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CASE STUDIES

<p><strong>A Look Inside Two Amazing Businesses: A Case Study Ebook on Data Integration, Back-End Technology Selection, and Customer Experience</strong></p>

<p>This ebook examines two businesses as case studies of two side of the same coin when it comes to data integration and technology selection: those who plan, strategize, and continuously improve, and those who don’t always take the easiest path to success. Download the free ebook to learn more through examples and analysis.</p><p><strong>Case Study – VL Helps QuiBids.com Move Their Business to the Next Level</strong></p>

<p>After several years of rapid growth, QuiBids.com found themselves needing to reassess their EDI environment. Read this case study to learn more about QuiBids.com’s business case, solution, and results.</p><p><strong>Case Study – Listen to your Gut Inc. & Marketing Automation in the Ecommerce World</strong></p>

<p>For more than 10 years Listen to Your Gut has been providing its customers with tried and true holistic health solutions for combating life-altering conditions such as IBS, Crohn’s Disease, IBD, diverticulitis and constipation. Jini Patel Thompson and Ian Thompson founded Listen to Your Gut in response to Jini’s own personal journey with widespread Chron’s disease. Learn how data integration combined with marketing automation helped LTYG reach new levels of growth.</p><p><strong>Case Study – Enterprise Integration Technology at Work with Bestar Inc.</strong></p>

<p>Bestar is a leader in the ready to assemble furniture industry, and supplies major retail chains in Canada and the United States.</p><p><strong>Case Study – Nemcor Inc./strong></p>

<p>In 2007, Nemcor Inc. of Cambridge, Ontario realized that to enhance their position as a supplier to the retail industry, they would need to further automate their operations with a new ERP system and adopt more sophisticated electronic data interchange (EDI) and data integration capabilities.</p>

HOW-TO GUIDES

<p><strong>Amazon: A Comprehensive How-To Guide for Omni-Channel SMBs</strong></p>

<p>Adding another channel into your omni-channel mix can be… complicated. With so much you’re expected to know before adopting a new channel, it’s hard to know where to start. As a first installment into VL’s How-To guide ebook series, we’ve tackled one of the big online marketplaces: Amazon. In this free ebook, we look at everything your business needs to know about Amazon at a high level, leaving you more prepared for taking steps to bring it into your business’ folds.</p><p><strong>Best Buy Marektplace: A Comprehensive How-To Guide for Omni-Channel SMBs (A VL OMNI Ebook)</strong></p><p>This guide provides growing SMBs with a road map to the Canadian Best Buy Marketplace in Canada. Although this channel targets the Canadian omni-channel consumer, it is being quickly adopted by international businesses.</p>
<p>This guide also presents a comprehensive picture of Best Buy at a high level, including Best Buy’s history, the launch of the Best Buy Marketplace, strategic advantages for sellers, best practices and more. By the end of this guide, you will have an understanding of what your next steps are in incorporating BestBuy.ca into your existing omni-channel mix.</p><p><strong>eBay: A Comprehensive How-To Guide for Omni-Channel SMBs</strong></p>

<p>Learn everything you need to know for selling into the eBay marketplace, from individual sellers to enterprises, including a full breakdown of the new eBay Seller Standards.</p><p><strong>Read VL OMNI's How to Guide on the next steps should be in incorporating Jet.com, and Walmart.com, into your existing omni-channel mix.</p>
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WHITEPAPERS

<p><strong>Three Common Ecommerce Integration Issues And Their Solutions: An Ecommerce Whitepaper</strong></p>

<p>This whitepaper provides a discussion and analysis of three common problem areas that ecommerce business often deal with that can and will affect business performance, efficiency and scalability. The problem areas are customer experience, data movement, and systems used. Each problem area includes a brief description followed by a case-study example further detailing how the issue can present and consequently be identified in every day operations.</p>

EBOOKS

<p><strong>A Thought Leadership Guide to EDI for SMBs (A VL OMNI Ebook))</strong></p>

<p>Whether you're new to EDI, or are looking for a new EDI solution, this ebook is for you. Covering EDI from all angles, this VL OMNI Ebook discusses trends, common pitfalls, expert advice, practical applications and more. Download it today!</p><p><strong>Data: A Practical Approach for SMBs (A VL OMNI Ebook)</strong></p>

