Let the Revolution Begin: ESP Web and ESP Orders Debut

Monday March 22, 2010 | Filed under: Industry Initiatives, Member Benefits, News About ASI

Tomorrow, one of the most ambitious efforts we've ever undertaken becomes reality when we start rolling out the new ESP Web and ESP Orders during our first virtual trade show of 2010.

If you haven't seen what ESP Web and ESP Orders will do to revolutionize how distributors and suppliers interact, watch the video here

The roll-out is the culmination of more than a year's worth of work on the next generation of ESP and a new product, called ESP Orders.  From the start, we put you - our members - front and center, and we reviewed thousands of your comments to develop revolutionary new services that satisfy your business needs.

We also relied on a number of beta testers, like Bobby Lehew, director of operations for Robyn Promo (asi/309656), who took the new services out for a test drive and provided feedback.  His conclusion?  "ESP Web is simple sophistication at its best.  I submitted a project to a client within minutes of using it for the first time.  I have the freedom to access ESP Web from anywhere and it lets me concentrate on my clients and their needs."

This next generation of ESP is now browser-based, meaning it will run in Explorer, Firefox, Apple's Safari and Google's Chrome.  ESP Orders, brand-new, will allow distributors to easily transfer information from ESP into a sales order and then into standard purchase orders that can be sent to suppliers with the click of one button.  The data will be easily integrated into ASI Computer's ProfitMaker, QuickBooks or your own enterprise financial system. No one has to rekey data, and this is a huge time-saver everyone will love.

It sounds simple, but getting this right required an entirely new approach to ESP - figuring out how to provide a true web-based platform, preserve the functionality users depend on every day and reduce inefficiencies between distributors and suppliers.

ESP Web and ESP Orders will start rolling out to segments of ESP users during the virtual trade show taking place live from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT tomorrow, Tuesday, March 23.  A graduated rollout will continue throughout the spring.  Training videos covering major new features of the services will be available on the log-in screen of ESP Web.

Demonstrations of ESP Web and ESP Orders will continue in the training room at the ASI booth and in select "power session" rooms at all upcoming super regional ASI Shows, including ASI New York and ASI Chicago

I'd love to know what you think so please, kick the tires and take it for a spin if you can. Then post a comment or email me here.  I'm also on Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.