Epicor and Zawawi Business Machines form a New Partnership in Oman

Subsidiary of Oman’s Largest Business Group Becomes Local Value-Added Reseller for Business Software Specialist

Epicor Software Corporation, a global leader in business software solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail and services organizations, today announced that Oman-based Zawawi Business Machines LLC (ZBM) has been appointed as a Value-Added Reseller (VAR) as part of the software giant’s expansion strategy for the Middle East.

ZBM is a subsidiary of OMZEST Group, one of Oman’s premier and most diversified business groups which has interests in construction, contracting, manufacturing, services, training, education, trading and agency representation. ZBM, which was founded in 1986, provides comprehensive IT solutions, services, infrastructure and human resources to bolster the competitiveness and performance of today’s increasingly technology-dependent businesses.

Epicor was positioned as a Visionary in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant (MQ) for ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) for Product-Centric Midmarket Companies, which is testament to its pioneering business software solutions. With the market leading technologies that Epicor has to offer, which are more advanced than those of other major ERP providers, we are certain that we can now offer solutions to enable our customers to more effectively manage their business,” said Rakesh KP, CEO of Zawawi Business Machines. “Epicor is the perfect fit for our corporate ethos of providing professional solutions that best suit our client requirements.”

“We are delighted to appoint ZBM as a VAR for Oman,” said Purushothaman Natarajan, channel manager for Epicor in the Middle East. “We were looking to appoint a partner that would actively cultivate our market share and professionally implement our solutions quickly and cost effectively. We are proud to collaborate with ZBM as they have a proven track record as a leading IT solutions provider in Oman.”

“With the government’s on-going local IT initiatives, the IT market in Oman is poised for substantial expansion. Our alliance with ZBM will give us the opportunity to capitalize on this growth and establish Epicor as a market leader in the region,” added Anish Kanaran, regional director for Epicor in the Middle East.

Global business software leader, Epicor recently made key changes to its regional strategies to accelerate its expansion plans across the Middle East, Africa, Turkey and India. The company currently has more than 20 partners across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

About Epicor Software Corporation
Epicor Software Corporation is a global leader delivering business software solutions to the manufacturing, distribution, retail and services industries. With nearly 40 years of experience serving midmarket organizations and divisions of Global 1000 companies, Epicor has more than 20,000 customers in over 150 countries. Epicor enterprise resource planning (ERP), point of sale (POS), supply chain management (SCM), and human capital management (HCM) enable companies to drive increased efficiency and improve profitability. With a history of innovation, industry expertise and passion for excellence, Epicor inspires customers to build lasting competitive advantage. Epicor provides the single point of accountability that local, regional and global businesses demand. The Company’s headquarters are located in California, with offices and affiliates worldwide. For more information, visit www.epicor.com.

The SLS AMG supercar continues to soar in the Sultanate

SLS AMG – The Automan Performance Car of the Year 2011:

Mercedes-Benz AMG performance division?s flagship SLS AMG supercar continues to soar in the Sultanate, recently winning ?Performance Car of the Year 2011? at the first ceremony of its kind to honour the cream of Oman?s automotive crop. Inspired by the original 1950?S Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, the SLS AMG was the first supercar to be designed and built from the ground up in Affalterbach. The SLS AMG took the top spot following a year of testing against competitors by the editorial team of Oman?s leading car magazine ? Automan.

Accepting the award for Zawawi Trading Company – sole distributor for Mercedes-Benz in Oman – Craig Hardie, CEO?Automotive said: ?To receive the first ever Omani award for Performance Car of the Year is a real honour. In many ways the success of the SLS AMG reflects the winning formula of Oman, taking the heritage of its past and combining it with cutting edge 21st century technology to reach great new heights. In either body style – gullwing or roadster – the SLS AMG is a perfect representative of the AMG performance brand.?

Zawawi Mercedes-Benz launched the new SLS AMG Roadster in January, which has jettisoned the iconic gullwing doors of its predecessor, and combines an aluminium spaceframe body with an AMG 6.3-litre V8 front-mid engine with dry sump lubrication to develop a peak output of 571 hp and 650 Newton metres of torque. The compact fabric soft top of the SLS AMG Roadster marks an evolution for the ground breaking super sports car, opening and closing in just eleven seconds, and able to be operated on the move at speeds up to 50 km/h.

Presenting the award to Zawawi Mercedes-Benz at a handover ceremony, Automan’s publisher, Hatim Al Taie said: “The SLS AMG Coupé was tested extensively by our editors on the Yas Marina track and we are glad to see the car win the award from within a highly competitive segment. The SLS showed superb power, handling, style and performance and offers exceptional value among top-end sports and supersports cars.”

The Car of the Year awards was instituted by Oman’s only car magazine, Automan, to mark its 12th anniversary, and is unique in its focus only on models available in Oman during the past year. The vehicles are scored based on test drives conducted by Automan?s editorial team, with most featuring in the magazine’s monthly issues. Winners were decided in 15 categories covering all cars and SUVs.