<p>Navigating and negotiation your business’ data is becoming an increasingly complex task. With so many options out there, it’s no small wonder businesses are adopting misfitted data management and integration strategies!</p>

<p>In this new ebook from VL, we tackle the problem of corporate data with our full weight of our expertise in data integration behind each chapter. With actionable insights, expert information, and industry research, this ebook is a road map to a better data ecosystem for your business.</p><p><strong>A Thought Leadership Guide to Big Data</strong></p>

<p>The term ‘big data’ has been floating around the web, dissected on the conference circuit, and whispered in back rooms of offices. But what is it, why does it matter, and does it even apply to your business?

Looking to answer pressing big data questions from an SMB point of view, VL’s latest ebook interviews 8 thought leaders and big data experts to get the answers to the questions everyone is asking on big data.</p><p><strong>Ecommerce & Supply Chain Data Integration: A 7 Questions Series Ebook, Volume 1</strong></p>

<p>Inspired by our ongoing 7 Questions Series featuring thought leaders in the ecommerce industry, the Ecommerce & Supply Chain Data Integration: A 7 Questions Series Ebook, Volume 1 ebook is filled with illuminating experiences, testimony, and insights. This ebook is introduced by Jim R. Orlando, Managing Director of OMERS Ventures. Chapter summaries and VL’s conclusions have been added to each chapter so this ebook is a must-have, must-read for anyone interested in, involved directly in, or curious about ecommerce and supply chain data integration.</p><p><strong>Logistics & Supply Chain Data Integration: A 7 Questions Series Ebook, Volume 1</strong></p>

<p>Inspired by our ongoing 7 Questions Series featuring thought leaders in the logistics industry, the Logistics & Supply Chain Data Integration: A 7 Questions Series Ebook, Volume 1 ebook is filled with expert opinions on everything from data to technology to future predictions. This ebook is introduced by Warren Whitlock, Influencer and Growth Advocate. Chapter summaries and VL’s conclusions have been added to each chapter. This book is a must-read for all companies from all industries!</p>

PRESENTATIONS

<p><strong>How To Master Ecommerce For Your Business</strong></p><p>Recorded from the live webinar held on December 21, 2016, this co-presented webinar by VL and ProsperWorks looks at approaches, benefits, and how to get your business started with data integration between ProsperWorks and ecommerce platforms like Shopify, Magento, Volution, BigCommerce, and more.</p><p>Download the slides from the webinar here.</p><p><strong>Millennials & The Trends They Inspire: How To Build Your Business Around A Better Customer Experience [Download the Presentation]</strong></p>

<p>Download the presentation given by Robin H. Smith at The UK Ecommerce Expo 2016.</p><p><strong>How Gen M is Revolutionizing Omni-Channel Retail, Forcing Businesses to Change </strong></p>

<p>Download the workshop presentation given by Robin H. Smith at IRX & EDX 2016.</p>

<p><strong>This presentation covers:</p></strong>

<p>The state of ecommerce 2016 in Canada, the USA, and the UK | Who is driving omni-channel retail change, and why | How businesses are changing in response to Millennial-driven trends | Actionable best practices on how to win over Millennials | And much more.</p><p><strong>VL in London, England</strong></p>

<p>This presentation is a visual guide of VL’s time in London, England during the fall of 2015. You can learn more about VL’s thoughts, experiences, and trends we picked up on during our time in the UK.</p><p><strong>Improve Customer Experience & Retention: Why Data Integration is a Game Changer</strong></p>

<p>This presentation overviews how back-end omni-channel data integration has a direct effect on a business’ front-end customer experience and customer retention. This presentation, originally given at the 2015 UK eCommerce Expo, provides unique insight through a joint North American and UK perspective with case studies drawn from real customer experiences.</p><p><strong>Four Case Studies on Customized Data Integration: Challenges, Solutions, Results</strong></p>

