In addition, Blue Link provides various optional components such as point-of-sale, lot tracking, landed cost tracking, and barcode scanning. Blue Link understands that no two businesses are exactly alike, and the software can be readily customized to match your specific business processes. Although we only serve businesses with head offices in North America and the Caribbean, Blue Link has software users in several countries around the world, including the United Kingdom, Japan, Taiwan and Russia
Established in 1992 by Mark Canes, CPA, Blue Link Associates started from humble beginnings in Mark’s basement in Richmond Hill. After Mark became frustrated with a lack of proper software for managing the operations of many of his owner-managed product-driven business customers, he decided to get into the software industry. With the goal to provide businesses with an all-in-one solution, Mark set out to learn the business and technology behind software programming and was soon immersed in the world of technology. It was Mark’s firsthand knowledge of wholesale and distribution businesses, combined with his accounting background, that enabled him to design a solution to suit the needs of small-medium size wholesale and distribution businesses. Since then, Mark’s vision to be the most valuable, important and trusted business partner in the eyes of Blue Link’s customers has led to Blue Link’s continued success over the years and today. Blue Link now employs over 25 consultants, programmers, support representatives and sales and marketing staff from an office in Vaughan.
“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.”
– Mark Canes, President, Blue Link Associates
Blue Link is a great fit for wholesale and distribution businesses and has developed specific functionality for a variety of sub-industries including; consumer packaged goods, apparel, food and beverage, medical and pharmaceutical, industrial products, salon and cosmetics, garden and floral and more.
Small to medium size wholesale and distribution businesses, as well as retail and eCommerce operations
Growing companies looking to replace existing standalone, introductory systems such as QuickBooks, Peachtree or Simply Accounting, as well as legacy UNIX or FoxPro systems and ERP systems like Accpacc, Business Vision, Everest and MAS90/MAS200
Companies with operations in North America and the Caribbean
Although Blue Link 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.
“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.”
–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.
What Makes Blue Link Great
Blue Link’s small size is what gives us a competitive advantage. All services – from sales, through to consulting, training and support – are all performed by an in-house team of experts. This means Blue Link customers get a personalized support, customer service and sales approach every time. We get to know our customers and their businesses to quickly and accurately address their needs. Blue Link is most proud of being able to help its customers succeed and grow profitably and efficiently and many of our customers have been found on the Profit 100 List of Fastest Growing Companies.
Building close relationships with customers allows Blue Link to help clients achieve their goals and continuously improve the software functionality. As the trusted business partner of its customers, Blue Link has been able to develop some very meaningful relationships and friendships and is proud to help a small business grow into a thriving enterprise, with some customers growing more than ten-fold in size and revenue.
As an owner-managed company, Blue Link understands the SMB mindset and has developed specific industry focused functionality, typically only found within larger organizations, at an affordable price tag.
How Blue Link Gives Back – Community Involvement
Blue Link believes 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.
Blue Link gives back each year through a variety of initiatives including:
Within the GTA, Blue Link participates in the Annual Sick Kids Soccer Tournament, raising funds and awareness for children with cancer. For the past couple of years, Blue Link has been honored at this event for being in the top bracket for money raised.
Blue Link also participates in a semi-annual food and clothing drive, 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.
Blue Link 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
Blue Link is proud of its many achievements as a company, in terms of software development and the achievements of its employees. Recent achievements include:
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
For its marketing efforts on the Blue Link Blog, the company was awarded the Bronze Award for Best Vendor Blog by Explore WMS and Blue Link’s very own Samantha Hornby 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