6 Reasons To Equip Your Team With Mobile Sales Apps Now

Sure, you could wait. You could wait just like some companies waited before purchasing their first PC, their first network, their first integrated accounting software/ERP system, their first website. Or, you could not wait, and actually move ahead of the competition.

Ready, or waiting?

Ready, or waiting?

There is no shortage of benefits to having mobile sales apps. If you equip yourself now you will stand out from the competitionand perhaps win more business because of it. Here are some good reasons to provide your team with a mobile sales app now:

  1. I can have an app that is stable, dependable, and continues to work for me when I am offline.
  2. I spend time in front of customers who have the authority to place an order with me. Wouldn’t I want to be able to do that any time, regardless of where I am?
  3. My app will follow all my pricing rules.
  4. I would like to know my inventory status, even on Saturday, even in the fishing boat.
  5. I want to have an auto-populated and accurate phone and address book tied into a map, email, calendar and phone. I can have that. Straight from my ERP.
  6. I sell at trade shows.

Sage is set to debut its inaugural sales app in about two weeks and we are excited to see what they have to offer. xkzero will release version 2.0 of its mobile sales app for Sage 100 ERP in the same timeframe.

Are you readyor will you keep waiting?

*UPDATE* Sage mobile solutions and xkzero’s iSales 100 (version 2) are now available.


Echo Global Logistics and xkzero: Anatomy Of A Smarter LTL Shipping Solution

Why Echo Global Logistics?  That is a great question.  Transportation logistics makes up about 10% of total GDP. That’s roughly a $1.4 trillion dollar industry and the choices for transportation logistics are wide and varied.  From among all of the carrier options, xkzero chose to build exclusive integrations into the Sage 100 ERP, Sage ERP X3 and Sage 500 ERP business management solutions by leveraging Echo Global Logistics.  The reasons we are working with them are primarily two-fold:  technology and people.

Echo is a public company (Nasdaq: ECHO) and one of the fastest growing transportation logistics companies in North America.  They are a non-asset based company (meaning they do not rely on their own fleet of vehicles and their own drivers), instead, Echo has built their business on technology.  Echo’s technology is designed to find companies the lowest cost option to meet your business needs every time.  Echo’s proprietary technology not only allows you to find the best price based on what the product is and what its origin and destinations are, but it is also a business intelligence solution to help educate you more about the cost and profitability of your transportation logistics functions.  At xkzero, what we have done is enhanced the Sage ERP system to embed the power of Echo’s technology into the Sage system.  The result is a powerfully streamlined process that makes shipments faster to process and easier to learn and maintain.  It’s that simple.

What makes this solution stand out even further is the people.  Through xkzero Transportation Management, your Sage ERP users will have a dedicated team of individuals – transportation logistics experts – laser focused on your business needs and goals.  A problem with a shipment or delivery?  Your Echo team will be on every issue promptly and through resolution to help ensure your customers receive their products without delay.  Your Echo team will also leverage their freight buying power to negotiate better rates and to nurture your carrier relationships.

What other Sage solution for LTL shippers provides all of that?  We’re not aware of any.

Proprietary technology, buying power, business intelligence, dedicated service teams, supply chain optimization, multi-modal, non-asset based, carrier relationships, customized solutions, evolved transportation management.  That is why we chose to work with Echo Global Logistics.   And now it is available with seamless integration into your Sage ERP.

One last reason – shared vision.  Echo does not specialize in big box clients.  Their clients are US-based manufacturing and distribution companies – small and mid-sized businesses like yours – helping them get products in the hands of the buyers most efficiently, and at the best price available.

Contact us at info@xkzero.com to learn more.



Quickly Catch Duplicate Social Security Numbers And Help Prevent Identity Theft

Earlier this week the arrest of a number of owner operators of 7-eleven stores in New York and Virginia was widely reported. The alleged fraud included millions of dollars in unpaid wages to illegal immigrants using sham social security numbers. The report is another in a long line of identify theft reports we hear about with increasing occurence.

Don't be a victim of identity theft

Don’t be a victim of identity theft

If you manage your payroll in-house as a Sage 100 ERP (MAS 90 / 200) customer, it is more important than ever for you to ensure that the social security number presented to you by a new employee has not been used by a current or former employee. Unfortunately the Sage 100 ERP payroll module does not have a built in mechanism to check this for you. In order to review for duplicate social security numbers you must compare employee by employee. And if you manage multiple companies for payroll – and also maintain archival companies for old payroll years, you could spend a long time trying to gain this assurance.

