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Jonathan Sweet, writer and editor for LBM Journal, discusses, in-depth, the variety of options out there for dealers looking to improve their business through new technology. Cary Anderson, KCS VP of Research and Development North America, was honored to be among the esteemed experts interviewed for this article. 

In Depth: Tech Tools

By Jonathan Sweet

Whether it’s an ERP system or estimating software, a new point-of-sale solution or GPS tracking technology, there are plenty of options out there for dealers looking to improve their business through new technology.

At the same time, that wealth of options can be overwhelming. Choosing any new software is an important decision.

Click here to read the entire article on the LBM Journal website. 

Jonathan Sweet is a writer and editor at LBM Journal. Follow him on Twitter at @JonathanWSweet or @LBMJournal. 

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) is pleased to announce the acquisition of EDP, a company listed on The London Stock Exchange. EDP supplies sales analytics & CRM and ERP software, such as Vecta and Quantum, to merchants and other distributors. The K8 ERP solution, developed by KCS, is widely used in similar markets, where the company has over 40 years of experience and is a recognised thought leader in trading and management technology. Clearly the acquisition is a good fit for both businesses.

During the past eight years KCS has grown rapidly, both organically and through the acquisition of a number of businesses, to extend its geographical reach, add product capability and extend into adjacent vertical markets. The company now serves over 10,000 customers across Europe, South Africa and the United States.

By integrating the EDP business with KCS, all customers will be offered a more extensive product suite. KCS will also offer the Vecta CRM/BI product to its wider global customer base as a stand-alone product, as well as integrating it as a module within some of the KCS products. KCS will continue to service and support customers using EDP’s Quantum, Merchant, Charisma, Esprit and The Business Programme products. Over time, KCS will offer alternative products (such as its core K8 ERP system) to EDP customers, as potential longer-term solutions.

Commenting on the acquisition, Ian Bendelow, Chief Executive Officer of KCS said, “The acquisition of EDP is a great opportunity to accelerate our strategy. It brings us greater presence in the UK and an increased platform for growth in our traditional markets. EDP is a high quality business with customer offerings that are highly complementary to KCS. We welcome EDP employees to the group and look forward to working with them.”

Sir Michael Heller, Non-Executive Chairman of EDP said, “The EDP and KCS businesses have been good competitors for many years, addressing the needs of customers in the same vertical markets. Accordingly the EDP directors believe that KCS’ activities provide a strong fit with those of EDP and that KCS is an appropriate partner to continue the development of the EDP business. The additional resources that KCS will bring will mean that it is well positioned and resourced to support EDP and the future growth of the EDP business.”

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CARY, NC – August 14, 2018- Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) is pleased to announce that Parr Lumber Company has chosen K8 as their next generation ERP solution.  Parr Lumber Company will deploy K8 to help manage their mission critical, day-to-day business processes. The Parr Lumber Company team found K8’s depth of functionality exceeded expectations to support future growth as they look ahead to accelerate their strategic growth plans. 

Parr Lumber Company, established in 1930 in the Pacific Northwest, remains a locally owned family business today. Headquartered in Hillsboro, Oregon, Parr Lumber Company is among the top twenty largest building materials suppliers in the United States. Although Parr Lumber Company is their core business, they have grown beyond being a building materials company and proudly operate 33 facilities in Oregon and Washington. Parr Lumber Company also owns and operates 6 Cabinet Design Centers, Cascade Wholesale, and a growing number of manufacturing facilities.

The Parr Lumber Company team did not take on the task of selecting a new ERP system lightly. Finding an ERP solution that satisfied their current and future needs was only part of the equation; they also wanted to work with a company that shared their values and culture. “Through an extensive evaluation process, Parr Lumber Company has selected K8 software, supplied from KCS, as our next generation ERP solution,” stated Doug Wirges, CEO. “We are very confident in our choice and excited to have found an ERP software system which will help us to integrate all of our diverse business components into one operating system. We believe K8 will be the best solution for Parr Lumber Company, with the required depth of functionality to support future growth. In our search we also recognized many shared values and culture with the KCS team; this will be a long-term and rewarding partnership.”

“The KCS Team are proud to have been selected by Parr Lumber Company to replace their existing ERP platform with our K8 solution,” said Alan Cross, KCS Executive Vice President North America. “Parr Lumber Company has an enviable reputation across the United States for their service to the LBM industry, their employees and the Pacific Northwest communities they serve, and we are looking forward to a long and successful partnership together to support their strategic business vision.”

