HubLogix and 71lbs are the focus of this weeks webinar hosted by ChannelAdvisor. Join us as we talk about how to grow business using HubLogix to automate inventory and ordering processes with vitrually and fulfillment point or drop-shipper. This briefing will include an overview of several vertical markets where we are able to offer button tight integrations from automotivee, powersports, consumer electronics and sporting goods. In addition, we have great support for a growing list of third-party logistics providers.
Joining us on this weeks webinar will be 71lbs. If your looking for ways to find profit hidden under the rocks of shipping delays and similar logistics mishaps, the team at 71lbs has a solution to automate the hunt for those lost profits. No need to call John Walsh when 71lbs is on the case!
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Post game, the webinar will be posted here.
We’re beginning 2016 with some exciting news.
HubLogix has acquired one of our key competitors, OrderPigeon. The acquisition increases our reach into mid-market and sub-enterprise retailers as well as in several important vertical markets. And it positions the company and our customers for growth in the $300 billion ecommerce marketplace.
The deal was backed by two long-time investors: Atlanta-based Mosley Ventures and Boston-based Sigma Prime Ventures. They worked with our OrderPigeon founder and CEO, Christian Hassold and HubLogix founder, Kurt Heinrich, to orchestrate the acquisition.
New leadership team
We’re pleased to announce that Christian Hassold is coming on board as our new CEO. He has over 15 years experience in our industry as an innovator and tech entrepreneur. Kurt Heinrich, who joins Christian in the executive suite, will now lead our product team. OrderPigeon co-founder and CTO, Cagdas Ucar, is now leading engineering for the combined company.
The business will operate under the HubLogix name and will integrate OrderPigeon’s proprietary SAAS order management platform into its architecture.
According to Mosley Ventures partner, Wei-chun Tai, “Christian is a savvy, experienced leader with a vision to build on the solid foundation of the HubLogix product, forge new partnerships and take the business to the next level.”
The combined operation makes good sense because the two companies build on each other’s strengths. HubLogix has solid relationships with dominant ecommerce platforms including Shopify and BigCommerce. OrderPigeon has established partnerships with Channeladvisor and a large base of mid-market customers.
Christian saw the potential a combined operation would bring to our customers in the US, Canada, UK and Australia.
“We are the only ecommerce order automation solution with a global network of distribution and fulfillment partners that are able to support the increasingly complex needs of online retailers. We are excited to grow the business with the combined team,” says Christian
“This business combination provides a great opportunity for our customers, investors and the marketplace. We will now offer best-in-class omni-channel order management and serve a broader range of customers and fulfillment partners. ” Kurt adds.
About our investors
Mosley Ventures Mosley Ventures is a venture capital fund investing in early stage technology startups in Atlanta and the Southeast. We primarily invest in the following sectors: security software, mobility and wireless, big data and healthcare IT. Sig Mosley is the Managing Partner of Mosley Ventures. Since 1990, Sig has been the most prolific southeast investor in 122 startups with 83 liquidity events. Sig is currently the record holder of the largest southeast venture deal with the $5.7 billion acquisition of Tradex by Ariba. Please visit http://mosleyventures.com.
Sigma Prime Ventures Sigma Prime Ventures is a venture capital firm that invests in early stage companies in the areas of SaaS, Cloud, Mobile, Disruptive Technologies and Technology-Enabled Services. The partnership focuses on great entrepreneurs and works in conjunction with them to build great companies. The firm’s partners have deep operating and startup experience, collectively having founded 11 companies, provided executive leadership to 17 companies, and had exits worth over $4.2B. Since 1984, the firm’s partners have fostered the growth and exit of numerous technology companies, including Internet Security Systems (IPO), m-Qube (acquired by VeriSign), Storage Networks (IPO), Vignette (IPO), Vlingo (acquired by Nuance), Aprimo (acquired by Teradata), Initiate (acquired by IBM), Octane (acquired by e.Piphany), OpenPages (acquired by IBM), Tradex (acquired by Ariba) and others. Sigma Prime Ventures has offices in Boston and New York City, and invests across the U.S. with a focus on the East Coast. For more information, please visit http://www.sigmaprime.com.
IRCE 2015 is just days away (June 2-5, Chicago), and not only will HubLogix will be exhibiting – be sure to stop by booth 569 to meet the team – we’re particularly looking forward to connecting with the thousands of Merchants, Distributors, and Manufacturers that we are helping automate today.
