TEMPLE, Texas -- PDI, a global provider of enterprise software solutions to the convenience retail, wholesale petroleum and logistics industries, has acquired TouchStar Group LLC, a multinational logistics automation company.
The acquisition expands PDI’s product offerings into enterprise mobility software and automation systems, which transform business productivity in the oil and gas, transportation and aviation operations industries. TouchStar’s web-based integrated platform helps customers simplify the management of fleets and mobile enterprises around the world.
"TouchStar brings strong cloud-based enterprise mobility and automation solutions to PDI and affirms our commitment to delivering powerful software and cloud solutions that will help our customers thrive in a digital economy," said Jimmy Frangis, CEO of PDI. "The acquisition of TouchStar also continues PDI’s strategy of developing, acquiring and servicing best-in-class industry solutions for the fuel distribution and logistics industries worldwide."
The acquisition gives PDI additional industry and solution knowledge, particularly in enterprise mobility, a global customer base and a scalable cloud-based addition to PDI’s logistics platform, the company said.
With headquarters in Tulsa, Okla., TouchStar’s technology provides integrated fleet management to more than 10,000 vehicles and 110 customers across 12 countries around the world. The addition of TouchStar supports PDI’s global expansion and local presence in Europe and Asia, and provides the ability to better serve customers across those regions with offices in Vienna, Austria; Sydney, Australia; and Auckland, New Zealand.
TouchStar sells and delivers its software primarily through a software-as-a-service delivery model, and the acquisition will allow PDI to provide customers with a choice of solutions whether it be on-premise, in the cloud or both.
“Staying at the forefront of product and solutions for our customers is key, so investing in anticipation of the future requires building a strategy to future proof our solutions,” said Frangis. “Given the accelerated pace of change that customers face and technology brings, we have developed some guiding principles that shape our architecture strategy and will improve time to market, while enabling us to become more flexible and agile. This includes foundational building blocks such as a service-oriented architecture, micro services, and flexible APIs enabled for cloud, mobility and security—all while adding global talent and experience to our worldwide team.”
Temple, Texas-based PDI helps convenience-store retailers and petroleum wholesale marketers worldwide thrive in a digital economy with enterprise management software. More than 1,200 customers operating more than 100,000 locations use PDI to optimize their operations whether they are a single site, multisite, dealer or a franchise operator.