For more information on Parr Lumber Company visit, www.parr.com.

CARY, NC – August 10, 2018- Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) announced today that 2J Supply Company selected K8 as the replacement ERP system for their HVAC distribution business.

2J Supply is a family-owned and operated HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) distributor supplying heating and air conditioning products since 1962. They have ten locations throughout Ohio, Kentucky, and Virginia with headquarters in Dayton, Ohio. 2J Supply’s mission is to supply an easy and efficient experience for their contractors by providing a full arsenal of equipment, training, and services needed to give homeowners the comfort they need. Their goal is to help HVAC contractor’s increase sales and profitability, and they are committed to outstanding customer service.

2J Supply approached the ERP evaluation process with caution since they have been running their distribution business on the same system for many years. They formed a team of key associates from all areas of their business and completed a comprehensive search involving many demonstrations and in-depth evaluation. Not only did they find K8 to be a superior software but they will benefit from real-time key business metrics, workflows will improve, and they believe K8 will lead to improvements in all aspects of their business. They also found K8 to be extremely user-friendly and intuitive making the implementation process easier for their employees.

“The KCS team really listened to our needs,” commented Jason Trimbach, CEO.  “Their insights and dedication to our business were clear from the beginning. Plus, K8 is a better product, so it was easy to enter into this relationship with KCS.”

“Our team worked closely with 2J Supply to demonstrate that K8 was the right choice for them,” commented Alan Cross, Executive Vice President North America.  “They had a clear vision for the future of their business and how they wanted to take advantage of the flexibility and functionality of the software.  KCS is proud to be working with 2J Supply and look forward to a long, productive partnership together.”

For more information on 2J Supply Company visit, www.2-jsupply.com.

RandM Electrical

CARY, NC - June 25, 2018- Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) is pleased to announce that R&M Lumen Electrical Inc have successfully implemented K8.

R&M Lumen Electrical Inc, part of the R&M Electrical Group, has successfully deployed K8 at their Miami, FL location. R&M provides their customers with a full range of electrical, cable, consumables and containment products. As an international company, headquartered in the UK, KCS and K8 can provide the global product and support capability R&M needed to continue their international growth.

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. R&M Electrical Inc. relied on KCS and K8 to expand their business to the U.S.

"Kerridge Commercial Systems is a global company," said Alan Cross, KCS Executive Vice President North America. "Our global resources allow us to serve customers around the world. We are thrilled to partner with R&M Electrical to expand their business to the U.S. supporting them from our established U.S. locations."

For more information on R&M Lumen Electrical Inc visit, www.rm-electrical.com/lumen/.

Bonus Electrical

Kerridge Commercial Systems’ K8 software has delivered cost and time savings across every area business for wholesaler, Bonus Electrical. A key element of the software is its ability to provide the business intelligence that the management team needed, enabling them to analyze sales in more depth…

Bonus Electrical is the wholesaling division of the East Yorkshire-based, family owned, Bonus Electrical group. Established nearly 60 years ago, the group also owns an electrical retail superstore, a solar P.V. distribution company, and supplies electrical kits to caravan and mobile home manufacturers. Bonus Electrical is the largest independent wholesaler in Hull and a key supplier to local health authorities, councils, schools, colleges, contractors, and industry.

Company spokesperson, Carl Dearing, said: "Unlike national wholesaling groups, who have very strict rules, Bonus is extremely flexible. Where local competitors may have one or two vehicles and offer a next day delivery service, we offer a shuttle service using a large fleet of vans. If we have what customers want in stock, the average delivery time is 90 minutes."

Bonus also offers its major customers a free call out service during evenings and weekends, the facility for stock holding, and warehousing for a council home maintenance company – with whom they have just renewed a three-year supply contract. In 2013 the Bonus management team was tasked with doubling the turnover in two years. At the time they were using "an antiquated, character-based system that was always crashing," and although the old system could not produce the reports they needed, a change of system was considered "too disruptive." But when it became clear that the old system was collapsing, the search for a new solution began.

'Distraction of change'

As a member of the ANEW buying group, the Bonus team asked other members for suggestions. They discovered, however, that many others companies were also using quite old systems and had the same anxieties about the distraction of change. Then the manager of a local builders’ merchant suggested looking at their K8 system.

The brief Bonus eventually gave to Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS), the company that develops K8, and two other software providers was for a system that would give the company all the business intelligence they needed in a format that was usable and accurate. Staff should also be able to use the system competently as soon as it went live.

