McGowan & Rutherford was founded in the antiques trade over 28 years ago, and the company focuses on supplying independent and online retailers. Their product range consists of high quality lighting, furniture and mirrors, all of contemporary and classic styles, influenced by European as well as vintage and retro design.

The company operates from their recently acquired premises in Cambridgeshire where they have over 57,000 sq ft of warehousing space, into which new and re-stocking products arrive every day.

To manage operations within the new premises, help efficiency and to support the anticipated growth of the business whilst keeping costs to a minimum, the company is now implementing the Caliq Software ERP system.

Caliq is aimed at companies within the home, interiors, gift and allied trades sectors, and it offers many features that hugely benefit companies like McGowan & Rutherford.

Being an ‘end to end’ system, it addresses common issues within wholesale distribution operations, and also offers seamless integration with third party products like Websites, Mobile Sales Systems, including Caliq’s Toucan iPad system, and Courier Management. This has been achieved through an innovative and collaborative approach with home and gift companies over the last ten years.

Director Will Brett had this to say about why McGowan & Rutherford selected Caliq :

“After completing our warehouse and office move in March of 2019, the increase in efficiency in warehouse operations was quickly apparent. Having battled with a rudimentary system for a number of years, the decision to improve this had become a very easy one.

Being aware of Caliq’s system, a demonstration made it clear they offered the functionality we needed and on top of that, extra features and components to streamline our day to day processes.

Caliq have extensive knowledge of our industry, which is so refreshing compared to other systems we’d looked at where we knew we’d have to compromise with limitations in functionality.

Getting to know the Caliq team, as well as seeing their outstanding reputation with established businesses in our industry, gave us the confidence to move forward with them, and feel assured that the system is suitable for us now and as our business grows in the future. “

Russell Kirby from Caliq commented “We’re absolutely delighted to have McGowan & Rutherford on board with Caliq and we look forward to working with and supporting them well into the future”.

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