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Automate QuickBooks Order Processing with an Integrated Shipping and Customer Service Solution

Posted on Wed, Nov 25, 2015 @ 04:37 PM

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StarShip and Results CRM both work with QuickBooks and offer a better way to manage your sales, service, billing and shipping information. 

Please watch our video below to learn how to automate the warehouse sales and customer service process and provide complete visibility to your team:

  1. Connect sales and customer service personnel to Results CRM
  2. Use Results CRM to better manage QuickBooks sales and customer service:
    • Create and manage quotes and orders
    • Access customer specific pricing and inventory levels
    • View sales orders, invoices, payments and shipments
    • View customer contact information
    • View customer sales history, item sales history, invoice sales history
  3. Use StarShip to streamline and better manage your shipping:
    • View and ship your orders individually or in batch
    • Automatically select the "best way" to ship
    • Update QuickBooks with tracking numbers and shipping costs
    • Customize shipping charges based on your rules (order total, customer, etc.)
    • Build brand awareness thru custom email notifications and labels
    • Print a combined packing list + shipping label
  4.  Access shipment detail through Results CRM

Watch now see below:


Learn more about StarShip by V-Technologies

StarShip is a multi-carrier shipping system that features turnkey interfaces to gain efficiencies and streamline shipping, accounts receivable and customer service.  Amazon and ERP interfaces such as QuickBooks Enterprise, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Exct Macola, Sage 100, Sage 500, Sage 50, Eclipse and more provide the warehouse with instant access to orders and invoices. Simply scan the document number from your pick sheet to auto-populate the ship screen.
StarShip's multi-carrier mode helps you rate shop between carriers like UPS, FedEx or USPS and choose the best shipping method between small parcel (including regionals) and dozens of LTL carriers with one click. StarShip will also auto select the carrier/service based on custom parameters to ensure the best shipping rate and on-time delivery.  
To learn more, call 800-462-4016 or email us today! 

Tags: Shipping Software, QuickBooks

How to Reclaim 392 Hours Per Month Using an Integrated Sales Order Processing, Pick, Pack and Ship Solution

Posted on Fri, Nov 20, 2015 @ 05:04 PM

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Learn how one Sage 100 customer reclaimed 392 hours per month using an integrated sales order processing, pick, pack and ship solution.  

You may know Mad Dogg Athletics more for their leading fitness equipment such as KettleBells, Spinning bikes and Resist-A-Balls.  Mad Dogg will give us a glimpse into their before and after picture and discuss how they trimmed the fat from their warehouse process by implementing a combination of solutions.

Please watch our live success story styled webinar as we review the progression from replacing carrier-supplied systems to streamlining warehouse processes and eventually connecting to big retailers; gaining internal efficiencies to support an ever growing demand for Mad Dogg's products.

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Watch now see below:


Learn more about StarShip by V-Technologies

StarShip is a multi-carrier shipping system that features turnkey interfaces to gain efficiencies and streamline shipping, accounts receivable and customer service.  Amazon and ERP interfaces such as QuickBooks Enterprise, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Exct Macola, Sage 100, Sage 500, Sage 50, Eclipse and more provide the warehouse with instant access to orders and invoices. Simply scan the document number from your pick sheet to auto-populate the ship screen.
StarShip's multi-carrier mode helps you rate shop between carriers like UPS, FedEx or USPS and choose the best shipping method between small parcel (including regionals) and dozens of LTL carriers with one click. StarShip will also auto select the carrier/service based on custom parameters to ensure the best shipping rate and on-time delivery.  
To learn more, call 800-462-4016 or email us today! 

About Mad Dogg Athletics

Since 1991, MAD DOGG has been committed to creating the best equipment and most comprehensive training to deliver unrivaled fitness experiences. Our passion for building superior products, and our commitment to finding new ways to engage and invigorate our global community of fitness consumers makes Mad Dogg Athletics stand out as the unparalleled industry leader.  Mad Dogg Athletics is the world's largest equipment-based education company.  Mad Dogg Athletics has trained over 200,000 instructors and has reached millions of enthusiasts in ober 80 countries worldwide through a network of over 35,000 fitness facilities.  The company manufactures home Spinner bikes, Pilates and functional training equipment, DVDs, and a complete line of Spinning-branded apparel and accessories.

