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Zooming into an Inventory Free Flow
FreeFlow, a provider of business services with a patented technology, aims to help companies improve product life cycle profitability by providing a unique

free make a receipt  into an Inventory Free Flow The convenience of a 24x7 intranet marketplace may be the answer to a company's end-of-lifecycle (EOL) inventory ills. Entering their products into an online auction portal, companies can sell off their excess inventory to the highest bidder, and buyers can purchase needed items for a steal. Is There a Smarter Way to Handle Excess Active and Obsolete Inventory? Given that one man's challenge often presents another man's opportunity, this brings us again to FreeFlow (

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Merchandising Systems

Merchandising systems are the enterprise back and front-office software solutions upon which the majority of retailers rely to manage and support their daily tasks. These systems typically record product performance, which allows buyers to purchase merchandise according to that information and to make accurate merchandise decisions. Moreover, retail systems have capabilities for tracking inventory, capturing sales data, and managing retail prices. 

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Challenges and Future Plans of a Product Inventory Disposition Vendor


Despite FreeFlow's success at helping organizations regain some margin of profitability for excess inventory, the company still strives for expansion and improvement as a product inventory disposition vendor, with the aim of meeting international environmental regulations down the track.

free make a receipt  Zooming into an Inventory Free Flow Room for Expansion and Improvement Remains As seen thus far, FreeFlow's Internet-based bidding technology solutions and related business services have been deployed across the broad technology sector including computer hardware, consumer electronics, telecommunications equipment, and electronics companies. However, the vendor is certainly keen to expand into other areas where a limited product shelf life is a common trait. The best candidates would seemingly be the Read More

Waking Up to a “New Day” at Infor


Moving away from the relentless acquisitions of the past, Infor is waking up to a brand new day, marked by innovative product development that will change the way work is done. TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic looks at how the vendor has become a formidable opponent to SAP and Oracle, and examines all the components of Infor10, a new generation of enterprise software that allows the seamless execution of business processes.

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Managed File Transfer: The Need for a Strategic Approach


A secure and accurate flow of information in your supply chain operations has never been more critical—and complex. Digital transfer of unstructured information is a security risk, for both confidentiality and compliance, and traditional file transfer methods are now falling short. A managed file transfer solution combining hardware, software, and networks can meet your demands for visibility, security, and compliance.

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What You Should Know Before Selecting a WMS


Before an important game, you create a game plan. Before you start building a house, you have a blueprint. And before you start looking at a warehouse management system (WMS), you must define how you want your warehouse to be organized and function. This article looks at basic warehouse strategies that need to be understood to ensure that the WMS software effectively and efficiently supports the activities of the warehouse, now and in the future. This is not to say that you will not consider the best practices of the new

free make a receipt  time, this strategy does free up a critical commodity, namely warehouse locations. As you might suspect, a reduce-travel time strategy would dictate that you make one trip to location C to obtain the 100 widgets. In the retail industry where there is a high turnover of new products, it is likely the pick-to-clean strategy will be employed. Determining where you want to pick your orders could narrow your choices of a WMS. Other intelligent strategies include FIFO, LIFO, shelf life, expiration date, a Read More

A Couple of "Five Procurement Commandments" in a Down Economy


As is the case with white papers, vendors' press releases (PR) can range from blatant bragging about the "latest-and-greatest" product capabilities (and other marketing "fluff") to tastefully asserting competence and educating the market about specific issues. One example of the latter would be Emptoris' April 2008 PR on the findings  of a panel of financial and procurement experts that have

free make a receipt  Busch , formerly of FreeMarkets (prior to Ariba acquisition of the former competitor) and now the prolific author of its well-read Spend Matters blog site .  Jason's five recommendations for CPOs would be: Save money through strategic sourcing on existing categories – now more than ever (considering top line growth is more challenging); Avoid price inflation on key commodities (or having suppliers pass along price increases); Find new ways of reducing costs (e.g., supplier development/joint cost Read More

Configuration Guide: Managing Virtual Servers Using a Virtual Machine Manager and a Clustered File System


Virtual data centers must enable increased physical server use and central management of virtual machine infrastructure. A clustered file system, with a virtual machine manager (VMM), can add critical new management and migration capability to current virtual servers. Before installing and configuring VMM, find out the hardware and software required for migration and integration, and helpful “how-to” pointers.

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Is There a Street Corner for a Vendor-neutral Third Party Support and Maintenance Provider?


Although Rimini Street's client base is still budding, the third party provider of support and maintenance has been quite bullish, owing to the accelerating demand for its service lines; healthy win ratios; and solid execution of its aggressive business plan.

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A CRM System Needs A Data Strategy


A customer relationship management (CRM) system is inherently valuable for supporting customer acquisition and retention by gathering data from each contact with customers and prospects. Collecting data, however, cannot be isolated from a strategy for actually using that data. Here is an overview of how to evolve the focus of a data strategy to specifically suit both the acquisition and retention phases.

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Q: Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Billionaire? A: Baan -- Foster Care for Its Orphans Needed As Well


Baan Co. interim chief executive Pierre Everaert said he could not rule out a takeover of the troubled Dutch business-management software group. We hereby provide a list of (un) usual suspects.

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Why Project Portfolio Management Is a Must-have Strategic Asset in a Down Economy


Project portfolio management (PPM) software can provide a dynamic decision-making process for assessing projects such as portfolios, prioritizing projects, and allocating limited resources to meet key organizational objectives. Using PPM can also help you better align and manage your people, projects, and processes—giving you the ability to react quickly to change and minimize risk in the current declining market.

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Will a Tool Manufacturer and a Supply Chain Software Vendor "Click" in Matrimony?


The merger of traditional brick-and-mortar manufacturer Illinois Tool Works with Internet-based Click Commerce is puzzling, but has some method to the madness. Only time will tell how easily and tightly their tools will "click" with each other.

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A Veteran Mid-market ERP Vendor with a Pragmatic Vision Chimes In


Joining our growing list of vendors willing to provide their opinions and commentary on our thought-provoking questions on market trends, SYSPRO takes part in our ongoing question-and-answer series, where the vendor responds from the viewpoint of a mid-market veteran.

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Microsoft And Great Plains - A Friendship That Turned Into A Marriage


Software giant Microsoft treated itself with a $1.1B Christmas present; it announced an agreement to acquire its long-term partner Great Plains Software, a business application provider for the low-end of the market. Will this move alienate Microsoft from a slew of other partners competing in the same space, even as the rumors of yet another antitrust legal action abound?

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The dismal economy hasn't been bad news for all segments of the IT industry. The market for applications delivered in a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model is increasing thanks to customers who seek better/more targeted functionality, quicker deployment/access, lower up-front and ongoing cost, and ease of use. Learn why SaaS has a history of thriving in down cycles, and what to look for in a SaaS solution.

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