Automan Editor, Raj Warrior said: ?What really impressed us was just how serious Mercedes-Benz has upped the game in the supercar segment by offering an innovative product that matches both in status and in speed. With a 0-66km/h time of 3.8sec and a top speed of 315km/h, the SLS AMG can truly lay its claim as a befitting successor to the original Gullwing.?

ZTC affirms commitment to employees and environment

Working at Zawawi Mercedes-Benz is a breeze:

Zawawi Trading Company (ZTC) has affirmed its commitment as a responsible employer in the Sultanate, installing the latest ?Green Solution? cooling technology to ensure work will be a breeze for Mercedes-Benz after-sales staff this summer as the blistering heat draws near. Exemplifying ZTC?s responsibility to the environment, the advanced new Clivet air-cooli

ng system is efficient, chloro-fluoro-hydrocarbon (CFC) free, and 100% environmentally friendly, meeting leading European and International standards.

ZTC?s Projects and Business Development Division recently acquired the agency for the Clivet brand of air conditioning and refrigeration equipment in Oman, which is also being installed in the Commercial Vehicle, Body and Paint divisions of Zawawi Mercedes-Benz.

The considerable investment associated with the installation of this equipment into its flagship facilities further reinforces the importance that ZTC places on staff welfare and development as a priority for the sole distributor of Mercedes-Benz in Oman. The new technology will provide a comfortable workplace that will help inspire Zawawi Mercedes-Benz employees to realise their full potential. Another recent investment made by ZTC in its people also includes a stepped up Omanisation programme announced last month to train over 80 Omanis in 2012.

Craig Hardie, CEO ? Automotive, Zawawi Trading Company, said: ?Investing in people is one of our core objectives at ZTC. As a responsible employer in Oman, we are committed to providing a workplace that allows our staff to perform to the best of their abilities. In providing a productive and efficient workplace that allows employees to develop, ZTC continues to ensure customers are delivered the Mercedes-Benz promise of ?the best or nothing? in the Sultanate.? 

ZTC is the ONLY Automotive Brand to become a Corporate Partner to Almouj Golf at The Wave Muscat


Muscat, February 20th 2012 ? Almouj Golf has announced its first corporate partner as part of a long-term strategy to align with brands who have a clear synergy with its mission to provide a world class product, coupled with impeccable service.  Zawawi Mercedes-Benz will be Almouj Golf?s ?automotive partner? and as part of the Agreement will enjoy various benefits ranging from the advantages of corporate membership, use of the facilities and playing vouchers, together with the opportunity to host events on the course and in the welcoming  atmosphere of the club house.

The one year agreement will solidify Almouj Golf?s vision to be recognized as one of the top one hundred golfing facilities in the world and reinforce its position as a leading hospitality venue. ?In business, as in golf, we look for partners who are passionate about maximizing opportunities to add value to the alliance for the benefit of all parties.  Zawawi Mercedes-Benz demonstrates these characteristics. Both Almouj Golf and Mercedes-Benz have been designed by experts who understand the importance of delivering an outstanding product in association with excellent service. The German automotive manufacturer also brings a long and rich international association with golf which fits perfectly with our partnership strategy,? said St. John Kelliher, General Manager, Almouj Golf.

Craig Hardie, CEO Automotive, Zawawi Trading Company (ZTC), said, ?The sponsorship with Almouj Golf aligns with the global strategy of Mercedes-Benz to positively contribute to the sport of golf, and to Zawawi Trading Company?s continued efforts to strengthen long term relationships with our clients. Our collaboration with Almouj Golf provides a unique opportunity to connect with our customers within an enviro

nment that mirrors the image and reputation of Zawawi Mercedes-Benz in the Sultanate.?

He continued to say that Mercedes-Benz is no stranger to golf, having held the positions of Official Car of the world?s oldest major, The Open Championship, the Official Automobile Partner of The Masters in Augusta since 2008, as well as the Official Patron of the PGA of America which includes the PGA Championship and the Ryder Cup 2012. Regionally, Mercedes-Benz is the Official Car Sponsor of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and Omega Dubai Ladies Masters.

Inspired by Oman and designed by the prolific golfing legend Greg Norman, Almouj Golf is the first sea facing golf course according to PGA Championship standards in the Sultanate. The 7,323 yard course is challenging and rewarding for all levels of player whilst the club house offers a relaxed and friendly venue which enables both golfers and non-golfers to experience not only one of the world?s best golfing facilities but also the true beauty and hospitality of the Sultanate.

Office Supplies Services wins Preferred Partner Status with April Fine Paper Ltd

On the 7th  March 2012 in Dubai, Office Supplies gained the status of being an authorised Preferred Partner of April Fine Paper. 

“Based on our sales performance during 2011 of the ?Paper One? brand of photocopy paper, on the 7th March 2012 at the Paper World Middle East Convention in Dubai, Office Supplies were awarded the status of ?Preferred Partner? by April Fine Paper Pte Ltd. Singapore.”

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