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BMI Names John Greene Vice President Of Professional Services

Posted by Craig Greitzer on Aug 3, 2015 10:00:00 AM

 

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BMI Names John Greene Vice President Of Professional Services

New York, NY August 3, 2015

Today, Business Management International (BMI) announced that John Greene has been appointed Vice President of Professional Services, He will be responsible for deployment / implementation, product customizations, project management, and technical support while ensuring client success.

With over 30 years of consulting and implementation experience involving several Enterprise Resource Planning software packages, Mr. Greene has helped develop and refine BMI's implementation methodology to ensure that systems are delivered on-time and on-budget.  

Larry Schiff, BMI President said “John has been an integral part of our success since he started with our company in 2000 as a Consultant / Implementer, quickly rising to the position of Director of Operations. I’m extremely pleased to elevate him to this position and have him as part of our top level management, with all of the decision making power and responsibilities that go along with it”.

About BMI

Business Management International, Inc. (BMI) was founded in 1987 as an Information Technology provider specializing in emerging business software technology. Today, BMI has taken the lead in delivering solutions for businesses by providing industry specific knowledge and related consulting and development services to clients. Solutions from BMI use the latest business management software and leading technologies to create enterprise-wide solutions that increase profitability aend guarantee maximum return on investment.

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Topics: Navision, Microsoft Dynamics NAV

Bob Aiken Named Permanent CEO Of Essendant

Posted by Craig Greitzer on Jul 23, 2015 12:30:56 PM

Essendant Inc. (NASDAQ: ESND), a leading supplier of workplace essentials, today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Robert B. Aiken Jr., president and chief executive officer, effective immediately. Mr. Aiken, who has been serving as interim president and CEO since May 2015, also will continue as an Essendant Board member.

"Since stepping in as interim president and CEO, Bob has been immersed in the company's strategy and has clearly demonstrated he is the right leader to guide the company to deliver superior results," said Charles K. Crovitz, chairman of Essendant's Board of Directors. "The Board is confident in Bob's ability to work closely with our strong management team, committed employees, and business partners to execute Essendant's strategy and drive shareholder value."

"The opportunity to lead Essendant for the past several months has further strengthened my confidence in our future potential and I am delighted to lead the company going forward," said Robert B. Aiken Jr., president and chief executive officer of Essendant. "I look forward to working with our team as we continue to build Essendant into the fastest and most convenient solution for workplace essentials. We have the right strategy in place and remain committed to delivering value for our customers, and sustained profitable growth and value for shareholders."

The entire BMI team wishes to congratulate Bob and we look forward to servicing our mutual customers with our OP Revelation software powered by Microsoft Dynamics NAV / Navision.

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Topics: Navision, Dynamics NAV, OP Revelation, Essendant, United Stationers

United Rebrands As Essendant

Posted by Craig Greitzer on Jul 21, 2015 10:19:42 AM

United Stationers, a 93-year-old office-product company, is rebranding as Essendant, which combines "essentials" and "ascending" to reflect a unified brand.

"There are two main elements driving the need to rebrand," said Diane Hund, VP-marketing at Essendant. "First, our core brand name at one time really captured the essence of what we did -- a provider of stationers' materials. We even had an envelope as part of our logo at one time."  However, she said, "That core name doesn't really capture what we do today."

Ms. Hund noted that over the past several years, United Stationers has acquired companies and diversified its portfolio to include office furniture, tech products, business software, janitorial products and automotive products. "Today, traditional stationers' supplies are closer to 60% of our business, as opposed to 100% [when the company first got started]," Ms. Hund said.

"Now we go to market under a whole portfolio of brands," she said, pointing to brands including Azerty computer products; ORS Nasco welding equipment; and Medco automotive supplies. "We wanted to bring all the brands under one umbrella and ultimately make it easier for our customers to do business with us."

In coming up with a new name for the company, United Stationers first looked at its existing brand names and realized, "None of the brands really capture the essence of what we do. We didn't want the company to be defined by an existing product," Ms. Hund said. "We are an essential component of what companies do, so we wanted 'essentials' to be part of the name. We also wanted to focus on the fact that we are a growth-oriented company, so 'ascending' became the second vital component."

United Stationers worked with its agency partner Gyro on creating an image of a pinnacle in both the logo and in the ad campaign.

"In the logo, the 'A' is in the shape of a pinnacle -- it's a mark to show upward movement, to represent 'ascending,'" said Doug Kamp, executive creative director at Gyro Chicago. "The pinnacle became one of the key graphic elements in the work itself."

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In one ad, a lightbulb is shown with the filament in the shape of a pinnacle, and in another ad, a flock of birds flies in the shape of a pinnacle. The campaign also includes an online video, in which people gather in the shape of a pinnacle.

Print ads are running in publications including OPI (Office Products International), Sanitary Maintenance and Internet Retailer. Online ads are running on OPI.net and other sites. The campaign also includes a seven-story digital billboard and marquee at NASDAQ headquarters in Times Square.

BMI's relationship with Essendant is stronger than ever and we are working on multiple new and exciting projects that will benefit OP Revelation dealers.

