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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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Employee Performance Management: Making It a Reality in Your Organization
Over 90 percent of human resources (HR) professionals rate employee performance management (EPM) as a top priority. Yet considerably fewer have EPM systems

how to write an employee evaluation  professionals express uncertainty about how to begin the process of acquiring an EPM system. Many more have concerns about securing upper management support and financial commitment. Both of these latter considerations hinge on the ability of the HR team to present a persuasive case that the EPM project will be successful and that it will yield a satisfactory return on investment. While there are no short cuts to getting project approval, a structured and thorough approach to selecting, planning for and

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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Configure Price Quote (CPQ) Software Evaluation Report

This comprehensive Configure Price Quote (CPQ) Software Evaluation Report covers the full range of CPQ functionality. If your business is facing increasingly complex product configurations, CPQ solutions can do more than create accurate and professional sales quotes: they can open the door to significantly increased sales and revenues.  

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Selecting an ERP Solution: a Guide


Looking for the right enterprise resource planning (ERP) package for your small to medium business (SMB) can be a daunting task. A fair amount of information is available about the actual software packages, but there is little advice on how to choose the right one. Learn strategies for a successful software selection—from initial requirements gathering, to evaluation, selection, and final implementation.

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TEC's Mid-market ERP-Distribution Buyer’s Guide


Midsize manufacturers and distributors now have access to an array of powerful software solutions that simply weren’t available before. But with so many choices, you need accurate and unbiased information. This comprehensive guide from TEC and SupplyChainBrain provides a state-of-the-market analysis, success stories from your peers, in-depth information on solutions, and a directory of the leading vendors in the field.

This guide features information on vendors offering dedicated ERP-distribution solutions for the midmarket. These solutions are all designed to address the logistical, financial, and workflow issues facing the distribution industry today.

Inside, you’ll find a chart highlighting 10 featured vendor solutions by installed base and business components, ranging from warehouse, transportation, and inventory management, to international trade logistics, Web commerce, and human resources (HR) and financials.

As well, you’ll find an analysis of the state of the market by the editor of Supply Chain Brain. Customer success stories have been included to illustrate how ERP-distribution solutions have helped companies like yours solve distribution and business logistics problems.

For your convenience, there’s also a vendor directory to assist companies looking for either full ERP-distribution systems, add-ons, or third-party solutions for the following: demand management (DM), retail systems, supply chain management (SCM), transportation management systems (TMSs), and warehouse management systems (WMSs).

We hope you’ll find this guide a useful tool in determining which ERP-distribution solutions are best suited for your company’s business model and particular needs.


Table of Contents


Introduction

State of the Midsize ERP-Distribution Marketplace

Methodology

Vendor Capabilities

Business Components

Customer Profile

Spotlight on ERP-Distribution

Executive Summary

Customer Success Stories

Spotlight on Inventory and Accounting

Executive Summary

Customer Success Stories

Spotlight on Supply Chain Management

Executive Summary

Customer Success Stories

Vendor Directory

Profiles

Demand Management

ERP-Distribution

Retail

Supply Change Management

Transportation Management System

Warehouse Management System


Download the full copy of the TEC ERP-Distribution Buyer’s Guide for the Mid-market.


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Inventory Management and Accounting Conundrum


The challenges of inventory management and the notion of inventory as a “necessary evil” (or the “asset versus liability” dilemma) have long been haunting operations and financial and accounting managers. It is a well-known fact that managing inventory risk is about managing the cost of maintaining unnecessarily high levels of inventory against the risk of running out of stock at a crucial moment of truth when a customer actually wants something. In a variety of aspects, inventory management is at the heart of the supply chain management (SCM) realm. Supply chain organizations are responsible for all the processes from sales and operations planning to customer fulfillment, inventory optimization, and new product delivery and introduction—all of which involve the planning and movement of inventory. Profit margins are also directly proportional to operational excellence in each of the above processes.
While cherished by material management folks as supply chain “grease,” inventory is not that beloved by financial managers.

