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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

Bankrupt & Broken Retailers, Pt. 1: A list of who went under and who closed stores in 2015

Posted by Jessica Thiele on May 11, 2016 3:40:53 PM

In some ways, Canada's omni-channel retail ecosystem lags behind our nearest neighbours in the US and UK. 

In others, we've been privileged (or cursed) to be the first in emerging retail trends simply due to the nature of our unique market. Large country with a small population with an over saturated retail market in the metropolitan areas.

So over a year ago, we wrote about a hallmark Canadian retailer that - seemingly suddenly - went belly-up: Jacob.

This was not the first retailer to fall, and it will be far from the last.

Since that article, the rate of attrition of retailers in Canada and the USA has increased exponentially. Recently, we've seen this pattern extend into the UK, with BHS's recent closure annoucement, where the rate of retailers succumbing to bankruptcy and/or restructuring is just beginning to accelerate.

In this article, we take a closer look at which retailers have gone under or have been forced to massively scale back their operations in 2015. We will be following up this article with an examination into what the root causes behind the mass attrition of the middle of retail across Canada, the USA, and the UK.

Read Part 2 here

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

[Workshop Video] How Millennials are Revolutionizing Omni-Channel Retail & Forcing Businesses to Change

Posted by Jessica Thiele on May 9, 2016 10:16:29 AM

Last week, VL was in Birmingham for the Internet Retailing and eDelivery Expo

Due to the nature of VL's business - omni-channel data integration - we are highly tuned in to omni-channel retail and the supply chain that makes the front end of these businesses run. We pick up a lot of information (if you're a regular subscriber of VL's blog, im sure you've noticed), and we do our best to disseminate this knowledge back into the industry so we can all learn and grow together.

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So, VL held a workshop on potentially one of the hottest discussions going on in the omni-channel retailing space: Gen M (or Millennials) and how they are forcing the face of business to change to suit their needs and buying habits. 

The workshop was enthusiastically received, with great discussion happening after the session that also followed us back to our stand.

If you missed the full workshop, you'll have to wait until the next time we speak! But for now, keep reading for a 3-minute master edit of Robin Smith's workshop at IRX/EDX 2016.

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Topics: ecommerce, retail, UK, events, how to, omni-channel, viewables

What happened at IRX & EDX 2016

Posted by Jessica Thiele on May 4, 2016 12:53:15 PM

For those of you just tuning in, VL packed their bags, hopped a plane, and headed over the pond to Birmingham, UK for the co-located IRX (Internet Retailing Expo) and EDX (eDelivery Expo) shows.

Between the two, the full spectrum of start-to-finish omni-channel retailing was covered in depth with the thousands of attendees that poured through the NEC Hall 9 doors looking for information, solutions, and partnerships.

Unsuprisingly, Virtual Logistics had a great time!

Situated at Stand K55 and bridging the line between eDelivery and Ecommerce (as do our services through VL OMNI), we were treated to two solid days of fascinating insight, great conversations, and a slew of great new contacts.

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Just like all the trade shows VL attends and/or exhibits at, there were a few emerging trends that came out of the many conversations we had. We've summarized and simplified them below. Keep on reading for more!


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Topics: retail, UK, events, VL news, international

Test your omni-channel data integration chops with this 10-question quiz

Posted by Jessica Thiele on Apr 28, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Data integration...

What is it?

There's a lot of jargon floating around on the web and industry conferences on the subject. Cloud, omni-channel, SaaS, iPaas... the list goes on for days.

So to help you understand the world of VL OMNI and omni-channel data integration, we've re-published one of our most popular quizzes!

Learn about VL OMNI here - download the brochure

Keep reading to take the short 10-question multiple choice quiz... and for the answers, too!


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Topics: interactive, VL OMNI, viewables

APIs are the EDI of the 21st Century

Posted by Robin H Smith on Apr 26, 2016 9:40:00 AM

This blog has been updated from an earlier article

Think of the last time you ordered something online from say Amazon or your favorite web store.

What was your experience?

...Did you feel confident about the experience?

We'll bet dollars to donuts that your Amazon experience was so positive, you didn't even think about it as your added items to your cart, submitted your payment with one click through PayPal, and ultimately received your order in good condition shortly thereafter.

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Surprisingly to many, APIs and data integration played a huge role in that experience. But what are APIs anyway, and why are they the EDI of the 21st century?

Keep reading to find out.

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Topics: API, EDI, supply chain, technology, omni-channel

[Infographic] The State of Ecommerce 2016: How do the UK, USA, and Canada compare?

Posted by Jessica Thiele on Apr 21, 2016 11:02:06 AM

Last year, we wondered how the UK, USA, and Canada stack up against each other in the world of ecommerce.


Download the UK, Canadian & USA Ecommerce 2015 infographic here


Our last infographic was inspired by our first trek into the UK market. We decided to update the graphic for 2016 and VL's upcoming trip to Birmingham, UK for the Internet Retailing and eDelivery Expos (IRX & EDX).  

So what's changed for ecommerce in the UK, USA, and Canada?

From market size, to sales per household, to cloud technology adoption, plenty has changed! Keep reading for the full infographic, and to download your copy!

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Topics: Canada, ecommerce, downloadables, viewables

Shopify Unite 2016

Posted by Robin H Smith on Apr 18, 2016 12:32:37 PM

Have you heard about Shopify Unite?

No, we're not trying to prove our Hipster street cred. If you haven't heard of Shopify Unite, don't panic - it was held for the first time ever this past March. VL was lucky to secure an invite - keep reading below for our full account of the conference!

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Topics: ecommerce, events

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