Jonny Pops serves up small business growth with full-service EDI [video]

by | Nov 18, 2019 | Business Growth, Retailers, Supply Chain

Jonny Pops is a small business growth story rooted in making the world a better place, one frozen pop at a time. Connor Wray and his dorm mates at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, became retail entrepreneurs with an idea for a smoothie on a stick. They bought a blender and began selling the treats at local markets.

Today, Jonny Pops are sold in grocery stores, school cafeterias and other sites across North America. With small business growth came the need for automation to comply with EDI trading requirements from retailers.

The supplier chose SPS Commerce as its full-service EDI provider to enable this order automation. This decision allows these retail entrepreneurs to focus on other areas of the business.

View the video to hear from the co-founder and customer service staff:

Retail entrepreneurs need EDI for new business

Jonny Pops signed with SPS when one of their retail customers, Costco, had EDI as a requirement. SPS quickly setup Jonny Pops on the full-service EDI solution, SPS Commerce Fulfillment, so they could begin receiving EDI orders right away.

Fast forward to 2019 and Jonny Pops has even more retail partners in their EDI portfolio that SPS is able to automate too.

With increasing order volumes, Jonny Pops needed to automate much of the fulfillment process by integrating NetSuite with SPS Fulfillment. This process minimized the manual entry of orders.

“We’ve undertaken over the past several years an integration of the SPS product into our ERP system, NetSuite, which above and beyond adding trading partners has added just a level of complexity and sophistication, and ultimately efficiency to our business processes.”
– Connor Wray, Co-founder, and CFO, Jonny Pops

New flavors and retailers deliver small business growth

As the supplier grew, Jonny Pops added new retailers, new flavors to their product line and more warehouse space. Jonny Pops stays innovative and efficient by focusing on the core competencies of the business.

Wray decided early on that these core competencies did not include EDI. Instead, the company trusts SPS to be their full-service provider and spends time on what they do best.

Jonny Pops found that whenever a retailer needed EDI, SPS could add them to their account quickly and easily. With 120,000 trading partners mapped to the SPS platform, most EDI connections can be set up and ready to go in a matter of hours.

Learn more about how this retail entrepreneur and his team grew their small business in the grocery retail industry in the short video. To get started with SPS Fulfillment today and see business growth like Jonny Pops did, contact a sales representative here.


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