<p>This presentation overviews four case studies where VL has been the solution provider. Each case study has a synopsis of the business case, challenges, implemented solutions, and results. This presentation is a must-see if you or your business is considering data integration services.</p><p><strong>The Benefits of Integrated EDI: How to Get and Keep Your Omni Channel Business Healthy</strong></p>

<p>This presentation outlines what integrated EDI is, why it matters, and the benefits of integrated EDI. Included are key statistics and savings, as well as a review of key concepts.</p>

VIDEOS

<p> Amazon Vendor Central: Integrating Your Webstore<strong><p> Amazon Seller Central: Integrating Your Webstore<strong><p> Accelerate your business growth with Blue Link ERP and VL OMNI <strong><p> Data Integration Trends & Best Practices<strong><p> Are you spending $60 dollars per order? It may be the time to consider integration. <strong><p> Check out the story of Chester and the Really Comfortable Turtleneck company. <strong><p> Testimonial by Chuck Urbanczyk of Quibids <strong><p>Testimonial by Tal D - Owner & Founder of Oliberté<strong><p>Testimonial by Ian Thompson, Director at Listen To Your Gut
<strong><p>Testimonial by Pat Chow -  CEO of Foundation Distribution
<strong><p>Testimonial by Christopher Bailey of Cosmo Music
<strong><p>Testimonial by Peter Smith, Owner and Founder of Daneson 
<strong><p><strong>VL OMNI Testimonial by Mark Canes of Blue Link ERP. </p><p>VL OMNI and the team at ProsperWorks have come together to co-host a webinar workshop with the goal of providing high-level education, actionable insight, and more around how businesses can integrate ProsperWorks with their ecommerce platform. <strong>
<p><strong>Want to better understand what VL OMNI does and the services we provide? This video is for you <strong><p><strong>Want to better understand what VL OMNI does and the services we provide? This video is for you <strong>With VL OMNI/Without VL OMNI - a humour-filled promotional video of with/out VL OMNI and superior data integration!Want to better understand what VL OMNI does and the services we provide? This video is for you.<p><strong>Integrating and Automating Ecommerce Platforms [A VL OMNI VIDEO]</strong></p>
<p>Is your business struggling to keep up with manual data entry? Wondering the best way to approach Ecommerce platform integration? Watch a short video here.</p><p><strong>VL OMNI: The Next Level of Data Integration Services</strong></p>
<p>A pared-down version of our longer explainer video, watch this short video to see if your business might be ready for the next level of data integration.</p><p><strong>VL OMNI: The Next Level of Data Integration Services</strong></p>
<p>Want to know who VL is, and what our VL OMNI service does? Curious to know if there's any better solution for your business' data integration needs other than DIY code, one-to-one integration products, or plug-and-play connectors? VL OMNI is your customized data integration service that can help your business reach the next level.</p><p><strong>How Millennials are revolutionizing omni-channel retail, forcing businesses to change: A look at trends and how to take advantage of them in the next 3 years [Workshop Recording]</strong></p><p>In this video, VL and our VL OMNI service show how customized data integration between the CRM ProsperWorks and the ecommerce platform Shopify works and could look like. Customizing the data flow and ecosystems of both applications to suit the needs of the omni-channel retailer profiled in this video, the business can now manage all their operations from a single application while being assured that all data will be translated and transmitted to all other applications in the integration system. <strong><p><strong>VL OMNI - iOS App Preview</strong></p><p><strong>Improve Customer Experience & Retention: Why Data Integration Is A Game Changer</strong></p><p><strong>How Integration Matters in the Omni Channel World</strong></p><p><strong>About Virtual Logistics Inc.</strong></p><p><strong>Data Integration For All</strong></p>

WEBINARS

<p><strong>How To Master Ecommerce For Your Business</strong></p><p>Recorded from the live webinar held on December 21, 2016, this co-presented webinar by VL and ProsperWorks looks at approaches, benefits, and how to get your business started with data integration between ProsperWorks and ecommerce platforms like Shopify, Magento, Volution, BigCommerce, and more.</p><p><strong>How To Master Ecommerce For Your Business</strong></p>

<p>Recorded from the live webinar held on May 22, 2015, this webinar reviews the changing retail landscape in bricks and mortar, ecommerce, and omni-channel, and lays out a road map for businesses looking to improve their ecommerce presence.</p>

