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How much do you know about integration? Quiz answers and in depth analysis

Posted by Jessica Thiele on May 20, 2015 9:10:00 AM


First thing's first: did you take our quick 10 question quiz we posted in our last blog post?

If you didn't - no cheating! This follow-up blog post will review the logic behind each of the quiz questions' correct answers so that we can all learn and grow together.

Take The Quiz!

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Topics: Integration as a Service, Integration, EDI

[Quiz] How much do you know about data integration?

Posted by Jessica Thiele on May 15, 2015 12:33:00 PM


Have you ever wondered to yourself, "how does my data integration knowledge stack up against others?"

Or maybe you've spent many a sleepless night wondering "how much do I know about data integration, really?"

All jokes aside, if you're in the market and looking for an integration solution provider, it's a good idea to test your integration knowledge before going out and soliciting sales meetings. Remember - knowledge is power, so give our quick 10 question quiz a try and see how you do!

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Topics: Data Integration, Integration as a Service, Application Integration

The Sorry State of Ecommerce in Canada: How to Master Ecommerce For Your Business [Webinar]

Posted by Jessica Thiele on May 14, 2015 9:28:00 AM


Last week, VL was featured in a National Post article, "Hordes of Canadians are shopping online, so why are our businesses failing to keep up?" The response to this article across the internet and notably in Canada was phenomenal, sparking discussion far and wide.

We at VL found it incredible that many Canadians were unaware that we were spending so much of our money abroad, and that Canadian businesses were failing at even participating at basic levels in the online economy. So we followed up the National Post article with an infographic, "Canadian Ecommerce 2015: What is the true state of Canadian Ecommerce?" This blog post analyzed side-by-side what the commonly circulated Canadian digital ecommerce statistics were, tempered with the contrasting reality of how Canadian businesses are consistently falling short online.

There is clearly a demand for more information on this topic, and VL is happy to provide it! 

We'd like to announce that we will be hosting a webinar on Friday, May 22nd from 12:00-1:00 PM EST entitled "How to Master Ecommerce For Your Business". Keep reading for more information!

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Topics: Canada, Integration, ecommerce, Canadian Economy, webinar

7 Questions eCommerce and Supply Chain Data Integration: Axel Kuhn

Posted by Robin Smith on May 12, 2015 11:17:00 AM

The 7 Questions Interview Series: eCommerce and Supply Chain Data Integration

The 7 Questions Interview Series: eCommerce and Supply Chain Data Integration “The 7 Question Series” is an investigative content series where we seek out key leaders in a specific industry and/or subject matter expertise area and ask them 7 key questions that “enquiring minds want to know”. There is a twist however to these questions. We provide the person being interviewed with a hypothesis for each question. This helps to frame and set context for their answer.

eCommerce and Supply Chain Data Integration Series Objectives:

eCommerce and Supply Chain Data Integration Series Objectives: The objective of the ecommerce series is to establish direct connections with eCommerce experts across the globe and ask them the same set of 7 questions regarding e-commerce data integration in the supply chain. We want to derive insights from their direct experiences and expertise that will help e-commerce companies, both B2B and B2C at all stages of their evolution. We are also curious to see if their answers are similar or different. These interviews will be featured on this website as a series.

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Topics: e-commerce integration, ecommerce, 7 Question Series

[Video] About Virtual Logistics Inc.

Posted by Jessica Thiele on May 8, 2015 2:53:16 PM


At DX3 Canada 2015 in Toronto, Robin H. Smith, Co-Founder and General Manager of Sales & Marketing at VL gave a great talk called "How Integration Matters In The Omni-Channel World."

This talk covered a discussion centred around the topic the title alludes to, including how integration (or lack thereof) can affect your customer experience. Robin illustrated this issue via three case studies: Corkcicle, The Aran Sweater Market & Jolly Jumper, and Walmart & Coleman.

You can watch more videos of Robin's talk on our YouTube channel.

The video below focuses on getting to know Virtual Logistics Inc. better: our origin, our history, our specialty areas, and more. It's under 3 minutes long - and well worth your time if you're curious about who VL is!

