CenterStone Launches Global Sales Order Management Application

iVendix offering includes off-line module that lets sales reps to take orders, synch with ERP system at end of day

iVendix offering includes off-line module that lets sales reps to take orders, synch with ERP system at end of day

Denver, CO — June 23, 2005 — CenterStone Technologies this week released its new global sales order management application, saying that the solution will help advance the international business interests of those CenterStone clients that already have a worldwide presence as well as those with international aspirations.

According to CenterStone, its solutions make it easier and more profitable for vendors to do business with specialty retailers by driving increased sales while also reducing order costs by as much as 75 percent.

Tom Detmer, president and CEO of CenterStone, said that while his company's efforts were, until recently, primarily focused on North American markets, the solution provider has turned its attention to the broader market. "With the launch of iVendix we can now provide our clients with the truly global solution today's business environment requires," Detmer said.

CenterStone's new sales order management application, iVendix, is already receiving orders from 16 countries in Europe in five languages and seven currencies, according to CenterStone.

The iVendix application is also available with an off-line module that is designed to allow sales reps to work more effectively while they are on the road visiting accounts, showing the line and taking preseason and re-stocking orders. It allows sales reps to take orders while in the field, synch up the orders at the end of the day and transmit those orders into the vendor's enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.

The off-line application has been particularly well-received by sales reps in Europe, CenterStone said. In North America, the solution provider believes there is a need for such a tool to help with the large volume of preseason business that is placed through sales reps.

Sales reps in North America who are using the current CenterStone technology have seen a 30 percent increase in productivity, according to the solution provider. "The Off-Line enhancement offered by iVendix, will make these sales reps and others, even more effective," CenterStone asserted.

Brands currently using CenterStone's technology including The North Face, Ripcurl, Ex Officio, Marmot and Jansport, among others.

Additional Articles of Interest

— The focus in the retail sector has shifted from managing the movement of goods to managing information about goods. Read more in "Ramping Up the Retail Supply Chain," in the February/March 2005 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.

Travel and entertainment (T&E) costs are the second-largest controllable expense at U.S. companies, but few firms are using enabling tools to rein in this segment of their spend. Read more in the article "Expense Reports Made Inexpensive," in the December 2001 issue of iSource Business (now Supply & Demand Chain Executive) magazine.