Said Carl: "We ultimately chose K8 because of the attitude of the KCS salesperson. He really listened to all our concerns, and we felt he genuinely understood them. The fact KCS had implemented systems for other electrical wholesalers, whereas the other providers hadn't, also gave us comfort.

"The frustrations we expected when the system went live never happened. There was some firefighting during the first six months over printer interfaces and a snagging list that we worked through at our weekly meetings with KCS, but we never stopped trading or lost any business."

Being able to send out invoices by email delivered the first immediate cost and time-saving benefits. And, on the trade counter, staff were now able to access accurate pricing which speeded up service straight away. The internal sales team was also able to access the customer history they needed more quickly and easily.

Click here to read the entire article on the Electrical Wholesaler website. 

Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200

We are delighted to announce that Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) has been ranked No. 37 in The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200, a league table that ranks the top 200 of Britain’s mid-market private companies in order of fastest growing overseas sales.

The league table is produced by Fast Track, the Oxford firm that researches and ranks Britain’s top performing private companies. When surveying the companies, Fast Track also found that the US is the most popular country for overseas sales, with 118 of the 200 companies citing it as a major market. It is also the top choice for future growth, with more than half the firms (107) planning to expand there.

Fast Track also believed the league table shows the resilience of Britain’s mid-market exporters. Despite the uncertainty created by the on-going Brexit negotiations, their combined international sales have grown by an average of 62% a year over the last two years to a total of £10.1bn, the highest growth rate measured in the survey since 2013.

The Sunday Times reported that it was another sign of confidence that 60 of the listed companies had chosen to acquire overseas businesses to help accelerate their growth – up from 46 last year. The six strategic acquisitions KCS made recently in Europe, the US and South Africa were obviously instrumental in our international sales reaching £24m in 2017.

The full league table was published as an eight-page supplement with the business section of The Sunday Times on 10 June, both in print and in the digital edition and on: www.fasttrack.co.uk/company_profile/kerridge-commercial-systems/

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Craig Webb, editor-in-chief of PROSALES, discusses the herculean task of implementing a new ERP system. Alan Cross, KCS EVP for North America was honored to be among the esteemed experts interviewed for this article.

10 Must-Do Tasks When You Install a New Computer System- Here's how to battle this beast of a problem.

By Craig Webb

Hercules knew a thing or two—a dozen, actually—about challenges. The Greeks immortalized him 2,600 years ago with tales of his 12 heroic labors, like cleaning the Augean stables and slaying a hydra that sprouted multiple heads each time one was cut.

LBM executives aren’t Hercules, but they know about herculean tasks. For most dealers, no job takes more out of them and their company than implementing a new computer system. You can sense the fear, frustration, and fatigue as they describe journeys that routinely took two years to complete and threatened to cripple their company along the way. There’s no such thing as a painless system transition, everyone said, but if you strive to do certain things you’ll increase your odds of success.

Click here to read the entire article on the ProSales Magazine website.

Craig Webb is editor-in-chief of REMODELING and PROSALES. Follow him on Twitter at @craiglwebb or @RemodelingMag. cwebb@hanleywood.com

CARY, NC – February 28, 2018- Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) announced today that All Bay Mill & Lumber selected K8 as the integrated business solution to support their impressive growth.

All Bay Mill & Lumber Company was formed in 1984 by three friends with diverse experience in the lumber industry coming together to start a new venture. They are strategically located at the gateway to the Napa Valley. Guildo Addiego, Charles Brusco, and Ennio DePianto set out to carve their niche in the lumber milling and supply industry while staffing their new venture with employees they would come to regard as family. All Bay continued to grow and prosper while continuing to maintain the close-knit feel of a family business. This unique business supplies the greater Bay Area and Northern California with the highest quality lumber and building materials. They also offer services such as specialized dimensional milling and recently even established a door and window sales division to better service their customer base. All Bay Mill & Lumber operates today as they always have, with the same guiding principles instilled by their founders; Excellent Service, Reasonable Pricing, and Integrity.

All Bay Mill & Lumber is currently operating their growing business using more traditional methods. While this has sustained them since the inception of the business in 1984, as a growing company they need the automation of a true ERP system which would allow them to maintain control as they continue to grow their business. The All Bay Mill & Lumber team were impressed with the increased efficiencies, ease of use and the holistic platform K8 provides.

"We were able to demonstrate to the team at All Bay Mill & Lumber that K8 is a fully integrated solution that is backed by 40+ years of expertise and development," commented Alan Cross, Executive Vice President North America. “Our dedication to K8 and our customers as well as our commitment the LBM industry made this decision easy for the All Bay Mill & Lumber team.”

