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November 1, 2010

Software-as-a-Service Fills Market Niche

CBC News recently released on article on the emerging trend of businesses turning to SaaS providers as a means to streamline their IT needs.  Similar to free internet based services such as online e-mail, SaaS, or cloud computing as it is also known, allows companies to post their applications and data to online servers.  SaaS has number of advantages such as allowing companies to avoid having to maintain servers, it also allows employees to be mobile, allowing them to work from the office, home or on the road.

QLogitek is a pioneer in this field and offers a number of SaaS products as well as traditional "on-premise" models allowing companies to better manage complexities within supply chains. QLogitek's solutions allow enterprises to gain better control of their supply chains.  QLogitek's solutions deliver clean data, resulting in an impressive reduction of costs and increase in customer service levels.  QLogitek supports over 5,800 trading partner organizations across 170 countries and its client roster consists of many blue-chip enterprises such as the Hudsonís Bay Company, the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO), Rogers Communication Inc., The Bargain! Shop, Videotron, Virgin Mobile and Sears Canada. 
For information about how QLogitek's SaaS products can help your business please contact IFL Management.


Patrick Bartlett, Principal
IFL Management
(P)1-905-304-2996

www.iflmanagement.com  




September 27, 2010
 

Statistics Canada Releases E-Commerce Study

 
Canadians spent $15.1 billion on orders placed over the internet on goods and services last year, up from $12.8 billion in 2007.  The increase was due to more online shoppers and a higher volume of orders.  The most common online orders continued to be travel services, entertainment products such as concert tickets; books and magazines;  and clothing, jewellery and accessories.
 
In 2009, about 39% of Canadians aged 16 and over used the Internet to place more than 95 million orders. This was up from 32% and the 70 million orders placed in 2007, when the survey was last conducted.
 
In 2009, 52% of Canadians went online to "window shop," that is, to research or browse products, up from 43% in 2007.  Such browsing is more pronounced among Canadians under the age of 35, as 67% of this age group went online to window shop.  Among all window shoppers in 2009, 69% reported subsequently making a purchase directly from a store, up from 64% in 2007.  The Internet complements traditional retail for certain categories such as consumer electronics (cameras and DVD players), appliances and furniture, as well as clothing, jewellery and accessories.
 
 
 
 
 
September 20, 2010
 
 

Patrick Bartlett Launches IFL Management

Toronto, ON - Patrick Bartlett (Principal) today announced the official launch of International Freight and Logitistics (IFL) Management.  IFL Management is a Toronto based strategic consultancy specializing in helping US companies with their cross border expansion plans.  Leveraging years of experience and a vast network of specialized partners in a variety of fields, IFL can give US based companies crucial insight in to the lucrative, and largely untapped, Canadian retail e-commerce market place. 

IFL Management was founded on the belief that all companies, large or small, can take advantage of the digital market place and that the main barrier to expansion has been a lack of real world advice delivered by local experts.  To this end, in addition to IFL's own expertise we have assembled a vast network of partners specializing key areas vital to any cross border expansion from initial market research, to supply chain creation, taxation and duty services, warehousing and freight forwarding, creation of a supply chain, to ongoing monitoring and support.  IFL Management's founder and CEO, Patrick Bartlett is a Senior Executive with a proven track record in identifying and exploiting business opportunities that drive bottom line results.  For over 20 years, Patrick has worked in the logisitics and postal business in a number of senior marketing and sales roles forn both Canada Post and Canpar Parcel Services.  Some of the roles included: President, Borderfree Division, General Manager, International Sales and Product Management, Vice President, Marketing and Sales, General Manager, Parcels.  IFL Management's key customers will be US based retailers seeking to expand into Canada.  As a consultantcy for organizations such as Aramex, Kodak, and Pitney Bowes, IFL Management and its partners are well qualified to help companies take full advantage of the opportunites in retail and e-commerce in Canada.
 
IFL Management is a strategic consultancy specializing in helping US companies tap into the Canadian retail market.  IFL Management provides a number of services from consulting, market research, competitive analysis, strategic planning, supply chain creation, and duty and taxation services. 
 
Patrick Bartlett, Principal
IFL Management
(P)1-905-304-2996
 
 
September 7, 2010

IFL Management and QLogitek Partnership

IFL Management is proud to join QLogitek’s Evangelist program to help spread the word about QLogitek’s award winning “Software-as-a-Service” (SaaS) and “Integration-as-a-Service” (IaaS) cloud computing models. 

QLogitek supports over 5,800 trading partner organizations across 170 countries and its client roster consists of many blue-chip enterprises such as the Hudsonís Bay Company, the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO), Rogers Communication Inc., The Bargain! Shop, Videotron, Virgin Mobile and Sears Canada. 

 

In 2010 QLogitek was selected as a finalist for the Microsoft Partner Awards in the SOA and Business Process Partner of the Year award category. The award recognizes systems integrators, solution and service providers, and software developers who concentrate on service-oriented architectures, enterprise application integration, business-to-business application integration, business process management, and adapter development using BizTalk Server. This award honours QLogitek for demonstrating significant quantifiable business value for their customers by using Microsoft technologies.

 

As a supply chain logistics consultancy for organizations such as Aramex, Kodak, Pitney Bowes, and LL Bean, IFL Management is well qualified to help companies take full advantage of QLogitek’s award winning products and services.  Patrick Bartlett is a retail logistics veteran with over 20 years of experience in a variety of senior management roles in the logistics business including President and Vice President for Canada Post, BorderFree and Canpar Parcel Services.
 
Patrick Bartlett, Principal
IFL Management
(P)1-905-304-2996
 
 
 
 
August 31, 2010
 

Gap Launches Online Shopping in Canada.

 
Gap Canada recently launched a Canadian online shopping site, providing duty free sales for its Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy divisions.  The Gap will be offering free shipping on orders over $50 and returns either online or in store.  The dedicated Canadian site will ship from a Bolton, ON using Canada Post. 
 
 
 
Patrick Bartlett, Principal
IFL Management
(P)1-905-304-2996