The iControl Blog


September 23, 2020

Fintech Motion to Bar iControl from Competing in Alcohol Marketplace Denied by Federal Judge; iControl to Separately Appeal Jury Verdict

“The Features Fintech Claims as Trade Secrets are Elementary and Widely Practiced”

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July 28, 2020

CEO Tal J Zlotnitsky on the Vital Need to Save Newspapers

  ROCKVILLE, MD -- July 28, 2020, iControl President & CEO, Tal J Zlotnitsky, published a post today in Medium, encouraging Congress and state legislative bodies to take up legislation intended to save local newspapers from demise.   Zlotnitsky, who ...

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July 15, 2020

iControl COO Gutermuth Offers Insights on Curbside Pickup

  July 7, 2020 --- For omni-channel retailers, curbside pickup of online orders, like direct delivery, is a mandatory service to address the consumers’ shift to online shopping during and post COVID-19. Based on a VIPER survey of shoppers using Curbs...

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July 1, 2020

iControl Announces Launch of On-Premise Beverage

  BETHESDA, Md., July 1, 2020 --- iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process and payment consolidation and business insights provider to retailers and their trade partners, announced today the release of On-Premise Beverage (OpBev), the fi...

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May 1, 2020

The Best Alcohol Payment Processes Have 4 Things In Common

Whether you are an alcohol manufacturer, distributor or retailer, you've most likely looked into using automated alcohol payment processes. We want you to know that the best alcohol payment processes have 4 things in common. And you don't have to won...

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February 20, 2020

iControl CEO TJ Zlotnitsky on Risks to Brick & Mortar Retailing

  iControl CEO Tal J. Zlotnitsky published a post this week on Medium.com, expressing concerns that so called "Brick and Mortar" retailers -- those whose main form of business is reselling goods to consumers from store fronts -- "have less than 5 yea...

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January 30, 2020

Long-time CVS Executive Mike McEnany Joins iControl Board of Directors

iControl Data is pleased to announce the appointment of long-time CVS executive Michael (Mike) McEnany to its board of directors. His appointment is effective February 1, 2020.  He is replacing Ann Dozier, CIO of Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits, who ...

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September 10, 2019

Scan-Based Trading Can Improve Inventory Management

  To reduce costs and improve category performance, retailers have increasingly turned to their vendors for help in managing inventory. Over time, retailers have sought to leverage their suppliers, bestowing to them the responsibility for in-store in...

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September 10, 2019

iControl’s COO, Matt Gutermuth, To Speak at NBWA 2019 Annual Conference in Las Vegas

BETHESDA - iControl’s Chief Operating Officer, Matt Gutermuth, will discuss the importance of using data as a strategy to improve profitability with beer distributors at the 82nd NBWA Annual Convention & Trade Show in Las Vegas, September 22-25, 2019...

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September 9, 2019

iControl CEO TJ Zlotnitsky: "The Thing that Just May Actually Kill Brick & Mortar Retailing is Dithering and Hand Wringing"

iControl CEO Tal J. Zlotnitsky published a post this week on Medium.com, expressing concerns that so called "Brick and Mortar" retailers -- those whose main form of business is reselling goods to consumers from store fronts -- "have less than 5 years...

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August 5, 2019

Kristen Jones joins iControl to head Revenue Strategy & Operations

iControl welcomes a new executive to lead Revenue Strategy & Operations in Kristen Jones. Kristen has helped scale-up dozens of companies to reach strategic success. She has led revenue strategy for companies in the fields of software, electronics, b...

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July 11, 2019

Save Money And Increase Profits By Switching to e-Invoicing

  When it comes to managing a business, most prioritize working to increase profit, ROI, and saving money.  Despite that, many businesses still rely on out-of-date means to physically organize their invoices, which results in wasted time and money.  ...

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January 22, 2019

3 Big Benefits of EFTDirect for Retailers and Distributors

 What primary need do retailers and distributors have in common? They must have the ability to make and receive payments for alcohol beverage products. But more importantly, it must be convenient, compliant and secure.

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January 15, 2019

How Scan-Based Trading Improves Any Supply Chain

When it comes to supply chain management, scan-based trading (SBT) systems offer many answers to operational transparency. Through data integration, SBT informs everything from delivery logistics to promotional strategies. While some argue that the b...

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January 2, 2019

4 Critical Factors To Getting DSD Planogram Insights Right In 2019

Getting a planogram right is easier said than done, especially when it comes to planograms for Direct Store Delivered (DSD) goods.  Most retailers find DSD planogram performance evaluation maddeningly difficult, and many find that they lack the right...

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November 29, 2018

What is the True Cost of Manual Invoicing for Your Business?

Is your retail business one of the many that still processes and pays vendor invoices manually?   It is easy to get stuck doing what you’ve always done. Many retail or restaurant operators just like you overlook the cost of day-to-day operations like...

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November 7, 2018

iControl Promotes Kelly Poling to Chief People & Process Officer, Jennifer Skinner to Executive VP

iControl President & CEO Tal J. Zlotnitsky today announced the promotion of Kelly Poling and Jennifer Skinner, whom he called "two of our best and brightest" in an announcement to the company's staff.

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November 2, 2018

5 Ways of Leveraging Customer Data to Provide Value to Your Business

Customer data has been around the retail world for a while now, and with more and more data around customers coming in each day, the value of this data will continue to grow. Unfortunately, this source of information on customers tends go to under-ut...

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October 26, 2018

Shrink Mitigation and Shrink Settlement

Whatever the cause – vendor error or fraud, employee theft, pricing error, or damage – shrink can have an enormous effect on sales, margins and profits, impacting both the retailer and supplier partner. Using iControl’s Harmony platform to settle shr...

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October 19, 2018

Why EFT Payments for Alcohol Are Vital

EFT payments are secure, less expensive, and more efficient than manual transactions. An EFT transaction costs you about 10 times less. They are also environmentally friendly!

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October 12, 2018

iControl Proud to Expand Relationship with Kwik Trip, Adds SBT

iControl announced today that it has expanded its relationship with client Kwik Trip, with the activation of its Scan Based Trading solution.  iControl had previously been providing alcohol payment services and related reporting to Kwik Trip.

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October 10, 2018

Scan-Based Trading Implementations with iControl Simplified

Moving a DSD category to scanned based trading could seem like a daunting task, but with iControl and the Harmony solution, it is simple. 

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August 17, 2018

5 ways DSD Powers Your Growth

In DSD, products are delivered directly to the store and merchandised by consumer products manufacturers. DSD is poised to have a large role in helping stores in 5 areas: grow revenue, higher margins, accelerated working capital, better returns on tr...