However, with GetX Search for Sage 100 ERP you can simply enter in the social security number into the GetX browser and you’ll instantly find out if you have a duplicate, potentially saving you hours every time you hire a new employee.  A free 30-day trial ofGetX is available for you to download now at

Here is a brief video showing how that is done.

How about that – universal search – and a little peace of mind. info@xkzero.com



xkzero Announces Partnership With Echo Global Logistics to Launch xkzero Transportation Management by Echo


New Solution Will Allow Sage ERP Users to Access Logistics Firm

CHICAGO, IL — xkzero, the Chicago-based Sage developer, today announced a software development partnership with Echo Global Logistics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ECHO), a leading

xkzero - Echo Global Logistics Partnership

xkzero – Echo Global Logistics Partnership

provider of technology-enabled transportation and supply chain management services, to provide an integrated transportation logistics solution for Sage North American ERP products.

The new solution, called xkzero Transportation Management by Echo, will provide a complete software and managed services solution natively integrated into Sage ERP systems. The program will allow users to shop for the best less-than-truckload (LTL) options directly from within the Sage ERP quote/order entry, then book the shipment when ready. The solution is available for Sage 100 ERP now, and versions for Sage 500 ERP and Sage ERP X3 are planned for later 2013 release.

“Our new partnership with xkzero will help companies make transportation management less complicated for SAGE customers,” said Douglas R. Waggoner, Chief Executive Officer of Echo Global Logistics. “Not only will clients see dramatically improved freight visibility, control and accuracy, but a lower overall cost.”

“Our solution with Echo is creating a new category of ERP automation that will be valuable for companies requiring LTL shipping,” said Paul Ziliak, co-founder of xkzero. “Managed services will relieve the burdens on a client’s transportation management team and a seamless integration into Sage ERP will save time on every shipment.”

xkzero Transportation Management by Echo will provide Sage ERP users with one point of contact for all logistics needs and is the only such offering in the space.

About xkzero
Chicago-based xkzero publishes mobile sales apps, universal search, online commerce and transportation logistics software exclusively for small and mid-sized businesses using Sage ERP (Sage 100 ERP, Sage ERP X3 and Sage 500 ERP). For more information on xkzero, visit: www.xkzero.com.

About Echo Global Logistics
Echo Global Logistics, based in Chicago, is a leading provider of technology-enabled transportation and supply chain management services, delivered on a proprietary technology platform, serving the transportation and logistics needs of its clients. Echo maintains a web-based technology platform that compiles and analyzes data from its network of over 24,000 transportation providers to serve its clients’ shipping and freight management needs. Echo procures transportation and provides logistics services for clients across a wide range of industries, such as manufacturing, construction, consumer products and retail. For more information on Echo, visit: www.echo.com.

Full release here:  http://ir.echo.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=770284

10 Surefire Ways To Know Universal Search For ERP Is NOT For You

Your ERP menu structure?

We’ve been telling anyone willing to listen about the tremendous time savings, and occasional client-saving advantages of having universal search for your ERP, but we know its not for everyone. Who is it not for, you might ask? We’ve been compiling a list. Here are 10 surefire ways to know that universal search in your ERP is not for you:

    1. I enjoy standing in lines. Like at the DMV.
    2. I enjoy making others wait.
    3. I enjoy looking for things in the dark.
    4. When I can’t find what I’m looking for, I’m okay with that.
    5. “Why take the shortcut when there’s always a longer way?” is part of my mantra.
    6. For my kid’s birthday party I always choose ‘find the needle in the haystack’ as the game to play.
    7. Stopping at the gas station for directions is a valued part of my social life.
    8. I’m the best in my office at memorizing customer purchase order numbers.
    9. I have a PhD in System Navigation.
    10. I don’t know what you are looking for anyway.

Especially if #10 sounds familiar, we say keep on navigating those good old-fashioned menu structures.  But actually with GetX version 2.0 we’ve introduced some fuzzy logic – so maybe if you kind of know what you are looking for, universal search might help.

If you’ve read this far and think you might like to know more about how you can save time in your Sage 100 ERP system, please check out one of our upcoming webinars!

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By Paul Ziliak, co-founder, xkzero