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On February 16, 2011. By Lauren, under Other News.
2011 marks the 20th anniversary for EDI Options. Founders Neil Abbruzzese and Greg Wasserman began their journey as IT specialists in the jewelry industry, where they came to know from experience that there had to be an easier, less expensive way for suppliers to fulfill the retail requirements of EDI. Neil has more than 20 years of senior management experience in retail and data processing, logistics and compliance. Greg’s expertise is in the industries newer e-commerce innovations both as a consultant and as a software developer. They decided to leave the company they were working for and branch out, beginning to consult for many jewelry companies along with the one by which they were previously employed. Together they have used their past experiences and knowledge in the field to be the building blocks of EDI Options.
Starting off in a spare second bedroom, Neil and Greg began to compile all the information and resources needed in order to get the ball rolling. They started off becoming resellers of the already popular Formula1 system. Their first clients came from inside the Jewelry industry, considering their many years of experience and relationships built there. They soon began to grow from mainly jewelry to a broad array of industries such as giftware and electronics accessories. And as the clients grew, so did the business. Quickly moving from the spare room to their first office in Stony Brook University’s High Technology Incubator, within 3 years they outgrew that and relocated to right outside New York City allowing them easy access to many of their clients, as well as talented employees. They began creating custom EDI tools for their own use and to help meet their customers’ needs. Soon these tools became substantial enough to release as their own EDI system. This lead to the creation of the DOTTE system, Neil and Greg’s first self-designed software formulated to fit the needs of their customers.
In 2002, the first production version of the EC Gearbox (version 6) was released. It came with the idea for a more modern, streamlined, user friendly software, with the same important qualities their customers required. Within the next 2 years modules were added to the GearBox such as warehouse manager, shipping manager and integration manager. They were added to make processing easier for the user and to make order processing more efficient in general.
The introduction of Value Added Network services including trading partner management, account inter-connectivity, and document tracking came into play in 2005. By taking the extra step of integrating the network services with their other offerings it created a one-stop EDI marketplace for their customers.
The company continues prospering with the latest releases in the Gearbox product line in late August 2010– the GearBox 10 and the EC GearBox Gold. The EC GearBox Gold is the flagship product of EDI Options with the power and flexibility to meet any need. The GearBox Gold has everything traditionally offered in off-the-shelf EDI management tools with the added capability to attach EDI Options custom applications to add almost limitless extensions. Designed for the entry-level EDI user and affordably priced, the EC GearBox 10 embodies the EDI knowledge and retail experience gained by EDI Options in the last 20 years. Business oriented and easy to use, the EC GearBox is quickly becoming the EDI manager of choice for companies of all sizes.
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