Virtual Logistics' Ecommerce Data Integration Blog

Canada a Leader in Online Shopping? Not so Fast.

Posted by Robin Smith on Jul 24, 2014 5:21:00 PM

In this installment of our chart series we are featuring an infographic from our friends at Nextopia on the current Canadian ecommerce landscape. The infographic is below.

The key data points suggest that ecommerce in Canada is ticking along nicely:

  • Canadians will buy $25 billion in goods and services in 2014 up from $19.8B in 2012.
  • Over 55% of Canadians make online purchases with over 70% expected to be buying online by 2016.
  • Canadian eCommerce is growing at a faster rate than the United States.
  • Shop.ca has raised $51 million in venture capital and Amazon recently announced adding 1 million additional items on Amazon.ca

Wow! Ecommerce is HOT in Canada! Or is it?

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Topics: Integration, ecommerce, B2C

Data Integration: What you may have missed in June

Posted by Robin Smith on Jul 21, 2014 9:25:34 AM

Wow its already mid July and once again time has flown.

June was a crazy month. We didn't have many blog posts for a variety of reasons, the most important being we attended IRCE 2014 in Chicago in early June and that wiped us out in a major way. The other issue was we spent too much time watching world cup games. Hey it only happens every four years so allow us the indulgence.

We did publish one blog article. You can read our recap of May here.

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Topics: IRCE, B2B, B2C

Lack of Data Integration. Two Ships Colliding in the Night?

Posted by Chris Herbert on Jul 16, 2014 9:55:57 AM

In this installment of our charting series we want to draw your attention to a few trends that on the surface are not that new, but could amount to a heap of trouble for retailers big and small.

In the recent post by eMarketer: “Retailers Look to Merge Offline and Online Shopping Experiences in 2014” eMarketer cites their recent report  that ecommerce will continue to grow as a sales channel for retailers accounting for 6.4% of total sales or $304.1 billion. That’s a jump of 15.5% over last year. While 6.4% of sales is still small compared to traditional bricks and mortar stores over 89% of Internet users are webrooming and showrooming as part of the shopping experience. See the chart below. 

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Topics: Data Integration, B2B, B2C

Logistics and Supply Chain Data Integration: Alex Snyder

Posted by Chris Herbert on Jul 9, 2014 4:20:23 PM

The 7 Questions Interview Series: Logistics 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.

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Topics: Data Integration, Logistics, B2B, omnichannel, 7 Question Series

Ecommerce Integration: What you may have missed: May in Review

Posted by Robin Smith on Jun 6, 2014 3:18:00 PM

May seems a blur as I put together this blog. We didn't have any trade shows lined up in May because we were getting ready for IRCE which is happening next week in Chicago. IRCE for those of you who don't know is the largest ecommerce trade show in the world. Its held every year at McCormick Place in Chicago. This will be our third year attending.

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Topics: Integration, ecommerce, omnichannel

Logistics and Supply Chain Data Integration: Sylvain Perrier

Posted by Chris Herbert on Jun 2, 2014 11:00:00 AM

The 7 Questions Interview Series: Logistics 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.

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Topics: Data Integration, Logistics, ecommerce, B2C, omnichannel, 7 Question Series

Connecting: Why You Should Visit VL and Our Partners at IRCE 2014

Posted by Robin Smith on May 30, 2014 5:15:00 PM

IRCE is turning 10 this year ! The world's largest ecommerce trade show and conference has become an annual event at McCormick Place in Chicago. The show is big. Really big. Last year almost 9000 people went through McCormick Place with close to 650 exhibitors showing their wares. This will be VL's third year exhibiting at IRCE. So we consider ourselves veterans. This year we are working closely with two partners and a customer to provide a solution pavilion for the ecommerce retailer. This year we will be joined by our friends from Bluelink ERP, MapsBI and Maple Logistics. In teaming up, we collectively want to provide ecommerce retailers with the option of proven solutions from partners who work together. Each is best of breed in what they do, and each know the others applications and processes. Its a win.

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Topics: analytics, IRCE, Logistics, Bluelink ERP, MapsBI

The History and Future of Ecommerce: Integration is Key

Posted by Chris Herbert on May 28, 2014 1:34:43 PM

Ecommerce: 35 Years in the Making !

Has it really been 35 years since Ecommerce was invented? Well, to be specific, the proto online shopping cart came to be in 1979 paving the path to other technologies now in use to sell online. As you can see from the infographic timeline below [Source: Visual.ly] it wasn’t until 1991 when the National Science Foundation lifted the commercial ban on the Internet paving the way for Ecommerce. 

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Topics: E-Commerce, Integration, B2B, B2C

Logistics and Supply Chain Data Integration: Dan Cence

Posted by Robin Smith on May 21, 2014 3:58:00 PM

The 7 Questions Interview Series: Logistics 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.

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Topics: Data Integration, Supply Chain Optimization, Logistics, ecommerce, B2C, omnichannel, 7 Question Series

Improving Business Performance with Data Integration

Posted by Robin Smith on May 15, 2014 9:57:36 AM

In this edition of our Charting Series we look at where EDI and Ecommerce integration is today and the key things happening in the EDI and ecommerce integration field. We decided to go a different route this time and share an infographic produced by the Irish based company CueCommerce. Now, some would say they are a competitor. CueCommerce is actually a digital marketing agency that builds ecommerce sites and happens to do integration. Their Twitter handle describes them as, an eCommerce Development, Integration and Marketing Agency which specialises in building eCommerce websites. I suspect they custom code their integrations, unlike us,  but that doesn't make their infographic any less useful.

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Topics: Shopping Cart Integration, Marketing Automation Integration, e-commerce integration, EDI Integration, Loyalty integration