'Because of Acumatica, we can do things others can't, and that gives us a competitive edge' - Colin Gilhespy, Co-Owner & Managing Director of Cave Direct.

Acumatica recently came down to Cave Direct HQ to profile us as an example of a resounding successful integration of their system. They've put together a wonderful video all about the behind-the-scenes of how we work, that we recommend you giving a watch!

Their visit got us thinking about how far we have grown as a company.

Cave Direct began in 1979 as a hobby, when Byran Gilhespy began importing Belgian beers that were hard to find in the UK. While remaining an independent, family owned business, Cave Direct has grown to be the UK's largest craft beer distributor, delivering to some 2000 pubs nationwide.


In order to keep giving the best possible service to our customers, it became increasingly obvious that we had outgrown the technology that we were previously using, and needed a new solution. We knew that a cloud-based technology system would provide the most value and options for sustained growth, and chose Acumatica.


Since choosing Acumatica, we have:

  • Gained a modern cloud platform with real-time, live inventory, increasing stock visibility.
  • Created a dynamic business process to handle keg deposits and returns, and operate in a multi-currency environment for ease of operations
  • Pivoted during the Pandemic consolidating 4 warehouses selling to the trade, to one (and back, as desired) while increasing e-commerce sales to consumers.
  • Obtained a flexible business solution to navigate new Brexit taxes and implement automatic tax and fee calculations plus import documents

It's been wonderful to see how Acumatica has transformed many aspects of our business. Ultimately, the technology allows us to continually improve the service that we give to our customers.

Read the full success story and watch the video here: https://www.acumatica.com/success-stories/erp-system-for-cave-direct/#video

By Ashley De La Haye