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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

order of the engineer  more widely distributed in order to fuel manufacturers' appetite for increased quarterly sales volume. Because of the presence of the Internet and the increasing clout of large national chains, small independents must not compete on price. To do so is a death wish. It is not sustainable. It is not winnable. And it will likely lead to ruin. The real strengths of successful small independent retail revolve around specialization, differentiation and finding profitable, defendable and sustainable niches. Read More...
Engineer-to-order (ETO) ERP System for Electronics and High-tech Components Manufacturing
A U.S.-based manufacturer of high-tech components turned to TEC for help selecting an Engineer-to-order (ETO) enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution.
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Experiencing the Customer Experience: Listening to, Learning from, and Acting on the Voice of the Customer
To ensure a positive customer experience, companies must first learn what their customer values, and then determine how they are measuring up to those values

order of the engineer  in seventy stores. In order to secure the full-scale rollout of over 1,000 stores, it was critical to Benjamin Studios to ensure that both the product and the customer experience be engineered for maximum success. Here are a few steps Benjamin Studios took during the year to get its customers committed to its offering, and how the company used its customers' input to engineer a compelling product and deliver an engaging customer experience. The Product Engineering Approach: Capitalizing on Customer Read More...
The Practical Realities of Automating ETO Business Processes
Today, engineer-to-order (ETO) manufacturers—also known as project-based manufacturers—experience significant market pressure across their sales, engineering

order of the engineer  particular attention to the order of when decisions are made and information becomes available. Try to identify the bottlenecks in the process and their linkage to key business objectives such as revenue growth, cost of sales, lead time, cost of quality, etc. The results may be surprising. Step 2 - Pick the Right Starting Point Where you start implementing automation software tools depends on the priority of the business challenges and needs identified in the first step. However, the answer may not be Read More...
Order Management, and the Rise of Multichannel Commerce
Order management and fulfillment has gotten more complicated. We all know that. At one time, the order management process might have been as simple as taking

order of the engineer  rules Integration of third-party/subcontracted order lines Coordination of value-added services (e.g., testing, delivery, and installation) Configuration management of more complex products Store-based fulfillment Seamless drop-shipping, with ability to trigger supplier purchase orders (POs) Merge-in-transit fulfillment capabilities for single customer delivery Re-routing of in-transit inventory Reverse logistics business intelligence Authorization and acceptance of returns at multiple points, regardless Read More...
Lean Enterprise Development in Complex Engineer to Order Companies
Maintaining a competitive advantage is paramount, no matter what business you operate within. Engineer-to-order (ETO) companies that produce complex products

order of the engineer  to a customer. In order to effectively utilize lean, lean concepts must be taken from the manufacturing floor and used thorough the ETO enterprise. This paper demonstrates how IFS applications supports the principles of developing a lean enterprise for ETO organizations. It demonstrates how process improvements apply equally to office-based functions, manufacturing, installation, and service activities. Read More...
E-Procurement Usability: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Adoption of enterprise resource planning (ERP)-based E-Procurement solutions has hit a plateau in recent years due to inherent usability deficiencies

order of the engineer  Procurement Usability: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Adoption of enterprise resource planning (ERP)-based E-Procurement solutions has hit a plateau in recent years due to inherent usability deficiencies, exacerbated by heightened user expectations. It is now possible to leverage all the existing infrastructure of leading platforms with a friendlier, consumer-like user interface (UI) that can be rapidly deployed with minimal cost or change management impact. Find out how. Read More...
Tying the Shop Floor to the ERP System
Enterprise resource planning (ERP) on the shop floor is critical. High-performing manufacturers have found that full integration of real-time operational data

order of the engineer  determine product design and order fulfillment. They also extend Plex Online to their suppliers. Because the system is integrated, suppliers can directly ship products to OEMs on behalf of the producer. Using the Plex Online EDI module, they can send advanced shipping notices (ASNs) , submit electronic notifications, create POs, and initiate shipping. Customers receive the ASNs before the products arrive. ERP Success Plex Online is a system that integrates all manufacturing processes, from the shop floor Read More...
The Changing Face of the Holiday Season
It seems that Santa will need to relocate to China! When traveling abroad (with the exception of low wage countries) it is becoming increasingly difficult to

order of the engineer  Changing Face of the Holiday Season Introduction I hate to be a Grinch, but ... aren't the holidays getting more advance notice each year? This is a global phenomenon—on a recent trip to Germany I found the stores bedecked with holiday fare, and this was only October!!! Even the duty free stores at the airport are getting in on the act with Holiday packaging and promotions. Yes, I admit it—I fell into the trap! Who can resist a singing reindeer—especially when the song is in German! And now for Read More...
Your 360-degree View of the Customer: Keep the Customer in View
Vendors of customer relationship management solutions, and the companies that use those solutions, praise the advantages of having a 360-degree view of the

order of the engineer  involve your customers in order to understand their needs and the best ways for you to satisfy them. Be Customer-focused Your view of the customer should take the customer into account. A customer who calls for support does not want a birthday card. When my landlord sent me holiday cards but failed to respond to my requests, I felt I wasn’t being taken seriously. While it’s good business sense to maintain customer relationships by personalizing and customizing your interactions, responding to your Read More...
Agresso Bucks the Slump (and Fights the “ERP Madness”) - Part 1
Sadly, it is not difficult for so many of us to concede that, except for maybe the historic elections in the US and the successful Olympic Games in Beijing

order of the engineer  claiming many significant new orders worth over US$ 1 million? These results would be even more impressive against the backdrop of its major rivals’ results; for instance, SAP reported a 9 percent year-over-year decline in new license revenues over the same period. So, Who's Above the Fray? The vendor in case is Unit 4 Agresso , an international provider of business software headquartered in Sliedrecht, the Netherlands. The company has over 3,500 employees in offices in 12 European countries and 9 Read More...
Service Lifecycle Management - Tapping into the Value of the Product Aftermarket
Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) addresses the full lifecycle of a product. The focus of most of the current PLM solutions, however, does not make the most

order of the engineer  service through completion in order to satisfy the needs of the customer and the manufacturer or distributor. The initial service request may come from a number of different sources, all of which must be captured and processed through the call center. In addition to telephone, self-service, or e-mail requests, an increasing number of products are being embedded with self-monitoring capabilities that can evaluate the health of the product and self-report on service needs. In addition to reported problems, Read More...
Seeing the Future in Discrete Manufacturing: Paving the Way for Success
The evolution of global discrete manufacturing is ongoing. How executives at manufacturing companies answer questions and anticipate what will be the right

order of the engineer  the Future in Discrete Manufacturing: Paving the Way for Success The evolution of global discrete manufacturing is ongoing. How executives at manufacturing companies answer questions and anticipate what will be the right answer six months, a year, or two years from now will determine the success of their company. Infor examines current industry trends and identifies what it believes to be the seven trends producing the greatest stress and change in discrete manufacturing today. Read More...
Cloud for Business Managers in Midsize Organizations: the Good, the Bad & the Ugly
Read this independent research report to learn how business managers around the world are using cloud applications. Discover the top motivations for adopting

order of the engineer  for Business Managers in Midsize Organizations: the Good, the Bad & the Ugly Read this independent research report to learn how business managers around the world are using cloud applications. Discover the top motivations for adopting the cloud, the most common problems and recurring pitfalls; common barriers to cloud application integration and the consequences of security breaches and compliance issues. Read More...

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