Celerant Technology’s Retail Management Software Brings out the Big Guns

Celerant Technology Corp has been a premium retail software provider for over 13 years, and has served the firearms industry for the past seven. Celerant was one of the first software companies to provide ATF compliant Electronic Acquisition & Disposition books to help gun retailers access their sales history faster and keep more accurate records.

“The firearms industry is heavily regulated and requires retail management software that enables efficiency and compliance,” said Ian Goldman, President and CEO of Celerant Technology. “In order to allow firearm dealers to run their businesses from one complete system, Command Retail has integrated Electronic A&D books to eliminate redundancy and error, as well as customized reporting that make it easy to provide the right data for the ATF’s Industry Operations Investigators.”

Celerant Technology’s latest version of its retail software, Command Retail v6.4, has added new features to expedite daily procedures for FFLs (Federal Firearms Licenses). At the point of sale, serial numbers are automatically incremented and the firearm is added to the integrated Electronic A&D book upon purchase, eliminating the manual process of the physical bound book. Driver’s license scanning verifies a customer’s age and ensures that the sale of restricted items is compliant with ATF regulations, as well as populates the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) module with customer demographics and purchase history. To improve customer-facing services and reduce wait times at the register when making a purchase, Celerant also offers a Mobile POS that runs Command Retail’s redesigned, user-friendly POS screen.

“We have been using Celerant’s retail management system for our firearms company since 2008. The Point of Sale in Celerant has been a tremendous help in quickly processing our customer while populating the disposition of the firearm instantly into the [Electronic] A&D book,” said Celerant client Jeff Poet, owner of Jay’s Sporting Goods. “All the data is consistent across our two store locations and integrated E-Commerce site, making it a great tool for finding detailed information quickly.”

Celerant’s new features in the recently released version of Command Retail is a step in the right direction, but talks of future versions will be the total package for the firearms industry. During the 2013 Shooting Hunting Outdoor Tradeshow (SHOT Show), Celerant met with the board members of the ATF to discuss improving the retail software. Celerant developers are now working on several advancements, including a Form 4473 that auto-populates customer demographics from Command Retail’s CRM. Range scheduling is also anticipated.

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Celerant Technology Becomes Five-Time Recipient of Inc 5000 Award

Celerant Technology Corp has ranked on the Inc 5000 for a fifth consecutive year, establishing the advanced retail software company as a member of the Inc. 5000 Honor Roll. For more than 30 years, Inc. has celebrated the fastest-growing private companies in America and Celerant Technology has once again been included.

“To be honored this year is a particularly notable achievement. To rank among the 2012 Inc. 5000, your company had to thrive through three of the toughest years this economy has seen in living memory. Your success in such time is eloquent testimony to your team’s creativity, resilience, and tenacity,” Eric Schurenberg, Editor in Chief of Inc. magazine, said of Celerant Technology’s achievement.

Celerant Command Retail is an advanced retail management system, which works in real-time, integrating the point of sale on the front end, as well as back end functions such as inventory management, warehouse, distribution, allocation, advanced reporting and multichannel E-Commerce. Recently, Celerant has expanded its offerings to include a mobile suite of applications that maintain a retail enterprise, allowing retailers to use Celerant away from the POS and back office.

“We are again proud to have been recognized five years in a row on the Inc 5000 list” said Ian Goldman, president and CEO of Celerant. “It is a great accomplishment for us. Celerant continues to grow because our team is dedicated to providing exceptional products and services to our clients. Making the Inc. 5000 Honor Roll is a testament to our progress and technical advancement.”

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found on Inc.com. Celerant Technology’s ranking on the Inc. 5000 is a noteworthy accomplishment that demonstrates the steady growth of the company. The consecutive placement further recognizes Celerant’s status as a leader in the retail software industry.

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Celerant Technology Again Named Microsoft Certified Partner

Celerant Technology Corp, a highly recognized leader in the retail software industry, achieved a Silver Midmarket Solution Provider Competency in the Microsoft Partner Network, demonstrating its ability to meet customers’ evolving needs in today’s dynamic business environment. To earn a Silver Midmarket Competency, partners must provide a solution for mid-size businesses and prove that they are knowledgeable and skilled on the current technology that is relevant for the competency.