IRCE also brings together 200+ expert speakers representing all areas of e-commerce. Based on the agenda’s session titles, it looks like the topics of automation, integrations, fulfillment, and growth are going to be prevalent. Being focused on the connections of the eCommerce “back-end” ourselves – between carts, marketplaces, distributors, warehouses, companies and technologies – here’s a few of the sessions on the top of our ‘most anticipated’ list this year:
Graduating to Automated Fulfillment: Along the Growth Path, When—And At What Cost Speakers: Jeff Hedges (President – OPEX Material Handling) & Stacie Sefton (Chief Executive Officer – BHFO) “The rate of e-commerce sales growth is unpredictable, yet fulfillment operations are capital- and labor-intensive fixed costs. At the same time, shoppers’ expectations of fast delivery and easy returns are rising. At what point does it makes sense to move to an automated warehouse or distribution center, especially for small to mid-size retailers that must watch every expenditure? In this session, you’ll learn how growing e-retailers can add automation elements to fulfillment in ways that boost throughput and lower costs without breaking the bank.”
Outsourcing vs. In-House Fulfillment – What it Takes to Win Speakers: Mike Manzione (Chief Operating Officer – Rakuten Super Logistics) & Jon Elliot (Co-Founder/Partner – A3 Merchandise) “Outsourcing order fulfillment is one of the biggest leaps of faith an e-commerce company can take. Placing inventory and shipments in the hands of someone else as opposed to keeping it in-house can be a difficult choice to make, but its impact on a company’s growth can be great.”
The Grass Is Never Greener on the Other Side of a Technology Integration Speaker: Scott Cohn (Vice President, E-Commerce – Chinese Laundry) “Whether the reason is maximizing the life of a legacy system, budget concerns or management changes, businesses often find themselves piecing together disparate retail management platforms. Whatever makes splintering software among two or more platforms seem attractive at first is quickly overshadowed by compatibility issues that result in all sorts of customer facing headaches—like pricing errors, out-of-stocks and hours wasted chasing down data.”
David vs. Goliath: Technology for Leveling the Playing Field for Small to Mid-Sized Retailers Speakers: Nicholas Macco (Founder – Southtree) & Andrew Scarbrough (Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer – Delegator) “Large retailers can afford the technology that helps them grow exponentially. Smaller retailers struggle with such investments. But that doesn’t mean small retailers have to struggle with second-rate technology. A slew of free and low-cost technology exists that can help smaller retailers thrive—if they know where to look for these tools.”
And a bonus session (because it’s always fun to see a successful client on stage):
Advertising on Amazon Speaker: Corey Frons (Chief Executive Officer – BulbAmerica) “Corey Frons has implemented various e-commerce and marketing technologies that have placed his company on the Inc. 500 list for the past three years, making BulbAmerica one of Americas fastest-growing companies. He has built a reputation for helping organizations and senior executive teams understand the impact of the web and digital marketing technologies for their existing and future business. Corey has helped identify, create and execute transformational e-commerce strategies and organizational changes in multichannel environments.”
What sessions are you most excited about? Let us know on twitter @hublogix
Founder Kurt Heinrich and Nate Kristy talk the future of e-commerce, technology, and Crayola
Earlier this week, eCommHub was the special Tech Tuesday guest on the Atlanta radio institution “The Dana Barrett Show”. The team talked about the company’s origins and growth, plus shared off-the-cuff opinions on the Crayola Experience and the trend of digital entrepreneurs buying up traditional media properties.
Hear the full interview and show notes here
About the Dana Barrett Show
Dana Barrett is a Business Commentator, Social Critic and Host of The Dana Barrett Show on biz 1190 AM WAFS in Atlanta. Each week, the Dana Barrett Show features the top Atlanta business headlines and introduces you to the industry execs, thought leaders and innovators.. Dana also discusses the hot topics of the day, from healthcare reform, to hiring practices to the latest movies and the best places to go in Atlanta.
How iPods, Technology, and Atlanta have influenced the Company Thus Far
This week, eCommHub Founder and Chief Platform Officer Kurt Heinrich appeared on NBC’s Atlanta Tech Edge to talk about how his experience as a school-aged entrepreneur and online retailer led to the creation of the company. “The part of e-commerce that has been neglected is what happens when the order is placed,” shared Heinrich. “As I developed technology to automate my stores, I started to think ‘if I am having these manual problems with my order order lifecycle, other retailers must be as well'”.
