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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.”

The rebranding is another exciting milestone for the Company that has enjoyed great success since arriving here in 2015. “Our customers welcomed us when we came to North America, and we look forward to sharing with them the next exciting chapter of Kerridge Commercial Systems,” said Cross.

The rebrand starts with the launch of the new website on September 14, 2017, in advance of FUSION17, the North American user conference scheduled for October 15-18, 2017.

For more information on Kerridge Commercial Systems visit: www.kerridgecsna.com.


Kerridge Commercial Systems

Kerridge Commercial Systems provides integrated software solutions focused on servicing the building materials, lumber, floor coverings, home décor, electrical, plumbing and automotive aftermarket distribution, wholesale and retail markets. Immersed in software delivery for over 40 years, their technical experts are thought leaders in business management solutions, and their innovative and flexible approach ensures long-term customer engagement. KCS focuses on providing world class solutions for lumber, flooring, tile, plumbing, HVAC and building materials verticals. The KCS 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.

Doug Ashy Building Materials

CARY, NC – September 11, 2017 - Dancik International, a Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) company, announced today that Doug Ashy Building Materials selected K8 as the integrated business solution to replace their current ERP.

Doug Ashy is a family owned lumber, building materials and flooring company founded in 1960. The business has grown to eight locations across Louisiana. Founded by Claire and Doug Ashy in 1960, the company began servicing the Lafayette community with four employees and a single delivery truck. Today, Doug Ashy Sr. is retired, and his sons, Doug Jr., Steve, and Ken continue to provide the building community with a full line of high-quality building materials at their “One Stop Shopping Centers.” Now, Doug Jr. and Steve are joined by their sons DJ, Steven, Michael and Kenny’s son, Cullen, to help continue the dreams of Claire and Doug Ashy.

“Looking forward to a great working relationship with you guys (KCS) for years to come!” Steven Ashy, Jr, Doug Ashy Building Materials. “We didn’t review any other software vendors when making this decision. After seeing K8 in action and speaking with several KCS customers, we knew they were  the company we wanted to partner with.” Rocky Trahan, CFO

"It’s an exciting time at KCS, and we are extremely proud to be working with the great team at Doug Ashy," commented Alan Cross, Executive Vice President North America.  “ It says a lot about K8 that they were prepared to partner with us without looking at other software vendors and we fully intend to repay that confidence  by  delivering the solution they need to support their business for many, many years to come.”

For more information on Doug Ashy Building Materials visit, www.dougashy.com.

Chase Lumber and Fuel Company, Inc.

CARY, NC – September 11, 2017 - Dancik International, a Kerridge Commerical Systems (KCS) Company, is delighted to announce that Chase Lumber and Fuel Company, Inc. of Sun Prairie, WI, has selected K8 as their replacement ERP. Following a detailed selection process, K8 was proven to be the right choice for the business.

Chase Lumber and Fuel Company, Inc. Administrative Manager, Val Stiener, stated, “K8 has the critical functionality we were looking for in a go forward product. With their tremendous speed at POS and overall ease of use, we feel it offers our staff the best IT tools to continue to provide our customers with the level of service that they have become used to. Their dashboards and overall depth of reporting blew us away. The system will provide us the critical information we need to make daily business decisions at a moments’ notice.”

Furthermore, Stiener stated her satisfaction in finding a kindred spirit who believes in customer service; “Our business is and always has been built on relationship and word-of-mouth.  For well over 100 years, we have learned to provide our customers with products and service they want and need and to stand by those commitments come hell or high water.  We feel that the ‘KCS family’ shares those same beliefs.”

Alan Cross, KCS Executive Vice President North America, stated, “Chase Lumber has a 100+ year tradition of taking care of their customers, and we are honored to be working with them to implement K8. They have a real understanding of how they want to serve their customers, so it’s important that their ERP is capable of supporting those important service standards.  We are delighted that K8 was selected to do just that.”

For more information on Chase Lumber and Fuel visit, www.chaselumber.com

Nicklas Supply

CARY, NC – September 1, 2017 – Mincron, a Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) company, provider of integrated software solutions focused on servicing the plumbing, heating, cooling, piping, electrical, building materials distribution, wholesale and retail markets, announced today that Nicklas Supply selected K8 to support their commitment to providing quality kitchen, bath and plumbing products.

Nicklas Supply is a family owned and operated plumbing supplier providing plumbing, kitchen, and bath products since 1956, meeting customer needs whether it is commercial or residential products. They offer unparalleled service and the best products from the most reputable names in the industry at their five locations in Western Pennsylvania.

