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DiCentral Acquires Assets of QLogitek and Creates Strategic Relationship with Parent Company

  
  
  
  
  

We are happy to announce that DiCentral has acquired the EDI business assets of QLogitek, a B2B-EDI supply chain solutions provider based in Toronto, Canada. The $2.15 Million transaction includes IP and support infrastructure as well. With DiCentral already managing billions of transactions in retail, manufacturing and other industries, the acquisition accelerates DiCentral’s strategy to make supply chain management, via the cloud, a vibrant platform for companies of all sizes to more easily conduct and grow their business. Thousands of trading partner organizations, including manufacturers, shippers and distributors, operating globally in retail, manufacturing, distribution and telecommunications are mobilized by QLogitek. Its 24/7/365 EDI operations enable tens of thousands of global users to conduct over 20 million transactions annually.

“We welcome the QLogitek EDI clients to the DiCentral ecosystem, and look forward to servicing their needs on a global scale,” said Thuy Mai, CEO, DiCentral. “QLogitek has been one of the more innovative B2B cloud integration solution providers that has solved the needs of retailers and small to medium-sized businesses that operate within the retail supply chain ecosystem. We're thrilled to add QLogitek's customers, technology and talented team to expand our existing suite of solutions and global service offering.”  

This acquisition expands DiCentral’s geographical footprint and immediately provides a broader and greater service offering for the company’s retail ecosystem to more easily conduct trade. By combining the QLogitek clients with that of DiCentral’s existing integration network, DiCentral expects to significantly enhance the performance of the company’s global business and supply chain operations for its customers, shippers, financial institutions and the industries that service these constituents. 

In addition, the parent company of QLogitek, Smart Employee Benefits (SEB) Inc., and DiCentral have signed a strategic partnership agreement to collaborate on joint solutions that will enable SEB clients to leverage B2B integration needs going forward.

“QLogitek was founded to bring supply chain automation, integration and collaboration solutions to the retail,  CPG and healthcare world,” said Latiq Qureshi, President and CEO for QLogitek. “We are confident that our customers will benefit from the DiCentral team, its solutions and services while continuing to enjoy excellent service and support under DiCentral’s leadership.”

For many organizations, it is becoming increasingly complex to integrate business communities. As transaction volumes grow, businesses expand internationally, and all the while the expectation exists that integration must happen faster in order to facilitate trade and to grow revenue. Outsourcing and B2Bi managed services for small to medium-sized businesses are becoming more popular options for clients looking to become more agile and to improve internal service levels for business constituents that seek new clients, new geographies and new partnerships. Both DiCentral and QLogitek independently executed on this journey to assist clients with their B2Bi needs, and the combination of assets creates a powerful solution and service offering that will enable DiCentral to greatly accelerate its vision. 

Read more about this story at dicentral.com.

-Daniel Ford, DiCentral

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Happy Holidays from the DiCentral Team!

  
  
  
  
  

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-Daniel Ford, DiCentral

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Report Predicts Over 2 Billion Smartphones Will Circulate in 2016

  
  
  
  
  

Research firm eMarketer published a new report forecasting that by 2016 2.16 billion smartphones will be in use worldwide. In order to give that number a bit of context, consider this: in 2013, 1.3 billion DiCentral smartphone EDIsmartphones were in use, while this year the number rose to 1.6 billion, according to eMarketer.

The report also predicts that by the end of 2018, over 50 percent of all mobile phones in use worldwide will be smartphones—that will mark the first time that smartphones outnumber standard cell phones.

From the CNET article:

That smartphones will officially overtake their more-basic counterparts is no small feat. For years, feature phones have been the most popular because of their affordability. Consumers in emerging markets around the world have also found it difficult to connect to the Internet, making a smartphone, which includes a Web browser, e-mail access and apps, an impractical expense.

According to eMarketer, however, the scene is changing. Internet access is becoming more ubiquitous in emerging markets. At the same time, smartphone prices are starting to inch down.

Read the article here.

-Daniel Ford, DiCentral

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Decking the Halls and Trimming the Tree at DiCentral HQ!