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Topics: OP Revelation, Office Products Software, Office Product Dealer Software

SP Richards Advantage Business Conference Wrap-up

Posted by Craig Greitzer on Jun 29, 2015 1:02:29 PM

Had a great time at the SP Richards 2015 conference in Las Vegas.  Our seminar on Mobile E-Commerce was well attended and had an enthusiastic audience.  Thank you SPR for the great room and AV setup.

Saw lots of customers and friends and some great speakers including Jeremy Gutsche. http://www.jeremygutsche.com/

Show day was exciting.  Lots of traffic and we discussed our OP Revelation Software for Office Product Dealers with many dealers from all over the United States.

Big message from SPR this year was that dealers should be selling other lines, Jan/San, Safety, Breakroom, etc and that it should be at least 15-20% of your gross sales.  We couldn't agree more with margins on office products being what they are.  

Some pictures from the show floor:

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Topics: OP Revelation, Office Products Software, Office Product Dealer Software, SP Richards

SP Richards Advantage Business Conference

Posted by Craig Greitzer on Jun 22, 2015 9:46:00 AM

Happy to be at the SP Richards Advantage Business Conference in Las Vegas.  Looking forward to the opening general session this morning.  Have already seen lots of friends and everyone seems pumped up for the next few days.  We're doing a session Tuesday at 1 on the new SPR functionality that we have integrated into our web platform and will also be showing our e-commerce solution for mobile/smartphone devices.  This session will be in Grand 104/105.  On Wed we'll be exhibiting in booth 653 from 10:30 to 4:00.  Hope to see you over the next few days.

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Topics: OP Revelation, mobile e-commerce, SP Richards

BMI Joins NAVUG - The Dynamics NAV User Group

Posted by Craig Greitzer on Jun 16, 2015 4:32:14 PM

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Business Management International/BMI Software JOINS DYNAMICS NAV USER GROUP AS PREMIUM MEMBER

[6/15/15] New York, NY Business Management International/BMI Software announced today that it has become a Premium Partner member of the prestigious Dynamics NAV User Group (NAVUG).

NAVUG is an independent group of Microsoft Dynamics NAV software users, partners, industry experts and representatives of Microsoft Corp. NAVUG is recognized by Microsoft as the official user group for its Dynamics NAV business software’s participation in NAVUG demonstrates its commitment to the Microsoft Dynamics NAV community and provides the organization with new ways to share its expertise.

“All of us at BMI are thrilled to join NAVUG,” said Larry Schiff, President. “We’re excited to share our 28 years of software development (20 years with NAV) and installation expertise with other Dynamics NAV partners and help today’s businesses thrive by realizing the full array of benefits Dynamics NAV provides. BMI at one time had its own NAV users group, but with our clients now spread throughout the country, NAVUG is the perfect solution.”

“Our Premium Partner members are an integral part of the NAVUG community. They bring innovative solutions, strategies and expertise to the group, which is of immense value to our members,” said Mark Rhodes, NAVUG Program Director. “NAVUG will work hand in hand with BMI to increase the value of the community by offering Dynamics NAV users many useful benefits. We’re pleased to welcome BMI and we look forward to their contributions to NAVUG.”

About Business Management International/BMI Software

Business Management International, Inc. (BMI Software) was founded in 1987 as an ERP Software provider specializing in emerging business software technology. Today, BMI has taken the lead in delivering ERP Software solutions for businesses by providing industry specific knowledge and related consulting and development services to clients. ERP Software from BMI uses the leading technologies to create enterprise-wide solutions that maximize profitability. BMI is also the developer of OP Revelation, a sophisticated front (E-Comm) and back end (software system) for Office Supplies, Janitorial and Industrial Supplies. The company pride itself on working on challenging projects with the most advanced technologies. BMI is a five time Microsoft Inner Circle Member and one of the original NAV Partners (1994).

ABOUT NAVUG

The Dynamics NAV User Group (NAVUG) is an independent, user-driven organization that helps individuals and company members maximize the value they receive from Microsoft Dynamics NAV. Members learn, network and share expertise through educational events, webinars, training courses, virtual collaborative meetings, regional networking opportunities and a vibrant online community. Established in 2008, NAVUG is approximately 1,500 organizations strong, and dedicated to creating deep, intimate learning opportunities for our members.

 

Topics: Navision, Dynamics NAV, Dynamics NAV 2013, Dynamics NAV 2015

Are You Mobile Ready - Google Changing Search Algorithm Today

Posted by Craig Greitzer on Apr 21, 2015 11:38:46 AM

Starting today, Google has changed its search algorithm to promote mobile-friendly websites above others.

In other words, if a website doesn’t double up as a good mobile website, companies may find themselves dropped rapidly down Google search rankings.

Why does this matter? For a start, Google estimates that 50% of all searches on its site are made through a mobile or smartphone device. Google said the change, which will affect mobile searches in all languages globally, will have a “significant impact” on its search results.

“Consequently, users will find it easier to get relevant, high-quality search results that are optimized for their devices,” the company stated in its blog announcement.

