Tradeloop's Member Blog And News: January 2011

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Got Inventory? Uploading Is Easy With Tradeloop's Custom Options

At Tradeloop, we make it easy to upload an unlimited number of items to our parts database. With our custom upload options, you can send us your parts lists or upload the parts list spreadsheet yourself - using your own column order instead of ours. Here's how.

Access your inventory lists by clicking on the "My Inventory" link on the Account tab. You have several upload options to select from:
  1. Manual upload: Click on the "My Inventory" link on the Account tab. You'll be taken to a page that lets you enter your parts one-by-one. Only use this option if you have just a few items to upload!
  2. Tradeloop upload: Having problems uploading? Email your parts list to and include your login name. We'll have it up within 24 hours.
  3. Standard CSV file: Click the "Browse" button on your account home page to upload an Excel CSV file. Learn more at our upload parts help page.
  4. Upload a custom file in your own format: Click on the "Advanced Upload Option" at your account home page. You'll be able to select from three upload options for your Excel parts file. Choose from two standard versions or use the "Custom" option to reorder the part number, manufacturer, quantity, etc. options to match your company's preferred layout.

    The "Custom" option allows you to "drag and drop" the column order to match your preferences.
Remember to include pricing information when you're uploading parts lists. It contributes data to our price history charts, an important market research tool. Even more important, pricing parts can help you increase sales and have better search results position at Tradeloop because buyers are more likely to contact sellers who post their prices. After all, they already know they can afford your products!

Some members are reluctant to price their parts and possibly display wholesale pricing to retail users. That never happens at Tradeloop! End-users can can only access retail prices. Period.

Tradeloop is a wholesale trading community organized to give dealers a safe place to do business, exchange information, and find reliable buyers and sellers in an online market. We protect your pricing and contact information by limiting access to other Tradeloop members only.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Tradeloop Members Line Up To Join Ethics Committee

So many Tradeloop members responded to our announcement of vacancies on the Ethics Committee that we've created a waiting list of members interested in volunteering with the committee. Although we initially planned to fill just the vacancies, member response was so enthusiastic that the Ethics Committee asked us create a waiting list. This help the Committee quickly fill future vacancies and ensure that cases continue to be evaluated in a timely manner.

It's important to keep the list accurate and up-to-date, so we're asking prospective members to make two connections on the Tradeloop site and update their profile with a picture. Note: we encourage all Tradeloop members to do the same.
  • With the Connections system, you can set up your own network of trusted dealers within Tradeloop. Connections also show other dealers a solid reference when they're viewing your profile. Start making Connections with other dealers.

  • Member photos now appear next to their Broadcasts, drawing attention and increasing your credibility with other dealers. A photo puts a face to your name and most of our current Ethics Committee members display their pictures. Upload your picture here.
To encourage diversity, the Ethics Committee has given priority to dealers from outside the United States for the current vacancies. However, any qualified Tradeloop member is welcome to apply for future openings. Requirements include:
  • Your company must have been a Wholesale Member on Tradeloop for over a year.
  • Your company cannot have any posted complaints against it.
  • You must agree to maintain the confidentiality of ethics cases.
  • Your company must pass a review by sitting Ethics Committee Members.
  • Ethics Committee members must vote on all cases within 7 days of posting the Complaint and Response to the Committee. A Committee member will be considered “inactive” if he or she fails to vote on 3 cases over a 12 month period. Inactive members will be asked to step down so a new volunteer will be invited to join the Committee.
The Ethics Committee is a volunteer group that provides an invaluable service to the Tradeloop community. They review the details of complaints, mediate disputes, and always work towards an amicable resolution. When necessary, they make the hard decisions to warn the community about possible fraud or unethical activity and even ban companies from Tradeloop.

Learn more about current Ethics Committee members and review details of posted cases at Tradeloop's Ethics blog.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Ethics Committee Investigating Counterfeiting Cases & Other Disputes

Two companies were banned from Tradeloop last week after they failed to respond to Ethics complaints filed against them. Another case involving counterfeit products is still being reviewed by the Ethics Committee. It's the latest in a series of counterfeiting cases presented to the Committee in the past few months.
  • Case #5109: The complainant alleged that the defendant sold counterfeit equipment.
  • Case #5110: Involved a complaint about the non-shipment of prepaid goods.
Because neither defendant responded to the complaint, the Ethics Committee wasn't able to evaluate the substance and mediate a resolution. Remember that Tradeloop member companies are required to respond to Ethics complaints..

