Kerridge Commercial Systems
|Private Limited Company|
|Industry||ERP software for Distribution, Wholesale and Retail|
|Ian Bendelow (CEO)|
Number of employees
Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) provides integrated business software solutions enterprise resource planning (ERP) for wholesale, distribution, retail, manufacturing and service management industries. In addition to software, the company also provides IT services including software as a service (SaaS), hosting, project management, consultancy, training and customer support.
In addition to its established markets in the UK, United States, Ireland, Netherlands and South Africa, KCS products are also installed in Australia, Botswana, China, Greece, Iceland, Mexico, Namibia, New Zealand, Norway and Swaziland.
The company's head office is in Hungerford, UK, with centres in Bourne End and Washington, UK; Dublin, Ireland; Sliedrecht, Netherlands; and Johannesburg, South Africa.
The origins of the company can be traced back to 1907, when F. W. Kerridge purchased a bicycle shop in Alton, UK. He then expanded his company to selling and servicing motorcycles. In the 1950s and 1960s, F. W. Kerridge and Sons Limited became a car dealership and, in the early 1970s, a regional automotive and parts distributor. At this point the company's management team made the decision to develop its own computer system - the first Kerridge software system - based on a Wang 2200, to help manage the business.
In 1976, recognising the growing need for business computing from similar companies, Kerridge Computer Company Limited was established as an independent systems company, serving distribution and retail automotive sectors in the UK. The company was then expanded into Ireland and South Africa before developing opportunities in the Middle East and Europe.
December 2005: Kerridge Computer Company was acquired by ADP.
March 2010: A management buy-out of the commercial systems division led to the formation of Kerridge Commercial Systems Limited (KCS).
October 2011: KCS acquired TIS Software based in Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, UK, whose brands included Strategix, OneOffice and Global Business Systems.
October 2012: KCS acquired Datawright Ltd based in Washington, Tyne and Wear, UK. The company designed ERP solutions for the manufacturing sector.
July 2015: KCS acquired Dancik International, a company that developed ERP solutions primarily for distributors of flooring products. Dancik International is based in Cary, North Carolina, USA.
June 2016: KCS acquired Mincron Software Systems, a company that developed ERP solutions for distributive companies. Mincron Software Systems is based in Houston, Texas, USA.
November 2016: KCS acquired Integrity Software, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and its successful suite of products. Integrity Software has a 20 year history of delivering retail and ERP solutions to the retail and distributive trades with a similar customer profile to that of KCS.
K8 software is used primarily by distributors, merchants, wholesalers and retailers in the following sectors:
- Automotive aftermarket
- Timber and building materials
- Bathroom, kitchens and plumbing
- Electrical and electronics
- Industrial components
International distributors for KCS products and services include:
- ISL - North Africa
- IT JunXion - Botswana
- Commercial Systems Middle East - Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates
- Strategis - Australia, New Zealand