Greetings from the Big Easy, where MAPADOC hosted its 2019 Connections event. For two exciting days, New Orleans wasn’t merely a city of jazz, beignets, gumbo, and Mardi Gras – it was also the home to MAPADOC. In the lively French Quarter, Connections participants had the opportunity to listen to expert speakers, get hands-on training from MAPADOC consultants, and meet a variety of MAPADOC technology partners to learn more about their solutions.
But if there is one thing we at MAPADOC know how to do, it’s how to put the Fun in EDI, and there was no better place than the Bourbon View on Bourbon Street. We view our partners and customers as part of the MAPADOC family and there is nothing we like better than to break bread with our family while listening to some smooth Jazz and eating some good old-fashioned Cajun food.
For us at MAPADOC, Connections is our favorite time of the year (yes, better than Christmas or the Super Bowl). At Connections, we get the opportunity to have facetime with our customers to discuss the future of MAPADOC. This time around, our discussions with customers moved to many fascinating topics ranging from great usability ideas to smart dashboards. One topic in particular seemed to be of interest to many people – MAPADOC and AI. It was very exciting to hear our customers ideas on how we can improve the MAPADOC experience and continue making MAPADOC the very best EDI tool.
Even in the lively Bourbon Street, this year’s Connections was bittersweet. Lynn Berman, the founder of SWK Technologies and wife of Gary Berman passed away on March 30. Lynn was an amazing person and she will be greatly missed. Gary was able to join us to take comfort in being with family and friends at this difficult time. We thank everyone for their condolences.
Even though Connections just ended, we at MAPADOC are already planning the MAPADOC Connections 2020 event and we want to hear from you where we should host it. We want to select a location that all of you would like to visit and take advantage of great learning and networking opportunities:
Paul Dworianyn and Shawn Cassinelli from Awesome Dynamic (a consulting firm specializing in helping clients find success working with Amazon) joined us at MAPADOC Connections to give participants a deep dive into the world of selling on Amazon. The main topic of discussion was the key differences between Amazon’s Seller Central and Vendor Central. As Amazon is becoming an increasingly important partner to many of our customers, this was a great opportunity to learn from experts about the different selling platforms on Amazon, and how the benefits differ between selling on Seller Central and Vendor Central.
Here is just a small sample of some of the key differences that Awesome Dynamics shared with us at Connections. From profit margins to costs, being on Amazon’s Seller Central allows companies to have greater control of their Amazon E-Commerce business.
- Seller Central allows more control of pricing
- The support for Seller Central is more robust than the support on Vendor Central
- Cost for doing business on Vendor Central is complicated and results in set wholesale pricing that almost never increases
- You have to pay for analytics on Vendor Central while Seller Central provides more detailed sales and inventory reports
- Marketing is where Vendor Central provides more value than Seller Central with access to a number of different programs
- You manage your inventory on Seller Central while on Vendor Central, you are at the whim of Amazon when it comes to restocking
- Seller Central pays vendors every 7 to 14 days while vendors on Vendor Central are on terms of 30, 60 or 90 days
For many Connections attendees, Awesome Dynamic’s talk was an eye-opening introduction to their potential foray into the world of Amazon. It was great hearing from the Dynamics team, and we thank them for shining some light on the notoriously enigmatic world of selling on Amazon. For more details, take a look at the PowerPoint presentation Paul and Shawn provided:
Reach out to CAM@MAPADOC.com if you decide to get your feet wet with Amazon!