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ECi Software Solutions and S.P. Richards Company Expand Strategic Alliance

3 Dec, 2013

Dealer community will benefit from extended alignment throughout supply chain

Fort Worth, TX — December 03, 2013 - ECi Software Solutions (ECiSolutions.com), a leader in industry-specific information technology solutions, and S.P. Richards Company, a leading provider of business products to office products resellers, today announced that they have extended their strategic alliance for the benefit of their mutual customers. Building on an agreement ECi and S.P. Richards originally entered into in 2010, both parties will continue to invest in new software functionality designed to enhance and improve the independent dealer experience, including joint development on ECi’s premier e-commerce platform, ECinteractivePLUS™, in order to provide world-class e-marketing services with robust data analytics capabilities.

Also as part of the extended relationship, SPR item files will be integrated with the ECi La Crosse™ and e-automate® ERP systems in addition to their current integration with the OMD ERP system for office equipment dealers. These integrations will provide an efficient and streamlined purchasing process for SPR printer/copier dealers using the ECi La Crosse and e-automate platforms. Integration with the ECi TeamDesign® contract furniture software is also in progress. All three integrations will be launched in Q1 of 2014.

“Our long-standing relationship with S.P. Richards Company has always been about how to best serve our mutual customers, and entering this new agreement will help us expand this opportunity across multiple industries,” said Ron Books, President and CEO of ECi. “It will result in closer alignment between the manufacturer, the wholesaler, the system provider, the dealer and, most importantly, the end consumer. ECi’s mission is to help dealers remain independent and profitable. Developing alliances with partners like SPR is an important way of fulfilling that mission.”

“Today’s increasingly digital world dictates the demand for faster, more efficient processes and targeted data in order to remain competitive,” added Paul Gatens, Director of Marketing Information for S.P. Richards Company. “As the world moves further online, SPR and ECi are here to ensure the independent dealer is ahead of the technology curve, allowing them to focus on what they do best. This enhanced partnership with ECi further reinforces S.P. Richards’ commitment to investing in avenues for our world-class manufacturer partners to meet end-user demand through the independent dealer.”

About S.P. Richards Company
S.P. Richards Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company (GPC: NYSE), distributes a wide spectrum of business products to office products resellers throughout the U.S. and Canada. These products include consumable office supplies, office furniture, computer supplies, consumer electronics, cleaning and breakroom supplies from all of the major industry manufacturers. S.P. Richards Company markets several proprietary lines under the brand names of Lorell®, Integra™, Sparco™, Genuine Joe®, Nature Saver®, Compucessory®, Elite Image® and Business Source®. The company operates 42 Distribution Centers across the United States and Canada.

About ECi
The ECi Software Solutions family of companies provides business and e-commerce solutions, offering on-premise and cloud-based technologies. For 30+ years, ECi companies have served the manufacturing, office equipment, office supplies, contract office furniture, lumber and building materials, hardware and jan/san sectors. Privately held, ECi is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, USA, with offices and companies throughout the U.S., Australia, England and the Netherlands. For more information, email http://info@ecisolutions.com or visit http://www.ECiSolutions.com or call (800) 959-3367.

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