Caliq team growing again – Welcome to Adam!

March, 2018

With growing demand for Caliq solutions and a lot of new business coming out of Spring Fair, we are pleased to announce that have appointed Adam Prettyjohns as a Project Consultant. 

Based at our Cambridgeshire head-office, Adam will be involved with new client implementations and existing client projects as well as account management.  Adam worked as Systems & Projects Manager at a company importing and distributing food packaging products to major retailers across the UK and Europe and during that time implemented Sage 200, ZOHO CRM, Qlikview reporting and other operational systems around the business. With a strong customer service background he brings a lot of relevant experience to the Caliq team.   

For the last couple of years he has established and run a successful giftware company adding very pertinent knowledge of our sector to his IT and systems background and therefore hits the ground running in our sector.

 

Spring Fair Success!

February, 2018

What a great Spring Fair we had. Even more leads than last year and great feedback from those that had demonstrations. Superb to meet all the Caliq clients exhibiting and, as ever, hear their appreciation of the software, our team and the service they receive. The week proved beyond doubt (as if we had any) how Caliq fits companies in this industry and brings huge benefits to users, streamlining processes, increasing efficiency and providing amazing analysis of every aspect of the business. Ultimately this all leads to increased profitability.

Really gratifying as well is that every client is delighted with Caliq and very happy to spread the word!

Shoeless Joe joins the Caliq Client Community!

January, 2018

Caliq are delighted to announce the addition of Shoeless Joe to our growing list of clients in the Giftware Trade and indeed the Summerhouse exhibitors at the NEC. The company has been in business for over twenty five years and design most of their products in their Lincolnshire studio. These are then manufactured by factories all over the world, with an emphasis on using products from sustainable sources. Their aim is to provide affordable items, without sacrificing quality.  

Supplying a large range of products to about 1000 independent stores, galleries, museums and other outlets has highlighted how their current Sage 50 system is not cut out to handle such business volumes. After comparing the  software with other providers, Caliq stood head and shoulders above the rest.

It is specifically designed for a global giftware market, it handles multi-currency trade and multi-channel distribution with ease. Director Nicole Keir-Tomalin could see immediately all the benefits the system would bring to the business.  

Nicole has this to say about the decision to proceed with Caliq. “It was obvious as soon as we looked at the system how it would increase efficiency, manage stock better and improve our processes, making sure that we provide the best possible service to our loyal customer base. It will allow us to grow further, whilst controlling costs, which is wonderful. We just can’t wait to get the system up and running!”

 

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Caliq at the Spring Fair 2018!

January, 2018

Following the success of the show last year, Caliq are once again exhibiting at the Spring Fair at the NEC from 4th-8th February.

We are in Hall 6 which is within the Retail Solutions section of the event.

We are very much looking forward to seeing all our Giftware clients there, renewing acquaintances and pursuing new business opportunities, as we did in 2017.

If you would like a demonstration, or would like to find out more about Caliq and what our clients say about us, come and see us on stand 6Q51 and we’ll be delighted to welcome you.

What’s more…. We have chocolate!

If you would like us to come to your stand, please call Russell Kirby on 07426 466572.

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EPOS Partner for Caliq Software

October, 2017

We are delighted to announce that Caliq have formally agreed an integration partnership with Nottingham based CSY Retail Systems, a leading developer and provider of EPOS solutions for retail stores and showrooms. 

           

Caliq already caters for multiple sales channels, including e-commerce and mobile tablet sales systems used by reps on the road and at exhibitions.  Adding the CSY EPOS product set to the system means that Caliq clients who already have retail outlets or are considering it as an option, can implement an integrated and highly functional EPOS system, already in use in the giftware market, and crucially that it will share common data with their whole business across all channels. 

The CSY System caters for common challenges faced in this market. For example, retail customers may buy goods in a shop, taking some away with them, larger items may require home delivery and yet more may need to be collected or delivered from another branch. Not only is this all catered for, but the tight integration with Caliq will ensure that stock quantities, locations and availability (now or in the future) will be accurately controlled, thus ensuring maximum sales and customer satisfaction.  

Ross Pierrepont, Managing Director of CSY, has summed up the partnership well. “When we met Caliq to review our respective systems, the synergy was obvious to us all. Not only do the two systems fit this sector, both our companies share the same philosophy and ‘can do’ attitude that ensures we can individually or jointly deliver the best possible solutions for multi-channel distributors and retailers in this sector.”