All Bay Mill & Lumber first learned of KCS and K8 at the West Coast Lumber & Building Material Association (WCLBMA) Annual Convention where KCS was the sponsor of the Board and Past President’s Dinner. For more information on WCLBMA visit, www.lumberassociation.org.

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

CARY, NC – March 1, 2018 - Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) provider of specialized software solutions, services and support focused on delivering fully integrated trading and business management solutions to customers servicing the building materials, lumber, floor coverings, home décor, electrical and plumbing distribution, wholesale and retail markets;  announced today that Cary Anderson has been appointed Vice President R&D (North America). Anderson will be responsible for all aspects of Product Strategy and Development for KCS in North America, focusing on ensuring the KCS solutions meet the ever-changing demands of our customers.

Anderson brings more than 30 years of industry experience, with a strong focus on the LBM market. He is known as an innovator of technology throughout his career. As a well-respected leader in technology, he has been responsible for helping distributors grow and prosper. Anderson’s expertise has been sought out for many articles written in leading LBM publications as well as educational webinars. All of his experience and insight will be put to use immediately as he fills the role of Vice President R&D at KCS in North America.

Reflecting on his new challenge ahead Cary commented, “I am delighted to be joining KCS at the time they are really gathering pace in North America.  They already have proven solutions to support the Wholesale and Retail Distributors, and I am very excited to be part of this energetic team that are focusing building a local team to support our growing customer base.”

Alan Cross, KCS Executive Vice President North America said of the appointment of Anderson, “Cary has a long and distinguished track record of working closely with Distributors and understanding the challenges and opportunities of the industry, and that makes him a perfect fit for Kerridge Commercial Systems. I am delighted to welcome him to our team; I know he is looking forward to getting started with KCS at such an exciting time for the Company.”

R and M Lumens Electrical

CARY, NC - January 23, 2018- Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) is pleased to announce that R&M Lumen Electrical have purchased K8 in a SaaS model to expand their lighting supply business

The R & M Electrical Group are one of the largest independent electrical distributors in the UK. Besides a number of specialized divisions and branches in the UK, they have now expanded to the US. The new Miami location will expand on R & M's historical lighting supply Business to include the "Complete Electrical Solution." They provide their customers with a full range of Electrical, Cable, Consumables and Containment Products. As an international company, currently using K8 in their headquarters in the UK, they needed an international partner like Kerridge Commercial Systems to deploy K8 in their US location.

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.

For more information on R&M Lumen Electrical visit, www.rm-electrical.com.

 

 

Broedell Plumbing

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) is pleased to announce that Broedell Plumbing Supply have chosen K8 and Web Builder to replace their outdated ERP system. Broedell Plumbing Supply will deploy K8 throughout five locations across Florida.

Broedell Plumbing Supply, established in 1970, is known for their commitment to outstanding customer service and fashionable product inventory. They offer more than 25,000 products from over 94,000 square feet of warehouse space and over 20,000 square feet of showroom space. Broedell Plumbing Supply are proud members of the Omni Buying Group where they first learned of K8.

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.

Broedell Plumbing Supply chose K8 because of the strong BI Reporting and RF Technology. "We were looking for an alternative to our current system when we discovered K8 and everything it offers," said John Broedell, Sr., owner. "Having all of that in one ERP software was eye-opening!"

“We are proud to be working with Broedells, who had a clear vision of what they wanted from their next generation ERP and we are delighted that K8 met their expectations,” said Alan Cross, KCS Executive Vice President North America.

For more information on Broedell Plumbing Supply visit, www.broedell.com.

 

 

Clayton Tile

CARY, NC - January 23, 2018 - Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) is pleased to announce that Clayton Tile have chosen a Navigator (DNav) SaaS system with SSM and RADAR as the business management solution for their tile distribution business.

Clayton Tile is a family owned and operated ceramic, porcelain, and natural stone tile distribution company that was started in Greenville, SC in 1961. Specializing in wholesale and retail, they have four locations across South Carolina. They offer one of the largest in-stock inventories in the Carolinas from leading manufacturers in the United States and abroad. Their showrooms are filled with a wide assortment of tile choices to fit any project.

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.

Clayton Tile selected DNav because their old system wasn’t capable of supporting their inventory control and showroom traffic needs. Referrals from current DNav customers gave them the confidence that DNav is the right software to help them run their business.

For more information on Clayton Tile visit, www.claytontileco.com.

