10 Tactics to Improve Your Online Business Today

10 Tactics to Improve Your Online Business Today

Tuesday, March 14, 2017Lauren Macdonald We sat in on a lot of great sessions this year at Catalyst and wanted to share our newly acquired knowledge with you all.

ChannelAdvisor’s panel offered up these 10 tactics to improve your online business today, and we couldn’t agree with them more! Read More
We're excited about Commerce Cloud by Salesforce and here's why you should be too!

We're excited about Commerce Cloud by Salesforce and here's why you should be too!

Monday, March 13, 2017Lauren Macdonald Salesforce has recently taken over Demandware and created Commerce Cloud, a unified commerce solution that ensures retailers can offer a smooth, personalized shopping experience both in-store and online for their customers.

At eBridge Connections, we’re excited about the opportunities Commerce Cloud will provide retailers all over the globe.  Read More
Partner Profile: Codal

Partner Profile: Codal

Friday, March 10, 2017Lauren Macdonald Our channel partner family keeps on growing! Today, we welcome Codal to our channel partner program and by doing so, will offer our customers access to an established global consulting firm focused on business intelligence, design, development, and compliance testing. In return, we’ll provide Codal customers with integration solutions between their Shopify Plus eCommerce platforms and their accounting/ERP systems.
 
With more than 7 years of IT business expertise, the Codal team brings a wealth of knowledge to the table with their strong group of skilled and experienced business and technical experts. They deliver high-quality, cost-effective results to maximize their clients’ competitive advantage and productivity. We’re excited to welcome them aboard our partner family! Read More
A first-timers recap of Catalyst 2017, hosted by ChannelAdvisor

A first-timers recap of Catalyst 2017, hosted by ChannelAdvisor

Thursday, March 9, 2017Lauren Macdonald After a fun few days in Nashville, TN, we’re back in Canada (and in the cold weather), but as first-time attendees at Catalyst, we wanted to share our feedback on the conference for those of you who were unable to attend.

Here’s our ‘5-minute’ recap… Read More
Connect NetSuite to Your Magento store: Integrate orders, shipping, inventory, and more

Connect NetSuite to Your Magento store: Integrate orders, shipping, inventory, and more

Wednesday, March 1, 2017Lauren Macdonald As every online merchant knows, the key to a successful eCommerce business is efficiency.

Your customers shop online for the convenience of it. They want their orders to arrive quickly and accurately. And if you can’t keep up with their expectations, you’ll lose them to websites like Amazon that have a strong reputation for fast order processing and shipping.

The good news? It’s easier than you think to speed things up and process orders faster. All you need to do is connect your Magento store to your NetSuite ERP system. And thanks to eBridge Connections’ universal integrator, it’s never been simpler to connect NetSuite with Magento. Read More
What makes Illinois a front-runner location for eCommerce entrepreneurs?

What makes Illinois a front-runner location for eCommerce entrepreneurs?

Monday, February 27, 2017Lauren Macdonald When it comes to running a successful eCommerce business, Illinois has it all: Proximity to manufacturers and important wholesalers, a central location that makes it relatively easy to ship quickly to consumers across the country, and a Chicago-based digital business incubator called 1871 that provides start-ups the support of mentors and introductions to potential investors. 

Internet Retailer magazine reports that the recent rise of Chicago-based online players such as Groupon and GrubHub have helped further contribute to Illinois’ growing eCommerce efforts and have ‘put them on the eCommerce map’.

Nowadays, Chicago’s once-thriving meatpacking district in the west-end has become a technology hot spot, made hotter by Google’s expansion into the area where it is building out more than 250,000 square feet of office space. This is the perfect atmosphere for eCommerce businesses who are looking for a downtown location so as to better appeal to younger tech workers.
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The 8 Dos and Don'ts of MS Dynamics AX integration with eCommerce, EDI, and CRM

The 8 Dos and Don'ts of MS Dynamics AX integration with eCommerce, EDI, and CRM

Monday, February 27, 2017Lauren Macdonald
We’ve collaboratively drawn up our learnt dos and don’ts from the past 23 years. Prepare to move buyer order data directly into your MS Dynamics AX accounting system to support fast service and shipping and – most importantly – create happy customers.
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Expert EDI Advice: Everything you need to know about EDI document types, trading partners, integrations, and more.

Expert EDI Advice: Everything you need to know about EDI document types, trading partners, integrations, and more.

Thursday, February 23, 2017Lauren Macdonald At lunch yesterday, a friend asked me, “I’ve got online selling down, but what does it take to sell my products in ‘big-box’ stores?”  Apart from knowing that she’d need to have a barcode on each and every item, she wasn’t sure even where to start.  In the evolution of any growing business, merchants eventually hear the acronym “EDI.”   

