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Expert advice on trade spend topics.


Welcome Weston Foods

Blacksmith Applications is pleased to welcome Weston Foods (a subsidiary of publicly-traded Canadian company George Weston Ltd., parent of Loblaw Companies and Shoppers Drug Mart) to our customer family.


Stop Struggling to Process Against Redi Volume

If your organization is struggling to process deviated price deductions against redistribution volume, click here to find realistic suggestions on how to define and control the financial exposure of your business.


FORGE 8.0 – NEW Features

We’re always making changes to enhance the customer experience with FORGE. Read more for an update on some of the exciting new features in version 8.0.


Eliminate This Today to Improve Trade Spend Success

At least 60% of companies are using custom/manual processes. Don’t miss out on improvement opportunities because you’re still keeping track of contracts in Word or Excel.


Best Practices for Operator Accrual Management

Stop dreading your quarter-end accruals and effectively manage your trade pricing with FORGE Live Accrual functionality. Give your team the only tool with end-to-end visibility, automated invoices and payments, and simplified management of rebates and fees.


7 Ways to Secure Control Over GPO Discounts

Foodservice manufacturers struggle to gain control over pricing and allowances offered to GPOs without placing undue risk against the volume these arrangements represent. The need for control increases as more organizations extend their discounts to locations that were assumed to be ineligible.