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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

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

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 11:08:47 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

eCommerce and Supply Chain Data Integration: Steve Deckert

Posted by Robin Smith on Aug 21, 2014 10:25:07 AM

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.

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Topics: 7 Question Series

Logistics and Supply Chain Data Integration: Petri Helo

Posted by Robin Smith on Aug 15, 2014 4:37:00 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

Ecommerce Data Integration: What you may have missed in July

Posted by Robin Smith on Aug 5, 2014 3:28:10 PM

July has come and gone. The dog days of summer are upon us. July was a busy month at VL from a blogging perspective, although It seemed the first and second quarter sprints slowed down and people were taking a breather - vacations.

From the VL World

In the blogging world we published the third interview in our 7 Questions Series - Logistics. Alex Snyder the CEO of Propack gave us his perspective on the our 7 questions. You can read his perspective here. Alex followed Sylvain Perrier and Dan Cence. We also launched our 7 Questions Series for Ecommerce in July, so stay tuned for articles from ecommerce experts around the world.

We recapped June and the IRCE show in the following article. Our third visit to IRCE now makes us veterans. Every year the show gets bigger and this speaks to the power of ecommerce in retailing. The international presence really surprised me this year, it was a major change.

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Topics: Data Integration, EDI Integration, ecommerce

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