Kerridge Commercial Systems
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|Industry||ERP software for Distribution, Wholesale and Retail|
|Ian Bendelow (CEO)|
|Revenue||GBP 30 million (2011)|
Number of employees
Kerridge Commercial Systems provides integrated business software solutions for wholesale, distribution, retail, manufacturing and service management industries. In addition to software, the company also provides IT services including; SaaS (Software as a Service), hosting, project management, consultancy, training and customer helpdesk. The company’s products are used by more than 700 customers and installed in more than 5,000 locations. In addition to its established markets in the UK, Ireland, Netherlands and South Africa, 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 (UK), Washington (UK), Dublin (Ireland), Sliedrecht (Netherlands) and Johannesburg (South Africa), together with a number of national and regional distributors.
Kerridge Commercial Systems Limited and its subsidiary KCS Datawright, have over 300 employees.
Kerridge Commercial Systems’ origins can be traced back to 1907, when F. W. Kerridge purchased a bicycle shop in Alton, (UK), then expanding to selling and servicing motor cycles. A family business, F. W. Kerridge and Sons Limited, progressed to a car dealership in the 1950s and 1960s. In the early 1970s, as a successful regional automotive and parts distributor, the company’s management team made the decision to develop its own computer system to help manage the business – the first Kerridge system - which was based on a Wang 2200. 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. International expansion first to Ireland and South Africa, was later followed by developing opportunities in the Middle East and Europe.
December 2005: the company was acquired by ADP (NASDAQ: ADP), and in March 2010, a management buy-out of the commercial systems division led to the formation of Kerridge Commercial Systems Limited (KCS).
October 2012: KCS acquired Datawright Ltd  based in Washington, Tyne and Wear. The company’s Kingfisher system – now named K8 Enterprise, is designed for the manufacturing sector.
The Kerridge Commercial Systems’ customer base extends across a wide range of wholesale, distribution and retail sectors including:
- Automotive aftermarket
- Timber merchants
- Builders’ merchants
- Bathroom, kitchens and plumbing
- Electrical and electronics
- Industrial components
Established in 1979, Datawright Ltd was acquired by Kerridge Commercial Systems in October 2012. K8 Enterprise - the company’s product suite (formerly known as Kingfisher) - is an integrated, manufacturing business solution. Based on the same KCML (Kerridge C Macro Library) development toolset as K8, K8 Enterprise is installed in the UK and internationally in sectors that include engineering, petrochemicals, paint, electronics and office equipment. K8 Enterprise also has a service management suite for field engineering and workshop requirements.
K8 Enterprise applications include: Sales order control, bill of materials, purchasing, stock control, material resource planning, component traceability, shop floor data capture, business information dashboards.
K8 Enterprise Service Management applications include: call logging and scheduling, contract management, mobile technology, stock control and cost analysis.
Dancik International Ltd founded in 1981, originally a software design and consulting company to provide distribution applications to various industries successfully grew to become providers of integrated software solutions and provides professional services to the floor covering, ceramic tile, natural stone, and home décor industries. In 2015 Kerridge Commercial Systems acquired Dancik International Ltd and will continue to operate as an independent business unit of KCS and will retain its name, although with a new brand to emphasize the synergy with KCS.
Kerridge Commercial Systems partners with a number of appointed distributors. Supporting the company’s business development and trading activities, distributors also offer specialist knowledge of local and national trading, legal and fiscal requirements.
Current distributors and coverage: ISL – North Africa; IT JunXion – Botswana; Commercial Systems Middle East - Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates; Strategis – Australia and New Zealand
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