Tags: Shipping Software, Sage shipping software

Shipping Software for Fishbowl : 10 Ways to Save Money on Shipping

Posted on Wed, Nov 18, 2015 @ 04:05 PM

QuickBooks_shipping_softwareShipping Software for Fishbowl and QuickBooks Integration to StarShip

11 Ways to Save Money When you Pick, Pack and Ship 

Recently, V-Technologies presented our StarShip integration with Fishbowl and QuickBooks Enterprise which was developed a few years back by our friends over at TaraByte Solutions. To show off this integration, we invited Fishbowl and QuickBooks experts at ebs Associates and TaraByte Solutions. Our StarShip customers save a great deal of time and money with this integration with Fishbowl and QuickBooks. Watch this 40 minute recorded video below and learn how StarShip and Fishbowl work together to bring you a streamlined and integrated pick, pack and ship process for QuickBooks.

In the webinar recording, QuickBooks and Fishbowl customers will learn how the our StarShip shipping software integration with Fishbowl inventory management all work together with seamless connection to QuickBooks.

Fishbowl inventory management adds extra functionality to QuickBooks with barcode technology and mobile computers to efficiently pick and pack orders. StarShip shipping software takes those details to complete the shipping process, integrating to parcel, LTL, and carriers such as UPS, FedEx, USPS and YRC. Now you can eliminate manual, duplicated entry, add accuracy and increased productivity with these leading solutions working together.

10 Ways to Improve your QuickBooks Shipping and Inventory Management Process:

  1. Use mobile RF handhelds to accurately pick, pack and stage orders
  2. Option to direct pick for a single order or enable wave picking for multiple orders
  3. Efficiently pick in bin location order and warehouse zones
  4. Stage orders while maintaining accurate views of inventory in real-time
  5. Quickly process small parcel shipments and LTL
  6. Use item information to automate international and LTL documents
  7. Connect to CubiScan scales for faster, more reliable measurements and accurate dimensional weight calculation
  8. Take advantage of discounted USPS rates and regional carriers to reduce freight costs
  9. Dashboard gives the entire office quick access to shipment history, metrics and reporting
  10. Email notifications that build brand awareness, provide item-level detail and drive traffic back to your site



Please call 800-462-4016 or email our V-Technologies' team if you would like to learn more about how to save money with our automated shipping solutions StarShip and ShipGear. 

Learn more about StarShip by V-Technologies

StarShip is a multi-carrier shipping system that features turnkey interfaces to gain efficiencies and streamline shipping, accounts receivable and customer service.  Amazon and ERP interfaces such as QuickBooks Enterprise, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Exct Macola, Sage 100, Sage 500, Sage 50, Eclipse and more provide the warehouse with instant access to orders and invoices. Simply scan the document number from your pick sheet to auto-populate the ship screen.
StarShip's multi-carrier mode helps you rate shop between carriers like UPS, FedEx or USPS and choose the best shipping method between small parcel (including regionals) and dozens of LTL carriers with one click. StarShip will also auto select the carrier/service based on custom parameters to ensure the best shipping rate and on-time delivery.  
To learn more, call 800-462-4016 or email us today! 

Tags: QuickBooks, StarShip, Fishbowl

Microsoft Dynamics GP:  Hard Questions to Ask Automatic Data Capture Vendors

Posted on Wed, Nov 04, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

This is the third in a series of guest blog posts from our friends at Panatrack and the first contributed by Charles Rathman.  We have been offering our Dynamics GP integrated shipping software, StarShip with Panatrack WMS for years.  The combined PanatrackerGP and StarShip solutions bring together industry leaders to offer a complete warehouse management solution for Microsoft Dynamics GP customers. Charles provides further insight into the barcoding side of the equation in his guest post below:

How stable is the integration with Microsoft Dynamics GP?

How stable is the integration with Microsoft Dynamics GP? Barcode software is not an island unto itself. It collects data through scanning of tagged inventory or assets and uses that data to update the tables running under ERP software. So the stability of that connection between the barcode software and the ERP software is of critical importance. But depending on a number of factors including the number of ERP packages an ADP vendor integrates with, the openness of their technology and their investment in research and development, these integrations can become unstable.

