Five Tips To Help You Choose The Right EDI VAN For Your Business

Five Tips To Help You Choose The Right EDI VAN For Your Business

Tuesday, August 7, 2018Lauren Macdonald Most businesses engage with Value Added Networks (VANs) when they are mandated to do EDI by a major retailer, like Costco or target, or they want to supply a vendor with goods. They often base their VAN selection decision on basic features that fit their present-day needs and agenda, as well as initial cost.

Unfortunately, many quickly realize that large VANs will increase their fees unexpectedly and before they know it they are paying out thousands of dollars each month. The reality is that EDI VANs should be looked at carefully, considering price and reliability.  VANs form a key gateway through which sellers will communicate and exchange business documents with their biggest and most valued trading partners and customers.

Therefore, a VAN should be selected on the basis of growth long into the future Read More
Pretend you must describe Amazon to John Lennon. What would you say?

Pretend you must describe Amazon to John Lennon. What would you say?

Friday, August 3, 2018Lindsay Hampson Amazon is as important to many North American consumers as their local store is.  And so, sellers want to be on it.  It’s a no brainer for the bottom line.  To sell on Amazon, sellers need to have good products and flawless customer service.  If they don’t, the world will hear about it, and they’ll slide down the search results and eventually right off Amazon entirely. Read More
An in-depth analysis of Shopify/Shopify Plus through the eyes of AbleSense, Lucid Fusion, and Growth Spark. Part 3: Deciding if Shopify or Shopify Plus is the right fit

An in-depth analysis of Shopify/Shopify Plus through the eyes of AbleSense, Lucid Fusion, and Growth Spark. Part 3: Deciding if Shopify or Shopify Plus is the right fit

Friday, July 27, 2018Lauren Macdonald

Welcome to the 3rd and final part of my partner series and analysis of Shopify/Shopify Plus. It’s been so great chatting with AbleSense, Lucid Fusion, and Growth Spark and sharing their thoughts on Shopify/Shopify Plus with you all.  To wrap things up, I wanted to share their opinions on why and when a seller may select Shopify/Shopify Plus as their platform of choice, and what they like most about working on this platform.

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These top BigCommerce merchants trust eBridge with their important business data

These top BigCommerce merchants trust eBridge with their important business data

Thursday, July 26, 2018Lauren Macdonald eBridge Connections has grown close with BigCommerce and formed a strong relationship with many of their employees over the past couple years. Their team refer us many merchants that are in need of a smart, reliable way to connect their online store with their back-office accounting or ERP systems.

To show you what we’re talking about, we thought we’d dive deeper into 3 of the many successful BigCommerce integrations that have gone live on our platform over the past few months: Read More
An in-depth analysis of Shopify/Shopify Plus through the eyes of AbleSense, Lucid Fusion, and Growth Spark. Part 2: Scalability

An in-depth analysis of Shopify/Shopify Plus through the eyes of AbleSense, Lucid Fusion, and Growth Spark. Part 2: Scalability

Friday, July 20, 2018Lauren Macdonald Hi again, Marc Darmon here!  Last week I kicked off a new partner series on the blog with my friends from AbleSense, Lucid Fusion, and Growth Spark. Part 1 featured their insights on Shopify/Shopify Plus in terms of their community and support. If you missed it, catch up here.

This week, we’re talking about scalability! Read their thoughts, below: Read More
Spend Amazon Prime Day Buying These Hilarious Products (And Some Throwbacks)

Spend Amazon Prime Day Buying These Hilarious Products (And Some Throwbacks)

Tuesday, July 17, 2018Lindsay Hampson While I hear many, many people searching out Nintendo Switch deals, and mocking the Prime website for its use of 404 Puppies, I’ve decided to spend my Prime Day-and-a-half revisiting some hilarious products that are still on the market after all of these years.  Many available well before customer ratings existed (and perhaps this is what let them live for a while longer).  Take a silly Amazon-themed walk with me down ridiculous products lane: Read More
An in-depth analysis of Shopify/Shopify Plus through the eyes of AbleSense, Lucid Fusion, and Growth Spark. Part 1: The Shopify Community and experiences with Shopify support

An in-depth analysis of Shopify/Shopify Plus through the eyes of AbleSense, Lucid Fusion, and Growth Spark. Part 1: The Shopify Community and experiences with Shopify support

Thursday, July 12, 2018Lauren Macdonald 3-part partner series:

The eCommerce landscape is everchanging. The emergence of new and exciting technologies/ apps can often make it difficult to find what new avenues are best for business. So how can you decide which route is best for you? It really all starts with the Platform. One platform that many of the web agencies we come across love to work with is Shopify/Shopify Plus Read More
Finding there's not enough hours in a day? Great news: Amazon Prime 'Day' 2018 will be 36 hours!