  
  
  
  
  

Tis the season at DiCentral HQ! The halls are now officially decked. Click the screenshot below to see our time-lapse video of the DiCentral tree being (expertly and tastefully) decorated.

DiCentral Holidays 2014

Happy holidays from everyone at DiCentral!

-Daniel Ford, DiCentral

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DiCentral Easing Saigon Newport Port Congestion One Transaction at a Time

  
  
  
  
  

DiCentral is proud to announce that the company now manages millions of transactions across the extremely busy supply chain at Saigon Newport and eight subsidary ports, including Cat Lai Port, Song Than, Long Binh, TCIT, TCOT, TCCT, Tan Cang 198, and Tan Cang Miền Trung.

"The team and solutions provided by DiCentralSaigon Newport DiCentral have helped ease congestion at Saigon Port," says Mr. Bui Hai Quan, chief information officer of Saigon Newport Corporation. "We look forward to working with them to further enhance our processes and speed up overall operations across the port."

Global shipping lines, ports and terminals are struggling with congestion and the associated consequences stemming from a surge in demand for goods around the world, which is causing a ripple effect across the supply chain and resulting in significant delays in delivery times and increased shipping rates.

"Saigon Newport and its subsidiaries handle a large percentage of all ocean traffic moving across Southeast Asia," says Thuy Mai, CEO, DiCentral. "We are happy to be providing a solution that helps ease the burden and speed up the process of getting shipments and ships where they need to be when they need to be there."

After beginning work with Saigon Newport, DiCentral's ability to centralize data at the server site and model to centralize all data transaction activities, coupled with the company's flexibility to quickly deploy EDI at new local sitesas well as easily set up new connections with customersled to the expansion of DiCentral's products and services into eight additional locations.

"What we are doing in Saigon can be replicated in busy ports around the globe, such as Rotterdam, or any other shipping site, whether they are struggling with port congestion or not," continues Mai.

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-Daniel Ford, DiCentral

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DiCentral Employees Donate Over 4200 Pounds of Food to Houston Food Bank

  
  
  
  
  

The DiCentral November food drive was a huge success! During the past month, employees at DiCentral headquarters in Houston donated 7,107 items for a total of 4,230 pounds of food. In fact, so much was donated that a U-Haul trailer and a full-size pickupboth loaded to the maxwere needed to transport the food to the Houston Food Bank distribution center! Great job, DiCentral team! Because of your efforts, together with the Houston Food Bank, hundreds of less fortunate Houstonians will have meals for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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-Daniel Ford, DiCentral

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DiCentral Webinars — Available On Demand or Live

  
  
  
  
  

DiCentral now offers DiCentral Webinar ERP webinars that can be watched on demand—that means that no matter what time zone you're in or what your schedule is, there's a helpful and instructional video waiting for you. Currently, we offer ten different on-demand webinars, including webinars on popular ERP systems from SAP, Microsoft, and Sage.

Additionally, for a more in-depth learning experience, DiCentral offers weekly live webinars on topics ranging from the ins and outs of web EDI to ERP data integration.

To find out more about what we offer, simply click here.

-Daniel Ford, DiCentral

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Heard About DiCentral's Cloud-Based Warehouse Management System?

  
  
  
  
  

Designed for growing companies, DiCentral's cloud-based inventory and warehouse management system, SmartTurn, automates manual-based processes from purchasing to shipping, so complete visibility and control is a mouse click away.

Processed through one centralized system, the solution's online inventory control provides companies with real-time visibility and control into the movement of inventory across multiple warehouses or within a single location.

SmartTurn provides users with:

  • Purchasing—Integrate purchasing DiCentral SmartTurn WMS warehousewith your inventory control to reduce unwanted carrying costs and data entry errors.
  • Receiving & Put-Away—Accelerate the receiving and put-away process of goods from the shipping dock to preferred locations faster with less work.
  • Inventory Control—Provide real-time management information on the quantity, location, status, and history of every inventory item within the warehouse.
  • Order Fulfillment—Enables companies to commit to more orders and increase profits without increasing the cost of doing business.
  • Shipping—Integrates picking and shipping operations to streamline processes and manage cost.
  • Integration—SmartTurn integrates inventory and warehouse processes with leading accounting software applications.
  • Mobile Computing—Enables warehouse operators to have real-time inventory visibility and control while moving freely across the warehouse floor.