“We are excited to have real-time data metrics that are consistent across the entire platform,” said Matt Nicklas, IT Director and Operations Manager, Nicklas Supply. “We believe K8 to be a very simple, user-friendly platform that is highly customizeable to our unique business needs.”

K8 is a fully integrated core software system including Financials, BI, WMS and CRM making it the complete ERP package. Complete with Sales Order Processing, Purchase Order Control, Stock Management, Integrated Financials, Business Intelligence, CRM, E-commerce Solutions, Warehouse Management, Tool and Equipment Rental, and much more. K8 is available either on-premises or in the cloud.

“We are delighted to add Nicklas Supply to our list of customers,” commented Alan Cross, Executive Vice President for KCS North America. “KCS and Nicklas Supply have a similar culture making us the best ERP provider for their business.”

For more information on Nicklas Supply visit: www.nicklassupply.com.

Crossville Studios

CARY, NC – August 30, 2017 – Dancik, a Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) 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 Crossville Studios selected Dancik Navigator (DNav) to support their complex distribution business.

Crossville Studios (formerly Crossville Tile & Stone), the distribution division of Crossville Inc., is the leading American manufacturer of beautifully sustainable tile solutions. Their thirty-four showrooms offer a diverse selection of the finest tile and stone from the world’s most respected manufacturers and talented artisans.

From late 2015 to early 2016, three major corporate acquisitions significantly changed the landscape for Crossville Studios. Almost instantly expanding from eighteen to thirty-four locations with a significant growth in territory, employees, sales and inventory, Crossville Studios determined that their current system was not providing the necessary efficiencies for the complexity of their distribution business. After an extensive evaluation of a number of industry-related ERP solutions, the Crossville Studios management team selected Dancik as their software provider.

DNav is a fully integrated business management solution designed specifically for flooring distributors, manufacturers, and retailers. 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.

“We believe utilizing the combination of Navigator, WMS, CRM, SSM, DNav Business Intelligence and DNav Online will provide a solid platform to enhance revenue and profitability through outstanding customer service, proficient processes and quality business analytics,” said David Koenig, Vice President and General Manager, Crossville Studios.

“DNav is the ERP solution for flooring and tile distributors,” commented Alan Cross, Executive Vice President for KCS North America. “DNav is the result of more than 30 years of industry specific research and development making it the best solution to manage Crossville’s distribution business.”

For more information on Crossville Studios visit: www.crossvillestudios.com.

Lezzer Lumber

CARY, NC – August 14, 2017- Dancik International, a Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) Company, is delighted to announce that Lezzer Lumber of Curwensville, Pa have selected K8 as their replacement ERP. Following a detailed selection process, K8 was proven to be the right choice for the business.

Lezzer Lumber CFO, Jay Lee, stated, “K8 had the depth of functionality required to support our growing business and that the flexibility and ease of use conforms to our current business operations and K8 was demonstrably the right choice for us. What stood out for us was that K8 was the complete package as a fully integrated end-to-end solution with no third party solutions and first class functionality designed for our business model.”

Furthermore, Lee recognized the staff from Dancik International as a particular strength; “There was a real sense that the KCS team from the top down were there to help you run your business the way YOU want it; whereas other software providers wanted to change how we run our business to allow their software to work. Dancik International use the tag line Your Business, Your Way and that’s the way they treat you.”

Alan Cross, KCS Executive Vice President North America, stated, “Lezzer Lumber has a long and proud tradition spanning 90 years, and we are honored to be working with them to implement K8. They have a real understanding of how they want to serve their customers, so it’s important that their ERP is capable of supporting those high service standards and we are delighted that K8 was selected to do just that.”

For more information on Lezzer Lumber visit: www.lezzerlumber.com

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 aging 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.

Read the full story and download the pdf.

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.

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 on 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 were unrivaled.”

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.

Read the full story here.

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 lumber 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 buyout 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, aging 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 lumber lengths and widths and the fact it had an integrated financial package. We’ll also be using the CRM, warehouse management, and delivery scheduling functions within K8 and are looking forward to working with the KCS team to integrate our hardwood tally devices into the system.”

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

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

Read the full story here.

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 learned 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.

FUSION17 Keynote Presentation

We are pleased to announce that Jen Slaw former structural engineer and world-record holding expert juggler will present the Keynote address at FUSION17.