Finding there's not enough hours in a day? Great news: Amazon Prime 'Day' 2018 will be 36 hours!

Monday, July 9, 2018Lauren Macdonald Beginning on July 16th at 3 PM ET and lasting a full 36 hours, Amazon Prime Day 2018 is promising more than a million deals around the world.

New this year will be Prime Day “select deals” at Whole Foods stores, and 10% cash back on purchases up to $400 for members with an Amazon Prime Rewards Visa card. Read More
What does the US Supreme Court ruling on State Sales Tax mean for you?

What does the US Supreme Court ruling on State Sales Tax mean for you?

Wednesday, June 27, 2018Lauren Macdonald If you sell exclusively online with no physical in-store locations, up until now you may not have been collecting state sales tax, which in some cases may have made your online goods appear cheaper than some of your competition.

However, things are about to change for merchants that have previously been in this position.

In a US Supreme Court ruling last week, a 1992 precedent that had barred states from requiring businesses with no “physical presence” in the state (such as out-of-state online retailers), to collect sales taxes, has now been overturned.  Can you guess why?  Yes – the online commerce tidal wave. Read More
These smart, 'Summer-y' retailers are taking advantage of eBridge Connections' pre-built Microsoft Dynamics GP connector to automate data and take back their Summer vacation time

These smart, 'Summer-y' retailers are taking advantage of eBridge Connections' pre-built Microsoft Dynamics GP connector to automate data and take back their Summer vacation time

Thursday, June 21, 2018Lauren Macdonald Often people think of the Holiday season as the busiest time for retailers, and in a lot of cases, that can certainly be true! But other retailers who sell things like barbeques, hiking equipment, hunting/camping/fishing gear, bicycles, sunscreen/tanning lotions, etc., find that the Summer months are actually when they experience their biggest peak in sales.

The problem these companies and their employees often face is that manual data entry can take away from their hard-earned vacation time.  Read More
The high cost of disconnected data: How integration can eliminate your data entry challenges

The high cost of disconnected data: How integration can eliminate your data entry challenges

Thursday, June 14, 2018Lauren Macdonald After spending some time chatting with retailers at IRCE 2018 in Chicago last week, one big takeaway was that disparate data across selling channels and back-office applications can be very costly for businesses.

Tons of merchants selling online and/or in-store stopped by our booth, all asking some variation of this common question: “How do I get my order, inventory, shipping/tracking, product, and customer data to flow automatically between my accounting/ERP system and my sales channels?”

These conversations all solidified what we already knew: There is value (both in time and money) to be gained from automating data flow across disparate business systems and applications so that they communicate effectively as one cohesive unit. Read More
Epicor, eCommerce and eBridge Connections: 3 easy ways to grow your business

Epicor, eCommerce and eBridge Connections: 3 easy ways to grow your business

Thursday, May 24, 2018Lauren Macdonald Learn how you can use Epicor, eCommerce, and eBridge Connections to grow your business. Read More
Hosted options and hybrid realities: Integrating on-prem systems to cloud applications

Hosted options and hybrid realities: Integrating on-prem systems to cloud applications

Friday, May 18, 2018Lindsay Hampson
“So many iPaaS vendors these days haven't accounted for prem to cloud, well hybrid really, use cases,” she said.     “While getting the price low, locking down out-of-the-box connectors, and speaking about fancy reporting and analytics is exciting, the real truth is that many IT Directors like me can’t use tools that are SaaS point to point, or cloud to cloud.”    Read More
Confused about Microsoft Dynamics 365? Let us simplify your understanding…

Confused about Microsoft Dynamics 365? Let us simplify your understanding…

Wednesday, May 16, 2018Lauren Macdonald There’s a lot of buzz and enthusiasm out there about Microsoft Dynamics 365 and its capabilities, but rarely does anything new and exciting come along without its fair share of confusion as well, and 365 has been no exception. Read More
Partner Profile: Branch Labs

