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Independent Analyst Firm IHL Group Recognizes Epicor’s Leadership and POS Reach in the Retail Marketplace

Epicor Software Corporation, a global leader in business software solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail and services organizations, today announced the company has been named the leading vendor of Point-of-Sale (POS) software to top specialty soft goods retailers and hard goods retailers by global research and advisory firm IHL Group.

Epicor(R) ranks first place in the two new reports — POS Software for Softgoods Retailers and POS Software for Hardgoods Retailers — the first time a single vendor has captured the top ranked position in both sectors. This is the sixth consecutive year Epicor has taken first place in the IHL POS Software for Softgoods Retailers report (the first two years as NSB Retail Systems, which Epicor acquired in 2008).

The soft goods report evaluates vendors of POS software installed among the top 250 retailers in the specialty soft goods space including apparel, shoes, jewelry and luggage. The hard goods report evaluates vendors of POS software installed among the top 250 retailers in the hard goods segments of DIY, books, electronics, furniture, pets, and other hard goods. Vendor rankings were based on the following criteria: Number of POS licenses, the combined revenue of their customers, and total number of customers that feature in the top 250 largest soft goods and top 250 largest hard goods retailers in North America (installed share).

Both reports feature an overview of the economic, technology and consumer trends shaping the retail sector as well as key business challenges soft goods retailers seek to offset via the use of POS technology. They also provide insight surrounding the top drivers for POS purchasing decisions, including retailers’ requirements surrounding mobility, multi-channel selling, and PCI-DSS compliance. The reports include a profile of Epicor and its retail solutions, key customers and overall product strengths.

“Epicor continues to build momentum in the retail marketplace based in part on the breadth of the company’s POS solutions and top-tier customer deployments,” said Greg Buzek, founder and president of IHL Group. “With the merger of Activant and Epicor earlier this year, the company has expanded its presence in the retail space — particular with hard goods retailers — allowing the company to deliver additional products and services to its global customer base.”

“We are honored to be recognized by IHL as the leading POS vendor for the soft goods and hard goods retail marketplace and to be the first company to garner the No. 1 ranking in both categories is a testament to the quality of Epicor’s retail solutions and the value they deliver to our customers,” said Paul Salsgiver, executive vice president and general manager, retail software for Epicor. “The global retail industry continues to face many challenges in today’s economy and Epicor is committed to working with our customers to give them the products and services they need to grow their businesses and better serve their clientele.”

Epicor’s retail solutions and services are used by hundreds of the world’s leading retailers to become more profitable, productive and competitive. Epicor software solutions are designed to meet the evolving merchandise and service expectations of today’s cross-channel shoppers and the business requirements of the most demanding retail environments, with a rapid return on investment, low cost of ownership, and a single point of accountability. Epicor provides software solutions and services to specialty and general merchandise retailers in a variety of industries including apparel, automotive aftermarket, footwear, lumber and building materials, nursery, sporting goods and pharmacy. Epicor’s retail customers include hundreds of marquee names, from Aeropostale and Automotive Supply, Inc., to Walker Drug and Zales.