Lincoln software firm snaps up Nottingham counterpart

Company is hoping to take advantage of a boom in construction industry

Lincoln-based ECI Software Solutions, which specialises in cloud-based business management products, has bought Nottingham-based Merchant Systems Group, the developer of the eCommonSense® platform.

eCommonSense is designed by a tradesman specifically for the building materials supply sector. It will join ECI’s LBM and Hardlines group, which will leverage eCommonSense as both an integration to its cloud-based ERP solutions as well as a standalone global eCommerce solution.

“ECI’s vision is to be the world leader in vertically specific cloud software solutions while always delivering new value to our customers and the markets we serve,” said Trevor Gruenewald, CEO of ECI. “Adding eCommonSense to ECI’s portfolio and investing to grow it into a true global solution will allow us to give our customers—and the LBM industry—the eCommerce capabilities they need to stay competitive in today’s market.”

“When I first entered into a partnership with ECI, I was struck by how similar our missions were: to provide building suppliers and merchants with the technology they need to create the strongest businesses possible,” said Andy Scothern, CEO and founder, eCommonSense. “As I’ve got to know ECI better, I’ve grown in my conviction that they are the right partner to help us scale, and I am looking forward to seeing what we accomplish together.”

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