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ELK Group to Make Venzee Mandatory for Retailers

May 16, 2018
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ELK Group to Make Venzee Mandatory for Retailers

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Vancouver, BC - May 16, 2018 - Venzee Technologies Inc. (TSX-V:VENZ) (“Venzee” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that ELK Group International, a leading supplier and manufacturer of home decor brands including ELK Lighting, Dimond Home and Stein World will require its retailers to access ELK product content and images via the Venzee platform starting Q3, 2018. ELK Group’s 1,200 retailers include Wayfair, Leon’s, and Belami (1stoplighting.com ).

The ELK Group was founded in 1983 and distributes over 15,000 products under ELK Lighting, Dimond Lighting, Dimond Home, ELK Hospitality, GuildMaster, Stein World, Sterling, Pomeroy and Thomas Lighting brands. Products are available at a network of fine lighting and furniture showrooms, electrical wholesale distributors, department stores and specialty home improvement companies throughout the world. 

Cindy Fogarty, VP E-Commerce at ELK Group, commented, “We are excited to cement our partnership with Venzee as their technology helps retailers automatically transform our product information into compatible updates for the e-commerce and point-of-sale systems they use. This means our products reach the market fast which helps us eliminate revenue delays and allows our retailers to expand the range of products they offer from ELK Group.” 

Peter Mackay, CEO of Venzee, commented, “ELK Group is a prime example of a forwardthinking supplier and manufacturer. Our technology provides ELK with a competitive advantage and positions them to meet the growing demand from retailers to offer a greater range of products, a concept made popular by Amazon and expected by shoppers. We continue to see traction in all touch points of the digital supply chain, and believe partnerships like this will validate our technology and will play a part in Venzee reaching critical mass in the industry.” 

Venzee provides high value customized SaaS (software-as-a-service) solutions to mid-market and tier-1 enterprise clients around the world. Additionally, it accommodates the budgets of up and coming retailers hosted on platforms like Shopify. 

According to Statista, in 2016, the global e-commerce industry achieved estimated US$1.8 trillion dollars in sales, and is expected to grow to US$4.5 trillion by 2021. As e-commerce sales continue to grow at staggering rates, the need for better delivery of product information for businesses is now solved with the Venzee software solution. 

About ELK Group 

ELK Group International, headquartered in Nesquehoning, PA, is a premier designer and manufacturer of indoor and outdoor residential and commercial lighting fixtures, decorative accessories and furniture. Through our vast distribution network, we function as a single source provider for a variety of complimentary furnishing categories. Our award winning team of international designers and engineers create coordinating products with uncompromising detail while ensuring each item is crafted to exceptionally high standards of quality, innovation and design.

The company founded in 1983 distributes over 15,000 products under ELK Lighting, Dimond Lighting, Dimond Home, ELK Hospitality, GuildMaster, Stein World, Sterling, Pomeroy and Thomas Lighting brands. Products are available at a network of fine lighting and furniture showrooms, electrical wholesale distributors, department stores and specialty home improvement companies throughout the world. 

About Venzee

Venzee is a SaaS (software as a service) company that launched in 2014 to help e-commerce vendors and retailers easily share product information in a US$23 trillion retail industry (source: Statista). Traditionally, this was achieved by using spreadsheets, which created a laborintensive, error inducing process that delayed products from reaching the marketplace. Venzee’s technology streamlines product information management, allowing vendors and retailers to seamlessly share information, avoiding delays and getting products to market faster than ever. To learn more about Venzee, visit https://venzee.com. 

The Venzee technology is leveraged for the creation of the Company’s blockchain solution, Mesh. Mesh is able to import, merge and transform data from existing systems before writing to blockchain networks, greatly simplifying the process of integrating blockchain networks with conventional databases. For more about Mesh, visit https://meshblockchain.com. 

The Company graduated from notable start-up accelerator program 500 Startups and is already powering some of the biggest brands in the world.

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