PRESS RELEASES

Fully Integrated Version of ASI's ESP Now Available to Facilisgroup Partners

Direct search within ESP now available through Facilisgroup’s @ease management system

TREVOSE, PA – March 2, 2015 – Facilisgroup and the Advertising Specialty Institute® (ASI) today announced a fully integrated version of ASI’s ESP® data is now available to users of Facilisgroup’s flagship proprietary software, the @ease management system.

Under the new agreement, Facilisgroup users can search directly from within ESP. Further, users can generate ideas, create presentations and offer quotes from within a single platform, simplifying workflows and reducing administrative tasks.

Facilisgroup is a fast-growing community of leading promotional products distributors. ASI’s ESP is the number-one product sourcing tool in the industry, allowing distributors access to products from over 3,200 certified ASI suppliers, along with visual search, virtual samples and accurate product details and pricing.

Facilisgroup partners can now access an expanded array of product information and resources through ESP. Since the launch earlier this month, Facilisgroup reports use of@ease sales tools now directly linked to ESP have increased by
77%.

“ASI’s level of collaboration and innovation make them an ideal technology partner for Facilisgroup,” said Dan Rochette, founder and chief technology officer of the market-leading management consulting and technology services group. “We’ve enjoyed a seamless transition to a new, fully integrated product search system and our 92 partners across North America are raving about the new technology.”

User comments to date have ranged from “The new ASI search is fantastic!” to “The ability to directly search ESP in @ease is a dream come true.”

“ASI is very proud Facilisgroup selected ESP to integrate with @ease, one of the most widely respected business platforms in the industry,” said Timothy M. Andrews, president and chief executive officer of ASI, the largest media, marketing and education organization serving the $21.5 billion promotional products industry. “We’re looking forward to an even greater relationship with all of Facilisgroup’s partners as they explore the full suite of ASI products and services available to them.”

 

 

 

“ASI’s level of collaboration and innovation make them an ideal technology partner for Facilisgroup,” said Dan Rochette, founder and chief technology officer of the market-leading management consulting and technology services group. “We’ve enjoyed a seamless transition to a new, fully integrated product search system and our 92 partners across North America are raving about the new technology.”

Facilisgroup member Michelle B. Peebles, vice president of sales and marketing for Walker-Clay, said of the new initiative, “This integration gives us a great new tool in proposals – the modern, professional appearance and flexibility in making modifications are terrific. Love it!”

All told, ASI’s User Experience and Product Development teams have made over 350 enhancements to the ESP platform within the last year, resulting in new features, stronger functionality, faster speeds and a superior experience.

For information about other ASI products, services and integration opportunities, contact Heather DiPrato, ASI’s senior vice president of distributor services at hdiprato@asicentral.com.

About Facilis
Facilis is the market-leading management consulting and technology services group dedicated to delivering business growth for promotional products distributors. Facilis provides the industry’s only fully integrated infrastructure for Web-based business automation, results-driven sales processes, high-impact marketing programs, buying leverage, best practices consulting, graphics services and more. Facilis combines its industry expertise with leading-edge technology to deliver significantly increased sales, improved profits and reduced operating expenses for its partners, all under their own brand identity. Facilis is headquartered in St. Louis, MO, with offices in Ottawa, Canada. For more information contact Randy Conley (rconley@facilisgroup.com).

About ASI
The Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI) is the largest media, marketing and education organization serving the promotional products industry, with a network of over 25,000 distributors and suppliers throughout North America. ASI leads the industry in technology solutions, providing cloud-based e-commerce, enterprise resource planning software (ERP) and customer relationship management software (CRM). ESP Web® is the industry’s leading tool for sourcing hundreds of thousands of products. A family-owned business since 1962, ASI also provides online research, marketing, advertising opportunities, trade shows, education, award-winning magazines, newsletters, custom websites and catalogs to help members sell, market and promote their brands. Visit ASI at www.asicentral.com and on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and the CEO’s blog.

 

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