“Achieving the title of Microsoft certified partner each year is a priority for the company because we are committed to staying current with new technology, both internally and through the retail software that we provide to our clients,” stated Ian Goldman, President and CEO of Celerant Technology Corp. “We are high level users of the Microsoft suite of applications, and the system architecture of our retail management system employs Microsoft SQL Server. For 2011, we focused on the Midmarket Solution Provider Competency for Network Infrastructure and Configuration. As a leading mid-size vendor, we aspire to provide a solution that covers all areas of a retail operation and develop technology that helps our clients to improve the overall success of their business.”

“By achieving a Silver Competency, partners have proven themselves as specialized technology experts with the skills needed to best serve customers,” said Jon Roskill, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. “The Silver Competency in the Microsoft Partner Network is designed to help customers identify services and solution providers that have demonstrated proof of their capability to deliver quality outcomes and customer satisfaction.” According to the Microsoft Partner Program, “when you attain the Microsoft Midmarket Solution Provider competency, you showcase your expertise in providing solutions based on the most current technology and IT-solutions knowledge to help midmarket businesses with their unique challenges.”

Celerant Technology has earned Microsoft Certification for the past 11 years. The Silver Midmarket Solution Provider Competency reinforces Celerant’s commitment to excellent customer support and advanced technical knowledge that is vital to the retail software industry.

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Celerant Technology Hosts 2011 User Conference Highlighting Retail Software Functionality

Celerant Technology’s 2011 User Conference was held April 28-29 at the exquisite Millennium Broadway hotel in New York City. This year’s conference included interactive break-out sessions, training sessions, and workshops, all of which reviewed the new features and functionalities that are being made available to the Celerant client base.

“This year’s conference was again a great success” stated Ian Goldman, CEO/President of Celerant Technology. “Throughout the year, our development staff has engineered new technology for wireless device applications, advanced reporting features for Data Warehousing, and a redesigned POS screen, all of which were displayed and discussed during the conference. We strive to develop such creative and innovative improvements to promote customer satisfaction and enable the software to be more user-friendly and maintain a high level of technical advancement.”

The 2011 Celerant User Conference was an educational opportunity for clients to learn about the many enhancements being made to the Command Retail system, as well as an effective networking opportunity to interact and learn from other retailers. This year presented a restructured format providing clients with the option to attend an added session. Several additions were also made to the list of session choices for this year, including two interactive New Features Workshops, as well as new sessions on E-Commerce, Team Sports, and General Ledger.

“I found the Celerant User Conference to be an excellent learning environment to expand my abilities and knowledge of the software,” stated Dan Kastelman, CFO of Devi Kroell. “It’s great to be able to share ideas with the Celerant staff and other Celerant clients. The sessions are extremely dedicated and informative, and highly relevant to the needs of my company. I look forward to next year’s event and upcoming enhancements to the software.”

“It’s great to see old Celerant friends and meet new ones face to face,” stated Charlie Rochman, Business Manager for Buffalo Exchange. “Our team picked up some great information that should help us in our operations.”

“As in years past, the 2011 Celerant User Conference once again proved to be extremely beneficial,” said C&W Shoes CFO, Will Brooks. “I am not only more informed of the uses of the software but I am also more resolved in knowing that we have aligned with the right company. Far from complacent, the software continues to be innovative and the passion of the Celerant team towards continued improvement is refreshing.”

Research has already begun to determine the location for next year’s User Conference and the Celerant clients will again vote on their city of choice. With the clients’ feedback from this year’s event, there will be many new concepts introduced to make next year’s event an even greater success.

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Celerant Technology Enhances Retail Software in 2010 with New Multi-Channel Offerings

Celerant Technology, a leader in the retail software industry, launched several new multi-channel offerings in 2010 including M-Commerce capability, as well as GunBroker.com integration for firearm dealers, and an integrated CMS for customizing websites with ease.

“Throughout 2010, our staff has strived to design and implement new technology to stay on top of industry trends and maintain a high level of customer satisfaction,” stated Ian Goldman, Celerant Technology President and CEO. “We feel that having a strong multi-channel solution is important to Celerant’s growth and continued success. For 2011 we are looking to strengthen our current offerings by making advancements to upcoming versions, such as our data warehousing module for advanced reporting and the optimization of Command, enabling back office functions to be performed directly from a mobile device.”

