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The Integral Blog

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Evil Empire High Price Demands Foiled

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Evil Empire High Price Demands Foiled

•Integral Group's Flat Rate Pricing Saves the Day!•

We recently gave you a heads-up that major EDI service providers (whom we have aptly dubbed “the Evil Empire”) have dramatically high prices.

And, while that is unfortunately true, Integral Group can still save the day for you!

Beware of Evil Empire High Prices

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Beware of Evil Empire High Prices

•while Integral Group's flat rate pricing is consistently lower•

We keep our ears to the ground in our industry to be able to give you a heads up about trends. Sometimes we hear good things but today we are here to tell you that we have heard that there are ruinously high prices being charged by some of the major EDI providers.

The IWLA Directory is Here!

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IWLA Directory

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Integral Group has been a been a member of IWLA for about 6 years and find our association with the group invaluable. We use it to stay abreast of this dynamic industry that we service.

If you are a 3PL, and not currently an IWLA member, we encourage you to join. Membership lets you stay in touch with your peers and have access to data, programs, legal counsel and guidance. And, be highly visible for suppliers looking for your services with the added bonus of the credibility of IWLA.

For suppliers, the Directory in particular, is an unparalleled tool to find 3PLs in your area. As IWLA members, suppliers also have access to the same wealth of insider information and support.
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IWLA and DC Velocity collaborated to produce the 2019/2020 Directory of Warehouse Logistics Providers and Partners. There are more than 341,000 subscribers who have already received the guide and have potential buying power.

The guide is a good marketing tool/resource to generate external business, as well as a “go-to-guide” for our members to connect with each other.

Join IWLA today to ensure your company is listed in the 2020/2021 directory and receive other IWLA membership benefits. For more information, contact the membership director at Download the 2019/2020 Directory of Warehouse Logistics Providers & Partners today and experience the power of marketing and networking for your 3PL warehouse.

Michele Schueler
Marketing & Public Relations Manager at IWLA
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OmniChannel Part 5: The Technology Burden for 3PLs

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This is the final article in this series on omnichannel.

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 eCommerce is prominent for B2C exchanges, there is new technology for 3PLs to support in the form of shopping carts.

Omnichannel Part 4: Warehouse Management

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Order Management and Warehouse Management are tightly connected. Order Management communicates with customers while Warehouse Management communicates with warehouse personnel. Regardless of the source for omnichannel orders, they all enter the same warehouse management system (WMS). The WMS is responsible for organizing orders for picking and shipping in the most efficient manner.