Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) has reached an agreement to acquire IQ Retail, based in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

UK headquartered KCS already provides software to 1,700 customers worldwide, offering end to end ERP solutions including Supply Chain Management, Order to Cash, Financial Management, CRM, Warehouse Management, Transport Management, Business Intelligence and ePOS. The acquisition supports the company’s strategy of continued growth and follows three other acquisitions during the last 18 months including two in the USA and another previously in South Africa.

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

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

IQ Retail will continue to maintain and support its existing solutions and, in time, will introduce new benefits to its customers from the KCS portfolio. These include advanced e-commerce and Cloud services along with an optional upgrade path to the established suite of KCS services and products. To further support existing customers of its K8 ERP system, KCS will look at integrating some of the solutions from the IQ Retail suite.

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

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

As group managing director for KCS in Africa, Des Nangle will support IQ retail directors, Michael Reyneke and Chris Steyn, and their team, to ensure the benefits of being part of the larger group are available to all customers.