Celerant Technology, www.celerant.com, provides an all in one system for retail organizations; from point of sale, inventory management, warehousing, E-Commerce, mail order and more. Command Retail provides the tools to help retailers take control of their businesses and expand their reach to a wider audience of consumers.

Celerant’s M-Commerce offering was developed as a way to create a mobile version of a website, allowing it to be more easily viewed and accessed on a mobile device. Overall site navigation is updated and functionality is optimized for ease of use within a mobile environment.

The integration of GunBroker.com enables retailers to more efficiently submit their firearms and accessories in a streamlined process, directly from their inventory within their Command Retail software. Dealers have the option to view open auctions, closed auctions, recently created auctions, recently closed auctions and auctions that are closing today.

The integrated CMS provides retailers the opportunity to maintain the content of their E-Commerce sites, allowing them to keep it updated with blogs, brand pages, and an unlimited amount of news articles, press releases, images, and videos.

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RIS LeaderBoard also Ranks Celerant as a Top 5 Overall Retail Software Company for Fourth Year in a Row

Celerant Technology Corp. ranks first as the Mid-Size Vendor Leader in the RIS News 2010 Retail Software LeaderBoard Study, for the second time. The study presents an annual ranking of the top retail software vendors worldwide based on a variety of categories to test performance, innovation, reliability, customer satisfaction and value. Celerant has also placed in the Top 5 overall retail software companies for the 4th year in a row.

“We are honored to not only be recognized in the Top 5 by the LeaderBoard, but more importantly to have maintained our Top 5 rankings for so many years in a row, receiving an even higher ranking as compared to last year,” stated Ian Goldman, Celerant President and CEO. “Our multi-channel retail solution is developed specifically for the mid-market, which is exemplified through our standing as the number one mid-size retail software vendor leader for a second time.”

Celerant provides an advanced, multi-channel retail software application, with a strong focus on technical advancements, client satisfaction, and expansion across different vertical markets. Celerant’s top rankings as an Apparel/Footwear and Specialty Retailing leader, a leader in Recommendation, and a leader in Mid-Size categories, including Overall Performance, Total Cost of Operation, Technology Innovation, and Administration/Maintenance are indicative of these goals.

“Celerant Technology, a mid-size retail software leader, comes in at number 4 on the top-20 list this year alongside such large vendors as Oracle, SAP and IBM,” stated Joe Skorupa, Editor-In-Chief of RIS News. “The retail IT vendors on this list have broad and deep strengths, not only in LeaderBoard Categories and Criteria, but in their business models and IT solutions. Celerant Technology demonstrates noteworthy achievement this year, as it does year after year, by offering a broad suite of applications and delivering a high level of Customer Satisfaction.”

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Celerant Technology Integrates with GunBroker.com, the World’s Largest Online Auction of Firearms

Celerant Technology, a leader in the retail software industry, completed integration with GunBroker.com, the world’s largest online auction of firearms and accessories. The seamless integration with this highly reputable auction shopping site allows dealers to more efficiently submit their firearms and accessories in a streamlined process, directly from their inventory within their Command Retail software.

“In addition to the many functions we have incorporated into our system for the firearm industry, including electronic A&D Books and serialized reporting within the guidelines of the ATF, this new integration is one that will further enable our clients to expand their sales on web, translating into increased revenue,” stated Ian Goldman, Celerant Technology President and CEO. “We are continually looking to expand our product offering to specialize it to meet the needs of different vertical markets. Integration into product-specific services such as GunBroker.com strengthens our presence in the firearm industry and helps us to achieve our goal of being a complete retail software for a variety of retail industries.”

The integration of GunBroker.com with a Celerant Command Retail E-Commerce site allows the retailer to manage all auctions in one, central location, directly on their own website. Dealers have the option to view open auctions, closed auctions, recently created auctions, recently closed auctions and auctions that are closing today. Auctions can then be easily added, removed or relisted, and bids can be changed, without ever leaving the E-Commerce site.

“The functionality works similarly to our eBay integration, as clients are able to post products that are setup to easily be auctioned on GunBoker.com,” stated Murtaza Hamdani, Celerant Technology Director of E-Commerce. “Additionally, mass imports can be completed, rather than individually, and templates can be created and copied for faster future submissions, with set restrictions and shipping methods, minimizing work on the retailer’s end.”