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August 15, 2018

Souther Glazers CIO, iControl Board Member Ann Dozier Featured in Forbes

  We are proud to have Ann Dozier as one of our board members. In her day-to-day role as the Chief Information Officer at Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, North America’s largest wine and spirit distributor with over 21,500 employees, Ann is leadi...

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July 13, 2018

3 Ways iControl’s DSD Software Empowers You & Your Vendors

We’ll cover in this post a few of the key reasons why DSD solutions are crucial and how the Empower DSDTM suite takes the hassle and pain out of DSD, so you can focus on what matters—your customers! iControl has built our business by supporting some ...

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July 6, 2018

3 Key Ways Retailers Can Get More Value out of KPI

Every retailer has a set of KPIs they focus on every week. Often these KPIs summarize thousands if not millions of data points that are occurring across thousands of stores. Stakeholders at numerous different levels of an organization need them to as...

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June 29, 2018

“Garbage In – Insights Out” the Future of AI Enabled Data Management

We have all heard the saying “Garbage In – Garbage Out”, for some of us maybe a frustratingly number of times. Information Technology has developed great solutions to automate all sorts of activity but in most cases the solutions require that the sou...

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June 25, 2018

Direct Store Delivery Supply Chain Systems Must Improve for Retailers to Thrive

Direct store delivery has a deep-rooted history in retail. DSD really started taking shape and being widely used in the 1990’s. The idea that the Suppliers would be providing a service where they would take on the tasks associated with in-Store inven...

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June 6, 2018

BevSpot Industry Profiles: TJ Zlotnitsky

Interview bySarah Pekala of BevSpot BevSpot Industry Profiles offer a quick glimpse into the life and insight of various food, beverage and direct store delivery industry leaders. This summer, BevSpot Industry Profiles TJ Zlotnitsky who is the Presid...

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April 4, 2018

5 Ways Data Collaboration Has Revolutionized Business

Data collaboration has traditionally been a challenge for many retailers and suppliers due, in large part, to technological limitations of either partner to gather that data and share it in a consistent and timely manner. However, advancements in sup...

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March 29, 2018

4 Types of Retail Analytics Every Business Needs in 2018

Both Retail analytics and DSD software have come a long way in the last few years. If you wanted to see what your customers thought about your store or why they come there, you would need to ask them directly by conducting some form of market researc...

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March 13, 2018

The Benefits Of 360 Degree Supply Chain Visibility

Meeting often unpredictable market demands for goods means having a 360-degree overview of your supply chain. For retailers and suppliers, transparency is a necessary ingredient for success as it improves efficiency and productivity in the entire sal...

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March 8, 2018

How DSD Analytics Software Can Boost Your Business

Everyday, the world of retail is becoming an increasingly complex and intricate place to do business as a DSD supplier. The lines separating online and brick and mortar continue to blur, profitability is in danger with retail giants driving historica...

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February 28, 2018

DSD Supply Chain Is The Biggest Blind Spot to Grocers Seeking to Embrace a Digital Future

Winning Retailers Recognize Solving DSD is a Crucial Part of Preparing for the Omnichannel World. By now, we all know it is real, and it is happening: Consumers are migrating to the web for their grocery shopping. With FMI and Nielsen announcing just...

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February 23, 2018

7 Ways To Optimize Your Supply Chain Collaboration In 2018

Effective control of your supply chain can improve how you do business. In competitive markets, the sustainability and efficiency of an organization’s supply chain can not only decide its earnings margins, it can also have an important impact on bran...

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February 19, 2018

Midwestern Grocer Spartan-Nash Inks Long Term Extension With iControl

Grand Rapids, MI --- Long-time iControl client SpartanNash, a 175-store supermarket chain based in Michigan and operating stores throughout the Midwest, has signed a long-term contract extension to remain an iControl client. SpartanNash has been an i...

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February 15, 2018

5 Benefits of Retail Analytics in 2018

Retail analytics is the process of providing valuable data on inventory levels, supply chain movement, consumer demand, sales, and much more that can be used for a variety of applications like maintaining procurement levels and making crucial marketi...

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February 5, 2018

The Benefits Of Cloud Payment Solutions For Vendor Management

Retailers are always looking for better ways to buy from suppliers while reducing billing and payment overheads. While this might be easy for a small retailer, effective vendor management and supply chain collaboration becomes difficult when you’re d...

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January 30, 2018

Accelerating Pace of Online Grocery Shopping Requiring Urgent Action from Retailers; Direct Store Delivery a Critical Challenge

On January 29, at the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Midwinter Conference in Miami, FL, FMI and Nielsen (NYSE: NLSN) released a critically important new “Digitally Engaged Food Shopper” study.  

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January 16, 2018

5 Ways To Reduce Risk In Your Retail Business

  For retail businesses today, competition is higher, profit margins are narrower, and customers are more informed than ever before. Consequently, retailers around the world are feeling the need to reduce operational and financial risk wherever possi...

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January 8, 2018

6 Benefits in 2018 of Leveraging Retail Analytics in DSD

Inventory distortion is the combined cost of out-of-stocks, lost sales, and overstocks that retailers must discount significantly to sell. It results from the inability of retailers to respond swiftly and in a flexible way to consumer demands. This i...

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January 5, 2018

5 Stats About Beer EFT Payments in 2018

In 2018, beer distributors are looking for ways to streamline payments and boost operation efficiency. Throughout the rise of mobile EFT payments has grown, the number of beer distributors who use EFT has increased over the past few years. Below are ...

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January 2, 2018

2018 Retail Analytics Trends

As 2018 begins, B2B companies are looking at ways to enhance business intelligence and retail analytics to help streamline operations and increase efficiency.  As the world of scalable retail analytics, B2B mobile payments, big data and artificial in...

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December 28, 2017

How Mobile Transactions Reduce Risk And Boost Operational Efficiency

Today, businesses in all industries are under pressure to reduce risk and eliminate causes of both operational and financial inefficiency throughout the organization. Outdated processes for beer payments, in particular, are a major cause of such inef...

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December 19, 2017

A History of Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) And Alcohol Payments: Why it's Beneficial Now

In the following years after Prohibition ended 83 years ago, cash, check, and money orders became the standard for how retailers and customers paid for alcohol. Because it took decades until EFT (electronic funds transfer) payments occurred, it's a w...

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December 14, 2017

Gutermuth Takes Senior Management Role in iControl

iControl Data Solutions is proud to announce and welcome Matt Gutermuth to the company’s senior executive leadership, where he will report directly to President & CEO Tal J Zlotnitsky. Matt, who has been on iControl's board since 2013 and is a shareh...

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December 14, 2017

3 Reasons We Decided To Get Patents For Our Software

There are many reasons why companies patent their technology. Considering how much capital investment these companies make in researching and developing new products and services, it is essential to apply for patents to protect this investment and th...

