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Challenges of the Future: The Rebirth of Small Independent Retail in America
By any measure, retailers are overwhelming small businesses. More than 95 percent of all retailers have only one store. Almost 90 percent have sales less than

basics of scm  online are more about basics and replenishment. On customer service I think we do as well as anybody but every small businessperson, I think, wishes they did better. We do a lot of training. We have once a week sales classes-workshops, information exchange, mentoring, etc. We have to keep our people really on top of trends and product information. We talk about what's new all the time. Our customers are very well informed. What's good and bad about our high level of service is that we have salespeople Read More...
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The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as or...
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New Dimensions in EC and SCM Part 5: E-Procurement for Process Improvement
From point-and-click ordering using Web-based catalogs of individual suppliers, to marketplaces that bring together in one place the products or services

basics of scm  however, starting with the basics of increasing efficiency, accessing a more competitive supply base, and leveraging volume, as discussed earlier, may be the appropriate first steps, with more sophisticated solutions coming later. Any software-based solution is only effective if it is fully and correctly used, of course, and is only as good as what's programmed into it. Experience, diligence, and sound judgement are still required - especially in unique situations - and no electronic commerce system can Read More...
The Underbelly of Software Project Management Tools
Project management tools for software development should include a broad range of functionality. Project teams must be able to estimate the scope and duration

basics of scm  Management , Project Management Basics , Free IT Project Management Guide , Project Management Solution , Task Management Time-tracking , Task Management Software . Introduction Tiger is a strong, ferocious and carnivorous animal. The only weak part of its body is its underbelly. The easiest way to kill a tiger is by attacking its underbelly but the hitch in reaching the underbelly is that it is protected from attacks by tiger's claws, two-inch long canines, the powerful paws and its well-honed killer Read More...
The Essential Components of Quote-to-order Application Suites
Modern quote-to-order suites provide customers and suppliers access to design, planning, and material data. This enables users to proactively understand various

basics of scm  background, please see The Basics of Quote-to-order Systems . CRM and ERP solutions require custom programming for deployment and maintenance, and provide limited interactive experience. Quote-to-order (Q2O) applications, on the other hand, may be able to bridge the gap for complex manufacturers by providing proactive solutions to their complex sales concerns. Nothing but an Underlying E-business Platform Communication is vital in any supplier-buyer relationship, and even more so in supplier-indirect Read More...
The Complexities of Quote-to-order and Possible Solutions
It is becoming necessary to go beyond the direct sales force to sell complex products. With the advent of personal computers and the Internet, new possibilities

basics of scm  background, please see The Basics of Quote-to-order Systems . Even More Complexity beyond the Direct Sales Force Although the traditional call center is not often used to sell and handle customer inquiries (or complaints) about very complex products, there will still be times when information needs to be given or received by phone. Some manufacturers of configured consumer products, such as personal computers (PCs), or Internet service providers may use telephone sales and support quite extensively, in Read More...
The Seven Types of Power Problems
Many of the mysteries of equipment failure, downtime, software, and data corruption are the result of a problematic power supply. Compounding the problem is

basics of scm  Seven Types of Power Problems The Seven Types of Power Problems If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. In today's always on, always available world where businesses can't stop and downtime is measured in dollars, American Power Conversion (APC) provides protection against some of the leading causes of downtime, data loss and hardware damage: power problems and temperature. Source : APC Resources Related to The Seven Types Read More...
Development of an Internet Payment Processing System
This article describes the author's experience with the development of the first Yugoslav Internet payment processing system. The system's architecture is very

basics of scm  of an Internet Payment Processing System Introduction Early in 1999, the author was asked by E-Bank ( http://www.e-bank.co.yu ), one of his clients, to develop the first Yugoslav Internet payment processing system. This client is a Yugoslav payment processing company that uses BankWorks software by RS2 Software Group ( http://www.rs2group.com ) to process transactions made at ATMs (Automatic Teller Machines) and POS (Point Of Sale) terminals. Developing an internet payment processing system in Y Read More...
State of the Art in TCO: Managing the Total Cost of Ownership
Total cost of ownership (TCO) is one of the most difficult metrics to benchmark. Even when using the clearest of metrics, companies often obtain inadequate

basics of scm  of the Art in TCO: Managing the Total Cost of Ownership Total cost of ownership (TCO) is one of the most difficult metrics to benchmark. Even when using the clearest of metrics, companies often obtain inadequate results. Instead of thinking solely about how to calculate and reduce TCO, companies should think about how to manage TCO from a business perspective, in order to leverage solid, results-oriented decisions about IT solutions. Read More...
Justification of ERP Investments Part Two: The Intangible Effects of ERP
The intangible or non-financial benefits of an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) system can be viewed from several perspectives. For illustrative

basics of scm  of ERP Investments Part Two: The Intangible Effects of ERP The Intangible Effects of ERP* The intangible or non-financial benefits of an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) system can be viewed from several perspectives. For illustrative purposes, the discussion will focus on the benefits for accounting, product and process design, production, sales, and management information system (MIS) functions. From the overall company standpoint, ERP provides a framework for working Read More...
Glossary of Enterprise Applications Terminology Part One: Accounts Payable Through Internet
As enterprise applications systems developed over time, a continuous stream of new terminology surfaced. This is a glossary of those terms.

basics of scm  of Enterprise Applications Terminology Part One: Accounts Payable Through Internet Introduction Enterprise resource planning (ERP) was an important step in an ongoing evolution of computer tools that began in the 1960s. Each evolutionary step is built on the fundamentals and principles developed within the previous one. As systems developed over time, a continuous stream of new terminology surfaced. This is a glossary of those terms. For terms not covered here see The Lexicon of CRM Part 1: From A Read More...
IDC and Webroot Present: Securing Enterprise Environments against Spyware-Benefits of Best-of-breed Security
The threat of spyware has risen to epidemic levels for many information technology professionals trying to protect their users and network. In response, many

basics of scm  and Webroot Present: Securing Enterprise Environments against Spyware-Benefits of Best-of-breed Security The threat of spyware has risen to epidemic levels for many information technology professionals trying to protect their users and network. In response, many security vendors are creating anti-spyware software to seek out spyware and eradicate it from the enterprise network. Webroot's Spy Sweeper Enterprise is just such a product. Read More...
Forecasting Total Cost of Ownership for Initial Deployments of Server Blades
For organizations deploying many servers, total cost of ownership (TCO) analyses favor blade over rack-optimized systems. Blade server systems—reducing both

basics of scm  Total Cost of Ownership for Initial Deployments of Server Blades For organizations deploying many servers, total cost of ownership (TCO) analyses favor blade over rack-optimized systems. Blade server systems—reducing both capital and operating expenses—exploit economies of scale when deploying servers in volume. Saving power, cooling, and space by more than 25 percent, the blade advantage is particularly relevant for servers working in conjunction with storage area networks (SANs). Read More...

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