Posts Tagged ‘Sara Mann’

Electronic Invoices in California: Welcome to the 19th Century

by Sara Mann 01.09.13


Electronic invoicing is one of the simplest and most effective ways to efficiently run a modern business. You can create, send, and archive electronic invoices in a fraction of the time it takes to do the same task with traditional, paper-based methods.  Electronic invoices eliminate the problems that inevitably come with paper-based processes such as misplacing paper, duplicating or overpaying invoices, or making late payments.  Electronic invoicing services can be set up to include online notifications that remind approvers that an invoice needs to be processed.  Electronic invoices also help facilitate audits, because AP departments can more quickly provide access to electronic invoices than to paper invoices buried in files. Last but not least, electronic invoicing is better for the environment.  Hundreds of thousands of trees are harvested each year to support paper invoicing in the US alone, not to mention the related energy and pollution costs; and although digitizing… Read more

The History of Amazon and Wine: What Has Changed?

by Sara Mann 10.23.12


Amazon is back in the wine business. During its first foray, in the Wild West dot com days of the late 1990’s when Amazon invested in WineShopper.com, the idea of Internet technology being used to sell and direct ship wine to consumers terrified alcohol regulators (and wholesalers) and ran into a wall of resistance. The dot com bust then finished off the WineShopper program. Shelving the plans for almost a decade, Amazon’s second foray into the wine marketing and direct shipping business was in 2009 with New Vine Logistics, one of the pioneers of warehousing, compliance and logistics services for wineries. That attempt failed because the CA ABC, having gotten wind of Amazon’s plans, released an Advisory in 2009 that gutted the crucial components of Amazon’s proposed program, including service fees “based upon a percentage of the sale of alcoholic beverages.” That bankrupted New Vine Logistics and set back the… Read more