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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

close of the day  and I decided to close the store for a couple of days and take my entire staff to the show. I put an ad in our local media saying we would be closed Saturday and Sunday for professional development and that we'd be back Monday better than ever. It was an opportunity for all of us to do something valuable together at the same time. On Saturday night we had a company dinner for 36 people. I surrounded my staff with some of the best people in the industry-vendors from Belgium, DeBeers personnel and other

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

We’ve opened the hood on every major category of enterprise software. Learn about thousands of features and functions, and how enterprise software really works.

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Enterprise Content Management (ECM)

A content management system is a software package designed to manage an organization''s entire collection of documents, records, and other information assets. Content management systems are built on a central repository, which holds all content, metadata, rules, and supporting information. Around this, processes and disciplines are established that ensure that day-to-day activities run smoothly and efficiently.  

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