30 November 2005 – AccTech Systems to provide network marketing ERP system for Nature`s Health Products

Issued by: Watt Communications & G Watt Design

[Johannesburg, 30 November 2005] – Softline Accpac 2004 Partner of the Year, AccTech Systems, has been awarded the contract to implement a network marketing ERP system for natural herbal health remedy product innovator, Nature’s Health Products.

A local first, this Softline Accpac installation by AccTech Systems will include the installation of a network marketing system aimed to drive sales of Nature’s Health Products through its national network of distributors.

“Network marketing is a multibillion-dollar industry worldwide and we feel privileged to have been contracted by Nature’s Health Products to develop and implement a local ERP solution,” says Tertius Zitzke, Managing Director of AccTech Systems.

“Featuring true software collaboration, Sage ERP Accpac 500 will drive the financial solution, Sage CRM will provide the essential sales, marketing and customer care modules; retail sales will be managed by a locally developed point of sale solution, IsoPos, and Accpac Insight will provide the business intelligence tools essential for any successful ERP system.”

Nature’s Health Products says the company is experiencing exponential growth and required a solution that will not only provide a strong financial backbone for the company, but will also provide the tools required to manage the complex commission structure and sales and marketing support for its 50 000 national distributors.

“AccTech Systems provided us with the perfect solution as the entire system will be customised to suit the challenging needs of a network marketing company,” says Colin Katz, Managing Director of Nature’s Health Products.

At the heart of Nature’s Health Products is the national call centre, where thousands of orders are received and processed on a daily basis. Keith Fenner, Director of Solutions and Business Development at AccTech Systems, says Sage CRM will be deployed at the call centre to log and manage all the orders from the distribution branches and franchises throughout the country.

He says the orders will be placed in the CRM system and once authorised, will automatically be promoted to the Order Entry module within Nature’s Health Products’ financial system.

“From there, the logistics system will take over and ship the ordered products directly to the distributors in the various regions within South Africa.”

Another exciting feature of Sage CRM is Nature’s Health Products’ ability to drive marketing campaigns via SMS to all franchisees and distributors, and monitor and report on the success of these campaigns, says Olivier.

“During phase two, we will also utilise Accpac’s Iciniti Web store and Sage CRM’s Web self-service solutions, which will provide every single distributor with the opportunity to log into the system and not only monitor the progress of previous orders, but also place new orders and check their individual levels of commissions for that specific month. This will allow distributors to manage their sales network anytime, anywhere.

“No ERP solution is complete without an effective business intelligence tool. Using Accpac Insight, Nature’s Health Products will be able to produce enterprise-wide reporting, budgeting and forecasting. The powerful features and integration with the network marketing system will also allow them to monitor financial results at head office, branch and franchise level,” concludes Zitzke.

AccTech Systems (PTY) LTD

AccTech Systems (Pty) Ltd is an Sage ERP Accpac accounting software solution provider. Accredited as a premier solution provider by Sage ERP Accpac International, AccTech specialises in Sage ERP Accpac’s entire range of award-winning product lines and third-party software products.

AccTech is currently the number one Softline Accpac Dealer of the year as well as the number one Sage CRM dealer of the year. AccTech offers in-depth customer needs analysis, product configuration and custom-designed workflow solutions and backs that up with world-class training and support.

AccTech Systems has representation in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape, Limpopo, North West, Mpumalanga, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania.

AccTech Systems (Pty) Ltd was also named as one of three finalists of DTI exporter of the year 2005.

Softline is a leading provider of accounting, payroll and CRM software solutions to small, medium and large companies. Founded in 1988 by Ivan Epstein, Alan Osrin and Steven Cohen, Softline was established during the formative years of the software industry and listed on the JSE Securities Exchange South Africa in February 1997. Softline expanded to establish a strong position within its area of focus in South Africa and Australia.

Focused on the development of accounting, payroll and CRM software solutions, Softline has a 16-year track record as a market leader. The group has a broad range of products offering users a variety of software solutions to run their businesses efficiently. Softline’s leading brands include Softline Accpac, Softline Enterprise, Softline Pastel (Accounting and Payroll) and Softline VIP. The combination of the group’s product offerings provides Softline customers with comprehensive, well-branded accounting, payroll and CRM software solutions.

In November 2003, Softline was acquired by Sage Group plc, an established FTSE 100 company. The group includes market-leading businesses throughout the United Kingdom, Europe, North America, South Africa and Australia, supplying business software to the small, medium and large business community.

Softline has a solid track record of profitability and cash generation. The group delivers quality accounting, payroll and CRM software solutions that improve the efficiencies of businesses around the world.

Sage

The Sage Group plc is a leading supplier of accounting and business management software solutions and related services for small, medium and large enterprises. It comprises market-leading businesses throughout Europe, United Kingdom, North America, South Africa and Australia .The Sage group plc has over 5 million small and mid-sized customers in 55 countries and 10 500 staff.

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