Virtual Logistics' Ecommerce Data Integration Blog

7 Questions eCommerce and Supply Chain Data Integration: Jayne Reddyhoff

Posted by Robin Smith on Nov 17, 2014 12:20:41 PM

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: 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: 7 Question Series

Robin H. Smith Talks Data Integration (NewEDI Podcast)

Posted by Jessica Thiele on Nov 11, 2014 5:08:00 PM


Robin H. Smith recently interviewed with Kurt Wallace on NewEDI's Podcast series to discuss Data Integration. 

The discussion grew to cover a number of related topics, inluding:

  • 'Big Data',
  • How data is being used to generate new sources of cash,
  • The 'siloization' of data, and
  • Clean versus dirty data

See below for a full transcript and link to the PodCast audio and video! 

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Topics: E-Commerce, Data, e-commerce integration

7 Questions eCommerce and Supply Chain Data Integration: Brian Terrell

Posted by Robin Smith on Nov 5, 2014 12:56:00 PM

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: 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

Ecommerce in Canada is Neither a Treat nor a Trick

Posted by Robin Smith on Oct 31, 2014 1:17:18 PM

In a blog article back in July of this year I laid out some statistics about Canada’s lack of leadership on online ecommerce. The article was part of our charting series; we highlighted some stats and talked about an infographic our friends at Nextopia had recently released. Our conclusion was that Canada is falling behind the G7 pack when it comes to ecommerce.

Since the July posting, we have been collecting more facts and figures to highlight just how serious the situation is. We've done the research and have compiled the numbers for you below, and some of this information might come as a surprise. For others, this information will represent a challenge. We will show you two companies that have stepped up to that challenge. Both are customers of VL.

This week, the iconic Canadian women’s retailer Jacob finally declared it was throwing the towel in and closing down. I particularly loved the obituary for the company written by Thane Calder; it’s a good read that highlights the depth of issue we have in Canada with ecommerce. You can read Thane Calder's Article "Did Digital Kill A Retail Icon?" here

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Topics: Canada, E-Commerce, Canadian Economy

Ecommerce Data Integration: What you may have missed in August and September

Posted by Robin Smith on Oct 6, 2014 10:04:59 AM

This What You May Have Missed article covers two months of blogging, August and September. September was a whirl wind and time just ran out to provide a proper recap of August so we decided to combine two months into one. So lots of good stuff, some awesome pics and interesting insights from around the web.

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Topics: Liaison Technologies, Canada Post

Data Driven Marketer vs Data Driven Organization

Posted by Robin Smith on Oct 1, 2014 10:06:00 AM

In this installment of our charting series we’re featuring recent surveys on the topic of data driven marketing. Chris Herbert CMO of MI6 a Greater Toronto based Marketing Agency raises some interesting questions from the charts and reports he has selected for this article. 

I’ll pull out some stats from these charts and reports that I think are the most important, confusing, weird and head scratching!  I’ll then attempt to challenge us all to think about what they mean and what we can do about them; if anything. The goal? To provide you with good information that can help you build a foundation and ask questions within your organization and of your peers. The hope is that it provides actionable information that you can do something with.

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Topics: Marketing Automation Integration

Logistics and Supply Chain Data Integration: Arthur Barrett

Posted by Robin Smith on Sep 15, 2014 3:21:00 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: Logistics, ecommerce, B2B, B2C, omnichannel, 7 Question Series

Logistics and Supply Chain Data Integration: Peter Brereton, President & CEO TECSYS Inc.

Posted by Robin Smith on Sep 4, 2014 9:33:00 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: Logistics, ecommerce, B2B, B2C, omnichannel, 7 Question Series

5 Pitfalls Application Vendors Need to be Aware of when Considering Integration

Posted by Robin Smith on Sep 2, 2014 11:19:54 AM

In a blog article earlier this week I reflected on the DIY perspective that IT people espouse when it comes to integration in their own companies. I titled the article 5 Lies. These observations were borne from conversations in the first half of the year with prospects across North America. At the same time I also had similar conversations with companies who continue to custom code integrations for their applications. Sometimes these were application providers our customers had to interact with because their trading partner used the particular solution, or sometimes it was  application vendors who were intrigued by our integration offerings and contacted us.

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Topics: Data Integration, Integration

5 Lies Your IT People Told You About Data Integration

Posted by Robin Smith on Aug 27, 2014 11:08:00 AM

As summer is slowly coming to an end I decided to reflect on the first half of 2014. One of the things that struck me about the first half of the year was the number of conversations I had with people who custom coded complex integrations and were very happy to continue doing that despite the time it took. Maybe its because the economy is picking up in North America that companies are once again looking to streamline processes and searching for solutions. I don’t know. From those conversations I gleaned five gems that I thought I would blog about. So I titled this blog 5 lies your IT people told you about integration. This is not to slam IT people but rather to expose 5 issues senior executives have to be aware of when it comes to integration.

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Topics: build vs. buy, Application Integration, Integration