XL Flooring

CARY, NC - January 23, 2018- Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) is pleased to announce that XL Flooring have chosen Navigator (DNav) with DNav-Online and DNav-EDI as the ERP for their flooring distribution company.

XL Flooring, established in 2001, is a family run business located in North Vancouver, BC. An importer and distributor, XL Flooring prides itself on bringing innovative new products to Canada and the United States.

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.

XL Flooring chose DNav because it is the software package specific to their flooring distribution business model. 17 of the top 25 US flooring distributors also use DNav to run their flooring distribution businesses. XL Flooring will implement a SaaS DNav system.

For more information on XL Flooring visit, www.xlflooring.ca.

 

 

AGP

January 2018 - Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS), a market-leading global provider of software solutions to the retail, wholesale, merchant and distribution markets, has reached an agreement to acquire AGP, based in Veghel, the Netherlands.

UK headquartered KCS already provides software to 14,000 customers worldwide, offering end to end ERP solutions including Supply Chain Management, Quote to Cash, Financial Management, CRM, Warehouse Management, Transport Management, Business Intelligence, ePOS and more, specifically for the wholesaler, distributor, retailer and merchant sectors. The acquisition supports the company’s strategy of continued growth and follows five other acquisitions during the last 24 months, including 2 in the USA, 2 in South Africa and 1 in the UK.

Like Kerridge Commercial Systems, AGP has been delivering wholesale ERP Solutions for more than 40 years, as well as solutions for hire, projects and the installation industry. The company’s suite of products makes them a leader in the Wholesale ERP market in the Netherlands.

AGP will continue to maintain and support its existing solutions, including Trade, Rent, Projects and Installware. In time they will introduce new benefits to their customers from the KCS portfolio such as advanced e-commerce and Cloud services, along with an optional upgrade path to the established suite of KCS services and products. To further support existing customers of its K8 ERP system, KCS will look at integrating some of the solutions from the AGP suite.

Ian Bendelow, KCS Group CEO, said, “As a key strategic acquisition in the Benelux, this further strengthens our presence on the European continent, and expands our service capabilities and product offerings. As we further our platform for growth, AGP affirms and aligns with our on-going business strategy of focusing on the needs of merchants, wholesalers, retailers and distributors.

Our customers will benefit from an even stronger Netherlands based team to support our customers’ needs.

The KCS Group will continue to build organically with its industry focused solutions and customer focused service, constantly attracting more customers and helping existing customers to succeed and grow. We will add further strategic acquisitions to enhance our geographical presence and capability for our growing customers.

Michiel Bakker, Director of Operations - KCS Benelux added: ‘Combining the two companies strengthens our offering of ERP Solutions and Cloud Services in the same verticals, allowing us to grow even further in the Benelux. The ERP solutions complement each other and they secure a place in the market from niche customers to large global enterprises.’

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CARY, NC – November 16, 2017- Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) is pleased to announce that Mill Creek Lumber & Supply Company have chosen K8 as the business management software for their LBM business. They have purchased a K8 system to include Web Builder. Mill Creek will leverage the KCS product portfolio to take their business above current industry standards and prepare for future growth.

Mill Creek, in business for over 80 years, has more than 20 locations across Oklahoma and Kansas. Although Mill Creek is one of the largest lumber supply companies in the country, they also have a very successful carpet and tile division. As a full-service building material supplier, they provide everything needed for building materials including windows and doors, roofing, custom millwork, hardware, and floor coverings.  

Mill Creek CFO, Wade Lennon, stated, “Kerridge Commercial Systems is a leading software company that provides a highly integrated system with proven capabilities in two core industries that are vital to Mill Creek – lumber and building materials as well as flooring materials. The software, combined with KCS’s culture and drive to work with its customers, proved to be the right solution for our company.”

“Mill Creek is an innovator in the LBM industry. They recognize KCS as a partner in innovation with a product portfolio to back that up,” said Alan Cross, KCS Executive Vice President North America. “We listen to our customers and deliver the solution they need for their business. KCS is excited to be working with such a progressive, forward thinking Company like Mill Creek Lumber.”

KCS has enjoyed great global success in the LBM industry with K8. As businesses look to technology to be able to take the next step in efficiency, profitability, and growth, they find KCS has the right solution and the company culture they want.

 

 

Alan Cross, KCS Executive Vice President North America, discusses rebranding, growth, and innovation.

