What does the US Supreme Court ruling on State Sales Tax mean for you?
Wednesday, June 27, 2018Lauren Macdonald
If you sell exclusively online with no physical in-store locations, up until now you may not have been collecting state sales tax, which in some cases may have made your online goods appear cheaper than some of your competition.
However, things are about to change for merchants that have previously been in this position.
In a US Supreme Court ruling last week, a 1992 precedent that had barred states from requiring businesses with no “physical presence” in the state (such as out-of-state online retailers), to collect sales taxes, has now been overturned. Can you guess why? Yes – the online commerce tidal wave.
These smart, Summer themed retailers are taking advantage of eBridge Connections' pre-built Microsoft Dynamics GP connector to automate data and take back their Summer vacation time
Thursday, June 21, 2018Lauren Macdonald
Often people think of the Holiday season as the busiest time for retailers, and in a lot of cases, that can certainly be true! But other retailers who sell things like barbeques, hiking equipment, hunting/camping/fishing gear, bicycles, sunscreen/tanning lotions, etc., find that the Summer months are actually when they experience their biggest peak in sales.
The problem these companies and their employees often face is that manual data entry can take away from their hard-earned vacation time.
The high cost of disconnected data: How eCommerce and ERP integration can eliminate your data entry challenges
Thursday, June 14, 2018Lauren Macdonald
After spending some time chatting with retailers at IRCE 2018
in Chicago last week, one big takeaway was that disparate data across selling channels and back-office applications can be very costly for businesses.
Tons of merchants selling online and/or in-store stopped by our booth, all asking some variation of this common question: “How do I get my order, inventory, shipping/tracking, product, and customer data to flow automatically between my accounting/ERP system and my sales channels?”
These conversations all solidified what we already knew: There is value (both in time and money) to be gained from automating data flow across disparate business systems and applications so that they communicate effectively as one cohesive unit.
Hosted options and hybrid realities: Integrating on-prem systems to cloud applications
Friday, May 18, 2018Lindsay Hampson
“So many iPaaS vendors these days haven't accounted for prem to cloud, well hybrid really, use cases,” she said. “While getting the price low, locking down out-of-the-box connectors, and speaking about fancy reporting and analytics is exciting, the real truth is that many IT Directors like me can’t use tools that are SaaS point to point, or cloud to cloud.”
Confused about Microsoft Dynamics 365? Let us simplify your understanding…
Wednesday, May 16, 2018Lauren Macdonald
There’s a lot of buzz and enthusiasm out there about Microsoft Dynamics 365 and its capabilities, but rarely does anything new and exciting come along without its fair share of confusion as well, and 365 has been no exception.
Partner Profile: Branch Labs
Tuesday, May 15, 2018Lauren Macdonald
is an eCommerce agency that works primarily on Magento, Shopify and WordPress. We're focused on helping clients get the most out of their online stores, whether we're building them from the ground up or helping existing ones grow. Our team of programmers, designers, strategists, data analysts, and managers collaborate with clients to push out new initiatives and integrations, whether it's a snazzy new marketing page or a new backend integration that'll save the customer service team dozens of hours every month.
Retail and Swagger at Shopify Unite 2018 - Champion your multi-channel strategy
Thursday, May 10, 2018Lindsay Hampson
Shopify didn’t become Shopify by keeping with the status quo. Shopify CEO Tobi Lütke doesn’t sit back and watch commerce change. He puts a dog in the race. He shapes and innovates. Commerce is going to change either way – Tobi wants in early. Read what you missed at Shopify Unite 2018 through the eyes of a coffee-drinking nerd that loves multi-merchant retail.
Making The Move to a Modern Data Warehousing Strategy with your ERP and eCommerce site
Tuesday, May 8, 2018Lauren Macdonald
Finding a suitable means of storing data is a job that IT departments are commonly tasked with at any organization. There is an increasing shift right now within IT departments, where companies are moving from a traditional data warehousing strategy and adopting a modern data warehousing strategy consisting of environments that can be leveraged for analysis, data virtualization, and distributed processing.
This shift stems from four distinct data-related trends that are increasingly important to businesses: data growth, fast query expectations from users, non-relational/unstructured data, and cloud-born data. Modern data warehouses are able to support these trends, whereas traditional data warehouses are not.
eCommerce Site Health: Site Speed, Slowdowns and Overall Performance An OSHU Index Analysis
Wednesday, May 2, 2018Lauren Macdonald
Every online retailer knows that website speed is crucial to the success of an eCommerce business,
and that slowdowns can be costly and result in lost revenue. But how exactly did slowdowns and other technical and content issues effect some of the top retailers in Q4 of 2017? We took a look at the Online Store Health and Usability (OSHU) Index to find the answers.
Set it and forget it - Automate and integrate your eCommerce and ERP workflows
Thursday, April 12, 2018Lindsay Hampson
eCommerce chaos is when your online sales are great, but the sheer volume has produced mass-scrambling behind the scenes at your business.
News about Security and Privacy Compliance at eBridge Connections
Wednesday, April 11, 2018Lindsay Hampson
eBridge Connections is diligent with customer data. As a trusted partner of BigCommerce, Shopify, Magento, Microsoft, NetSuite, SAP, Sage, ShipStation, and many others, and an integration provider for merchants across the world, we take data security and privacy seriously.