New versions of ERP software and other changes to the architecture of one or both systems can throw a curve ball at a barcode software vendor that they may not be able to handle. Obviously, if this integration has proven unreliable, that is a significant impediment to getting value from the barcode software. A vendor will certainly not volunteer this information, so we strongly suggest people considering barcode software ask for written assurance of compatibility with Microsoft Dynamics GP during their consideration cycle. But any data provided by the vendor may be suspect. So it may be most efficient to simply watch out for specific design features that can lead to problems, including:

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Panatrack Product Evangelist Charles Rathmann helps people understanderstand the value of automatic data capture (ADC) technologies. Rathmann has more than 25 years of experience as an industrial marketing executive, journalist, analyst and researcher.

 

 

Tags: Dynamics GP

Shipping Software Reviews: Fuel Surcharge Rate Increase Nov. 2, 2015

Posted on Tue, Nov 03, 2015 @ 11:27 AM

shipping_software_fuel_surcharge.jpgShipping Software Reviews: Shipping Fuel Surcharge Rate Increase Effective Nov. 2, 2015

While fuel prices are at their lowest level in years at the pump, shippers using carriers like UPS and FedEx will be subject to a fuel surcharge rate increase effective November 2, 2015.  This rate increase by FedEx and UPS will impact businesses' bottom line just in time for the busy holiday shipping season.  Traditionally, e-commerce companies, retailers and other shippers expect a base rate increase each year in December and January.  This unexpected increase in the fuel-surcharge index makes it difficult for businesses to accurately estimate and plan their shipping and pricing strategies going into the busiest shipping season.  

Why did FedEx and UPS make this change and not USPS?

One explanation is offered in a Wall Street Journal article "FedEx and UPS have been scrambling to boost their profits as their customers shift to email for sending urgent documents, instead of paying a premium to overnight them. Though e-commerce has taken off, margins on that business are narrower because of the higher costs of making deliveries to scattered homes."  In contrast, the USPS has the infrastructure in place to accommodate the increase of home deliveries.

What can a business do to avoid extra charges? 

Unexpected increases in shipping charges puts shippers in a profit margin squeeze especially when more and more consumers expect free shipping in many cases.  Here are 5 things businesses can do to try to reduce their shipping costs:

  1. Re-evaluate your shipping carrier mix with a shipping rate analysis
  2. Don't forget the Dimensional (DIM) Weight consideration, this could be impacting your bottom line
  3. Offer a better returns process with USPS Pay-On-Use return shipping labels
  4. Explore other packaging options
  5. Consider saving time and money with an integrated shipping software solution

Please call 800-462-4016 or email our V-Technologies' team if you would like to learn more about how to save money with our automated shipping solutions: StarShip and ShipGear. 

Watch this recorded webinar to learn more on how to save on shipping this holiday season.

Photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net by ddpavumba

Tags: Shipping Software

Shipping Software Release Announcement: StarShip 15.3 is Now Available

Posted on Mon, Oct 26, 2015 @ 03:49 PM

StarShip 15.3 Is Now Available: New Shipping Software Release Announcement

In the spirit of offering continued value to our customers, we are excited to announce the latest release of our flagship shipping software, StarShip! StarShip version 15.3 is full of great new features that we think you will enjoy. This new release is available for customers on a current maintenance plan. We owe a special thanks to our customers who helped frame this release by offering valuable feedback and enhancement requests to help their shipping operations run more smoothly. Here are a few of the features and enhancements we’ve added:

StarShip 15.3 Highlights

We've expanded our LTL carrier modules to support Averitt Express, added a new interface to QuickBooks Online, released a new UPS module and more!

Averitt Express - Are you manually accessing rate quotes through averittexpress.com? Eliminate this manual step and gain better insight into ALL of your shipping costs/options without logging in to multiple websites.

Did you know that StarShip offers direct integration to over 14 LTL carriers?
We've been adding direct integration to make an easier, faster, smarter way to ship.
Don't see your carrier listed? Send us your suggestions.
Here's an updated comprehensive list of our parcel and LTL carriers:

UPS Con-way Freightquote Reddaway
FedEx Dayton Freight*
Holland Saia
A. Duie PYLE*
DHL New Penn SMC3
AAA Cooper Endicia Old Dominion Southeastern
ABF Enterprise TMS OnTrac Spee-Dee
Averitt Express Estes R+L USPS
      YRC
* coming soon

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UPS (web services) - Our next generation UPS module uses the latest web services technology to eliminate end-of-day PLD uploads, give you access to Mail Innovations & more. Migration to this new module is free; give us call if you are interested in exploring this option!

