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The Promise (and Complexities) of Private Labels
Recent studies have shown that retail winners (that is, companies that outperform their peers in year-over-year, comparable store sales) carry a significantly

inventory control labels  responsible for maintaining the inventory level required by the customer. Indeed, by better managing interaction with suppliers, an enterprise can have greater control and visibility of the supply chain, improve product and service quality, and drive additional savings through more effective and streamlined processes. TradeStone Software , a provider of unified sourcing and PLM solutions for retailers, reports many midsized and large North American, European, and Asian companies that have adopted the

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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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Discrete Manufacturing (ERP)

The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as order processing and production scheduling. ERP began as a term used to describe a sophisticated and integrated software system used for manufacturing. In its simplest sense, ERP systems create interactive environments designed to help companies manage and analyze the business processes associated with manufacturing goods, such as inventory control, order taking, accounting, and much more. Although this basic definition still holds true for ERP systems, today its definition is expanding. Today’s leading ERP systems group all traditional company management functions (finance, sales, manufacturing, and human resources). Many systems include, with varying degrees of acceptance and skill, solutions that were formerly considered peripheral such as product data management (PDM), warehouse management, manufacturing execution system (MES), and reporting. During the last few years the functional perimeter of ERP systems began an expansion into its adjacent markets, such as supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM), business intelligence/data warehousing, and e-business, the focus of this knowledge base is mainly on the traditional ERP realms of finance, materials planning, and human resources. The foundation of any ERP implementation must be a proper exercise of aligning customers'' IT technology with their business strategies, and subsequent software selection. 

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The Sweet Spot of One Merging ERP Vendor


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How One Distributor Played Wal-Mart's Distribution Game-And Won


As a supplier to Wal-Mart, appliance manufacturer Haier America was required to implement a radio frequency identification (RFID) tagging system. To satisfy this requirement and to keep costs to a minimum, Haier needed a solution that would seamlessly integrate with its current enterprise resource planning (ERP) application. That’s why it turned to a custom-designed modification package. But was it enough for Wal-Mart?

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What You Should Know Before Selecting a WMS


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Six Steps to Effective Inventory Management


You can take two approaches to inventory management: assume it’s a necessary evil and implement an inventory reduction program when cash gets tight, or put an active inventory management process in place, and continually improve the business results. Learn how to view inventory as cash that can be invested in other ways: move from reactive inventory management to lean and active inventory management in six easy steps.

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The VMTurbo Cloud Control Plane: Software-driven Control for the Software-defined Data Center


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Case Study: Enterprise Cost Control Simplifies the Complex


Wellman Thermal, a make-to-contract (MTC) manufacturer of boilers and industrial furnaces, needed an information system to record actual costs and allocate resources for each project from beginning to end. It also wanted help forecasting the outcome of individual projects. The system Wellman implemented allows the company better control of factory capacity planning and high visibility into operations. Get the details.

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Network Access Control (NAC): Planning a Successful Rollout and Implementation


With the emergence of network access control (NAC) technologies, network administrators now have tools to gain critical network understanding. NAC solutions can contribute significantly to an organization’s business objectives by automatically enforcing network and security policies, preventing network downtimes, maintaining network integrity, and meeting compliance regulations. With this in mind, it’s important to look at what NAC implementations actually require.

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Supporting Quality Control with a Factory Information System


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