Welcome to the first newsletter of 2010. 2009 was a strong year for Datalliance as we realized substantial growth in several key areas. The Datalliance customer base grew by 28%, individual customer locations increased to 28,000, and total SKU’s managed increased 33% to 13.6 million. This growth was a combination of organizations implementing VMI for the first time, existing customers expanding their VMI programs to include additional partner locations, and organizations that selected Datalliance for their “second generation” VMI program platform. New customers represent a broad range of industries including consumer goods, electrical, plumbing, heavy duty, automotive, and industrial manufacturers.
Please mark your calendar for the Datalliance User Forum, May 18-19, to be held at the Marriott Rivercenter, just across the river from downtown Cincinnati. The Forum is the annual meeting for both suppliers and their customers (e.g. manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and OEM’s). Attendees share experiences through interactive panel and discussion sessions, gain insights from industry experts, and learn about new and planned capabilities of the Datalliance collaborative commerce services. For more information, or to register for the Forum, please go to the Datalliance website www.datalliance.com/userforum.html.
In this issue of our newsletter we highlight the success of E1 Entertainment - a leading international independent entertainment business operating in Canada, the UK, Holland, Belgium and the United States. The company is the largest wholesaler of DVDs, CDs and video games in Canada and is the largest independent music and video distributor in North America. E1 implemented Datalliance VMI as the foundation for their new business model with a focus on increasing sales volume and expanding distribution channels. I encourage you to read the feature article below.
We were fortunate to have VMI and Datalliance featured in the press recently. In the February issue of The Wholesaler magazine we had an article titled VMI on the Rise in Plumbing – Reasons to Let a Supplier Manage Your Inventory and then TED (The Electrical Distributor) Magazine, featured Kirby Risk’s success with VMI on their technology blog on February 4 Kirby Risk Finds Efficiencies and Productivity Increases with VMI Implementation.
Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.datalliance.com for more information on Vendor Managed Inventory and other collaborative commerce applications from Datalliance.
- Carl Hall