DUBLIN, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 08/09/12 -- Epicor Software Corporation, a global leader in business software solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail and services organizations, along with Ace Hardware Corporation, the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the industry, today announced an extended three-year agreement promoting Epicor as Ace Hardware's only recommended point-of-sale (POS) solution provider offering Epicor® Eagle® business management software to its retailer owners.
Founded in 1924, Ace Hardware has continued its lead in the retail landscape by allowing individual stores to purchase merchandise in bulk to save money. The extended partnership with Epicor will continue Ace's trend of supporting individual stores by providing a fully integrated technology solution to its 14 distribution centers in the U.S.A. and 4,600 stores located in all 50 states and 60 countries.
"We look forward to continuing our relationship with Epicor the next three years to enhance Ace store operations by further simplifying processes in the store, and tightening integration between the Epicor store system and Ace business systems," said Mike Elmore, CIO for Ace Hardware Corp.
The Epicor solutions are built upon decades of industry experience and customer input. The extensive functionality, flexibility, and integration capabilities provides Ace retailers with the tools they need to excel at the business processes most critical to their success -- operational efficiency, customer service and bottom-line profitability. Managers can easily multi-task with the back-office applications, which are accessible from a POS system. The Eagle for Windows Planner suite of applications allow for easy monitoring of the sales floor, while simultaneously managing inventory, submitting orders, and reinforcing customer loyalty programs.
"What sets us apart from the competition is our deeply-rooted commitment to delivering solutions aligned to industry best practices with the right support, education and training to ensure we meet our customers' needs now and in the future," said Steve Bieszczat, senior vice president marketing, retail distribution solutions for Epicor.
About Ace Hardware Corporation
For more than 85 years, Ace Hardware has been known as the helpful hardware store in thousands of communities across America. Customers depend on Ace to help them take care of their homes quickly and easily so they can get on with their lives. In 2012, Ace ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Home Improvement Stores for the Sixth Consecutive Year," according to J.D. Power and Associates. With over 4,600 hardware stores locally owned and operated across the globe, Ace is the largest hardware cooperative in the industry. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., Ace and its subsidiaries currently operate 14 distribution centers in the U.S. and also have distribution capabilities in Shanghai, China; Panama City, Panama; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Its retailers' stores are located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and approximately 60 countries. For more information on Ace, visit www.acehardware.com.
About Epicor Software Corporation
Epicor Software Corporation is a global leader delivering business software solutions to the manufacturing, distribution, retail and services industries. With 40 years of experience serving midmarket organizations and divisions of Global 1000 companies, Epicor has more than 20,000 customers in over 150 countries. Epicor enterprise resource planning (ERP), retail management software, supply chain management (SCM), and human capital management (HCM) enable companies to drive increased efficiency and improve profitability. With a history of innovation, industry expertise and passion for excellence, Epicor inspires customers to build lasting competitive advantage. Epicor provides the single point of accountability that local, regional and global businesses demand. The Company's headquarters are located in Dublin, California, with offices and affiliates worldwide. For more information, visit www.epicor.com.
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