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The Integral Blog

The Integral Blog

“We’d never want anyone to miss an opportunity or to hold anyone back”.

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At a company meeting in January Andrea told the team that Lakshan would be working remotely – from Mexico – for a month. After excited murmurings from the group Andrea went on to say, “We’d never want anyone to miss an opportunity or to hold anyone back”.

The Choice Is Up To You

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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.

Integrating Shopify

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• Integral Group can integrate Shopify with your other business applications •

Some people think that Integral Group is just for their EDI and that they need an entirely different provider to deal with the API’s in their online stores: Not true. The simple truth is that Integral Group can integrate your Shopify store with your other business applications. Once integrated, you can see your Shopify store sales – in exactly the same way, and on the same Commerce Desktop web portal, that you are currently using for EDI.

Once you have Commerce Desktop integrating Shopify with your back-end accounting, ERP, WMS and shipping system(s) - you’ve enabled the flow of information – in very near real time – between all of the systems. This is obviously good from a business perspective – overall faster with fewer staff required to manage data and manual errors are minimized.

Integration makes your operation easily scalable – it works well when you are when you have a smaller number of orders but also manages volume fluctuations when your online store is inundated with orders (think Black Friday) – without extra staff needed to process orders.

Shopify Commerce Desktop WMS integration also serves to provide the immediate updates – like near real-time inventory and order tracking back into shopping carts - that online shoppers now demand.

• One service provider = easier process + more control + better customer experience •

In a nutshell, all of the same great features you already enjoy with Commerce Desktop are available to you when you integrate your Shopify online store.

Giving Back ... Donating blood

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On Friday October 4th, an Integral Team donated blood. It is only the second time we’ve done it as a group and, frankly, we couldn’t feel better about having participated.

There is a great quote in the Canadian Blood Services annual report – though from the perspective of the recipient – that so very aptly describes this act of charity and compassion as a "literal and powerful way to give of yourself."

We are happy that we did it.

Read more to find out why John (above, right) is especially happy.
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Fall Bake Sale (with Bonus Recipe)

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Fans of our newsletters will know that we hold a bake sale in the spring and fall to support Markham Food Bank. On Thursday November 7th we held our fall bake sale and it was our most successful ever.

Let’s start with the finances because the goal of the event is all about how much we are able to raise for the Food Bank. Each time we hold the bake sale we do a bit better than the time before. For this sale – we shocked ourselves. We raised $641. We counted, then counted again and then debated whether that was even possible.

But hard cold cash (actually a bit warm after all that counting) doesn’t lie. Most items were no more than $2 or $3: If you do the math, that’s a lot of food!

GoodLife Spin4Kids - Helping Kids with Special Needs

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Click 'read more' to find out about this event, our fundraising efforts and how our team came to be involved.