See the full interview with Kurt Heinrich on Atlanta Tech Edge
About Atlanta Tech Edge
Atlanta Tech Edge highlights the latest technology advancements and reveals a behind the scenes look at the people and businesses that make it happen.With Atlanta quickly becoming the Silicon Valley of the South, it’s fitting that this burgeoning industry have it’s own locally produced television program. Atlanta Tech Edge, hosted by Wes Moss, airs Sundays at 1:30am & 11:30am. All the segments can also be seen on the website: www.AtlantaTechEdge.com.
Presenting companies highlight strength of Georgia’s technology community and further position the state as a hotbed of entrepreneurial activity and innovation
eCommHub has been selected as a presenter at Venture Atlanta 2014, Georgia’s premier event connecting technology innovation and investment capital, to be held October 21-22 at the Georgia Aquarium. The 34 early and later stage companies chosen to present reflect a wide range of technologies and diverse markets, while highlighting the innovation of Georgia businesses.
“We are thrilled to be invited back to Venture Atlanta this year,” said Kurt Heinrich, eCommHub’s founder and CEO. “This is an outstanding opportunity to present along with other leading Atlanta tech companies and network with top-tier investors from all over the country.”
Presenting companies and conference attendees will have numerous opportunities to network with regional and national venture capitalists and investors during the two-day event. Now entering its 13th year, Venture Atlanta has helped local companies raise more than $1.3 billion – a number that continues to grow. The conference provides an invaluable experience for entrepreneurs, resulting in funding, national investor exposure, unparalleled relationship building, and mentoring by successful technology executives.
“Venture Atlanta continues to draw attention to Georgia’s start-up activity,” said Melanie Leeth, vice president of Imlay Investments and also the event’s chair. “The 34 presenting early and later stage companies highlight the strength of Georgia’s businesses and robust technology community.”
For additional information about Venture Atlanta or to view the conference schedule, please visit www.ventureatlanta.org.
eCommHub is an Atlanta, GA based company that provides back office automation technology to online retailers. Since 2010, eCommHub has enabled retailers to put their web stores on autopilot and spend more time growing their business and less time managing it. For more information on eCommHub (now HubLogix), please call 404-900-6946 or visit hublogix.com.
About Venture Atlanta
Venture Atlanta, Georgia’s technology innovation event, is where the state’s best technology innovators meet the country’s top-tier investors. As the region’s largest investor showcase, Venture Atlanta connects local entrepreneurs with venture capitalists, bankers, angel investors and others who can help them raise the capital they need to grow their businesses. The annual non-profit event is a collaboration of three leading Georgia business organizations: Atlanta CEO Council, Metro Atlanta Chamber and the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG). For more information, visit www.ventureatlanta.org. For updates, join us on LinkedIn, follow us on Twitter, and our blog.
This past spring has been a productive one for us at HubLogix. Here’s a recap of our recent product releases:
1) An upgraded product linking engine to make it easier than ever to add your vendors into HubLogix.
2) More control over product linking to eliminate clutter from old vendor items
3) Expanded retrieval of information fields which will increase reporting accuracy.
Integrations with different shopping carts are heavily requested by many of our customers both old and new, so HubLogix is pleased to announce our integration with 3dcart! This marks our fourth integration with a major shopping cart!
With 3dcart, existing customers looking to expand to new store fronts have the option of working with a great, easy-to-use shopping cart platform with a ton of built-in features. It’s also an exciting time to start using 3dcart considering they have a new version being released pretty soon.
What does 3dcart + HubLogix entail?
With HubLogix, current 3dcart users have the ability to manage inventory and automate the more tedious aspects of their eCommerce experience. Once connected, HubLogix will automatically import your products from 3dcart. Then, you’ll be able to add suppliers who provide dropshipping or third-party fulfillment into HubLogix as vendors. After that, HubLogix will do the heavy lifting of keeping your store’s inventory information (such as quantity and SKU) in sync with that of your suppliers, or what we call “vendors” in HubLogix. With respect to orders, HubLogix gives you either the ability to manually send them to suppliers or take care of that for you auto-magically! 🙂
For our current users not on 3dcart looking to experiment with different storefronts to expand operations, you now have the option to experience 3dcart! No need to make a new account though; since HubLogix is now multichannel, you can use your existing inventory with any new storefront you set up on 3dcart. And we encourage you to do so! The team at 3dcart has worked thoughtfully to come up with a suite of built-in features to make setting up your store easily…and with HubLogix, you can put it on autopilot™! The link to our app in 3dcart will be available soon, but in the meantime you can signup here.
