Van Hage works with trusted partner K3 for new store launch

Van Hage, a UK garden and leisure retailer, has selected K3, the UKs largest provider of Microsoft Dynamics, to supply and implement a 21-lane POS solution and back office system to manage its newest superstore in Peterborough.

Van Hage have already has two successful stores near London which are run on K3s POS and back office solutions.  The new store will be the anchor of a brand new retail park, and visitors will be able to enjoy an innovative shopping experience, with a product range including plants, gardening, clothing, gifts, homewares, and a restaurant.

Chris Luther, IT Department, said, We were one of K3s first retail customers back in 2000.  Weve always had a great relationship, and they are a much trusted partner.  Theyll be helping us to make a smooth transition into the new store.  Well rely on the system to help us run the store effectively and efficiently.

The Peterborough store will open in February 2010, and K3 is currently preparing the POS and back office installation.  The project includes POS, stock control and procurement.  K3 is also managing an upgrade on software, tills and back offices as part of a general enhancement programme in the other two stores.

K3 is also providing Van Hage with a PCI:DSS compliant  Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) solution across its three stores. The solution will simplify Van Hages communication infrastructure, and with more PCI compliance changes in the pipeline, Van Hage can rely on K3 to manage the whole process, saving the company cost and worry of managing PCI compliance.

Luther continued, The EFT PCI project is business critical, as its vital that we are compliant with the legislation.  K3 is managing the whole procedure for us, and I know that were in safe hands.  K3 has always worked hard for us, and provides us with expert advice and support.

John Little, Sales Director, K3, said, K3s relationship with Van Hage has gone from strength to strength over the years, and were delighted that such a loyal customer is managing to grow its business in such a tough climate.  Its proof that having the best IT systems in place contributes strongly to growth.

The project has already started, and K3 will be managing the PCI compliance through September and October, and will be finished by mid-November.

Training at the new store will commence in January 2010. 


About Van Hage
With over 50-years experience at the cutting edge of garden plants and gardening products, design and leisure retailing, Van Hage remains inspired by plants.
The business has grown into one of the pre-eminent and largest garden and leisure retailers in the UK.  In 1996 Van Hage purchased a second garden centre, Chenies, in Amersham (which has recently seen an extensive refurbishment)

About K3
K3 deliver multi-channel solutions so that retailers can create joined up shopping experiences for their customers whether they choose to buy on-line, direct or in-store. With more than 25 years experience in delivering business solutions, K3 have grown to become the UKs leading supplier of Microsoft Dynamics in retail. As a Gold Level Partner and invited member of Microsofts Inner Circle, we offer a clearly defined roadmap and a product with a proven track record that is backed up by a $2 billion annual investment.

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