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VL Partner Profile Series: ProPack, Delivering Logistics Freedom

Posted by Emmett Graham on Jun 30, 2016 11:45:07 AM

"If you want to go fast, go alone.

If you want to go far, go with others."

- Proverb Origin Unknown

If you're already familiar with VL and our VL OMNI service, you already know that our specialty and the core focus of our business is the integration of data between disparate applications. This is all we do, and we do it really, really well.

But naturally we don't work in a vacuum. Sometimes, our customers ask us to recommend an application or a service. Since we work with and experience so many of these applications and service providers from a data integration perspective, the ease of integrating applications and the quality of the partner are very important to us. And we always recommend the best partners for the job!

Continuing on our existing VL Partner Profile Series, we present one of our 3PL/Fulfillment partners.

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Topics: logistics, partners

4 Great Infographics on Data Integration, EDI, and Business Intelligence

Posted by Jessica Thiele on Jun 24, 2016 8:41:34 AM

One of the most popular type of content VL produces is our


Consistently downloaded, shared, and occasionally even published, our data integration, EDI, and business intelligence infographics are in high demand.

As a result, we've updated and re-released four of our infographics:

Keep reading to view and download high-resolution PDF copies!

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Topics: EDI, downloadables, VL news

[Ebook] eBay: A How To Guide for Businesses

Posted by Jessica Thiele on Jun 23, 2016 9:09:05 AM


A Comprehensive How-To Guide for Omni-Channel SMBs

Are you thinking about expanding your business' channels?

Has your business considered eBay as a marketplace addition to your channel mix, but aren't sure on where to start? Or are you confused by the new eBay Seller Standards?

This comprehensive how-to guide on eBay walks you through everything you need to know about becoming an Amazon seller at any level. 

Download the eBay ebook here

... Or keep reading for more information!

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Topics: ecommerce, retail, downloadables, bricks and mortar, how to, omni-channel, marketplaces

VL Sponsors Raconteur Supply Chain Strategies Report

Posted by Jessica Thiele on Jun 21, 2016 1:45:29 PM


If you've visited our website lately, you already know that 

VL plays in a number of verticals

As a true believer that the best way to help our own industry continue to grow is through providing high-quality educational material to our audience, we both produce our own great content that is free to download and is always accessible, while also occasionally sponsoring world-class external content.

Raconteur's UK Supply Chain Strategies Report is one of these outlets.

Published in The Times and The Sunday Times, a daily national newspaper based in London, UK, the Supply Chain Strategies Report contains high quality supply chain industry research, and is free to download.

Keep reading for more on Raconteur's Supply Chain Strategies Report, and a link to instantly download a copy of the report.


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Topics: supply chain, UK, downloadables, VL news

IRCE: What Happened at the 2016 Show

Posted by Jessica Thiele on Jun 15, 2016 10:09:22 AM

Last week, VL made the short flight from Toronto to Chicago for the annual Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition, better known as 

IRCE 2016.

VL has a long history of attending IRCE over the years, but this year, the show was something special. From the exhibitors, to the discussions, to what we think IRCE is turning into, our perspective on IRCE 2016 is laid out below.

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Topics: USA, events, VL news, North America

8 Signs your EDI System Sucks

Posted by Robin H Smith on Jun 8, 2016 10:30:00 AM


When is enough, enough?

And better yet:

How do you know when enough is enough?

Lots of businesses get caught in the legacy system cycle. It goes something like:

You've had Application X forever, and because you've had Application X forever, you will continue to have Application X.

EDI is no exception to this phenomenon. Some businesses committed to their EDI system decades ago. So how do you know your EDI system sucks, and that you should be entertaining your upgrading options?

Keep reading for 8 Signs Your EDI System Sucks!

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Topics: EDI

Shopify Plus: A VL Partner Profile

Posted by Jessica Thiele on Jun 2, 2016 4:15:53 PM

Part of Virtual Logistic's mission on how we do business includes our tag line,

"Transforming Data, Connecting Business".

Our partner profile series for 2016 places emphasis on the latter: how Virtual Logistics Inc. looks to connect businesses together in a network of trusted partners, businesses, and clients through good will, trust, and integrity. 

Today, we look at the newest addition to the  Shopify family -  Shopify Plus. The "enterprise ecommerce software without the headaches" for high volume merchants is taking off like a rocket. VL is proud to work with Shopify Plus and their customers to help create complex data integration solutions in a way that helps these businesses continue to reach new heights.
Keep reading for more on who Shopify Plus is, how they developed from the original Shopify offering, and how VL and Shopify Plus fit together to help our mutual customers. 
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Topics: API, ecommerce, retail, VL OMNI, partners, omni-channel

IRCE Chicago 2016: Here we come!

Posted by Jessica Thiele on May 26, 2016 3:32:09 PM


Anyone who's anyone in omni-channel retail knows about IRCE

Self-described as The Retail Industry's Leading Ecommerce Conference and Trade Show, IRCE is one of the preeminent trade shows for etailers and omni-channel retailers. A host of industry experts, a gigantic exhibit hall filled to the brim with top-notch solution providers to the industry, and a who's-who of attendees, IRCE is not to be missed.

Read about IRCE 2014 Here

Held at McCormick Place West from June 7-10,

IRCE combines the best of hands-on workshops, education sessions, and an exciting exhibition floor with over 250,000 square feet of space.

So put on your walking shoes, book your flight to Chicago, and keep reading to find out why IRCE is a 'must' on your trade show attendance list.

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Topics: ecommerce, retail, USA, events, VL news, omni-channel

Bankrupt & Broken Retailers, Pt. 2: Why the average middle retailer did not survive 2015

Posted by Jessica Thiele on May 20, 2016 11:43:52 AM

Last week, we discussed the rapidly increasing decay of the average middle retailer in Canada, the USA, and the UK, highlighting some of the retailers that didn't live to see 2016 in discussion and through an infographic.

Download the infographic on retailers that struggled in 2015

Today, we follow up with Part 2: What's Happening to Retail?

Keep reading.


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Topics: Canada, retail, UK, USA, bricks and mortar

[Infographic] Bankrupt & Broken Retailers from 2015

Posted by Jessica Thiele on May 17, 2016 3:05:45 PM

What happened to retail in 2015?

It seems like not a week went by in 2015 without headlines announcing yet another retailer going under, shuttering their doors, or filing for bankruptcy. The face of retail changed significantly in 2015, with the average middle retailer being hit the hardest.

Inspired by this article we posted last week, this infographic looks at exactly which Canadian, American, and British retailers threw in the towel in 2015. 

Why is this important? So the surviving brands and businesses can learn from past mistakes and hone in on areas that require improvement. Keep scrolling for the full infographic and to learn more.

Download the full infographic instantly here

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Topics: Canada, retail, UK, USA, downloadables, viewables

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