GunBoker.com, often referred to as the eBay of the firearm industry, enables retailers to optimize turnaround by providing an easy and unique way to sell firearms online. Integration with Celerant Command’s E-Commerce offering allows retailers to sell these products directly from their inventory, in real-time. For more information, please visit www.celerant.com/ecommerce.cfm. For more information on GunBroker.com, please visit www.gunbroker.com.

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Celerant Technology Receives Perfect Score for Retail/POS Software Review

Celerant Technology, a leader in the retail software industry, was included in the CPA Advisor’s 2010 Retail/POS Review for the second year in a row. This year the CPA Advisor focused on specific features and functionality that are important for maintaining a successful retail business. Celerant Command Retail received top scores in all areas.

“It is an honor to again be included in the CPA Advisor POS Review and to have received such outstanding scores for Command Retail,” stated Ian Goldman, Celerant President and CEO. “In this increasingly competitive market, we strive to stay ahead of new technology trends to make improvements and additions to our software that enhance usability and productivity. Most recently, advancements were made to our software to enhance the built-in accounting interface, including an internal General Ledger, allowing our clients to perform sophisticated functions directly within the Command Retail system.”

The CPA Advisor’s 2010 Retail/POS Review provides an in depth overview of point of sale software companies and products. Celerant Command Retail received a score of 5 out of 5 for every category including Basic System Functions, Specialized Features/Services, Tracking/Reporting, Integration/Import/Export, and Help/Support. The review goes on to say, “Celerant Command Retail from Celerant Technology is a fully integrated retail management system. Designed for small to mid-size retailers with multiple locations, this system offers a series of integrated modules designed to help retail stores run more efficiently.”

Celerant Command Retail was said to be “a top-notch POS product that is ideal for small to mid-size retail businesses with multiple locations. Designed to fit the needs of the most demanding customers, this full-featured product truly does have everything.”

Celerant Command Retail provides retailers with a complete software solution that fully integrates the point of sale with back office functionality, inventory control, accounting, warehouse, distribution, allocation, advanced reporting and E-Commerce. Command goes beyond these functions by integrating with professional third-party accounting software, and also features an internal general ledger that has been made available in the most recent version of Command. For more information, go to http://www.celerant.com/financial_applications.cfm.

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Celerant Technology Included on Inc. 5000 List for the Third Year in a Row

Inc. recently announced that Celerant Technology Corporation (www.celerant.com) has once again achieved placement on the Inc. 5000. This is the third year that Celerant Technology has been featured on the list of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the country.

“The leaders of the companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 have figured out how to grow their businesses during the longest recession since the Great Depression,” said Inc. president Bob LaPointe. “The 2010 Inc. 5000 showcases a particularly hardy group of entrepreneurs.”

Celerant Technology provides multi channel retail software to a growing number of vertical markets in the retail industry and has continued to grow in size and revenue. Celerant Command Retail continues to receive recognition as being a solution for retailers looking to manage the many aspects of their businesses in one complete system.

“The announcement of the Inc. 5000 has again ranked Celerant as one of the top companies in the nation and we are honored to be included for a third year in a row,” said Ian Goldman, President and CEO of Celerant Technology. “We feel it is very important to provide an advanced retail software product and services that fulfill our clients’ day to day business needs, allowing them to run their operations more smoothly. It is this commitment to our clients that fuels our growth as a company, enabling us to further our success in the retail software industry.”

The 2010 Inc. 500|5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2006 to 2009. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by June 30, 2006. Additionally, they had to be based in the United States, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2009. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2006 is $80,000; the minimum for 2009 is $2 million.

Celerant Technology’s ranking on the Inc. 5000 demonstrates the financial strength of the company and recognizes Celerant’s growth as a leader in the retail software industry. For more information, visit http://www.celerant.com.

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Fontana Sports Redesigns E-Commerce Site with Updated Technology

Celerant Technology, a leader in the retail software industry, recently completed the website redesign of its client, Fontana Sports, to increase web performance and refresh the look and feel of the site.

