

End to end digitally enabled supply chain network

Kerridge and OrderEase will be exhibiting at the following Canadian LBM industry event in 2022:

WRLA Building & Hardware Showcase | January 19-21, 2022 | Winnipeg RBC Convention Centre

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