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Back to the Future: Olde JWT Comes Back and Agency.com Feels the Pinch


When Lipton Brisk hired web expert Agency.com over JWT it got them more than it bargained for: an agency full of ideas that clashed with their image. JWT's persistence at getting its account back is an example that new and exciting and technology expertise doesn't buy much for pure plays if they don't understand their clients. And the world is changing –back.

isi journal  lacked the technology and vision to accomplish the goal. Two years later it got it back - because Agency.com essentially failed to recognize a traditional customer with a built brand, rather than one that had to be built (among other issues). JWT had also by then gained experience and built up its Internet technology team to meet Lipton Brisk''s new needs, as well as its old. Market Impact Like many ad agencies, JWT was caught off-balance by the sudden appearance of the web as an advertising and customer Read More

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isi journal  labeling, printing, and package visibility, via  reverse logistics , warehousing, radio frequency (RF) and  RF Identification (RFID)  mobility, to  procure-to-pay (P2P) , and  supplier relationship management (SRM) . After a while, I finally had my “a-ha!” moment of epiphany and realized the company’s mission : “To improve the speed , visibility and control of extended manufacturing and distribution value chains.” There are indeed many business problems encountered in managing globally Read More

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The 13th Vendor Shootout for ERP is a great opportunity for companies looking for a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution to evaluate some of the important players. Previous editions featured Oracle E-Business Suite, IFS, Sage ERP X3, SYSPRO, and others. The 13th edition features eight vendors specializing in discrete manufacturing, with one exception (SAP Business ByDesign, which

isi journal  13th Vendor Shootout for ERP Software: See How the Vendors Compare The 13th Vendor Shootout for ERP is a great opportunity for companies looking for a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution to evaluate some of the important players. Previous editions featured Oracle E-Business Suite, IFS, Sage ERP X3, SYSPRO, and others. The 13th edition features eight vendors specializing in discrete manufacturing, with one exception (SAP Business ByDesign, which focuses on services). The solutions being Read More

Maintenance Tips For Improved Profits: Creating the Business Case to Invest in Automation


Does it really make sense to spend money to save money? The answer may surprise you when it comes to maintenance of large capital assets including Facilities, Fleet, Plant Equipment and yes, even computers. It makes even more sense when you consider that today more and more companies are adding a new line item in their financial statements called "Deferred Maintenance Revenue Write Down". A lack of preventive maintenance affects the shareholders of all companies due to aging assets and reactive maintenance practices. A complete preventive maintenance program consisting of better business practices and a simple tool such as a Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) or Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) package can streamline the process and result in immediate savings in both time and money. So how do you justify the initial investment and where can the cost savings be seen across the enterprise?

isi journal  Tips For Improved Profits: Creating the Business Case to Invest in Automation Maintenance Tips For Improved Profits: Creating the Business Case to Invest in Automation If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. Web Work Mobile CMMS allows operations and maintenance managers to exchange information easily and more efficiently to increase workflow, create greater efficiency and improve profitability . Source : Tero Softwa Read More

These Are the Times of CRM Vindication and Validation - Part 1


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isi journal  the McGraw-Hill Laboratory of Advertising Performance (LAP) shows that companies who continued strategic spending during a recession outperformed non-spenders  and experienced revenue growth of 275 percent during the first full year of recovery. It’s All About the Customer And the key asset that lies at the center of every business is the existing customer base. By protecting and investing in this single most important asset companies can establish the foundation for a sustainable business. Read More

Provia Tackles RFID in a Twofold Manner Part Five: 3PL Support and SCE Optimization


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isi journal  ViaView event/alert management and decision support product plays a key role in offering visibility to supply chain data for companies supplying RFID-tagged products to Wal-Mart and other retailers. Furthermore, at the end of March, Provia announced that it has aligned itself with its parent company of over fifteen years, Viastore Systems , a leading provider of automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS), and material handling control systems, with over 3,000 cranes installed worldwide. As for the Read More

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isi journal  should be used for decision making). Expediting efforts have a visible effect of consuming personnel time. These quantified cost savings can also be used to show impacts on financial results. *This is Part Two of a four-part article reprinted from Maximizing Your ERP System by Dr. Scott Hamilton. Bridging the theory and realities of current ERP systems, Maximizing Your ERP System provides practical guidance for managing manufacturing in various environments. Drawing on case studies from Dr. Hamilton''s Read More

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isi journal  which is a product-oriented division of tasks that accumulates cost and schedule data, while in APICS'' words, WBS is a hierarchical description of a project in which each lower level is more detailed. An example would be the company that engineers, prototypes, and runs production of a special product well in advance of finally shipping the commercial product, and that would like to receive prepayments on the milestones reached. Using WBS, it would have to establish budgets—by period and cost Read More

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isi journal  factors contributing to Kewill’s decision to acquire Four Soft. Kewill also has introduced Kewill MOVE ™ which the company describes as “a complete, comprehensive platform for managing the complexities of transportation, logistics, and trade compliance.” The MOVE solution (available both as an on-premise and cloud solution) delivers on a single platform a range of functionality to help users trade (order-to-invoice); transport (management of multimodal transportation); store (warehouse and Read More

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isi journal  bills). This is not surprising, since acording to research published in 2005 by business management scientists and balanced scorecard pioneers David Norton and Robert Kaplan, a mind-boggling 95 percent of employees don’t understand the strategic goals of the company that employs them; Acknowledgement of the high cost of turnover – with a whopping 40 percent in the US, whereby 23 percent belongs to voluntary departures. Some stats show the cost to replace an employee going up to one and half of the Read More

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isi journal  value by making better decisions faster. With a stronghold on BI and predictive analytics, SAS has expanded into the provision of many industry-oriented solutions. Via both in-house development and acquisitions, SAS has built an industry business knowledge that is easy to use and that provides unparalleled analytics to drive better financial results. The 2003 acquisition of Marketmax was a crucial move in the arena of retail and manufacturing. For more information on SAS, read an in-depth article on Read More

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