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December 11, 2017

How Scan-Based Trading And Pay-on-Scan Differ

If you're new to understanding scan-based trading, it's a process where a supplier owns your inventory in a warehouse or store until scanned at a point of sale. It's a technology many retailers prefer because it helps save them money on having to pur...

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December 7, 2017

3 Ways to Improve Visibility to Direct-Store Delivery

Finding a digital method toward complete visibility in your liquor business has probably been a big issue for a long time. Back in the days of paper-based systems, no doubt you grew tired of never getting invoices properly coordinated, or trying to l...

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December 4, 2017

How To Pay-To-Play: Understanding Alcohol Payment Regulations

The alcohol distribution business is a very competitive market, and it can sometimes lead to dirty tricks in trying to one-up a competitor. While regulations are strict on alcohol payments in every state, it hasn't stopped some distributors from tryi...

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November 30, 2017

The Evolution of the Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) Process

With technology linking retailers and suppliers better everyday, there is a re-emerging process that is allowing a more solid partnership between these two trading partners. Better data sharing solutions have fostered an evolution of Vendor Managed I...

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November 28, 2017

Financing Now Available to Suppliers for Scan Based Trading Programs

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November 27, 2017

The Importance Of Line Item Matching When Processing Alcohol Invoice Payments

Maintaining accurate records of invoices and payments establishes a consistent pattern regarding income and expenses, thereby providing businesses a quick method to find areas that introduce waste. This is especially appropriate for any accounts paya...

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November 20, 2017

4 Reasons Every Alcohol Distribution Company Should Adopt Electronic Payments

In the world of alcohol retailers and distributors, online mobile payment systems are giving incumbent “cash and carry” processes a run for their money. Paper-based payments undermine efficiency across distribution channels, creating bottlenecks that...

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November 16, 2017

What To Look For In An Electronic Payment Processing Solution For Your Business

Electronic payment processing, like iControl’s Alcohol Payments, is a great way for alcohol distributors to speed up and simplify their payment processes across their distribution network.

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November 13, 2017

How Retailers Can Improve Operational Efficiency With Scan-Based Trading

For many retailers, the biggest cause of inefficiency comes down to the way their stock is managed. Poorly managed stock rooms can eat into profit margins, force staff to spend hours dealing with time-consuming administrative tasks, and, ultimately, ...

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November 9, 2017

Move To An Electronic B2B Payment Service Provider With iControl

Managing a busy supply chain is a full time job. Manual billing systems can create further complications that reach well into your stakeholders’ systems. Furthermore, inadequate access to financial and merchandising data means retailers are making im...

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November 6, 2017

Why You Should Streamline Your Alcohol Purchases

Managing alcohol purchases is notoriously difficult business in the highly regulated liquor industry. Alcohol payment and credit processes are often over-complicated with complex, paper-heavy billing and invoicing processes. An automated system can t...

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November 2, 2017

How to Improve Your Bottom Line Productivity with Mobile Payments

As a supplier, managing an account portfolio implies that you are fully capable of reacting quickly to any situation that arise. Deliveries get delayed, orders get amended and payments need to be accounted for, and the rise of digital technology has ...

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October 30, 2017

(Used for SEO) . Why Shifting Inventory Management To Distributors Just Makes Sense

When most distributors hear that they're going to be responsible for inventory management, they immediately assume that it's a going to be an unpleasant experience. Who wants to deal with the inevitable issues that arise with managing inventory?

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October 26, 2017

Save Your Business Money And Increase Profits By Switching To Electronic Invoicing

When it comes to managing a business, most prioritize working to increase profit, ROI, and saving money.  Despite that, many businesses still rely on out-of-date means to physically organize their invoices, which results in wasted time and money. 

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October 23, 2017

Plugging Holes In Your Payment Processing System With Automation

Payment processing is an important part of running a business. If a company can't maintain a streamlined and efficient process for payments, it could be losing a lot of money that could be used to grow its business. While traditional manual payment p...

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October 19, 2017

3 Steps To Mitigate Inventory Shrinkage in Retail

For a retail business owner, it's challenging to have the inventory diminishing significantly while the profits remain the same, or worse—dropped. 

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October 16, 2017

What Planogram Reporting Can Reveal About Your Shelf Sets

For any retailer, it is essential to understand the customer's shopping experience at shelf. The layout and design of a shelf set, or planogram, is a clear representation of how well a retailer understands their customer. Which products are carried, ...

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October 13, 2017

Retail Analytics Are Key To The Survival Of Merchants

As our reliance on technology grows, consumer behavior becomes increasingly important to analyze. Apart from explicit interaction with retailers through their online stores or social media, consumers leave digital clues virtually everywhere that expr...

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October 9, 2017

The Advantages Of Scan-Based Trading For Distributors

Can your distribution supply chain benefit from reduced inventory costs, increased sales, enhanced operational efficiencies, decreased merchandising time, and a boost in sales? Of course it can. Achieve this and more by switching to scan-based tradin...

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September 29, 2017

Can Retail Analytics Improve Your Merchandising?

Today’s market place is fast paced. Consumers seek instant services and products for needs that arise, changes that occur in their lives, or shifts in their careers. In this accelerated commercial landscape, the ability of retailers to respond to cus...

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September 7, 2017

How Mobile Payments Can Improve Supply Chain Collaboration

Mobile technology has taken off in recent years, with more flexible payment ecosystems giving retailers ways to improve supply chain collaboration. By adopting mobile technology in B2B payments, retailers and suppliers can not only build on partnersh...

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September 1, 2017

The Future of the Food Industry: Major Disruption Ahead!

The daily question we all face; “What do you want to do for dinner?”, was once black and white, with “cooking” representing a trip to the grocery store and “eating out” representing a trip to a restaurant. That daily decision is no longer black and w...

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September 1, 2017

Benefits of Streamlining Alcohol Payments and Reconciliation

Dealing with manual invoices and records in the alcohol industry is not only tedious, but it's slows everything down. Both take precious time that could be used for to furthering growth or faster delivery turnaround. With a dynamic B2B  payments plat...

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August 22, 2017

How a Collaborative Analytics Platform Can Improve Business Reviews

Collaborative analytics platforms can give businesses the tools to collect, share, and understand data regarding retailer sales performance, inventory management, consumer behavior, and more. A collaborative platform provides reports that combine and...

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August 16, 2017

iControl Earns Spot on Inc. 5000 List

 iControl Data Solutions, a data, payments and analytics software company, has made the 2017 Inc. magazine 5000 list. The award, which recognizes 5,000 of America’s fastest-growing private companies, adds iControl to a prestigious list of winners dub...

