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Job Posting - Software Development Lead

Take charge. Solve problems. Write great code. Make clients happy. Go home.

We're a cross-functional team that works hard to deliver effective solutions to our clients' data integration challenges. They rely on us to ensure their shirts, sofas, jewellery, cosmetics, gadgets, toys, appliances and many other kinds of products are available to consumers online and in retail stores. They make the goods—or move the goods—and we move the data which makes it all possible.

We're looking for a…

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Nordstrom mandates EDI compliance

Nordstrom: Just the name of the store evokes images. The latest fashions, the smell of fine leather, elegance and sophistication. There is a cachet to having your products sold in Nordstrom. Your products will be prominent on the Nordstrom sales floor … as long as you are EDI compliant. Wait! …What?

Simply put, if you are a Nordstrom vendor, you must be EDI compliant. In the past, if you were a smaller vendor, you may have been granted an exemption to continue using paper. Those days are over.

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Selling on Amazon

As a business driver, you are always looking for ways to do more with fewer resources. If you sell on Amazon, you have likely used Amazon Central for orders and found it to be an administrative resource drain. An ideal solution would allow you to reap the benefits of Amazon without the drain.

And, while you are at it, this solution would offer enhanced accuracy, security, fit like a puzzle piece into your existing business workflow, and allow your staff to concentrate on high-value tasks. This…

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Do you need EDI in 2018?

At Integral Group, we are seeing a resurgence to be EDI compliant and a requirement for broader EDI solutions than ever before. In fact, the last two years have been some of the busiest we have ever had.

EDI has always been about providing users with an efficient, paperless tool for exchanging business documents in a standard format. And at its inception, 30 years ago, that was a big step.

EDI still does all of that, but we are seeing some more all-encompassing solutions being employed. It is…

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Integral Vision 2020 Update: The First Year

You have to love it when a plan comes together!

With our 30th anniversary in December of 2016 came with some introspection, reflections and a desire to look into the future. It turns out that seeing into the future is yet another superpower we possess and thus our Integral 2020 vision was born. Most of you have read the comic book; it’s our lighthearted yet heartfelt vision of where Integral Group will be in the year 2020.

In December 2017, as we sit here in our offices in Markham, Ontario we…

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The Choice Is Up to You

You have the right to choose your EDI outsourcing partner.

It is a common business ploy of some EDI companies.

You are presented with something that appears, on the surface, to be a directive, a requirement, a condition of doing business with your customers.

In the world of EDI, many trading partners offer outsourcing provider suggestions. Don’t simply accept it when an EDI outsourcing company says you are required to use their service. They are misrepresenting the facts. 

The first rule of…

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Giving Back: Holiday Helpers

On December 9th, the Integral team spent the day volunteering with Holiday Helpers. We wrapped presents, loaded boxes and generally helped out with what is an awe-inspiring amount of work required to create a special Christmas for 530 families.

‘Holiday Helpers is a registered charity whose mission is to provide a one-time personalized Christmas packages to low income families with young children who are trying to improve their circumstances.’

We liked the fact that, through the help of…

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Replace Email, Telephone and Fax Ordering with Excel

It can be cumbersome if you have low-tech customers that send orders to your warehouse by email, telephone or fax. Data entry into your WMS is time consuming and it’s easy to make re-keying errors. An alternative is to ask your customers to send their orders in an Excel spreadsheet. How does it work?

We will create an Excel workbook with a customized order worksheet to match the requirements of your WMS. At a minimum, the columns in the spreadsheet will include customer number, ship to name…

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EDI for a Flat Monthly Fee. How is it possible?

Here’s a common scenario for a company that has four EDI trading partners exchanging 1,500 EDI transactions per month. Ask any EDI outsourcing service provider the following question: “What trading partner setup fees do you charge and exactly how much is EDI going to cost us every month?”, then listen while they dance around the answer. They can’t give you a straight answer because their pricing model is confusing on purpose. If you ask me the same question, I will tell you there are zero…

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Omni Channel Part 5: The Technology Burden for 3PLs

This is the final article in this series on Omni Channel. 

The technology burden lies with 3PLs to accommodate the different ordering methods their customers prefer to use. EDI was created 30 years ago to bring a level of standardization to data formats in B2B exchanges. It has lived up to expectations for some, but not everyone (see EDI: A standard that’s not really standard). There are other data formats like CSV and XML, and it’s up to the 3PL to accommodate those formats too. Now that…

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