Expert EDI Advice: Everything you need to know about EDI document types, trading partners, integrations, and more.
Thursday, February 23, 2017Lauren Macdonald
At lunch yesterday, a friend asked me, “I’ve got online selling down, but what does it take to sell my products in ‘big-box’ stores?” Apart from knowing that she’d need to have a barcode on each and every item, she wasn’t sure even where to start. In the evolution of any growing business, merchants eventually hear the acronym “EDI.”
If you’re new to the world of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) there can be an overwhelming amount of information to consume. EDI is not the easiest concept to wrap your head around if you haven’t been using it on a day-to-day basis as part of your regular business process.
EDI is a fundamental component of doing business in this day and age, making it an important concept to learn and understand.
Why Michigan is the place to be for growing eCommerce businesses
Thursday, February 16, 2017Lauren Macdonald
Michigan may seem like a bit of an underdog in the United States eCommerce industry when compared to the ‘giants’ like California, New York, Florida, etc. But make no mistake, this State is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing eCommerce hubs in North America.
Walmart's 'ShippingPass' is a thing of the past...
Monday, February 13, 2017Lauren Macdonald
Say “hello” to free 2-day shipping for everyone!
Walmart used to have a subscription offer (comparable to Amazon Prime) which was known as “ShippingPass.”
It allowed ShippingPass members to receive a 2-day shipping perk on roughly 1 million eligible items. It came with a free 30-day free trial and was then available for $49 per year.
But now, in what seems like another effort to compete with Amazon, Walmart has decided to allow all US Walmart.com customers this service with no membership fee required. That’s right, everyone can benefit from Free 2-Day Shopping on eligible orders with no additional costs associated.
Partner Profile: Alta Vista Technology - Consulting FIrm
Friday, February 10, 2017Lauren Macdonald
Allow us to introduce Alta Vista Technology
—a recognized business consulting firm with 200+ years of combined experience. These folks have a passion for helping businesses grow. Their team members take a personal interest in each client, helping to define their needs and turn them into actions.
Specializing in providing ERP, CRM, Business Intelligence, and Collaboration solutions from Intacct and Microsoft Dynamics, Alta Vista Technology takes a unique approach to consulting services.
We recently took a few minutes to chat with Scott Jackson, (President at Alta Vista Technology) in order to learn more about his company and their initiatives. Here’s what we found out:
Partner Profile: Proclaim Interactive
Wednesday, February 8, 2017Lauren Macdonald
We’ve added a new digital marketing agency to our partner family. Join us in giving a warm welcome to Proclaim Interactive
, a team of professionals that help businesses grow their clients, supporters, and sales. These folks pride themselves on being able to create, promote, and teach.
Spence Hackney, President of Proclaim Interactive, recently gave us the inside scoop on his digital marketing agency and what makes them so special. Here’s what he told us when we asked a few questions about his business:
Tax Season is just around the corner! Is your eCommerce store ready?
Wednesday, February 8, 2017Lauren Macdonald
Every retailer knows how time consuming tax season can be. But, if you’re in a finance position within the eCommerce industry and are feeling a bit stressed this time of year, the good news is there’s a few steps you can take to make your life easier.
In fact, our friends at Shopify broke it all down with their blog post titled, 8 Steps to Prepare Your Online Business for Tax Time
. Here’s our ‘quick and painless’ recap of their suggested steps:
Partner Profile: Vander Group
Monday, February 6, 2017Lauren Macdonald
If you’re looking for eCommerce help, look no further than our latest partner: Vander Group
These smart folks know a thing or two about the eCommerce world and are fully equipped to provide you with the strategy, design, technology, and logistics you’ll need to watch your business soar.
Wondering how Vander can transform your brand and grow your business? We recently had a chat with our new friends over there and here’s what we found out about them:
What Merchants Need to Know About eCommerce Integration to Support an Omnichannel Strategy
Friday, February 3, 2017Lindsay Hampson
After a bit of research, the main word is that omnichannel is no longer optional for retailers who want to grow their bottom line. Magically, many have kept the small town vibe, but have opened up their wings to support online shopping.
