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Are you a Wholesale Distributor or Currency Trader?

Most of the companies I deal with are wholesalers, distributors or online retailers (eCommerce) – or some combination thereof. And many of these companies are dealing in more than one currency. Several US customers purchase product for resale from G[...]
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Electric Document Management Software – What to Look For

This post outlines functionality one should expect from Electronic Document Management Software in the realm of Inventory and Accounting ERP Software. All businesses must store information in some form or another, and for most this means a large n[...]
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How to Convince Your Boss You Need New Software (5 Tips)

You have a problem: your software just isn’t cutting it anymore. You know the solution: new software. However, it’s not that simple, because you now need to figure out how to convince your boss that the business needs new software. Here a[...]

A Great Way to Give Back this Holiday Season

In the spirit of giving this holiday season, Blue Link decided to organize a donation drive for Goodwill.  Throughout the year and especially around the holidays, many businesses begin looking for opportunities to give back to their community and donate [...]

3 Great Sources of Business Advice

The internet is stuffed to the point of bursting with business advice. These days, the problem is not finding advice but rather sifting through the vast amount of information available. To make it easier to find valuable information, I thought I would out[...]
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Business Software spending outlook

There’s an interesting take by WMSG on the outlook for technology spending in 2011 in this article. In summary, he sees an uptick in spending in almost all areas of the typical warehouse-based company, with the exception of RFID. I was particular[...]
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Let’s Lose the Manager

Less people = more productivity: let’s get rid of redundant management… Scott is the controller at a food ingredients importer and distributor using my employer’s inventory management software. The company also engages in food prod[...]
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2010 – the good bits

As we close out the year, a tough year for me personally in some ways, let’s rather reflect on the good stuff from the past 12 months. Here’s my submission, please feel free to add yours in the comments section below. Things I enjoyed in[...]
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We’re Gonna Work Around The Clock Tonite…

(With apologies to Bill Haley and the Comets…) Got my Blackberry on, thumbs engaged No missed emails at any stage We’re gonna work around the clock tonite We’re gonna work and text ’til broad daylight [...]
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Blog Interrupted by World Cup 2010

Johannesburg, South Africa – 3 days after the World Cup Final. I sit here shivering in the (not heated) house, the inventory management software business I work in is so far away – and so close at hand. I’ve been in South Africa [...]
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N2: Food Distributor makes the List

I was paging through Profit Magazine’s annual list of Canada’s 100 fastest growing companies yesterday, when I let out a whoop of approval. N2 Ingredients Inc., of Oakville, ON is ranked at number 38. (My whoop drew some interesting looks from[...]
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ERP Software is a People Business

It’s always interesting interviewing candidates for sales positions. Given that the interviewee is effectively trying to sell the interviewer, it’s important to watch the candidate’s technique very carefully. One should pay particular[...]
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Customer Service and Good Manners

I had two phone meetings scheduled for today, and in each case the other party, a potential supplier, was to call me at the pre-arranged time. They had an engaged sales prospect who had requested a phone meeting, which in these tough economic times is gol[...]
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iPod adds Video – sadly

Technology can dramatically improve one’s quality of life. And for many music lovers, the iPod and other MP3 players exemplify this in a big way. When you can take hundreds (or thousands) of songs with you anywhere, how bad can things ever really get?[...]
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More on Technology ROI

Some feedback from my post on Handheld Technology ROI started me thinking (always a dangerous situation)… Should all business technology investments be made solely (or chiefly) on the basis of an acceptable positive return on investment? I th[...]
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