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August 7, 2017

Applying Advanced Retail Analytics, Part 3: Complementary Items and Consumer Behavior

To get a comprehensive look at your market basket, you need to know which items consumers commonly buy together and how likely they are to buy them together in the future. Classic examples? Peanut butter and jelly. Hot dogs and hot dog buns.

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August 3, 2017

Applying Advanced Retail Analytics, Part 2: Understanding Purchase Multiples and Basket Size

Knowing whether a consumer put your product in their shopping cart is important, but knowing how much of your product they bought can be even more valuable. These are consumer trends to examine closely - the trends that will affect future spending de...

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August 1, 2017

Applying Advanced Retail Analytics, Part 1: Market Basket Analysis

Going beyond top-line sales reporting and drilling down into your market basket is essential to gain insight into customer purchasing. Unfortunately, getting market basket data can be challenging. It requires complex queries across large data-sets fi...

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July 27, 2017

Electronic B2B Payment Solutions? Here's What To Look For...

**Originally published on http://www.topcoindirect.com** Interested in streamlining your business’s vendor payment activities? Who isn’t? This is one task any retailer would love to expedite as long as it doesn’t jeopardize payment accuracy. If you h...

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July 25, 2017

How Retail Analytics Can Better Inform Pricing Decisions

A strategic and optimized pricing and merchandising strategy is essential to staying ahead of the competition. Retailers are continuously trying to increase revenues, and find new ways to achieve incremental margin gains. Unfortunately, problems such...

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June 6, 2017

Electronic Payment Technology: Combining Analytics And Retail Data

Retail environments and supply chains are becoming more complex. An increase in online consumers and accelerated globalization means that more products are being sourced internationally to meet the expectations of more choices. These trends mean bric...

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June 5, 2017

The Link Between Alcohol Sales, Distribution and Technology Adoption

As new consumer trends have led warehouses to stock large and more diverse quantities, alcohol distributors are dealing with more producers than ever before. This shift contributes to a more complex supply chain, as well as retailers, who also need t...

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June 1, 2017

How EFT Payment Processing With iControl Can Improve Your Business

As B2B payment technology continues to advance, the positive impact on retail supply chain partners has been profound. This is especially evident in the Newspaper industry - where margins are slim, and cash flow is always top of mind. Moving to EFT p...

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May 25, 2017

iControl Proudly Sponsors  "Empowered Women International"

"Empowering Women International" is currently celebrating a landmark 15th year of empowering women! BETHESDA, MD, May 25, 2017 –iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers a...

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May 25, 2017

How Independent Retailers Can Grow Sales And Profits With Scan-Based Trading

Today’s intricate supply chains can result in both untimely and inaccurate information. Both of these outcomes can hurt a retailer’s bottom line. For independent outlets, especially, overall cost reduction can be the difference between profitability ...

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May 24, 2017

How To Modernize Your B2B Payment Processing System

While consumers enjoy the benefits of relatively simple payment requirements—allowing for numerous quick, easy, and safe payment options—businesses are often mired by the complex security requirements and reconciliation processes of new payment syste...

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May 22, 2017

Bernatello's Foods Selects iControl's Retail Analytics Solution

BETHESDA, MD, May 22, 2017 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, announced today the addition of Bernatello's Foods to the Data Sharing & Analytics port...

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May 18, 2017

Avoid The Stress Of Filing Invoices: Go Paperless With Mobile Payments

Filing invoices isn't a high priority on most retailers' to-do lists. It's time-consuming, inconvenient, and stressful. If you're among those who can stay on top of the filing that inevitably accompanies paper invoices, congratulations! Most people t...

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May 16, 2017

PayApp by iControl™ Wins ETA's 2017 Star Award for "Best Mobile Solution"

iControl Data Solutions is honored to accept this award recognizing our innovative, collaborative mobile payments technology available with PayApp™ BETHESDA, MD, May 16, 2017 –iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and busi...

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April 7, 2017

How EFTs Increase Payment Security For Alcohol Distributors And Retailers

Electronic payments offer distributors increased efficiency and transparency. Combined, these two factors make distribution networks more robust and effective. Electronic funds transfer (EFT) payments can help alcohol distributors mitigate complex su...

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April 6, 2017

Reaching Operational Efficiency: Connecting Invoice Handling With Payment Processing

Processing paper invoices and payments manually is tedious, resource-draining, and expensive. The Bank of America places the cost of processing a single check between $4 and $20; for a large retailer, this can quickly add up. Fortunately, automation ...

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April 5, 2017

5 Cost-Saving Benefits Of Electronic Payments

Technology is radically changing the way we do business.  The modern customer is constantly connected and demanding services that are fast, efficient and effortless. In this fast-paced, high-tech economic landscape, businesses who want to keep up and...

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March 21, 2017

iControl and Credibly Announce Upcoming Webinar: "Making Small Business Lending a Reality"

iControl is thrilled to announce the upcoming webinar sponsored by our partner, Credibly: "Making Small Business Lending a Reality."  Credibly is dedicated to creating a superior borrowing experience that meets the needs of all small to medium-sized ...

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March 20, 2017

Improving Operational Efficiency and Data Security of EBPP with Mobile Payment Processing

Despite the movement towards Electronic Bill Payment & Presentment (EBPP) in recent years, many companies are still reluctant to make this paradigm shift due to data security concerns. Although high-quality payment processing solutions can overcome t...

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March 15, 2017

Using Scan-Based Trading To Reduce Shrink Collaboratively

Shrink management is arguably one of the toughest things to control in retail stores because of how diffuse your inventory is, and how many factors can have an impact on inventory shrink. Trying to find the causes behind inventory shrinkage can be ev...

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March 13, 2017

iControl Publishes Ebook: "The Mobile Revolution: How Mobile Payments Are Redefining B2B Transactions"

BURTONSVILLE, MD, March 13, 2017 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers, Distributors and Brokers, published today the first ebook installment of the "Mobile Payments...

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February 10, 2017

Haug Companies Selects iControl's Scan-Based Trading Solution

BURTONSVILLE, MD, February 10, 2017 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, announced today Haug Companies has selected iControl's Scan-Based Trading Solu...

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February 8, 2017

[VIDEO] Get Started With PayApp by iControl™

Dealing with cash, checks, and money orders to process your B2B payments is still causing many inconveniences in the world of retail. These payment procedures occur in many independent retailers only because it's a process everyone is used to using. ...

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January 31, 2017

iControl Reaffirms its Commitment to Client Data Confidentiality and Ownership

BURTONSVILLE, MD, January 31, 2017 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, reaffirms its commitment to client data confidentiality and ownership.