PODCASTS

<p><strong>Do Words Like “Systems Integration” Make You Shudder? This May Help</strong></p>


<p>From episode 33 of Frank Reaction‘s ongoing podcast series comes this podcast focused around systems integration (“not sexy, but very important”). Listen to Tema Frank of Frank Reactions interview Robin H. Smith of VL, where great insights are shared through discussion on why integration is important, and how it can better inform your business to make smarter business decisions.</p><p><strong>Ecommerce BI – Business Intelligence Definitions</strong></p>


<p>Virtual Logistics, Shea Business Solutions and Maps BI have partnered to produce a four part podcast series on Business Intelligence.</p>

<p>This first podcast explains what BI is all about and we explore the definitions to the common buzz words and jargon that are used. We also establish a roadmap for companies that want to get into BI in their own organizations.</p><p><strong>Ecommerce BI – Business Intelligence, Systems & Integration</strong></p>


<p>This second podcast goes through the systems required for BI, the importance of data cleanliness, and the importance of good integration touch points including APIs.</p><p><strong>Ecommerce BI – The Importance of Clean Data to your Business</strong></p>


<p>Our third podcast goes through the importance of data cleanliness, and data’s importance as a foundation of sound BI. We discuss the following topics:</p>

<p>Data quality as the underlying foundation for getting started in analytics and business intelligence.</p>

<p>Common errors that are found in poor data.</p>

<p>The importance of taking data and master data management seriously.</p>

INFOGRAPHICS

<p><strong>Integrating Amazon Vendor Central </strong></p>

<p>Does your business use Amazon Vendor Central</p><p><strong>Amazon Seller Central: Integrating Your Webstore</strong></p>

<p>Does your business use Amazon Seller Central</p><p><strong>BlueLink: Integrating Your ERP</strong></p>

<p>Does your business use BlueLink as your ERP?</p><p><strong>ProsperWorks: Integrating Your CRM</strong></p>

<p>Does your business use ProsperWorks as your CRM?</p>p><strong> Seven Ecommerce Trends For 2017 (A VL OMNI Infographic)</strong></p>

<p> 2016 Was An Exiciting Year</p>

<p Different technologies and options defined the ecommerce retail space in 2016. The end of customer holidays and an approach to hyper-localized retail are just some of the trends that will shape 2017.</p>p><strong>Volusion:  Integrating Your Volusion Webstore (A VL OMNI Infographic)</strong></p>

<p>Does your business use Volusion?</p>

<p>Volusion is well known for making ecommerce easy. Have a Volusion web store? Haven't fully integrating and automated your data flows? This infographic is for you; learn all about why integrating your Volusion store is a must.</p><p><strong>LemonStand:  Integrating Your LemonStand Webstore (A VL OMNI Infographic)</strong></p>

<p>Does your business use LemonStand?</p>

<p>LemonStand is well known for making ecommerce easy. Have a LemonStand web store? Haven't fully integrating and automated your data flows? This infographic is for you; learn all about why integrating your LemonStand store is a must. .</p><p><strong>WooCommerce:  Integrating Your WooCommerce Webstore (A VL OMNI Infographic)</strong></p>

<p>Does your business use WooCommerce?</p>

<p>WooCommerce is well known for making ecommerce easy. Have a WooCommerce web store? Haven't fully integrating and automated your data flows? This infographic is for you; learn all about why integrating your WooCommerce store is a must. .</p><p><strong>BigCommerce: Integrating Your Ecommerce Webstore (A VL OMNI Infographic)</strong></p>

<p>Does your business use BigCommerce or BigCommerce Enterprise?</p>

<p>If your business is using BigCommerce or BigCommerce Enterprise and you're still manually entering data, downloading and uploading spreadsheets, or fighting with plug-and-play integrations that just don't work right -- you've outgrown your data integration solution! Learn more about the benefits of integrating your BigCommerce Store in this infographic, and talk to VL if you're ready to automate and integrate your store's data.</p><p><strong>Shopify Plus: Integrating Your Shopify Plus Webstore</strong></p>