Partner Profile: Saucal
Friday, February 3, 2017Lauren Macdonald
We’re super proud of our channel partner program and the neat companies it allows us to collaborate and do business with. Today, we’re excited to announce the latest member of our partner family, a WooCommerce development agency known as Saucal.
These super smart WooCommerce experts know how to take your WooCommerce store to the next level, allowing your business to reach its full potential. Find out what we learned when we sat down to get to know them better:
New York City... the shopping capital of the world... and a hot spot for eCommerce, CRM, and EDI integration solutions.
Friday, February 3, 2017Lauren Macdonald
One thing that merchants in New York (both online and offline) are quickly realizing, is that keeping up with manual data entry into and out of their back-end accounting/ERP systems can be a nightmare when dealing with high transaction volumes. That’s why these New Yorkers are getting smart and calling eBridge Connections about accounting integration.
Partner Profile: Glendale Designs
Tuesday, January 31, 2017Lauren Macdonald
is the newest member of the eBridge channel partner family. We’d like to welcome them aboard by sharing a bit of their background information with all of our loyal readers.
Read on to find out what makes this rock star eCommerce development company one to keep an eye out for in the future as they continue to grow and create happy customers:
Shopify merchants, discover the easy way to integrate your eCommerce and Quickbooks
Tuesday, January 31, 2017Lauren Macdonald
At eBridge, we know a thing or two about Shopify. In fact, we’re partners with Shopify, and with a whole bunch of smart Shopify consultants, web development agencies, app store developers, and more. Plus, we’ve already helped a lot of merchants selling on Shopify’s platform by simplifying their business processes and aiding them to grow their business with ease and efficiency.
One of the many groups of Shopify merchants that we’ve gotten really good at helping, is those of you running Intuit QuickBooks as your back-end accounting system.
Central Florida is Becoming a Key Hub for eCommerce
Monday, January 30, 2017Lindsay Hampson
It’s pretty amazing, isn’t it. Looking through the eyes of a merchant who’s been in business for 50 years, you’d hardly recognize today’s buyers. Today’s buyers are opening their internet browsers rather than turning on their cars to shop. While this shift is apparent around the world, there is evidence that Orlando, Davenport, Lakeland, Jacksonville, River City, and Tampa are at the center of the eCommerce shift in the US.
eCommerce integration for your business in Texas
Friday, January 27, 2017Lauren Macdonald
In the United States, online sales are expected to grow more than 17 percent this year, according to eMarketer. One area seeing significant eCommerce growth is Texas. UPS spokesman Dan McMackin has said that the company plans to add about 3,370 workers in Houston to keep up with the growth in shipping from online shopping.
As the eCommerce industry expands in Texas, more and more retailers are looking at integration between their eCommerce websites and their accounting packages as a means to make business easier and more efficient.
Beyond accounting: Epicor presents best practices for eCommerce
Wednesday, January 25, 2017Lauren Macdonald
Running an eCommerce business requires smart thinking in order to get your online store and your products in front of eyes that would be interested in what you have to offer. Doing so, requires connecting with your customers in places that they already frequent, whether that be on social media, blogs, online forums and communities, or popular websites.
According to The Connected Retailer: Meeting Customers Where They Want to Be,
a blog and webinar series by our friends at Epicor, in this day and age it is consumers who are dictating how, where, and when they do research and make purchases. In order to meet the demands of consumers, you have to be present on the areas that your target market is searching.
121eCommerce: How Magento Features Can Boost Your Sales
Friday, January 20, 2017Lauren Macdonald
Our new friends at 121eCommerce wrote a killer blog about Magento features. Read on to learn more.
Magento is one of the most powerful platforms, we have all heard that many times. But what does that mean to you? Does that really have an effect on your business or is it a software thing your developer likes to say which has no real connection to you.
In the world of eCommerce, your website is your salesman and Magento's features help make those sales. You don’t get to meet the people you are trying to sell to, that means no matter how good your sales skills are, they won’t make an impact. Instead your site needs features.
