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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

[Ebook] EDI, XML & Data Integration: 7 More Important Articles For SMBs Considering Integration

Posted by Jessica Thiele on Apr 23, 2015 9:47:49 AM

Following up on our last blog post where we re-launched one of our most popular ebooks, today we are proud to be re-launching part two: "EDI, XML & Data Integration: 7 More Important Articles For SMBs Considering Integration"!

This ebook has been significantly updated from it's original version, entitled "EDI, XML & Data Integration: More Thoughts for SMB/SMEs". We've added new editorial articles including two guest-written pieces, and have updated all information to reflect current industry trends. If you enjoyed the old ebook, definitely check out this new version!

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

[Ebook] EDI, XML & Data Integration: 13 Important Articles for SMBs Considering Integration

Posted by Jessica Thiele on Apr 21, 2015 11:19:00 AM


Any business considering their data integration options is (or should be) thirsty for high-quality content created by trusted experts.

Luckily, it's that exact kind of content that VL loves to produce!

We've recently updated our popular ebook "EDI, XML & Data Integration: Some Thoughts for SMB/SME's" for this exact purpose. If you're new to EDI, XMl, and data integration, this updated ebook is a fantastic place to start.

Stay tuned for our updated version of "EDI, XML & Data Integration: More Thoughts for SMB/SME's"!

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Topics: Data Integration, e-commerce integration, Integration, EDI, Ask The Expert

[Video] How Integration Matters In The Omni-Channel World

Posted by Jessica Thiele on Apr 17, 2015 9:35:04 AM


It's no secret that traditional retail models are suffering these days. From Target's fiasco in Canada, to JCPenny closing stores, to Jacob's mass closure and restructuring, to the end of the FutureShop brand, the proof is in the pudding: even during Christmas, the busiest retail season of the year, retail sales dropped a whopping 2.0%.

So how are brands adopting to this inclement retail landscape? All you have to do is look at the business headlines featuring announcements from any major brand: they're going omni-channel in a big way. Contrary to the knee-jerk reaction a failing traditional retail market may illicit, big brands are capitalizing on both brick-and-mortar and ecommerce outlets by unifying and being creative an omni-channel presence.

This was the subject of the talk Robin H. Smith, Co-Founder and General Manager of Sales & Marketing at VL gave at DX3 Canada 2015 in Toronto: "How Integration Matters In The Omni-Channel World". It was a well-attended and fascinating talk. For those of you who missed it or are looking for a refresh, we've included two short synopsis videos for your quick viewing pleasure below. If you have 2 minutes, watch the "Micro Version". If you have 4 minutes, watch the "Compressed Version".

Stay tuned for Robin's full DX3 talk video by subscribing to our YouTube Channel!


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Topics: Walmart, Integration, Dx3 Canada, omnichannel, customer experience

Integration as a Service: Hosted in the Cloud

Posted by Jessica Thiele on Apr 16, 2015 10:23:00 AM


Keeping to VL's 'Ask The Expert' theme for this month, this blog article is going to focus on a concept that deserves more time in the limelight: Integration As A Service, which falls under the umbrella of software as a service (SaaS).

Building on our past blog posts, integration as a service goes to show that there are a lot of different options when it comes to choosing the right integration solution for your business. 

To learn more about other integration options for your business, check out these blog posts:

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Topics: Integration as a Service, SAAS integration

Ask The Expert: Avoid Getting 'Sold'

Posted by Jessica Thiele on Apr 14, 2015 9:41:42 AM


The concept of integration is notoriously hard to explain due to its technical complexity and abstract nature. A lot of businesses considering integration necessarily rely on integration experts to inform and educate them on what it is, what they need, and how to do it.

The issue, that new customers of VL repeatedly tell us, is that they frequently received bad advice, or no advice or were sold the wrong solution; a good number of them having been 'sold' on an integration solution that didn't fit their long term needs. To combat this, VL is going to review the following topics:

  • The difference between integration products and integration solutions (and their providers),
  • Why you should find an integration solution provider, and not an integration product pusher, and
  • How to find an integration expert you trust.

Armed with the information captured in these three topics, we hope to help you and others avoid making the mistake of purchasing the wrong or incompatible integration product and solution. 

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Topics: Data Integration, Integration as a Service

Game of Drones

Posted by Jessica Thiele on Apr 9, 2015 10:09:11 AM


"The drones are coming! The drones are coming!"

This will be a very punny post.
(Original image source, source)

 

The internet is all a buzz with talk of drones these days. (I'm sure that's not the first or last time you hear that pun.)

With Amazon moving closer and closer to making remote drone delivery technology a reality, applications for drones and the industries they might spur are all the talk these days. Think of your supply chain. Drones wizzing down highways in the sky. The Drone Police - sorry Cheap Trick. While some people are on the edge of their seats, waiting for the day that drones can help their strategies take flight, the sad truth is it might be a while before drones come knocking at our doors.

In the meantime, here's VL's completely sarcastic and wholly expert take on what we might be looking forward to once the drones come to town, but don't expect us to drone on about it. 

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Topics: Data Integration, Integration, B2B, omnichannel, Ask The Expert, drones, amazon

7 Questions eCommerce and Supply Chain Data Integration: Tema Frank

Posted by Robin Smith on Apr 7, 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

7 Questions Data and Supply Chain Data Integration: Brad Anderson

Posted by Robin Smith on Apr 2, 2015 9:23:00 AM

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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