There is an important distinction, however, in that Google is looking to give a higher ranking to websites that are designed specifically for mobile, as opposed to those that merely look good on a mobile phone or tablet.

The BMI web site, www.bmiusa.com, is mobile ready and we also have a mobile version of our e-commerce site.  If you would like to discuss how we can help you get your www site or e-commerce site mobile-ready, please call today at 888-580-8382 X206.

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Southwest School & Office Supply Goes Live

Posted by Craig Greitzer on Apr 20, 2015 12:45:15 PM

BMI is pleased to announce that Southwest School & Office Supply, located in Ontario, CA, has gone live with OP RevelationTM software from BMI on Monday April 13th, 2015. 

This is the culmination of many months of planning and hard work by the BMI and Southwest teams.  The result was an on-time and on-budget implementation of BMI's solution for Office Product dealers.

Based on Microsoft Dynamics NAV, formerly Navision, BMI’s software will handle all customer service, supply chain, logistics and financial operations and also provides an integrated e-commerce platform for Southwest’s customers to place orders.

Sande Stickler, the Owner at Southwest, wrote a very nice handwritten card, at the end of the go-live week, with the following message:

To The Team at BMI,

The Southwest Team would like to thank you all for your patience and for working so well under the pressure and craziness of ourselves and our customers. You all were calm before our storm and the hours you labored to make our moving ahead resulted in a Great Success. Thank you all.

Southwest School & Office Supply was established in 1976 in a small space in Culver City, CA. Catering to the school supply market, they have grown to 3 locations and have become the largest, privately owned school supplier in the state of California. 

Congratulations to everyone at Southwest.

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Topics: Dynamics NAV, OP Revelation, Office Product Dealer Software

Microsoft Convergence 2015

Posted by Craig Greitzer on Mar 13, 2015 11:35:07 AM

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Excited to be heading to Microsoft Convergence next week in Atlanta.  It will be great seeing all the new development work and features for Dynamics NAV / Navision.  This is one of Microsoft's best events because its so focused on their ERP products and how they impact our customers. Looking forward to seeing all our great friends and partners.  Hope to see you there.

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Topics: Navision, Dynamics NAV, Microsoft, Business Software, Convergence, Dynamics NAV 2015

United Stationers and BMI Announce Collaboration Agreement

Posted by Craig Greitzer on Feb 23, 2015 8:40:13 PM

United Stationers Supply Co. (United) and Business Management International, Inc. (BMI) have agreed to terms for ongoing collaboration that will bring United’s enhanced digital services to BMI clients. Under the terms of the agreement, United will offer its advanced digital services to customers utilizing the BMI ecommerce solutions, helping resellers succeed selling online.

Included in the collaboration roadmap is the suite of digital capabilities that United offers, including SmartSearch™, Premium Product Relationships, SmartMerchandising™ and advanced analytics capabilities. These tools greatly enhance the online shopping experience for independent resellers’ customers. BMI and United will also work together to develop capabilities that connect shoppers with additional product suggestions based on previous shopping patterns, browsing or cart abandonment. These initiatives lay the foundation for future efforts to optimize digital merchandising and marketing performance.

We are pleased to solidify our collaboration with BMI" said Girisha Chandraraj, vice president, digital at United. "Working together, we will improve our dealers’ access to best-in-class search and cross-selling capabilities on BMI’s ecommerce platform while developing additional enhancements over time to help resellers simply sell more online." Harry Dochelli, senior vice president, sales and customer care added "Helping our customers win online is incredibly important to us, and this collaboration is a solid move toward meeting our goals. Our significant investments in digital capabilities can be more-easily integrated by many of our customers."

"BMI is proud to provide industry-relevant ecommerce solutions, and the addition of United’s enhanced digital services will be well received by our customers," said Larry Schiff, CEO of BMI. "We are very excited to work with United to roll out additional winning solutions to our mutual customers."

About United Stationers

United Stationers Inc. is a leading supplier of business essentials, with 2013 net sales of $5.1 billion. The company stocks a broad assortment of over 140,000 items, including technology products, traditional office products, janitorial and breakroom supplies, office furniture, and industrial supplies. The Company's network of 77 distribution centers allows it to deliver these products to approximately 25,000 reseller customers. This network, combined with United's breadth and depth of inventory, enables the Company to ship most products overnight to more than ninety percent of the U.S. and major cities in Mexico and Canada.

For more information, visit unitedstationers.com. United Stationers common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol USTR.

About BMI

Business Management International (BMI) was founded in 1987 as an ERP provider, specializing in emerging business software technology. BMI OP Revelation® is a software solution based on Microsoft technologies and was designed for Independent Office Product dealers. It was first released in 2006 and is based upon best practices and designed in conjunction with the most successful dealers in the Office Product distribution industry. BMI is a 5-time Microsoft "Inner Circle" award winner, which represents the top one percent of software solution providers worldwide. BMI will be releasing significant new functionality this year including mobile, advanced ecommerce capabilities, significant United Stationers proprietary functionality and new back office features.

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Topics: Navision, Dynamics NAV, OP Revelation, Office Products Software