Monday, March 23, 2009

Tech Global Partners Acquires Consumer Consulting LLC Creating a Global Consulting Firm Serving Retail Technology Companies and Retailers

Tech Global Partners, Inc., a services organization focused on providing assistance to technology organizations and end users in the retail and hospitality industries, has agreed to acquire the assets of Consumer Consulting, LLC, Advisors to retailers and consumer goods companies, effective today.

The acquisition of Consumer Consulting extends Tech Global Partners' service offerings to include business strategy, performance improvement, and consumer intelligence and insights. Consumer Consulting has demonstrated a core competency in assisting clients with improving existing retail operations and creating new environments for their customers. Consumer Consulting has served many successful and dynamic retail brands like Calloway's Nursery, Guitar Center, Bose, American Music Group, Copeland Sports and Kal-Tire.

Consumer Consulting was co-founded by retail industry consultants, Peter Franczak and Anthony Latona. After experience as both retailers and Big-Five industry consultants, Messrs Franczak and Latona co-founded the firm in 2000. Both Messrs Franczak and Latona will join Tech Global Partners in senior management roles.

"I am delighted to join Tech Global Partners and contribute to their growth," said Anthony Latona. "Tech Global Partners is the kind of organization I admire, a boutique firm of trusted advisors that operates in an efficient and ethical manner. I am excited about the extension of services the acquisition will enable us to provide to our clients."

"Combining our capabilities with Tech Global Partners provides our clients more alternatives," said Peter Franczak. "We have a broader scope of services and more capacity to deliver greater value to our clients."

"I am delighted by the addition of Peter and Tony to the senior management team," said Michael Hess, President of Tech Global Partners. "Their track-record of success coupled with their industry knowledge and experience is complementary to our current team and will accelerate our growth as a global consultancy."

"Consumer Consulting has demonstrated success in areas that Tech Global Partners has little previous experience," Hess said. "Our clients and the retail industry-at-large will benefit greatly from the combined service offering Tech Global Partners can bring to market. Our retail technology clients will benefit from the extensive performance improvement competency and models that Consumer Consulting has created. Retailers will appreciate our depth of technology, process and organization knowledge."

About Tech Global Partners

Tech Global Partners, Inc. is a services organization focused on providing assistance to technology organizations and end users with a special expertise in the retail and hospitality industries. The company provides a full spectrum of services including technical services, solution assessment, consulting, software selection and project services for the integration, deployment and support of solutions. Headquartered in Rhode Island, Tech Global Partners maintains operations in California, Ohio and Texas.

About Consumer Consulting

Consumer Consulting, headquartered in Ohio, is dedicated to understanding the consumer and driving customer value for the retail and consumer products industries. Comprised of senior-level retail executives, experienced in strategy, operations and technology, The firm understands the components of the supply chain and its relationship to the overall business, whether through a single-channel or the complexity of multiple channels. Consumer Consulting was formed in 2000 by retail professionals with over 60 years of combined experience; bringing leading methodologies, industry knowledge and accumulated know-how from extensive practical experience.

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