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London: 3 February 2004: Kem Edwards, a leading component and tool distributor in the UK, has chosen Reqio’s product information management solution to enable them to provide customers, prospects and in house staff with an up to date and accurate view of their products, improving order accuracy and presenting a valuable post sales resource to support customers.

Kem Edwards, established in 1969, has grown into one of the largest component and tool distributors in the South East of England, with a stock inventory of £750,000 made up of over 15,000 product lines. Over the past 12 months Kem Edwards has been working towards the production of a paper catalogue which has proved a complex and time consuming activity. The customer-focused organisation has decided to bolster this effort by providing an electronic webstore of their products to their customers. This approach will enable them to reduce order errors and administration costs while improving service levels, maintaining margin and providing improved product information to their customers.

Kem Edwards has selected Reqio software to provide this solution due to the company’s proven capability of providing robust, market-leading technology to the MRO market. Will Lovatt, Sales & Alliances Director for Reqio, is delighted to extend Reqio’s presence in this sector, “Kem Edward’s goal has always been to deliver outstanding service to its customers. The implementation of Reqio software will enable the delivery of customised, up-to-date product information to each customer as soon as it becomes available improving customer satisfaction through personalised customer interaction.”

The proposed solution will deliver a centralised product data repository, ensuring a single, consistent view of product information across the enterprise. This central masterfile will then enable Kem Edwards to make that data available to any number of customer touchpoints – paper catalogues, webstore, eProcurement Punch Out and customer support. Andrew Edwards, Operations Director at Kem Edwards adds, “Working with Reqio has been a pleasure. They have proposed a solution which is tailored to our exact needs exhibiting the same high levels of customer service that we ourselves pride ourselves in. We look forward to continuing our relationship with them to deliver the solution and forge our way ahead in the eCommerce market.”

The solution will be hosted by Reqio, providing low capital expenditure and risk for Kem Edwards, and is scheduled to go live in 2004.


About Reqio

Reqio is Europe's leading Product Information Management software provider, enabling organisations to develop a central product data repository to store, manage and validate all product information within the enterprise. The Reqio software suite, Reqio PCM™, enables organisations to maintain, analyse and deliver a single view of product information that can be used both internally and across the extended supply chain. Rich product information is a valuable asset to any organisation that buys, sells or distributes goods and services. Reqio unleashes that information by providing a number of key technologies to support initiatives including personalised product catalogues, Punch Out support for eProcurement, supplier self-service management of product data, and global data synchronisation (GDS). Today Reqio integrates with all leading eProcurement applications, portals, web stores, CRM applications and most ERP systems. Reqio solutions are delivered to customers via licensed so
ftware or through managed services. Reqio increases organisational profit by growing sales revenues and reducing purchasing costs and has delivered solutions to customers including the National Health Service, Farnell inOne, Scottish Executive, Wyko, Cooper Industries and IMI Norgren.

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