<p>Does your business use Shopify Plus?</p>

<p>Shopify is well known for making ecommerce easy. Their enterprise-level application, Shopify Plus, is augmented to be tailored for large and rapidly scaling businesses, and comes with flexible and scalable features. But one of the best features is the flexibility of Shopify Plus' API, making full integration and data automation a breeze (with the right data integration partner).</p><p><strong>Integrating Your Magento Webstore: Why Automating Your Magento Store Just Makes Sense</strong></p>

<p>One of the most popular ecommerce platforms out there today, Magento is used by small businesses, growing businesses, and enterprises alike. Prized for its customizability, a surprising number of Magento businesses see the need for high-quality data integration -- but aren't following through with actionable strategy. Learn more in this infographic.</p><p><strong>The Evolution of the Virtual Logistics Brand</strong></p>

<p>Since 1994, VL has responded to changes in technology and the market by changing our service set, corporate identity -- and branding. Take a stroll down memory lane with VL in this infographic and see how our logo has changed over the years.</p><p><strong>The State of Bankrupt & Broken Retailers</strong></p>

<p>A list of Canadian, American, and British retailers that didn't live to see 2016.</p><p><strong>The State of Ecommerce 2016: How do the UK, USA, and Canada compare?</strong></p>
<p><strong>Canadian Ecommerce 2016: How has Canadian ecommerce changed from 2015?</strong></p>
<p><strong>Cloud Integration & SaaS Trends for 2016 & Beyond</strong></p>
<p><strong>Gen M Influenced Retail Trends: How Millennials Are Changing The Way Business Works</strong></p><p><strong>Platform Trends Infographic: World-Wide, and in Canada, USA, and UK</strong></p>
<p><strong>UK, Canadian, & USA Ecommerce: How do the UK, Canada & the USA compare</strong></p>
<p><strong>10 Facts About Canadian Ecommerce That All Canadian Businesses Should Know About</strong></p><p><strong>Canadian Ecommerce 2015: What is the true state of Canadian Ecommerce?</strong></p><p><strong>Data Integration News: What Is Integration And How Does It Work?</strong></p><p><strong>DIY Solutions vs. Expert Integration: Understanding the Differences Infographic</strong></p>

<p>Some simple differences between plug-and-play data integration products, and customized expert data integration as a service.</p><p><strong>How to Keep Your Business Healthy Infographic</strong></p>

<p>Some great tips in infographic form on how to keep your business in top performing shape.</p><p><strong>The Benefits of Integrated EDI Infographic</strong></p>

<p>Why fully integrated EDI is the only way for rapidly scaling businesses to keep up.</p><p><strong>Does Your Business Have a Holiday Hangover? Infographic</strong></p>

<p>Did you business have a less than smooth holiday season? This infographic gives some great tips on how to improve for next season.</p><p><strong>Choosing Your Integration Specialist Infographic</strong></p>

<p>When do you need to consider upgrading from a data integration product to a data integration expert? This infographic will help you evaluate your needs.</p><p><strong>Steve Deckert of Sweet Tooth 7 Questions Ecommerce & Supply Chain Data Integration Infographic</strong></p><p><strong>Tema Frank of Frank Reaction’s 7 Question Ecommerce & Supply Chain Data Integration Infographic</strong></p>
<p><strong>Thea Earl from Shopify talks Ecommerce in this 7 Questions-inspired infographic!</strong></p><p><strong>Jayne Reddyhoff 7 Questions Series Ecommerce & Supply Chain Data Integration Infographic</strong></p><p><strong>7Q Series Logistics & Supply Chain Data Integration Peter Brereton CEO of TECSYS Inc. Infographic</strong></p><p><strong>Shopify Plus: Integrating Your Shopify Plus Webstore</strong></p>

<p>Does your business use Shopify Plus?</p>

<p>Shopify is well known for making ecommerce easy. Their enterprise-level application, Shopify Plus, is augmented to be tailored for large and rapidly scaling businesses, and comes with flexible and scalable features. But one of the best features is the flexibility of Shopify Plus' API, making full integration and data automation a breeze (with the right data integration partner).</p>

 

 

 

 

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