You will be amazed, engaged and inspired with an interactive experience that will equip you with creative and collaborative skills to adapt, be nimble, innovate and grow in the face of change. Jen Slaw will demonstrate how to be more balanced, productive, creative problem solvers, effective collaborators, and agents of positive change.

A former structural engineer and world-record holding "expert juggler" (New York Times), Jen demonstrates how to balance responsibilities, engage a team, and lead through purpose, process, and practice. This interactive keynote session will provide strategies and tools for growth, change management, creative problem solving, and innovation. You will have fun physically experiencing the process of working together to learn something new, cementing concepts that will be remembered long past the conference closing session.

THE POWER OF PRACTICE: BUILDING SYSTEMS FOR SUCCESS

It is critical for leaders and business owners to establish a system of best practices. Systems transform organizations. Actions taken or objectives given without direction, coaching, or proper practice will negatively impact organizational growth and results. Leaders must identify priorities and establish sustainability through consistent practice.

  • Learn to step back and assess current practices, determining true cause & effect.
  • Create a collaborative environment built on trust. Learn to delegate and consult with a mentor or advisor to identify priorities and assess system effectiveness.
  • Take ownership of the outcome, maintaining focus and commitment to the vision.
  • Establish best practices and learn from mistakes, creating consistent habits that over time will lead to performance and results.

Don’t miss this engaging and interactive opportunity.

Register for FUSION17 Today!

Reserve your room at The Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.

We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans, October 15-18 at FUSION17!

Irrigation Station

June 28, 2017 — HOUSTON, Texas — Mincron, a Kerridge Commercial Systems Company, announced today that Irrigation Station purchased a 26 user on-premises license for our SmartDistributor ERP system, along with SigSmart for electronic signature capture and proof of delivery.

Irrigation Station is a first-class wholesale distributor of irrigation and landscape supplies. Located in Houston, Texas, with an additional branch in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, they provide commercial and residential contractors in Southeast Texas and Oklahoma with the quality products they need for irrigation, drainage, outdoor lighting, water features, outdoor kitchens and other landscape installations.

Irrigation Station had several requirements for a new ERP solution. One essential requirement was to be able to streamline many of their processes allowing for a real-time environment where order information is current. “We have looked at many different systems, and everyone was missing key functionality. We selected Mincron because they can meet all of our requirement,” said Sam Burtch, Managing Partner of Irrigation Station.

The Mincron team will work closely with Irrigation Station to ensure a successful implementation and go-live in the coming months.

Empire Pipe & Supply

June 13, 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.”

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Williams and Co

“What stood out with K8, was how the KCS team intuitively understood how we operate and that the system’s functionality seemed to be already mapped to fit all our business processes.”

Ray Stafford, Managing Director, Williams & Co

Plumbing and heating merchant Williams operates a strict trade only policy and focuses on serving independently owned businesses with 1 - 5 staff.

“By focusing purely on this type of customer,” explained Managing Director, Ray Stafford, “we can dispense with a retail showroom and concentrate on offering the best value proposition to this specific sector.”

It is an effective business model with the company seeing an annual compound rate of growth of 20% per annum for the last 17 years – a rate Mr. Stafford says he plans will continue.

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

Established in August 1992, ESE works with a range of public/private sector business and domestic end users across Northern Ireland. The company provides 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. The 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 seven full users and 25 mobile app users.

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

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

Darren Johnson, Director at ESE, said: “We have a very good working relationship with Bayview Contracts and we were impressed with the way they utilized 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.

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.

Premier Tile

Dancik wins Premier Tile’s business due to industry leading floor covering functionality

CARY, NC – May 31, 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, Kerridge Commercial Systems (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.

Dancik International, a Kerridge Commercial Systems company and 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 the Cronin Company went live on Navigator (DNav).

The Cronin Company was founded in 1878 and has grown into one of the Northwest’s leading independent wholesale distributors of fine floor covering products. The Cronin Product line includes ceramic tile, hardwood, luxury vinyl tile, WPC products, laminate flooring, plastic laminate, quartz, solid surfacing and a complete range of installation supplies.

“We found that Dancik has a superior integrated inventory management solution that will allow us to be productive and operate more efficiently. We are excited to implement the tools that Dancik provides into our daily operations,” commented Heidi Mandell, President of The Cronin Company.

Throughout the go-live process, The Cronin Company continues to be extremely happy with functionality within the solution provided by Dancik.