Multi-channel Inventory Management: How to avoid over-stocks and out-of-stocks
Thursday, April 5, 2018Lauren Macdonald
Inventory management is key to the success of any retail business, both in-store, and online. After all, inventory is arguably the most important asset a business has.
Without proper inventory management, you’re putting your business at risk of:
- Losing money due to over-stocking
- Angering customers with out-of-stock messages
- Increasing delays and cancellations due to inefficient fulfillment processes
- Other problems resulting from human error
What's new from eBridge's Integration Platform in March 2018
Tuesday, March 20, 2018Lauren Macdonald
Q1 is coming to a close and a lot has happened recently over here at eBridge Connections. Here’s a breakdown of the latest and greatest upgrades and improvements made to our integration platform and growing list of ERP, eCommerce, CRM, and EDI connectors:
The Great Merchant Race: Recap
Tuesday, March 13, 2018Lauren Macdonald
Which 'Great Merchant' has the competitive advantage in these common eCommerce scenarios?
Find out who's in the lead:
Has Amazon gained your interest with their new Amazon Spark platform? Here’s everything you should know:
Friday, March 2, 2018Lauren Macdonald
You may have heard by now that Amazon has launched Amazon Spark. But what exactly is it? We’re breaking down everything you should know whether you’re an Amazon shopper or an Amazon seller!
The top challenges for IT departments in Midmarket businesses and how to overcome them
Monday, February 12, 2018Lauren Macdonald
A midmarket business, as defined by Gartner
, is an organization with less than $1 billion in annual revenue and between 100 and 1000 employees.
Today there are approximately 200,000 of these midsize organizations across North America and Europe, most of which have IT departments that face unique but often-related challenges.
"Practically Perfect": Top apps and solutions to move your business one step closer to perfection this year.
Monday, February 5, 2018Lauren Macdonald
If the past Holiday season's retail rush revealed any pain points in your business or areas where you could improve to maximize revenue or efficiency, why not make some tweaks this year to take your business one step closer to perfection?
New Features For eBridge's iPaaS Integration Solution.
Thursday, February 1, 2018Lindsay Hampson
We're constantly upgrading connectors and adding new features to improve our integration platform and components. Find out what our developers were hard at work improving this past January!
4 Major Challenges Faced By Businesses Using SAP ERP Systems & How to Overcome Them
Wednesday, January 31, 2018Lauren Macdonald
Every Angle Software
, a business analytics tool for SAP users, comprehensively examined and explained the top four challenges faced by businesses that use SAP ERPs, such as SAP Business One or SAP R3/ECC. You can read their whitepaper here
to learn more.
At eBridge, we have many clients that have made the smart decision to use an SAP product as their ERP system of choice. Our customers can relate to a few or more of the pain-points brought up in Every Angle’s article.
Here’s how system integration has helped SAP ERP users overcome the challenges they face with their ERP systems and improve the overall efficiency of their businesses:
How Headless Commerce Impacts Merchants
Friday, January 12, 2018Lindsay Hampson
You may be sitting in your storeroom, looking at box after box of your product thinking about the next channel you should (or could) be selling on. Or you might be coming back from lunch with a customer who told you how one of your competitors is “…selling over Facebook. Why aren’t you there?”
The ways in which you will find and sell to your buyers in the coming days, and years will change and evolve. The trick: Make 2018 the year you plan for agility.
Celebrating Our Top Five 'Wins' from 2017!
Friday, December 29, 2017Lauren Macdonald
2017 was a big year for all of us folks up here in Canada. To ring in the New Year, we thought we’d take a moment to reflect and countdown our top 5 biggest ‘wins’ at eBridge from the past 12 months:
Innovating Trend - Customer Experience Marketing in 2018, guest blog by Digitawise
Thursday, December 28, 2017Lauren Macdonald
The emergence of smartphones, social media, big data, and cloud has fundamentally changed how brands interact with their customers. Instead of churning out bland sales pitches, marketers have shifted to building lasting relationships with their client base. According to a recent study by Econsultancy, a large percentage of consumers don't mind spending more on a product as long as they receive a better customer experience.
So, how will customer experience marketing define 2018? What trends should companies watch out for in the coming year?
Looking for an iPaaS strategy
Thursday, December 14, 2017Lindsay Hampson
IT leaders are divided into two camps: those looking for an integration strategy, and those looking to improve upon their current integration platform.
After informally polling IT leaders during the #GartnerAPPS summit early December in Las Vegas, we uncovered common priorities and obstacles encountered when looking for an integration solution.
When implementing an API strategy in 2018 and beyond, there is nothing more important to IT than making legacy systems seamlessly connect to APIs and EDI trading partners.
Integration is rarely IT’s main job. “I understand processes and data, and the business. IT is valuable in the new digital business age. But, I’m not always the one provisioning new business apps.”
However, IT needs integration tools when making an application, trying to get data to an application purchased by a department head, needing to move data, migrating data, or when connecting to another business (B2B) such as trading partners using EDI. But, Central IT doesn’t have the time to develop point-to-point data flow maps.