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January 30, 2017

Credibly, iControl Announce Partnership to Provide SMBs with Business Loans to Grow

NEW YORK, NY and BURTONSVILLE, MD, January 30, 2017 – Credibly, an emerging financial technology and lending platform, and data and payment processing leader iControl Data Solutions (iControl), announced today that they have entered into a partnershi...

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January 24, 2017

iControl Announces 2017 Board of Directors

BURTONSVILLE, MD, January 24, 2017 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, announced today the selection of the Company's 2017 Board of Directors.

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January 23, 2017

iControl's TJ Zlotnitsky Joins the ETA Payment Sales and Strategy Committee

BURTONSVILLE, MD, January 23, 2017 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, announced today that iControl's Chairman and co-CEO, TJ Zlotnitsky, has been in...

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January 20, 2017

Alcohol Electronic Reconciliation: Benefits of Automation

Whether you are an alcohol distributor or retailer, dealing with alcohol delivery invoices and receiving records has no doubt been a recurring headache for years, especially having to rely on manual invoicing and credit processes. While it may be a t...

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January 12, 2017

[Upcoming Webinar] Going Mobile In 2017: How To Process Alcohol Invoices With A Mobile Payment Solution

Why are many companies moving to a B2B mobile payment solution to process their alcohol payments? Using the most advanced technology, retailers and distributors are able to eliminate cash and streamline the acceptance of checks, while electronic invo...

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January 10, 2017

Chobani Selects iControl's Retail Analytics Solution

BURTONSVILLE, MD, January 10, 2017 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, announced today the addition of Chobani to the Data Sharing & Analytics portal,...

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January 5, 2017

iControl Announces Acquisition of eSkye Solutions, Expands Data Synchronization Services for Beer, Wine and Spirits

iControl to Expand Industry-leading EES Technology and Support to Key Alcohol Retailers including Wal-Mart, Sam's Club and Walgreens BURTONSVILLE, MD, January 5, 2017 –iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business ins...

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January 5, 2017

3 Quick Ways To Get Up To Speed On NGR Automated Credit Tracking

Trying to keep track of credit requests, paperwork, and reconciliation is a real headache for many in the retail industry. Especially for liquor retailers, regulations require them to pay invoices to vendors by sending credit requests. This usually r...

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December 19, 2016

iControl Announces 2016 "Client of the Year" Awards!

iControl's Valued Retailer, Supplier and Distributor Clients are Recognized for their Commitment to Advancements in Technology that Revolutionize the Supply Chain BURTONSVILLE, MD, December 19, 2016 - iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading pro...

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December 19, 2016

Nestlé Waters Adopts iControl's Retail Analytics Solution 

BURTONSVILLE, MD, December 19, 2016 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, announced today the addition of Nestlé Waters to the Data Sharing & Analytics ...

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December 12, 2016

LaMi Products Selects iControl's Retail Analytics Solution

BURTONSVILLE, MD, December 12, 2016 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, announced today the addition of LaMi Products to the Data Sharing & Analytics ...

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December 8, 2016

One Simple Way to Improve the Alcohol Payment and Credit Process

It was only a decade ago when the liquor industry had no choice but to use in-store payments to keep cash flow going. Not long after, automated systems began and allowed many to conduct payments on a new level. However, the early days of automated pa...

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December 7, 2016

Rug Doctor Expands Partnership with iControl

BURTONSVILLE, MD, December 7, 2016 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, announced today Rug Doctor will expand its utilization of iControl's data shari...

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December 6, 2016

4 Signs You're Ready To Remove In-Store Payments

When it comes to B2B payments, retailers and their suppliers and distributors have significant opportunities to improve the invoicing and payment processes that are occurring at store level. By taking advantage of new technology, and removing some of...

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December 6, 2016

Sony Pictures Selects iControl's Scan-Based Trading Solution

BURTONSVILLE, MD, December 6, 2016 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, announced today Sony Pictures Entertainment has selected iControl's Scan-Based ...

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November 29, 2016

5 Reasons Why Alcohol Credits Can Give You A Headache

Every alcohol distributor, retailer, or wholesaler has experienced the frustrations involved with credit processing associated with alcohol deliveries. Whether it is a shorted case, damaged product, or erroneous invoice cost, processing the credits d...

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November 29, 2016

Timmons-Sheehan Company Selects iControl's Retail Analytics Solution

BURTONSVILLE, MD, November 29, 2016 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, announced today the addition of Timmons-Sheehan Company to the Data Sharing & ...

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November 28, 2016

iControl Taking Over the Leadership, Development and Growth of the PDI Data Exchange Service

Support for PDI Data Exchange will be Fully Transferred to iControl on December 5th!  BURTONSVILLE, MD, November 28, 2016 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers and B...

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November 28, 2016

Smithfield Foods Selects iControl's Retail Analytics Solution

BURTONSVILLE, MD, November 28, 2016 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, announced today the addition of Smithfield Foods to the Data Sharing & Analyti...

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November 23, 2016

4 Ways to Improve Alcohol Delivery and Receiving

The delivery, receiving and payment process for beer, wine and spirits deliveries can be challenging due to the complexities of payment regulations. Even the ability for retailers to maintain correct product costs with their distributors can be diffi...

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November 21, 2016

Chattem Selects iControl's Retail Analytics Solution

BURTONSVILLE, MD, November 21, 2016 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, announced today the addition of Chattem to the Data Sharing & Analytics portal...

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November 17, 2016

What Wikipedia Can't Tell You About Scan-Based Trading

Scan-Based Trading is a widely used business model that fundamentally changes the selling and buying relationships between trading partners by aligning the supply and demand at the retailer's point of sale. Wikipedia may be a great resource for many ...

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November 15, 2016

Taking A Proactive Approach To Inventory Management

We're living in a time when analytics software is more important than ever, especially within the complex retail industry. Taking a proactive approach to inventory management solves a lot of problems in this field, and using an analytics solution is ...

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November 15, 2016

Foster Grant Expands Partnership with iControl

BURTONSVILLE, MD, November 15, 2016 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, announced today Foster Grant will expand its utilization of iControl's data sh...

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November 11, 2016

Coborn's Selects iControl's Scan-Based Trading Solution

BURTONSVILLE, MD, November 11, 2016 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, announced today Coborn's has selected iControl's Scan-Based Trading Solution.

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November 10, 2016

Why Marketing And Promotional Planning Is Good For Retailers And Suppliers

No matter if you're a retailer or a supplier, the relationship between trading partners should become a symbiotic one in order to build your mutual business. At the heart of this is promotional planning focused on how to target the right customers. H...

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November 9, 2016

How Retailers and Suppliers Are Achieving Seamless Collaboration: Data Sharing Solutions

The link between retailers and suppliers is an important one to keep cohesiveness in every retail environment. Just one miscommunication could cause a chain reaction that frequently leads to downtime scoping out a problem. It's even more problematic ...