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Amazon Enhancements - We announced our Amazon integration (optional module) last release and are actively enhancing it! The latest Amazon interface allows you to "ship complete" without defining the item quantity in StarShip.

Connect your shipping with QuickBooks Online!  StarShip v15.3 is now compatible with QuickBooks Online. 

Master BOL - Consolidate multiple parcel or freight shipments into 1 LTL shipment

Item > Pallet Scenarios - Extending the packaging scenarios to include pallet level logic.

For questions on StarShip 15.3 or any other related shipping issues, call 800-462-4016 or email us today! We look forward to learning how we can help you ship more efficiently.

StarShip Product Overview:

StarShip, by V-Technologies, offers ERP, EDI, Warehousing and Amazon integration to streamline shipping, accounts receivable and customer service. Plug-and-play interfaces with ERP systems like Microsoft Dynamics GP, Exact Macola, Sage 50 (formerly Peachtree), Sage 100, Sage 500, Sage X3, Fishbowl, QuickBooks, SYSPRO, Eclipse and more provide the warehouse with instant access to orders and invoices. Simply scan the document number from your pick sheet to auto-populate the ship screen. Multi-carrier/Multi-mode allows you to ship small parcel (including regionals) and LTLs from one application. Get competitive pricing by rate shopping in both modes with one click or have StarShip auto select the best carrier/service based on custom parameters. You can make quotes and rate shop between carriers to give the entire office the power of rating small parcel and LTL through the convenience of one browser.

 

Tags: Shipping Software

Microsoft Dynamics GP Warehouse Management System:  The Benefits of Stand-Alone Vs. Integrated

Posted on Mon, Oct 05, 2015 @ 12:43 PM

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This is the second in a series of guest blog posts from our friends at Panatrack contributed by Pam Burnham.  We have been offering our Dynamics GP integrated shipping software, StarShip with Panatrack WMS for years.  The combined PanatrackerGP and StarShip solutions bring together industry leaders to offer a complete warehouse management solution for Microsoft Dynamics GP customers.   Please read Pam's guest post below:

ERP Software (Enterprise Resource Planning) Vs. Point Solutions

ERP Software (Enterprise Resource Planning) is designed to automate the business processes of the entire company. But proponents of point solutions suggest that a piece of software that handles a specific part of the business—supply chain management, warehouse management or project management, for instance—do a better job with these functions than ERP can. They also may claim that due to the long, disruptive and sometimes unsuccessful implementation process, it is hard to truly realize value on ERP.

Even in companies that have implemented ERP, we will sometimes see a separate warehouse management system (WMS), usually with a point-to-point integration. This “seamless integration” is never quite seamless, and defeats the purpose of ERP because:

  1. You are creating silos of information that prevent visibility and control of the business by management.
  2. Separate interfaces and system architectures mean that you need to train many users in both the best-of-breed solution and the ERP.
  3. Each software package will have a separate database, and integrating these in real time is very difficult.
  4. You are paying again for functionality you already have in Microsoft Dynamics GP.

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Panatrack Vice President of Business Development Pam Burnham is a respected expert on inventory and asset tracking and Microsoft Dynamics GP. Her background includes both hands-on and management experience in accounting, operations, sales, and computer technology.

 

 

 

Cloud ERP:  How to Avoid the Cost and Overhead of Maintaining Dynamics GP and Hardware Infrastructure

Posted on Fri, Oct 02, 2015 @ 05:36 PM

EXTENDING GP IN THE CLOUD


This is the first in a series of guest blog posts from our friends at Panatrack contributed by Michael Burnham. We have been offering our Dynamics GP integrated shipping software, StarShip with Panatrack WMS for years. The combined PanatrackerGP and StarShip solutions bring together industry leaders to offer a complete warehouse management solution for Microsoft Dynamics GP customers. Please read Michael's guest post below:

Microsoft Dynamics GP differs from a lot of other business software in that it predominantly relies on a thick desktop client to present the best user experience. More recent versions, including GP 2013 and GP 2015, also offer a web browser interface. However, the thick client is usually preferred due to the usability advantages of a rich user interface.

