VAI Equips Acme Tools with the Right ERP to Enhance its Retail, Service, and Distribution Operations

February 25, 2010

Ronkonkoma, N.Y. -- February 25, 2010 -- VAI (Vormittag Associates, Inc.) announced today that North Dakota-based Acme Tools, one of the country’s premier retailers of tools and equipment, has implemented S2K 5.0 to streamline the company’s retail, service and distribution operations.

Acme is currently operating numerous S2K Enterprise Suite modules including S2K for Distribution, S2K Customer Relationship Management (CRM), S2K Warehouse Management and S2K for Retail Point-of-Sale (POS). These solutions are intended to improve employee productivity, provide real-time financial data and streamline warehouse and distribution operations. VAI is a leader in enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions for the distribution, manufacturing, retail and service industries, and an IBM Premier Business Partner.

 Acme implemented VAI’s S2K for Enterprise Software Suite at ten of its retail stores and at one wholesale distribution center. Acme now has improved access to accurate, real-time customer data and inventory levels. In addition, the completely integrated modules of the S2K software suite allows management to quickly view company information and act appropriately--enhancing overall productivity and directly impacting customer satisfaction.

The hardware retailer, with locations throughout North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa, has been running on the IBM Power™ Systems platform since 1981. S2K leverages the integrated system design of the Power System, which provides a built-in database, advanced system management features, advanced security features and a virus resistant design, meant to optimize the reliability and availability of business applications and simplify IT environments.

Mike Morano, Project Director, VAI, commented, “Acme needed to improve sales transaction speeds at the store level, and S2K for Retail, which combines the efficiency of point-of-sale with the sophistication of an integrated enterprise solution, fit the bill. This system is well suited for Acme, since it is designed for the larger retail end user with multiple locations and more than five POS registers. Additionally, S2K seamlessly integrates with other critical software components including accounting, inventory management, CRM, purchasing and warehouse management, providing a competitive, cost-effective solution.”

“We were focused on upgrading our ERP software and once we discovered S2K, we knew that we had the solution to fit our needs, especially since VAI works exclusively on the IBM Power System,” said Dean Spicer, Manager of Information Services, Acme Tools. “In addition, VAI listened to our needs and was more than willing to adjust the software package to address our specific parameters. This implementation has been a true partnership and we are happy with the results so far. S2K has helped Acme achieve increased speed, greater visibility and enhanced customer service. We are currently implementing S2K for Service and anticipate a long-standing relationship with VAI.”

About VAI (Vormittag Associates, Inc.)

VAI is an award-winning software developer and an IBM Premier Business Partner. Designed for the mid-range market, S2K Enterprise is used by a wide variety of mid-sized companies worldwide, with a number of clients in the manufacturing, distribution, retail, food and related service industries. Advanced applications such as Warehouse Management Systems, EDI, CRM and e-Business provide companies the power to leverage their information technology investment. VAI is headquartered in Ronkonkoma, New York, with branch offices in Miami, Orlando, Chicago and Oroville, California. For more information, please contact Diane Dady at 800-824-7776, ext. 236 or visit (

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