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Trimega & Independent Stationers Announce National Accounts Joint Venture

Posted by Craig Greitzer on Aug 10, 2015 4:22:01 PM

 
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TriMega’s Point Nationwide and Independent Stationers National Accounts
Join Forces to Create New Entity

INDIANAPOLIS, IN & ROSEMONT, IL, August 10, 2015 – Independent Stationers National Accounts (ISNA) and TriMega’s Point Nationwide today announced the formation of a Joint Venture, called EPIC Business Essentials. This new venture is an important strategic initiative for the two U.S. dealer groups, who have been collaborating on a select basis with national accounts since August 2013.

Through extensive efforts of the Board of Directors of both organizations, working in concert with the staff of the two groups, TriMega and Independent Stationers have agreed to move from the “working together” arrangement to a more strategic position formalized by this joint venture and the new EPIC Business Essentials. EPIC Business Essentials, owned equally by Independent Stationers and TriMega, builds on the groups’ existing shared brand of EPIC (www.wherebighappens.com ), their highly successful joint National Convention, and like the EPIC event, EPIC Business Essentials will represent the industry’s leading buying groups partnering together to achieve synergies and success in the independent dealer channel.

“Never before has the combination of technology and sales support been available to nearly 1,000 independent dealers. Meeting the desire of customers for local service is an important focus for national and regional accounts, and the coordinated TriMega / IS dealer network is best suited to fulfill these needs”, said Bryan Kristenson, Chairman of the Board for Independent Stationers.

EPIC Business Essentials will strategically leverage the resources and expertise of both Point Nationwide and ISNA, while bringing a welcome new option to the National Account market. EPIC Business Essentials will artfully combine national coverage with local service through its network of independent dealers. EPIC Business Essentials will be “best in class” for the independent dealer community, creating the largest National and Regional Accounts program and infrastructure in the history of the independent channel.

“This is the combination of the numerous strong contracts, sales team, marketing and infrastructure that ISNA’s staff brings to EPIC Business Essentials, as well as the back office staffing and efficient technology that Point Nationwide will leverage to support and grow this business,” remarked Lyle Dabbert, Chairman of TriMega. “We are truly excited about joining forces in this endeavor and showing that the independent dealer channel can indeed work together,” he concluded.

EPIC Business Essentials will provide access to one national front-end ecommerce platform that is integrated with all of the major independent dealer back-end systems. State and local government business, along with the healthcare and commercial contracts through ISNA’s U.S. Communities, TCPN and AEPA and other contracts, will become available to both groups’ members. All members will also be able to capture federal government ecommerce sales through more than one GSA/FSSI contract holder. More details about this new initiative and EPIC Business Essentials will be shared with members and the industry in the weeks and months to come – as well as be addressed in detail at the groups’ EPIC 2015 event October 6 – 8 at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Get details and register to attend at www.wherebighappens.com .

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About TriMega Purchasing Association

TriMega Purchasing Association is a not-for-profit member owned buying group serving office products dealers and technology retailers nationwide. The group helps its nearly 550 members profit through group purchasing, rebate negotiation and tracking, the production of quality marketing materials and information sharing through networking and education at various TriMega events. For more information, contact Michael Morris at mmorris@trimega.org or visit www.trimega.org, call 847-699-3330or write to TriMega at info@trimega.org.

About Independent Stationers

Founded in 1977, Independent Stationers is a leading global organization providing sales, marketing support and purchasing power for the community based independent office products dealer. The organization’s members are located throughout the U.S. and in 5 foreign countries. Collectively, Independent Stationers members produce close to $4 billion in end-user sales. For more information, please contact Cora Lienemann at Independent Stationers headquarters (Phone: 317-579-1111; e-mail: cora@independentstationers.coop) or visit the Independent Stationers web site at www.independentstationers.coop.

