What Ever Happened to the Paperless Office?

For decades, the “paperless office” has been considered a holy grail of business efficiency. In the June 1975 edition of BusinessWeek magazine (paper-version), George E. Pake of Xerox Corp’s Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) envisioned a “paperless office” of the future. According to George, “There is absolutely no question that there will be a revolution […]

B2B Mobile Survey Says

When I was a kid one of the game shows I enjoyed was Family Feud. In the show, the two feuding families would brainstorm the answers to silly trivia questions, and host Richard Dawson would reveal the answers by calling to the big board with the words “Survey Says!”.Mobile Surveys for B2BLeveraging B2B mobile surveys […]

Route and Van Sales Basics

Defining Route and Van SalesUnderstanding route and van sales basics is pretty…basic. Route sale drivers are simply sales reps who captain a mobile warehouse. The goal is to visit as many customers as they can during the course of a day, selling products directly off the truck to B2B customers. You see them zipping all over […]

The face of customer service

For fast moving consumer packaged goods companies, Route Sale drivers are literally the face of customer service. Route Sale drivers (who may also be referred to as Van Sale Drivers, or Direct Store Delivery (DSD) drivers) are traveling sales reps making regularly scheduled visits to their customers, making sales right off the truck. The tools […]

Delivery, Meet ERP

*Ding-dong* *Ding dong* A smiling delivery person is at the door asking for a signature. In a matter of moments I’ve confirmed that I received my package with an easy swirl of my finger on their smart phone. A couple of taps later and the driver nods goodbye, on their way to the next stop. […]

Does your ERP software really deliver?

One thing that continues to surprise me is how few ERP software systems handle delivery management. I’m not talking about small parcel shipping, like UPS or FedEx, and I’m not talking about LTL or full truck load carrier systems – most ERPs have marketplace offerings with multiple good choices for that.  What I’m referring to […]

Mobile ERP: Web Apps vs Native Apps

Businesses going mobile with ERP have two choices when it comes to mobile apps. One group relies on a stable internet connection to complete transactions (Web Apps). The other group, Native Apps, are apps that can record transactions regardless of internet connectivity. There is another category–hybrid apps. But hybrid apps are essentially web dependent apps […]

4 Major Mobile ERP Opportunities

A Big Technology Gap That Needs Filling When people ask me what xkzero Mobile Commerce does, I tell them that we fill a gap in technology for wholesalers who use their own vehicles as a primary means of delivery – or sales – directly to their b2b customers. It’s really quite that simple. A Chance […]

One Question You Should Ask All Wholesalers

Do You Consult With Wholesaler Distributors? Did you know that there are over 100,000 wholesale distributors in North America whose needs are not met by mid-market solutions like ERP? It’s true, and size of that market presents a huge opportunity if you as an ERP VAR are willing to ask one simple question to your […]

What Is Enterprise Direct Store Delivery?

“We believe the new standard of business management technology for companies reliant on Direct Store Delivery as a primary distribution method, is building all the DSD functionality and business rules natively into global, cloud-based ERP. We refer to the concept as ‘Enterprise DSD’ and we think it’s something the market will really respond and adapt […]