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November 7, 2016

Supply Chain Directors: Here's How To Stop Blaming Retailers For Bad Data

Being a supply chain director is no easy job, especially when having to exchange data with partnering retailers. You've perhaps worked as a supply chain director for years and became accustomed to many manual procedures in sharing data. But as the bu...

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November 3, 2016

10 Surprising Stats About Beer EFT Payments

The use of EFT payments is still relatively new to the beer industry. The majority of beer distributors still choose to complete their beer transactions with checks or money orders because they are leery of trying EFT. As awareness of the many benefi...

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November 2, 2016

5 Common Mistakes Retailers Make, And How To Avoid Them

The retail industry is growing increasingly competitive, and already slim profit margins make it essential for retailers to avoid costly mistakes. Many common oversights involve data management. Utilizing analytics to generate actionable insights fro...

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October 31, 2016

Take Control of Your Inventory: How The New Scan-Based Trading Helps

Over time Direct Store Delivery (DSD) suppliers have grown accustomed to managing orders and store inventory somewhat autonomously, using software and technology provided their company. And while this has improved supply chain efficiency, one major c...

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October 27, 2016

Jerry's Foods Selects iControl's Scan-Based Trading Solution

BURTONSVILLE, MD, October 27, 2016 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, announced today Jerry's Foods has selected iControl's Scan-Based Trading Soluti...

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October 26, 2016

The Retailer, Supplier, or Both? Who Pays for Third-Party Data Management Solutions

Advancing technologies have empowered both retailers and suppliers with greater access to data and in near real-time. Often, these trading partners choose a third-party data management solution to ensure they are able to collect, analyze and share th...

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October 25, 2016

iControl Publishes Ebook: "Alcohol Payment Regulations: 20 Myths & Facts You Need to Know"

BURTONSVILLE, MD, October 25, 2016 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers, Distributors and Brokers, published today the second ebook installment of the "Alcohol Paym...

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October 24, 2016

4 Ways To Make Sure Having Incorrect Data Isn’t Your Problem

With the introduction of new technologies to gather and manage larger amounts of data, the cost of inaccuracies in that data is becoming more and more significant, and the numbers are sometimes staggering. Some sources say bad data costs up to 10%-25...

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October 17, 2016

6 Ways to Manage Scan-Based Trading Promotions More Effectively

In many direct-to-store categories, vendors promote products on a regular basis. When planning a promotion, both retailer and vendor have to agree on timing, duration and promotional allowance; and then apply the promotion and ensure that in-store pr...

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October 14, 2016

You're Only In 75% Of Stores: Here's How To Grow Your Distribution

Dealing with distribution is always a complex process, and you're likely feeling pains with this now if you're struggling to get products into stores. With distribution gaps being one of those challenges, creating a goal of getting into more stores c...

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October 10, 2016

3 Things Nobody Told You About Alcohol Payment Regulations

Alcohol manufacturing and distribution has been a source of controversy in our country now for over 80 years. There are three things you probably haven't heard about the alcohol payment regulations involving the past and the present. The industry has...

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October 3, 2016

Alcohol Regulations by State [Infographic]

Serving, selling, distributing or manufacturing alcoholic beverages can be a very profitable business. However, there are strict regulations that need to be followed specific to the distribution and sale of beer, wine and spirits - including everythi...

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September 30, 2016

iControl's Latest Release of its Enterprise Data & Analytics Portal Features Distribution Gap and Demographic Analyzer

BURTONSVILLE, MD, September 30, 2016 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business intelligence provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, announced today the latest development release of it’s enterprise data an...

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September 29, 2016

5 Tips For Understanding the Importance of Real-Time Analytics In Retail

We're sure you've asked yourself, what difference can real-time analytics make in retail, and is it even feasible? With advances in technology available to retailers and their suppliers, these partners can react to business trends faster than ever be...

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September 28, 2016

[Upcoming Webinar] Selling Beer, Wine, and Spirits: Understanding Alcohol Payment Regulations in the U.S.

One of the greatest banes to those in the United States alcohol industry are the many regulations for conducting alcohol sales. Small businesses and large businesses alike are subject to an array of laws that seem to stack up against them.

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September 19, 2016

Why Beer Is The Most Highly Regulated Beverage When It Comes To Alcohol Payments

When Prohibition officially began in 1920, the government put a ban on the legal manufacturing, sale, and transportation of all intoxicating beverages - but it wasn't illegal to drink them. This means if people still had some in their homes at that t...

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September 16, 2016

5 Ways To Use Delivery Data To Maximize SBT Sales

Information sharing is a vital component of successful Scan-Based Trading (SBT). In any SBT relationship, the retailer always shares point of sale scan data with the SBT vendor. However, many SBT partners don’t share delivery data, since it’s not see...

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September 5, 2016

Hudson News Expands Scan-Based Trading Partnership with iControl

BURTONSVILLE, MD, September 5, 2016 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, announced today Hudson News Distributors, LLC will expand the utilization of t...

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September 2, 2016

Schmidt Baking Company Expands Scan-Based Trading Partnership with iControl

BURTONSVILLE, MD, September 2, 2016 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, announced today Schmidt Baking Company will expand the deployment of iControl'...

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September 2, 2016

Market Basket Analysis And Consumer Behavior: Detecting The Expected, And Unexpected

If you've never used market basket analysis or other analytics tools in your business, then you're probably very dependent on assumptions about why people buy certain things. To really understand the purchasing decisions of your consumers, it is nece...

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September 2, 2016

iControl Publishes Ebook: "The Future of Alcohol Payments"

BURTONSVILLE, MD, September 2, 2016 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers, Distributors and Brokers, published today the first ebook installment of the "Alcohol Paym...

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August 29, 2016

Nestlé Expands iControl's Retail Analytics Solution Across Business Units

BURTONSVILLE, MD, August 29, 2016 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, announced today the addition of Nestlé Purina to the Data Sharing & Analytics po...

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August 25, 2016

Harmony by iControl™ - July 2016 Release Notes

To ensure our clients have the best experience using our solutions, iControl continuously works to refine capabilities and functionality based on user feedback.  We are excited to provide this monthly summary of completed enhancements and improvement...

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August 25, 2016

Applying Advanced Retail Analytics: Marketing Planning And Performance

Applying advanced retail analytics is more necessary than ever in the retail industry to achieve a more holistic view of your sales performance. Unfortunately, many analytics solutions available in the market today provide too many generalities and n...

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August 22, 2016

iControl Publishes Ebook: "Know Your Inventory"

BURTONSVILLE, MD, August 22, 2016 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, published today the first ebook installment of the "Scan-Based Trading Series". ...

