About Blue Link ERP Software | Inventory and Accounting

Our Story

“I started Blue Link Associates in 1992 from my basement in Richmond Hill. Prior to Blue Link, while practicing as a CPA and consultant, I worked with many
owner-managed product-driven customers who could not find the right software to manage their operations. I could see their frustration and wanted to find a solution that could help – this sparked my interest in the software industry. I wanted to be able to provide businesses with an all-in-one solution and so I set out to learn everything I could about software development and the technology behind business solutions. I was soon immersed in the world of technology and loving every minute of it. I quickly found that my first-hand knowledge of wholesale and distribution businesses, combined with my accounting background, were huge assets in designing a solution that could suit the needs of small-medium size wholesale and distribution businesses. Enter Blue Link ERP! Jump ahead almost 30 years later and our goals have slightly changed, but most importantly, we still strive to be the most valuable, important and trusted business partner in the eyes of all our customers. I believe it is this mindset that allowed Blue Link to grow and see continued success over the years and today. We now employ dozens of consultants, programmers, support representatives and sales and marketing staff from an office in Vaughan. It’s been an exciting 27 years and I look forward to continuing to help our customers in the future!”

– Mark Canes, President

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“We’re constantly improving our system and functionality to meet the changing needs of our customers. Our goal is always to develop new versions that will enhance the user experience and help perform the tasks more efficiently whether the user is a warehouse manager, accountant, sales person etc. We value our customers’ feedback and it has played a pivotal part in deciding which frequently used functions in the system to develop/improve. Blue Link’s intuitive design is clear, consistent and allows for easier access to key information which increases productivity.”

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Mark Canes
President, Blue Link ERP

Our Customers

Our customers are primarily wholesale and distribution businesses, but we also work with companies that operate retail and eCommerce channels.  Blue Link ERP is designed for a wide range of industries including: consumer packaged goods, apparel, food and beverage, medical and pharmaceutical, industrial products, salon and cosmetics, garden and floral and more. Our software is a great fit if…

  • You have between 5-250 employees
  • You are looking for a trusted technology partner
  • You are excited about the opportunity to grow your business and expand into new markets
  • You need a solution to help with regulatory compliance – Health Canada, FDA, DEA, etc.
  • You are frustrated with using multiple, standalone solutions (such as QuickBooks) that do not interact with one another
  • You are anxious to start selling through other channels such as EDI, eCommerce and Amazon and need an integrated solution to do so
  • You are worried about your existing legacy systems crashing and losing data and productivity with no access to support

Although our software works great for wholesale and distribution businesses, through our experience over the last 26 years, we’ve found that there are a few situations where we are not a good fit and unlikely to contribute high value to an organization. As part of our sales process, we work to identify these unique cases as soon as possible to make sure we don’t waste anyone’s time.

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Blue Link Technology Advisors and Your Digital Transformation

Blue Link is more than just a provider of proprietary all-in-one inventory and accounting ERP software. We go the extra mile to support our customers and strive to become your trusted technology partner for all aspects of your business operations.

In today’s digital transformation landscape, technology plays a crucial role, especially for small and mid-size businesses (SMBs) that may lack dedicated IT or tech departments. Having the right technology-savvy individuals on your digital transformation team is vital for success.

At Blue Link ERP, we understand the importance of data protection and efficiency. That’s why we offer comprehensive data backup services, saving you time and mitigating the risks associated with lost or compromised information.

We provide a range of solutions to give your day-to-day processes a digital upgrade:

  • Barcode Scanning
  • Point of Sale Software
  • Electronic Document Storage
  • API Integration
  • Cloud Storage
  • Change Management Advice

At Blue Link, we are committed to empowering customers to  increase efficiency and become a data-driven business. Our goal is to support you every step of the way to ensure organizational success.

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Blue Link has been amazing right from the sales team, support, training…everything. We couldn’t have asked for a better partnership with an operating system.

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Melanie Beckett
Assistant Director of Sales & Operations, Saga Sciences

At Blue Link, our vision is to be the most valuable, important and trusted business partner in the eyes of our customers.

We exist to provide a platform for our customers that will help them to succeed and to grow profitably and efficiently. Blue Link is dedicated to providing superior, complete business software solutions to small and medium sized businesses at an affordable cost, together with the highest level of caring, competent and professional service.

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How Blue Link Gives Back – Community Involvement

At Blue Link, we believe in supporting the local community as well as taking part in other initiatives to help those in need within the country and around the world.

The Blue Link ERP team gives back each year through a variety of initiatives including:

  • Helping to facilitate the Tech Connex DEI Peer Group
  • Within the GTA, we participate in various charity events including the Sick Kids Soccer Tournament, raising funds and awareness for children with cancer, as well as the Kicking for Kids Soccer Tournament, supporting the mission to build a more inclusive society across the globe by advancing the rights, equal opportunities and services for people with disabilities.
  • We also participate in a semi-annual food and clothing drives, working with local branches of Goodwill, the Salvation Army and other charities to collect food, household and clothing items to donate to those in need.
  • Our team also participates in local events that raise awareness and funds for other initiatives outside of the GTA and Canada – for example raising awareness for South African culture and generating funds to support ZimArt’s primary school construction project in rural Zimbabwe.

 

Achievements & Awards

We at Blue Link ERP are proud of our many achievements as a company, in terms of software development, and the achievements of all our employees. Recent achievements include:

  • Mark Canes, awarded as a 2023 Pro to Know; Leaders of the Pack in Diversity, Innovation and Technology.
  • Samantha Da Silva, nominated as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women.
  • The release of a new version of the software’s user interface – with advanced dashboard views, a customizable homepage and enhanced global navigation.
  • The release of the first-ever CSOS and ERP software solution, designed specifically for the pharmaceutical distribution industry and certified by Drummond and the DEA.
  • Blue Link has been recognized as a top software and technology provider in the food and beverage industry for 5 years in a row – this recognition comes from Food Logistics, the only publication exclusively dedicated to covering the movement of product through the global food supply chain.
  • Winner of the 2018 Tech Connex Technology Company of the Year Award
  • For its marketing efforts on the Blue Link Blog, our company was awarded the Best ERP Blog for 2022 by SoftwarePath, Bronze Award for Best Vendor Blog by Explore WMS and Blue Link’s very own Samantha Da Silva was awarded the Bronze Award in the Best Article category for her article “Different Picking Methods with Warehouse Inventory Software”. Both Blue Link and Samantha have previously won other awards through ERP Focus for blog content.
  • Advanced functionality for mobile barcode scanning on iOS devices – an economical option for small businesses who want to automate warehouse processes.
  • Enhancements to Blue Link’s own Warehouse Management Solution – designed as an alternative to full WMS software, providing an affordable option for small-medium businesses.
  • Blue Link recently moved to a data centre designed to Tier 3 standards – improving quality of performance and security for all Blue Link hosted customers.
  • Maintaining status as a Microsoft Gold Level Partner
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