Lakeview

December 2017 - Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS), a market-leading global provider of software solutions to the retail, wholesale, merchant and distribution markets, has reached an agreement to acquire Lakeview Computers (Lakeview), Dartford, UK.

UK headquartered KCS already provides software to 14,700 customers worldwide, offering end to end ERP solutions including Supply Chain Management, Financial Management, CRM, Warehouse Management, Transport Management, Business Intelligence, ePOS, and more, specifically for the distribution and manufacturing markets. The acquisition supports the company’s strategy of continued growth and follows three other acquisitions during the last 18 months including one in USA and two in South Africa.

The Lakeview business is seen as complementary to KCS’s current product portfolio and market positioning. On completion of this acquisition, the KCS operation will provide solutions to over 14,950 customers and in excess of 190,000 users.

The acquisition has been welcomed by Lakeview and their products will continue to be maintained and supported. KCS will look to investigate opportunities for the Lakeview solutions leveraging off KCS’s existing infrastructure and product portfolio. While with all ERP solutions there will be a set of common functionality, Lakeview’s products are clearly focused on the SME market whilst K8 (the KCS product) offers scalability and covers a wider set of verticals within manufacturing and distribution.

Speaking about the acquisition, Ian Bendelow, CEO of KCS commented “This is a key acquisition for us. It immediately gives us a greater presence in the UK market and an increased platform for growth in our traditional markets. Fundamentally both Lakeview and KCS offer customers value via functionally rich solutions and continuous development that is highly responsive to our customers evolving needs. Lakeview and KCS are a great match.”

Lakeview will operate as an independent business unit of KCS with a new brand to emphasize the synergy with KCS. The entire Lakeview staff will be working alongside the KCS team to ensure the success of the Lakeview/KCS integration.

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Top ERP Icon

CARY, NC – October 25, 2017 – Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) has been chosen as the Cover Story for the CIO Applications Magazine October Issue – Enterprise Resource Planning Special Edition and also been named in the Top 25 ERP Solution Providers for 2017.

CIO Applications has chosen Kerridge Commercial Systems as one of the Top 25 ERP Solution Providers 2017. The positioning is based on an evaluation of Kerridge Commercial Systems’ capabilities to design and deliver high performance, integrated ERP solutions enabling its customers to source effectively, stock efficiently, sell profitably, and service competitively. The annual list of companies is selected by a panel of experts and members of CIO Applications’ editorial board to recognize and promote technology entrepreneurship.

“We are glad to announce Kerridge Commercial Systems as one among the Top 25 ERP Solution Providers 2017. Kerridge Commercial Systems has long been a leading player in the trading and management technology landscape, and their progress and advancement in business management systems are impressive. We are pleased to recognize Kerridge Commercial Systems for its exemplary contribution to wholesalers, distributors, suppliers, and retailers from small dealers to multinational enterprises,” said Joe Phillip, Managing Editor of CIO Applications.

“While we are delighted to recognized as the Top 25 ERP Solution Provider we do not for one minute believe we can sit back and relax,” said Alan Cross, KCS Executive Vice President North America. “We have built our reputation for over forty years by building strong relationships with our customers. We listen to their challenges and aspirations and develop the tools they need to support their business strategies.”

CIO Applications is a technology print magazine, published from Silicon Valley, CA that is a prime platform for CIOs to discuss and ponder about innovative enterprise solutions. While analyzing the U.S. media landscape, it is a comprehensive tool that helps the upcoming enterprise IT vendors to engage and showcase the solutions for the enterprises. It helps technology leaders with the analysis on new technologies and gives a better understanding of the role that enterprise solutions play in achieving the business goals.

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

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

Gary Schneidman, CFO, Interstate + Lakeland Lumber

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

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

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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.

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E.H. Smith

“Our decision to go with K8 was based upon many factors and in particular its ability to manage rebates, inventory and margins.”

John Cave, Technical Sales Director, EH Smith Builders Merchants

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) is delighted to announce that after a rigorous selection process, EH Smith Builders Merchants has chosen KCS as its ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems provider.

An experienced team, under the leadership of John Cave (Technical Sales Director), has spent 12 months evaluating a wide range of options and speaking to their buying group peers. John says “Our decision to go with K8 was based 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.

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IJK Timber

"We liked K8 because of its ability to deal with timber lengths and widths and the fact it had an integrated financial package."

Graham Knox, Managing Director, I.J.K Timber Group

I.J.K Timber Group, a 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.”

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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.

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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!

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

 

Company Update Video

Alan Cross, KCS Executive Vice President North America, discusses rebranding, growth, and innovation.