About Proximity: the company behind Stream

For the past twelve years, Proximity has been developing, deploying and maintaining high-performance applications for leading global logistics, retail and manufacturing companies.

From transport management to warehouse management and multi-channel retail platforms to freight forwarding applications we design and develop it all.

We work with four of the top ten global logistics companies in DB Schenker, Gebruder Weiss, Agility Logistics and Kuehne + Nagel. We also deliver services to some of the world’s best-known retailers including the Arcadia Group and Debenhams.

Proximity is a successful, financially stable software development company that is based from offices in the UK.

We also partner with some of the world’s foremost software companies including IBM, Fresche, IQMS, Infor, Epicor, Zend, NetLert, Brightpearl, Shield, Veeqo, Zebra and Raz-Lee to deliver a comprehensive range of services and products.

In an increasingly competitive and complex global logistics and retail sector, our development and support team make it easier to understand and deliver sustainable results for customers of all sizes.

How Stream came about

In 2011, Proximity was developing a ‘track and trace’ software application to meet the requirements of its existing customers – and fit the demands and complexity of the global logistics and retail sector.

Proximity was just looking for the right ‘real-world’ case study to guide the development. At the same time, Scandinavian House were having a number of issues that were impacting the continued growth of their very successful business.

Fortunately, Scandinavian House’s directors Dan and Anne Ridgway were acquainted with the director of Proximity, Dave Pickburn. After discussing the issues Scandinavian House were having, the idea of Stream was born.

As Stream has been built from the ground up, Proximity had the freedom to approach it as creatively and substantially as possible.

Designed from the very start as a modern, multi-tenanted web-based application, Stream has been developed to take full advantage of the scalability, security and flexibility of cloud-based software. Multi-language, multi-currency and smartphone app functionality were incorporated from the start of the development process.

Built on highly reliable IBM Power Systems platform, Stream enables small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to access the same or similar software applications larger companies have access — without having to host and maintain their own IT resources.

In 2015, Stream won the SHD Logistics Innovation Technology Award and the European Supply Chain Excellence Best SME Recognition Award. These were the first awards of many.

We’ve introduced new features, improved functionality such as delivering intelligent planning and route optimisation, integrated with Brightpearl, Veeqo, Sage 50 and Sage 200 to name but a few, plus launched Stream Check into the product suite.

To this day, Proximity continues to look at ways to improve Stream to make it easier for organisations to efficiently and proactively manage their logistics, vehicles and orders.