Web-based business software often presents usability tradeoffs because it must be simplified to the point where it can be delivered via a browser. However, a cloud instance of Dynamics GP is typically presented to users using remote desktop technology such as terminal server or Citrix Server. Users get access to a virtual desktop that is in fact located on a remote machine. This delivers a “richer” user experience than web-based software that is limited to HTML and related technologies. In months and years to come, GP’s web client will become more advanced and present a user experience on par with the thick client. This will make cloud provisioning of Dynamics GP even more attractive from a cost and performance standpoint.

Today, when someone operates Dynamics GP in the cloud, they are basically relocating the database server and application server from an on-premise location to a data center run and managed by a third party. This cloud arrangement offers an organization running Dynamics GP a number of benefits. First of all, it eliminates their need to invest in the hardware necessary to run their instance of Dynamics GP. It also removes the need to have the technological skill to administer a SQL Server database or the application itself. Furthermore, if their business operates in multiple time zones, it is easier to support users 24x7x365 even as IT staff may take vacations, get sick or just go home and sleep.

A managed cloud vendor will also be able to deliver a degree of predictability that is hard to attain internally, thanks to their extensive resources and infrastructure. What makes the cloud different from traditional managed services however is the scalability and global accessibility of data centers like those run by Microsoft Azure. As your business grows and your computing needs increase, a cloud data center can scale your server capacity dynamically and eliminates the guesswork involved in hardware sizing for server capacity. You often pay for what you use, with the confidence that your applications and data will be available anywhere in the world.

So there is a strong upside to running a thick-client version of Dynamics GP in  the cloud, and a future that promises an even more robust interface designed for cloud-based software delivery. However, moving the application to the cloud is more than relocating a few pieces of software.

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About Panatrack - Guest Blog Author Michael Burnham

Panatrack has been in business since 1996 and began its life in the field of operations consulting and software development. Today Panatrack is a software development firm specializing in systems for tracking inventory, assets, and activities. Using data-capture technologies such as bar code, RFID, and wireless mobile computers, the company creates pre-packaged and custom solutions to track comprehensive details about the real-time transactions that are critical to efficient business operations. Headquartered in Delafield, Wisconsin, Panatrack’s customers span the range from large corporations to very small operations. Additional information about Panatrack and its solutions is available at http://panatrack.com.

Tags: Dynamics GP

Dynamics GP Automating Warehouse Management

Posted on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 @ 02:10 PM

Dynamics_GP_Warehouse_ManagementPick, Pack and Ship for Dynamics GP a Complete Order Fulfillment System

If you are a distributor or manufacturer running Dynamics GP you do not want to miss this blog!  Learn how together PanatrackerGP's pick-pack solution and StarShip shipping software transform Dynamics GP into a robust warehouse management system.  Dynamics GP users can eliminate double data entry and associated errors by using this combined solution.  Here is how:

  1. Sales orders are packed using Panatrack 
  2. Shipping details are sent to GP.
  3. A Unique serialized shipping box ID (license plate) is created
  4. GP is updated with packed item information in the box and/or pallet
  5. Shipment is automatically processed based on the license plate or by the order 
  6. GP is updated with shipping details
  7. StarShip EDI integration completes an end-to-end order fulfillment system

Watch our presentation below to learn more:

Please give us a call if you would like us to ease the struggle via our automated shipping solutions - 800-462-4016 or email us!

Tags: Shipping Software, Dynamics GP

Keeping Brand Integrity During the Omnichannel Revolution

Posted on Tue, May 12, 2015 @ 12:45 PM

OmnichannelMaintaining brand integrity has become an increasing challenge for most of today’s suppliers due to the pressures of the omnichannel revolution.

With today’s consumers demanding a seamless shopping experience across all channels, the need to provide consistent branding has become a large hurdle for most suppliers. When a consumer wants a specific product, they’ll likely do their research prior to making any decision. During their hunt, they expect consistency in all aspects. This includes the product image, description, availability and shipping options. Any discrepancies may tarnish the reputation of a certain brand.

For example, retailer A might have a different product description from retailer B, but retailer C has a robust product description but a higher price. What will the consumer think? Will they still trust the supplier or retailer? Anytime credibility is questioned in the retail industry, the chance of the consumer going to a competitor is more likely.

With the right assortment strategy, brand integrity can be kept unified across all shopping channels. For more information on how to keep your business aligned with today’s consumers, visit spscommerce.com.  

Tags: Shipping Software, EDI, Omnichannel, Retail Store