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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

interest letter in statatics  of an intensely personal interest to me. Like so many of my colleagues and competitors around the corner and across the country, I have devoted my life to retailing. But the retailing business my grandfather and father knew is in many ways a different world than the industry my wife Carol and I have had to keep pace with. Many of the core principles may remain the same, but I believe the viability of any retail business rests in its ability to identify and understand the parameters that define how we

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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CRM for Financial and Insurance Markets

Customer relationship management (CRM) focuses on the retention of customers by collecting data from all customer interactions with a company from all access points (by phone, mail, or Web, or in the field). The company can then use this data for specific business purposes by taking a customer-centric rather than a product-centric approach. CRM applications are front-end tools designed to facilitate the capture, consolidation, analysis, and enterprise-wide dissemination of data from existing and potential customers. This process occurs throughout the marketing, sales, and service stages, with the objective of better understanding one’s customers and anticipating their interest in an enterprise’s products or services.  

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