QDI Surfaces

Dancik International is pleased to announce that QDI Surfaces selected Dancik Navigator (DNav), DNav-bi, DNav-online, DNav-wms and DNav-showroom manager as the integrated business management solution to support them through innovative growth.

QDIstone is in the business of supplying a vast variety of high-quality natural stone tile, mosaic tile, and pavers at very affordable pricing to the US market. They are an industry leader fully dedicated to natural stone and products that accent and compliment them.

They selected DNav because their current ERP was unable to support them through innovative growth. They found DNav to be the integrated business solution needed to run their entire business.

“As QDI Surfaces continues to grow, we are excited to partner with Dancik International as our software partner of choice. During our research we found Dancik to have the best combination of product and industry expertise to assist us in our continued growth for many years to come.” Tom Orsat, Organizational Planning​

Dancik International is pleased to announce that A World of Tile chose Dancik Navigator (DNav) as the ideal ERP to support every aspect of their business.

A World of Tile was founded in 1989 in Denver, CO. They are a 16 branch company that specializes in retail tile sales. The company is expecting a steady increase in sales in the coming years and found DNav to be the business solution to support every aspect of their business.

The Dancik project management team will be working closely with A World of Tile in the coming months as they work toward a smooth go live.

FUSION17 User Conference: October 15-18, 2017.

We are excited to invite you to register and attend FUSION17, the first annual combined user conference for all Dancik International and Mincron Software Systems customers! As part of the growing Kerridge Commercial Systems group of companies, it is an exciting time for both companies as we join forces for this conference and continue to grow and look for opportunities to build stronger relationships with our customers.

FUSION17 will bring together industry leaders and experts from around the world, ensuring a varied program full of learning, networking opportunities, and fun! The agenda will include guest speakers, sharing of ideas from your colleagues and breakout sessions focused on all areas of your software to make sure you are leveraging your investment with Dancik to improve your company's operating performance.

Who Should Attend FUSION17?

All Dancik customers are invited to attend. The conference has something for everyone! We recommend the conference for corporate executives, IT personnel, accounting, sales and operations managers and team members, branch managers and training managers, warehouse managers, purchasing agents.... in fact, everyone in your company can find benefits in attending!

Register for the conference by September 8th to receive the discounted rate and don't forget to book your hotel room at The Sheraton New Orleans! The registration fee is slightly higher than previous years, but FUSION17 promises more content and programming than ever before. There is a 35% discount available when you register 3 or more attendees.

Register for FUSION17.

Reserve your room at The Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.

We look forward to seeing you at FUSION17 New Orleans October 15-18!

Contact: Lisa White, lwhite@dancik.com or 919-379-3748.

Quemere Designs

Dancik International, a Kerridge Commerical Systems Company, announced today that Quemere Designs has selected K8 via a five user SaaS license to support their handcrafted tile business.

Quemere International Handmade Tile began production in 1987. Quemere tiles are known for having a very detailed handcrafted finish. They are constantly developing new designs, glazes, and colors. Works orders drive their business and K8 was determined to offer the best works orders feature set they had seen in the market.

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. The 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. However, 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 will not 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.”

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 have 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!"

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 a 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.

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 will also be taking part in the Network Now meetings. 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.

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, Kerridge Commercial Systems (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 Fusion17, 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.

Fusion17 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.

Fusion17 will be held at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, October 15-18, 2017. Fusion17 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!

Fusion17 promises to be a great event for all Dancik and Mincron users! Save the date October 15-18, 2017 for Fusion17.

Registration information for Fusion17 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 long-term strategic 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 cannot 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. Moreover, 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. Moreover, 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 would advise them to do their homework and research. Check out the people you are 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.”

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

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

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

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

Empire Pipe and Supply

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

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

Blended learning

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

To find out more, read the full blog post.

Datawright wins Software Innovation Solution of the Year Award

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Arlington Automotive Case Study

IQ Retail

April 2017 - Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS), a market-leading global provider of software solutions to the retail, wholesale, merchant and distribution market, has reached an agreement to acquire IQ Retail, based in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

UK headquartered KCS already provides software to 1,700 customers worldwide, offering end to end ERP solutions including Supply Chain Management, Order 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 three other acquisitions during the last 18 months including 2 in the USA and another previously in South Africa.

Like Kerridge Commercial Systems, IQ Retail has been delivering Retail and ERP Solutions for more than 30 years. The company’s suite of products, currently the leading Retail POS solution in South Africa, is distributed via a channel of 160 business partners.

