The SPH success story began even before the first presentation of the Apple I by Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs. In 1975, SPH founder Peter Hartmann observed how the mail order industry had already developed at an explosive rate since the post-war period. It was obvious that there were major deficits in the mail order companies' permanent dialogue with customers and that returns were inadequately processed by the mail order companies in merchandise planning and handling.
With a small team of experts, he developed software solutions for the important mail order processes and thus laid the foundation for the mail order solution SPH Direct – at the time based on the IBM 360 and later IBM AS400 technology. This was followed by the first mail order project with SPH Direct for a shoe mail order company with all the special requirements such as dealing with sizes, widths and colours. The result was a visionary IT system for the mail order industry at that time and today's e-commerce industry. SPH now stands for state-of-the-art digitalisation solutions for the e-commerce and fashion industry based on Microsoft Dynamics. The special expertise and DNA of SPH can be found today in the software IN:FASHION and IN:OMNICHANNEL and the many years of consulting experience.
Today – on 11 September 2021 – we write 46 years of company history. We would like to thank our visionary and innovator Peter Hartmann as well as our great and dedicated team. Special thanks also go to our customers who have been loyal to us for over 30 years.