If you’re new to the world of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) there can be an overwhelming amount of information to consume. EDI is not the easiest concept to wrap your head around if you haven’t been using it on a day-to-day basis as part of your regular business process.

EDI is a fundamental component of doing business in this day and age, making it an important concept to learn and understand. Read More
Why Michigan is the place to be for growing eCommerce businesses

Why Michigan is the place to be for growing eCommerce businesses

Thursday, February 16, 2017Lauren Macdonald Michigan may seem like a bit of an underdog in the United States eCommerce industry when compared to the ‘giants’ like California, New York, Florida, etc. But make no mistake, this State is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing eCommerce hubs in North America. Read More
Walmart's 'ShippingPass' is a thing of the past...

Walmart's 'ShippingPass' is a thing of the past...

Monday, February 13, 2017Lauren Macdonald Say “hello” to free 2-day shipping for everyone!

Walmart used to have a subscription offer (comparable to Amazon Prime) which was known as “ShippingPass.”

It allowed ShippingPass members to receive a 2-day shipping perk on roughly 1 million eligible items. It came with a free 30-day free trial and was then available for $49 per year.

But now, in what seems like another effort to compete with Amazon, Walmart has decided to allow all US Walmart.com customers this service with no membership fee required. That’s right, everyone can benefit from Free 2-Day Shopping on eligible orders with no additional costs associated. Read More
Partner Profile: Alta Vista Technology - Consulting FIrm

Partner Profile: Alta Vista Technology - Consulting FIrm

Friday, February 10, 2017Lauren Macdonald Allow us to introduce Alta Vista Technology—a recognized business consulting firm with 200+ years of combined experience. These folks have a passion for helping businesses grow. Their team members take a personal interest in each client, helping to define their needs and turn them into actions.

Specializing in providing ERP, CRM, Business Intelligence, and Collaboration solutions from Intacct and Microsoft Dynamics, Alta Vista Technology takes a unique approach to consulting services.

We recently took a few minutes to chat with Scott Jackson, (President at Alta Vista Technology) in order to learn more about his company and their initiatives. Here’s what we found out: Read More
Partner Profile: Proclaim Interactive

Partner Profile: Proclaim Interactive

Wednesday, February 8, 2017Lauren Macdonald We’ve added a new digital marketing agency to our partner family. Join us in giving a warm welcome to Proclaim Interactive, a team of professionals that help businesses grow their clients, supporters, and sales. These folks pride themselves on being able to create, promote, and teach.

Spence Hackney, President of Proclaim Interactive, recently gave us the inside scoop on his digital marketing agency and what makes them so special. Here’s what he told us when we asked a few questions about his business: Read More
Tax Season is just around the corner! Is your eCommerce store ready?

Tax Season is just around the corner! Is your eCommerce store ready?

Wednesday, February 8, 2017Lauren Macdonald Every retailer knows how time consuming tax season can be. But, if you’re in a finance position within the eCommerce industry and are feeling a bit stressed this time of year, the good news is there’s a few steps you can take to make your life easier.

In fact, our friends at Shopify broke it all down with their blog post titled, 8 Steps to Prepare Your Online Business for Tax Time. Here’s our ‘quick and painless’ recap of their suggested steps: Read More
Partner Profile: Vander Group

Partner Profile: Vander Group

Monday, February 6, 2017Lauren Macdonald If you’re looking for eCommerce help, look no further than our latest partner: Vander Group.

These smart folks know a thing or two about the eCommerce world and are fully equipped to provide you with the strategy, design, technology, and logistics you’ll need to watch your business soar.

Wondering how Vander can transform your brand and grow your business? We recently had a chat with our new friends over there and here’s what we found out about them: Read More
What Merchants Need to Know About eCommerce Integration to Support an Omnichannel Strategy

What Merchants Need to Know About eCommerce Integration to Support an Omnichannel Strategy

Friday, February 3, 2017Lindsay Hampson After a bit of research, the main word is that omnichannel is no longer optional for retailers who want to grow their bottom line.  Magically, many have kept the small town vibe, but have opened up their wings to support online shopping.   Read More
Partner Profile: Saucal

Partner Profile: Saucal

Friday, February 3, 2017Lauren Macdonald We’re super proud of our channel partner program and the neat companies it allows us to collaborate and do business with. Today, we’re excited to announce the latest member of our partner family, a WooCommerce development agency known as Saucal.

These super smart WooCommerce experts know how to take your WooCommerce store to the next level, allowing your business to reach its full potential. Find out what we learned when we sat down to get to know them better: Read More
New York City... the shopping capital of the world... and a hot spot for eCommerce, CRM, and EDI integration solutions.

New York City... the shopping capital of the world... and a hot spot for eCommerce, CRM, and EDI integration solutions.