Counterfeit product damages the value of the wholesale market as well as the reputation of legitimate dealers and manufacturers. Tradeloop takes the issue seriously and our staff works with the Ethics Committee to gather information and mediate disputes.

Our extensive account validation process for new members helps keep fraudulent companies out of the community and we're constantly evaluating our policies and updating verification procedures to keep the community safe.

Visit Tradeloop's Ethics blog for more information on these and other posted cases. You can review the evidence presented and even make your own comments under the "Members" tab.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Trade Shows & Events You Can't Afford to Miss

From Atlanta, GA to Singapore, wholesale IT dealers will be meeting at various locations throughout the first quarter of 2011. Learn about new products, services, industry trends, and meet with your peers to discuss the state of the IT industry.

ASCDI USA Winter Reception Atlanta, Georgia, USA: 01/13/11
The Association of Service and Computer Dealers International (ASCDI) represents IT companies that provide hardware, software, maintenance services, leasing services, business solutions, technical support and value added services.

RLTS 2011 Las Vegas Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: 2/7-2/11
Third Party Service Providers (3PSPs) will be exhibiting their Reverse Logistics services & solutions at the Reverse Logistics Conference & Expo in Las Vegas in February 2011.

NTCA Expo 2011 Dallas, Texas, USA NTCA (National Telecommunications Cooperative Association): 2/15-2/16
EXPO ‘11 gives you direct access to key decision makers and industry buyers in the rural telecommunications sector.

ASCDI Asian Conference Mandarin Orchard, Singapore: 2/17-2/18
The Association of Service and Computer Dealers International (ASCDI) represents IT companies that provide hardware, software, maintenance services, leasing services, business solutions, technical support and value added services.

Enterprise Connect (VoiceCon) 2011 Orlando, Florida, USA: 2/28-3/2
The leading enterprise communications event in the industry to swap logic with your peers, see the latest solutions available, and analyze how to take advantage of all the dramatic changes reshaping our industry.

CeBit 2011 Hanover, Germany: 3/1-3/5
CeBIT is the world’s largest trade fair showcasing digital IT and telecommunications solutions for home and work environments.

IWCE 2011 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: 3/9-3/11
At IWCE, visit over 330 exhibitors showcasing the hardware, applications, interoperability and integration that will make your systems more effective and efficient.

Comptel Plus Las Vegas, Nevada: 3/20-3/23
USA COMPTEL PLUS is the preeminent networking event for innovative communications companies, hosted by the trade association COMPTEL.

ASCDI 2011 Spring Conference New Orleans, Louisiana, USA: 3/23-3/25
The Association of Service and Computer Dealers International (ASCDI) represents IT companies that provide hardware, software, maintenance services, leasing services, business solutions, technical support and value added services.

AIIM 2011 (info360) Washington, DC, USA: 3/21-3/24
Join us as thousands of technologists and business users from the world’s largest and most successful companies gather at info360 to explore the technologies that are about to run your business.

Data Center World Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: 3/27-3/31
Hosted by AFCOM, the leading association of data center management professionals, is a dynamic community providing a forum for discussion, learning and problem-solving.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Please Congratulate These Longstanding Tradeloop Members

Please join us as as we congratulate these Tradeloop members who have been part of the trading community for 5 years or longer. Many have donated time to our all-volunteer Ethics Committee or provided other services to the community. All are valued members and we thank them for their commitment to Tradeloop.

Here are the members who celebrate their Tradeloop anniversary during the month of January:

January 1998
January 1999
January 2002
January 2003
January 2005
We want to thank these members for their commitment to the Tradeloop trading community. These companies - along with the many other Tradeloop users - work with us to promote ethical business standards, protect the value of the wholesale market, and police the community to prevent online fraud. Search the Tradeloop Dealer Directory to find even more Tradeloop wholesale members and registered users.