 Joint projects are already in the planning stage and Caliq / CSY will be exhibiting on adjacent stands at the Spring Fair at the NEC in Birmingham, in February 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

The APAC Group select Caliq as their growth continues

August, 2017

 

We are delighted to announce that The APAC Group have signed a contract for the implementation of Caliq.

APAC are one of the leading importers and distributors of floristry, horticultural, party and wedding products in the UK. Founded in the 1970s, as a small nursery, the company has expanded and is now selling a range of 8,000 product lines sourced from all over the world.

Based in Leicester, APAC have developed a 56,000 sq ft complex with 4,000 pallet locations and are set to more than double that in the near future. As well as supplying garden centres, nurseries and growers, APAC also supply some of the largest retailers in the UK including Tesco, ASDA, Wilkinsons, Hobbycraft, Thorntons and The Range.

APAC saw in Caliq many areas that offered improvement over their current Access Dimensions system, but more importantly saw how it would successfully grow in line with their continued expansion.

Kevin Mackay, director at APAC and the man who will oversee the transition to Caliq, had this to say:

“As soon as we saw Caliq in operation, we knew we needed to move in that direction to maintain our efficiency and service levels to customers well into the future, especially taking into account the diversity of the business and our ambitious future plans. Throughout the tendering process the whole ethos behind Caliq and the integrity of their proposals shone through, making our choice of supplier relatively easy. We are really excited about implementing the new system and look forward to working with Caliq to bring the project to fruition”

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Leading Home Fragrance Wholesaler Xystos Flame & Fragrance Select Caliq

March, 2017

As a leading supplier of fragranced candle products and decorative home accessories – Xystos, Flame & Fragrance has one of the best known and highest quality home fragrance portfolios. The company imports and distributes brands such as WoodWick, Kringle Candle, Aquiesse , Candle-Lite and Cello Accessories, which are now established amongst the bestselling ranges in card stores, candle shops, department stores and garden centres throughout the UK and Ireland.

With ambitious growth plans, Xystos had identified the need to upgrade their IT infrastructure to reap short term benefits as well as to establish a solid platform that will take the anticipated growth in its stride. Having viewed a number of alternatives, Caliq’s obvious experience in the industry and our whole approach shone through.

Tom Sykes, Director of Xystos Flame and Fragrance summarised the reasoning behind their decision.

“Xystos reviewed systems with the main industry specialist system providers. We awarded Caliq the contract due to their professionalism in the tendering process, including the effort put in to assess our requirements and the detail provided in their proposal. This ensured both parties knew up front what was being committed to, which gave us real confidence in our choice. We look forward to working with Caliq long into the future”.

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Caliq Success at Spring Fair 2017

February, 2017

We took our new exhibition stand to Spring Fair complete with it’s 3D warehouse illusion which caused many to stop and ask about our mobile warehouse management system.

No visitor escaped a demonstration and it generated much interest from existing clients and assisted with new enquiries from many leading home and gift companies.

A record number of leads from this show and we have already booked our space in the 2018 Spring Fair, again in the Retail Solutions.

Our thanks to all who took time out to visit us and to Apply Works for creating our new stand.

Peter Rockhill Appointment Strengthens Caliq Team

January, 2017

With a strong background in business software systems development in the wholesale and direct-to-retail sectors, Peter brings a wealth of relevant experience to the Caliq team.

Peter joins us from Trisoft where he lead their technical development and client integration projects for their SalesPak mobile sales solution product on iPads.  We have worked with Peter for several years on joint projects with Caliq clients, many of whom have SalesPak deployed across their sales teams.

Peter will be involved in client account management, new client implementations, data integrations and migrations and assist in technical aspects across the Company.  Announcing the appointment, Caliq Managing Director Tony Reynolds said “We have worked closely with Peter on many projects and have always admired his abilities and integrity.  It is a real compliment to the Caliq team that he has chosen to join us and help us continue to build upon our success in the home, gift, garden and allied sectors.  He will be a familiar face to many and we look forward to working with him”.

Peter will be based at our Southampton office but will work with the team at the Cambrideshire HQ and clients across the UK.

Leading tools brand Hilka Tools (UK) Ltd choose Caliq solution

January, 2017

Chessington based Hilka Tools, whose large range of products are distributed by their network of stockists across the UK, has selected Caliq to replace their Scala business system.

After evaluating Sage 200, Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Caliq, MD Stephen Rouse concluded that the Caliq solution was the best fit for their business and both teams are now working on the implementation process, going live this Spring.