HOUSTON – February 15, 2018 – Kansas-based TonerCycle/InkCycle, a wholesale remanufacturer and distributor of ink and toner cartridges, was one of the original users of DiCentral’s integration solution when it first entered the marketplace more than 15 years ago. Today, TonerCycle/InkCycle depends on DiCentral’s comprehensive suite of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) solutions for:
- Receiving and translating purchase orders into readable formats
- Verifying compliance with all rules for each trading partner
- Mapping all data into Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems
- Adding orders into accounting systems
- Processing Advanced Shipping Notifications (ASNs)
- Creating customized shipping labels
“We started using DiCentral to service our first big box office products retailer,” says IT director David Kroenke, who’s been with the company through the entire DiCentral adoption process. “The entry cost for the DiCentral suite has always been way, way less than other competitors that were prohibitively priced. We have continually depended on DiCentral for purchase orders, shipping notifications and invoicing for our worldwide operations.”
The company’s history is lengthy and full of ongoing growth. Nearly 25 years ago, TonerCycle/InkCycle began collecting empty cartridges, reworking them in the founder’s basement, and selling them to nearby businesses. But now, with hundreds of employees and three distribution facilities, they re-engineer cartridges to the highest quality standards and distribute them for big box retail, private label branding and distribution programs, drop-shipment, and several hundred office product dealers of all shapes and sizes worldwide. Their fulfillment process is highly automated by a sophisticated tier-one ERP platform, and DiCentral integrated fully.
“We continue to grow at a rapid pace,” Kroenke said. “And we never would have been able to keep up with the demand without DiCentral. When an order is placed, it gets automatically released, and a ticket prints out in the warehouse within minutes. The package is brought over to the FedEx machine, and by the time they’re putting the label on the package, the tracking information is already on its way to the customer.”
Kroenke uses DiCentral’s suite to manipulate and map XML and delimited files, process ASN’s, and interface over the web using AS2 and FTP connections. The suite of solutions also allows the company to serve unique use cases.
“In settings like a hospital or a university where the logistics of delivering the right cartridge to the right person and printer can be a huge deal, software often automatically orders new cartridges as needed, along with detailed information about which printer in what department needs which particular item.”
DiCentral’s highly integrated solution helps pass along the detailed information from these orders all the way through to order tickets.
“Line-by-line, item-by-item instructions clearly describe who should receive which item and where it is to be installed, making those logistical issues incredibly simple when it counts,” Kroenke said. Part of my mission statement is to save people time. When I can employ technology to handle routine processes, we respond faster, with higher accuracy, maintain a lower operational cost structure and execute at a “Best In Class” level. Good for us, good for our customers!”
“InkCycle/TonerCycle is a great success story filled with ingenuity, a dedication to product quality, and a commitment to operational efficiency,” said Thuy Mai, president and CEO at DiCentral. “We’re pleased to see that DiCentral played a role in helping innovative companies such as TonerCycle/InkCycle become worldwide players in their market.”
For more information, visit www.inkcycle.com.
Founded in 2000, DiCentral is a leading global provider of B2Bi managed services. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, DiCentral has 10 offices worldwide supporting customers in more than 27 countries. DiCentral’s services and solutions are singularly focused on B2B integration and are used by many Fortune 1000 companies, processing over $200 billion in transactions for over 30,000 organizations worldwide. The company’s vertical expertise transcends through the automotive, retail, distribution, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, healthcare, energy and financial services. DiCentral provides turn-key cloud-based B2Bi managed services, which allows organizations to connect and exchange critical business documents with their trading community. The core components of the managed services offering include ERP integration, secure B2B communications, data transformation, business rule analytics, inventory management and trading partner community management. The company develops and markets a complementary suite of supply chain applications. Visit www.dicentral.com.
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