Friday, February 3, 2017Lauren Macdonald One thing that merchants in New York (both online and offline) are quickly realizing, is that keeping up with manual data entry into and out of their back-end accounting/ERP systems can be a nightmare when dealing with high transaction volumes. That’s why these New Yorkers are getting smart and calling eBridge Connections about accounting integration. Read More
We need BigCommerce web development agencies... Yes, that means you!

We need BigCommerce web development agencies... Yes, that means you!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017Lauren Macdonald Hey, BigCommerce web developers—we’ve got a proposition for you... Read More
Partner Profile: Glendale Designs

Partner Profile: Glendale Designs

Tuesday, January 31, 2017Lauren Macdonald Glendale Designs is the newest member of the eBridge channel partner family. We’d like to welcome them aboard by sharing a bit of their background information with all of our loyal readers.

Read on to find out what makes this rock star eCommerce development company one to keep an eye out for in the future as they continue to grow and create happy customers: Read More
Shopify merchants, discover the easy way to integrate your eCommerce and Quickbooks

Shopify merchants, discover the easy way to integrate your eCommerce and Quickbooks

Tuesday, January 31, 2017Lauren Macdonald At eBridge, we know a thing or two about Shopify. In fact, we’re partners with Shopify, and with a whole bunch of smart Shopify consultants, web development agencies, app store developers, and more. Plus, we’ve already helped a lot of merchants selling on Shopify’s platform by simplifying their business processes and aiding them to grow their business with ease and efficiency.

One of the many groups of Shopify merchants that we’ve gotten really good at helping, is those of you running Intuit QuickBooks as your back-end accounting system.  Read More
Central Florida is Becoming a Key Hub for eCommerce

Central Florida is Becoming a Key Hub for eCommerce

Monday, January 30, 2017Lindsay Hampson It’s pretty amazing, isn’t it.  Looking through the eyes of a merchant who’s been in business for 50 years, you’d hardly recognize today’s buyers. Today’s buyers are opening their internet browsers rather than turning on their cars to shop.  While this shift is apparent around the world, there is evidence that Orlando, Davenport, Lakeland, Jacksonville, River City, and Tampa are at the center of the eCommerce shift in the US. Read More
eCommerce integration for your business in Texas

eCommerce integration for your business in Texas

Friday, January 27, 2017Lauren Macdonald In the United States, online sales are expected to grow more than 17 percent this year, according to eMarketer. One area seeing significant eCommerce growth is Texas. UPS spokesman Dan McMackin has said that the company plans to add about 3,370 workers in Houston to keep up with the growth in shipping from online shopping.

 As the eCommerce industry expands in Texas, more and more retailers are looking at integration between their eCommerce websites and their accounting packages as a means to make business easier and more efficient. Read More
Beyond accounting: Epicor presents best practices for eCommerce

Beyond accounting: Epicor presents best practices for eCommerce

Wednesday, January 25, 2017Lauren Macdonald Running an eCommerce business requires smart thinking in order to get your online store and your products in front of eyes that would be interested in what you have to offer. Doing so, requires connecting with your customers in places that they already frequent, whether that be on social media, blogs, online forums and communities, or popular websites.

According to The Connected Retailer: Meeting Customers Where They Want to Be, a blog and webinar series by our friends at Epicor, in this day and age it is consumers who are dictating how, where, and when they do research and make purchases. In order to meet the demands of consumers, you have to be present on the areas that your target market is searching.  Read More
121eCommerce: How Magento Features Can Boost Your Sales

121eCommerce: How Magento Features Can Boost Your Sales

Friday, January 20, 2017Lauren Macdonald Our new friends at 121eCommerce wrote a killer blog about Magento features. Read on to learn more.
 
Magento is one of the most powerful platforms, we have all heard that many times. But what does that mean to you? Does that really have an effect on your business or is it a software thing your developer likes to say which has no real connection to you.

In the world of eCommerce, your website is your salesman and Magento's features help make those sales. You don’t get to meet the people you are trying to sell to, that means no matter how good your sales skills are, they won’t make an impact. Instead your site needs features.

Magento is full of really cool features for all aspects of your business, here are some features that can be used to help boost your sales:
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Black Friday / Cyber Monday Shopping Behavior All eCommerce Owners Should Know

Black Friday / Cyber Monday Shopping Behavior All eCommerce Owners Should Know

Thursday, January 19, 2017Lindsay Hampson Last night, I went to an eCommerce Meetup about Black Friday/Cyber Monday Behavior and learned stuff!  Imagine that.  Shopify graciously loaned their space to eCommerce Toronto, a Meetup group and about 100 of its members.  The topic was Black Friday / Cyber Monday (BF/CM) Shopping Behavior All eCommerce Owners Should Know.  The house was full.  Here are my notes. Read More