For an in-depth review of SmartTurn, click here to watch a video demonstration.

To receive more information about DiCentral's cloud-based offerings for inventory and warehouse management, or to get in touch with a product specialist, simply call or email.

-Daniel Ford, DiCentral

Ted Baker Underpins International Expansion with Microsoft Dynamics ERP Rollout

  
  
  
  
  

British lifestyle brand Ted Baker deploys Microsoft Dynamics AX to bolster its global expansion plans and increase competitive advantage in the UK and abroad.

Microsoft said its Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) technology will enable the business to enhance the efficiency of its people and processes, by automating and better streamlining operations from stock and warehouse management, to financial and resourcing systems, right through to production.

Ted Baker needed an ERP platformTed Baker Microsoft Dynamics AX DiCentral that could better support business growth for the next 10 to 15 years by improving reporting, facilitating better regulatory compliance, reducing duplication and ensuring information is easily available across the organization. A key challenge for Ted Baker is having the right technology to underpin the future business.

The brand began life in 1988 as a specialist shirt shop in Glasgow and is now one of the fastest-growing leading lifestyle brands distributing across five continents through brick-and-mortar stores, retail concessions, localised e-commerce sites, wholesale, export, and licensing. It is a truly international brand with 362 stores and concessions worldwide.

Craig Smith, brand communication director for Ted Baker, said: “We have a very clear vision and ambition for our business, and it was important we worked with a vendor that had the right cultural fit as well as powerful technology. Microsoft’s brand aligns very closely with our core principles, and Dynamics AX is a highly robust, reliable ERP system.”

The Dynamics AX implementation has already begun and the first pilot deployment is expected to go live in early 2015, with other geographies following soon after.

Dustan Steer, IT director for Ted Baker, adds: “The Dynamics AX deployment, with strong support services from Microsoft, will enable us to equip the business with the right tools and processes to streamline our operations and reduce people-intensive activities. Dynamics AX will give us the ability to better anticipate and embrace change and support future global growth.”

This article excerpt, by Tim Brown, orginially appeared here.

-Daniel Ford, DiCentral

DiCentral Establishes New APAC Office in Tokyo

  
  
  
  
  

DiCentral is thrilled to announce the establishment of a new Asia Pacific (APAC) office in Tokyo, Japan, to be led by Mitsu Toyoda, DiCentral country manager for Japan. Mr. Toyoda, an enterprise and supply chain veteran, will be responsible for all sales, marketing, services, and partner relationships in the region. The opening of this office reflects the importance of APAC in serving the needs of the company's growing global customer base and builds on the continued expansion of DiCentral's operations in the Americas and Europe.

"The creation of our new APAC office demonstrates our strong commitment to better serve our rapidly growing client base, and will enable us to more effectively capitalize on global market opportunities," says Thuy Mai, founder and CEO of DiCentral. "Building on our already strong relationships with several companies with large APAC operations, this expansion, under the capable leadership of Mitsu Toyoda, provides the foundation for further success with these clients and prospective clients in the region. Our operational infrastructure now mirrors the truly global nature of our platform, which is a single-instance, multi-language application that addresses the needs of all stakeholders across all locations in an extended, worldwide service network."

The new office will provide direct sales and support for DiCentral's customers in retail, manufacturing and other vertical markets from Tokyo to Hong Kong/China and Vietnam.

"Globalization and competitive pressures are forcing leading companies to differentiate themselves not only on product strengths, but more importantly on the quality of the service they deliver after the initial product sale," says Toyoda. "This evolving market dynamic is driving leading companies to search for technology platforms that can quickly and dramatically improve worldwide service operations. DiCentral's proven track record of delivering dramatic value through global deployments with 100% referenceable, market-leading clients, coupled with the global reach of our company—which now has local presence in every major region of the world—uniquely positions us to meet this critical need."

-Daniel Ford, DiCentral

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