On completion of the acquisition, the KCS operation will provide solutions to 13,000 customers and 100,000 users in Southern Africa, KCS becomes the region’s leading provider of software solutions to this sector.

IQ Retail will continue to maintain and support its existing solutions and, in time, will introduce new benefits to its 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 IQ Retail suite.

Ian Bendelow, KCS Group CEO, said, “As the second key strategic acquisition in Africa, this further strengthens our presence on the African continent, expands our service capabilities and product offerings. As we further our platform for growth, IQ Retail affirms and aligns with our ongoing business strategy of focusing on the needs of retailers, merchants, wholesalers, and distributors. Our customers will benefit from an even stronger South African based team to support our customer’s needs.

Michael Reyneke, Director of IQ Retail, added, “This acquisition by KCS allows two industry leaders to combine their resources to further strengthen service and product offerings, enabling the delivery of high performance, integrated business management solutions to our customers in Southern Africa. We believe our history, culture and client profile will propel us into the future and we look forward to enhanced offerings for our clientele.”

As Group Managing Director for KCS in Africa, Des Nangle will support IQ Retail Directors, Michael Reyneke, and Chris Steyn - and their team, to ensure the benefits of being part of the larger group are available to all customers.

CIMM2

We are thrilled to partner with Unilog as a Gold Level Sponsor of the CIMM2 Users Group Meeting, which will take place March 5-7, 2017 in Las Vegas. Our Senior K8 Consultant will present a live K8 demo on Monday, March 6 from 2:45 pm to 4:00 pm in Track 4 which is designated for ERP specific sessions.

“We are delighted to be the exclusive ERP vendor supporting the CIMM2 Conference.” - Alan Cross, Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) Executive Vice President North America

K8 by Dancik International, a Kerridge Commercial Systems Group company, is a leading global ERP system that helps Distributors & Dealers create a transparent environment and grow their business without the complexities seen in other ERP solutions.

K8 is a fully integrated, and scalable ERP (single server and single database). We do not sell modules; K8 is a complete system from day one that can support your Distribution or Dealer business for decades and you do not have to worry about add-on products. K8 is 40 years in the making but modernized and positioned for the mobile generation.

Complete with Sales Order Processing, fast Point of Sale, Purchase Order Control, Stock Management, Integrated Accounting (AP, AR, GL and Fixed Assets), Dashboard Business Intelligence, CRM, E-commerce Solutions (B2B and B2C friendly), Wireless Warehouse Management, Manufacturing and even Equipment Rental, K8 offers the unique opportunity to deploy a tier-1 competitive ERP system without the tier-1 ERP price.

Available either on-premises or in the K-Cloud.

“KCS is taking ERP to the next level with K8 designed specifically for the Distributor, Wholesaler & Retailer.” - Suchit Bachalli, President, Unilog

Alan Cross, Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) Executive Vice President North America, discusses KCS's investment in Dancik, Mincron, our software solutions and our customers. The future is full of confidence and growth!

The NAHB International Builders' Show® (IBS) is considered the largest annual light construction show in the world. More than 60,000 participants from 100 countries attend the show every year to see the new and innovative products being showcased. The industry’s most prominent manufacturers and suppliers from around the world bring their latest products, materials, and technologies to the IBS exhibit hall.

While exploring the exhibit hall participants will want to seek out the Dancik booth #S3064. The Dancik K8 team will be ready to discuss your ERP needs, and provide live K8 demonstrations while you enjoy a taste of some of the finest bourbon and scotch we can find.

K8 is a fully-integrated Business Management solution focused on lumber, building materials, flooring, HVAC, electrical and plumbing distributors, wholesalers, suppliers, and retailers. K8, a scalable ERP is a complete system from day one that can support your business for decades and you do not have to worry about add-on products.

K8 is complete with Sales Order Processing, Point of Sale, Purchase Order Control, Stock Management, Integrated Accounting (AP, AR, GL and Fixed Assets), Dashboard Business Intelligence, CRM, E-commerce Solutions (B2B and B2C friendly), Wireless Warehouse Management, Millwork and Manufacturing and even Equipment Rental. K8 offers the unique opportunity to deploy a tier-1 competitive ERP system without the tier-1 ERP price. Available either on-premises or in the K-Cloud.

The K8 team will be available in booth #S3064 January 10-12, 2017 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm to answer questions, discuss ERP needs and provide live demonstrations. The fine Bourbon and Scotch tasting will also take place in booth #S3064 January 10 & 11, 2017 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. While you are at the booth, drop your business card in the fishbowl for the opportunity to win a Yeti cooler or Fitbit Surge.