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Topics: Dynamics NAV, Office Products Software, Office Product Dealer Software

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

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

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

Top Reasons To Purchase Microsoft Dynamics NAV / Navision #4

Posted by Craig Greitzer on Jun 5, 2014 10:50:00 AM

A Dynamics NAV / Navision ERP business solution from Microsoft and BMI—Gets you up and running quickly

Buying a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution is a strategic investment for your business, so it’s well worth your time to examine your options carefully before you act. If you’ve been viewing the “Top Reasons to Purchase a Business Solution from Microsoft” blog series, thanks for following along. If you are just joining, welcome and we hope you tune in next week as well.

Get Up and Running Quickly

To run your business in today’s fast-paced, ever-changing world, you have to be able to quickly and easily deploy innovative technologies. Microsoft Dynamics NAV / Navision features rapid implementation tools that make the solution fast and simple to deploy. These tools simplify the configuration of your ERP solution to meet your specific requirements, and offer best practices and other guidance to find the perfect setup for your business.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV / Navision also combines comprehensive out-of-the-box financial and operations management capabilities with rapid, flexible deployment options designed to get you up and running quickly and affordably. With these tools, you can be working in days instead of weeks. You can speed time-to-value and get productive immediately.

Business Management International is there to help, with implementations that can help your business focus on what matters most to you now and easily modify or expand when your needs change in the future.

Take the Next Steps to Learn More

Visit us at our website to learn more about Microsoft Dynamics NAV / Navision for small and midsize businesses, chat with us live, view informative videos or contact us at 888-580-8382 or info@bmiusa.com for more information.

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Topics: distribution software, Dynamics NAV, Microsoft, Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013, MS Dynamics, Accounting Software, Business Software

You've Outgrown Quickbooks When..... #3

Posted by Craig Greitzer on May 2, 2014 11:38:00 AM

You’ve Outgrown QuickBooks When… Weak Audit Trails put you at risk

Mysterious changes in the books need to be accounted for, but many basic accounting programs, QuickBooks included, allow any user to login and edit data as needed, without any restrictions or an audit trail.  Unless you memorize every number in the books, these seemingly little changes can create a larger problem – inaccurate numbers and skewed data.  If you’re making decisions based on inaccurate data, there’s no telling which direction it can take you,
opening the door to extreme risk.

Growing Pain #3: Weak Audit Trails

If you can’t answer to the changes made in your QuickBooks program, then you may be putting your business at risk of being audited.  In addition, not having insight into certain decisions makes it difficult, if not impossible, to verify the reasons for thechanges or the integrity of the resulting data.  You know you’ve outgrown QuickBooks when you can’t trust your data or provide a complete financial audit trail.

Protecting your data and putting the right controls in place is possible, and easy, with a business solution from BMI and Microsoft.  You can restrict access to confidential or sensitive portions of your data, such as proprietary data or customer credit card information, to directors and managers.  You can also provide each of your users with access to the software features that pertain to their immediate job tasks and restrict access to the remainder of your data and functions. 

Electronic audit features within Microsoft business solutions will track data changes, as well as control them to create a complete trail of changes.  With the introduction of forms requiring approvals for certain types of data changes or by creating alerts to notify managers and directors with each occurrence, records maintain their integrity.  A record for all data changes can be maintained to protect data integrity, ensure compliance, and reduce the chance for human error. 

Please clcik here to visit the BMI Navision / Dynamics NAV page for information, brochures and testimonial videos.

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Topics: Navision, Dynamics NAV, Quickbooks, Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013, Accounting Software, Business Software

Top Reasons To Purchase Dynamics NAV #2

Posted by Craig Greitzer on Apr 18, 2014 12:46:00 PM

A business solution from BMI and Microsoft—Helps you work better, faster, and smarter

Welcome back to the “Top Reasons to Purchase a Business Solution from BMI and Microsoft” blog series. Last week, we kicked off the discussion with a look at how a complete business solution from Microsoft goes beyond what stand-alone ERP or accounting software can do. Just a reminder, over the next several weeks we will be providing an overview of why Microsoft Dynamics is a great choice to help you gain greater insight into your business, so you can drive profit margins and ultimately grow your business.

