Folsom, CA -June 12, 2013 - Retail Pro International (RPI), a global retail software leader, today announced a strategic partnership with C & K Systems, one of the most prominent retail systems integrators in the industry. The partnership enables RPI to offer customers hosting, security, and data management services as well as traditional deployment services from one of the industry's most stable and robust providers, and positions C & K Systems to become one of the more diverse providers within the specialty retail industry.
“I’m really excited about the long-term significance of this new partnership,“ explained Kerry Lemos, CEO of Retail Pro International, “C & K Systems’ proven track record and scale allow us to bring added services and assurance of the world-class support to our customers. This move positions both of our companies to reach our long-term goals, and truly increases value for the industry as a whole.”
C & K Systems, headquartered in Chesapeake, VA, has grown over 24 years to become of the nation’s leading managed services providers, with offices in 8 states. With significant recent investments in marketing and personnel, C & K Systems is now poised to vie for leadership along the East Coast, within the managed services niche of specialty retail.
“Entering our initial discussions, I wanted a long-term strategy for becoming the dominant managed services provider for specialty retailers on the East Coast, and this partnership with Retail Pro International fits that vision precisely,” said Kevin Bowden, CEO of C & K Systems. "Our internal investments and recent successes have positioned us for rapid growth over the next several years. Retail Pro's scale, experience, and strategic direction make them an ideal platform for scaling our managed service provisions at a pace that can meet, if not exceed our original goals."
The companies have already begun moving forward aggressively, with C & K Systems recently completing the training and certification program for their staff conducted by Retail Pro University. "C & K Systems’ motivation and drive was extremely evident during the training", explained Ket Venethongkham, Director of Retail Pro University. "Their industry knowledge and acumen, coupled with their receptivity and willingness to ask questions was definitely refreshing."
“I am always quick to acknowledge the importance of being surrounded by high quality people”, elaborated Bowden. “I’ve been fortunate to work with an exceptional staff here at C & K, and have been delighted with the overwhelmingly positive feedback that I’ve received moving through the first stages of our launch with Retail Pro. I am certain it is the sign of great things ahead for both of our companies and the retailers we support”
About Retail Pro
Retail Pro International, LLC is a global leader in Point of Sale, Store Operations, Merchandising, Planning, Business Intelligence, and Payment Processing software applications for the specialty retail industry. For over 20 years, Retail Pro has enabled specialty retailers to achieve their full potential through a unique, scalable, reliable, and highly customizable retail management solution.
Today, Retail Pro is used by more than 52,000 retail stores globally in markets such as fashion, luggage, footwear, collectibles, gifts, home furnishings, sporting goods, and accessories. With unparalleled functionality, flexibility and ease-of-use, Retail Pro has established itself as a trusted solution for today's specialty retailers worldwide. The solution is delivered through a global network of business partners to over 87 countries, translated in 18 languages.
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