K8 was first launched in North America at the 2016 IBS show. Since the launch, K8 has been extremely well received throughout North America. We are excited to showcase K8 once again at IBS 2017. Don’t miss a single moment of IBS or the events happening in booth #S3064!

Amex Auto

The automotive after-market in Kenya is fragmented, and competition comes from one-branch businesses. Amex Auto have decided to invest in K8, a sophisticated ERP system, developed by Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS). K8 software will deliver the scalable technology they need as they grow from a small, family run business to a multi-branch operation. They are also planning to open two distribution centers later this year. The investment they have made in their team will also, they believe, provide a foundation to support their planned growth.

Established in 1988, the privately held company is led by husband and wife team, Sajni Shah and Devesh Patel, who are Co-CEOs. Sajni joined the company in 2013 and saw the potential to take the business to the next level. She moved the company head quarters from the town of Kisumu to the capital Nairobi and expanded to 4 branches. Over the same period of time, the team grew from 4 to 56.

K8 software will deliver the scalable technology they need as they grow from a small, family run business to a multi-branch operation.

Read the full story here.

Arlington Automotive

“Before the IoT project, we had 'gut-feelings’ about teams of operatives being more efficient for 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 optimize 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

Arlington Automotive Case Study

The team at MyLife Bathrooms

“We’re ready to move from a manual system to something much more sophisticated, and the sooner, the better!”

- Andrew O’Brien, Director, MyLife Bathrooms​

MyLife Bathrooms will be using K8 software to power its bathroom distribution business, based in Newry, County Down. The basic accounting system the company was using was not providing the levels of functionality and reporting the team needed. With the imminent opening of a new warehouse in Scotland to facilitate next day delivery for the company’s Scottish retailer customers, it was time to move to a more sophisticated solution.

MyLife specializes in supplying around 120 bathroom retailers across Ireland and Scotland with premium brand sanitary ware, shower enclosures, bathroom furniture, brassware and associated products. The company was established in 2013 and employs 30 staff, including a field sales team. Director, Andrew O'Brien, said, “We supply high specification products at very reasonable prices and back this up with the highest levels of customer service.”

Read the full story here.

Mobile Responsive Websites

What is a mobile responsive website?

A mobile responsive website is one that is designed to work just as well whether it is viewed on a PC or laptop, tablet, mobile phone or other device; either the layout or the content or both respond and adapt based on the size and orientation of screen on which they are presented to the viewer.

To find out more, read the full blog post.

Waterloo

“Using our existing system, my team can only spend 40 or 50% of their time on selling – the rest of their time is spent on administration. I'm confident that once we are using K8, we can increase selling time to at least 80%.”

- Mark Doherty, Sales Director, Waterloo​

One of the leading bathroom retailers in Ireland has chosen to use K8 business management software. Waterloo Bathrooms & Tiles was established 27 years ago and operates from a magnificent retail showroom in South County Dublin. The company specializes in the supply and installation of high-end bathrooms for the domestic and commercial markets and, according to sales director Mark Doherty, the company’s excellent customer service and attention to detail are key factors in the success of the business. “Our success has led to sustained growth, particularly from prestigious commercial projects, and this has driven us to replace our basic software package to a more advanced system that could handle logistics effectively and efficiently,” he said.

Read the full story here.

Tileflair

"18 years later K8 is in widespread use at trade counters, and I still see it offering new and enhanced features that will help both our companies continue to grow."

- Matthew Johnson, Managing Director, Tileflair

Tileflair has grown from a single branch business, established in 1972 and trading from a high street location, to the largest, privately owned wall and floor tile distributor in the South of England. The company operates a flagship store in Bristol plus nine other showrooms and two warehouses across the south of England.

Read the full story here.

European Heritage

"Our sales team find it smooth and simple to use, and it quickly becomes second nature to new staff. They can find products on the system quickly, what customers have ordered in the past - and from what batch - as everything gets recorded in the system."

- Jonathan Nanson, General Manager, European Heritage

European Heritage is a family business specializing in the supply of natural stone, porcelain, and ceramic tiles - plus associated building materials such as under-floor heating systems, grouts, and adhesives. Most of the products sold are imported from Italy.

Read the full story here.

 

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Company Update Video

Alan Cross, Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) Executive Vice President North America, discusses KCS’s investment in Dancik and Mincron, our software solutions, and our customers.