If you missed last week’s posting, here are a summary of the top reasons to purchase a business solution from Microsoft, a link to the first blog (http://info.bmiusa.com/blog/bid/341875/Top-Reasons-To-Purchase-Microsoft-Dynamics-NAV), and this week’s featured content: Helps Your People Work Better, Faster, and Smarter.

 Top Reasons to Purchase a Business Solution from Microsoft and BMI: 

  • Helps You Work Better, Faster and Smarter    
  • Looks Forward, Not Backward   
  • Gets You Up and Running Quickly
  • Provides a Flexible Deployment Model    
  • Works the Way You Do   
  • Transforms the Way You Work and Connect   
  • Drives and Supports Your Business Growth   
  • Reduces Your Risk and Propels Your Business

Help You Work Better, Faster, and Smarter

When you think about the most successful businesses today, you’ll realize they all have something in common: passionate employees who are engaged, committed to their company’s success, and working at their maximum potential.

Microsoft Dynamics NAv / Navision is an innovative, flexible, end-to-end solution that helps makes your people more proactive and productive by giving them personalized, agile tools based on the familiar, interoperable Microsoft technologies, like SQL Server, Excel, etc that they work with every day.

The solution also features a RoleTailored user interface, designed to help your employees uncover the information and tasks relevant to their specific job functions, right on their home page. This interface maps tasks to key roles in your business, so your employees can take advantage of a tool that matches their preferences and work styles. As a result, they can work smarter, faster, and more efficiently than ever.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV / Navision has established a track record by meeting the needs of more than 100,000 customers and 1.5 million users worldwide. We’ve been serving small and midsize businesses for more than 25 years, winning customer references across many industries including manufacturing, distribution, retail, public sector, services, and more. In addition, working with BMI will enable you to get deep technical and industry expertise to help you address your specific needs.   

Take the Next Steps to Learn More

Visit us today at www.bmiusa.com or call 888-580-8382 to learn more about Microsoft Dynamics NAV / Navision for small and midsize businesses, chat with a BMI representative, take a product test drive, or view our online video library.

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Topics: distribution software, Navision, Dynamics NAV, Microsoft, Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013, MS Dynamics, Dynamics NAV 2013

Signs You've Outgrown Quickbooks #2

Posted by Craig Greitzer on Apr 11, 2014 12:44:00 PM

In this continuing blog series, we will address some of those common pains that will help you identify whether it’s time for a change.

You’ve Outgrown QuickBooks When… Your business insight isn’t very insightful.

Companies used to track and update general ledgers by hand in notebooks or in rudimentary spreadsheets on the computer.  Basic accounting software soon followed, and QuickBooks
was amongst the leaders to capture the accounting software marketplace.  While QuickBooks is great entry-level accounting software, it has its limitations and these limitations may now be hindering your overall business efficiency, profitability and growth.

Growing Pain #2: Limited Financial Insight

Financial data and cash flow is the lifeblood of your business and if you’re not sure it’s on track, then running everything else can get quite difficult. Although QuickBooks helps businesses move from manual calculations to automatic reconciliations, growing businesses need to know more
about their finances than what QuickBooks can provide.  You know you’ve outgrown QuickBooks when you have to manually combine cross-department or multiple business units’ financial
reports to figure out cash flow, budget and forecasting projections, and profitability. 

There comes a point when basic accounting software can’t provide the financial insight you need to support a growing business.  A business solution from BMI and Microsoft Dynamics NAV provides a complete solution for your business operations without the complexity of traditional enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. 

An end-to-end view of your business in a solution will make it easier to track cash flow and expenses, create realistic forecasts, and make the swift, confident decisions that drive business growth.  In-depth financial insight, such as real-time access to expected costs, cash flow, and accurate revenue reports, are essential when determining the profitability of the products or services you offer.  You simply can’t get 360 degree insight from basic accounting software. 

Join us next week when we explore the next growing pain:  Weak Audit Trails.

Check out Dynamics NAV / Navision customer testimonial videos here.

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Topics: Navision, Dynamics NAV, Microsoft, Quickbooks, Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Microsoft Dynamics Training