Written by Jim Walsh, Chief Information Officer, Right Networks
As reviewed through time, this is likely to be a fascinating milestone in the evolution of accounting technology and its impact on business. Many working professionals can still remember when technology was burgeoning. From the perspective of accountancy, paper ledgers gave way to spreadsheet applications. CPAs and accounting professionals passed files back and forth from shared drives or emailed them to peers and clients. Then those spreadsheets got more advanced – they were shared in content management systems or stored in the cloud and worked on by multiple people simultaneously. And now applications are becoming transformative in their ability to draw conclusions and anticipate trends based on the information that was once handwritten in books that wouldn’t even fit inside a backpack.
The accounting industry isn’t exempt or unique in the fact that it’s being impacted by a rush of technology advances. Thinking about all of the different ways that technology could impact any industry is as dizzying as it is speculative. It’s likely that we haven’t fully anticipated the ways that conditions and processes will merge to allow for new things. So how can a CPA firm or accounting professional prepare for a future where technology presents an unknown? Continue reading
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There’s no time like the present to get ready for the selling season.
By creating a strategy now, retailers can take advantage of the holiday retail peak with optimized cross-channel experiences, initiatives aimed at customer retention, and marketing focused on the entire season (not just a few key days).
According to Justuno, the Holidays are the most important time for retailers. If there’s one time of the year to put forth all your marketing efforts, it’s now. In fact, holiday sales accounted for 24% of total U.S. ecommerce sales in 2016 and are expected to increase by 16.6% in 2017. This is a massive opportunity to gain new customers, drive repeat purchases, and ultimately increase sales for 2017. But this can only happen effectively if you start preparing today. Here are some useful tips and ideas that will help you get started.
1. Build your staff now for the busy period. As we know the holidays can be chaotic for retailers. Even if you are a one person operation, there will likely come a time during this period where you will need help. Even hiring holiday staff for a few months or weeks can make a difference. And there are plenty of folks looking to make a little extra money over the holiday period. Continue reading
Yup, you guessed it. Unify for Square is now a thing.
Finally, there’s a solution that automates and syncs all Square sales data, liberating SMBs from operational headaches and bookkeeping woes. This first-of-its-kind, easy-to-deploy software records and syncs all Square data reliably and automatically, and it’s brand new. In fact, just today we announced this new solution with Square to save small businesses time and money by automating their bookkeeping for them. This amazing solution empowers Square merchants to automate, schedule, and post all of their sales information directly into QuickBooks. With options to post either individual sales or daily summaries, Unify for QuickBooks integration—automatically record all expenses, revenue streams, and sales tax to easily reconcile accounts.
Like all versions of Unify, Unify for Square takes the mystery out of financials—letting merchants see and record fees in their QuickBooks account for each Square transaction from all locations. Now companies can easily track what they’ve charged in sales tax to be ready come filing time. In addition, merchants can, for the first time, fully reconcile e-commerce transactions in QuickBooks and see exactly what they’ve paid in marketplace fees and expenses, Square charges, and shipping costs.
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SkuVault CEO Andy Eastes’ story started in middle school when he began selling things online out of his friends’ parents’ basements, garages, and attics. That eventually evolved into estate sales and then actual stores with actual vendors. Then he helped start an apparel and footwear e-commerce company in Louisville, Kentucky where he soon built his first inventory system. Shortly thereafter he put himself back in the e-commerce business by building the prototype of SkuVault, then called Epic, which he sold to two customers, one of which is still using it today. In December 2012, he launched the web-based system which is now known as SkuVault.
SkuVault is a warehouse management technology platform that also has supporting features to go further back in the supply chain and enable companies to come into the 21st Century, go digital, and be multi- and omnichannel from the beginning. SkuVault takes sales all the way from purchasing up to and through the fulfillment process to then on the backside of that the reporting and analytics. Partnerships and integrations with companies like Webgility and the Virtual ERP for e-Commerce are key to their clients’ success. Continue reading