“We worked with Fontana Sports to update the E-Commerce site, which we launched a few years ago, with entirely new features and functionality to take their pre-existing site to the next level. We often work with our existing web clients to revamp their sites and add newly developed technology” said Ian Goldman, Celerant Technology President and CEO. “Our web team employed advanced navigational tools on the homepage and product pages to facilitate ease of browsing and overall site usability. Additionally, enhanced zoom capabilities have been implemented for viewing product images and a dropdown has been added to the shopping cart to easily view and update your pending purchases.”

Celerant Technology provides a complete multi-channel solution for retail organizations; from point of sale, to inventory management, warehousing, integrated E-Commerce, mail order and more. In addition to the point of sale at the store, Celerant offers an array of advanced e-commerce features that aid in extending products beyond the brick and mortar location. For Fontana Sports, these features include a scrolling display on the homepage to show new arrivals, top sellers, and brands; a collapsible category view displaying relevant types within a selected category; product filtering by color, size, brand and price; and a tabbed section on the product detail page to display specific information relevant to the selected item.

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Celerant Technology Becomes Adobe Silver Partner

Celerant Technology, a leader in the multi-channel retail software industry, recently enrolled in the Adobe Silver Partner Program. Membership in the Partner Program is made eligible to companies that provide solution-based products that utilize an Adobe platform.

“In the development of our retail technology projects, we seek to use progressive software and applications that will allow us to efficiently program, implement and maintain different facets of Celerant software and services,” stated Ian Goldman, Celerant President and CEO. “Our partnership with Adobe is beneficial to the Celerant web development team, which avidly uses Adobe products in the creation of e-commerce sites for our retail clients. Our web developers now have the ability to become certified Adobe product specialists by utilizing Adobe’s resources and obtaining best practices for Adobe-related projects.”

According to the Adobe Partner Program, “The Solution Partner Program is designed for companies that provide solution-based sales, system integration, services, or extended products based on Adobe technology.” It goes on to say, “All partners must meet qualification criteria based on company strengths which may include Adobe related revenue, skills and competencies, or strategic leadership.”

Celerant Technology became an Adobe Silver Partner in June 2010. Celerant is dedicated to harnessing ingenuity to develop advanced features and provide a high level of satisfaction to every retail client, along with excellent customer support based on technical knowledge that is vital to the retail software industry.

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Celerant Technology’s 2010 User Conference in San Antonio

Celerant Technology’s 2010 User Conference was held April 29-30 at the beautiful Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Antonio, TX. This year’s conference included interactive break-out sessions, training sessions, and workshops, all of which introduced the new features and functionalities which have been developed this year and made available to the Celerant client base.

Celerant Technology's 2010 User Conference in San Antonio

“This year’s conference proved to be our most successful yet, with a record number of attendees” stated Ian Goldman, CEO/President of Celerant Technology. “As an advanced retail software company with a dedication to technology and innovation, we develop multiple versions each year and introduce new functionality based on the needs of our clients, market trends and the ingenuity of our development team. At this year’s event, we were pleased to announce the introduction of our new data warehouse, further advanced dashboard reports, redesigned point of sale screen, our own integrated General Ledger and a complete Content Management System for the web, along with several advances to our website analytics.”

The 2010 Celerant User Conference was an educational opportunity for clients to learn about the advancements in the Command Retail system, as well as an effective networking opportunity to interact and learn from other retailers. Along with the increase in the number of attendees, there were also more Celerant trainers and moderators than ever before, thanks to the 20% increase in staff the company has experienced this year. Additional training sessions and hands-on workshops were made available, and clients were able to create their own schedule, providing the most effective learning experience for each individual client.

“I enjoy attending the Celerant conference because the information is not one sided,” stated Callie Wilson, General Manager of Internet and Operations for Chinese Laundry. “In addition to the overview and break-out sessions, it’s an opportunity to see (listen) to what other clients using the same product are doing and I find this the most beneficial. I always look forward to the conference because the networking with other clients is priceless and I know I will leave with a lot more knowledge and information than when I arrived, and that my business will be the better for it.”

Chad Stearns, Vice President of Operations for Jay’s Sporting Goods, said “Thank you for organizing such an insightful, smooth-running event. It is tremendously helpful for our business as we learn more about the software and its capabilities, in addition to spending some personal time interacting with you and your colleagues. This year’s client appreciation dinner was phenomenal; literally the icing on the cake. We enjoyed the entire event tremendously.”

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