The motto “time is money” certainly holds true when it comes to inventory valuation. Well, maybe in a reverse (negative) manner, because typically neglected in the continuous battle for executives’ focus and priority is the management of at-risk, aging inventory—be it excess active, obsolete, returns, or refurbished inventory. Some refer to these items as “slobs,” which stands for “slow moving and obsolete” ones. In other words, most companies in the sectors of high-tech, consumer electronics, retail, and consumer packaged goods (CPG) are focused on new product introductions. Given that everybody is most excited in the early stages of product life cycles (that is, devising and delivering the brand new, “coolest” products), much less attention is paid to the languishing, “totally so not cool” older product lines, with millions of accompanying inventory asset recovery dollars slipping away annually as a consequence.

Excess inventory, which ties up working capital and whose value is declining by the day, does not necessarily come from new product introductions only. Nowadays the manufacture of most goods is largely carried out in the Far East, which comes with a nominal item price advantage, but also with many potential downsides. In addition to the inevitable quality, communication, and cultural issues, manufacturing product in such lower cost, remote locations means a sizeable lead time increase, as the goods will need to be transported from the Far East back to the company’s warehouse. This in turn means that a planner will have to forecast the demand before placing an order with a remote supplier far away.

Download the full copy of the TEC ERP-Distribution Buyer’s Guide for the Mid-market.

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The Lexicon of CRM - Part 1: From A to I


C.R.M. itself is an acronym, standing for Customer Relationship Management. This is part one of three-part article to provide explanation and meaning for most of the common CRM phraseology. Here, in alphabetical order, is the Lexicon of CRM.

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Five Things to Understand About Your Nexus Footprint


The complexities and fluidities of sales tax nexus can be overwhelming and require the constant attention of a tax expert to navigate, but most small to medium businesses (SMBs) cannot afford that kind of resource internally. Meanwhile, the penalties for undercollecting, underreporting, and underpaying sales tax can be huge. Learn more about nexus issues and how they can impact your business—and your bottom line.

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Fostering Employee Engagement in Your Organization


Fostering employee engagement is critical to creating an effective, innovative workplace. Increased employee engagement has the potential to positively impact your entire organization, and bring about higher accountability to performance across the board. Employee engagement is also a key factor in career development—engaged employees are far more likely to be effective and charismatic leaders. This white paper looks at ways to measure and increase employee engagement, so that your company can reap the benefits of an engaged workforce, including improved productivity, better customer service, increased employee retention, and increased customer retention.

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5 Ways to Improve Outbound Sales Performance: Best Practices to Increase Your Pipeline


There’s a quality-based prospecting approach that is gaining traction among sales professionals these days. It’s not about finding someone willing to listen to you; instead, it’s about finding someone who wants to collaborate with you. The goal becomes about developing relationships that can yield ongoing results. By applying the strategies in this paper, you can transform the dynamic of outbound sales.

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Essential Guide to ERP for Process Manufacturers: A Practical Guide to Successfully Addressing Your Industry-specific Requirements


As a process manufacturer, if you’re actively searching for the right enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, you should focus on those ERP solutions that have a strong process manufacturing foundation. These ERP applications support many industry best practices to which you can align your business processes. Discover how a process-oriented ERP system can help you successfully manage your process manufacturing needs.

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Focus on Production: How to Bring the Last 10 Percent of Production Efficiency to the Production Line


With increasing opportunities for increased sales you may be looking to invest in new capital machines and production lines. Before making that investment—which you will then have to keep on the books for years to come and be saddled with the increased break even—take a look at some options that could give you the increased production capabilities without the increased investment.

Read this white paper to see if this approach fits your business.

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Seven Quick Tips Managers Can Use to Improve Employee Engagement


Employee engagement is vital for an organization’s success—and as a manager, you’re on the front lines. If, like many managers, you’re head down in day-to-day work, how can you continually work to encourage the engagement of your team members? These seven easy tips for managers will help keep your employees engaged and build habits that promote an engaged workforce.

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From Right Brain to Retail: Cutting Time-to-market with PLM


Apparel companies have to cut their lead times in half if they want to stay competitive—a difficult task without the right product lifecycle management (PLM) solution. In this white paper, you’ll discover how PLM solutions can help your company achieve faster time-to-market. And you’ll learn how integrating PLM with your enterprise resource planning (ERP) system maximizes the capabilities of both.

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