Most of you have known us for a long time. Every day you rely on the quality of our software and services for your primary business operations. Together with our team of more than 100 colleagues, we are proud of the role we can play for our customers’ companies.
Robert founded the company in 1989, immediately after graduating as a technical engineer. In 2009, Karin stepped in as CEO to build the organisation. Valk Solutions has now become a leading provider of unified commerce cloud solutions for retailers. Our retail platform annually processes hundreds of millions of orders and transactions worth more than 4 billion euros in customer sales revenue. Day in and day out, tens of thousands of users in wholesale and retail organisations work intensively with our software.
Valk Solutions is growing steadily, thanks to long-term relationships with loyal customers and a continuous influx of new customers on the unified commerce cloud platform ASPOS. The acquisitions of PFA, Countr and FirstFocus also contribute to growth. We are constantly working on further development and innovation to empower customers in their businesses. Our entire team looks forward to continuing to expand with customers in the years to come. The aim is to continue to strengthen our retail platform by investing in technology, quality and talent for joint success in the future.
To support this growth and progress for the long term, we started looking for a strategic partner as part of a timely succession plan. We have found our ideal partner in Genii Software Group, part of Bregal Unternehmerkapital, in the portfolio of the (sixth generation) Brenninkmeijers. Genii combines the entrepreneurial culture of a family business with strong standards and values in which customers and colleagues are central.
Genii becomes a majority shareholder with a long-term strategic horizon. In other words, Genii will, together with us, be committed to the next growth phase of Valk Solutions. Valk Solutions remains an independent company within the Genii group. Thanks to the partnership, our people can put all their energy into software development, innovation and customer service. Genii has in-depth knowledge of enterprise software in the retail sector and offers access to a European network. The new partner fully supports our products and growth plans, with the German market as one of the spearheads. The partnership with Genii is a guarantee for the long-term success of Valk Solutions.
We are definitely not finished yet at Valk Solutions. We enjoy working with our customers and colleagues daily and are energised for the next phase. That is why we remain on board as co-owner with 30% of the shares and keep the day-to-day management in our hands. Karin will continue unchanged as the CEO. Robert remains active with a focus on product strategy and customers. The entire management team remains in position, and the organisational structure with all more than 100 colleagues does not change due to this partnership.
The financial strength and the extensive network of the new partner create extra opportunities for the future. The partnership with Genii creates more opportunities to develop new products and expand services for customers. Genii, with Bregal and the Brenninkmeijers behind it, also offers a healthy and safe haven for long-term continuity for our colleagues and customers.
Valk Solutions would never have come this far without our fantastic customers! Many of you have worked with our software and services since the beginning. The trust of our customers is the basis of our success; it means a lot to us. We would like to thank you for that sincerely. Know that you can continue to count on us. Our focus remains unburdening customers with high-quality software and services.
We hope to continue working with you for a long time and look forward to this new phase. If you have any comments or questions, you know where to find us; we’d love to hear from you.