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Compaq Plans Direct Sales. DTja vu All Over Again?
Compaq Computer told financial analysts it plans to start selling more of its computers directly to customers, and this time the company says it means it.

direct sales  heard Compaq talk about direct sales before say that the goal could be tough to meet. Anyone who sells indirect loses money today, Compaq senior vice president Michael Winkler said at the meeting, according to Bloomberg. Anyone who sells direct makes money. Compaq executives briefed financial analysts for about four hours today, setting the PC maker's direct strategy and a goal of about 15 percent growth for 2000. Compaq also promised it would bring its commercial PC division to profitability by the

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Sales Force Automation (SFA) systems help sales and marketing teams with functions related to taking orders, generating proposals or quotes, managing territories, managing partners, and maintaining contact data. Systems often include various levels of analytic and reporting capabilities. 

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Direct 500In today's world of highly competitive distribution sales, businesses are looking for ways to improve their call center, estore and catalog sales channels. Direct 500 is designed for organizations with multiple selling channels. Businesses often implement multiple software solutions to meet these many different business requirements. For Example, sales order entry and inventory management, a hosted eCommerce site that is not connected to their ERP software, spreadsheets to track marketing campaigns and many manual processes to overcome the shortcomings of a non-integrated solution. Direct 500 was built on the Sage MAS 500 ERP platform to meet these business needs with a single integrated solution.Call CenterCall centers are usually high volume order entry departments. Speed of entry and accuracy of data is critical. Direct 500 provides an enhanced sales order entry search engine to speed the lookup of current customers or prospects. It provides multi-field lookup using Postal Code, Last Name, Company Name, Phone Number and email address.Once the customer is located, Direct 500 focuses on speed of entry and access to information for the operator. We want the operator to be focused on serving the customer and not worried about the deals and promotions that they need to track on a manual sheet - we have incorporated all of this logic in the sales order entry module.eStore Many distributors offer their products on their website. However, many do not have an estore that is integrated with the ERP software. Ultimately, is serves as a glorified fax machine.The Direct 500 estore is an extension of MAS 500 and the Direct 500 call center capabilities. The business rules for pricing, sales tax, freight, credit card processing and many others that are defined for sales order entry are extended to the estore.MarketingDistributors that sell through multiple channels often face challenges in tracking sales, marketing campaigns and their effectiveness. Direct 500 offers a multi-level source code that tracks how new customers are created and the source of each new order, providing valuable analysis data for the business.Integrating source codes with the Call Center and the eStore provides the business with an effective promotion and analysis tool set. For Example, an email blast with integrated source codes and promotions can automatically take the buyer to a special offer on the eStore, complete the shopping cart with the promotion and place the order in MAS 500 with no interaction from the call center staff.Fulfillment Many distributors that sell through multiple channels are high volume shipping organizations. These companies can live or die by their shipping costs. Address accuracy, shipping and handling calculations and on time delivery determines if these companies thrive or barely survive. Direct 500 provides extensive shipping capabilities focused on simplifying the Call Center and eStore transactions. Shipping methods have been expanded with features to allow shipments by address types, restrictions by postal codes and countries. Shipping charts can be defined by geographical region and level of service. Direct 500 also offers integration to StarShip, allowing customer to have a calculated freight and handling charge straight from the StarShip rate tables. The Direct 500 SolutionThere are many ways multi channel sales organizations can address their individual business requirements. However, addressing the business need as a whole requires a well designed application that provides the company with a call center, estore, marketing and fulfillment business solution.

direct sales  of data is critical. Direct 500 provides an enhanced sales order entry search engine to speed the lookup of current customers or prospects. It provides multi-field lookup using Postal Code, Last Name, Company Name, Phone Number and email address.Once the customer is located, Direct 500 focuses on speed of entry and access to information for the operator. We want the operator to be focused on serving the customer and not worried about the deals and promotions that they need to track on a manual sheet - we Read More

Sales Force Performance


Understanding market drivers is key to managing customer behavior. To do this, organizations must state and qualify their assumptions about the real drivers of sales performance. An improvement strategy can then be created, and with integrated budgets, success metrics, etc.

direct sales  figures are as follows: Direct Sales Partner Sales Revenue = $100 million Ave. Margin = 30 percent Revenue = $10 million Ave. Margin = 10 percent Sales Productivity = 5 percent Sales Productivity = 2 percent For simplicity, assume that the improvements only pertain to the direct sales portion of the business; so we will only use the figures on the left side of the table. Assume that the estimated improvement in direct sales revenue is 10 percent. This means that the potential is to create an incremental Read More

Best Practices of the Best-run Sales Organizations: Sales Opportunity Blueprinting


To move your sales team to the next level, you need to find answers to several questions. For example: How do you determine which customers provide the best opportunity for a successful sale? Can you develop and present a comprehensive view of your value position to a prospect? What is the role of IT in driving a best-run sales organization? Find out how leading companies have answered these questions—and how they excel.

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IT Sales Lead Generation: Understanding the Complex Sales Needs of the IT Industry


The sales lead generation process for technology companies is very different from lead generation in other industries. Technology sector needs are more precise, and the target market is almost exclusively business-to-business (B2B), with the individuals often being decision makers high up the corporate ladder. Find out how to reach this difficult target, with prospecting methods and tips for making more complex sales.

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Sales and Operations Planning: the Key to Demand Satisfaction


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The Sales Cloud


In today’s business environment, sales people don’t have time to spend hours hunting for leads, researching accounts, and calling wrong numbers. And sales is changing. Businesses around the world are grappling with how to turn the rise of social networks and explosion of social information into a competitive sales advantage. Get everything you need to connect with customers—all in one place and available anytime, anywhere.

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Get Your Sales Team Going with Mobile CRM


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Mastering SAP CRM Sales: Turn Insights into Action


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direct sales  Leader in Destination Resort Sales and Marketing Delivers On Corporate Vision and Increases Sales Founded in 2001, Playground is a destination resort sales and marketing company headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada). The worldwide success of Playground is based on intellectual property—including information about resorts, selling history, target markets, prospects, and past customers. How does it capture this information and use it—safely and securely—to help sell and market Read More

Are Sales Incentives Even In Tune With the Corporate Strategy?


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4 Ways Sales and Marketing Should Use Training to Drive Revenue


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