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Topics: VL, Virtual Logistics, Dx3 Canada

Ecommerce in Canada 2015; A Sorry State

Posted by Jessica Thiele on May 6, 2015 9:34:00 AM


On May 1st, VL was featured in an article in Canada's Financial Post

This article is important because, despite a lot of information out on the internet concerning the robust state of ecommerce in Canada (spoiler: we're all shopping online), Canadian businesses aren't online in the numbers they should be

As a followup to the Financial Post article, based on research VL has been doing for some time, we put together the following infographic with side-by-side statistics showing what consumers are spending and what Canadian business are doing - or not doing to earn those consumer dollars. The scarcity of good surveys and statistics on the subject makes the research we have done all the more important. We see this as a clarion call for action both by retailers, policy makers and consumers.

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Topics: Internet, ecommerce, Canadian Economy

[Video] Data Integration For All

Posted by Jessica Thiele on Apr 30, 2015 8:59:39 AM



VL has re-purposed some of our video content to create this new video that is centred around the topic of 'Integration For All'.

What does this video cover? Well, the purpose of this video is to effectively but efficiently explain:

  • Who VL is, and what do we do,
  • EDI integration,
  • Ecommerce and webstore integration,
  • 3PL and fulfillment house integration,
  • And more.

This video is under 6 minutes long, so if you have your coffee in hand and want to learn a little or to watch something educational while you sip, this video is for you!

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Topics: Webstore Integration, Fulfillment House Integration, Integration, EDI Integration, ecommerce

[Case Study] Listen To Your Gut

Posted by Jessica Thiele on Apr 28, 2015 9:28:28 AM

Last week, VL relaunched two of our most popular ebooks, "EDI, XML & Data Integration: 13 Important Articles for SMBs Considering Integration" and it's follow-up, "7 More Important Articles for SMBs Considering Integration". In these books, you'll have learned:

  • Why data is important to your business
  • How to think and strategize around your business' data
  • How customized data integration service providers is an integral component to any effective data management strategy

And much more. In today's article, we're going to focus on the last point: how data integration can make a world's worth of difference in your business in terms of cost savings, time savings, data management, and more.

And what better way to illustrate this than through a case study? Keep reading to learn more about Listen To Your Gut, and how they became a fan of VL and the customized integration solution we provided them.

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Topics: Data Integration, EDI, XML, Ask The Expert

Virtual Logistics Inc. Interviewed by ReachForce: Read The Full Interview Here!

Posted by Jessica Thiele on Apr 24, 2015 3:21:00 PM


Robin H. Smith, Co-founder and General Manager of Sales & Marketing here at Virtual Logistics Inc., was recently interviewed by ReachForce as part of their Expert Interview program

It was a great interview, and really got to the heart of who VL is, what we do, and why we do it! Scroll down for the link to the full interview!

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Topics: Data Integration, Virtual Logistics, Ask The Expert, interview

7 Questions Data and Supply Chain Data Integration: David Raab

Posted by Robin Smith on Apr 24, 2015 12:09:00 PM

The 7 Questions Interview Series: Data and Supply Chain Data Integration

The 7 Questions Interview Series: Data and Supply Chain Data Integration “The 7 Question Series” is an investigative content series where we seek out key leaders in a specific industry and/or subject matter expertise area and ask them 7 key questions that “enquiring minds want to know”. There is a twist however to these questions. We provide the person being interviewed with a hypothesis for each question. This helps to frame and set context for their answer.

Data and Supply Chain Data Integration Series Objectives:

Data and Supply Chain Data Integration Series Objectives: The objective of this series is to establish direct connections with data experts across the globe and ask them the same set of 7 questions regarding data and data integration in the business. We want to derive insights from their direct experiences and expertise that will help companies, both B2B and B2C at all stages of their evolution. We are also curious to see if their answers are similar or different. These interviews will be featured on this website as a series.

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Topics: BI Integration, Data, 7 Question Series

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