Magento is full of really cool features for all aspects of your business, here are some features that can be used to help boost your sales:
Black Friday / Cyber Monday Shopping Behavior All eCommerce Owners Should Know
Thursday, January 19, 2017Lindsay Hampson
Last night, I went to an eCommerce Meetup about Black Friday/Cyber Monday Behavior and learned stuff! Imagine that. Shopify
graciously loaned their space to eCommerce Toronto, a Meetup group
and about 100 of its members. The topic was Black Friday / Cyber Monday (BF/CM) Shopping Behavior All eCommerce Owners Should Know
. The house was full. Here are my notes.
Partner Profile: CR Endeavors - Helps Your grow Your Amazon Presence
Thursday, January 19, 2017Lauren Macdonald
Exciting announcement today, folks! We’ve just signed CR Endeavors
as our latest channel partner.
We’re eager to do business with this awesome and smart eCommerce marketplace consulting agency. And by the sounds of it, they’re excited for us to help their customers as well! “We’re grateful for the eBridge partnership as we continue helping brands gain control on Amazon and grow their business beyond!” said Caleb Roney, President of CR Endeavors.
Here’s some more info about CR Endeavors that Caleb was kind enough to share with our team:
Why Our Customers Love Their Microsoft Dynamics ERP
Tuesday, January 17, 2017Lauren Macdonald
At eBridge, we make life easier for our Microsoft Dynamics customers, each and every day, by connecting their accounting packages to their online stores, CRM applications, or allowing them to do business with EDI trading partners.
Our top 5 eCommerce, EDI, and CRM-related reads of the week
Monday, January 16, 2017Lauren Macdonald
We’re always on the lookout for great blogs and articles from thought leaders in the eCommerce, EDI, and CRM industries. We thought we’d share with you a few great pieces that we’ve given the ‘eBridge stamp of approval’ to this week:
ChannelAdvisor is a great tool for your growing business, but it's even better when coupled with eBridge
Thursday, January 12, 2017Lauren Macdonald
Once upon a time you were a young, bright-eyed entrepreneur with a big idea to launch an eCommerce business.
Maybe you decided to start small by selling in one place on an eCommerce platform like Shopify, Magento, or BigCommerce. But as time went on, you decided it was time to expand to online marketplaces and other digital shopping channels as well.
Today, you’re the proud owner of multiple eCommerce websites, and are happy to be selling on marketplaces such as Amazon, eBay, and Newegg, as well as on digital channels like Google and Facebook.
But now you’re feeling the pressure that comes from attempting to keep track of orders, inventory, and product data across multiple platforms at once. Luckily, an old friend just told you about ChannelAdvisor.
Connect MS Dynamics NAV to your BigCommerce store: Integrate orders, shipping, inventory, and more
Tuesday, January 10, 2017Lauren Macdonald
Connecting your MS Dynamics NAV accounting system with your BigCommerce webstore has never been easier than it is now, using eBridge Connections’ universal integrator.
How our integration works:
A universal connector sits in the middle of your two business systems and seamlessly transfers data, back and forth between the two. When it comes to eBridge Connections, it’s the universality of our integration solutions that makes us unique. This means we can connect virtually any eCommerce platform with any accounting/ERP system. The way we do it, is by sitting in the middle of two business systems, where we configure data so that it can be passed back and forth effortlessly.
NetSuite Integration Made Easy
Monday, January 9, 2017Lindsay Hampson
We get it. There are plenty of vendors out there that can integrate NetSuite’s ERP into EDI, CRM and eCommerce systems. How do you pick a vendor that gives you the most benefit?
Top five plug-ins you should try out for your WooCommerce store in 2017
Friday, December 30, 2016Lauren Macdonald
If you have an eCommerce store or are thinking of launching one in 2017, WooCommerce is a great choice to build your business with. There’s so many useful plug-ins for WooCommerce that you may not even be aware of. To help you out, we’ve listed 5 things you can try on your WooCommerce store this year to help your business grow and succeed: