ECi’s Britannia v5.14 Offers More Streamlined Purchasing with Supplies Network
New features cut delivery costs and labor
Fort Worth, TX—Tuesday, May 29, 2012 Britannia, Inc., a subsidiary of ECi Software Solutions (www.ECiSolutions.com), a leader in industry-specific information technology solutions, today announced enhancements to its Private Supply Network (PSN) and its Britannia® business system to offer more streamlined purchasing of IT consumables from Supplies Network (SN).
“The vast majority of office products expenditures go to IT consumables,” said Jeff Jones, Product Manager at ECi Software Solutions. “Using the Private Supply Network, dealers expanding this area of business no longer have to rekey orders onto purchase orders, or wait for confirmation from Supplies Network. Our dealers can even offer managed print services using the Automated Toner Replenishment System from Supplies Network. These steps all happen seamlessly within the Britannia software. The new options to automate purchasing transactions will save even more time and guesswork.”
The release of Version 5.14 offers Britannia users the following new features that further automate purchasing:
- Bulk P/Os cut delivery costs: A single SN purchase order can combine multiple end-customer orders, rather than having each order shipped separately.
- Vendor Notes: Britannia order entry and purchasing users can alert the SN rep to handling or delivery instructions.
- Expanded Business Logic: New rules handle backordered items, cost variations and unrecognized part numbers.
- Line Item Comments: Item-specific messages appear on packing slips or on SN’s custom desktop delivery labels.
- Wrap and Label: SN can pre-sort, pack, and label orders by customer, saving the dealer the cost and labor of doing so.
- Account-Specific Identifiers: The Britannia system transmits purchase order identifiers for each separate Supplies Network account a company may have, such as for expanded or acquired store locations.
"I wear many hats, so I love how the Britannia V5 connection has allowed me to work more efficiently with Supplies Network," said Marilyn Clark of Central Valley Office Supply (CVOSUSA.com). "Glad to know we can use it for our managed print opportunities as well. The connection works great for me, so l'm looking forward to the enhancements!"
Supplies Network is one of dozens of wholesalers and manufacturers in many industries — office supplies, office equipment, IT consumables, janitorial/sanitation, office furniture systems, lumber and building materials, manufacturing and more — who have taken advantage of ECi’s exclusive PSN technology. The process automation and efficiencies it achieves in turn fosters mutual customer loyalty.
“For the dealer looking to capture their share of the IT supply market, the functionality we’ve added to our PSN integration makes it easier than ever to do business with us at Supplies Network, and offers strategic new features to help the independent dealer compete at a higher level,” said Bob Mondschein, eBusiness Manager at Supplies Network. “For us, the ECi Private Supply Network provides a ‘beachhead’ opportunity to interact electronically with a vast network of dealers. We look forward to an increased partnership level with our Britannia dealers.”
ECi Software Solutions provides industry-specific business software solutions and services, focusing on cloud-based technologies. For 30+ years, ECi has served small to medium sized manufacturing, wholesale/retail distribution, building and construction, and field and IT services organizations. Privately held, ECi is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, USA, with offices throughout the U.S., England, the Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand. For information, email email@example.com, visit www.ECiSolutions.com, or call (800) 959-3367.
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About Supplies Network
Supplies Network is the largest privately owned wholesaler of IT consumables in the U.S. An early innovator of Managed Print Services, the company leverages top industry talent, a robust IT-development team with experience in packaging SaaS services, and relationships with all segments of the print-provider value chain including major supplies manufacturers and resellers. In addition to being a leader in print management, Supplies Network specializes in IT supplies, equipment and data storage media from 70 leading manufacturers. One- and two-day UPS ground delivery is available to 99% of the U.S. population. For more information, visit www.suppliesnetwork.com or call 800-729-9300.