HubLogix is a platform for online retailers that don’t keep their own inventory, but instead rely on third-party vendors, drop-shippers, and fulfillment centers. The software integrates with the leading shopping cart platforms, like Shopify, Magento, and BigCommerce to seamlessly automate inventory management and order routing. With its easy self-service setup and affordable Pay as You Grow™ pricing, HubLogix users spend less time managing their online store, giving them more time to grow their business! Founded in 2011, HubLogix is backed by 500 Startups. HubLogix is headquartered in Atlanta, GA.
3dcart is one of the most well-established names in e-commerce platforms for SMBs. While supporting thousands of successful online stores, 3dcart is a customizable solution that’s easy to customize, offers real-time shipping solutions, as well as SEO and social/mobile commerce options. 3dcart was founded by Gonzalo Gil, who thought he would compile many of the commonly requested eCommerce features into a simple and affordable shopping cart. For more information, visit http://www.3dcart.com/.
We’re very excited to announce our first integration with inventory optimization software. Lokad Salescast makes it easy to decide which points in time to reorder products, as well as determine optimal quantities to order using its forecasting tech. By taking out the manual entry portion of the process, Lokad Salescast enables your store to optimize efficiently as it scales!
Much like our integration features for exporting items for certain shopping carts such as Shopify or BigCommerce, the ability to export to Lokad will also exist.
It’s a two step process, with very little extra work on your part after the initial setup!
First, in HubLogix, simply go to the “Vendors” tab and select “Vendor SKUs” from the navigation bar. Then, in the sidebar, press the “Show Options” link under the “Export Products” section of the sidebar.
The next step is to choose a date range that applies and select “Lokad Salescast” as the desired export format. With regards to date range, for higher accuracy, it’s better to use a range of 6 months or more.
After pressing the “Export” button, a link to the file (which will save as “Lokad_Items.csv”) will appear. It’s important to remember not to change this filename before importing it into Lokad.
Now, you must download the corresponding Orders export file for Lokad Salescast. To do so, go to the Orders tab. Similar to above, press the “Show options” link under the “Export Orders” section of the sidebar, select the same date range as above and select “Lokad Salescast” as the desired format once again. This time, the generated link will save as “Lokad_Orders.csv”.
It’s now time to complete the Lokad end of things. First, login to Lokad and select the “Files” tab. From there, you can upload the two files that have been exported to Lokad.
After the files have been uploaded, go back to the “Salescast” tab in Lokad. From there, simply adjust configuration settings as desired. When you are ready, you can hit “Start project” and Salescast will begin analyzing your order and product data.
And that’s it! After following the above steps, you’ll be ready to start using Lokad!
If you have any questions on preparing files for export to Lokad, feel free to contact our support team. If you have any questions specific to Lokad Salescast, you can reach out to them as well.
It has been an exciting week for HubLogix and our customers. I am pleased to announce that we have closed our $2.6 million Series A round with investment by Sigma Prime Ventures, Mosley Ventures, United Parcel Service (UPS), and 500 Startups. Not bad for a startup based in Atlanta!
We plan on using this new capital injection to continue developing our platform, bringing you new features and integrations.
In the coming months, you’ll see HubLogix expanding onto more shopping carts based on your demand (let us know what integrations you want to see next). In addition, you’ll benefit from new features (tell us what you want) that save you time in areas you didn’t even know could be saved. We’ll continuously be adding value to the HubLogix platform, adding more ways for you to “put your store on autopilot”™.
To keep up with our growth, we’re also hiring and growing the team. We’re looking for the best, most driven individuals we can find in the areas of marketing, sales, and customer happiness (support). If you’ve got the drive and want to be part of one of the fastest growing startups in Atlanta (we’re the first 500 Startups investment here too), then apply now and shape the future of e-commerce with us.
I am thrilled for what lies ahead and deeply thankful to our early customers and supporters. Onward!
Kurt Heinrich Founder & CEO