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August 19, 2016

Overcoming Common Challenges to Scan Based Trading

When adopting scan based trading (SBT), retailers face a critical choice. The retailer can either try to set up a direct pay-on-scan relationship with its vendors, or establish a relationship with an experienced third party provider to facilitate the...

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August 18, 2016

BreWingZ Sports Bar & Grill Selects iControl's Alcohol Payments Solution

BURTONSVILLE, MD, August 18, 2016 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, announced today BreWingZ Sports Bar & Grill has selected iControl's Alcohol Paym...

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August 18, 2016

How Independent Retailers Are Reaping The Benefits From Mobile Payments

The world of retail has always had its share of inconveniences, and dealing with cash, checks, and money orders to process your B2B payments is no exception. These payment procedures still occur in many independent retailers only because it's a proce...

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August 17, 2016

Jacksons Food Stores Selects iControl's Scan-Based Trading Solution

BURTONSVILLE, MD, August 17, 2016 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, announced today Jacksons Food Stores has selected iControl's Scan-Based Trading ...

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August 17, 2016

7 Common Misconceptions About Alcohol Payment Regulations

When it comes to wholesaling, manufacturing, retailing, or shipping alcoholic beverages, there can be complex regulations a business must maintain compliance with in order to stay in business. Many times these regulations can be overwhelming, leaving...

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August 10, 2016

Longhorn Liquor Selects iControl's Alcohol Payments Solution

BURTONSVILLE, MD, August 10, 2016 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, announced today Longhorn Liquor has selected iControl's Alcohol Payments Solutio...

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August 8, 2016

4 Benefits of Newspaper Electronic Payments

In your newspaper distribution career, no doubt one of the biggest challenges you've faced is generating invoices and managing payments to make sure you've received payment from customers. Most likely, you have too many stories to tell about lost inv...

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August 4, 2016

Growing Your Business Starts On The Outside: Leveraging Partnerships

Now that your company has signs of growth, how do you continually find ways to innovate to take you to new heights? It's a major challenge, though perhaps you're attempting to do too much internally to take you to the next level. When you focus too i...

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August 1, 2016

Why Lacking Supply Chain Data Sync is No Longer Sustainable

Big data has been getting a lot of press lately. Companies are investing significant amounts of capital to seize the opportunity that big data represents. However, while much of the focus has been on how to collect and analyze this data, very little ...

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July 28, 2016

Johnson & Johnson Selects iControl's Retail Analytics Solution

BURTONSVILLE, MD, July 28, 2016 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, announced today the addition of Johnson & Johnson to the Data Sharing & Analytics ...

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July 25, 2016

Balls Food Stores Selects iControl's Alcohol Payments Solution

BURTONSVILLE, MD, July 25, 2016 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, announced today Balls Food Stores has selected iControl's Alcohol Payments Solutio...

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July 22, 2016

Dr Pepper Snapple Group Selects iControl's Retail Analytics Solution

BURTONSVILLE, MD, July 22, 2016 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, announced today the addition of Dr Pepper Snapple Group to the Data Sharing & Anal...

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July 21, 2016

Alcohol Payments And Next-Generation Reconciliation™ by iControl [Video]

The thought of moving to electronic alcohol payments might sound tedious - especially when already faced with the complexities of payment regulations in the alcohol industry. However, payments by cash, check or money order can cause unnecessary incon...

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July 18, 2016

Pan-O-Gold Baking Company Expands Scan-Based Trading Partnership with iControl

BURTONSVILLE, MD, July 18, 2016 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, announced today Pan-O-Gold Baking Company will expand the deployment of iControl's...

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July 14, 2016

The Schwan Food Company Selects iControl's Retail Analytics Solution

BURTONSVILLE, MD, July 14, 2016 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, announced today the addition of The Schwan Food Company to the Data Sharing & Anal...

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July 8, 2016

Blarney Castle Oil Selects iControl's Alcohol Payments Solution

BURTONSVILLE, MD, July 8, 2016 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, announced today Blarney Castle Oil and Propane has selected iControl's Alcohol Paym...

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June 30, 2016

iControl's Latest Release of its Enterprise Data & Analytics Portal Features New Aisle & Segment Optimization, Price Cliff Performance

BURTONSVILLE, MD, June 30, 2016 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business intelligence provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, announced today the latest development release of it’s enterprise data and ana...

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June 29, 2016

Old Dutch Selects iControl's Retail Analytics Solution

BURTONSVILLE, MD, June 29, 2016 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, announced today the addition of Old Dutch to the Data Sharing & Analytics portal, ...

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June 29, 2016

iControl Publishes White Paper: "Collaborative Shrink Management"

BURTONSVILLE, MD, June 29, 2016 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, published today the second white paper installment of the "Scan-Based Trading Seri...

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June 24, 2016

Harmony by iControl™ - May 2016 Release Notes

To ensure our clients have the best experience using our solutions, iControl continuously works to refine capabilities and functionality based on user feedback.  We are excited to provide this monthly summary of completed enhancements and improvement...

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June 23, 2016

Don't Kick Yourself Over Kicked Kegs: Benefits Of Keg Deposit Reporting

As an alcohol distributor, selling draft beer is one part of building your on and off premise business. Obviously, part of the sales includes charging a deposit for kegs and tracking them throughout the year. During this time, your retailers typicall...

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June 22, 2016

5 Signs You Should Invest In Retail Analytics

Using analytics to understand your retail business is becoming more essential as the business world grows increasingly complex. Fundamental data points such as POS sales, inventory levels, deliveries and credits, shrink and promotional performance ca...

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June 20, 2016

BrownTrout Publishers Expands Scan-Based Trading Partnership with iControl

BURTONSVILLE, MD, June 20, 2016 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, announced today BrownTrout Publishers, Inc. will expand the deployment of iControl...

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June 16, 2016

6 Ways Mobile Payments Can Streamline Newspaper Deliveries

As a newspaper distributor, your routes have you dropping off papers in the early morning hours before most retailers even open. You drop the papers off at the door and hope that the retailer sells out that day because you can't sell the papers tomor...

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June 10, 2016

3 Benefits Of Having An Unbiased View Of Your Retail Data

Analyzing business data sometimes gets as many interpretations as reading a book or watching a movie. Depending on how you view things, it may mean something different to you than how someone else sees it. While some facts and figures are obvious eno...

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June 9, 2016

Timewise Selects iControl's Alcohol Payments Solution

BURTONSVILLE, MD, June 9, 2016 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, announced today Timewise has selected iControl's Alcohol Payments Solution.

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June 9, 2016

The Critical Role That Scan Based Trading Plays In Shrink Reduction

Scan based trading has traditionally been a preferred means for Retailers to reduce their on-hand inventory - and the carrying costs associated with it. Suppliers have also found benefits with this process as it eliminates store check-ins while enabl...

