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EDI 101 for Today’s eCommerce Business

EDI 101 for Today’s eCommerce Business

As the world of ecommerce has shifted away from a few bulk shipments to retailers to drop shipping small parcels for retailers directly to customers, EDI compliance has increased in both importance and cost. What is EDI?Electronic data interchange (EDI) provides a...

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How to Succeed as Ecommerce Levels Up Through Covid-19

How to Succeed as Ecommerce Levels Up Through Covid-19

One thing is for sure, during this time of Covid-19 ecommerce has been expected to level up its customer experience, requiring teams and business models to evolve rapidly. What was once a cumbersome process, suppliers are now able to partner with new sales channels in...

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Order and Warehouse Management 101 – Life with OPAL

Order and Warehouse Management 101 – Life with OPAL

Are your order management and warehouse management processes preventing you from growing?  Do you constantly feel the need to hire more people to keep up with your consumer demands and shipping needs?  Many small to mid-sized businesses learn the importance of a solid...

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Are You Ready for the Changes Ahead?

Are You Ready for the Changes Ahead?

Covid-19 changed everything overnight, and only businesses who innovate will survive and thrive. Now is the time to re-evaluate your business and see if you are prepared for the expected adjustments forced by cities sheltering-in-place, with few brick and mortar establishments considered as essential and open. Brick and mortal sales are far from healthy, while Covid-19 has caused eCommerce sales to explode.  

Are you ready for the rapid transition to large quantities of small-parcel drop ship orders? 

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An Amazon Supplier Case Study

An Amazon Supplier Case Study

An Amazon Supplier Case Study The labor associated with managing all of the moving parts associated with drop shipping for Amazon, plus the potential cost (if used) of EDI document set-up, translation and transmission seriously impacts the profitability on shipping...

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Creating a Win-Win Relationship with Retailers

Creating a Win-Win Relationship with Retailers

Creating a Win-Win Relationship with Retailers When everything goes well, your retailer wins AND your business wins. You already know the advantages retailers get out of working with you as a Drop Ship Vendor (DSV), but it’s also important to note that poor performing...

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eCommerce Business Planning for 2020

eCommerce Business Planning for 2020

The busy season is over for a large percentage of retailers.  It’s time to take stock of what worked and what didn’t for you as a supplier.  For example:    Did you have to hire temporary employees?   If yes, how many did you need and at what cost? Were you able to...

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Things That Retailers Grade Their Suppliers On

Things That Retailers Grade Their Suppliers On

The number of on-line sales in 2019 were absolutely extraordinary!  So, I hope that everyone had a successful year end close. Looking at it in retrospect, though, how well do your retail channels think you performed?  What have they shared with you? There are...

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The Pain of Drop Shipping – Why Suffer?

The rapidly expanding number of Manufacturers and Suppliers adopting OPAL all come with common business problems that they are trying to solve: They are drop shipping a large number of orders daily. EDI vendor cost and order processing labor is seriously impacting the...

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There are No Cost Alternatives to EDI for Business!

First, you need to know that EDI is nothing more than a format for a specific record type such as a PO, Acknowledgement, Ship Notice, Invoice, etc.  Depending on the retailer, there may be other non-EDI record formats, such as XML, CSV, etc. in which you can...

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“The reason why one man is great and another man is living in mediocrity is simply because one understood the value of time while the other did not.”

― Sunday Adelaja

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