Partner Profile: Branch Labs

Tuesday, May 15, 2018Lauren Macdonald BranchLabs is an eCommerce agency that works primarily on Magento, Shopify and WordPress. We're focused on helping clients get the most out of their online stores, whether we're building them from the ground up or helping existing ones grow. Our team of programmers, designers, strategists, data analysts, and managers collaborate with clients to push out new initiatives and integrations, whether it's a snazzy new marketing page or a new backend integration that'll save the customer service team dozens of hours every month. Read More
Retail and Swagger at Shopify Unite 2018

Retail and Swagger at Shopify Unite 2018

Thursday, May 10, 2018Lindsay Hampson Shopify didn’t become Shopify by keeping with the status quo. Shopify CEO Tobi Lütke doesn’t sit back and watch commerce change. He puts a dog in the race. He shapes and innovates. Commerce is going to change either way – Tobi wants in early. Read what you missed at Shopify Unite 2018 through the eyes of a coffee-drinking nerd that loves multi-merchant retail. Read More
Making The Move to a Modern Data Warehousing Strategy

Making The Move to a Modern Data Warehousing Strategy

Tuesday, May 8, 2018Lauren Macdonald Finding a suitable means of storing data is a job that IT departments are commonly tasked with at any organization. There is an increasing shift right now within IT departments, where companies are moving from a traditional data warehousing strategy and adopting a modern data warehousing strategy consisting of environments that can be leveraged for analysis, data virtualization, and distributed processing.

This shift stems from four distinct data-related trends that are increasingly important to businesses: data growth, fast query expectations from users, non-relational/unstructured data, and cloud-born data. Modern data warehouses are able to support these trends, whereas traditional data warehouses are not. Read More
eCommerce Speed, Slowdowns, and Overall Site Health: An OSHU Index Analysis

eCommerce Speed, Slowdowns, and Overall Site Health: An OSHU Index Analysis

Wednesday, May 2, 2018Lauren Macdonald Every online retailer knows that website speed is crucial to the success of an eCommerce business, and that slowdowns can be costly and result in lost revenue. But how exactly did slowdowns and other technical and content issues effect some of the top retailers in Q4 of 2017? We took a look at the Online Store Health and Usability (OSHU) Index to find the answers. Read More
Set it and forget it

Set it and forget it

Thursday, April 12, 2018Lindsay Hampson eCommerce chaos is when your online sales are great, but the sheer volume has produced mass-scrambling behind the scenes at your business. Read More
News about Security and Privacy Compliance at eBridge Connections

News about Security and Privacy Compliance at eBridge Connections

Wednesday, April 11, 2018Lindsay Hampson eBridge Connections is diligent with customer data.  As a trusted partner of BigCommerce, Shopify, Magento, Microsoft, NetSuite, SAP, Sage, ShipStation, and many others, and an integration provider for merchants across the world, we take data security and privacy seriously. Read More
Multi-channel Inventory Management: How to avoid over-stocks and out-of-stocks

Multi-channel Inventory Management: How to avoid over-stocks and out-of-stocks

Thursday, April 5, 2018Lauren Macdonald Inventory management is key to the success of any retail business, both in-store, and online. After all, inventory is arguably the most important asset a business has.
 
Without proper inventory management, you’re putting your business at risk of:
  • Losing money due to over-stocking
  • Angering customers with out-of-stock messages
  • Increasing delays and cancellations due to inefficient fulfillment processes
  • Other problems resulting from human error
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3 Shopify merchants put eBridge to the test

3 Shopify merchants put eBridge to the test

Monday, April 2, 2018Lindsay Hampson Simplify online sales by connecting Shopify with your accounting application. Read More
What's new from eBridge's Integration Platform in March 2018

What's new from eBridge's Integration Platform in March 2018

Tuesday, March 20, 2018Lauren Macdonald Q1 is coming to a close and a lot has happened recently over here at eBridge Connections. Here’s a breakdown of the latest and greatest upgrades and improvements made to our integration platform and growing list of ERP, eCommerce, CRM, and EDI connectors: Read More
The Great Merchant Race: Recap

The Great Merchant Race: Recap

Tuesday, March 13, 2018Lauren Macdonald Which 'Great Merchant' has the competitive advantage in these common eCommerce scenarios?

Find out who's in the lead: Read More
Has Amazon sparked your interest with their new Amazon Spark platform? Here’s everything you should know:

Has Amazon sparked your interest with their new Amazon Spark platform? Here’s everything you should know:

Friday, March 2, 2018Lauren Macdonald You may have heard by now that Amazon has launched Amazon Spark. But what exactly is it? We’re breaking down everything you should know whether you’re an Amazon shopper or an Amazon seller! Read More