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June 9, 2016

Cafe Express Selects iControl's Alcohol Payments Solution

BURTONSVILLE, MD, June 9, 2016 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, announced today Cafe Express has selected iControl's Alcohol Payments Solution.

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June 3, 2016

Shelf Optimization: Getting It Right With Macro And Micro Space Productivity

I have spent almost two decades working with suppliers and retailers to develop, measure, and act on retail analytics and insights. In order to optimize sales and margin, it is important to truly understand sales trends, drivers and opportunities by ...

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May 20, 2016

Leanin' Tree Greeting Cards Selects iControl's Scan-Based Trading Solution

BURTONSVILLE, MD, May 20, 2016 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, announced today that Leanin' Tree Greeting Cards has selected iControl's Scan-Based...

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May 13, 2016

The Reason Why We Love Mobile Payments

With payment technology becoming more and more prevalent and accessible in our day-to-day lives, B2B mobile payments are beginning to take hold in a big way. In order to avoid being left behind in the race to mobilize for increased efficiency, compan...

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May 13, 2016

Aries Manufacturing Selects iControl's Scan-Based Trading Solution

BURTONSVILLE, MD, May 13, 2016 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, announced today that Aries Manufacturing has selected iControl's Scan-Based Trading...

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May 13, 2016

5 Ways Next-Gen Reconciliation Is Revolutionizing The Alcohol Payment Process

The complexity of the Alcohol Beverage category can cause vendors and retailers big headaches. Pricing fluctuations, promotional activity, vendor changes, discrepancies between vendor invoices and retailer receivings and more can cause significant am...

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May 12, 2016

Prairie Grain Bread Co. Selects iControl's Scan-Based Trading Solution

BURTONSVILLE, MD, May 12, 2016 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, announced today the Prairie Grain Bread Co. has selected iControl's Scan-Based Trad...

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May 10, 2016

iControl Publishes White Paper: "An Actionable Approach to Enterprise Analytics"

BURTONSVILLE, MD, May 10, 2016 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, published today the first white paper installment of the "Retail Insights & Analyti...

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May 5, 2016

Why The Alcohol Industry Needed An Electronic Payment Option

Retailers and distributors alike in the alcohol industry need to be more aware of electronic payment options because it could not only save them a lot of money but it could also make their jobs a whole lot easier. There is a lot to learn about the my...

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May 4, 2016

Harmony by iControl™ - April 2016 Release Notes

To ensure our clients have the best experience using our solutions, iControl continuously works to refine capabilities and functionality based on user feedback.  We are excited to provide this monthly summary of completed enhancements and improvement...

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May 4, 2016

Bimbo Bakeries Selects iControl's Retail Analytics Solution

BURTONSVILLE, MD, May 4, 2016 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, announced today the addition of Bimbo Bakeries to the Data Sharing & Analytics porta...

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April 29, 2016

Top 5 Ways to Embrace the New Scan Based Trading

There are many benefits of Scan Based Trading (SBT) for both retailers and suppliers. The most important benefit to retailers is that it allows them to only be charged for goods when they are sold at the register, instead of having to incur inventory...

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April 29, 2016

Dunne Manning Inc. Selects iControl's Scan-Based Trading Solution

BURTONSVILLE, MD, April 29, 2016 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, announced today Dunne Manning Stores has selected iControl's Scan-Based Trading S...

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April 26, 2016

Get Paid On Time: How Electronic Payments Are Changing The Game

Electronic payments are game changers in the area of business-to-business dealing. As more established businesses begin to automate their payment processes, these businesses are streamlining these payment processes for more efficient day-to-day busin...

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April 25, 2016

Hallmark Cards Expands Scan-Based Trading Partnership with iControl

BURTONSVILLE, MD, April 25, 2016 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, announced today Hallmark Cards will expand the deployment of iControl's Scan-Base...

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April 25, 2016

Topco Associates LLC Partners with iControl to Offer a Leading Edge Alcohol Payments Solution to its Membership

New Partnership will Provide a More Streamlined and Cost-Efficient Alcohol Payments Solution to Topco Member-Owners and Customers While Driving Significant Savings Throughout the Supply Chain BURTONSVILLE, MD, April 25, 2016 – iControl Data Solutions...

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April 21, 2016

How To Gain Visibility to the Direct Store Delivery Supply Chain

In the world of retail, analyzing data and metrics has become essential to keeping ahead of competition and balancing details to stay profitable. No more can you run a retail business on second-guesses or hunches since the retail market is more compe...

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April 20, 2016

4 Things Every Alcohol Distributor Needs

In the world today, we go to liquor stores, grocery and convenience stores, or bars and restaurants in order to buy alcohol. There are thousands of types of alcoholic beverages, but what people rarely consider is just how that particular bottle got o...

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April 19, 2016

How Scan-Based Trading Can Improve Inventory Management and Increase Customer Satisfaction

To reduce costs and improve category performance, retailers have increasingly turned to their vendors for help in managing inventory. Over time, retailers have sought to leverage their suppliers, bestowing to them the responsibility for in-store inve...

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April 18, 2016

ALON Selects iControl's Scan-Based Trading Solution

BURTONSVILLE, MD, April 18, 2016 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, announced today ALON has selected iControl's Scan-Based Trading Solution.

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April 18, 2016

Kemps Expands Scan-Based Trading Partnership with iControl

BURTONSVILLE, MD, April 18, 2016 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, announced today Kemps will expand the deployment of iControl's Scan-Based Trading...

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April 15, 2016

Blue Rhino Expands Scan-Based Trading Partnership with iControl

BURTONSVILLE, MD, April 15, 2016 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, announced today Blue Rhino will expand the deployment of iControl's Scan-Based Tr...

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April 15, 2016

ALON and GoMart Select iControl's Alcohol Payments Solution

BURTONSVILLE, MD, April 15, 2016 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business insights provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, announced today ALON and GoMart have selected iControl's Alcohol Payments Solutio...

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April 13, 2016

Why 2018 Will Be The Year Of The B2B Mobile Payment Revolution

You've perhaps been in the B2B industry for years, though managed to get stuck in outdated e-commerce methods, or even sticking with cash or checks. All of these have gradually become archaic in an era where mobile payment processing is more convenie...

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April 13, 2016

iControl's Latest Release of its Enterprise Data & Analytics Portal Features New Distribution and Planogram Reporting

BURTONSVILLE, MD, April 13, 2016 – iControl Data Solutions (iControl), a leading process improvement and business intelligence provider to Retailers, Suppliers and Brokers, announced today the latest development release of it’s enterprise data and an...

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